Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

November 2020
Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Update
This monthly e-newsletter serves catechetical and youth ministry leaders in the Diocese of Green Bay by furnishing them with updates, events and other resources helpful to them in their ministry of fostering households and communities of discipleship.

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The Year of St. Joseph Continues
March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021
Lyrics of an old hymn, "O Blessed St. Joseph":

O blessed St Joseph how great was your worth.
The one chosen shadow of God upon earth,
The father of Jesus —ah then you then be,
Sweet spouse of our Lady, a father to me.

For You to the pilgrim are Father and Guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe by Your side;
Ah, Blessed Saint Joseph, how safe I should be,
Sweet spouse of our Lady, if You were with me!

written by Fr Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)
Read all the lyrics and learn more HERE.
St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, OH
Notices, Updates, Events
Generally useful information.
Time for the Annual Report, Please and Thank You
We've heard from over 60 parishes; are you one of them?
If you haven't already done so (one response/parish), please gather your enrollment numbers and take 15-20 minutes to complete this report. We'll start calling/e-mailing folks we haven't heard from next week. Please save us a call and respond today; thanks!

NOTE TO GABRIEL USERS: Having trouble getting enrollment data for the RE YM annual report from Gabriel? If your parish uses Gabriel, this link might help.
RE/YM Office Hour: It's B-a-a-a-a-a-c-k
Thursday, November 5th at 9:30 am
For the next several Office Hours, we'll use the real world implications that Maximus presented at our Hebrews 10:25 event on October 22 as a guidepost. The first implication: "Catechesis must be kerygmatic." We'll apply that to religious education programming, to youth ministry and do some brainstorming, too.
This will also be your chance to check-in with us, let us know how your ministry is going: the joys, the disappointments, the mysteries. We're here to listen, to encourage and to help explore solutions and share best practices.

All are welcome! Future Office Hour dates (at 1pm!): November 12 & 19th.
Click on slide above to access all slides.
Speaking of which . . . Did you miss October 22nd?
Even if you attended Hebrews 10:25 on October 22, you might like to review or reflect on the slides from Maximus' presentation on the 8 Real World Implications of the new Directory for Catechesis. The eight implications were:
  1. Catechesis must be kerygmatic - Kerygmatic Catechesis 
  2. Accompaniment must be a priority
  3. Make Jesus the center of all that you do
  4. Rely on the Holy Spirit like your life and ministry depends on Him – they do
  5.  Invest in your catechists
  6. Engage clergy, parents, grandparents, and Godparents
  7. The classroom model and academic approach for RE is not enough
  8.  RE needs to partner with YM to be successful

We'll explore these implications in future Office Hours and host a 'working retreat' next April to do some planning and praying for 2021-22 (hopefully, at an in-person event!). Stay tuned.
Nuts & Bolts, Part 3 of 4: November 12th; 9am
Professional Development for New Catechetical/Youth Ministry Leaders
Whether you've been able to attend the first couple sessions of this series of practical advice for new leaders, or not, please feel welcome to drop by session #3 on Thursday, November 12 at 9:00am-11:30.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
  • Safe Environment
  • First Reconciliation & First Communion
  • Confirmation Questions?
  • Students in need of Baptism
  • Questions about home-schooling
  • Lots of handouts/resources

Of course, there'll be time for prayer, virtual fellowship and check-in's to see how you're doing in these COVID times.

Please e-mail cfountain@gbdioc.org to get the handouts in advance of the meeting.
Nuts & Bolts
Have a Great Idea? Looking for Funding?
2020 Grant Applications Window Now Open

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce it will be accepting grant applications from October 1 to December 1. 

Each year the Catholic Foundation awards grants from the Advancing the Mission Endowments in Evangelization, Leadership Development, Lifelong Catechesis and the Monica Meyer Respect Life Endowment. The Foundation also has grants available through Lumen Christi and Catholic Foundation area of interest funds.   
Pro-Life Reflection & Rosary
Bishop Ricken recently gave a live-streamed reflection and Rosary for Respect Life Month. The event was watched by 250 people live, and over 1800 in all. The videos of both the reflection itself, and the reflection-plus-rosary are available by using the links below. Feel free to view, pray and share!
Save the date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 for the diocesan Respect Life Celebration at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Bishop Ricken will celebrate the annual Respect Life Mass. The day will also feature the Sisters of Life as well as engaging talks and the opportunity to network with other pro-life leaders in the Diocese. There will be an in-person option (as guidelines allow) and the event will be livestreamed. Details in next month's RE/YM Update.
Two Items from the Compass:
This writing and drawing contest is for kids in grades K-8. Best entries will be published in the Christmas edition of the Compass and win prizes and possibly national recognition for the author/artists.

Deadline: Deadline December 1
Read More about Just 4 Kids
Nominate someone who is a practicing Catholic who lives his/her faith in the workplace. These prestigious awards, for people whose work life considers the common good, will be announced in March.

Read More about Faith that Works
Parish Life Line: Upcoming Topics
Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30; via Zoom
Nov 4: Fr. Luke Ferris (Team Dynamics)
Nov. 11: Jane Angha (Christmas Hospitality)
Nov. 18: Christmas Joy in the Parish
Dec 2: Ellen Mommaerts (Mental Health Outreach;
esp. in regards to youth mental health)
Dec. 9: Bishop Ricken
Dec. 16: Fr. Dan Felton (50th Parish Life Line)
Green Bay Youth Conference (GBYC) News:
Guess what?
Due to the continued rise in COVID numbers and hospitalizations throughout our diocese, the likelihood of a significant spike in numbers after Thanksgiving and the possibility of a second wave this coming winter; we have made the decision to move the date of GBYC from this December 6th to Saturday, June 5th 2021.

It will still be at the Shrine for Our Lady of Good Help and Sonar Worship will still be our band. Our hope and prayer is that by June of next year COVID numbers will be reduced sufficiently to allow us to have GBYC safely.
What about Steubenville Summer Trips?
Our office will unfortunately not be able to offer our usual Steubenville Mini-trip to St. Paul, MN next summer.

We are waiting on updates from Franciscan University before deciding the fate of the Extended Trip.

We eagerly and prayerfully look forward to the day that COVID-19 is a distant memory and we can plan and organize large out-of-state pilgrimages again.
Better News: Love Begins Here
It's On for 2021!
Love Begins Here is back for 2021!!! Mother Teresa of Calcutta would never let a worldwide pandemic stop the work she was doing. She would’ve done whatever she could…with whatever she had….wherever she was. We are letting her inspiration and the work of the Holy Spirit guide us into the summer of 2021. Yes, there will be a new version of Love Begins Here for the summer of 2021, but there will NOT be any fall Love Begins Here events for 2020. Thank you for your patience as we iron out our plans. Stay tuned for more information in the near future. We are excited to be back!
Good News from Camp Tek, Too!
Registration for summer camp at Camp Tek opens on Friday, December 4th. The following sessions are being offered.

  • Session 1: June 20 - June 25        
  • Session 2: June 27 - July 2        
  • Session 3: July 4 - July 9               
  • Session 4: July 11 - July 16             
  • Session 5: July 18 - July 23
  • Session 6: July 25 - July 30           
  • Session 7: August 1 - August 6

Slots will fill quickly; register promptly!
Upcoming dates you should know about.

Dates to Keep in Mind:

Nov 4: Parish Life Line (featuring Fr. Luke Ferris)
Nov 5: RE/YM Office Hour on Zoom (see article above)
Nov 12: Nuts & Bolts (3rd of 4 in the series)
Nov 12: RE/YM Office Hour at 1:00pm*
Nov. 19: RE/YM Office Hour at 1pm
Nov 26: Thanksgiving (Diocesan Offices closed until Monday, Nov. 30)
Dec 1: Deadline for Catholic Foundation Grant Applications (see article above)
Dec 1: Deadline for "Just 4 Kids" essay/drawing contest (see article above)
Dec 4: Camp Tek summer 2021 registration opens (see article above)
Jan 23: Save-the-date: Respect Life Celebration at the Shrine (details next month)

**FCC and Ongoing Formation schedules are available through www.gbdioc.org/fcc Please contact hosting parish/school to register for a class or get more information about location, parking, etc.
Catechetical Certification
Discover Jesus: One course per year for steady growth!
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.
Studies, media, and materials to help you do what you do.
Our at-home resource page can be found HERE!
it gets updated as new information becomes available.

The Catholic Extension offers a free digital prayer card for COVID 19. Join in a litany of prayer and solidarity with those who are sick, first responders, civic leaders and those who have died.

The Catechist's Journey website has an interview with someone who is "Facilitating a Small Group Online: St. Andrew Parish in Chicago" and shares his parish's experiences.

Dynamic Catholic offers "A Simple Explanation of the Mass" by Fr. Eamon Tobin. Includes commentary, reflection questions and suggestions on how to enter the Mass more fruitfully. Individual copies FREE (plus s/h).

"Election & Voting Lesson Plan for Catholic Religious Education" might be useful well beyond the Nov. 4 election. Jared Dees refers to the Church's teaching on social justice and the USCCB's document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and offers prep suggestions before using the lesson plans.

Catholic Current is your one-stop-shop for ministry needs that gives your parish/organization access to an incredible online library filled with relevant, reliable content that supports the liturgical calendar and more. From prayers to social media graphics, you’ll find everything you need on this project of the USCCB.
The USCCB has published Pope Francis' encyclical letter, "Fratelli Tutti" (On Fraternity and Social Friendship). It is available for sale in both English and Spanish at the USCCB Store.

Don't forget that the Compass offers worksheets and other resources for use by teachers and catechists as part of Compass in the Classroom. See a video explanation and testimony.

Ruah Woods Press has developed ROOTED: Theology of the Body K-12 Curriculum, age appropriate teaching inspired by the masterwork of St. John Paul II.

Bishop Robert Barron suggests the Word on Fire Bible (Part 1: The Gospels) might be the perfect Christmas gift. See a video description on its key elements.

Share Your Wisdom!
Have a resource that you've found helpful in training staff or engaging students? Watched a video that deepened your faith and led you closer to Jesus?

Email us at education@gbdioc.org with articles, videos, books, & more.

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