Hospitality as the Heart of Renewal: An Evening Retreat

Come join us on Tuesday evening, OCtober 18 at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein from 7:00-9:00 pm.

This evening is for all parish leaders and others interested in fostering an evangelizing heart.  Hospitality flows from a heart that knows God’s radical and unconditional love.  That heart needs ongoing nourishment so that love and joy will be evident in service and welcome.

Join us as we pray and reflect on the moments when Jesus welcomed us through the undeserved kindness and hospitality of our fellow human beings.

Come and learn how to use this process in your parish to awaken the hearts of others to the joy and love within them that is longing for release.

Call 937-498-1192 or 419-925-4522 to register.

Or e-mail sidneymediacenter@catholiccincinnati.org

Will There be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples

By Thomas H. Groome, HarperOne, 2011.

Thomas Groome advocates for a life to faith to life approach to Christian formation.  He recognizes the challenges and obstacles parents and educators face as they lead people toward lives of faith.  This book is a guide/road map for reenergizing the fiath community and family from the bottom up.

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

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 BROCHURES ON-LINE

The Information/Registration Brochures for the 36th Annual Northern Congress are on-line at

Dobie Moser

http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011CongressBrochure.pdf.  Hard copies of the brochure will be sent to parishes and Catholic Schools shortly.  The keynote address on on enhancing the faith formation of adolescents and their families will be delivered by Dobie Moser.  Register now to get your choice of of workshops.  The popular ones fill up fast.  For more information contact the Office of Evangelization at sidneymediacenter@catholiccincinnati.org.

UNDERSTANDING BAPTISM

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 www.catholiccincinnati.org/oec/catalog and make your reservation at sidneymediacenter@catholiccincinnati.org.  

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)