Attention Confirmation Coordinators:
The NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) just hosted a fantastic webinar on Youth Confirmation: Confirmation Ministry with Youth in 2020 and Beyond with Tom East of Center for Ministry Development. This webinar explored the models and methods that are helpful in successfully coordinating a Confirmation preparation and follow-through process within a parish setting. Tom looked at the direction for ministry with young people provided by Pope Francis in Christus Vivit, and examined strategies for engaging and involving families and sponsors with the young people.
As a follow up to this webinar, there will be a Virtual Meeting for Confirmation Coordinators of the Archdiocese of Hartford to further explore Tom East’s message. This will take place tomorrow, Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Click this link to join this gathering. You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3212, please use access code: 240-385-685.
Upcoming Webinar for Ministers of Youth and Young Adults:
Join Scott Boyle, Associate Director of Recruitment and Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, as he presents: Animating the Faith of Youth and Young Adults: Attending to Our Present; Building Our Future on December 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
The current challenges faced by the Church have forced us to confront our traditional methods of outreach and evangelization to youth and young adults. COVID-19 has also forced us to dream up new approaches that have the potential to sustain us long after the pandemic has subsided. For the past few months, Scott Boyle, Associate Director of Recruitment and Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame
, facilitated conversations with youth and young adult ministry leaders from across the country who have shared their experiences and ideas for accompanying and animating these two groups. In this session, he will share insights and reasons to hope from these conversations and propose practical ideas to catalyze and reinvigorate youth and young adults in the parish and beyond! Click here
Advent and Christmas Resources for Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Educators
Looking for resources to help children and families celebrate upcoming holidays and feast days? Bookmark this page to find links for videos, articles, and family activities that focus on upcoming seasonal days of celebration. Return often, as these resources will change throughout the year.
Here is a beautiful Four Week Journey into Advent for families that the Diocese of Des Moines has offered to share. Feel free to use as is, or pull out activities that you think your families will enjoy to help them celebrate Advent in a meaningful way as they prepare for Christmas.
Children’s Christmas Books:
Advent Evening of Reflection - Open to All Parish and School Ministers!
Save the date for an Advent Evening of Reflection on December 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the New England Faith Forum. This evening of reflection will be facilitated by Colleen Moore, Director of Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life and Program Director for ECHO (a two-year graduate service learning program that partners with dioceses across the country to train the next generation of leaders in faith formation and theological education in Catholic parishes and schools). Click here for more information and to register.
Virtual Women’s Conference
Join us on December 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the next gathering of our virtual Women’s Conference events, “Wednesdays with Women”! This month’s workshop Mary's YES will be presented by Sheri Dursin and the prayer experience will be Visio Divina, presented by Michelle Boisseau. Click here to register and be a part of this taste of the Women’s Conference. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for January’s Virtual Women’s Conference on January 6, 2021.
Virtual Conversations on the RCIA
Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), there are a number of upcoming virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation. For a listing of the upcoming conversations in both English and Spanish, and information on how to register, visit our RCIA Webpage.