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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.
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)
Please contact Kevin Prevou, Director, Lay Formation and Family Ministries, at (214) 379-2848 or
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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"
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