Northern Area Congress is coming!

DRAWING ADOLESCENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES INTO A LIFE OF FAITH:  A PRACTICAL BLUEPRINT

Please register soon for the Northeren Area Congress on Satuarday, September 17.  It is a day filled with learning opportunities to hone your skills in catechesis as well as explore faith content.  It is a day of excitement as people meet old friends, make new friends, and spend time browsing the displays from pulishers and book sellers  This year Cards by Anne and Deidre & Company (http://www.deirdreandcompany.com)/ will join us.

Dobie Moser will offer us some new insights to reach out to adolescents and their families. 

It is a MUST ATTEND event!

http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011CongressBrochure.pdf

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Getting Started as a Catechist: FREE Webinar

Roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year, and Loyola Press is supporting their training by hosting a webinar series called “Getting Started as a Catechist.” In this series, Joe Paprocki, DMin, discusses the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics.

 “Becoming a catechist is exciting and, let’s face it, somewhat intimidating!” Paprocki says. “New and experienced catechists are eager to learn ways to effectively engage young people in faith formation and basic teaching skills to help them gain confidence in this vocation.”

 There will be four webinars in the series, each focused on a different age group. The following is the breakdown of the sessions and dates, which all air from7 pmto8 pm CDT:

 

  • August 24 (intermediate age children: grades 4–6)
  • August 30 (junior high and high school)
  • September 6 (adult faith formation)

 These webinars are free and give catechists, and those interested in becoming catechists, the opportunity to learn more about their vocation from the comfort of their computer. These webinars will also help catechists prepare for Catechetical Sunday. Those who are interested can register at Catechist’s Journey (http://tiny.cc/ipryd). If you have never seen Joe in action and want a personal invitation, here is a video clip of him talking about the series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA_ksPLrKYI&feature=relmfu.

 

The Church and New Media

Catholic Web Solutions offers a critique of Brandon Vogt’s new book, “The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops who Tweet”, released in August 2011 by Our Sunday Visitor.

http://www.catholicwebsolutions.com/?p=1994

CONGRESS WORKSHOPS

The 36th Annual Northern Congress to be held September 17, 2011 offers a variety of workshops.
Workshops 7 and 19 deal with adolescents.
Workshops 12 and 23 are on up-coming changes in the Mass.
Workshops 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 21, 24 and 25 offer innovative teaching ideas.
Workshops 16, 20, 26 are for those catechists teaching sacraments.
Workshops 14, 15 and 17  are about prayer in the classroom.
Workshops 8, 9 and 27 pertain to Scripture.
Workshops 3, 11, 28 talk about Saints and Angels.

To find out more about these and other workshops offered or to register go to http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011CongressBrochure.pdf.

RCT Monthly Newsletter

Be sure to check out the Resources for Creative Teaching Newsletter page for books, DVDs, videos and other resources available through the Northern Area Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The first issue for 2011-2012 is posted and gives suggested resources available explaining the upcoming changes in the Roman Missal.  Other topics covered will be Mary, Apologetics, Saints, Prayer, Parables, Lent, Penance and Eucharist.  The new resource page is posted the first week of each month August – April.