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


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.


Register for the Northern Area Congress to be held September 17, 2011 before August 15 to receive your first choice selections for workshops.  Some workshops reach room capacity limits fast, so there is no first choice guarantee after August 15.  If you do not have a Congress brochure go to  for this years’ brochure.  The theme this year is Drawing Adolescents and Their Families into a Life of Faith: A Practical Blueprint with Dr. Gregory “Dobie” Moser as the Keynote Speaker.



Now that the Easter Season is over, it is time to start thinking about training your RCIA Team Members.  The slower pace of summer is a perfect time to take advantage of training in a retreat-like atmosphere.  RCIA in the Parish is an intensive two day experience to learn about and experience the rites and periods of RCIA.  Go to for the information and registration brochure for this valuable experience for leaders, catechists, team members, musicians, deacons and priests.


As adult faith formation catechists plan sessions to prepare parents for the Baptism of their child or RCIA Catechists plan sessions for Catechumens or parish or school catechists plan sessions for their students, they re looking for new videos to show the rite and explain the sacrament’s meaning.  Here are some you may want to borrow from the Sidney Media Center.  Search the Media Catalog at and make your reservation at  

DV0389  Sacraments (1 episode each)  – Junior High-Adults

DV0354  One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism – Adults/Parents

DV0318  Exploring the Sacrament of Baptism – Junior High – Adults  (Uses stories)

Dv0180  Initiation Sacraments for Young Poeple – Primary – Junior High

DV0159  Sacrament of Baptism:  Past and Present – Adults (History and Develpment of Baptism)

Dv 0091   Your Baby’s Baptism – Adults (For Parent Preparation)


Perhaps the most difficult period of RCIA to coordinate is the Period of Mystagogia.  It is designed to be a time for Neophytes to grasp the meaning of the Paschal Mystery and make it part of their lives.  Is Your Mystagogia Missing? is a ten page resource from the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan which offers suggestions for breaking open the Easter Vigil experience, things to do with Neophytes during the Easter Season, and catechetical and service suggestions.  Borrow a copy from the Sidney Media Center at or find it on the web site of the Federation of the Diocesan Liturgical Commissions at


Want a creative way for your students in Catholic School or Parish Religious Education to study Catholic vocabulary?  Go to for free  flashcards and games on many subjects.  Search “ACRE” to get sets of questions for working on Catholic Vocabulary Words or Terms or in preparation for taking the NCEA ACRE Assessment .   Thanks to Barb for the heads-up!