Catechetical Leaders (DRE/CREs)

Stranger No More: Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst

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“The Church is Mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.” Pope FrancisThis workshop looks at the global migration trends and the Church’s response to human suffering around the world and in the United States and will provide practical tools for teaching about global solidarity.  

They're Everywhere... Except at Church: Accompanying Young Adults "Nones"

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Statistics say it loud and clear. Young adults between the ages of 18-24 are leaving the church in droves. That's a fact. Yet there has never been a greater opportunity and hope for the church. Why? Because many of the young adults who are leaving the church are deeply longing for an encounter with the risen Christ. Who is the face of Christ? His disciples; the community of faith; the Church. The Church has always survived its darkest moments and thrived with renewed vigor because of the transformation of unbelievers.

It Takes a Parish to Raise Saints

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You may have heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child". The same is true for youth ministry - "it takes a parish community to raise a saint." Gone are the days of just having a youth group meeting on a Sunday night. Effective youth ministry demands more. Renewing the Vision, a USCCB document, provides a framework for a comprehensive approach to youth ministry that integrates young people into the whole parish and is inclusive of all members and ministries of the community. Let's come together as a parish community and raise young saints together.

Confirmation: Graduation or Commencement?

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One of the greatest challenges the Church faces with her young people is how to keep them active in their faith after receiving Confirmation.    In this workshop we will explore possible ways of developing relationship with the church that gives the sacrament its purpose and meaning; introducing recipients to a new beginning in their faith life, not a graduation from it.

Confirmation - Building the Parish

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Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation is a parish building experience but how do we accomplish this? While the divide the between Faith Formation sacrament preparation and school sacrament preparation can seem insurmountable, it can be done. Ms. Westlake and Ms. Torres have teamed up to work on bridging this gap to ensure that all candidates know they have a place in the parish.

A Culture of Care: Sharing the Integral Spirituality of Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si' in Parishes

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The beauty of God's work in creation opens our hearts. We will explore what Laudato Si' (available free at the Vatican website) is all about, what myths it debunks and what convictions and attitudes it calls our parish members to. We will also review some ways parishes have effectively shared these convictions and attitudes and find resources which can help us shape our parish efforts.

Helping Parents Pass on a Legacy of Faith to Their Kids

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Studies show that parents have the biggest influence on their children when it comes to passing on the Catholic faith. Many parents think they can't do it. You can help them. If your ministry is to be effective, then you must be intentional about connecting, coaching, and giving parents the tools they need to be the primary formers of faith. This workshop will give you the tools you need to be an effective partner with parents.

Top misconceptions when working with Hispanic Youth

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Over 60 percent of young Catholics, under the age of 18, in the United States are Hispanic and 93 percent of them were born in the United States.  If we want to be effective in our work with young people, we must take these statistics seriously.  "Much of the Catholic experience in the country during the next few decades will be significantly shaped by how the Church reaches out to this last group (Hispanics)."Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes, Hosffman Ospino, PhD

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