Thursday, November 14, 2013

Theme for Catechetical Sunday, 2014

Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness is the 2014 theme for Catechetical Sunday.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Level I Opportunities

Registration forms on website. All in Two Weekends Level I schedule for the year: January at St. Patrick in Gainesville the weekends of Jan. 11/12 and 25/26

How to Welcome, Include and Catechize..

Dr. Lawrence Sutton has published a very helpful and practical book on catechizing children with special needs. How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs through Loyola Press is written for parish leaders and encourages the use of teen mentors. The key word in the book is community and engaging all in the faith community. We have a few copies for sale in the office.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bishops’ Worship Committee Reflects On 50 Years of Liturgical Reform

The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship is marking the fiftieth anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, with a reflection on the liturgical reform of the last half century. The Committee published its statement, “Stewards of the Tradition – Fifty Years After Sacrosanctum Concilium”( on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) after the document was approved by the USCCB Administrative Committee at its Sept. 10-11 meeting in Washington. The USCCB committee praised people who work in liturgical ministry and especially the liturgical leadership in the U.S. “Without your continued cooperation and self-sacrificing ministry, the implementation of the reformed liturgical rites after Vatican II, which have proven to be such a grace for the Church, could never have been undertaken” it said. Among the words of thanksgiving, affirmation and encouragement, the Committee noted the importance of participation by the laity at Mass. “The Liturgy always has been and always will be about our taking part, our experiencing again and again, through rites and prayers the central events of our redemption and sanctification in Jesus Christ…We commend the great strides that have been taken to invite such engagement over the past 50 years: catechesis on the Liturgy that has shaped the role of the liturgical assembly, the service of the faithful in a great variety of liturgical ministries, and the devotion of so many to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist,” the Committee said. “Liturgical song has a preeminent place” in celebrating the Liturgy, the committee said. “Not only is it a means of active participation, but it is another source of beauty that can lift hearts and inspire worship.” The Committee added, however, that “To rely on the music of a single genre of style for the celebration of the Liturgy is to diminish the breadth and depth of our liturgical heritage and to risk the exclusion of the legitimate contributions of particular cultures and composers.” The document is available on line and is divided into seven sections Here is the Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Liturgical Reform and the Renewal of the Church 3. Rereading Sacrosanctum Concilium in its Historical Context 4. Fundamental and Foundational Principles 5. Liturgy as an Art and a Craft 6. Living What We Celebrate 7. Conclusion

Nominations Sought for NCCL Catechetical Award Among Others

Nominations Sought for NCCL Catechetical Award Among Others Every year the NCCL Board of Directors chooses the recipient for its highest recognition: NCCL Catechetical Award, at its November meeting. After consultation with the representative Council, the Board makes the final decision. While nominations for the other awards, Distinguished Service and New Wineskins can be submitted as well, the final decision on those awards is not decided until 2014. While you may have shared names with your Representative Council member, you may also nominate as an individual. Please review the criteria and past recipients in the following documents before choosing to nominate. • 2014 Catechetical Award Nomination Form • 2014 Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form • New Wineskins Award Application (diocesan level) 2013 • New Wineskins Award Application (parish level) 2013 • New Wineskins Award Application (diocesan level) 2013 • New Wineskins Award Application (parish level) 2013

Loyola Press

This is a power point presentation on the Rosary by Joe Paprocki that Dina received via Facebook.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It will Be Hard to Say the Sisters of the Cenacle

Just a sad note that our Sisters of the Cenacle have had to make the difficult decision to close down their Spirituality Center
in Gainesville. They have been a blessing over the past 13 years in so many ways.