Monday, September 29, 2014

National Parish Religious Education Week: November 2-8, 2014

 Download a pdf version of NCEA’s celebration guide containing resources to help in your celebrations in English and Spanish. The guide is available and free to everyone through the NCEA website.  The webinar “Education for Community Life” will be offered free of charge to anyone on Thursday, November 6 at 1 - 2 p.m. ET and again at 7 - 8 pm ET p.m. Further details and registration are available on the NCEA website.

October Respect Life Month Theme: “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation”

Respect Life Month is an excellent time to particularly reflect on life issues and to pray for and promote greater respect for all human life. New resources, produced by the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, are available to assist parishes in the presentations of life issues. Program packets include a folder with this year’s theme on the cover; a set of three horizontally-oriented, letter-size “mini posters”, a catalog of Respect Life resources; a bilingual flyer exploring the theme; and six new articles on varying topics, such as adoption, miscarriage, and healing within marriage from an abortion. Printable versions of these materials, the 2014 statement for Respect Life Month, liturgical resources, and ordering information are available at

Adults Micro-lessons: “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness”

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has produced a resource for adults for the upcoming catechetical year. This resource takes the Catechetical Sunday theme, “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness”, and develops it over 9 micro-lessons. Parish groups could use this resource for as little as 5 minutes a month for intentional adult catechesis. Available in English and in Spanish

New Evangelization and Catholic Social Teaching webinar: October 2

Members of MyUSCCB are invited to join Dr. Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services in a discussion about how Catholic Social Teaching is an integral component of the New Evangelization. Dr. Woo will connect the three pillars of the New Evangelization—worship, faith and witness—to Catholic Social Teaching. She will describe how service to the poor is integral to each of the three pillars and incarnates this social dimension of evangelization, providing action ideas for your ministry. Consider gathering all your parish leaders – pastors, deacons, PCLs, parish council members, Evangelization leaders – to participate together in this webinar. Diocesan faith formation and evangelization leaders will also find the ideas beneficial. Date: 10/02/2014 3:00-3:45 PM ET: The New Evangelization and Catholic Social Teaching Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo was a recipient of honorary doctorates from Providence College, University of St. Francis, Lewis University, as well as the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Woo was educated by the Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong.

Confirmation Prep Project

Just a reminder for those who are engaged in the Confirmation Prep Project should be looking at their own selected enhancement as well as the universal enhancement of the Call to Discipleship. The mid-point gathering will be held at Sacred Heart, Jacksonville on Saturday, December 13th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Mike Carotta will again be leading us in evaluating and enhancing what we are doing in the area of sacramental preparation for Confirmation. It is not too late to get involved with this… call the office at 904-262-3200, ext 118

30th Annual Faith Formation Day

The 30th Annual Diocesan Faith Formation Day will be held on Saturday, October 18th at Bishop John J. Snyder High School. Our theme this year is "Old Wisdom for a New Age", a nod to our patron, Saint Augustine as well as to the 450th anniversary of the city of St. Augustine. This year's main sponsor is Sadlier Publishers and the keynote address will be given by Dr. Carole Eipers. There are also 13 workshops after the keynote, three of which will be given in Spanish. Please visit the website for registration information.

Eucharistic Congress Dates

For your planning pleasure, here are the dates for the next 4 years: March 13-14, 2015 March 11-12, 2016 March 24-25, 2017 March 16-17, 2018