May 2019
May 16th
Leading All People to the Kingdom of God:
How we can better serve students
with special needs
In-service specifically for DRE's & YM's about accommodating special needs students in parish programs

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 Open Now

Date: Thursday, May 30th
Time: Registration/Hot Breakfast at 8am; program begins at 8:30am
Place: Green Bay Botanical Garden (Cornerstone Foundation Hall West)
Charge: $15/person

Registration: Online or by mail (send a check with the name & affiliation of those attending to Connections; 1061 W. Mason St. Green Bay WI 54303. Registration closes May 15th.
Creating Hope Event May 30
The Power of Faith Communities in Mental Health Recovery
Join pastoral staff, care ministers, other parish and school leaders of Brown County in this half-day event that will provide a basic understanding of mental illness and tools faith leaders can use in their ministry. Hear first-hand accounts from those living with mental illness and faith leaders who are reaching out to them. Learn about resources available for those living with mental illness and those who minister to them.
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
July 11-14, 2019
Sunnyview Fairgrounds; Oshkosh
Lifest is offering a special Buy One Ticket - Get One Ticket Free for students in the Diocese. 

Go to:  and click on “BUY TICKETS”. Enter BOGO19 in the promotional code box and follow the instructions from there. 

Please pass this information on to any interested co-workers, families.

Upcoming Dates of CES:

  • July 29-31, 2019: Phase I Discover Jesus. Foundations of the encounter with Christ, focusing on the kerygma and the person of Jesus Christ. Fee: $175

  • August 5-7, 2019: For those who have taken CES I, this course focuses on healing, accompaniment and formation within the discipleship process. Fee: $175
Hear What Your Peers Are Saying about Catholic Evangelization Studies (CES)
One example:

"I am finding in my role as CRE it has become increasingly difficult to reach youth and form disciples... After hearing early in the course that “a business as usual” attitude can no longer be the case, I knew I was in for a great three days learning how I could provide a more meaningful Faith Formation experience for the children, youth, and families of my parish. This course helped me to look at my personal and professional faith life. It opened my eyes to some cultural issues at play in the lives of those we are trying to reach today. I ended the three days with a greater understanding of how we have gotten to this point and ideas for how I will be more intentional in all I do."

-- Andy Krueger, Coordinator of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry St. Mary Parish - Omro 
Summer FCC/Ongoing Opportunities
BIBLE is the only FCC component that is not offered as an online option, but there'll be two opportunities this summer to complete it in person:
  • Monday-Friday, June 17-21; 9am-11am
  • Monday-Friday, July 8-12; 9am-11am

The classes will be held on the Diocesan Campus in Green Bay and are based on the Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible by Jeff Cavins.

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY is based on Christopher West's commentary on Pope St. John Paul's writings, revolutionary teachings and reflections on the human body:

  • Monday-Friday, June 10-June 14; 10:30am-12:30pm
This class will also be held on the Diocesan Campus in Green Bay.

There is no charge to register for these classes thanks in part to funding by the Annual Bishop's Appeal (thanks for your support). Registration closes one week before the first session of each class. Classes are subject to cancellation if the minimum enrollment is not met.
Love Begins Here (LBH)
Registration Extended to May 31

UPDATE: Here are our numbers so far. There is still space available; please register ASAP.

  • Neenah (MS) June 9-12: 46 missionaries
  • Manitowoc (HS) June 16-21; 8 missionaries
  • Waupaca (HS) June 23-28; 21 missionaries
  • Green Bay (MS) June 30-July 3; 25 missionaries
  • Shawano (MS) July 7-10; 24 missionaries
Lynn Terrien, LBH Summer Coordinator is waiting to hear from you!
Steubenville Youth Conferences--
One trip Filled; Seats available on the Other!
NORTH (MINI): St. Paul, MN
Waiting List; announcement to be made on May 2 of availability.

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

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

Recruiting Catechists/Youth Ministers for Next Year?
Give them a head-start on VIRTUS

The link below will direct you to the Diocesan web pages that include an explanation of VIRTUS, who's required to complete VIRTUS, and the schedule of local VIRTUS classes.
Just in time for Mother's Day, Ascension offers the book, " Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Woman's Guide to Catholic Motherhood" by Danielle Bean.

The Catechists Journey website offers a variety of articles about teaching children about the Easter season, including Pentecost activities and looking ahead to Ascension.

The Augustine Institute & Ignatius Press hosts the Formed Book Club: An Online Community to Inspire Spiritual Growth.

St. Joseph Communications have introduced discussion guides for each of their films Paul: Apostle of Christ and Full of Grace . For use at home or within a small group.

Knights of Columbus has produced a documentary called, " The Face of Mercy". Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, this film weaves theology and history with modern testimonials. $17.95

Our Sunday Visitor introduces totally Catholic VBS "Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good". Get overview, explore Starter Kit options, music, resources.

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

May 27: Memorial Day (Diocesan Offices closed)

May 30: Feast of the Ascension (Diocesan Offices open)

May 31: Registration for Love Begins Here due (see above)

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2019 (Hebrews 10:25 featuring Sophia Institute) at the Green Bay Distillery.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 8, 2019 (Green Bay Youth Conference --GBYC-- at the Shrine of Our lady of Good Help 9am-6pm)

*Complete information,, about the Diocesan Catechetical Certification process (FCC and Ongoing Formation), including schedules, can be found at
" Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,   and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The Risen Jesus Christ to His Disciples according to Matthew (28:20)  
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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