Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

October 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
From the Litany of Saint Joseph:

Noble son of the House of David
Light of patriarchs . . . Pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God. . . Pray for us.
Guardian of the Virgin. . . Pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God. . . Pray for us.
Faithful guardian of Christ. . . Pray for us.
Head of the holy family. . . Pray for us.
Joseph, chaste and just. . . Pray for us.
Joseph, prudent and brave. . . Pray for us.
Joseph, obedient and loyal. . . Pray for us.
Pattern of patience. . . Pray for us.
Lover of poverty. . . Pray for us.
Model of workers. . . Pray for us.
Example to parents . . . Pray for us.

Pray the whole litany HERE.
Stained glass window at Mother of Mercy Hall at National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.
Notices, Updates, Events
Generally useful information.
Change of Plans . . .
Wrap-up and Implementation
No longer a live, in-person event on October 8th!
Bad News: Sadly, because of the surging numbers of COVID cases in our Diocese, we will no longer meet in-person at the Green Bay Distillery on October 8th for this event.

Good News: The event will be held online (via Zoom) over the courses of several weeks. Same topics, same presenters:

  • October 8 (1-2:30pm): Julianne Stanz and Joe Tremblay on "Real World Applications for Adult Faith Formation: Reinterpreting the Experiences of Life in the Light of Faith" [will tie in the ways in which adult faith formation in light of the new Directory can impact RE and YM (think catechists, parents and chaperones) and how RE & YM can better support or collaborate with adult faith formation.]

  • October 15 (1-2:30pm): Elisa Tremblay on Real world implication on family ministry [in light of what's been presented last week on the new Directory) what RE & YM programs in our diocese can do to better support, engage and involve families in our parishes]

  • October 22 (1-2:30pm): Maximus Cabey and Callie Kowalski (w/cameo appearance by Tommy Nelson) on Real World Applications for Religious Education & Youth Ministry in our Diocese
More Good News: There'll be a working Retreat offered in Spring (April?) for catechetical leaders and youth ministers who would like to work on applying some of what we've learned in the new Directory to Fall 2021 programs.

Details about October 8th: If you've already sent in payment for October 8, it will be returned/refunded to you. If you used a credit card, the charges will be reversed on same card.

Questions about programming/content: mcabey@gbdioc.org or ckowalski@gbdioc.org

Questions about payment/logistics: cfountain@gbdioc.org
Revised Guidelines
These RE/YM Social Distancing Guidelines for Fall 2020 were revised on September 23, to include information on virtual Virtus lesson plans and on Safe Environment best practices for online RE/YM programming.
Area Religious Special Education Program
A Recognized Catholic Lay Organization within the Diocese of Green Bay
Are you looking for services for those in your parish who have a cognitive disability and support for their families? The Green Bay Area Religious Special Education Program has provided Religious Education, Sacrament Preparation and Adult Faith Support to people with special needs and their families since 1968. 
With participants from age 6 through adult, they meet 12 times during the school year at its host parish, Nativity of Our Lord in Green Bay. Gatherings begin at 9:00 AM; dismissal is after 10:15 Mass. Please visit their website, email, or call Susan Shefka Peeters 920-265-5210 for more information. They look forward to hearing from you!
Bringing it to Mary: National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help
Starts Today!
The National Novena brings pilgrims together for nine days of prayer to Our Lady of Good Help.

To pray the Novena for yourself, your loved ones and/or friends, request prayer cards at 920-866-2571 or go to

Click on “Novenas” to sign up to have the Novena Prayer and/or daily prayer intention emailed to you daily.
Are you looking for a way to engage your parish/students in a conversation about race?
We know that initiating and leading these conversations can be intimidating, so we want to help. We are excited to announce the launch of the Open Wide Our Hearts Virtual Exhibit. This exhibit features photos of Catholics from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, alongside written narratives that document what life in the church of the Diocese of Green Bay has been like for them as a person of color. The virtual exhibit is ready-made for you to use with students, families, or parishioners to begin having the difficult but important conversation about issues of race. 
"WOW! The virtual exhibit is amazing! The website is clean and simple. I love how the photos are the focal point to draw us in and then we can click on each one to dive into that person’s story." --Recent online visitor 
2020 Grant Applications Now Available
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.   
An Updated Document from Safe Environment
Use the link below to access an updated FAQ for Safe Environment Training requirements 2020-21 in the Diocese of Green Bay.

For the safe environment training for children we are encouraging schools and RE programs to include the required training early on in the curriculum to hopefully avoid the large number of children that did not receive any safe environment training due to the onset of the Corona virus in spring.
What about Steubenville Summer Trips?
Dear fellow workers in the vineyard, considering the:
• uncertainty of out-of-state-travel
• increase in costs of transportation & housing due to social distancing requirements
• budget limitations due to COVID-19
• no-refund policy of Partnership for Youth. . .
our office will unfortunately not be able to offer our usual Steubenville mini-trip to St. Paul, MN next summer.

If your parish is wishing and able to organize an independent trip (on your own or in collaboration w/other parishes) to the St. Paul conference, we would encourage you to weigh your options carefully based on the considerations above and do what will be best for your parish and students.
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.
And Speaking of Youth: GBYC
At this time, the GBYC (Green Bay Youth Conference), scheduled for Sunday, December 6th is still a "GO". Save-the-Date details:

  • Sunday, December 6th (9am-6pm)
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
  • "Joy of the Call" featuring Sonar Worship
  • Event will include Reconciliation (optional) and Mass with Bishop Ricken
  • Registration will be by parish group (appropriate number of chaperones required!)
  • "Lost Sheep" (individual) registration will be accepted (minor student must be accompanied by parent or guardian)
  • Cost: Not to exceed $25/person (students and adults)
  • Event will be "mask mandatory" regardless of State or Diocesan guidelines.
  • Limited seating (250) to allow for safe social distancing at event.

More information and registration options coming soon! All plans subject to change.
Upcoming dates you should know about.

Dates to Keep in Mind:

Oct 8: Hebrews 10:25 at GB Distillery: CANCELLED: SEE ARTICLE ABOVE
Oct 8: Catechesis & Encounter on Zoom (See article above)
Oct 15: Catechesis & Encounter on Zoom (See article above)
Oct 22: Catechesis & Encounter on Zoom (See article above)
Nov 5: RE/YM Office Hour on Zoom
Nov 12: Nuts & Bolts (3rd of 4 in the series)
Dec 6: GBYC (see article above)

**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.

Our colleague Connie DeMeuse sent us this prayer for the blessing of school/RE facilities, adapted from the Blessing of a School (Roman Ritual). Thanks!

Ascension (Press) offers this Prayer to Combat the Corona Virus.

Ascension (Health) publishes a monthly newsletter on a variety of health topics. It's Employee Assistance Program is available to all Diocesan/Parish employees.

The Religion Teacher website (Jared Drees) publishes a lot of information on the faith formation ministry. This article is "Re imagining Virtual Catechesis in 2020-21"

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.

Loyola Press has a four-part online series of articles about the new Directory of Catechesis beginning with part one, the Overview.
Ignatius Press announces the release of the first note-taking & journaling Bible ever of the popular RSV 2nd Catholic Edition.

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.

RCL Benziger offers Reconciliation: Pardon & Peace, a distance learning resource for Reconciliation. Child's book now available online. See more.

My Catholic Faith Delivered offers a 30-minute training session with information on starting your Faith & Life classes online.

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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