March 2019
Well. . . the weather got the best of us on Feb 7!
Event Cancelled
We had fair warning that the weather might get ugly and it did! Thanks for your understanding. A couple notes:
  • If you already paid for your registration, we'll transfer that payment to the April Hebrews event (see below)*
  • Handouts from several of the round tables that we had planned are available on the gbresources website.
A Note from Fr. Mark Mleziva . . .
Greetings, all Catechetical Leaders & Youth Ministers,

This is probably a few months late, but I wanted to take a moment to say hello and introduce myself as the new Vocation Director for the Diocese. I take over for Fr. Dan Schuster who held the position for 8 years and did a great job with it. I missed that I wasn’t able to meet many of you that were probably planning on coming to the Hebrews 10:25. Nevertheless, I wanted to let you all know if that if I could be of any assistance to you in helping promote vocations, I am happy to do so.  I’ve gone to a few parishes already to offer some insights and share my own personal story, but I’d be happy to get to more. So, if you are interested at all, my e-mail is, and my number is 920-272-8293. I look forward to hearing from you, and God bless you in your important ministry! 

In Christ,
Fr. Mark Mleziva
Hebrews "Unplugged": April 4 @ St. Norbert Abbey

Thursday, April 4, 2019 9am-2:30pm

$17/person *(if you paid for the Feb 7 event, select the "pay by check" option; no additional payment necessary)

Questions? Please e-mail
Our final installment of Hebrews 10:25 for this academic year will be retreat-style!

Unplug from the daily grind, from the phone, e-mail and social media for a quiet, yet powerful day of Lenten reflection & prayer. Special guest: Fr. Mike Brennan, O.Praem.

Talks include:
  • Holy Thursday: The Power of the Last Supper
  • Good Friday/Holy Saturday: His Passion & Power
  • Easter Sunday: The Power of His Rising
  • Brew-time (fellowship over coffee/tea, refreshments)
  • Morning Prayer
  • Lectio Divina Reflection on the Triduum Gospels
  • Lunch at the Abbey
  • Adoration/Benediction
Contract Time
The employment and contract documents for Schools, and Religious Education Directors/YM's for 2019-20 have been published and were sent to pastors/parish leaders via Parish Pages in February. Contracts are due mid-March.

Contracted Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministers are required to hold a Master’s degree in Religious Education or a related field and be able to administer all levels and responsibilities. (Coordinators and facilitators are at-will employees who receive Acknowledgement of Continued Employment letters.)
Did you see our announcement about NCCL dues?
We've got you covered!
The Diocese of Green Bay has upgraded its membership in the NCCL this year, so that it includes Diocesan Staff AND unlimited parish catechetical leaders within the Diocese.

This means you no longer need to pay for an individual membership. Once we get the confirmation, we will share instructions, link and code to access our membership.
March: Time for ACRE

What hasn't changed from last year: Bishop Ricken's directive that all Catholic schools and parish Religious Education programs administer the ACRE assessment annually during the month of March.

What has changed: Mostly answer sheets.

Read a summary of what's changed and what hasn't.
Go directly to the NCEA site and read all about it!
New ACRE Logo
Nuts & Bolts
Last Installment of Nuts & Bolts
Professional Development for New Administrators
Tuesday, March 26th | Diocesan Campus

  • End of year activities
  • Recruiting next year's catechists
  • File retention
  • Personal Spiritual Growth
  • Feedback: Biggest challenges, biggest wins!
Catholic Youth Scout Retreat
Boy & Girl Scouts, Grades 5-12
Boy and Girl Scouts in grades 5 to 12 are invited by the Green Bay Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Milwaukee Archdiocese Catholic Committee to join them on Saturday, April 6th, 2019  at Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI. This is a one-day retreat for Catholic youth (adult leaders and parents are encouraged to attend with their children. )
Save the Date: May 16th
In-service specifically for DRE's & YM's about accommodating special needs students in parish programs
Leading All People to the Kingdom of God:
How we can better serve students with special needs

Presenter: Susan Perrault (Pastoral Minister, Resurrection Parish, Green Bay) Special guest in attendance: Bishop Ricken

Thursday, May 16 (5:30-8pm) Dinner included in registration.
Diocesan Campus, Green Bay
Registration opens in April!
Sacrament of Confirmation
at the Cathedral
Bishop Ricken celebrates Diocesan-wide Confirmation liturgies at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, every spring and fall.

These liturgies are for any candidate unable to participate in their parish's Confirmation liturgy or for those who have been prepared as adults through a Diocesan or Parish process and are prepared for the sacrament.

Each liturgy is limited to approximately 60 confirmands (candidates).
2019 Dates:
  • Saturday, June 8; 6:30pm
  • Sunday, June 9; Noon and 5pm
Looking for Catechist Formation in 2019?
Host an FCC Component at Your Parish/School
Four Easy Steps . . .

  1. Choose which class to host (Bible; Creed; Sacraments & Liturgy; Prayer & Spirituality; Morality; Methods)
  2. Secure an instructor (list of possibilities available at
  3. Set calendar and invite people (catechists, teachers, parish members)
  4. Contact Education Department for assistance with preparations.

It's Still Freezing in WI; Let's Talk about AZ!
The 2019 Religious Care Foundation Scholarship Application is now available (link below). It's for the Catholic Youth Ministry Conference (CYMC) in Scottsdale, AZ from June 9-12, 2019.

Qualifications are:
  • Youth Minister, Priest or Core who has not attended CYMC before
  • In the Diocese of La Crosse or Green Bay
  • Max of 3 people/parish
Love Begins Here!
Registrations Due May 1st . . .

This is the Diocese of Green Bay's third year to host our own local mission experience for middle- and high-schoolers based right in our own communities, Love Begins Here (LBH).

Check out the dates and locations for the summer 2019 season and start thinking of the possibilities!

Steubenville Youth Conferences
Two Opportunities this Summer . . .
NORTH (MINI): St. Paul, MN
This conference is sold out, BUT WE STILL HAVE SPACES!

Dates: July 26-28, 2019
​Cost: $300/student or chaperone
(Scholarships available)

95 SPOTS LEFT as of 2/20/19

EXTENDED: Steubenville, OH

​Dates: July 17-23, 2019
Includes visits to Mundelein Seminary, University of Notre Dame + Basilica, Cedar Point! 
Cost: $570/student    ​$470/Chaperone

99 SPOTS LEFT as of 2/20/19
The Augustine Institute offers Journey through Lent with Dr. Tim Gray
40 days with FORMED Lenten Reflections. Get daily videos delivered to your inbox.

Ascension has produced a new DVD study, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ's Passion presented by Dr. Edward Sri. Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ's suffering and death.

Word on Fire offers Bishop Robert Barren's Lenten Gospel Reflections booklet, available at no cost other than shipping/handling.

Joe Paprocki's Catechists Journey offers several Lenten-related articles (ex. "Developing Students' Prayerful Habits during Lent")

Sharing Catholic Faith is the the official internet site of Catholic author and speaker, Dr. Joseph White. Among many other articles, there is one titled: Experiencing Lent at Every Age: A Developmental Guide to Lenten Practices

St. Joseph Communications offers Made New: Healing & Hope for Abuse Survivors by Crystalina Evert.

The USCCB sells a pamphlet called Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, containing questions & answers about the Sacrament. Pkg of 25 for $12.00.

Mar 1-31: ACRE Assessment (see above)

Mar 6: Ash Wednesday

Mar 26: 4th/Final session of Nuts & Bolts (see above)

Apr 4: Hebrews Unplugged (see above)

Apr 18-22: Diocesan Offices closed in observation of Holy Week/Easter.

May 1: Registrations for Love Begins Here Due!

May 1: Registrations for Steubenville North due!

May 1: Registrations for Steubenville Extended (Franciscan University, OH) due!

May 16: In-Service: Special Needs Students (see above)

*Complete information,, about the Diocesan Catechetical Certification process (FCC and Ongoing Formation), including schedules, can be found at
“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”
-St. Rose of Lima
Online FCC (Foundational Catechetical Certification)
Component Registration Links

Online courses follow the same lesson plan as classroom sessions and may be used to take the entire course or specific sessions as make-ups. Participants are responsible for submitting completion form.

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