Catechist Formation Day
Encountering Christ in Our Communities
"Welcome All as Christ"
Saturday August 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.(CST)
Catholic Diocese of Evansville
4200 North Kentucky Avenue
Cost: $20 by August 10, $25 after
Sponsored by The Office of Catechesis,
Diocese of Evansville
Schedule for the Day:
8-8:30 a.m.Registration/ Snacks
8:30- 9:25 a.m. Welcome and Prayer
9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker Kevin Dowd
10:30- 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45- 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:45- 12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1:30 p.m. Evaluations and Closing Prayer
Vendor tables will be available with a variety of resources and gifts.
Morning Sessions (10:45- 11:45 am)
1. Saints Who Served (elementary)- Sr. Irma Arnold, OSF
A series of saints will be introduced that would capture the attention and imagination of elementary aged children. Included will be an array of ideas and activities which would immerse the youth in the life of the saint and provide a deeper understanding of what it means for them to serve.
2. Lessons in Love (teens and adults)- Jeremy Goebel
What does it look like to reach out in love to our neighbor? We will explore saints whose lives provide inspiration and practical direction for our own as we step out in service to make a difference in our communities. Many ideas, “how to’s,” and resources will be shared.
3. Stepping Out to Serve (all ages)- Christine Vincent-Rodas
How do we as Disciples of Christ understand Christian Service? How is this concept explained differently to various ages? There will be a discussion which looks at the development of a practical process that should be put in place to prepare individuals of all ages to serve. This process takes into account gifts, talents, the need for education, reasonable expectations and outcomes.
4. People in the Know (all ages)- Patrick Kellems, Sr. Jane Michelle McClure, OSB, Sr. Donna Marie Herr, OSB
Many catechists may want to include service education and opportunities throughout the year for their groups but are not familiar with some of the agencies they may be able to partner with. Individuals from four local organizations will familiarize participants how our community provides help for the homeless, the hungry, marginalized and imprisoned. Question and answer session included. More agency information will be available at tables in the gym.
5. Discovering our Mission and Passion (teens, young adults, adults)- Sr. Teresa Gunter, OSB
How do we process what has happened after a service experience? Given this opportunity we may come to discover how we have grown, what mission we may be suited for, the value of the encounter and critical need for prayer through it all.
Afternoon Sessions (12:30- 1:30 pm)
6. Raising Kids who Care (elementary)- Deacon Michael Seibert
An overview will be given of the Theological and Cardinal virtues and how they may be introduced to children. Explore how catechists may heighten awareness of the practice of virtues through interaction, activities and prayer.
7. Living a Virtuous Life (teens, young adults,adults)- Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB
What role does the development of virtues play in our ability to live the life God envisioned for us? How might we as catechists help cultivate the virtues of prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance and in doing so lay foundation for other virtues such as compassion, kindness and gentleness? We will explore ways these virtues may be introduced and continually kept in the forefront of all we do.
8. Welcoming all as Christ- the Encounter (all audiences)- Kevin Dowd
Using several gospel accounts we will explore what it looks like to respond to others in love. How do we make these gospel stories real and relevant for those that we minster to? How might these stories help us respond to others with loving kindness and acceptance instead of judgement?
9. When was I Hungry? (elementary and jr. high)- Mary Jo Keen
Background information will be presented for the Works of Mercy and the Great Commandment. Looking at different ways in which these two concepts may be approached will be explored using music, videos, books and various teaching methods.
10. The Corporal Works of Mercy (teens and adults)- Debbie Schmitt
The context and importance of Matthew 25:31-46 and Matthew 22:34-40 will be explored. Concrete ideas as to how these teachings are presented to an older audience and diverse resources that may be used will be introduced.
Formation Day 2018 Handouts
Breakout #4: People in the Know
Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College; he holds a masters in religious education from B.C. and a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard. After college, Kevin volunteered for two years with the Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries in Garrison, New York as a member of the Capuchin Franciscan volunteer Corps.The third of eight sons, Kevin is from Worcester, MA and attended public schools there. He has taught religious education at various parishes and to various age groups in MA and NY, as well as teaching in both the public and Catholic school systems. Currently, Kevin teaches Catholic social teaching at Anna Maria College and he writes a weekly blog for Bayard publishing, which can be found at www.gospelweeklies.com/blog
Kevin's book Teaching Kids to Respect Others – Reflections, Activities & Prayers on Bullying and Prejudice is available here.
What people have said about
"I love the Spirit that is alive among the folks who attend."
"I enjoyed the whole day. The keynote was great. The breakouts were great. Lunch was great. Thank you for putting this day on."
"The speakers were phenomenal. Their topics were relevant."
"Got me fired up for the new year! Thank you!"
"I love gathering every year for this!"
Breakout #10: The Corporal Works of Mercy
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