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



FAITH AND ACTION: HISTORY OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CINCINNAT (URBAN LIFE & URBAN LANDSCAPE)Rogern Fortin, Ohio State University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)

It is important to know where we have come from in order to know where we are going.  The history of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is fascinating and full of drama and hope for the people of God.  Do you know how significant a role Bishop Fenwick and Bishop Purcell played in forming the faith of southwest Ohio and in forming a parochial school network that is the 8th largest in the county?  Do you know why that was important?

If you don’t this is the book for you!!!


The Center for Ministry Development offers “Just Five Days” for teens entering seventh, eighth and nineth grades.   This is a  five-day experience of service, hands-on learning activities, prayer and liturgy, and community building designed for groups of middle school youth and their adult leaders from Catholic parishes and schools.  One site is Cincinnati, Ohio.  Go to for more information.

Turning Hearts to Christ: Engaging People in a Lifetime of Faith

by Leisa Anslinger

This planning resource for parish leadership provides a framework for answering the questions:

Doe parish life really matter?  Do people really need community anymore?  Are taheare really “successful parishes” out there?

Her approach is based in reserach and solid planning methods.  It is rooted in Scripture, church teachings and theology.  Chapter titles include:  :rea: People, “real” Faith, Christ Calls, Chrsit Loves, Engang People in the Liturgy, Engaging Youth for a Lifetime of Faith.  Each chapter in section ends with questions to help you discover and dream a future for your parish life as well as the naming of key themes for pastoral practice and planning.

Section 2 offers some practical ways that parishes can be transformed without adding more programs.

SEction three identifies a step-by-step process for planning.

Making Parish Councils Pastoral

Mark F. Fischer, Paulist Press, 2010.

The author offers some practical ways and anecdotes about how parrish councils can be effective by focusing on the work they are supposed to do.  Their role is to:  serve the apostolate of the pastor, helping the pastor to exercise the ministry of parish leadership in a deliberataive and consultative manner.  He outlines the tasks and qualities of council members.

This is a must read for pastors and council members both new and old.

Check out his web site at


Here is a great resource to pass on to parents and to use with parents

DVDs Available in the Media Center

DV 0399
(Maryknoll Society)

The  fourteen minute segments introduces the lives, hopes and struggles of children around the world.  These short videos explore the cultures and concerns of boys and girls worlds away . . . and yet so very much like us.  Perfect for viewing in a single class period, these eye-opening films can be used for social studies, geography and religion courses from middle through high school.  Episodes are in both English and Spanish; study guides are included.  Episodes include: Mexico, Navajo Reservation, Chehalis Reserve, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, Guatamala, El Salvador, Peru, Brazil, Egypt, Tanzania, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

DV 0400
(National Geographic)

This DVD describes human prenatal development through all 38 weeks of pregnancy, emphasizing the first trimester developmental period when all body systems and more than 90 percent of body parts emerge and begin to function.  This science documentary features rare imagery of the living human embryo and fetus.  It combines facts gleaned from the medical literature with images produced from six different medical-imaging technologies.  This visually complelling DVD provides an overview of key features of human embryonic development and contains video sequences of human embryos combined with helpful animations and narration.  There is a PDF text of the program included in English, Spanish and French.  The DVD includes Spanish or French subtitles.

For more information on DVDs available go to, click on Media Center or email