Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

November 2019 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.

Discover Jesus. Follow Jesus. Worship Jesus. Share Jesus with others.
Notices, Updates, Events
Generally useful information.
That Time of Year
Annual Enrollment Report Due by All Saints Day; That's Today!!

We’re only looking for one response per parish. If after filling out this report, you have corrections or questions, please contact sre@gbdioc.org ; please do NOT re-submit a new response. Thanks! 
Grant Window Open Now
Catholic Foundation Funding

The Catholic Foundation Grant Application Process will be available until December 1, 2019 for Advancing the Mission - Evangelization, Leadership Development and Lifelong Catechesis; Lumen Christi and the Catholic Foundation Areas of Interest . To apply, see the Catholic Foundation website.

Successful grant requests last year from parishes included funding for parish Family Fun nights; creation/improvement of family-friendly environment within the parish; Alpha expansion to different age groups within parish, and more. Do you have a project that needs funding? Grant window wide open!
For more information on vocations, contact the Diocesan Vocations Team: Fr. Mark Mleziva; Fr. Adam Bradley and/or Jennie Huettlat 920-272-8293 or
National Vocations Awareness Week: November 3-9
How parents can nurture vocations:
  • Set an example; model discipleship and a loving marriage
  • See role models; befriend priests, sisters/brothers; invite them to your home
  • Read/discuss Bible stories of Mary's response to God, Jesus calling the Apostles
  • Pray for the future; that your children will follow Jesus and remain open to holy marriage, priesthood and religious life.
  • Be supportive if your child does express an interest in vocation. The best thing to say is "Whatever God wants for you, I want for you, too. Just keep praying to discover His will for your life."
Nuts & Bolts: Thursday, November 21
Professional Development for New Administrators
All new-to-ministry, new-to-parish, or new-to-Diocese religious education and youth ministry leaders are invited to attend this informational and formational morning workshop. Topics covered at this 3rd Nuts & Bolts workshop include (but are not limited to): FAQ about First Confession and Communion; Homeschooling for RE; and 12 Keys to Successful Ministry. There'll be time for networking among peers and prayer, of course!

Nuts & Bolts starts at 9am and ends with Mass at 11:30am for those who can stay. Location: Bona Hall, Diocesan Campus.
Newly Released!
DVD recordings of Fr. John Girotti's recent series "Live Your Faith" builds on his original series ("Know Your Faith") and trace the journey of Christian discipleship as outlined in parts three and four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Each DVD contains one segment of Father's series of 15 presentations, which was recorded at St. John the Baptist Parish, Howard during the past year. Topics include:

  • How to Become a Saint
  • Virtues; 7 Habits of Holiness
  • And Who Is My Neighbor: Catholic Social Teaching
  • Suffering & Hope in the Christian Life
  • Prayer Changes Things
  • Living Our Faith Today
  • And More!
Cost is $75/set of all 15 DVD's (+ $5 shipping if mailed). Available through the Office of Families & Schools. E-mail: education@gbdioc.org to order, or use printable order form.
Save a Bundle!
Get Both DVD Sets ("Live Your Faith" and "Know Your Faith" for $150. Only while supplies last!

A $200 Value!
If you saw Patrick Reis at the Healing Event at the KI Center last month, you know the impact of his message. . .
Welcome! We're expecting over 600 people to attend; make your plans now!

. . . here's the chance to share that message of Jesus' healing love with the youth of your parish!

DATE: Sunday, December 8, 2019
TIME: 8:30am-5:45pm
PLACE: National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, WI

Patrick Reis, Director of Encounter Ministries;
 St. Ann Immaculee, Sisters of Life

Music by Sonar
Kerygma Encounter* at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality
Registration Now Open!
December 12, 2019

This day is for catechetical leaders and youth ministers; welcome! It will include dynamic talks by Paul Fahey & Monica Pope:
  • Who is God?
  • Who is Man?
  • Why Jesus?
  • Union with God
There will also be encounter opportunities to explore the kerygma on a personal level, and how to incorporate it in our catechetical ministries. 
*Since Kerygma Encounter was developed in the Diocese of Lansing in 2015, more than 1500 committed Catholics around the State of Michigan have been formed and transformed by the experience. We're delighted to bring it to the Diocese of Green Bay!
Admit it: It's your favorite part of the Compass in December:
Student Essay/Art Contest Winners
In partnership with World Mission Services, The Compass presents its annual Christmas essay/art contest for 2019. Top 3 artwork winners from each age group, K-8 will be chosen. Deadline to submit: December 2nd!
March for Life 2020
Registrations due November 15; Deposits due November 30
This pilgrimage to Washington DC January 21-26, 2020 aims to inspire, strengthen, and bond the community of young people in our diocese because we believe through Christ and our own witness, hearts can be changed. We look to educate youth on the hope that Christ wishes to offer them and learn how we can overcome evils that threaten life through prayer, sacrifice, community, and service.

From our diocese, we usually take around 150 pilgrims. From around the nation, there are thousands of students who pilgrimage from their schools and parishes to join in one voice of peace and prayer for the lives of all. 

Click on button below for the Who, What, When, Where, How Much, etc. Come and See!
Love Begins Here: Summer 2020
Dates/Locations Announced!
For general information, please visit our website.
For specific questions, please e-mail lterrien@gbdioc.org
Something new in our fourth year of LBH:
Group Leaders: Week Requests will begin in November and will be closed after December 1st. Week Requests are for Group Leaders only to estimate how many missionaries we can expect for LBH 2020. In order to accommodate for all weeks, we ask parishes to consider two options. This form will be available to Parish Leaders from November 15, 2019 until December 1, 2020.   After December 1st, we will contact you confirming you LBH week. We will try our hardest to accommodate for your first choice week. Online liability forms will be made available after December 1st for individual students to register for their group's week. 
Upcoming dates you should know about.
 Dates to Keep in Mind:

Nov 1: All Saints Day! (Annual Enrollment Report Due; see article above)
Nov 1: GBYC Registrations due. Late registration available, but price goes up.
Nov 5: Safe Environment Summit at the Shrine
Nov 9: Camp Tekakwitha Fall Camp Clean-up
Nov 14: ProCLAYM Member Gathering ( ProCLAYM 2019-20 pamphlet )
Nov 21: Nuts & Bolts (see above)
Nov 25: 1st Session of Prayer & Spirituality (FCC) at St. John the Baptist, Howard*
Nov 28: Thanksgiving Day: Diocesan Offices Closed until Monday, December 3
Nov 30: March for Life Deposits due (see article above)
Dec 1: First Sunday of Advent!
Dec 6: Camp Tek summer registration opens
Dec 8: GBYC at the Shrine (Registrations due this month; see above)
Dec 12: Kerygma Encounter at St. Norbert Spirituality Center (see above)
Dec. 21-Jan 1: Diocesan Offices Closed

**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!
Want to Offer a Live FCC Course?
Here's How . . .
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.
St. Joseph Communications offers Jason Everts' presentation, "What's So Great About Being Catholic?" , perfect for those struggling in their faith. While supplies last, 20 copies of the DVD for $1/each.

Advent is Coming . . .

Ascension offers "Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Joseph" In addition to the journal experience, there are free online videos also available.

Word on Fire presents "Advent Gospel Reflections" booklet with the daily readings plus a reflection from Bishop Robert Barron. Includes reflection questions and journal pages. Discounted bulk purchase.

The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has an index of Advent resources for students, for families and for anyone.

The Missionary Childhood Association offers many Advent resources designed for beyond the classroom. Includes activities, prayers and saint/witness stories.
More Advent Resources . . .

Busted Halo has a " Advent in 2 Minutes " video on YouTube. Suitable for anyone who can read!

CatholicMom.org has a list of Advent resources for children and families.

Loyola Press' Joe Paprocki has an Advent resource page, on its Catehchists' Journey website, that includes articles, blogs and more.

RCL Benziger also offers a slate of free, Advent Resources .
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.

Families & Schools of Discipleship | Diocese of Green Bay
920.272.8309 | education@gbdioc.org