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.

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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

FAITH AND ACTION: HISTORY OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CINCINNATI (URBAN LIFE & URBAN LANDSCAPE)

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!!!

A WHOLE DAY FOR $25.00!

That’s the cost of attendance at the 36th Annual Northern Congress on Sept. 17, 2011.  Where else can you get get coffee and fresh donuts, Morning Prayer, a Keynote Adddress, Choice of 31 Workshops, Lunch and fifteen Exhibits?  Go to http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/evangelization-and-catechesis and click on “Brochure of Information” and “Speakers’ Biographies” for all the information on this energizing day to start the religious education year!  The most popular workshops fill up quickly, so get your registrations sent in as soon as possible.