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Order the new Directory for Catechesis

The new Directory for Catechesis. . . lays the how-to guidelines for catechesis and presents universal norms to guide pastors and catechists in the work of evangelization and affirms the presentation of the Catholic faith articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a sound point of reference for instruction while drawing deeply from Scripture and the writings of recent popes, especially Pope Francis’s 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. . . (The Joy of the Gospel).

These guidelines are important for bishops for use in their local dioceses and will also be indispensable for those responsible for formal religious instruction, including pastors and parish priests, deacons, lay and religious catechists, and religious education teachers in parishes and schools. Furthermore, the Directory will aid directors of formation who train the faithful in the forms and means of catechesis, including seminary rectors, directors of formation for the permanent diaconate, and lay ecclesial minster formation program directors. The Directory is available here.

The NEW Directory for Catechesis:Highlights and Summaries for Catechists and Pastoral Leaders
Vibrant Faith Catalyst 
Vibrant Faith Catalyst is for Christian leaders committed to transforming the way we envision and design faith formation for all ages in the 21st century. Join a community of Christian leaders who will support, encourage, and challenge each other to provide vital and vibrant faith formation in their churches. 

Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation

You can receive a Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation from Vibrant Faith by completing:

• All of the Foundational Courses: Foundations of Lifelong Faith Formation, Developing Lifelong Faith Formation, and Leadership for Lifelong Faith Formation)
• Three of the Practice and Design Courses: Family Faith Formation, Intergenerational Faith Formation, and one of the life stage courses – Children or Adolescent or Adult Faith Formation
• Participation in the Live Presentation and Live Application Discussion for each course.
• Online interaction with the participants and instructor during each course.
• The required reading for each course (one book per course)
• The required project for each course (a practical project design that applies the course to your church)

 

Questions?

If you have questions or need more information, please contact John Roberto at .

 

 

For More Information

Please contact Kevin Prevou, Associate Director of Adult Faith Formation, at (214) 379-2848 or
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World Refugee Day offers opportunity for Adult Formation

World Refugee Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

According to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is one who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” The Catholic Church has for decades taken seriously the plight of these vulnerable refugees and through advocacy, education efforts, and service provision sought to provide increased protections for them.

These efforts take place on the international level through the hard work of Catholic organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Jesuit Relief Service, who provide support in camps and communities across the world to refugees. It takes place domestically, here in the United States, through Catholic Charities and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Both organizations advocate for further protections and provide support for newly arriving refugees.

Please download and use the World Refugee Day 2018 Toolkit from the USCCB for use in your parishes and local community! This is an opportunity in our parishes to "Be Golden" 

https://justiceforimmigrants.org/2016site/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WRD-2018-Toolkit.pdf

https://justiceforimmigrants.org/news/community-engagement-resources/

 

UNACCOMPANIED MINOR ASSISTANCE

Dear Pastoral Ministers,

Catholic Charities is currently seeking volunteers who might be willing to offer pastoral care of the Migrant Kids who are being housed at the Kay Bailey Convention staffed through FEMA. Catholic Charities has stated that those arriving a mostly young boys who primarily speak Spanish with about 20% English speaking.
 
If you feel that you have the availability and openness to volunteer in the area of pastoral care for these young people, please fill out the Catholic Charities form found at Click here  to better enable the staff to begin processing these requests. I know that they have a large number of volunteers who have already registered to process but are wanting people to go ahead and sign up so that they can filter through the list as fast as possible.
 
I know that some of you might have been in ministry in some of these areas where these young people have come from such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and many other locations, so you are well aware of what their fears, concerns and pastoral needs might be coming to a new country and new experience in their lives.
 
I personally thank all of you who can respond at this time as well as those who might be able to later on.  Please take some time to go the website of Catholic Charities for more information and to fill out the online form.
 
I hold each of you and your communities in my prayers especially during this Lenten season as we move into Holy Week next week.
Blessings and prayers,
 
Sister Theresa Khirallah