May 19, 2017

Catechetical Congress 2017 | Congreso de Catequesis 2017

Living As Missionary Disciples

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip

Doors open 8:30 a.m. for Registration
Day ending with Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Registration: $50.00 per person

 

Registration  $50.00 per person

This year’s Catechetical Congress promises once again to be exciting, enjoyable, and rewarding. The worship, keynote address, and many workshops will touch on every aspect of catechetical parish ministry. It will be an opportunity for renewal, formation, and fellowship.

Viviendo como Discípulos Misioneros

 

Sábado 16 de setiembre, 2017

St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Inscripción  $50.00 por persona

Inscripción  $50.00 por persona

El Congreso de Catequesis de este año promete nuevamente ser emocionante, divertido y gratificante. El culto, la presentación principal y los diferentes talleres estarán referidos a cada aspecto del ministerio de catequesis en la parroquia. Será una oportunidad de formación, renovación y camaradería.

Our Keynote Speaker

Presentador Principal

Nationally, Bishop Barres serves on the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. Since 2013, he has been the USCCB’s Episcopal Liaison to the Pontifical Mission Societies.

The Bishop sees the value of social media in spreading the Gospel message and the New Evangelization. He has a video blog on the Diocesan website, opened a twitter account and is working with staff to expand the Diocese’s social media presence.

De Sales University in Center Valley and Alvernia University in Reading have awarded the Bishop honorary doctor of humane letters degrees. Albright College in Reading has awarded Bishop Barres an honorary doctor of divinity degree.

Workshops

1. Eucharistic Liturgy with Young Children

Description: Presentation will apply the method of an Instructional Mass – A stage-by-stage commentary on the Eucharistic Celebration to give people, with a particular focus on children.
Presenter: Reverend Seth N. Awo Doku, Liturgical Theologian

 

2. The Missionary Disciple as An Agent of Mercy

Description: This presentation will unpack the writings of Pope Francis which challenge the missionary disciple to evoke in each pastoral encounter the Merciful Christ. Participants will be challenged to give and receive mercy in everyday encounters.
Presenter: Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre

 

3. Insights from the Culture of life for Healing our Culture

Description: Thoughts, tips, stories, and Catholic teachings in an understandable, enjoyable fashion.
Presenter: Paul A. Carpentier, MD, CFCMC

 

4. Inviting Families to Liturgy

Description: Discussion of ways Catechists and Catechetical Leaders can encourage families to attend Sunday Liturgy.
Presenter: Lucille V. Creed, M.A. in Theology, M.S. in Education, Certified Director of Faith Formation

 

5. Eucharist and Mission: How Celebrating the Mass Sends Us Out to be Disciples

Description: We gather for Mass in order to be sent out from Mass! This workshop will examine the prayers, actions and symbols of the Mass in order to discover how being sent out as missionary disciples is integral to understanding what it means for Catholics to celebrate the Eucharist.
Presenter: Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco, Doctor of Ministry, M.A. in Liturgical Studies, M.Div, Former Professor at Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

 

6. Praying with other Faith Traditions

Description: Deals with prayer, worship and the celebration of sacraments with people from other faith traditions. This obviously becomes most prevalent when new parents want to make a non-Catholic a godparent, but there is so much more to consider (such as mixed marriages, weddings with mixed clergy, celebration of the Eucharist when other faith traditions would be present, even the anointing of the sick in danger of death). Participation as Catholics when the roles are reversed and we are attending these things in other faith traditions. As Catholics, the sacraments are central of course, but prayer and worship with other religions that is not sacramental is also worth considering.
Presenter: Reverend Lee Descoteaux, M.A. in Theology, JCL Canon Law

 

7. Using Crafts and Hands On Material to Enhance Your Lessons

Description: Explore different modalities for passing on the faith to children and parents.
Presenter: Doreen Dolan and Immaculate Gold, Catechist

 

8. Marital Nullity (aka “Annulments”)

Description: A brief explanation of the Process of Judging Marital Nullity (commonly called “annulments”) in order to dispel myths and assist catechetical leaders in better serving adults in faith formation and RCIA programs who find themselves in irregular marital circumstances.
Presenter: Reverend Eric Fasano, M.A., M.Div, JCL, Diocesan Judge & Adjunct Judicial Vicar

 

9. AlPHA como Herramienta para la Nueva Evangelización!

Tema/Descripción: Alpha es fundamental y se centra en el Kerigma. Padre Cantalamessa, predicador de la Casa Pontificia, dijo “Alpha es, no alpha y omega, ya que se centra en el primer elemento de la fe, un encuentro personal con Cristo.” Su audiencia es el escéptico y no creyente, pero todos, incluso los católicos fieles experiencia una conversión más profunda a Jesús cuando se participa. Durante una cena, los huéspedes tienen un Encuentro con Cristo en una comunidad de amor, escuchan conversaciones convincentes que atraen a la cabeza, el corazón, y la voluntad, luego en pequeños grupos de discussion tener la oportunidad de examiner reclamaciones de Cristo contra el telón de fondo de sus vidas y de nuestra cultura. Un momento de la conversación es un momento más hermoso para presenciar, ese momento en que la fe se encuentra la gracia cambia todo.
Presentador: Eric Figueroa es el director de un US A3, una red internacional de colectivos espirituales creando espacios para la generación del milenio no creyentes en su iglesia. Eric recibió su MBA/BBA de la Universidad de Puerto Rico y esta actualmente cursa su maestría en teología de la Universidad Franciscana de Steubenville. Eric tiene 20+ años de experiencia en ministerio parroquial.

 

10. Moved by Mercy

Description: The mission of the church in education and ministering to those who are post-abortive.
Presenter: Pat Fox & Allison O’Brien, Respect Life Office

 

11. Hands-On and Hearts Touched: Re-Imagining Sacramental Preparation!

Description: A truly innovative way to guide children to Go, Seek, and Find the treasures of our faith – the sacraments! Children track their journey through Scripture all the way to celebrating the Sacraments using colorful treasure maps and stickers, and engage in fun, hands-on activities that get them up out of their seats for a memorable and meaningful sacramental preparation experience.
Presenter: Jim Geller, Associate Publisher and Director of Sales for Saint Mary’s Press. Jim is a former Youth Minister and Director of Religious Education and has spent the last 17 years working in Catholic Education Publishing. He has served on project teams creating resources including, The Catholic Children’s Bible, Go Seek Find, and Called to Mercy

 

12. Let’s Start a Revolution of Mercy!

Description: Harnessing the power of interactive e-Learning and using the Flipped Classroom model, the revolutionary Called To Mercy Confirmation Preparation Program combines the best of both worlds, where candidates access interactive content on their devices anytime, anywhere, but also come together at the parish for gathered sessions and a retreat, working together to respond to Pope Francis’ reminder to bring about a much-needed revolution of mercy in our world.
Presenter: Jim Geller, Associate Publisher and Director of Sales for Saint Mary’s Press. Jim is a former Youth Minister and Director of Religious Education and has spent the last 17 years working in Catholic Education Publishing. He has served on project teams creating resources including, The Catholic Children’s Bible, Go Seek Find, and Called to Mercy

 

13. “Go, make disciples:” Jesus’ Commissioning in Matthew (28:16-20)

Description: Jesus invites his followers to make disciples by baptizing, teaching and trusting in his presence. We will discuss how those charges color and direct our ministries.
Presenter: Reverend Patrick J Griffin, CM PhD in Biblical Studies from Catholic University in Washington, DC; currently Executive Director of Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University, NY

 

14. Paul: Disciple, Missionary, Preacher, Catechist

Description: The Acts of the Apostles tells us something about Paul’s missionary journeys, but the heart of his message emerges from his letters as he reveals himself as teacher, preacher and catechist. He models those roles for us in an extraordinary way.
Presenter: Reverend Patrick J Griffin, CM PhD in Biblical Studies from Catholic University in Washington, DC; currently Executive Director of Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University, NY

 

15. Build Faith in Families

Description: An interactive presentation on how to help parents build a strong Catholic family in common everyday life situations.
Presenter: Dr. Joanne Heaney-Hunter, Ph.D., Theology, M.S., Mental Health Counseling, Professor, Department of Theology, St. John’s University

 

16. Practical tool for Digital Evangelization & Communication

Description: Our Mission is to “Go therefore and make disciples” as stated by Christ at the end of the Gospel of Matthew. This evangelization is about taking our faith to the streets, but where are the streets of our world? Sharing the faith digitally is not only something we can do, it’s something we should do. In this workshop we will talk about digital (& print) resources for communication and evangelization to our parish community and the larger community.
Presenter: Katie Herzing, Digital Product Specialist with Our Sunday Visitor. Assists parishes to embrace new technology as tools for stewardship and evangelization, creating websites, mobile apps., and establishing Online Giving. She has worked as a parish Office Manager, Webmaster, Youth Minister, and Confirmation Coordinator

 

17. Ideas para que el catequista forme Buenos Discipulos

Tema/Descripción: La catequesis pre-sacramental debe de ser un esfuerzo no solamente de los catequistas, sino tambien de los padres de familia, para que juntos puedan ayudar a crear Discipulos Misioneros testigos del amor de Dios. La catequesis no es un curso mas como una materia escolar, es una formacion de fe que ayudara a los candidatos para el resto de sus vidas a crecer mas en su formacion de la fe.
Presentador: Aida M Hidalgo, M.A. in Theology from Boston College. Consultante of OSV Publisher. Teacher of Pastoral Ministry of the Lay Ministry Institute in Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Providence. Also I am working for La Salette a Marian Spiritual Center, conducting Spiritual Retreats . I am in charge for Confirmation Program in my parish of St. Bartolomew in Providence. I am in charge to facilitate retreats for women in the Diocese of Providence. I am married with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. I am Guatemalan. I used to work for 21 years in the Diocese of Providence as Director of Hispanic

 

18. La Tarea de Inculturar el Evangelio en la Catequesis

Tema/Descripción: En una catequesis encontramos una variedad de culturas. El catequista debe de conocer la fe de sus candidatos de catequesis para poder ayudarles mejor. Es Bueno valorar la variedad de culturas, para ser un excelente catequista. Ayudar a los jovenes a que se enamoren de Cristo, porque eso es lo que hace falta en nuestra catequesis.
Presentador: Aida M Hidalgo, M.A. in Theology from Boston College. Consultante of OSV Publisher. Teacher of Pastoral Ministry of the Lay Ministry Institute in Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Providence. Also I am working for La Salette a Marian Spiritual Center, conducting Spiritual Retreats . I am in charge for Confirmation Program in my parish of St. Bartolomew in Providence. I am in charge to facilitate retreats for women in the Diocese of Providence. I am married with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. I am Guatemalan. I used to work for 21 years in the Diocese of Providence as Director of Hispanic

 

19. Children’s Liturgy and Prayer: Ritualizing Activity for Centering and Increased Spiritual Awareness

Description: Explore methods of prayer from Children’s Liturgy of the Word, variations of Lectio Divina, and imaginative takes on formal prayers that help children become more focused and fluent in their use of the language of prayer.
Presenter: Randi Hochenberger, DRE at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Valley Stream, MDiv.

 

20. Retreats that Evangelize our Children (families)

Description: “Thinking outside the book “ How to plan and implement different types of retreats during class sessions and in addition to class time.
Presenter: Debbie Hurley, Director of Faith Formation, St. Catherine of Sienna Parish

 

21. Charting my cycle empowered me to understand my fertility

Description: Learn About your Body, Track your health & Manage your Fertility Whether your goal is pregnancy, or just better understanding of your health, tracking your period is essential.
Presenter: Jamey Hutchinson RN, Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner

 

22. Mision, dignidad y vocación del catequista

Tema/Descripción: El objetivo de este taller es afirmar la vocación catequética. Exploraremos y ofreceremos una variedad de caminos e ideas para orar que sirven para alimentar la fe del catequista y su comunión con el Señor; fortalecer su identidad y vocación de catequista como discípulos de Jesucristo.
Presentador: Dulce M Jimenez Abreu, Profesora y traductora de materiales de religión, ha desarrollado materiales bilingües de Sadlier y ha presentado un sin número de talleres sobre la integración de la cultura latina y la catequesis como una forma práctica de enseñar a niños bilingües.

 

23. Catequesis en un ambiente multicultural

Tema/Descripción: El papa Paulo V nos dice que “El reino que anuncia el evangelio es vivido por bombres profundamente vinculados a una cultura”. La cultura, entonces, es un factor importante en el desarrollo de la fe de los individuos. En un momento en que nuestra sociedad esta compuesta de diferentes grupos culturales ¿qué podemos hacer para catequizar más efectivamente a nuestras comunidades multiculturales?
Presentador: Dulce M Jimenez Abreu, Profesora y traductora de materiales de religión, ha desarrollado materiales bilingües de Sadlier y ha presentado un sin número de talleres sobre la integración de la cultura latina y la catequesis como una forma práctica de enseñar a niños bilingües.

 

24. Forming Global Disciples

Description: Explore ways you and your community can build more just societies and live in solidarity with our vulnerable brothers and sisters right here at home. We will take some time to explore faith formation resources and programs from Catholic Relief Services, that can connect the work of our local Church to our global Church. After hearing some best practices from dioceses, parishes and schools around the region, there will be time for you to brainstorm what may work best for your individual communities.
Presenter: Katie Kernich, Relationship Manager, CRS Northeast Mid-Atlantic Region, Washington, DC

 

25. Formando Discípulos Globales

Tema/Descripción: Explora maneras en que tú y tu comunidad podrían construir una sociedad más justa y vivir en solidaridad con nuestros hermanos y hermanas vulnerables. Exploraremos recursos y programas de educación religiosa de Catholic Relief Services que conectan el trabajo de nuestra iglesia local con la iglesia mundial. Después de escuchar algunas mejores prácticas en las diócesis, parroquias y escuelas alrededor de nuestra región, conversaremos sobre ideas que puedes utilizar en tu comunidad.
Presentador: Katie Kernich, Relationship Manager, CRS Northeast Mid-Atlantic Region, Washington, DC

 

26. Communicating with and Engagement for Millennials

Description: We have reached the point where Millennials are now the young adults of our Church. In a world that is constantly changing, religious direction and faith belief are of the upmost importance. Young adults and the youth need to be reached in order to establish a sense of direction, belonging and community for themselves and their families.
Presenter: Amora Laucella, Director of Religious Education and Family Faith Formation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Parish, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology, Double Alumna of St. John’s University, years working with the youth in Campus Ministry

 

27. Lexio Divina – Encountering Christ in the Living Word

Description: Pope Francis tells us that Lexio is a “way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his Word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit.” The spiritual practice of Lexio is a great assistance in effectively living our Baptismal call.
Presenter: Patricia C. Leonard, M.A. in Theology, Advanced Certificate in Spirituality, Adjunct Associate Professor/St. John’s University

 

28. Executive Orders: Impact on the Immigrant Families Living among us

Description: How to best assist families who are being impacted by the executive orders, and the best way to assist them. This workshop will include an explanation of the immigration laws and the executive orders and what is the job of Catholic Charities.
Presenter: Carmen Maquilon, Director Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services, Diocese of Rockville Centre

 

29. Órdenes Ejecutivas: Impacto en las Familias Inmigrantes que viven entre nosotro

Tema/Descripción: Cómo ayudar en la mejor forma a las familias que están siendo afectadas por las órdenes ejecutivas. Este taller incluirá una explicación de las leyes de inmigración, las órdenes ejecutivas y cuál es el trabajo de las Caridades Católicas.
Presentadora: Carmen Maquilon, Directora de Caridad Católicas de Inmigrantes y Servicios para Refugiados en el Diócesis del Rockville Centre.

 

30. The Joy of the Gospel as lived by St Mother Teresa and Blessed Oscar Romero

Description: Come meet these two holy disciples and how they lived Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel.” An engaging and interactive session is promised!
Presenter: Susan Martin, M.A. Religious Education, Certified DRE at St. Bernard Parish, Levittown, 34 years experience in parish Ministry in the Diocese of Rockville Centre

 

31. Level 1 Parent Meetings: How to engage parents in 60 minutes or less

Description: Children have a relationship with God long before their parents come to our Level 1 parent meetings. Let’s challenge them to wonder about their relationship with Jesus so they feel confident in their ability to lead their Catholic children in the world today. This workshop for Catechetical Leaders offers a fresh perspective on parent meetings and how to lead them. You will leave this workshop with materials which can be incorporated into your upcoming parent meetings, helping you to engage the youngest families for years to come.
Presenter: Jennifer Menneci, Associate Director of Faith Formation, M.A. Theology, Graduate of PFI, Catechist

 

32. Forming Your RCIA Team To Be Missionary Disciples

Description: This workshop will focus on how to form a new RCIA team, recruiting team members and preparing them for the work of evangelization. It will also look at ongoing formation of existing team members, how to revitalize your team, and resources for team formation. Also participants will have the opportunity to tell their story, which is such an important part of evangelizing RCIA candidates.
Presenter: Jo-Ann Metzdorff, Doctor of Ministry, Advanced degrees in Education & Theology, DRE at St. Agnes Cathedral, Catechetical Leader in the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 20 years

 

33. Taking Care of our Common Home

Description: This workshop has two goals. First, we will see resources showing how principles from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home can help young students appreciate and care for Earth and the gift of creation. Second, on Long Island pesticides and other pollutants threaten the quantity and quality of our drinking water. For us as adults we will learn about the threats facing our ground and surface water and discover possible solutions.

Presenter: Sr. Diane Morgan, OP, Pastoral Associate at St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach. M.A. in Liturgical Studies, Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education from University of Notre Dame and Boston College. Matthew Rizzo, Project Manager for “Jump In,” a campaign to protect LI water from Grassroots Environmental Education, Port Washington. B.A. in Communications, Molloy College.

 

34. La Transformacion Misionera De La Iglesia

Tema/Descripción: Esta presentación es para facilitar la difusión del contenido de la primera exhortación apostólica del pontificado de Francisco. Es una invitación a meditar y compartir las enseñanzas de Evangelii Gaudium. El Papa Francisco comienza pidiendo a todos los cristianos que nos reencontremos con Jesucristo, que renovemos nuestro encuentro o al menos nos dejemos encontrar por El. Y nos recuerda que el evangelio invita insistentemente a la alegría.
Presentador: Mario Paredes, M.A. in Philosophy

 

35. La Biblia En La Formacion Catequetica

Tema/Descripción: Esta presentación está diseñada para mostrar la importancia esencial que tiene la formación bíblica en la vida de los cristianos. Se analizará como los católicos creen en la Biblia, como participan en la lectura bíblica. Finalmente se presentará el método de la Lectio Divina como la lectura orante de la Biblia para enriquecer la vida de los discípulos y misioneros del evangelio de Jesús.
Presentador: Mario Paredes, M.A. in Philosophy

 

36. La Fe Viva: La “Experiencia” de la Confimacion

Tema/Descripción: Jovenes de hoy necesitan “ves” como la fee s vivida en el dia-dia en sus vidas- cerraudo el espacio eutre la teoria y la practia.
Presentador: Bertha Peralta-Rodriguez, Directora Asistente de Consejería y Programación, Hunter College. Consultora en el Ministerio de Jóvenes y vice-directora de Defensores de la Santísima Trinidad

 

37.Faith Alive the Confirmation Experience

Description: Youth today need to “see” how the faith comes alive in their everyday lives- bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Presenter: Bertha Peralta-Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Advisory and Programming, Hunter College. Youth Ministry consultant and vice-director of Defenders of the Holy Trinity

 

40. ¿Que expectativas tienen los padres de familia de la Preparación PreBautismal?

Tema/Descripción: Creando un Programa Pre-bautismal que responda a las necesidades de las familias jóvenes.
Presentador: Diana Pizarro, Directora Asociada-Oficina de Formación en la Fe-DRVC. BA en Educación: MA en Teologia

 

41. The Confirmation Sponsor

Description: The workshop will provide models for both the Sponsor meeting and the Confirmation Rehearsal with sponsor and confirmandee present. Participants will explore the value of using these opportunities to encourage growth in the faith of both the sponsor and the confirmandee.
Presenter: Mary Alice Piil, CSJ, Director of Faith Formation- Diocese of Rockville Centre. PhD from the University of Notre Dame; MA in Liturgy; BS in Education. Sister Mary Alice served as Professor of Liturgy at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and Director of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Co-host of Every Day Faith Live, a Telecare weekly news show

 

42. Called to be ‘Salt of the Earth and Light of the World’

Description: A look at how do we use music, movies, and books to season and shine through our curriculums.
Presenter: Suzanne Richards, M.A. Religious Education; B.A. Finance Economics, DRVC Catechetical Leader Certification, PFI Instructor, Adjunct Instructor – Molloy College

 

43. Alpha as a Tool for the New Evangelization

Description: Alpha is foundational and focuses on the Kerygma. Reverend Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household said “It is Alpha, not Alpha and Omega as it focuses on the first element of faith, a personal encounter with Christ.” Its audience is the nonbeliever and skeptic but everyone, even faithful Catholics experience deeper conversion to Jesus when participating. Over a meal, guests encounter Christ in a loving community, they listen to compelling talks that appeal to the head, and the heart and the will, then in small group discussion have the opportunity to examine the claims of Christ against the backdrop of their lives and our culture. A moment of conversation is a most beautiful moment to witness, that moment when faith meets grace changes everything.
Presenter: Reverend Jerry Ringenback, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Holbrook

 

44. Evangelización sin cara de limón

Tema/Descripción: Evangelización es una oportunidad para compartir nuestra fe de una manera lleno de amor y compasión. Compartiendo nuestra fe debe ser de una manera dinámica, expresiva y hecho con una sonrisa. Este taller explorara diferentes modelos de catequesis y daría ejemplos como podemos seguir con una sonrisa.
Presentador: Lisette Robustelli, MA Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, CA, I was the Associate of the Theological Formation of the Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Orange, I was the Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New York’s Superintendent of Schools Office, I was an instructor for the Institute for Pastoral Ministry for the Diocese of Orange, I am currently the Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Centereach)

 

45. Renew your vision: Bridging the gap between Religious Ed and Youth Ministry

Description: This workshop was inspired by the USCCB document, “Renewing the Vision”, in hopes for a more effective and comprehensive plan for Youth Ministry. How does the Religious Education fit into a plan for parish Youth Ministry? This workshop will bring to the catechist and youth minister simple and practical ways in connecting the work of these two ministries in the parish. IMAGINE-Saints born from the work, prayers and sacrifices of the parish. “Renew Your Vision” challenges leadership to work towards building the “Civilization of Love.”
Presenters: Juan Rodriguez, Pastoral Associate, Director & Founder of Defenders of the Holy Trinity

 

46. Renovando la Visión: Construyendo un Puente entre Educación Religiosa y el Ministerio de Jóvenes

Tema/Descripción: Este taller fue inspirado por un documento de la Comisión Episcopal “Renovando la Visión”, con la esperanza de un modelo más efectivo y eficaz para el ministerio de Jóvenes. Este taller le brindara al líder de la catequesis y al ministro de jóvenes prácticas y simples estrategias en conectar su trabajo de estos dos ministerios en la parroquia.
Presentador: Juan Rodriguez, Asociado Pastoral, Fundador de Defensores de la Santísima Trinidad

 

47. Growing Up A Friend of Jesus- Welcoming all children as members of the faith

Description: How do we welcome children who have special needs as full members of the Catholic Faith? Can we share the journey with their parents and show them the love and support they need and deserve to raise a child who has special needs in the Catholic Faith? This workshop will provide experience on how it can feel to be alone on the journey and how you can be a vessel of Christ’s love and teaching to our children who have special needs.
Presenter: Kathy Russell-Sica, Coordinator Ministry wih Persons with Special Needs – DRVC, Director of Faith Formation, St. John Nepomucene Parish

 

48. It’s Cool to Be Catholic

Description: Sharing the wisdom of the Catholic tradition in living a life of joyful expectation.
Presenter: Jim Spencer SVP, Mission & Ministry, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Assistant Professor Creighton University, Omaha Nebraska. MA Theology & MS Administration (St. Michael’s University, VT), also studied Medical Ethics in the Catholic Tradition at Saint Louis University and Catholic Bioethics at Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy

 

49. Encounter with Christ during the Wedding at Cana

Description: As facilitators we have experienced the wedding at Cana personally and through our loved ones. The goal is to reflect on our Pre-Cana and prepare ourselves to assist couples in their encounter with Christ through marriage preparation.
Presenter: Jason Velazquez, Associate Director of Office of Faith Formation, M.A. in Theology

 

50. Encuentro con Cristo durante la Boda de Caná

Tema/Descripción: Como facilitadores hemos vivido las Bodas de Caná de manera personal o la de un ser querido. La meta es reflexionar sobre nuestra Pre-Caná y prepararnos para asistir a las parejas en su encuentro con Cristo en la preparación matrimonial.
Presentador: Jason Velazquez, Director Asociado-Oficina de Formación en la Fe-DRVC, MA en Teologia

 

51. Everybody’s got a Hungry Heart

Description: The Disciple as Missionary
Presenter: Msgr. Jim Vlaun, CEO and President of Telecare Television Network, Host of “Religion and Rock” on Sirius/XM and WBAB-FM

 

52. Reconnect, Welcome, Belong “A New Look at Infant Baptism Prep”

Description: Creating a Baptismal Prep Program to meet the needs of young families.
Presenter: Ellen Zafonte, Associate Director of Office of Faith Formation, DRVC, Masters of Theology, Pastoral Studies, Masters of Science – Elementary Education

 

53. Marriage Rite as an Instrument of Evangelization

Description: Bishop Andrzej will discuss how the Sacrament of Marriage sends us forth to be witness to our faith.
Presenter: Most Reverend Andrzej Zglejszewski, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre