Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

October 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.
Miss our Mid-September Update?
Information we didn't want to wait to tell you. . .
  • Bishop's recognition and acceptance of the Sophia Institute's curriculum for K-8 parish religious education.
  • October 22 Discipleship Day (KI Center) and Healing Service (St. John the Baptist, Howard). Details below.
  • Registration for GBYC now open. Read More . . .
That Time of Year
Annual Enrollment Report Due by All Saints Day
Once again, we are collecting information about your religious education program, most importantly your enrollment numbers, but other useful information as well, as we develop our own programming to serve you.  

The information you submit in this report provides us with an accurate picture of the great things you’re accomplishing in your parishes.

Please gather your enrollment numbers and take 10-15 minutes to complete this report before All Saints Day (November 1st). We’ll be reaching out to the parishes we haven’t heard from after that date, so that we have 100% response by the end of the year.. Please help us out by responding as soon as possible.

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! 
Diocesan Discipleship Day & Healing Service
All parish staff (paid employees) are invited to join the entire curia in attending a one-day Encounter School of Healing to be held at the KI Center, Green Bay on October 22 from 8:30am-3:45pm (no charge, but registration required ).
That same evening, presenters Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis of Encounter Ministries will lead a healing service from 6:30 to 9:30pm at St. John the Baptist Parish in Howard. All are welcome to attend!!  Feel free to invite your families, friends, and anyone who may need to experience the healing love of Jesus Christ. 

For more information on Encounter Ministries.
160 Years Since Mary's Appearance in Champion
October 1-9, National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help will see a host of events and activities in devotion to Our Lady. Special speakers (Patrick Madrid, Michael O'Neill, Rev. Ubald Rugirangoga, and others), liturgies, Adoration, procession to commemorate the Miracle of the Fire in 1871.

October is World Mission Month:
Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World
Pope Francis asks all to be in a permanent state of mission, which simply is a passion for Jesus and a passion for his people.

A galore of resources are available.
Grant Window Open Now
Catholic Foundation Funding
The Catholic Foundation Grant Application Process will be available from October 1 to 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
Welcome! We're expecting over 800 people to attend; make your plans now!
Green Bay Youth Conference (GBYC) Registration Open!
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
Registration Now Open!
December 12, 2019

We are bringing in Paul Fahey and Monica Pope from the Diocese of Lansing to facilitate the day. The day will include dynamic talks as well as encounter opportunities to explore the kerygma on a personal level, but also how to incorporate it in our catechetical ministries. 

This day is for catechetical leaders and youth ministers; welcome! 
Too Early to Mention Christmas?
Not when the deadline for this contest is December 2
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. Winning artwork will be sent to the Missionary Childhood Association National Christmas Artwork Contest and will compete to appear
Upcoming dates you should know about.
 Dates to Keep in Mind:

Oct 1: Grant Application window opens at Catholic Foundation
Oct 3: Hebrews 10:25 at the GB Distillery (Sophia Institute
Oct 22: Diocesan Discipleship Day at KI Center (article above)
Oct 22: Diocesan Healing Service at St. John the Baptist, Howard
Oct 22: OFFICE OF FAMILIES & SCHOOLS CLOSED for Discipleship Day
Nov 1: All Saints Day! (Annual Enrollment Report Due; see article above)
NOV 25: 1st Session of Prayer & Spirituality (FCC) at St. John the Baptist, Howard*

**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!
FCC Equivalencies
In order to encourage full participation and in support of the Diocesan mission of becoming missionary disciples, the attendance of a complete ALPHA series (all sessions plus the Alpha day-away), or Catholic Evangelization Studies course (all sessions) or a full-day Discipleship Formation seminar will count as
Enrichment, and participants will be allowed to defer the usual FCC requirements to the following year.

In other words, if a catechist/school teacher/administrator participates in one of the above listed courses in 2020, they have met the requirement for catechetical certification for that year but will still need to fulfill their usual FCC requirements the following year . In all cases, a Completion Form must be submitted to the Office of Families & Schools after the completion of the course as verification.  Completion forms can be found online or at through the course instructor.
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.
Dynamic Catholic has a new release:
in which Fr. Eamon Tobin breaks down the Mass and explains each part in simple language. A Simple Explanation of the Mass.

Ascension offers Biblical Roots of the Hail Mary , an audio recording of Dr. Edward Sri, part of the All Things Catholic series. Learn more.

Word on Fire is launching a new membership/journal called Evangelization & Culture . Subscribed members are entitled to Word on Fire institutes, online classes, forums, film studies and more.

RCL Benziger offers free, resources for catechists and families. Check it out on its Catholic Resources Page .

The USCCB wants you to know that The Devil is Real and has published a book by Pope Francis by that title. In it he offers a description of the devil's ploys and offers suggestions about what we can do to see victory over evil.

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality's Summer/Fall 2019 schedule of classes, retreats and other events is available on its website.

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.
Worksheets to Use with Compass in the Classroom
Each month, a worksheet is posted to the Compass' website for you to click, print and share in your classroom - therefore, less catechist/teacher prep time! The worksheets can be found HERE . Have a look, and if you have any questions at all about using the Compass in the Classroom or securing your 25 free copies, please contact Amy Kawula at the Compass.

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