Best Practices in Adult Faith Formation. - Diocese of Pittsburgh

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BEST PRACTICES FOR ADULT FAITH FORMATIONTable <strong>of</strong> ContentsIntroductionList <strong>of</strong> AbbreviationsADULT LEARNER Helpful Tips for Effective Parish <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> Multiple Intelligences across the Life Cycle How <strong>Adult</strong>s Learn Shared Christian Praxis Inclusion <strong>of</strong> ALL <strong>Adult</strong>s Wisdom from Our Hearts Were Burn<strong>in</strong>g With<strong>in</strong> Us Concrete Approaches to <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> ChartCURRENT BEST PRACTICES (Six tasks <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>) Task One —Promote knowledge <strong>of</strong> the faith Task two — Promote knowledge <strong>of</strong> the mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the liturgy and the sacraments Task three—Promote moral formation <strong>in</strong> Jesus Christ Task four— Teach the Christian how to pray with Christ Task five — Prepare the Christian to live <strong>in</strong> community and to participate actively<strong>in</strong> the life and mission <strong>of</strong> Church Task six — Promote a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present asChristians <strong>in</strong> societyVARIOUS SETTING FOR ADULT FAITH FORMATION Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for Marriage Divorced or Separated Families Married Couples Older <strong>Adult</strong>s Parents S<strong>in</strong>gle <strong>Adult</strong>s Young <strong>Adult</strong>sRESOURCES Learn<strong>in</strong>g Media Center Church Documents <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> Subject Areas Catholic Publishers Periodic Resources Onl<strong>in</strong>e Resources Houses <strong>of</strong> Prayer Retreat CentersArt by Anne Kertz Kernion

SECRETARY FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATIONDIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH www.diopitt.org 111 BOULEVARD OF THE ALLIESPITTSBURGH, PA 15222(412) 456-3100 FAX: (412) 456-3101E-MAIL: kstubna@diopitt.orgDear Colleagues <strong>in</strong> Catholic Education,January 2011In his first pastoral letter to the Church <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, Bishop David Zubik challengedeach <strong>of</strong> us to do our part to make the Church <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> the Church Alive!<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> “is perhaps the greatest challenge we face <strong>in</strong> our Church. Because <strong>of</strong>the several generations who have not received a good understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the faith, the Churchmust look toward many <strong>in</strong>novative ways to welcome a better understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Church forthose who have not received such a good formation.”As catechetical leaders we realize that so many Catholic adults today have not moved beyondthe faith formation they received as young adolescents. In their pastoral statement on adult faithformation, Our Hearts Were Burn<strong>in</strong>g With<strong>in</strong> Us, the U.S. bishops rem<strong>in</strong>d us <strong>of</strong> the importance <strong>of</strong>grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> faith and discipleship throughout our lives, and call each <strong>of</strong> us as members <strong>of</strong> the Churchto a “renewed commitment to adult faith formation.” “Lifelong (faith) formation…must be apriority <strong>in</strong> the church’s catechetical m<strong>in</strong>istry; moreover, it must be considered the chief form <strong>of</strong>catechesis.”In response to the bishops’ document and especially to Bishop Zubik’s challenge to all themembers <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, I am pleased to provide for you this catechetical resource,<strong>Best</strong> <strong>Practices</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>. I trust that you will f<strong>in</strong>d this <strong>Best</strong> <strong>Practices</strong> resource to be avaluable tool <strong>in</strong> your m<strong>in</strong>istry with adults.Catechetical leaders from many parishes across our diocese have generously shared programsand materials that have been successful <strong>in</strong> br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g adults to a rich and full understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> thebeautiful gift <strong>of</strong> faith that has been passed down through the ages. We are grateful for theircontribution and hope that others will f<strong>in</strong>d these materials useful.I am especially grateful to the Department for Religious Education and to Mrs. MaureenWood, director <strong>of</strong> the Office for <strong>Adult</strong> and Family <strong>Formation</strong>, for her efforts <strong>in</strong> br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g this manualto fruition. Our plan is to cont<strong>in</strong>ue to add ideas and materials to this manual that others have foundhelpful <strong>in</strong> form<strong>in</strong>g adults <strong>in</strong> the faith, thus enabl<strong>in</strong>g the Church Alive to become a reality <strong>in</strong> ourdiocese.As always, thank you for your dedication to this catechetical m<strong>in</strong>istry and all that you do tobr<strong>in</strong>g others to a deeper love <strong>of</strong> Christ and his Church.With every best wish and prayer, I rema<strong>in</strong>,S<strong>in</strong>cerely <strong>in</strong> Christ,Reverend Kris D. Stubna, S.T.D.Secretary for Catholic Education

DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGHSECRETARIAT FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATIONOffice for <strong>Adult</strong> and Family <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>DEPARTMENT FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONwww.diopitt.org111 BOULEVARD OF THE ALLIESPITTSBURGH, PA 15222(412) 456-3160 FAX (412) 456-3113Dear Colleague <strong>in</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> M<strong>in</strong>istry,I am happy to present to you the <strong>Best</strong> <strong>Practices</strong> for <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> for the <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong><strong>Pittsburgh</strong>. This is truly a labor <strong>of</strong> love that has been <strong>in</strong> the works for quite a while. It was begun by mypredecessor <strong>in</strong> the Office for <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>, Christopher Chapman. When he was assigned to otherduties and I became the director <strong>of</strong> the Office for <strong>Adult</strong> and Family <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>, this was one <strong>of</strong> the firsttasks on my list.After much discussion, prayer and discernment, it was decided to structure this resource after the sixtasks <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> content as outl<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> Our Hearts Were Burn<strong>in</strong>g With<strong>in</strong> Us, the Pastoral Planfor <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> <strong>in</strong> the United States. Thus, Knowledge <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Faith</strong>, Liturgical Life, Moral<strong>Formation</strong>, Prayer, Communal Life and Missionary Spirit are fundamental aspects <strong>of</strong> Christian life andfoundational content areas for adult faith formation programs and opportunities. The responses that weregathered are organized around these content areas.It is our hope that this will be a grow<strong>in</strong>g, dynamic document, not static. If you have other ideas to add,we’d love to hear from you. We hope this is just the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> a shar<strong>in</strong>g that will move us all <strong>in</strong>to greaterstrides with adults learn<strong>in</strong>g and liv<strong>in</strong>g the faith. This is surely an important element <strong>of</strong> Bishop Zubik’s vision<strong>of</strong> the Church Alive, <strong>in</strong> which we read:<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>. This is perhaps the greatest challenge we face <strong>in</strong> our church. Because <strong>of</strong> theseveral generations who have not received a good understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the faith, the Church must looktoward many <strong>in</strong>novative ways to welcome a better understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Church for those whohave not received such a good formation…There must be an appropriate <strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>of</strong> resources toallow for well established adult faith programs. The end result <strong>of</strong> such an effort will truly be “theChurch Alive!” (no. 97)This resource could never have materialized without the assistance <strong>of</strong> my dedicated committeemembers. I owe a huge debt <strong>of</strong> gratitude to Andy Beckman, Barb McCarthy, Joe Killian, Marie Milburn, andGary Slifkey. They hung <strong>in</strong> there through our many meet<strong>in</strong>gs and multiple revisions <strong>of</strong> this document. I alsoowe a great debt <strong>of</strong> gratitude to Kathi Probo for her <strong>in</strong>valuable contributions and to Debbie Andrulonis andMary Locante for their skillful typ<strong>in</strong>g assistance. I am especially grateful to all those wonderful parishm<strong>in</strong>isters who contributed their best practices for <strong>in</strong>clusion <strong>in</strong> this resource. It is our hope that these pages willbr<strong>in</strong>g you many practical, helpful suggestions that can be duplicated or even better, act as a spr<strong>in</strong>gboard foryour own creativity.I wish you God’s bless<strong>in</strong>gs as you cont<strong>in</strong>ue to grow <strong>in</strong> the love <strong>of</strong> the Lord and to share that love withother adults <strong>in</strong> your faith community.Maureen Wood, DirectorOffice for <strong>Adult</strong> and Family <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>

AbbreviationsUSCCAAGBACACLCLCSCTDVFAAGDCLGLTMNDCOHWBRMRTVSCSDLUnited States Catholic Catechism for <strong>Adult</strong>sDecree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Div<strong>in</strong>itus)Bless<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> AgeThe Church AliveThe Church Liv<strong>in</strong>gThe Vocation and Mission <strong>of</strong> the Lay <strong>Faith</strong>ful <strong>in</strong> the Church and <strong>in</strong> theWorld (Christifideles Laici)The Church Shar<strong>in</strong>gOn Catechesis <strong>in</strong> Our Time (Catechesi Tradendae)Dogmatic Constitution on Div<strong>in</strong>e Revelation (Dei Verbum)From Age to Age: The Challenge <strong>of</strong> Worship with AdolescentsGeneral Directory for CatechesisDogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)Liv<strong>in</strong>g the Mass: How One Hour Can Change Your LifeNational Directory for CatecheticsOur Hearts Were Burn<strong>in</strong>g With<strong>in</strong> Us: A Pastoral Plan for <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong><strong>Formation</strong> <strong>in</strong> the United StatesOn the Permanent Validity <strong>of</strong> the Church’s Missionary Mandate(Redemptoris Missio)Renew<strong>in</strong>g the VisionConstitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium)Sons and Daughters <strong>of</strong> the Light

Multiple Intelligences across the LifecyclePeople learn <strong>in</strong> different ways. As a catechist, the more senses you engage <strong>in</strong> your teach<strong>in</strong>g, the moresenses you will make and the better your students will learn and remember. Such experiential and <strong>in</strong>teractivemethods <strong>of</strong>ten prevent or preclude discipl<strong>in</strong>e problems as well. Some people learn best by see<strong>in</strong>g, othershear<strong>in</strong>g, others smell<strong>in</strong>g, others touch<strong>in</strong>g, and others tast<strong>in</strong>g. The comb<strong>in</strong>ation and engagement <strong>of</strong> all thesesenses <strong>in</strong>creases retention and facilitates effective learn<strong>in</strong>g.Another good teach<strong>in</strong>g rule <strong>of</strong> thumb highlights effective progression <strong>of</strong> activities. Tell, show, do, andreview This pattern <strong>in</strong> tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g another to do someth<strong>in</strong>g applies to all learn<strong>in</strong>g. Introduce or tell students aboutsometh<strong>in</strong>g, demonstrate it, let them practice, demonstrate it themselves, and evaluate with them what theyhave done.Another formula associated with Christian education is hook, look, book, took. This describes ateach<strong>in</strong>g method <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a very attention-gett<strong>in</strong>g way (hook), apply<strong>in</strong>g this to our ownlives (look), f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g Scripture that speaks to the topic (book), and mak<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g to synthesize thelean<strong>in</strong>g experience which one can take with them (took).Of the various theories on lean<strong>in</strong>g styles, Howard Gardner's theory <strong>of</strong> Multiple Intelligences addsnew depth to lean<strong>in</strong>g style particularities. He cites n<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligences which reflect various aspects <strong>of</strong><strong>in</strong>telligence. 9• L<strong>in</strong>guistic <strong>in</strong>telligence, which <strong>in</strong>cludes the abilities to read and write• Logical-mathematical <strong>in</strong>telligence, which exercises capability <strong>in</strong> solv<strong>in</strong>g problems and reason<strong>in</strong>g• Spatial <strong>in</strong>telligence which engages the capacity visualize, create, draw, and design <strong>in</strong> threedimensions Musical <strong>in</strong>telligence, which helps one to learn through song, music, and/or <strong>in</strong>struments• K<strong>in</strong>esthetic <strong>in</strong>telligence, which <strong>in</strong>volves movement, danc<strong>in</strong>g or sports <strong>in</strong> the learn<strong>in</strong>g process• Naturalist <strong>in</strong>telligence describes a way <strong>of</strong> lean<strong>in</strong>g which employs experiences <strong>in</strong> the outdoors orwith the th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> nature• Existential <strong>in</strong>telligence is manifested by a desire and proclivity to ponder the deep and pr<strong>of</strong>oundquestions <strong>of</strong> life• Interpersonal <strong>in</strong>telligence, the ability to learn from and <strong>in</strong> communication with one or more otherpeople• Intrapersonal <strong>in</strong>telligence, used personal reflection to learnThe theory is that people learn best <strong>in</strong> various ways, and this varies from person to person, perhapseven to a degree from culture to culture. These <strong>in</strong>telligences are not exhaustive, there are likely many more.The task <strong>of</strong> the catechist is to mix up one's methods <strong>in</strong> order to <strong>in</strong>clude learn<strong>in</strong>g activities which appeal to avariety <strong>of</strong> different <strong>in</strong>telligences <strong>in</strong> lesson plann<strong>in</strong>g. This applies across the life cycle, with children, youth,and adults.9 Gardner, Howard, Frames <strong>of</strong> M<strong>in</strong>d. (New York: Basic Books, 1993)

How <strong>Adult</strong>s LearnIn work<strong>in</strong>g with adults it is important to remember that they br<strong>in</strong>g a unique set <strong>of</strong> needs and contributions to alearn<strong>in</strong>g environment.• <strong>Adult</strong>s prefer self direction; they are “take charge learners.”• Individual experiences <strong>of</strong> adult learners are a rich resource for learn<strong>in</strong>g. Participants can <strong>of</strong>ten aid andsupplement the facilitator and class learn<strong>in</strong>g.• <strong>Adult</strong>s are aware <strong>of</strong> their learn<strong>in</strong>g needs generated by real experiences such as marriage or divorce,parent<strong>in</strong>g, a new job, los<strong>in</strong>g a job, and other transitional events. <strong>Adult</strong> learners’ needs and <strong>in</strong>terestsserve well as start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>ts for learn<strong>in</strong>g.• <strong>Adult</strong>s want to learn practical skills or acquire knowledge that they can apply directly to their lives.Life or work-related situations present a more appropriate framework for adult learn<strong>in</strong>g than academicor theoretical approaches.Suggested Resources:Stankard, Bernadette T., How Each Child Learns: Us<strong>in</strong>g Multiple Intelligence <strong>in</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>, Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic, CT, 2003.Lowe, Edmunds, C., K., M. Murray and A. Seymour, The Ultimate Educator, National Victim AssistanceAcademy (Advanced), Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, DC: U.S. Department <strong>of</strong> Justice, Office for Victims <strong>of</strong> Crime, 1999.

WISDOM FROM OUR HEARTS WERE BURNING WITHIN US:A Pastoral Plan for <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> <strong>in</strong> the United States<strong>Adult</strong> faith is clearly and explicitly rooted <strong>in</strong> a personal relationship with Jesus lived <strong>in</strong> the Christiancommunity. “The Christian faith is, above all, conversion to Jesus Christ, full and s<strong>in</strong>cere adherence to hisperson and the decision to walk <strong>in</strong> his footsteps.” 4 Our understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the person and the away <strong>of</strong> Jesuscont<strong>in</strong>ues to grow by our meditation on the word <strong>of</strong> God, by prayer and sacrament, by our efforts to followJesus’ example, and by the sure guidance <strong>of</strong> the Church’s teach<strong>in</strong>g.” 5Through <strong>in</strong>timacy with Jesus, a matur<strong>in</strong>g adult faith opens people to a deepen<strong>in</strong>g relationship with andan “explicit confession <strong>of</strong> the Tr<strong>in</strong>ity.” 6 Authentic Christian faith is “radically Tr<strong>in</strong>itarian,” 7 and “the wholeChristian life is a communion with each <strong>of</strong> the div<strong>in</strong>e persons.” 8<strong>Adult</strong> faith is explicitly connected to the life, teach<strong>in</strong>g, and mission <strong>of</strong> the Church. As adults mature, asearch<strong>in</strong>g faith leads them to exam<strong>in</strong>e their lives, their world, and their faith more pr<strong>of</strong>oundly. In this quest,they enter <strong>in</strong>to dialogue with the gospel message as pr<strong>of</strong>essed by the teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Church and lived by thepeople <strong>of</strong> God. Through this dialogical process they come not only to know, but to make the faith their own.They acquire that “ecclesial consciousness, which is ever m<strong>in</strong>dful <strong>of</strong> what it means to be members <strong>of</strong> theChurch <strong>of</strong> Jesus Christ, participants <strong>in</strong> her mystery <strong>of</strong> communion and <strong>in</strong> her dynamism <strong>in</strong> mission and theapostolate.” 9<strong>Adult</strong> faith is confident because it is founded on the word <strong>of</strong> God 10 and confirmed by the wholeChurch’s supernatural sense <strong>of</strong> the faith. 11 The adult disciple seeks the clarity and knowledge <strong>of</strong> faith, so as t<strong>of</strong><strong>in</strong>d and accept it “with all joy and peace <strong>in</strong> believ<strong>in</strong>g” (Rom 15:13). Out <strong>of</strong> this conviction come thewill<strong>in</strong>gness and ability to witness to the Christian faith whenever possible, to expla<strong>in</strong> it whenever necessary,and to be confidently guided by it always.“The most valuable gift that the Church can <strong>of</strong>fer to the bewildered and restless world <strong>of</strong> our time is t<strong>of</strong>orm with<strong>in</strong> it Christians who are confirmed <strong>in</strong> what is essential and who are humble joyful <strong>in</strong> their faith.” 12The more this happens, the more it helps us create a climate <strong>of</strong> mutual esteem, reverence, and harmony” <strong>in</strong> theChurch and learn to “acknowledge all legitimate4 GDC, no. 53; cf. CT, no. 5b; cf. CCC, nos.422-429.5 Cf. Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum: Dogmatic Constitution on Div<strong>in</strong>e Revelation (DV), no. 8. In Vatican Council II: TheConciliar and Post Conciliar Documents: New Revised Edition, ed. Aust<strong>in</strong> Flannery (Northport, N.Y.: Costello Publish<strong>in</strong>g Co.,1992); CCC, no. 94.6 GDC, no. 82.7 GDC, no. 99.8 CCC, no. 259; cf. CT, no. 5.9 John Paul II, Christifideles Laici: The Vocation and the Mission <strong>of</strong> the Lay <strong>Faith</strong>ful <strong>in</strong> the Church and <strong>in</strong> the World, no. 64(Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1988).10 CCC, no. 157; cf. 1 Thes 2:13.11 LG, no. 12.12 CT, no. 61.

diversity….For the ties which unite the faithful together are stronger than those which separate them: let therebe unity <strong>in</strong> what is doubtful, and charity <strong>in</strong> everyth<strong>in</strong>g.” 13The adult disciple enjoys the fruits <strong>of</strong> the Spirit which are “love, joy, peace, patience, k<strong>in</strong>dness,generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23). Mature faith is open to the action and power<strong>of</strong> God’s Spirit and cannot rema<strong>in</strong> idle or unproductive. Where the Spirit is active, faith is fruitful.<strong>Adult</strong> faith bears the fruit <strong>of</strong> justice and compassion through active outreach to those <strong>in</strong> need.Recogniz<strong>in</strong>g also the connection <strong>of</strong> personal s<strong>in</strong>s and social consequences, they pray and work both forpersonal conversion and for systemic change and social transformation that will serve the common good and,ultimately, the realization <strong>of</strong> God’s reign <strong>of</strong> justice and peace “on earth as <strong>in</strong> heaven” (Mt 6:10).<strong>Adult</strong> faith bears the fruit <strong>of</strong> evangelization. While fully respect<strong>in</strong>g the religious freedom and choice<strong>of</strong> others, the adult disciple bears witness <strong>in</strong> the world to the gift <strong>of</strong> faith and to the treasure we have found <strong>in</strong>Jesus and among the community <strong>of</strong> his disciples. In this process, the witness <strong>of</strong> the word is essential, but aliv<strong>in</strong>g witness <strong>in</strong> the service <strong>of</strong> love and justice speaks with special power today.These are some <strong>of</strong> the characteristics <strong>of</strong> mature adult faith. But it is essential to remember also thatsalvation is not the fruit <strong>of</strong> our <strong>in</strong>nate gifts, our adult competence, or our achievements. Mature faithrecognizes that, however great or modest our competence or accomplishments, God’s favor is always a giftand a grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift <strong>of</strong> God”(Eph 2:8).13 GS, no. 92; cf. John Paul II, “Eight Address <strong>of</strong> His Hol<strong>in</strong>ess Pope John Paul II to the Bishops <strong>of</strong> the United States dur<strong>in</strong>g Their AdLim<strong>in</strong>a Visits,” Ad Lim<strong>in</strong>a Addresses: The Addresses <strong>of</strong> His Hol<strong>in</strong>ess Pope John Paul II to the Bishops <strong>of</strong> the United States dur<strong>in</strong>gTheir Ad Lim<strong>in</strong>a Visits; March 5-December 9, 1988 (Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1988); John XXIII,Ad Petri Cathedram (On Truth, Unity and Peace), 1959.

FIRST TASKPROMOTE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITHSECOND TASK<strong>Adult</strong> Education Classes<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> Classes<strong>Adult</strong> Lecture & Discussion SeriesAdvent/Lent Guest SpeakerAwaken<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Faith</strong>Bible StudyBook Discussion GroupCatechesis <strong>of</strong> the Good ShepherdCreed - Basic Catechist Certificate Programfor <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Lighthouse Catholic MediaLighthouse CD’sLittle Rock Scripture StudyParish Book RacksPastor’s ForumQuestion <strong>of</strong> the WeekSpiritual ReflectionsThe <strong>Faith</strong> Connection Email NewsletterWomen GatheredPROMOTE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MEANING OFTHE LITURGY AND THE SACRAMENTS,ESPECIALLY THE EUCHARISTAno<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the SickBaptism PreparationEucharistic AdorationFocus on the LiturgyForty Hours DevotionM<strong>in</strong>i-CatechesisM<strong>in</strong>istry WorkshopsRCIASacraments - Basic Catechist Certificate Programfor <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Sunday Liturgy PrepTelevised MassesTour <strong>of</strong> Church

THIRD TASKPROMOTE MORAL FORMATION IN CHRIST,LEADING TO WITNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFEFair Trade Work <strong>of</strong> Human Hands SaleMarch for LifeMorality - Basic Catechist Certificate Programfor <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Movie NightPilgrimage to Rachel Weep<strong>in</strong>g Memorial Calvary CemeterySocial Justice Speaker SeriesTheology <strong>of</strong> MoviesFOURTH TASKTEACH CHRISTIANS HOW TO PRAY IN CHRISTAnnual Retreats for Men/WomenCenter<strong>in</strong>g PrayerExperiential Stations <strong>of</strong> the CrossIgnatian Parish Prayer ProgramLectio Div<strong>in</strong>aLiv<strong>in</strong>g RosaryNovenasParish PilgrimagePowerful Pray-ers

FIFTH TASKPREPARE CHRISTIANS TO LIVE IN COMMUNITYAND PARTICIPATE IN THE CHURCH’S MISSIONCaregiver BreakfastCatholic ConversationsLet the Little Children Come to MeMartha and Joseph M<strong>in</strong>istryMen’s BreakfastMiddle MomsParish Pastoral Council <strong>Formation</strong> – <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Reflection BookletService Outreach to Homeless Women’s ShelterSt. John Neumann NightWelcome BreakfastWomen Wisdom & W<strong>in</strong>eSIXTH TASKPREPARE THE FAITHFUL TO BE PRESENT INSOCIETYS CHRISTIANS WHO ARE ABLE ANDWILLING TO BEAR WITNESS TO THEIR FAITH INWORDS AND DEEDSBereavement Support GroupComfort Blanket M<strong>in</strong>istryDay <strong>of</strong> ReflectionFocus on OutreachFuneral Liturgy Plann<strong>in</strong>gFuneral Luncheon CommitteeHealth M<strong>in</strong>istry Exercise ProgramH.O.P.E – Help<strong>in</strong>g Others Seek EmploymentMissions OutreachPrison M<strong>in</strong>istry

First TaskKnowledge <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Faith</strong> 14(CCC nos. 26-1065, GDC nos. 84-85, 87)• Br<strong>in</strong>g people to know, love, and obey Jesus Christ as the def<strong>in</strong>itive aim <strong>of</strong> all catechesis.• Explore the Scriptures so that adults may be hearers and doers <strong>of</strong> the word.• Become familiar with the great teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> Christianity (its creeds and doctr<strong>in</strong>es) and their place <strong>in</strong>the priority <strong>of</strong> truths—for example, “the mystery <strong>of</strong> God and the Tr<strong>in</strong>ity, Christ, the Church, thesacraments, human life and ethical pr<strong>in</strong>ciples, and other contemporary themes <strong>in</strong> religion andmorality”.• Study the Church’s teach<strong>in</strong>g on the dignity <strong>of</strong> the human person <strong>in</strong> its social doctr<strong>in</strong>e, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g itsrespect-life teach<strong>in</strong>g.• Learn the richness <strong>of</strong> the Church’s tradition and understand church history.• Develop the philosophical and theological foundations <strong>of</strong> the faith.• Learn the mean<strong>in</strong>g and practical relevance <strong>of</strong> current church teach<strong>in</strong>gs as presented by the pope,diocesan bishop, Vatican congregations, and the National Conference <strong>of</strong> Catholic Bishops.14 OHWB no. 91

First Task <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>: To promote knowledge <strong>of</strong> the faithThe <strong>in</strong>itial proclamation <strong>of</strong> the Gospel <strong>in</strong>troduces the hearers to Christ for the first time and <strong>in</strong>vites conversionto him. By the action <strong>of</strong> the Holy Spirit, such an encounter engenders <strong>in</strong> the hearers a desire to know aboutChrist, his life, and the content <strong>of</strong> his message. Catechesis responds to this desire by giv<strong>in</strong>g the believersknowledge <strong>of</strong> the content <strong>of</strong> God's self-revelation, which is found <strong>in</strong> Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition,and by <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g them to the mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Creed. Creeds and doctr<strong>in</strong>al formulas that state the Church'sbelief are expressions <strong>of</strong> the Church's liv<strong>in</strong>g tradition, which from the time <strong>of</strong> the apostles has developed "<strong>in</strong>the Church with the help <strong>of</strong> the Holy Spirit." DVNational Directory for CatechesisYoung <strong>Adult</strong>sIn their pastoral plan for young adults, the U.S. bishops state that the objective for parishes is "to helpyoung adults appreciate the teach<strong>in</strong>gs and traditions <strong>of</strong> the Church through catechesis, religious educationand pastoral care. " SDLA successful young adult m<strong>in</strong>istry employs a number <strong>of</strong> strategies to reach this age group. SDLThey <strong>in</strong>clude:• Offer<strong>in</strong>g a variety <strong>of</strong> programs such as even<strong>in</strong>g presentations, discussion groups, and Theology onTap.• Form Scripture study groups.• Provide <strong>in</strong>formation and catechetical resources through the use <strong>of</strong> technology such as emailand the Internet.• Prepare young adults who have not received their First Communion or Confirmationthrough an effective RCIA program.• Use marriage preparation to educate and connect young adults with the Church.• Provide annual retreat opportunities for young adults throughout the <strong>Diocese</strong>.<strong>Adult</strong>sA mature adult faith is one that is liv<strong>in</strong>g, explicit and fruitful. OHWB A liv<strong>in</strong>g faith grows anddevelops as the Christian matures and learns new th<strong>in</strong>gs. It is a faith that seeks to understand more andgrow more <strong>in</strong> union with Christ. This is why the Church has declared on many occasions that theBaptismal Catechumenate is to be the model for all catechesis, especially that <strong>of</strong> adults. OHWB An explicitfaith is rooted <strong>in</strong> Christ, radically Tr<strong>in</strong>itarian <strong>in</strong> nature, and closely l<strong>in</strong>ked to the Church. A fruitful faith isreflected <strong>in</strong> works <strong>of</strong> mercy and justice. It bears witness to the faith through appropriate efforts toevangelize. It acknowledges that God's favor and promise <strong>of</strong> salvation are always gifts that cannot beearned.

There are countless ways to promote knowledge <strong>of</strong> the faith <strong>in</strong> adults. Some <strong>of</strong> the more popular are:• Classes on doctr<strong>in</strong>e, sacraments, Church history, and Scripture• Scripture study groups• Bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>serts and website articles• Onl<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g and distance learn<strong>in</strong>g• Small faith communities• Membership <strong>in</strong> such groups as RENEW, the Christian Family Movement, or Marriage Encounter• Lecture series by expertsSenior <strong>Adult</strong>sSenior adults may be <strong>in</strong> particular need <strong>of</strong> an "updat<strong>in</strong>g" <strong>in</strong> the truths <strong>of</strong> the faith. Many Catholicsend their formal education <strong>in</strong> the faith follow<strong>in</strong>g the reception <strong>of</strong> the Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Confirmation and,thus, have an <strong>in</strong>complete understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> what Catholics believe. This may be especially true <strong>in</strong>Catholic moral teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> areas <strong>of</strong> rapid technological change, such as stem-cell research, reproductivemethods, and end-<strong>of</strong>-life issues.As the U.S. bishops have noted, senior adults <strong>of</strong>ten are looked upon as recipients <strong>of</strong> pastoral carerather than as providers <strong>of</strong> care and active members <strong>of</strong> the parish community. BA But as they also note, manyseniors have the time and the <strong>in</strong>terest to attend Bible study groups and other adult faith formation efforts.Parish staffs should take care to schedule such efforts dur<strong>in</strong>g the daytime-when seniors are more likely toattend-and to comb<strong>in</strong>e catechetical efforts with time for socializ<strong>in</strong>g.

<strong>Adult</strong> Education ClassesDescriptionThis is the 8 th year for this program that is grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> attendance. It is taught by Dr. William Switala, a retiredtheology pr<strong>of</strong>essor from Duquesne University. The classes are on Church history and Scripture. There is aclass <strong>in</strong> the fall and <strong>in</strong> the late w<strong>in</strong>ter or spr<strong>in</strong>g each year. Topics have <strong>in</strong>cluded Early Church History,Protestant Reformation, Justice and Rights (related to Church Encyclicals), American Church History,<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Church History, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to New Testament, Writ<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong>St. Paul, Four Major Prophets, to name a few.ObjectiveTo provide a cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g education program for adults <strong>in</strong> the parish.Who Should/Can AttendAny <strong>in</strong>terested adultsTime FrameThe 4-6 sessions per class are held from 6:30-8:00 p.m.Suggestions/CommentsThe sessions run concurrently with the CCD classes to encourage parents to attend while their children are <strong>in</strong>class.Contact: Dr. William SwitalaParish: St. Gabriel <strong>of</strong> the Sorrowful Virg<strong>in</strong>Phone: 412-884-5910Email: switalaw@yahoo.com

<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> ClassesDescriptionWe have <strong>of</strong>fered a variety <strong>of</strong> classes at St Benedict. Our pastor taught a class on Church history. Hehas also taught “The Bible as Theology”, which was <strong>in</strong> response to a class be taught at Peters Twp.High School, “The Bible as Literature.” But we were <strong>in</strong>novative <strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g a class on “Cook<strong>in</strong>g andthe Council” where we learned about the results <strong>of</strong> the Second Vatican Council, and then went <strong>in</strong>to thekitchen and cooked. We had between 15-20 people and everyone took part <strong>in</strong> either sett<strong>in</strong>g the table,prepar<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>gredients, or cook<strong>in</strong>g the food…which we all ate afterwards.ObjectiveTo br<strong>in</strong>g members <strong>of</strong> the parish together to grow <strong>in</strong> their faith.To experience “communion” over a communal meal.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>sCostWe had a “good will <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g” basket which covered the cost.Suggestions/Comments<strong>Adult</strong> formation <strong>in</strong> the form <strong>of</strong> classes can be tough. Most <strong>of</strong> the classes started out with between 30-50 people but dw<strong>in</strong>dled with each session. The only class that didn’t was Cook<strong>in</strong>g and the Councilwhere we had 15-20 each time.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St. Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

<strong>Adult</strong> Lecture & Discussion SeriesDescriptionA regularly scheduled (once a month/every other month) series <strong>of</strong> lectures cover<strong>in</strong>g a broad range <strong>of</strong> topics onthe history, doctr<strong>in</strong>es and teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> the Church. The sessions are meant to be a comb<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>of</strong> lecture by asubject expert and discussion time as adults prefer to process <strong>in</strong>formation <strong>in</strong>teractively.ObjectiveTo generate enthusiasm for ongo<strong>in</strong>g catechesis <strong>of</strong> adults <strong>in</strong> the parish.To <strong>in</strong>crease knowledge and understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> all aspects <strong>of</strong> the Catholic faith.To build community <strong>in</strong> the parish around the gather<strong>in</strong>g times <strong>of</strong> the sessions.Who Should/Can AttendAll adults who desire to <strong>in</strong>crease knowledge <strong>of</strong> the Catholic faith.Time FrameApproximately two hours, although <strong>in</strong>dividual sessions can be done as successive sessions over a period <strong>of</strong>time if greater coverage <strong>of</strong> a topic is desired.CostStipend/mileage is paid for speaker/presenter. Cost <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g flyers if applicable (sample flyer attached).Suggestions/CommentsConsistency is key so that participants become used to attend<strong>in</strong>g sessions on a regular basis. Parishioners canbe an excellent source <strong>of</strong> speakers and the best promoters <strong>of</strong> the program, although some due diligence iswise.Contact: Joe KillianParish: St. Alexis - WexfordPhone: 724 935-0877Email: dre@stalexis.org

Advent/Lent Guest SpeakerDescriptionOn Wednesday even<strong>in</strong>gs dur<strong>in</strong>g Advent and Lent, Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Grace has a special 7:00 p.m. even<strong>in</strong>g Mass.Once dur<strong>in</strong>g Advent and once dur<strong>in</strong>g Lent, this Mass is followed by an adult faith formation program with aguest speaker. Topics are connected to the season. The program beg<strong>in</strong>s at 7:30 p.m. with a brief welcome,open<strong>in</strong>g prayer and <strong>in</strong>troduction <strong>of</strong> the speaker, followed by the speaker’s presentation last<strong>in</strong>g 30 to 45m<strong>in</strong>utes. Around 8:15 we break for light refreshments and fellowship for 10 to 20 m<strong>in</strong>utes. Then wereconvene so that the speaker can take questions. The program concludes around 9:00 p.m., but people arewelcome to stay and cont<strong>in</strong>ue socializ<strong>in</strong>g. If the speaker has books or materials to share or sell, we encouragethem to do so, and if necessary, we f<strong>in</strong>d a volunteer to help manage this. We may conclude by pass<strong>in</strong>g out aprayer connected to the even<strong>in</strong>g’s reflection and pray<strong>in</strong>g this together.ObjectiveTo help parishioners enter more deeply <strong>in</strong>to the celebration <strong>of</strong> the seasons <strong>of</strong> Advent and Lent.To help parishioners grow <strong>in</strong> their spiritual lives and understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the faith.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>s and families.Time FrameAbout 2 hoursCost$100.00 to $250.00 speaker fee, plus the cost <strong>of</strong> refreshments, which can be kept simple.Suggestions/CommentsTake advantage <strong>of</strong> the connections that you have to local speakers. Advertise as thoroughly as possible with<strong>in</strong>the parish and outside the parish. This program comb<strong>in</strong>es prayer, fellowship and education, provid<strong>in</strong>g a richformation experience. It is a response to the <strong>in</strong>terest that many parishioners have <strong>in</strong> “go<strong>in</strong>g deeper” or “do<strong>in</strong>gsometh<strong>in</strong>g extra” dur<strong>in</strong>g Advent and Lent.Contact: Marie MilburnParish: Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Grace, Scott TownshipPhone: 412-279-7070Email: m.milburn@olgscott.org

Awaken<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Faith</strong>(Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Assoc. www.pncea.org.)DescriptionThrough essays, scripture and open discussion groups deal with areas <strong>of</strong> Spirituality, Jesus, the Holy Spirit,the Mass and the church. Meet<strong>in</strong>gs foster reflection, prayer, and shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> hospitality andacceptance. A speaker or outside leader is suggested to facilitate the sessions.ObjectiveTo <strong>in</strong>vite <strong>in</strong>active Catholics to return to the church.Who Should/Can AttendWe <strong>in</strong>vite those who have been away from the church, who still th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>of</strong> themselves as “Catholic”, peoplewho are <strong>in</strong>different or apathetic, who have not had enough “<strong>in</strong>volvement” with the Church to th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>of</strong>themselves as “be<strong>in</strong>g away”.Time Frame6 sessions, usually conducted weekly for an hour and a half. 4 additional sessions are available to cont<strong>in</strong>uethe <strong>in</strong>itial discussion period. Sessions beg<strong>in</strong> with time for hospitality, icebreakers, reflection, discussion,shar<strong>in</strong>g and prayer. Our sessions began with the first week <strong>of</strong> Lent.CostProgram preview pack $59.95, <strong>in</strong>cludes Leader guide, Participant booklet. Individual booklets are availablefor all participants (we chose not to purchase them because <strong>of</strong> cost). Leader simply copied the essay portion<strong>of</strong> each session.Suggestions/CommentsWe did an onl<strong>in</strong>e Web<strong>in</strong>ar to learn more about the program and the expected results. It <strong>in</strong>dicated that even ifyou did it for just 2 people it would be worthwhile. The small group sett<strong>in</strong>g was very conducive to opendiscussion. We had at least 6 regular attendees weekly and plan to conduct the additional 4 sessions.Contact: Claire HildenbrandParish: St. Angela Merici ChurchPhone: 412-672-9641Email: st.angela.merici@verizon.net

Bible StudyDescriptionMany forms <strong>of</strong> Bible Study are <strong>of</strong>fered <strong>in</strong> different sett<strong>in</strong>gs. Guest speakers are <strong>in</strong>vited yearly to enhance ourunderstand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> scripture.ObjectiveTo draw <strong>in</strong>dividuals closer to Christ through prayer and scripture.To promote a better understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the written word.To form community.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>sTime Frame1-1/2 hoursSuggestions/CommentsWeekly reflection and study <strong>of</strong> upcom<strong>in</strong>g Sunday read<strong>in</strong>gs or weekly reflection and study <strong>of</strong> a particular bookor theme <strong>in</strong> the Bible are two approaches that can be used.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724 776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Book Discussion GroupDescriptionThe group selects a read<strong>in</strong>g list <strong>of</strong> seven to eight books from a variety <strong>of</strong> authors, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g biographies,autobiographies, essays, summations <strong>of</strong> church documents, etc., and then meets monthly to <strong>in</strong>formallydiscuss the books, shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>sights, op<strong>in</strong>ions and/or criticisms.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer adults the opportunity to grow <strong>in</strong> their faith, to explore other po<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>of</strong> view, and to deepen theirunderstand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Church and its doctr<strong>in</strong>e.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> the books be<strong>in</strong>g read.Time FrameMonthly from September to April (exclud<strong>in</strong>g December).Contact: Lynne AberParish: St. Anne, Castle ShannonPhone: 412-833-3578Email: LAber@dmclaw.com

Catechesis <strong>of</strong> the Good ShepherdDescriptionCatechesis <strong>of</strong> the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a model <strong>of</strong> faith formation based on the Montessori Method whichlays the foundational relationship between the child and Jesus the Good Shepherd. CGS is grounded <strong>in</strong> thepedagogical method <strong>of</strong> the Liturgy and the content <strong>of</strong> the Holy Bible. It is a developmental approach, withthree levels: Level I for ages 3-6, Level II, for ages 6-9, and Level III for ages 9-12. One cannot be acatechist for this method unless one completes 90 hours for Level I, 90 hours for Level II and 200 hours forLevel III with a formation leader who is certified from the National Association <strong>of</strong> the Catechesis <strong>of</strong> the GoodShepherd.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer a process for adults/older teens to be certified <strong>in</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g with CGS Level I children ages 3-6 <strong>in</strong> aLevel I Atrium.To learn to “listen to God with children”.To grow further <strong>in</strong> our personal relationship with God.Who Should/Can AttendAny older teen or adult who wishes to grow <strong>in</strong> their relationship with God.Any teen or adult who works with children ages 3-6.Def<strong>in</strong>itely every parent and grandparent!Time Frame90 hours for Level I. Courses are <strong>of</strong>fered <strong>in</strong> various models <strong>in</strong> a retreat sett<strong>in</strong>g: 2 week-long sessions,one day/month throughout the year, 4 segments <strong>of</strong> 3-day clusters, or other options determ<strong>in</strong>ed by theformation leader and host<strong>in</strong>g parish.CostVaries depend<strong>in</strong>g on formation leader and location, between $300 - $1,000 per course.Suggestions/CommentsOver 8 parishes <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>. area <strong>of</strong>fer CGS for children. So far, St. John Neumann and St Kilianhave been sponsor<strong>in</strong>g CGS formation courses.Call Cel<strong>in</strong>e at Sa<strong>in</strong>t Kilian Parish if you would like to host or attend a “Come and See” <strong>in</strong>formation session tobe <strong>in</strong>troduced to CGS.Contact:Parish:Phone:EmailCel<strong>in</strong>e MitchellSa<strong>in</strong>t Kilian Parish412-600-7097 (cell phone)cmitchell@sa<strong>in</strong>tkilian.org

Creed: The Pr<strong>of</strong>ession <strong>of</strong> <strong>Faith</strong>DescriptionThis is a doctr<strong>in</strong>al component <strong>of</strong> basis certification address<strong>in</strong>g the topics <strong>of</strong>: God, The Father Almighty,Creator <strong>of</strong> Heaven and Earth; Jesus, God’s Word Incarnate; Paschal Mystery; Holy Spirit: Revelation <strong>of</strong> theTr<strong>in</strong>ity; and Church. Formal material regard<strong>in</strong>g Prayer <strong>in</strong> the Christian Life is also addressed <strong>in</strong> this course.Both Scripture and prayer are utilized <strong>in</strong> each lesson.ObjectiveTo ground the catechist <strong>in</strong> an adult understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the faith.To enable the catechist to translate this same faith <strong>in</strong> appropriate ways to the age/grade level <strong>of</strong> students he orshe will be teach<strong>in</strong>g.Who Should/Can AttendAll catechists and any <strong>in</strong>terested person.Time Frame15-hour ProgramSuggestions/CommentsSee next two pages for Advanced/Renewal Certification Courses.Cost$30.00Contact: Sharon HachmanParish: <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Phone: 412-456-3110Email: shachman@diopitt.org

CREEDChristology: Study <strong>of</strong> ChristChurch HistoryEcclesiologyEschatology: Study <strong>of</strong> the Last Th<strong>in</strong>gsMariology: Study <strong>of</strong> MaryPneumatologyU.S. Catholic Catechism for <strong>Adult</strong>sAdvanced / Renewal Certification CoursesMay be <strong>of</strong>fered as Enrichment (10 or 15 hours) orWorkshop (3 or 5 hours) onlyMORALITYBeatitudesCommandments & Beatitudes: Laws & InvitationsJourney from <strong>Faith</strong> to Justice: Social Teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the ChurchPresent Day Threats to Human LifeSocial JusticePRAYEREncyclical on the RosaryExperiences <strong>of</strong> PrayerPrayer, Journey with JesusPray<strong>in</strong>g the PsalmsSCRIPTUREActs <strong>of</strong> the ApostlesGospel <strong>of</strong> JohnGospel <strong>of</strong> MarkGospels for Contemporary ChristiansInfancy NarrativesIntroduction to the Old TestamentKeys to Study<strong>in</strong>g ScriptureLetters <strong>of</strong> PaulNew Testament for Contemporary ChristiansOld Testament for Contemporary ChristiansPassion NarrativesProphetsSynoptic GospelsTeach<strong>in</strong>g the Parables <strong>of</strong> JesusThe PentateuchSPIRITUALITYSpiritual <strong>Formation</strong>Spiritual/Moral Character <strong>of</strong> the Human PersonThe Transformative Character <strong>of</strong> Suffer<strong>in</strong>gTraditions <strong>of</strong> Catholic Spirituality

METHODSAdvanced MethodsChildren's LiturgyCreative Teach<strong>in</strong>gCreative Teach<strong>in</strong>g for Catholic School TeachersGifts and Fruits <strong>of</strong> the Holy SpiritGrow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Faith</strong>: Stages <strong>of</strong> DevelopmentHow to Use a Catechetical TextbookHow to Use MediaIntroduction to Sign LanguageLiturgical Seasons: Advent, Christmas, EpiphanyLiturgical Seasons: Lent, Easter, PentecostMa<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a Peaceful ClassroomMethods for Teach<strong>in</strong>g SacramentsMethods: Special Needs InclusionMiddle School M<strong>in</strong>istryMotivation/Enthusiasm<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>tsSacramental Preparation: Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation, Heal<strong>in</strong>g, ServiceSa<strong>in</strong>ts for Advent, Christmas, EpiphanySa<strong>in</strong>ts for Lent, Easter, PentecostSa<strong>in</strong>ts for Ord<strong>in</strong>ary TimeScripture & Prayer (<strong>in</strong>termediate grades)Scripture & Prayer (primary & <strong>in</strong>termediate grades)SACRAMENTSIntroduction to Christian Ritual and WorshipPreparation for ConfirmationPreparation for Eucharist (Includes Reconciliation)Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation & PoliciesUnderstand<strong>in</strong>g the Sunday Eucharist

Lighthouse Catholic MediaDescriptionLighthouse Catholic Media is a great resource to have available <strong>in</strong> a parish for cont<strong>in</strong>ual spiritualdevelopment. Lighthouse Catholic Media CD’s topics <strong>in</strong>clude: conversion, evangelization, marriage, familylife, prayer, stewardship, the Church, Pope, sacraments, parent<strong>in</strong>g, the Bible, Mary and the sa<strong>in</strong>ts, music andmore.Some <strong>of</strong> the speakers on these CDS <strong>in</strong>clude: Matthew Kelly, Dr. Scott Hahn, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, MikeSweeney, Fr. Larry Richards, Mother Teresa, Father Corapi, Jeff Cav<strong>in</strong>s, and more.ObjectiveTo help all to grow closer to our Lord and live lives accord<strong>in</strong>g to God’s will.Who Should/Can AttendAny can purchase a CD from the Lighthouse display set up <strong>in</strong> the Parish. CDS are for all: parents, children,teens, young adults, s<strong>in</strong>gle, married. Everyone who wants to be <strong>in</strong>spired.Time FrameDepends on which CD or topic is chosen.CostSuggested Donation is $20.00 for a bundle <strong>of</strong> 7 CDS or $3.00 a CD.Suggestions/CommentsFor additional <strong>in</strong>formation visit www.LighthouseCatholicMedia.org or call 847-488-0333Our Lighthouse Manager at Sts. John and Paul Parish is Mark Cotter.Contact:Parish:Phone:Email:Kate BiancoSa<strong>in</strong>ts John and Paul Parish724-935-2104 x23kbianco@stsjohnandpaul.org

Lighthouse CD’sDescriptionOur Bible study group subscribes to the Lighthouse CD’s. After we are f<strong>in</strong>ished us<strong>in</strong>g or listen<strong>in</strong>g to them,we label each CD with a tag <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g people to Bible study, and another tag to take home the CD, pass itaround and then return it to the box <strong>in</strong> the church vestibule for others to use. I will alert the parishionersperiodically <strong>in</strong> the parish bullet<strong>in</strong>, as to the CD titles that are <strong>in</strong> the box. It seems to work well.ObjectiveTo engage the parish <strong>in</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g Bible study.To encourage parishioners to get <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> regular Scripture study.Who Should/Can AttendAll adults.Time FrameVariesContact: Jean M. DiDonato, D.R.E.Parish: St. Cyril <strong>of</strong> AlexandriaPhone: 412-734-0505Email: stcyrilreled@yahoo.com

Little Rock Scripture Study (LRSS)DescriptionThis Scripture study began <strong>in</strong> 1974 as a Catholic alternative to evangelical Protestant Bible studies such as theBible Study Fellowship. It has, for many years, been a m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong> the Catholic <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> Little Rock <strong>in</strong>partnership with Liturgical Press, which provides the materials.There are four elements to a typical study:1) daily personal study20 m<strong>in</strong>utes a day us<strong>in</strong>g a Bible, commentary, and study guide2) small-group shar<strong>in</strong>gled by a tra<strong>in</strong>ed facilitatorgroups <strong>of</strong> 8-12several types <strong>of</strong> questions3) wrap-up lectureapprox. 20 m<strong>in</strong>utessums up important themescan be a local speaker, but very good DVDs and CDs are available from LRSS4) conversational prayer—a simple method <strong>of</strong> shared prayer <strong>in</strong> four stepsThere is a wide variety <strong>of</strong> studies available, vary<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> format and length. See the LRSS website:www.littlerockscripture.org.ObjectiveTo br<strong>in</strong>g people to a greater understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Bible, an awareness <strong>of</strong> God’s liv<strong>in</strong>g presence <strong>in</strong> sacredScripture, and an appreciation <strong>of</strong> how the Bible can be applied to daily life.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>s and older teensTime FrameWeekly sessions <strong>of</strong> about 1½ hours (preceded by a meet<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> small group leaders if numbers so require).Suggestions/CommentsCatholics believe that “<strong>in</strong> sacred Scripture, God speaks through human be<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> human fashion” as thefathers <strong>of</strong> the Second Vatican Council put it (Dei Verbum, #12). The human dimension <strong>of</strong> the Scriptures waspoorly understood before modern biblical studies. One particular strength <strong>of</strong> LRSS is that it takes seriouslyboth the div<strong>in</strong>e and human dimensions <strong>of</strong> the Scriptures by us<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>of</strong> recent Catholic biblicalscholarship.Contact: Andrew K. BechmanParish: St. Scholastica, Asp<strong>in</strong>wallPhone: 412-781-0186, Ext. 18Email: andybechman@sa<strong>in</strong>tscholastica.com

Parish Book RacksDescriptionOur Lady <strong>of</strong> Grace has book racks <strong>in</strong> three different locations around the church, with books from IgnatiusPress. Ignatius has an excellent selection <strong>of</strong> books on Catholic doctr<strong>in</strong>e, prayer, lives <strong>of</strong> the sa<strong>in</strong>ts andreligious art and is the lead<strong>in</strong>g publisher <strong>of</strong> the writ<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> Pope Benedict XVI. S<strong>in</strong>ce we are a bookseller, wereceive a 30% discount on orders <strong>of</strong> 1-4 books, a 43% discount on orders <strong>of</strong> 4-24 books, a 45% discount onorders <strong>of</strong> 25-49 books, and a 47% discount on orders <strong>of</strong> 50-99 books. Our book racks are managed with thehelp <strong>of</strong> our St. V<strong>in</strong>cent de Paul Society. Envelopes are placed with<strong>in</strong> each book with a label list<strong>in</strong>g the priceand <strong>in</strong>structions to put payment <strong>in</strong> the envelope and the envelope <strong>in</strong> the poor box. Pr<strong>of</strong>its benefit the St.V<strong>in</strong>cent de Paul Society. An order <strong>of</strong> about 50 books is place about four times a year by the <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong><strong>Formation</strong> Director. When new books arrive, a sale is held <strong>in</strong> the church hall after each weekend Mass,dur<strong>in</strong>g which parishioners can purchase any book at a 25% discount. If a book has sat for six months withoutsell<strong>in</strong>g, it is returned to Ignatius for a refund; the church is responsible for the cost <strong>of</strong> shipp<strong>in</strong>g.ObjectiveTo make excellent spiritual read<strong>in</strong>g available to the members <strong>of</strong> our parish, so that they can grown <strong>in</strong> faith andunderstand<strong>in</strong>g.Who Should/Can AttendMost <strong>of</strong> the selections are for adults, but some are for children and teenagers.Time FrameBooks are available year round; an effort is made to provide selections that reflect the liturgical seasons.CostBecause <strong>of</strong> the discount <strong>of</strong>fered by Ignatius Press, the parish makes a small pr<strong>of</strong>it from the sale <strong>of</strong> books,which is given to the St. V<strong>in</strong>cent de Paul Society.Suggestions/CommentsTo set up an account as a bookseller, contact Ignatius Press: 1-800-360-1714. To view the selection <strong>of</strong> titlesavailable through Ignatius, visit: www.ignatius.com .Contact: Marie MilburnParish: Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Grace, Scott TownshipPhone: 412-279-7070Email: m.milburn@olgscott.org

Pastor’s ForumDescriptionFr. Sam Esposito, Pastor <strong>of</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t Benedict, writes a weekly forum <strong>in</strong> our parish bullet<strong>in</strong> based on the read<strong>in</strong>gs<strong>of</strong> that Sunday. He relates it to what is go<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>in</strong> our parish as well as <strong>in</strong> the world.ObjectiveTo provide an additional communication outlet from pastor to parishioner.Who Should/Can AttendEveryone is welcome to take a bullet<strong>in</strong> or they can subscribe to have the bullet<strong>in</strong> emailed directly to them.Suggestions/CommentsA lot <strong>of</strong> parishioners read Fr Sam’s forum. In fact, I have had people tell me that they look forward toread<strong>in</strong>g it.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

Question <strong>of</strong> the WeekDescriptionFr. Sam Esposito, Pastor <strong>of</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t Benedict, <strong>in</strong>vites parishioners to email or send him a question that they mayhave about their faith. He answers one <strong>of</strong> the questions every week. He will also answer or respond to issuesthat arise <strong>in</strong> the parish.ObjectiveTo reach our parishioners and give them a means for communicat<strong>in</strong>g questions/concerns/ideas.Who Should/Can AttendEveryone is welcome to take a bullet<strong>in</strong> or they can subscribe to have the bullet<strong>in</strong> emailed directly to them.Suggestions/CommentsThis has been very successful. People can go to our website and send Fr. Sam an email with a questionanonymously. He gets some very <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g questions.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

Spiritual ReflectionsDescriptionOnce a month a short spiritual reflection is placed <strong>in</strong> the bullet<strong>in</strong> along with a question for meditation and an<strong>in</strong>vitation to take action on a topic <strong>of</strong> faith formation.Monthly Themes1. Baptismal Covenant.F<strong>in</strong>d out baptismal date and celebrate – pull out pictures, videos and memorabilia.2. Church as Community.Attend parish functions and <strong>in</strong>vite family, friends and neighbors.3. Christian Discipleship.Discover who may need help <strong>in</strong> your neighborhood and reach out to them.4. Holy Gratitude.Make a list <strong>of</strong> the ways God has blessed you and create a litany <strong>of</strong> thanksgiv<strong>in</strong>g for your familyprayer.5. Stewardship conversion.Donate to our collections for the homeless.6. Prayerful Liv<strong>in</strong>g.Sign up on the Prayer Calendar to pray for the parish.7. Grace-Full Liv<strong>in</strong>g.Exam<strong>in</strong>e your life and relationships to see if there is anyone with whom you need to makepeace and then do so either <strong>in</strong> person, a phone call, a letter or, if not possible, <strong>in</strong> prayer.8. Sacrificial Giv<strong>in</strong>g.Give up someth<strong>in</strong>g and make a donation <strong>of</strong> the money saved to charity.9. Christian Worship.Enter <strong>in</strong>to worship fully listen<strong>in</strong>g for the Word <strong>of</strong> God for you.10. Community Outreach.Reach out to those <strong>in</strong> your family or neighborhood <strong>in</strong> need <strong>of</strong> service and volunteerfor one <strong>of</strong> our ecumenical or parish outreach programs.11. Parish M<strong>in</strong>istries.Thank those <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>istry for their service.12. Parish Vision.Share with us what you would like our parish to be <strong>in</strong> the future. Write it out and putit <strong>in</strong> the collection basket.ObjectiveTo utilize the bullet<strong>in</strong> for faith formation through reflection and response.Who Should/Can AttendThe entire parish.Time FrameOnce a month.Contact:Bernice Dumitru, Pastoral AssociateParish:Church <strong>of</strong> the ResurrectionPhone: 412-563-5589Email:bernicedumitru@msn.com or bernicedumitru@verizon.net

The <strong>Faith</strong> Connection Email NewsletterDescriptionThe <strong>Faith</strong> Connection newsletter, produced by RCL Benziger, is distributed weekly (sample copy attached).This can be done as an email/<strong>in</strong> regular mail or as a bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>sert. Included <strong>in</strong> each week’s edition arevarious reflections/prayers/<strong>in</strong>formation/questions on the themes and messages <strong>of</strong> the Sunday and dailyread<strong>in</strong>gs.ObjectiveTo <strong>in</strong>crease preparedness for the Sunday liturgy.To improve focus on the liturgy/read<strong>in</strong>gs throughout the week.To encourage families to develop an ongo<strong>in</strong>g rout<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> read<strong>in</strong>g and reflect<strong>in</strong>g on the Scriptures.Who Should/Can AttendDistributed to all adults who desire to more deeply prepare for the Sunday liturgy as well as the read<strong>in</strong>gs fordaily Masses.Time FrameWeeklyCostBasic Membership is $199 per year.Premium Membership is $249 per year.Suggestions/CommentsS<strong>in</strong>ce RCL is our religious text book publisher (<strong>Faith</strong> First), this resource ties very nicely to the materials thatour students receive <strong>in</strong> our school and religious education programs. Parish publishers should be consulted forsimilar resources that may be a better fit for the specific parish. An email approach is ideal if the mail<strong>in</strong>g listis well developed and ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed, because it provides access to these very attractive and brightly coloredresources.Contact: Joe KillianParish: St. Alexis - WexfordPhone: 724 935-0877Email: dre@stalexis.org

Women GatheredDescriptionWomen Gathered is a Bible study, reflection and prayer community for women. All women <strong>of</strong> our parish andbeyond are <strong>in</strong>vited to be a part <strong>of</strong> this wonderful, prayerful community <strong>of</strong> women.ObjectiveTo grow as women <strong>of</strong> faith <strong>in</strong> a sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> prayer, car<strong>in</strong>g, listen<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>spiration and community.Who Should/Can AttendAny woman.Time Frame1-1/2 hours weeklyContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724 776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Second TaskLiturgical Life 15(CCC nos. 1066-1690, GDC nos. 84-85, 87)• Understand, live and bear witness to the suffer<strong>in</strong>g, death and resurrection <strong>of</strong> Jesus, celebrated andcommunicated through the sacramental life <strong>of</strong> the Church.• Understand church doctr<strong>in</strong>e on the Eucharist and the other sacraments.• Acquire the spirituality, skills and habits <strong>of</strong> full, conscious, and active participation <strong>in</strong> the liturgy,especially the Eucharistic liturgy.• Value the dignity and responsibility <strong>of</strong> our baptism.• Understand the roles <strong>of</strong> the laity and orda<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> liturgical celebrations and Christian mission.• Understand and participate <strong>in</strong> the Church’s daily prayer, the Liturgy <strong>of</strong> the Hours; and learn to pray thepsalms, “an essential and permanent element <strong>of</strong> the prayer <strong>of</strong> the Church”.15 OHWB, no. 92

Second task <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>: To promote knowledge <strong>of</strong> themean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Liturgy and the sacraments.S<strong>in</strong>ce Christ is present <strong>in</strong> the sacraments, SC the believer comes to know Christ <strong>in</strong> the liturgical celebrations <strong>of</strong>the Church and is drawn <strong>in</strong>to communion with him. Christ's sav<strong>in</strong>g action <strong>in</strong> the Paschal Mystery is celebrated<strong>in</strong> the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, where the closest communion with Jesus on earth is possible asCatholics are able to receive his liv<strong>in</strong>g Flesh and his Precious Blood <strong>in</strong> Holy Communion. Catechesis shouldpromote "an active, conscious genu<strong>in</strong>e participation <strong>in</strong> the liturgy <strong>of</strong> the Church, not merely by expla<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g themean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the ceremonies, but also by form<strong>in</strong>g the m<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>of</strong> the faithful for prayer, for thanksgiv<strong>in</strong>g, forrepentance, for pray<strong>in</strong>g with confidence, for a community spirit, and for understand<strong>in</strong>g correctly the mean<strong>in</strong>g<strong>of</strong> the creeds."' GDC Sacramental catechesis prepares for the <strong>in</strong>itial celebration <strong>of</strong> the sacraments and providesenrichment follow<strong>in</strong>g their reception.National Directory for CatechesisYoung <strong>Adult</strong>sThe goal at this age is to <strong>in</strong>vite, empower and enable young adults to participate <strong>in</strong> the life <strong>of</strong> the Churchthrough worship and sacramental life. FAA Some strategies <strong>in</strong>clude:• Encourage homilists to address a wide range <strong>of</strong> life's issues. FAA• Invite young adults to be liturgical m<strong>in</strong>isters, and provide necessary tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g. FAA• Provide opportunities for and encourage cont<strong>in</strong>ued use <strong>of</strong> the Sunday read<strong>in</strong>gs for dailyreflection.• Unite young adults with the prayer <strong>of</strong> the Church by encourag<strong>in</strong>g them to pray the Liturgy <strong>of</strong>the Hours.• Young adults can be blessed publicly at Mass when jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the parish, mov<strong>in</strong>g away, go<strong>in</strong>g on tocollege, go<strong>in</strong>g to military or mission service, enter<strong>in</strong>g sem<strong>in</strong>ary or religious life, dur<strong>in</strong>g pregnancy,at the birth <strong>of</strong> child, etc. They can also be prayed with and for dur<strong>in</strong>g times <strong>of</strong> unemployment.<strong>Adult</strong>s<strong>Adult</strong>s <strong>of</strong> all ages can benefit from faith formation efforts to deepen their understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>, and appreciationfor, the Eucharistic Liturgy and the other Sacraments. Parishes should have a Liturgy Committee compris<strong>in</strong>gparishioners represent<strong>in</strong>g all the different groups <strong>in</strong> the parish. The pastor and staff can benefit fromhear<strong>in</strong>g the recommendations <strong>of</strong> the parishioners regard<strong>in</strong>g Liturgy and this is also an excellentopportunity to catechize these parish leaders.Here are some other ideas:• Several times a year, schedule a "Teach<strong>in</strong>g Mass," <strong>in</strong> which a commentator expla<strong>in</strong>s the mean<strong>in</strong>g<strong>of</strong> the Eucharistic Liturgy. A carefully crafted script here can be a great way to reach a largenumber <strong>of</strong> people at once. One idea is to focus on the Liturgy <strong>of</strong> the Word <strong>in</strong> the fall and theLiturgy <strong>of</strong> the Eucharist <strong>in</strong> the spr<strong>in</strong>g.• Consider schedul<strong>in</strong>g the Ko<strong>in</strong>onia courses on the Liturgy and the Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation.

• Promote the special events at the Diocesan Pastoral Centers that focus on Liturgy andSacraments.• Keep a well-stocked parish library that <strong>in</strong>cludes books and DVDs that parishioners mayborrow. The Appendix to the Guidel<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong>cludes a list<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> sources for good catecheticalmaterials.Senior <strong>Adult</strong>sSeniors <strong>of</strong>ten are a neglected group when it comes to liturgical <strong>in</strong>volvement. Every parish can make specialefforts to help them participate fully and enable them to give witness to their lives <strong>of</strong> faith.• Large pr<strong>in</strong>t worship aids, good sound systems, accessible Church architecture (ramps, handrails,non-slip floor<strong>in</strong>g) are all signs <strong>of</strong> welcome for seniors. Consideration can be shown/<strong>of</strong>fered toelders dur<strong>in</strong>g periods <strong>of</strong> kneel<strong>in</strong>g or long periods <strong>of</strong> stand<strong>in</strong>g• Older parishioners should cont<strong>in</strong>ue to be <strong>in</strong>cluded among the liturgical m<strong>in</strong>isters and be mentors tovarious liturgical m<strong>in</strong>isters. They should be represented on the parish Liturgy committee.• They should be <strong>in</strong>cluded as "Pray-ers" on behalf <strong>of</strong> the community; this m<strong>in</strong>istry is available tothe homebound as well as those who are not. (see M<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong> Praise <strong>in</strong> the Appendix) Seniorsshould also be <strong>in</strong>cluded as "composers" <strong>of</strong> the <strong>in</strong>tercessions for Mass and consulted <strong>in</strong> homilypreparation.• Seniors can make good RCIA sponsors, sponsor couples for marriage preparation, and can be veryactive <strong>in</strong> sacramental preparation and bereavement m<strong>in</strong>istry.• Elders should be ano<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> the community sett<strong>in</strong>g-dur<strong>in</strong>g Mass when possible.• Milestone wedd<strong>in</strong>g/religious pr<strong>of</strong>ession anniversaries (and any wedd<strong>in</strong>g/religious pr<strong>of</strong>essionanniversary yearly after 50!) should be celebrated with bless<strong>in</strong>gs dur<strong>in</strong>g the Sunday Liturgy, withthe parish community. Grandparents and great grand-parents can also be blessed.

Ano<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the SickDescriptionThe Sacrament <strong>of</strong> the Ano<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Sick is adm<strong>in</strong>istered after all masses on the third Sunday <strong>of</strong> the monthat St. Wendel<strong>in</strong> Parish, Carrick. Anyone who would like to receive the sacrament simply sits <strong>in</strong> the frontpews. They are ano<strong>in</strong>ted on the forehead and hands. This monthly rem<strong>in</strong>der is helpful <strong>in</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g allparishioners aware <strong>of</strong> the purpose <strong>of</strong> the sacrament and mak<strong>in</strong>g it readily available to them.ObjectiveTo make the Sacrament <strong>of</strong> the Ano<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Sick readily available to those who would like to takeadvantage <strong>of</strong> it.Who Should/Can AttendAny fully <strong>in</strong>itiated Catholic who is suffer<strong>in</strong>g from physical, mental or emotional sickness and would like toask for heal<strong>in</strong>g.Time Frame10-15 m<strong>in</strong>utesContact: Rev. Ed WichmanParish: St. Wendel<strong>in</strong> ParishPhone: 412-882-1480

Baptism PreparationDescriptionOur Baptism Preparation is primarily <strong>of</strong>fered every other month at our parish and is facilitated by our BaptismPreparation leaders. The elements <strong>of</strong> the Baptism preparation program can <strong>in</strong>clude: welcome, prayer-Scripture, overview <strong>of</strong> the sacrament <strong>of</strong> Baptism, small group discussions, video, Catechesis <strong>of</strong> the GoodShepherd based Baptism presentation, handouts/resources, guided meditation, letter writ<strong>in</strong>g—(we <strong>in</strong>vite thosepresent to take time at this session to write a special letter to their child(ren) soon to be baptized—spiritualmusic is play<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the background dur<strong>in</strong>g this time—we ask those present to take their letter home and save itto give to their child(ren) years later at Confirmation), clos<strong>in</strong>g prayer. Some preparation gather<strong>in</strong>gs also<strong>in</strong>clude the opportunity for the group to gather <strong>in</strong> the Church to witness and celebrate a Baptism that is tak<strong>in</strong>gplace that day.ObjectiveTo lift up this most precious gift <strong>of</strong> Baptism <strong>in</strong> the lives <strong>of</strong> all.To provide an opportunity to come together to listen, to share, to prepare, to discuss, and to enter <strong>in</strong>to thewonder <strong>of</strong> the richness <strong>of</strong> this sacrament.Who Should/Can AttendParents/God-parents/child(ren) to be baptized can attend.Time Frame1 to 1 ½ hoursSuggestions/CommentsThis Baptism preparation program was created <strong>in</strong> collaboration with our Baptism preparation team, and St.Alexis Parish.Contact:Parish:Phone:Email:Kate BiancoSa<strong>in</strong>ts John and Paul Parish724-935-2104 x23kbianco@stsjohnandpaul.org

Eucharistic AdorationDescriptionEvery Friday follow<strong>in</strong>g the 9:00 a.m. Mass parishioners are encouraged to pray and keep watch before theBlessed Sacrament.ObjectiveTo promote prayer and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.To provide parishioners an opportunity to “come away for a while to a quiet place.”Who Should/Can AttendAnyoneTime Frame9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724 776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Focus on the LiturgyDescriptionFor a series <strong>of</strong> eleven weeks, at the Liturgy we focused on one aspect <strong>of</strong> the Liturgy and catechized thecongregation through word and action. The homily highlighted the focus. A catechetical teach<strong>in</strong>g on thataspect was <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> the bullet<strong>in</strong>, a visual poster was placed at all entrances as a rem<strong>in</strong>der and a suggestionwas made as to how to <strong>in</strong>corporate this <strong>in</strong> daily life.Themes:1. Come let us worship the Lord, with hearts full <strong>of</strong> k<strong>in</strong>dness, mercy and forgiveness.Focus on the dispositions for com<strong>in</strong>g to worship and the penitential rite.2. Lift up your voice <strong>in</strong> song. Reach out your hand to greet. Offer your heart <strong>in</strong> praise, <strong>in</strong> worship, <strong>in</strong> love tothe Tr<strong>in</strong>ity. “Glory to God <strong>in</strong> the Highest.” Focus on song and gesture <strong>in</strong> worship.3. We are called to listen to, learn from, delight <strong>in</strong> and live the Word <strong>of</strong> God.Focus on the Liturgy <strong>of</strong> Word.4. We believe <strong>in</strong> our Mighty God who hears and answers our prayers.Focus on the Creed and Prayers <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Faith</strong>ful.5. We celebrate Eucharist with hearts full <strong>of</strong> Thanksgiv<strong>in</strong>g.Focus on the Liturgy <strong>of</strong> Eucharist as our worship <strong>of</strong> Thanksgiv<strong>in</strong>g.6. What we <strong>of</strong>fer is an act <strong>of</strong> Worship and cont<strong>in</strong>ues the mission <strong>of</strong> the Church.Focus on what we <strong>of</strong>fer to God <strong>in</strong> the Offertory.7. Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.Focus on the <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g Christ made <strong>of</strong> Himself and the Eucharistic Prayer.8. Father forgive me as I forgive others.Focus on our family prayer, the Our Father as preparation for Communion.9. Those who take and eat are One Body <strong>in</strong> Christ.Focus on the Communion Rite.10. God speaks to us <strong>in</strong> the silence <strong>of</strong> our hearts.Focus on Liturgy as prayer and the times <strong>of</strong> silence.11. Take the Word to the nations. Sh<strong>in</strong>e the Light <strong>of</strong> Christ! May the witness <strong>of</strong> our lives transformthe world anew. Focus on the Rite <strong>of</strong> Dismissal.ObjectiveTo lead the congregation “to that full, conscious and active participation… called for by the very nature <strong>of</strong> theliturgy…” by focus<strong>in</strong>g systematically on the various parts, attitudes and movements <strong>of</strong> the liturgy to heightentheir understand<strong>in</strong>g and awareness <strong>of</strong> their mean<strong>in</strong>g.Who Should/Can AttendThe worshipp<strong>in</strong>g assemblyTime FrameEleven weeks dur<strong>in</strong>g liturgy.Contact: Bernice DumitruParish: Church <strong>of</strong> the ResurrectionPhone: 412-563-5589Email: bernicedumitru@msn.com or bernicedumitru@verizon.netSection B

40 Hours DevotionDescriptionThe Blessed Sacrament is exposed for three days and parishioners are encouraged to sign up on the sheetsprovided to spend some time <strong>in</strong> prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.ObjectiveTo focus on the 40 Hours Devotion as a source <strong>of</strong> God’s bless<strong>in</strong>gs and graces on the parish, the school and allthe families <strong>of</strong> St Gabriel.Who Should/Can AttendAll are welcome and encouraged to attend.Time FrameMonday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. - clos<strong>in</strong>gSuggestions/CommentsProvide sign-up sheets to be sure all the time slots are covered.Contact: Fr. John HaneyParish: St. Gabriel <strong>of</strong> the Sorrowful Virg<strong>in</strong>Phone: 412-881-8115Email: sgabeschurch@yahoo.com

M<strong>in</strong>i-CatechesisDescriptionAfter Holy Communion <strong>in</strong>vite the congregation to be seated for a brief faith formation session centered on theScriptures <strong>of</strong> the day not <strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong> the homily, the feast or season <strong>of</strong> the Church Year, the sa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong> theday, a po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> church history suggested by the Scripture, current events or a timely moral issue.These would be occasional sessions rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g sensitive to the weather, the climate <strong>in</strong> the church and the civicevents that may be occurr<strong>in</strong>g.This could also be planned to create a series on the sacraments, social issues, prayer etc., (<strong>in</strong> the spirit <strong>of</strong> theHoly Father’s teach<strong>in</strong>gs at the Angelus).ObjectiveTo utilize the liturgy as the primary source <strong>of</strong> faith formation to maximize the number <strong>of</strong> adults that arereached.Who Should/Can AttendThe assemblyTime FrameOccasionally dur<strong>in</strong>g Sunday and weekday liturgies after Holy Communion.Suggestions/CommentsKeep it brief, engag<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>formative.Contact: Bernice DumitruParish: Church <strong>of</strong> the ResurrectionPhone: 412-563-5589Email: bernicedumitru@msn.com or bernicedumitru@verizon.net

M<strong>in</strong>istry WorkshopsDescriptionWe <strong>of</strong>fer workshops for each liturgical m<strong>in</strong>istry where we expla<strong>in</strong> its history, what it means to be <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>istry,our parish’s mission statement and how it is related to their m<strong>in</strong>istry; as well as how they are to perform theirm<strong>in</strong>istry.ObjectiveTo evangelize our liturgical m<strong>in</strong>isters and, eventually, the parishioners <strong>in</strong> the pew.Who Should/Can AttendEach m<strong>in</strong>ister should attend their specific workshop.Time Frame1 ½ - 2 hoursSuggestions/CommentsI have received a good response with these workshops. I do follow-up sessions called Prayer and <strong>Formation</strong>sessions with the liturgical m<strong>in</strong>isters where we faith share, pray, and discuss their m<strong>in</strong>istry. (I have m<strong>in</strong>istersask<strong>in</strong>g when the next session will be). I try to do these 3 times a year for each m<strong>in</strong>istry.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

RCIADescriptionThe RCIA is a process for full <strong>in</strong>itiation with the Catholic faith. It is rooted <strong>in</strong> form<strong>in</strong>g not a person’sreligion, but their Catholicism as a way <strong>of</strong> life – affect<strong>in</strong>g all aspects <strong>of</strong> their life consciously. RCIA is amulti-step, self-paced process. M<strong>in</strong>isters and leaders serve as educators and coaches <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g encouragement,but do not “push” a candidate along the four-step process. The <strong>in</strong>dividual discerns their relationship with Godand the Church as they decide to progress toward full <strong>in</strong>itiation. This is facilitated by a process <strong>of</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>ualeducation <strong>in</strong> sacred Scripture and rout<strong>in</strong>e sessions <strong>in</strong> the teach<strong>in</strong>g and doctr<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the Church along with theexperience <strong>of</strong> the weekly Sunday liturgy. To support those <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> full membership with the CatholicChurch, the RCIA <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>in</strong>structors who concentrate on Bible teach<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>structors who present topics <strong>of</strong>doctr<strong>in</strong>e and Catholic teach<strong>in</strong>g, sponsors whose responsibility is to accompany a person prepar<strong>in</strong>g for fullmembership and <strong>in</strong>tegrate them <strong>in</strong>to experiences <strong>of</strong> the greater Church, and pray-ers whose sole task is to<strong>of</strong>fer daily prayer for all those <strong>in</strong> RCIA.ObjectiveTo more closely study and apply the Sunday read<strong>in</strong>gs after be<strong>in</strong>g dismissed follow<strong>in</strong>g the homily.To present doctr<strong>in</strong>al sessions each week follow<strong>in</strong>g a curriculum built on beliefs <strong>of</strong> the Church, sacraments andprayer, moral teach<strong>in</strong>g.To discern one’s read<strong>in</strong>ess to become a full member <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church.Who Should/Can AttendThe RCIA is oriented toward <strong>in</strong>dividuals who have an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> full membership with The Catholic Church.Full membership is def<strong>in</strong>ed as receiv<strong>in</strong>g the sacraments <strong>of</strong> Baptism and Confirmation. Individuals who enterthe RCIA are unbaptized, baptized <strong>in</strong> another Christian faith tradition, or baptized as a Catholic, but havenever received Confirmation.Time FrameM<strong>in</strong>imum <strong>of</strong> one year, however, this process is self-pacedSuggestions/CommentsHave two sets <strong>of</strong> catechists – one for Sunday Scripture lessons, and one for doctr<strong>in</strong>e lessons – this way aperson can jo<strong>in</strong> the RCIA at any time <strong>of</strong> the year e.g., if someone comes <strong>in</strong> January, they can beg<strong>in</strong> byattend<strong>in</strong>g the Sunday Mass/lesson, but will not start the doctr<strong>in</strong>al lessons until the follow<strong>in</strong>g fall.Evangelization – brochures, bullet<strong>in</strong> announcements, websites. Also create a culture on the staff as childrenregister <strong>in</strong> the school/religious education, <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>in</strong>formation to non-Catholic parents; with clergy when couplescome for marriage, refer non-Catholics to the RCIA; <strong>in</strong> marriage preparation, <strong>of</strong>fer a short segment on RCIA;put periodic updates <strong>in</strong> the bullet<strong>in</strong> about the number <strong>of</strong> people <strong>in</strong> the process; <strong>of</strong>fer a “neophyte spotlight” <strong>in</strong>the bullet<strong>in</strong> from a recent <strong>in</strong>itiate tell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> their experience <strong>of</strong> RCIA.Celebrate the rites – meet with the music director and plan the rites as parish celebrations. Educate thecommunity when the rites are and expla<strong>in</strong> each one. Include that <strong>in</strong>formation <strong>in</strong> the prayers <strong>of</strong> the faithfulregularly, not just dur<strong>in</strong>g Lent.Contact: Deacon Joe CompomizziParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t Elizabeth <strong>of</strong> Hungary ParishPhone: 412.882.8744Email: deaconjoe@st-elizabeth.org

Sacraments: Celebration <strong>of</strong> the Christian MysteriesDescriptionThis is a doctr<strong>in</strong>al component <strong>of</strong> basis certification <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the topics <strong>of</strong>: The Sacramental Economy andActions <strong>of</strong> the Church; The Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation, Part A: Baptism and Confirmation; The Sacraments <strong>of</strong>Initiation, Part B: Eucharist; The Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Heal<strong>in</strong>g; and Sacraments at the Service <strong>of</strong> Communion.Formal material regard<strong>in</strong>g the Traditional Prayer (Our Father) is addressed dur<strong>in</strong>g the course. Scripture andprayer are utilized for each lesson.ObjectiveTo address an adult understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the faith.Who Should/Can AttendAll catechists and any <strong>in</strong>terested person.Time Frame15-hour ProgramCost$30.00Suggestions/CommentsIt is geared toward all catechists work<strong>in</strong>g with any age group cradle to grave; religious education and school,special religious education, youth m<strong>in</strong>isters, catechists for adults (marriage preparation, preparation for <strong>in</strong>fantbaptism) and RCIA catechists.See next two pages for Advanced/Renewal Certification CoursesContact: Sharon HachmanParish: <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Phone: 412-456-3110Email: shachman@diopitt.org

CREEDChristology: Study <strong>of</strong> ChristChurch HistoryEcclesiologyEschatology: Study <strong>of</strong> the Last Th<strong>in</strong>gsMariology: Study <strong>of</strong> MaryPneumatologyU.S. Catholic Catechism for <strong>Adult</strong>sAdvanced / Renewal Certification CoursesMay be <strong>of</strong>fered as Enrichment (10 or 15 hours) orWorkshop (3 or 5 hours) onlyMORALITYBeatitudesCommandments & Beatitudes: Laws & InvitationsJourney from <strong>Faith</strong> to Justice: Social Teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the ChurchPresent Day Threats to Human LifeSocial JusticePRAYEREncyclical on the RosaryExperiences <strong>of</strong> PrayerPrayer, Journey with JesusPray<strong>in</strong>g the PsalmsSCRIPTUREActs <strong>of</strong> the ApostlesGospel <strong>of</strong> JohnGospel <strong>of</strong> MarkGospels for Contemporary ChristiansInfancy NarrativesIntroduction to the Old TestamentKeys to Study<strong>in</strong>g ScriptureLetters <strong>of</strong> PaulNew Testament for Contemporary ChristiansOld Testament for Contemporary ChristiansPassion NarrativesProphetsSynoptic GospelsTeach<strong>in</strong>g the Parables <strong>of</strong> JesusThe PentateuchSPIRITUALITYSpiritual <strong>Formation</strong>Spiritual/Moral Character <strong>of</strong> the Human PersonThe Transformative Character <strong>of</strong> Suffer<strong>in</strong>gTraditions <strong>of</strong> Catholic Spirituality

METHODSAdvanced MethodsChildren's LiturgyCreative Teach<strong>in</strong>gCreative Teach<strong>in</strong>g for Catholic School TeachersGifts and Fruits <strong>of</strong> the Holy SpiritGrow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Faith</strong>: Stages <strong>of</strong> DevelopmentHow to Use a Catechetical TextbookHow to Use MediaIntroduction to Sign LanguageLiturgical Seasons: Advent, Christmas, EpiphanyLiturgical Seasons: Lent, Easter, PentecostMa<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a Peaceful ClassroomMethods for Teach<strong>in</strong>g SacramentsMethods: Special Needs InclusionMiddle School M<strong>in</strong>istryMotivation/Enthusiasm<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>tsSacramental Preparation: Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation, Heal<strong>in</strong>g, ServiceSa<strong>in</strong>ts for Advent, Christmas, EpiphanySa<strong>in</strong>ts for Lent, Easter, PentecostSa<strong>in</strong>ts for Ord<strong>in</strong>ary TimeScripture & Prayer (<strong>in</strong>termediate grades)Scripture & Prayer (primary & <strong>in</strong>termediate grades)SACRAMENTSIntroduction to Christian Ritual and WorshipPreparation for ConfirmationPreparation for Eucharist (Includes Reconciliation)Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation & PoliciesUnderstand<strong>in</strong>g the Sunday Eucharist

Sunday Liturgy PreparationDescriptionThe <strong>Formation</strong> Office posts Sunday’s Gospel, a commentary, and a question on our website so parishionerscan prepare for Sunday’s liturgy.ObjectiveTo help parishioners be more aware <strong>of</strong> the Sunday liturgies by read<strong>in</strong>g and th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about the Gospel ahead<strong>of</strong> time.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>sTime FrameWeeklySuggestions/CommentsThis is new but the number <strong>of</strong> hits on the website has <strong>in</strong>creased over the last few weeks.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

Televised MassesDescriptionThe diocesan Department for Media and Technology produces the Mass for Shut-<strong>in</strong>s that cablecasts on the<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Cable News Channel (PCNC) and The Retro TV Network (RTV) on Sunday morn<strong>in</strong>gs at 6:00a.m. Check your local cable system for list<strong>in</strong>gs for PCNC and RTN. The department also records andcablecasts certa<strong>in</strong> diocesan events from Sa<strong>in</strong>t Paul Cathedral and makes available these videos through theLearn<strong>in</strong>g Media Center.The Mass from Sa<strong>in</strong>t Paul Cathedral cablecasts on the Christian Associates’ Channel (Comcast Channel 95<strong>in</strong> the City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>) at 8:15 a.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sunday morn<strong>in</strong>gs, the Mass cablecastsat 8:00 a.m.Daily Mass from Sa<strong>in</strong>t Mary <strong>of</strong> Mercy Church is televised on WBGN-TV (check your local cable system) oron the Christian Associates’ Channel (Comcast Channel 95 <strong>in</strong> the City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>).ObjectiveTo proclaim the Gospel and the teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church by us<strong>in</strong>g all available forms <strong>of</strong> media<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>ternet and television.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone. It is especially beneficial for shut-<strong>in</strong>s.Contact: Department for Media and TechnologyParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t Paul Cathedral; Sa<strong>in</strong>t Mary <strong>of</strong> MercyPhone: 412-456-3116Email: lectronicmedia@diopitt.org

Tour <strong>of</strong> ChurchDescriptionProvide a prepared diagram <strong>of</strong> the church with clearly marked areas and sacred vessels displayed. (SeeSample from St. Mary, Glenshaw). Provide descriptions <strong>of</strong> each item <strong>in</strong> the church. Invite the parent orguardian to do the tour with their children stopp<strong>in</strong>g at each numbered area on map diagram to read thedescription to the children.ObjectiveTo provide basic understand<strong>in</strong>g about the sacred space used for worship and devotions unique to ourCatholic faith.Who Should/Can AttendFamilies, catechists, RCIA groups – each at different times for emphasis to the particular group.Time Frame45 m<strong>in</strong>utes: 30 m<strong>in</strong>utes for tour, 15 m<strong>in</strong>utes for questions or observations to be shared.Suggestions/CommentsIt was very helpful to have our sacristan by the ma<strong>in</strong> altar to show the altar stone placement as well as speak<strong>of</strong> the thurible and monstrance s<strong>in</strong>ce they are not used frequently at this parish.See next page for diagram <strong>of</strong> the church used for this tour.Contact: Rose StegmanParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t Mary – GlenshawPhone: 412-486-5521Email: stegmanr@stmaryglenshaw.org

Third TaskMoral <strong>Formation</strong> 16(CCC nos. 1691-2557, GDC nos. 84-85, 87)• Understand how the “entire Law <strong>of</strong> the Gospel is conta<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> the ‘new commandment’ <strong>of</strong> Jesus, tolove one another as he has loved us”.• Study the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the moral teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> the Church, and live <strong>in</strong>accord with them.• Understand the dignity, dest<strong>in</strong>y, freedom, and responsibility <strong>of</strong> the human person.• Understand the mean<strong>in</strong>g and nature <strong>of</strong> s<strong>in</strong> and the power <strong>of</strong> God’s grace to overcome it.• Learn how to acquire and follow a well-formed conscience.• Recognize, defend, and live by the truth <strong>of</strong> objective moral norms as taught by the Church’smagisterium <strong>in</strong> its moral and social teach<strong>in</strong>g.• Promote a thorough catechesis on the Gospel <strong>of</strong> life so that respect for life from conception untilnatural death is honored <strong>in</strong> personal behavior, <strong>in</strong> public policy, and <strong>in</strong> the expressed values andattitudes <strong>of</strong> our society.• Live a lifestyle reflect<strong>in</strong>g scriptural values.16 OHWB no. 93

Third task <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>: To promote moral formation <strong>in</strong> JesusChrist.Jesus' moral teach<strong>in</strong>g is an <strong>in</strong>tegral part <strong>of</strong> his message. Catechesis must transmit both the content <strong>of</strong> Christ'smoral teach<strong>in</strong>gs as well as their implications for Christian liv<strong>in</strong>g. Moral catechesis aims to conform thebeliever to Christ—to br<strong>in</strong>g about personal transformation and conversion. It should encourage the faithful togive witness—both <strong>in</strong> their private lives and <strong>in</strong> the public arena—to Christ's teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> everyday life. Suchtestimony demonstrates the social consequences <strong>of</strong> the demands <strong>of</strong> the Gospel. CTNational Directory for CatechesisYoung <strong>Adult</strong>sAs with all adults, the primary object with young adults is to assist them <strong>in</strong> form<strong>in</strong>g their consciences so that,throughout their lives, they are prepared to make good moral judgments accord<strong>in</strong>g to Gospel values. RTVYoung people today need considerable help, support and guidance as they enter <strong>in</strong>to romanticrelationships; move away from home, friends and their faith communities; and enter the workforce.All <strong>of</strong> the adult faith formation strategies discussed elsewhere <strong>in</strong> these guidel<strong>in</strong>es are appropriate for help<strong>in</strong>gyoung adults learn about the moral life. Some specific strategies <strong>in</strong>clude: Use the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Catholic Social Teach<strong>in</strong>g, and the moral teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> theChurch as a way <strong>of</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g conscience formation. Provide opportunities for pastoral counsel<strong>in</strong>g and/or spiritual direction. Influence conscience formation <strong>in</strong> young adults by lived example. Encourage frequent use <strong>of</strong> the Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Reconciliation.<strong>Adult</strong>sThe U.S. Bishops have identified seven content areas for adult faith formation <strong>in</strong> the moral life: Understand how the "entire Law <strong>of</strong> the Gospel is conta<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> the 'new commandment' <strong>of</strong> Jesus,to love one another as he has loved us, and promote each disciple's formation <strong>in</strong> the life <strong>of</strong> therisen Christ. Study the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the moral catechesis <strong>of</strong> the apostolicteach<strong>in</strong>gs, and live <strong>in</strong> accord with them. Appreciate the dignity, dest<strong>in</strong>y, freedom, and responsibility <strong>of</strong> the human person, together withthe reality <strong>of</strong> s<strong>in</strong> and the power <strong>of</strong> God's grace to overcome it. Learn how to acquire and follow a well-formed conscience <strong>in</strong> personal and social life, clarify<strong>in</strong>gcurrent religious and moral questions <strong>in</strong> the life <strong>of</strong> faith, and cultivat<strong>in</strong>g a Christian discernment<strong>of</strong> the ethical implications <strong>of</strong> developments <strong>in</strong> the socio-cultural order. Recognize, defend, and live by the truth <strong>of</strong> objective moral norms as taught by the Church'sMagisterium <strong>in</strong> its moral and social teach<strong>in</strong>g.

Promote a thorough catechesis on the Gospel <strong>of</strong> life so that respect for life from conception untilnatural death is honored <strong>in</strong> personal behavior, <strong>in</strong> public policy, and <strong>in</strong> the expressed values andattitudes <strong>of</strong> our society. Live a lifestyle reflect<strong>in</strong>g scriptural values <strong>of</strong> hol<strong>in</strong>ess, simplicity, and compassion. OHWBBy the time an <strong>in</strong>dividual reaches adulthood, he or she will have strong op<strong>in</strong>ions on some moral issuesand ambivalent feel<strong>in</strong>gs about others. Most will be unfamiliar with much <strong>of</strong> Church teach<strong>in</strong>g on moralissues. In particular, adults who stopped their formal formation <strong>in</strong> the faith early <strong>in</strong> life will lackunderstand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the reasons beh<strong>in</strong>d Church teach<strong>in</strong>g.Pastoral experience has shown that adults learn best when they are given the opportunity <strong>in</strong> small groupsto discuss Church teach<strong>in</strong>g on moral issues <strong>in</strong> light <strong>of</strong> their own lived experience. They are especially<strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> know<strong>in</strong>g and struggl<strong>in</strong>g with the Church's teach<strong>in</strong>g on such "hot button" issues as: Stem-cell research and its possible applications End-<strong>of</strong>-life issues, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the use <strong>of</strong> artificial feed<strong>in</strong>g and ventilation Human clon<strong>in</strong>g Human sexuality, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g issues surround<strong>in</strong>g divorce and remarriage "Just war" theology as it applies to the various wars and conflicts <strong>in</strong> the world todayThe catechist should encourage an atmosphere <strong>in</strong> which adults are free to express their op<strong>in</strong>ions, evento disagree openly on issues. A stance <strong>of</strong> respectful listen<strong>in</strong>g while challeng<strong>in</strong>g the learner to new<strong>in</strong>sights can be an important tool <strong>in</strong> conversion <strong>of</strong> heart and m<strong>in</strong>d. It is useful, too, to have on hand alist <strong>of</strong> local spiritual directors who can assist the adult who is struggl<strong>in</strong>g to live the Gospel life morefully.Senior <strong>Adult</strong>sLike all adults, seniors will have extensive experience <strong>in</strong> fac<strong>in</strong>g moral issues. In particular, they likelywill have survived the death <strong>of</strong> a spouse, child or other loved one. They may also have needed to makedifficult decisions regard<strong>in</strong>g medical care and end-<strong>of</strong>-life issues. Seniors who have faced such difficultissues may be a good resource for others. They can be especially effective <strong>in</strong> organiz<strong>in</strong>g grief groups,family support groups, and other m<strong>in</strong>istries.In his 1999 "Letter to the Elderly," Pope John Paul II "The signs <strong>of</strong> human frailty which are clearlyconnected with advanced age become a summons to the mutual dependence and <strong>in</strong>dispensable solidaritywhich l<strong>in</strong>k the different generations, <strong>in</strong>asmuch as every person needs others and draws enrichment fromthe gifts and charisms <strong>of</strong> all." (n. 10)

Fair Trade Work <strong>of</strong> Human Hands SaleDescriptionA Fair Trade sale provides a market for artisans and farmers <strong>in</strong> develop<strong>in</strong>g countries to sell their products at afair price.ObjectiveTo raise money for the parish or a parish charity. (see cost below)To provide an opportunity to talk about Catholic Social Teach<strong>in</strong>g and Global Solidarity.To provide a great parish community build<strong>in</strong>g event.To provide an opportunity for volunteers <strong>of</strong> all ages to work together.Who Should/Can AttendIt is great to have parishioners attend and/or volunteer but usually sales are also open to the public.Time FrameSales can be one day or over a weekend, with shopp<strong>in</strong>g available after weekend Masses. A sale, depend<strong>in</strong>gon size, can be held <strong>in</strong> conjunction with another parish event.CostDepend<strong>in</strong>g on how you do the sale affects cost. At our sale we ask for donations <strong>of</strong> cookies from volunteers.Then we have fair trade c<strong>of</strong>fee available for people to taste along with the donated cookies. We have adonation basket there and we have usually been able to cover a lot <strong>of</strong> our cost through those c<strong>of</strong>fee/cookiedonations. In addition, the parish would make between 10%-15% pr<strong>of</strong>it on net sales which can be used tocover promotion and shipp<strong>in</strong>g costs or support a charity. Sales can be done through Catholic Relief Serviceswww.crs.org/fairtrade or Ten Thousand Villages www.tenthousandvillages.com which is a Mennonite basedorganization. There are also many other fair trade organizations.Suggestions/CommentsOur sale was sponsored by the Justice and Charity Outreach Committee but it could be sponsored by differentparish committees or several together. The focus <strong>of</strong> a fair trade sale can be expanded to <strong>in</strong>clude rais<strong>in</strong>gmoney for or giv<strong>in</strong>g out <strong>in</strong>formation about other justice issues. Our parish has <strong>in</strong>cluded BethlehemOliveworks, the River Nile School project that supports one <strong>of</strong> the Lost Boys <strong>of</strong> the Sudan and his efforts tobuild a school back <strong>in</strong> the Sudan, Partners <strong>in</strong> Progress, a locally based organization that works for susta<strong>in</strong>ablerural development <strong>in</strong> Haiti and other similar organizations. We have also done this sale <strong>in</strong> conjunction withneighbor<strong>in</strong>g parishes and this is a great way to collaborate across parish l<strong>in</strong>es. It helps with the volunteer poolas well.Contact: Mimi DarraghParish: St. Valent<strong>in</strong>e ParishPhone: 412-831-8312Email: mimidarragh@aol.com

March for LifeDescriptionBeg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g with Respect Life Sunday <strong>in</strong> October, our school children help by hav<strong>in</strong>g our Birthright andGenesis roses available after all Masses (suggested one dollar donation for our babies and moms). I speak toour students and have <strong>in</strong>formation <strong>in</strong> the bullet<strong>in</strong> on pro-life activities. We have c<strong>of</strong>fee, juice and doughnutsafter all Masses; pro-life materials are available, and slides are shown <strong>in</strong> the Family Life Center.The 7 th and 8 th grade and high school students are encouraged to attend the March. At the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>January, we beg<strong>in</strong> talk<strong>in</strong>g up the March’s pro-life activities. We take one adult for every five students,although younger children must be with an adult.ObjectiveTo raise awareness about pro-life issues <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>tergenerational sett<strong>in</strong>gs.Who Should/Can AttendWe encourage all parishioners and families with childrenTime FrameOur two 48-passenger buses leave after a 5:30 a.m. Mass on January 22 nd and return at midnight.Cost$20 roundtrip, but we never turn anyone away. Many people sponsor a student. We usually break even.Suggestions/CommentsWe also have a Mother’s Day flower sale. On that Sunday I have all the school children help. Proceeds go toour Crisis Pregnancy Centers.Contact: Ms. Carolyn SopherParish: St. Thomas MorePhone: 412-257-0780

Morality: Life <strong>in</strong> ChristDescriptionThis is a comb<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>of</strong> topical material from the Catechism <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church and foundationalmaterial for the Catholic Vision <strong>of</strong> Love. Topics <strong>in</strong>clude: Dignity <strong>of</strong> the Human Person; Created Both Freeand Responsible; the Problem <strong>of</strong> Personal Evil: S<strong>in</strong>; Salvation—the Moral Law, Grace and Justification;Human Community/Social Teach<strong>in</strong>g; and Guidance <strong>in</strong> the Practice <strong>of</strong> Love <strong>of</strong> God and Neighbor.ObjectiveTo provide for catechists and any <strong>in</strong>terested adults good opportunities to be well <strong>in</strong>formed about the faith theywill pass on to their students and children.Who Should/Can AttendAll catechists and any <strong>in</strong>terested person.Time Frame21-hour CourseCost$40.00Suggestions/CommentsThe first six lessons based on an adult understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> faith draw upon Scripture and prayer and <strong>in</strong>tegrateobjectives for the Catholic Vision <strong>of</strong> Love. The seventh lesson is necessary for those catechists who will beteach<strong>in</strong>g the Catholic Vision <strong>of</strong> Love Lessons to Grades 5-8 and is option for all other participants. Theseventh lesson covers the Foundational Pr<strong>in</strong>ciples for the Catholic Vision <strong>of</strong> Love, the student backgroundand the four specific lessons for each grade level 5-8.See next two pages for Advanced/Renewal Certification CoursesContact: Sharon HachmanParish: <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Phone: 412-456-3110Email: shachman@diopitt.org

CREEDChristology: Study <strong>of</strong> ChristChurch HistoryEcclesiologyEschatology: Study <strong>of</strong> the Last Th<strong>in</strong>gsMariology: Study <strong>of</strong> MaryPneumatologyU.S. Catholic Catechism for <strong>Adult</strong>sAdvanced / Renewal Certification CoursesMay be <strong>of</strong>fered as Enrichment (10 or 15 hours) orWorkshop (3 or 5 hours) onlyMORALITYBeatitudesCommandments & Beatitudes: Laws & InvitationsJourney from <strong>Faith</strong> to Justice: Social Teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the ChurchPresent Day Threats to Human LifeSocial JusticePRAYEREncyclical on the RosaryExperiences <strong>of</strong> PrayerPrayer, Journey with JesusPray<strong>in</strong>g the PsalmsSCRIPTUREActs <strong>of</strong> the ApostlesGospel <strong>of</strong> JohnGospel <strong>of</strong> MarkGospels for Contemporary ChristiansInfancy NarrativesIntroduction to the Old TestamentKeys to Study<strong>in</strong>g ScriptureLetters <strong>of</strong> PaulNew Testament for Contemporary ChristiansOld Testament for Contemporary ChristiansPassion NarrativesProphetsSynoptic GospelsTeach<strong>in</strong>g the Parables <strong>of</strong> JesusThe PentateuchSPIRITUALITYSpiritual <strong>Formation</strong>Spiritual/Moral Character <strong>of</strong> the Human PersonThe Transformative Character <strong>of</strong> Suffer<strong>in</strong>gTraditions <strong>of</strong> Catholic Spirituality

METHODSAdvanced MethodsChildren's LiturgyCreative Teach<strong>in</strong>gCreative Teach<strong>in</strong>g for Catholic School TeachersGifts and Fruits <strong>of</strong> the Holy SpiritGrow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Faith</strong>: Stages <strong>of</strong> DevelopmentHow to Use a Catechetical TextbookHow to Use MediaIntroduction to Sign LanguageLiturgical Seasons: Advent, Christmas, EpiphanyLiturgical Seasons: Lent, Easter, PentecostMa<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a Peaceful ClassroomMethods for Teach<strong>in</strong>g SacramentsMethods: Special Needs InclusionMiddle School M<strong>in</strong>istryMotivation/Enthusiasm<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>tsSacramental Preparation: Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation, Heal<strong>in</strong>g, ServiceSa<strong>in</strong>ts for Advent, Christmas, EpiphanySa<strong>in</strong>ts for Lent, Easter, PentecostSa<strong>in</strong>ts for Ord<strong>in</strong>ary TimeScripture & Prayer (<strong>in</strong>termediate grades)Scripture & Prayer (primary & <strong>in</strong>termediate grades)SACRAMENTSIntroduction to Christian Ritual and WorshipPreparation for ConfirmationPreparation for Eucharist (Includes Reconciliation)Sacraments <strong>of</strong> Initiation & PoliciesUnderstand<strong>in</strong>g the Sunday Eucharist

Pilgrimage to the Rachel Weep<strong>in</strong>g Memorialat Calvary CemeteryDescriptionCalvary Cemetery <strong>in</strong> Hazelwood has a beautiful memorial, Rachel Weep<strong>in</strong>g, for unborn children lost toabortion and their mothers. In front <strong>of</strong> the memorial <strong>in</strong> the form <strong>of</strong> a cross are pav<strong>in</strong>g stones <strong>in</strong>scribed withthe names <strong>of</strong> children whose mothers have asked for them to be remembered there. In October, a small group<strong>of</strong> pilgrims caravanned from Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Grace to Calvary Cemetery. Our pastor, Fr. Richard Infante,obta<strong>in</strong>ed permission to celebrate Mass at the beautiful Our Lady <strong>of</strong> the Rosary Mausoleum/Chapel, which iswith<strong>in</strong> walk<strong>in</strong>g distance from the Rachel Weep<strong>in</strong>g Memorial. After Mass we prayed a Litany for Life at thememorial. In May, we returned to the memorial and planted flower<strong>in</strong>g trees, shrubs and hosta plants tobeautify the area. Afterward we prayed the Div<strong>in</strong>e Mercy Chaplet.ObjectiveTo make a prayerful journey, employ<strong>in</strong>g our bodies, as well as our hearts and m<strong>in</strong>ds, to honor the lives <strong>of</strong>children lost to abortion.To pray for the children, their mothers, and all those suffer<strong>in</strong>g on account <strong>of</strong> abortion.To pray for an end to abortion.Who Should/Can AttendFamilies and s<strong>in</strong>gle parishioners, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g children at their parents’ discretion.Time FrameWe chose to make these pilgrimages on Saturday afternoon. Because <strong>of</strong> the funeral schedule at CalvaryCemetery, do not plan to arrive before 2:00 p.m. The length <strong>of</strong> your stay at the memorial will depend on theactivities that you plan.Suggestions/CommentsIf you are <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g a similar pilgrimage, contact Sr. Pat at Calvary Cemetery 412-421-9959.Contact: Marie MilburnParish: Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Grace, Scott TownshipPhone: 412-279-7070Email: m.milburn@olgscott.org

Social Justice Speaker SeriesDescriptionWe had three talks on Sunday afternoons, given by pr<strong>of</strong>essors from Duquesne’s Theology Department. Thefirst was by a woman who teaches courses on theological ethics – Catholic social thought, the second was byher husband who teaches courses on care <strong>of</strong> creation, and the third was by the two <strong>of</strong> them speak<strong>in</strong>g on howthey try to live as a young Catholic couple (with a baby) <strong>in</strong> today’s world.ObjectiveTo <strong>in</strong>troduce parishioners to the teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> the Church on social justice.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong> parishionersTime FrameThis event occurred on Sunday afternoon after our last Mass. The talk was about 45 m<strong>in</strong>utes followed byquestions and a cont<strong>in</strong>uation <strong>of</strong> the discussion over light refreshments.Suggestions/CommentsWe were pleased that such knowledgeable speakers from Duquesne were will<strong>in</strong>g to come to our parish to givethis series.Contact: Barbara MateraParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t John Neumann ParishPhone: 412-366-5885 Ext. 18Email: bfmatera@yahoo.com

Christian Theology <strong>of</strong> MoviesDescription"What shall we say the k<strong>in</strong>gdom <strong>of</strong> God is like, and what parable shall we use to describe it?" Mark 4:30Just as Jesus used parables to help the people <strong>of</strong> his day reflect on God and themselves, many movies (theparables <strong>of</strong> our time) have underly<strong>in</strong>g theological themes that connect with our faith and with properreflection can help us ga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>sight <strong>in</strong>to where God is lead<strong>in</strong>g us <strong>in</strong> our own lives. Many times the writers anddirectors themselves unknow<strong>in</strong>gly (but sometimes know<strong>in</strong>gly) <strong>in</strong>clude theological themes <strong>of</strong> faith, hope,conversion, the dignity <strong>of</strong> persons, heal<strong>in</strong>g, salvation, redemption, freedom, resurrection and forgiveness,among others. Sometimes there are direct scriptural parallels. The idea is for us to start watch<strong>in</strong>g filmsthrough a theological lens so that when one <strong>of</strong> these themes is present it will awaken someth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> us that says"Ahhhh, that's an image <strong>of</strong> self-sacrifice!" which rem<strong>in</strong>ds us <strong>of</strong> Christ. Or "That character is <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> aconversion," which might cause us to reflect on our own ongo<strong>in</strong>g conversion. It takes some practice, but it'snot long until we see religious themes popp<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong> all k<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>of</strong> movies - even ones that seem far removedfrom religion. Participants will watch the movie and then spend time discuss<strong>in</strong>g it us<strong>in</strong>g questions prepared bythe facilitator.ObjectiveTo engage <strong>in</strong> the teach<strong>in</strong>g method <strong>of</strong> Jesus, us<strong>in</strong>g parables, to comb<strong>in</strong>e theological ideas with engag<strong>in</strong>gstories.To enable the Church to reenter the surround<strong>in</strong>g culture, help decode its images <strong>in</strong>terpret its stories and probeits values.Who Should/Can AttendThe focus should be on adults and young adults, though can expect children to show for films like Shrek andF<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g Nemo, (excellent movies for this endeavor, by the way). Advertis<strong>in</strong>g for the event should <strong>in</strong>clude themovie's rat<strong>in</strong>g and why it rated like that. Sometimes it is helpful to use the USCCB's rat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stead.You'll f<strong>in</strong>d a different crowd (but possibly a few <strong>of</strong> the same people) attend<strong>in</strong>g than might sign up for a sixweek course on the Book <strong>of</strong> Jeremiah.Time Frame2 to 3 hoursSuggestions/CommentsComfortable space, comfortable seat<strong>in</strong>g, as big a screen as possible (a video projector shown on a white wallworks f<strong>in</strong>e!), “movie” snacks, etc.A motion picture license is generally needed and highly recommended! Please read the FAQ page <strong>of</strong> theMotion Picture Licens<strong>in</strong>g Corporation at www.mplc.orgSometimes, mak<strong>in</strong>g arrangements to show your film at a local theater can complete all <strong>of</strong> the abovesuggestions.Contact: Deacon Tim KillmeyerParish: Holy Tr<strong>in</strong>ityPhone: 412-787-1472Email: timkillmeyer@verizon.net

Christian Theology <strong>of</strong> MoviesFor various reasons over the years, the church has sometimes tried to separate itself from secular culture,<strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g its own popular diversions, forc<strong>in</strong>g many spiritual questions to rema<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> secular discourse.Church attendees, <strong>in</strong>undated by images from the web, DVDs, TV, advertisements, cable, and movies, f<strong>in</strong>dthemselves divid<strong>in</strong>g theological life from perceived life. A separation develops between the ideas about Godon Sundays and the enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g stories, images, and emotional truths Hollywood provides the rest <strong>of</strong> theweek. This is why Jesus spoke <strong>in</strong> parables, comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g theological ideas with engag<strong>in</strong>g stories.Images l<strong>in</strong>ger <strong>in</strong> our memories: two dy<strong>in</strong>g lovers clasp dur<strong>in</strong>g the f<strong>in</strong>al moments <strong>of</strong> a Titanic disaster; aK<strong>in</strong>gdom as small as a mustard seed blossoms <strong>in</strong>to beauty; a "True-man" (Truman) adrift at sea shoutsdefiantly at his manipulative Creator; a woman sweeps her home search<strong>in</strong>g for a lost co<strong>in</strong>; a hollow vestige <strong>of</strong>an English teacher trembles at life's horrors while Sav<strong>in</strong>g Private Ryan.A well planned Theology <strong>of</strong> Movies program can help our people see through the surround<strong>in</strong>g culture, helpdecode its images, <strong>in</strong>terpret its stories, and probe its values. Christian leaders can jo<strong>in</strong> the c<strong>in</strong>ematic dialogue,feel its heartbeat, hear its questions, and direct the journey towards spiritual enlightenment.Just as Jesus used parables to help the people <strong>of</strong> his day reflect on God and themselves, many movies (theparables <strong>of</strong> our time) have underly<strong>in</strong>g theological themes that connect with our faith and with properreflection can help us ga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>sight <strong>in</strong>to where God is lead<strong>in</strong>g us <strong>in</strong> our own lives. Sometimes the writers anddirectors themselves unknow<strong>in</strong>gly (but sometimes know<strong>in</strong>gly) <strong>in</strong>clude theological themes <strong>of</strong> faith, hope,conversion, the dignity <strong>of</strong> persons, heal<strong>in</strong>g, salvation, redemption, freedom, resurrection and forgiveness,among others. The idea is for us to start watch<strong>in</strong>g films through a theological lens so that when one <strong>of</strong> thesethemes is present it will awaken someth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> us that says "Ahhhh, that's an image <strong>of</strong> self-sacrifice!" whichrem<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>of</strong> Christ. Or "That character is <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> a conversion," which might cause us to reflect on our ownongo<strong>in</strong>g conversion. It takes some practice, but it's not long until we see religious themes popp<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong> allk<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>of</strong> movies - even ones that seem far removed from religion. Have you ever taken a real good look at TheMatrix?How does one go about draw<strong>in</strong>g spiritual analogies from the movies? Like anyth<strong>in</strong>g else, "sanctify<strong>in</strong>g ourvision" develops over time through practice. There have been a number <strong>of</strong> books written on the subject anddespite the dishearten<strong>in</strong>g mass <strong>of</strong> Christian publications attack<strong>in</strong>g a film's surface content, a few Christianpublications (and websites) have managed to <strong>of</strong>fer substantive observations regard<strong>in</strong>g the wealth <strong>of</strong> spiritualimages <strong>in</strong> the c<strong>in</strong>ema.There are basically two approaches that can be taken: one made possible through movies with obviousreligious subjects (like The Apostle, The Third Miracle, Enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Angels, The Dorothy Day Story, orJoshua), and one that <strong>in</strong>volves mak<strong>in</strong>g metaphorical connections to a movie's narrative. The latter usually<strong>in</strong>cludes character types or drama that reflects biblical truths. The triumph <strong>of</strong> good over evil (Star Wars), awhite clothed redeemer comes down to the once perfect garden (farm) to confront evil tak<strong>in</strong>g over the land

and returns rid<strong>in</strong>g toward the sky (Shane), the importance <strong>of</strong> community (Babe ), or the discovery <strong>of</strong>unconditional Love (AI – Artificial Intelligence) are good examples. A character type may be a "Christfigure," or someone who comes from outside a community and transforms it for the better, usually <strong>in</strong> asacrificial nature. (One immediately th<strong>in</strong>ks <strong>of</strong> movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The SpitfireGrill, Edward Scissorhands— even Superman.) This isn't meant to imply such a character entails the essence<strong>of</strong> Christ or exhibits perfect behavior, but can serve as a strik<strong>in</strong>g metaphor for his impact on our world.The po<strong>in</strong>t isn't to congratulate ourselves on our ability to make connections and formulate modern parablesout <strong>of</strong> the c<strong>in</strong>ema, but to help others see how the narratives and themes that appeal to them on a deep level aresymptomatic <strong>of</strong> spiritual realities. Love, sacrifice, justice, mercy, community, service, equality, and otherthemes are elements <strong>of</strong> the biblical narrative that are <strong>of</strong>ten reflected by good drama. Movies have a structure(setup, confrontation, and resolution) that our episodic lives seem to lack, and therefore show us how our livescan fit <strong>in</strong>to a larger, universal pattern like the metanarrative provided by scripture.In addition, spiritual metaphors (which <strong>of</strong>ten highlight "mythic" truths deeply embedded <strong>in</strong> our culture) don'thave hard and fast rules and there are bound to be many <strong>in</strong>terpretations <strong>of</strong> any particular film. Take TheTruman Show, for example. One perspective might be that Truman represents Adam and humanity's free willrejection <strong>of</strong> God, while another might contend that Truman represents humanity saved through redemptivelove and its liberation from a false god, while another might believe Truman is a Christ figure lead<strong>in</strong>g the waybeyond the dishonest and broken society around him. None <strong>of</strong> these views are "right" or "wrong," but serve asmemorable pictures <strong>of</strong> several theological truths. That the film takes great pa<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong> establish<strong>in</strong>g the creator <strong>of</strong>Truman's world as a godly figure is a given, through his control <strong>of</strong> "nature," through references to "the BigGuy" up above, and through scenes depict<strong>in</strong>g his voice boom<strong>in</strong>g down through the clouds. Good theologicaldialogue can arise from the <strong>in</strong>teraction <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terpretations, and specific views will <strong>of</strong>ten reveal unexpectedtruths about us.Movies can serve as modern parables <strong>in</strong> the sense that they <strong>of</strong>ten convey spiritual truths <strong>in</strong> basic metaphoricalcontexts. New Testament scholar C. H. Dodd def<strong>in</strong>es a parable as "a metaphor or simile drawn from nature orcommon life, arrest<strong>in</strong>g the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, and leav<strong>in</strong>g the m<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> sufficient doubtabout its precise application to tease it <strong>in</strong>to active thought." The best films will evoke a similar experience.Parables are <strong>of</strong>ten contrasted with allegories (used more frequently <strong>in</strong> Old Testament books like Daniel)which are mythic stories or events where every detail symbolizes an <strong>in</strong>tentional mean<strong>in</strong>g thereby promot<strong>in</strong>g aseries <strong>of</strong> messages. Biblical analogies <strong>in</strong> the movies shouldn't be understood as represent<strong>in</strong>g spiritual truths <strong>in</strong>every detail, but like parables, should be used as dramatic stimuli with one primary mean<strong>in</strong>g.Here are some suggested questions to ask oneself when approach<strong>in</strong>g a film from a theological standpo<strong>in</strong>t(some films have study guides available on the <strong>in</strong>ternet or for purchase <strong>in</strong> book form):-What are the film's assumptions about God?-What is the central problem (or s<strong>in</strong>?) that disrupts the <strong>in</strong>itial balance? How is it resolved?-What is the movie's sense <strong>of</strong> justice? Is everyth<strong>in</strong>g tied up or are there still some loose ends?-Is there a redeemer, or Christ figure, used <strong>in</strong> the narrative?-What ethical or moral questions are presented? How is truth perceived?

-What moral or ethical decisions do character's make and how do they affect the overall plot?-How does the film depict Christians, the church, or religious faith <strong>in</strong> general? (Note these may be different.)-Can the spirituality <strong>of</strong> the characters be readily ascerta<strong>in</strong>ed? How does this affect their role <strong>in</strong> the plot?-What <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to cultural worldviews are presented?-What scriptural analogies can be made?-Does the narrative, or parts <strong>of</strong> it, resemble stories Jesus told?The discussion follow<strong>in</strong>g the movie is a very important part <strong>of</strong> the even<strong>in</strong>g. Be sure to let the group know that.The leader should view the movie beforehand and prepare questions for the group such as these for Ray (thestory <strong>of</strong> Ray Charles):Ray’s mother took a very pragmatic approach toward his oncom<strong>in</strong>g bl<strong>in</strong>dness. How did that affect Ray'sability to deal with it? What k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>of</strong> personal attitudes and decisions can cripple a person?Ray Charles isn't the only performer who has dealt with the addictive substances. What pressures may leadsuccessful people to get caught up <strong>in</strong> the world <strong>of</strong> drugs and alcohol? What challenges come with liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> thespotlight?What makes Ray's wife stay with him despite his lifestyle? What strengths does Della Bea have that Rayrelies on? What th<strong>in</strong>gs have to be considered before end<strong>in</strong>g a relationship? Are the reasons for stay<strong>in</strong>g (orleav<strong>in</strong>g) always the same for everyone?As a woefully wounded soul, Ray Charles Rob<strong>in</strong>son had several handicaps that rivaled his bl<strong>in</strong>dness. He wasa notorious hero<strong>in</strong> addict and womanizer. And when it came to bus<strong>in</strong>ess practices, Charles could be shrewdand alo<strong>of</strong>. Whether you look <strong>in</strong>side the church or without, the most gifted among us are <strong>of</strong>ten the same peoplewho struggle most with addiction, depression, philander<strong>in</strong>g, and behavior disorders <strong>of</strong> all sorts. Much hasbeen made <strong>of</strong> the artistic temperament, but is it not possible to be both artistically pr<strong>of</strong>icient and spirituallyand morally upright? (Whatever caustic cloud that hovered over the harried s<strong>in</strong>ger’s head could be consideredcompell<strong>in</strong>g and cautionary because it made the colorful coolness <strong>of</strong> Ray Charles emerge <strong>in</strong>to one <strong>of</strong> thegreatest pop cultural figures ever to crawl <strong>in</strong>to our musical m<strong>in</strong>dset.)His <strong>in</strong>tegrated music reflected his hope for an <strong>in</strong>tegrated world.Break<strong>in</strong>g down his personal barriers was his own greatest triumph. He broke down the barrier <strong>of</strong> drugs, whichhad caused segregation <strong>in</strong> his own life. Separation from the important parts <strong>of</strong> his life, like his wife and kids.He f<strong>in</strong>ally was able to <strong>in</strong>tegrate his own life <strong>in</strong>to a beautiful holistic lifestyle.More personal questions:“The least <strong>of</strong> these”: Ray Charles certa<strong>in</strong>ly fell <strong>in</strong>to this category, at least <strong>in</strong> the early years <strong>of</strong> his life: poor,bl<strong>in</strong>d, a second-class citizen <strong>in</strong> his own country. As Christ notes <strong>in</strong> the parable from which this phrase is taken(Matthew 25:31-46), such people tend to elicit the dark heart or the Good Samaritan <strong>in</strong> all <strong>of</strong> us. That wascerta<strong>in</strong>ly true <strong>in</strong> Charles’ life. Some took advantage <strong>of</strong> him because <strong>of</strong> his bl<strong>in</strong>dness, some loved him <strong>in</strong> spite<strong>of</strong> it, and a rare few realized that bl<strong>in</strong>dness is not a physical disability; it is a state <strong>of</strong> be<strong>in</strong>g. In that sense,

Charles could see better than most. This also made me th<strong>in</strong>k about how we treat people with disabilities <strong>in</strong> oursociety. Our church is full <strong>of</strong> people with physical and mental disabilities. In fact, they are one <strong>of</strong> our four“pillars.” But how do I respond to them? To be honest, <strong>of</strong>ten with fear or, worse, apathy. Could it be that I amthe one with the disability?Angry with God: Like Charles, many people hold God at arm’s length because <strong>of</strong> some sort <strong>of</strong> perceived<strong>in</strong>justice. For Charles, it was bl<strong>in</strong>dness and the death <strong>of</strong> his brother. What is it for you? Have you ever spokento God about this issue? What did he say?Here is a list <strong>of</strong> most <strong>of</strong> the movies I have done. I have a flyer and my notes for most <strong>of</strong> them.The licens<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>formation can be found at: www.mplc.org50 First DatesThe Fisher K<strong>in</strong>gBroadway Danny RoseEnterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Angels (The Dorothy Day Story)Spitfire GrilThe Third MiracleRemember the TitansThe Green MileThe MatrixShrekThe Family ManThe Fourth Wise ManAbout a BoyAbout SchmidtCry the Beloved CountryF<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g ForresterEmperor’s ClubLife as a HouseThe MatrixShaneSignsHolesBruce AlmightySt. ThereseJoshuaBig FishSecondhand LionsTuck Everlast<strong>in</strong>gRomeroOh Brother Where Art ThouMy Big Fat Greek Wedd<strong>in</strong>gHart's WarThe Count <strong>of</strong> Monte CristoAI (Artificial Intelligence)

Fourth TaskPrayer 17(CCC nos. 2558-2865, GDC nos. 84-85, 87)• Become familiar with the diverse forms and expressions <strong>of</strong> Christian prayer, with special attention to“the Our Father, the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples and which is the model <strong>of</strong> all Christianprayer”.• Experience and appreciate the richness <strong>of</strong> the Catholic tradition <strong>of</strong> mysticism and contemplation.• Develop a regular pattern <strong>of</strong> personal prayer and spiritual reflection, recogniz<strong>in</strong>g vocal prayer,meditation, and contemplative prayer as basic and fruitful practices <strong>in</strong> the life <strong>of</strong> a disciple <strong>of</strong> Jesus.• Engage <strong>in</strong> shared prayer with others, especially family prayer, as well as at parish meet<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>in</strong>small communities <strong>of</strong> faith.• Recognize and encourage practices <strong>of</strong> popular piety and devotion that help believers express andstrengthen their faith <strong>in</strong> Jesus Christ.17 OHWB no. 94

Fourth task <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>: To teach the Christian how to praywith Christ.Conversion to Christ and communion with him lead the faithful to adopt his disposition <strong>of</strong> prayer andreflection. Jesus' entire life, death, and Resurrection were an <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g to his Father. His prayer was alwaysdirected toward his Father. Catechesis should <strong>in</strong>vite the believer to jo<strong>in</strong> Christ <strong>in</strong> the Our Father. Prayershould be the ord<strong>in</strong>ary environment for all catechesis so that the knowledge and practice <strong>of</strong> the Christian lifemay be understood and celebrated <strong>in</strong> its proper context.National Directory for CatechesisYoung <strong>Adult</strong>sYoung adults have most likely evaluated the faith they were raised <strong>in</strong> and decided for themselves just what isto be kept and what us to be discarded. They have most likely surveyed their most important values anddecided to be true to them. Ideally, the power and practice <strong>of</strong> prayer has been real and regular <strong>in</strong> theirlives, and they can now use prayerful discernment to sort out what they are be<strong>in</strong>g called to <strong>in</strong> this life.What career or vocation will they pursue? Will they marry? Do they feel called to the priesthood or thereligious life? These are monumental decisions that require guidance through prayer.Often, if they have been away from the Church for awhile they may return at this time, especially at theoccasion <strong>of</strong> the baptism <strong>of</strong> a child. Young adults are ask<strong>in</strong>g the "big questions" <strong>of</strong> life: Why am I here? Whatam I supposed to do with my life? Why is there suffer<strong>in</strong>g?Parishes can: Form young adult groups for Scripture study or reflection on a topic. Provide <strong>in</strong>formation on lectures and formative events that will help them to grow <strong>in</strong> their faith. Provide a resource library with topics <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest to young adults. Educate young adults about spiritual direction; provide a list <strong>of</strong> spiritual directors <strong>in</strong> the area.<strong>Adult</strong>s<strong>Adult</strong>s can be helped to see the importance <strong>of</strong> regular and consistent prayer. Hectic lifestyles militate aga<strong>in</strong>stthis, but to be a disciple requires discipl<strong>in</strong>e. <strong>Adult</strong>s can be helped to explore the tradition <strong>of</strong> prayer <strong>in</strong> thechurch. Read<strong>in</strong>g and workshops on various forms <strong>of</strong> prayer are available. The adult is encouraged to go on aretreat at least once a year <strong>in</strong> order to view his or her life from a fresh, prayerful perspective. It has been saidthat the three most common places where adults pray are the bathroom, <strong>in</strong> the car and outdoors. Couples cannurture their prayer lives by pray<strong>in</strong>g together on a daily basis. The sa<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>of</strong> the Catholic tradition can bementors for adults, model<strong>in</strong>g how to pray <strong>in</strong> everyday activities as well as <strong>in</strong> time <strong>of</strong> great hardship.Parishes can: Offer a variety <strong>of</strong> classes on various forms <strong>of</strong> prayer such as center<strong>in</strong>g prayer, lectio div<strong>in</strong>a,contemplative prayer, Ignatian, August<strong>in</strong>ian, and other forms and ways <strong>of</strong> pray<strong>in</strong>g. Offer <strong>in</strong>formation on local retreats and/or plan a parish retreat. Offer a school <strong>of</strong> prayer which teaches about the earliest traditions <strong>of</strong> prayer <strong>in</strong> the Church and <strong>in</strong>vitesadults <strong>in</strong>to a daily rout<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> prayer. Provide regular opportunities to pray the Liturgy <strong>of</strong> the Hours, especially Morn<strong>in</strong>g Prayer and Even<strong>in</strong>g Prayer.

Senior <strong>Adult</strong>sFor seniors, there are many ongo<strong>in</strong>g issues <strong>of</strong> loss. Loss <strong>of</strong> health, <strong>in</strong>dependence, physical capacity, and/orcareer can be countered by an ever grow<strong>in</strong>g dependency on God. Many elders f<strong>in</strong>d great solace <strong>in</strong>participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> daily Mass. For others, the rosary is a constant companion. Seniors can be a great source <strong>of</strong>wisdom <strong>in</strong> teach<strong>in</strong>g about the power and practice <strong>of</strong> prayer. Prayer and Scripture groups can be <strong>of</strong>fered,especially dur<strong>in</strong>g the day, when it is easier for older adults to participate. These types <strong>of</strong> groups may alsoprovide and important social function for older adults. Bus trips to Shr<strong>in</strong>es and pilgrimage sites are alsopopular for those who are ambulatory.Seniors who can no longer come to church because <strong>of</strong> physical limitations must rely on the m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong>Extraord<strong>in</strong>ary M<strong>in</strong>isters <strong>of</strong> the Eucharist who br<strong>in</strong>g "Church" to them. They can also be encouraged toparticipate <strong>in</strong> Mass via radio or television (the Hallmark cable channel shows Mass from Notre Dameevery Sunday at 8 a.m.)Parishes can: Help convene pray and Scripture groups for older adults, preferably dur<strong>in</strong>g the day. Have special seasonal gather<strong>in</strong>gs such as Soup and Scripture Luncheons dur<strong>in</strong>g Lent. Send prayerful lectionary-based pamphlets or other devotional materials out to elders through the mailor Eucharistic visitors to the sick. Form grief/loss groups to pray through losses as a faith community. Have an elder person organize a prayer cha<strong>in</strong> for the parish. Invite elders to visit religion formation classes to share their life <strong>of</strong> prayer, and how prayer hasbeen important <strong>in</strong> their lives. Identify volunteers who will become prayer partners with those <strong>in</strong> nurs<strong>in</strong>g homes.

Annual Retreats for Men/WomenDescriptionOur Parish Retreat Coord<strong>in</strong>ators publicize <strong>in</strong> our parish bullet<strong>in</strong> for a specific weekend retreat. The men’sgroup traditionally goes to the Sa<strong>in</strong>t Paul <strong>of</strong> the Cross Retreat Center for a weekend. The women’s groupgoes to Mart<strong>in</strong>a Center or Kearns Spirituality Center for retreats planned at those places.ObjectiveTo provide spiritual enrichment opportunities for adults beyond the parish.Who Should/Can AttendAny adultTime FrameUsually weekends or even<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> reflection.CostVaries as to the <strong>in</strong>stitution host<strong>in</strong>g the event.Suggestions/CommentsHav<strong>in</strong>g parish coord<strong>in</strong>ators for the retreats has proven to be helpful for provid<strong>in</strong>g ongo<strong>in</strong>g announcements forretreats and extend<strong>in</strong>g personal <strong>in</strong>vitations to adults.Contact: Jim F<strong>in</strong>nParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t Mary <strong>of</strong> the Assumption, Glenshaw, PAPhone: 412-486-4101Email: f<strong>in</strong>nj@stmaryglenshaw.org

Experiential Stations <strong>of</strong> the CrossDescriptionThis is an experiential way to pray the Stations <strong>of</strong> the Cross for both children and adults.ObjectiveTo provide both deep prayer experience and a hands-on learn<strong>in</strong>g opportunity for the Religious Educationclasses.To provide the whole parish (adults, teens and children) an opportunity to more deeply connect with and praythe passion and death <strong>of</strong> Jesus.Who Should/Can AttendReligious Ed Classes, any adult who would like to pray the Stations.Time Frame45 m<strong>in</strong>utesSuggestions/CommentsWe have had good feedback from all ages.Contact: Joan PilatParish: St. FidelisPhone: 724-482-2362Email jpilat@zoom<strong>in</strong>ternet.net

Ignatian Parish Prayer ProgramDescriptionThis is a parish-based way for participants to engage <strong>in</strong> the Spiritual Exercises <strong>of</strong> St. Ignatius <strong>of</strong> Loyola. Thefull program stretches <strong>in</strong> segments over two years.YEAR 1:• Advent Retreat <strong>in</strong> Daily Life: Spiritual Exercises “Preparation Days”(5 days <strong>of</strong> directed prayer <strong>in</strong> Advent).Participants commit to spend<strong>in</strong>g 20 m<strong>in</strong>utes per day <strong>in</strong> Prayer; also Meet<strong>in</strong>gs w/ SpiritualDirector for 20 m<strong>in</strong>ute sessions for 5 consecutive days.• Lenten Directed Prayer: Meet<strong>in</strong>g Jesus <strong>in</strong> Lent (3 weeks <strong>of</strong> directed prayer <strong>in</strong> Lent).Participants commit to 30-45 m<strong>in</strong>utes <strong>of</strong> daily prayer. Meet<strong>in</strong>gs: as a group; Weekly for 1hour.YEAR 2:• Fall: 5 weeks <strong>of</strong> directed prayer: “First Week” <strong>of</strong> the Exercises. Participants agree to 45m<strong>in</strong>utes <strong>of</strong> daily prayer. Meet<strong>in</strong>gs: as a group; weekly for 1 hour.• Spr<strong>in</strong>g: 16 weeks <strong>of</strong> directed prayer: “Second, Third and Fourth Weeks” <strong>of</strong> the Exercises.Participants commit to 45-60 m<strong>in</strong>utes <strong>of</strong> daily prayer. Group Meet<strong>in</strong>gs: Weekly for 1 hour.ObjectiveTo deepen the participants’ lives <strong>in</strong> prayer and discipleship.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>sTime FrameSpann<strong>in</strong>g two years, as detailed above.CostsYear 1: $350; Year 2: $650. Many parishes/pastors have agreed to fund half <strong>of</strong> the costs for each participant.Please contact Sr. Cather<strong>in</strong>e Higg<strong>in</strong>s for more details.Suggestions/CommentsThe response <strong>in</strong> general has been extremely positive… those who have accessed it are truly grateful for theexperience. It is a unique opportunity for folks to experience prayer and learn the Ignatian method, and formany <strong>of</strong> them, it is their first true experience <strong>of</strong> ‘Lectio’ or pray<strong>in</strong>g with Scripture.The program is facilitated Diocesan-wide by Sr. Cather<strong>in</strong>e Higg<strong>in</strong>s, CSJ, cather<strong>in</strong>ehigg<strong>in</strong>s@comcast.netContact: Lori McMahonParish: St. Anne, Castle ShannonPhone: 412-531-5964Email: mitchmcm@verizon.net

Lectio Div<strong>in</strong>aDescriptionWe start our meet<strong>in</strong>gs with Sunday’s Gospel read<strong>in</strong>g, share what we heard (what word or phrase stood out)and what we th<strong>in</strong>k God is ask<strong>in</strong>g us to do.ObjectiveTo form our parishioners, us<strong>in</strong>g the RCIA model, by shar<strong>in</strong>g our faith journeys with one another.Who Should/Can AttendThis is someth<strong>in</strong>g that we are ask<strong>in</strong>g all organizations meet<strong>in</strong>g at St Benedict to do.Time FrameDepends on the number <strong>of</strong> people attend<strong>in</strong>g.Suggestions/CommentsPeople are gett<strong>in</strong>g used to open<strong>in</strong>g meet<strong>in</strong>gs this way. We haven’t pushed it on all the organizations yet; butso far, all council meet<strong>in</strong>gs and staff meet<strong>in</strong>gs open with it. We are also <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g a question dur<strong>in</strong>g thehomily for groups to discuss before they open their meet<strong>in</strong>gs. It can be used along with Lectio Div<strong>in</strong>a or<strong>in</strong>stead <strong>of</strong> it. Most people enjoy shar<strong>in</strong>g their thoughts and their faith.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

Liv<strong>in</strong>g RosaryDescriptionA life-size rosary or a crucifix and the appropriate number <strong>of</strong> beads and spacers are placed <strong>in</strong> the church,classroom, garden, home or anywhere the Rosary will be prayed. Each participant stands hold<strong>in</strong>g a rosarybead and prays out loud, the prayer particular to that bead, thus the people become the rosary.ObjectiveTo teach how to pray the Rosary.To allow people to become the rosary.To unite the community <strong>in</strong> prayer.Who Should/Can AttendAnyoneTime Frame30 m<strong>in</strong>utesContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

NovenasDescriptionNovenas are specific prayers prayed on consecutive days, usually n<strong>in</strong>e, to give honor to God, and seek the aid<strong>of</strong> a particular sa<strong>in</strong>t, Mary or one <strong>of</strong> the three Persons <strong>of</strong> the Tr<strong>in</strong>ity. The early disciples waited and prayed forn<strong>in</strong>e days <strong>in</strong> the upper room as they awaited the com<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Holy Spirit.ObjectiveTo be faithful to our prayer as God is faithful to us.Who Should/Can AttendAnyoneTime Frame20-30 m<strong>in</strong>utesSuggestions/CommentsSome possibilities are novena to the Holy Spirit before Pentecost, novena to St. Theresa, novena to St.Anthony.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ParishPhone: 774-776-1357Email barb@stferd.org

Parish PilgrimageDescriptionA journey to a designated holy site, such as a church, chapel, grotto, Basilica or birthplace <strong>of</strong> a sa<strong>in</strong>t.ObjectiveTo be <strong>in</strong> community with fellow pilgrims.To pray for private prayer requests and prayer requests <strong>of</strong> others.To take time to let go and let God lead us to new places.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone who is able.Time FrameOne dayCostIt variesSuggestions/CommentsOur parish has taken eight yearly pilgrimages. These are some examples: Wash<strong>in</strong>gton D.C.-Basilica <strong>of</strong> theImmaculate Conception and Holy Land replica, St. Francis-Loretta PA, Emmetsburg MD-Mother SetonShr<strong>in</strong>e, Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Sorrows <strong>in</strong> Bellevue OH.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724 776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Powerful Pray-ersDescriptionFour sessions were held with a character witness story. We <strong>in</strong>troduced St. Patrick (and his breastplate prayer),St. Francis <strong>of</strong> Assisi (prayer for peace), St. Teresa <strong>of</strong> Avila (The Interior Castle), and St. August<strong>in</strong>e(Confessions). Many others could be <strong>in</strong>cluded. This concept was based on “Biblical Women Alive” bySr. Jackie Ketterer. Parish volunteers researched the sa<strong>in</strong>ts and played the characters.ObjectiveTo <strong>in</strong>troduce different people <strong>of</strong> prayer and different ways/methods <strong>of</strong> prayer.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone over 10 years oldTime FrameOne hour and 15 m<strong>in</strong>utesSuggestions/CommentsThe person <strong>in</strong> character gave a first-person account <strong>of</strong> his/her life story, and talked about the search andencounter with God us<strong>in</strong>g the sa<strong>in</strong>t’s own writ<strong>in</strong>gs. Another person gave people time to discuss and write ashort clos<strong>in</strong>g prayer follow<strong>in</strong>g the “pattern” <strong>of</strong> the sa<strong>in</strong>t. This was especially easy with St. Patrick.Contact: Barbara StokesParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t John Neumann ParishPhone: 412-366-5885 Ext. 13Email: barbara.stokes@yahoo.com

Fifth TaskCommunal Life 18(CCC nos. 811-870, GDC nos. 84, 86, 87)• Foster spiritual growth <strong>in</strong> the community.• Cultivate the human values and Christian virtues that foster growth <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>terpersonal relationships and<strong>in</strong> civic responsibility.• Nurture marriage and family life.• Share actively <strong>in</strong> the life and work <strong>of</strong> the parish, and foster the potential <strong>of</strong> small communities todeepen the faith relationships <strong>of</strong> members, to strengthen the bonds <strong>of</strong> communion with the parish, andto serve the Church’s mission <strong>in</strong> society.• Learn the Church’s teach<strong>in</strong>g on the nature and mission <strong>of</strong> the Church, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g an understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>the Church’s authority and structures and <strong>of</strong> the rights and responsibilities <strong>of</strong> the Christian faithful.• Support the ecumenical movement and promote the unity <strong>of</strong> God’s people as an important dimension<strong>of</strong> fidelity to the Gospel.18 OHWB no. 95

Fifth task <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>: To prepare the Christian to live <strong>in</strong>community and to participate actively <strong>in</strong> the life and mission <strong>of</strong> theChurch.Jesus said to his disciples, "Love one another. As I have loved you. ..." Jn 13:34 This command provides thebasis for the disciples' life <strong>in</strong> community. Catechesis encourages an apprenticeship <strong>in</strong> Christian liv<strong>in</strong>g that isbased on Christ's teach<strong>in</strong>gs about community life. It should encourage a spirit <strong>of</strong> simplicity and humility, aspecial concern for the poor, particular care for the alienated, a sense <strong>of</strong> fraternal correction, common prayer,mutual forgiveness, and a fraternal love that embraces all these attitudes. Catechesis encourages the disciples<strong>of</strong> Jesus to make their daily conduct a sh<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g testimony to the Gospel. CL "He also distributesspecial graces among the faithful <strong>of</strong> every rank. By these gifts he makes them fit and ready to undertakevarious tasks and <strong>of</strong>fices for the renewal and build<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>of</strong> the Church, as it is written, ‘the manifestation <strong>of</strong>the Spirit is given to everyone for pr<strong>of</strong>it’ (1 Cor 12:7).” LG Preparation for community life has an ecumenicaldimension as well: “In develop<strong>in</strong>g this community sense, catechesis takes special note <strong>of</strong> the ecumenicaldimension and encourages fraternal attitudes toward members <strong>of</strong> other Christian churches and ecclesialcommunities.” GDC It should always provide a clear exposition <strong>of</strong> all that the Church teaches and at the sametime should foster a "true desire for unity" CT and <strong>in</strong>culcate a zeal for the promotion <strong>of</strong> unity amongChristians. Catechesis will have an ecumenical dimension as it prepares the faithful to live <strong>in</strong> contact with persons<strong>of</strong> other Christian traditions, "affirm<strong>in</strong>g their Catholic identity while respect<strong>in</strong>g the faith <strong>of</strong> others." CTNational Directory for CatechesisYoung <strong>Adult</strong>sYoung adults are persons <strong>in</strong> their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent a broad diversity. "They arecollege and university students, workers, and pr<strong>of</strong>essionals; they are persons <strong>in</strong> military service; they ares<strong>in</strong>gle, married, divorced or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers <strong>in</strong> search <strong>of</strong> abetter life." NDC Given this portrait, it is a challenge to discern how to assist them to take their rightful place <strong>in</strong>the life and mission <strong>of</strong> the community.It is essential that the Church raise up the unique gifts <strong>of</strong> young adults and the extraord<strong>in</strong>ary difference theycan make. They possess:• Lively faith and hope• A deep hunger for social justice and to serve• A spirit <strong>of</strong> optimism and idealism• Wisdom borne <strong>of</strong> their experience <strong>of</strong> diversity• A yearn<strong>in</strong>g for deepened spirituality NDCThe Church must provide a persistent <strong>in</strong>vitation to br<strong>in</strong>g these gifts <strong>in</strong>to m<strong>in</strong>istries where they are sorelyneeded, such as marriage preparation, preparation for the Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Baptism, career discernment, and s<strong>of</strong>orth. Mak<strong>in</strong>g room for their voice <strong>in</strong> an authentic and mean<strong>in</strong>gful way will allow their passions to animatethe life <strong>of</strong> the community.

<strong>Adult</strong>sIn order for the Good News <strong>of</strong> the K<strong>in</strong>gdom to penetrate all the various layers <strong>of</strong> the human family, it iscrucial that every Christian play an active part <strong>in</strong> the com<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the K<strong>in</strong>gdom… All <strong>of</strong> this naturally requiresadults to play a primary role. Hence it is not only legitimate, but also necessary to acknowledge that a fullyChristian community can only exist when a systematic catechesis <strong>of</strong> all its members takes place, and when aneffective and well-developed catechesis <strong>of</strong> adults is regarded as the central task <strong>in</strong> the catechetical enterprise.ACCCAll adult catechesis, <strong>in</strong> whatever form it takes, supports the fifth task <strong>of</strong> catechesis. It "fosters activeparticipation <strong>in</strong> the Church as she is realized <strong>in</strong> families, small faith-based communities, parishes, dioceses,and the communion <strong>of</strong> sa<strong>in</strong>ts. It helps adults to develop a deeper sense <strong>of</strong> their cooperation with the HolySpirit for the mission <strong>of</strong> the Church <strong>in</strong> the world and for her <strong>in</strong>ternal life as well." NDCParish leaders should f<strong>in</strong>d a variety <strong>of</strong> ways to catechize adults <strong>in</strong> the roles they fulfill <strong>in</strong> the life <strong>of</strong> thecommunity, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g:• Liturgical m<strong>in</strong>istries• Parish F<strong>in</strong>ance Councils• Parish Pastoral Councils• Catechetical m<strong>in</strong>istries• M<strong>in</strong>istries <strong>of</strong> justice and direct service to the poor and marg<strong>in</strong>alized• Peer m<strong>in</strong>istries to those deal<strong>in</strong>g with grief and loss; midlife issues; loss <strong>of</strong> employment; parent<strong>in</strong>g<strong>of</strong> adolescents; care <strong>of</strong> ag<strong>in</strong>g parents; and so forth.

Caregiver BreakfastDescriptionCaregivers are <strong>in</strong>vited to come together periodically to enjoy breakfast and a speaker.ObjectiveTo give caregivers the opportunity to be with other caregivers <strong>in</strong> a supportive community.To give caregivers the opportunity to be renewed, to share common experiences, to learn new ways <strong>of</strong>approach<strong>in</strong>g their daily call to be caregivers.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone car<strong>in</strong>g for someone at home.Time Frame2 hoursContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Catholic ConversationsDescriptionCatholic Conversations is meant to be a departure from the standard format <strong>of</strong> a speaker giv<strong>in</strong>g a talk,followed by a few questions and answers. I believe firmly that conversation is a f<strong>in</strong>e approach for adulteducation and formation. It is more <strong>in</strong>teractive than the standard speaker format, encourag<strong>in</strong>g the participantsto ask questions and to make comments as they arise rather than wait<strong>in</strong>g for a tacked-on Q&A at the end.Here’s how it works. I <strong>in</strong>vite a person who is do<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs that I hope our parishioners might f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g.Some examples so far: a new pastor <strong>in</strong> the area, a Catholic theologian from the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es who is teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, a local Catholic s<strong>in</strong>ger/songwriter, a doctor practic<strong>in</strong>g medic<strong>in</strong>e on the streets for homeless people,a woman who heads a local Jewish organization that promotes dialogue with Christians. We do <strong>of</strong>fer ourguests a fee for their time. They are <strong>of</strong>ten very will<strong>in</strong>g to participate because the format does not <strong>in</strong>volvethem hav<strong>in</strong>g to make a presentation or write a talk. They just need to come and talk with us!I do some research beforehand <strong>in</strong>to the person’s background or <strong>in</strong>to some <strong>of</strong> the ma<strong>in</strong> areas that I th<strong>in</strong>k theywould be <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> talk<strong>in</strong>g about. Then I write up some questions. My goal is to f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g peopleand then tap <strong>in</strong>to the th<strong>in</strong>gs that light a fire under them.Our sessions beg<strong>in</strong> with a prayer. I <strong>in</strong>vite the guest to br<strong>in</strong>g one if he or she wishes. This is one way for theguests to <strong>in</strong>troduce themselves to us— through the content or style <strong>of</strong> their prayer. At the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g, thesession proper starts as an <strong>in</strong>terview. With most guests, I like to ask for some <strong>of</strong> their life story first. As theytell their story, the th<strong>in</strong>gs they are passionate about <strong>of</strong>ten come quickly to the fore, and we’re <strong>of</strong>f! The“audience” is encouraged to become participants by ask<strong>in</strong>g questions or mak<strong>in</strong>g brief comments as theconversation cont<strong>in</strong>ues. Of course, there is the usual danger <strong>of</strong> someone go<strong>in</strong>g on at length, but it is then themoderator’s job to try to keep th<strong>in</strong>gs flow<strong>in</strong>g while show<strong>in</strong>g respect for all participants.We usually take a break after about 40 m<strong>in</strong>utes and return for another 30-40 m<strong>in</strong>utes <strong>of</strong> conversation.ObjectiveTo help people become aware <strong>of</strong> the vitality <strong>of</strong> our Catholic community.To help them become more comfortable ask<strong>in</strong>g questions and express<strong>in</strong>g themselves on matters <strong>of</strong> faith.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>s and older teensTime FrameAbout an hour and a halfCostAbout $100-150 for a speaker fee; more for refreshments. We do not ask for money from the participants.Suggestions/CommentsI like to have café-style seat<strong>in</strong>g around tables (we have some small round ones), and to have refreshmentsavailable throughout the session.Often the guest has a good deal to say and the other participants are content (at least early <strong>in</strong> the session) tolisten. That’s f<strong>in</strong>e—conversation is the ideal, but the reality <strong>of</strong>ten lies <strong>in</strong> some middle ground betweenpassive listen<strong>in</strong>g and full conversation.Contact: Andrew BechmanParish: St. Scholastica, Asp<strong>in</strong>wallPhone: 412-781-0186, Ext. 18Email: andybechman@sa<strong>in</strong>tscholastica.com

Let the Little Children Come to MeDescriptionMoms, dads and caregivers <strong>of</strong> young children are <strong>in</strong>vited to come and share with their children <strong>in</strong> a fun, faithfilled experience. They learn one <strong>of</strong> the gestures <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> the Mass, move to <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g music, visit Jesus <strong>in</strong>the tabernacle and jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> craft time. Also <strong>in</strong>cluded are visits to personal care homes, help<strong>in</strong>g other with yearround donations for Genesis House, Every Child, Inc. and w<strong>in</strong>ter wear for local shelters.There are also monthly social nights for moms with prayer and c<strong>of</strong>fee and for dads with Catholic Men’sFellowship.ObjectiveTo welcome and unify the People <strong>of</strong> God as one family.To enable and deepen the spirituality <strong>of</strong> each <strong>in</strong>dividual.To nurture and share our talents for the enrichment <strong>of</strong> the parish and the community.To strengthen and <strong>in</strong>crease participation through mean<strong>in</strong>gful liturgy.Who Should/Can AttendThis program is for moms, dads or caregivers <strong>of</strong> children five and under.Time FrameWednesdays – Check website for details: www.stmaryglenshaw.orgContact: Monica HoehlerParish: St. Mary <strong>of</strong> the Assumption ParishPhone: 412-492-0242Email: kmhoehler@verizon.net

Martha and Joseph M<strong>in</strong>istryDescriptionFolks are <strong>in</strong>vited twice a year to wash and polish the wood pews, doors, altar, woodwork, etc. <strong>in</strong> our church.A week is set aside on our church calendar to accomplish this work. Clean<strong>in</strong>g products are supplied by theparish. The volunteers br<strong>in</strong>g rags and buckets.ObjectiveTo provide opportunities for parishioners to be good stewards <strong>of</strong> the church build<strong>in</strong>g.To work with fellow parishioners <strong>in</strong> community.To foster respect for the church build<strong>in</strong>g.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>s <strong>of</strong> all ages and familiesTime FrameOne weekContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Men’s BreakfastDescriptionAll men <strong>of</strong> the parish are <strong>in</strong>vited to a monthly breakfast on Saturday morn<strong>in</strong>g from October thru May.Initially we began at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast prepared by volunteers followed by a short prayer service and aguest speaker. A variety <strong>of</strong> topics was featured – sports, health, service, witness, etc. The morn<strong>in</strong>g concludedby 10:00 a.m.The men now gather for 9:00 a.m. Mass with the parish community. Breakfast follows and then the guestspeaker or featured program is <strong>in</strong>troduced and is usually <strong>of</strong> a spiritual nature. The morn<strong>in</strong>g ends by 11:00a.m.Dur<strong>in</strong>g the summer we meet once on a weekday even<strong>in</strong>g for a cook-out.ObjectiveTo foster fellowship among the men <strong>of</strong> the parish.Who Should/Can AttendAll men <strong>of</strong> the parish are <strong>in</strong>vited from age 18 and up.Time FrameMonthly (October thru May) on Saturday morn<strong>in</strong>gs, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.CostFree will <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g to cover food and speaker stipends.Suggestions/CommentsMost participants are age 40/50 +. Younger men may attend when a topic addresses their <strong>in</strong>terests – usuallysports or bus<strong>in</strong>ess. We have a contact list <strong>of</strong> 60+ names. Our regular attendance is around 20. The summercook-out has the largest response.Contact:Parish:Phone:Email:Andrew JamesSt. John Neumann Parish, Frankl<strong>in</strong> Park412-366-5885 x11ajames@stjohnneumannpgh.org

Middle MomsDescriptionMothers <strong>of</strong> school age children are <strong>in</strong>vited to gather together for support, spiritual growth, reflection andshar<strong>in</strong>g. Guest speakers are <strong>in</strong>vited to <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>in</strong>sight and wisdom.ObjectiveTo provide a safe and friendly environment for moms to gather together.Who Should/Can AttendMoms <strong>of</strong> children <strong>in</strong> first to 12 th grade.Time Frame2 hoursContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Parish Pastoral Council <strong>Formation</strong>DescriptionAs part <strong>of</strong> the plan for parish leadership tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, a four session “101” course on the new parish pastoralcouncil guidel<strong>in</strong>es, One Body, One Mission was <strong>in</strong>stituted. An enrichment program will also be <strong>of</strong>fered. Itwill provide on-go<strong>in</strong>g formation <strong>in</strong> pastoral leadership. Content will vary for each session, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>gEven<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> Recollection for pastors and pastoral council members.ObjectiveTo provide opportunities for pastors and parish pastoral council members to grow <strong>in</strong> their understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>parish leadership.Who Should/Can AttendPastors, pastoral staff and discerned and selected pastoral council members.Time FrameThe “101” Course will <strong>in</strong>clude 4 sessions that are each 3 hours <strong>in</strong> length. It will be <strong>of</strong>fered <strong>in</strong> the fall andspr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> each year, beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the fall <strong>of</strong> 2010.The enrichment program will be <strong>of</strong>fered every fall and spr<strong>in</strong>g, beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the spr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> 2011.Contact: Mary Anne MasonParish <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Phone: 412-456-3047Email: mmason@diopitt.org

Reflection BookletDescriptionFor two consecutive years, the parish Worship Committee members asked adult parishioners to reflect(anonymously) on some aspect <strong>of</strong> their faith journey, connect<strong>in</strong>g it to our parish theme for the year. Thethemes were “2001: A <strong>Faith</strong> Odyssey” and “The Journey Home”. We created booklets <strong>of</strong> the reflections anddistributed them at all Easter Masses. The booklets <strong>in</strong>cluded blank pages for the reader’s own reflections onthe stories.ObjectiveTo allow parishioners a forum to share deeply and honestly their struggles and triumphs <strong>in</strong> liv<strong>in</strong>g theirCatholic faith as adults.To provide an exercise for those who wrote to th<strong>in</strong>k about their faith journey and put it <strong>in</strong>to words.To provide an opportunity for those who read the reflections to see <strong>in</strong> what way they could identify with thestories and to know that the people who wrote them were <strong>in</strong> their midst <strong>in</strong> the parish.Who Should/Can AttendThere is noth<strong>in</strong>g to attend! <strong>Adult</strong>s were able to read the booklets at home, reflect on them <strong>in</strong> writ<strong>in</strong>g if they sodesired, and discuss them with family members or other parishioners at future gather<strong>in</strong>gs.Time FrameThe worship committee solicited writers about 4-6 weeks before publication <strong>in</strong> order to give them time tocollect their thoughts and write. The committee did some m<strong>in</strong>or edit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the submissions, assembled it withhelp from a graphic artist on the committee, and pr<strong>in</strong>ted it <strong>in</strong>-house at the parish for distribution at EasterMasses.Suggestions/CommentsThis project was well received, and parishioners enjoyed read<strong>in</strong>g the reflections.Contact: Barbara MateraParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t John Neumann ParishPhone: 412-366-5885 Ext. 18Email: bfmatera@yahoo.com

Service Outreach to Homeless Women’s ShelterDescriptionFamilies <strong>of</strong> our Family Program volunteer to prepare a complete meal on a particular Saturday and deliver itto the Homeless Women’s shelter.ObjectiveTo <strong>in</strong>vite and empower adult members <strong>of</strong> families to show the importance <strong>of</strong> service to the homeless byhav<strong>in</strong>g their children assist <strong>in</strong> meal preparation and serv<strong>in</strong>g the meal at the shelter.Who Should/Can AttendMembers <strong>of</strong> familiesTime FrameTime needed to prepare the meal item(s) at home, to travel <strong>in</strong>to the city and to serve the meal.CostFoods are donated by families prepar<strong>in</strong>g the meal for the homeless shelter.Contact: Barb Belski or Rose StegmanParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t Mary <strong>of</strong> the Assumption, Glenshaw, PAPhone: 412-486-5521E-mail: ccd<strong>of</strong>fice@stmaryglenshaw.org

St. John Neumann NightDescriptionOn a Sunday, near or on the feast <strong>of</strong> our parish patron, St. John Neumann (January 5), we have had aneven<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the church for all parishioners. S<strong>in</strong>ce this date falls with<strong>in</strong> the Christmas season, we ask our choirs(adult, youth, children) to s<strong>in</strong>g some Christmas selections. After about 20 m<strong>in</strong>utes <strong>of</strong> music, a parishionerdressed as St. John Neumann comes down the aisle and talks about his life–his childhood, his voyage toAmerica, and his m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>in</strong> many places, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the North Hills <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> where our parish is located.The talk lasts 15–20 m<strong>in</strong>utes. We have had variations on this theme to keep it <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a talk bySt. John Neumann’s mother tell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> her son’s early life and his priesthood <strong>in</strong> America, and St. JohnNeumann speak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> different times <strong>of</strong> his life. We always serve refreshments <strong>in</strong> the hall follow<strong>in</strong>g the talk.ObjectiveTo familiarize parishioners with our patron sa<strong>in</strong>t.Who Should/Can AttendAll parishionersTime FrameThis event occurred on Sunday even<strong>in</strong>g at 7 p.m. and lasted about an hour, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g refreshments.Suggestions/CommentsThe story <strong>of</strong> our patron is much better known by the parishioners.Contact:Barbara MateraParish:Sa<strong>in</strong>t John Neumann ParishPhone: 412-366-5885 Ext. 18Email:bfmatera@yahoo.com

Welcome BreakfastDescriptionThree or four times a year we have a welcome breakfast/gather<strong>in</strong>g. This is organized by the WelcomeCommittee. A list <strong>of</strong> new parishioners is provided by the parish <strong>of</strong>fice or priest when asked by the WelcomeCommittee. Each member <strong>of</strong> the committee calls 3-4 exist<strong>in</strong>g parishioners to volunteer to br<strong>in</strong>g food(suggestions—bagels, breads [banana, zucch<strong>in</strong>i, etc.], cupcakes, donuts, fruit, muff<strong>in</strong>s, cheese and crackertrays, chips and dips, cookies, brownies). If different people are called to volunteer then it gives more peoplethe chance to be <strong>in</strong>volved and to contribute. The committee typically supplies c<strong>of</strong>fee, tea, creamers, sugar,sweetener, juice, paper supplies and plastic ware.All new parishioners receive a letter welcom<strong>in</strong>g them and <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g them to the next breakfast. A contact list<strong>of</strong> who to get <strong>in</strong> touch with to get <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> different organizations is <strong>in</strong>cluded with the letter. The letter<strong>in</strong>forms them that a member <strong>of</strong> the Welcome Committee would be call<strong>in</strong>g. New parishioners’ names aredivided among the Welcome Committee members and about 2 weeks before the breakfast, <strong>in</strong>vite calls go out.A Bullet<strong>in</strong> announcement goes <strong>in</strong> 2 weeks before, one week before and then the day <strong>of</strong> the breakfast <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>gall parishioners. It is helpful if the priest <strong>in</strong>vites everyone after Mass the day <strong>of</strong> the breakfast.ObjectiveTo welcome new parishioners.To give them the opportunity ask questions about organizations <strong>in</strong> which they are <strong>in</strong>terested.To further a sense <strong>of</strong> community with current parishioners.Who Should/Can AttendEveryoneTime FrameCommittee members have to set up prior to the breakfast. We have our receptions after the 9:00 a.m. and11:00 a.m. Masses. Usually people stay for about an hour and some stay slightly longer. The committeealso cleans up. If you have enough people on this committee, the set up crew and the clean up crew can bedifferent. Some members are there the whole time.CostWith our receptions, everyth<strong>in</strong>g is donated. The committee members all provide someth<strong>in</strong>g and then the foodis donated by the parishioners.Suggestions/CommentsWe usually have name tags for everyone. But we buy special name tags (with stars or balloons or someth<strong>in</strong>gthat is more decorative) for the new people. When people complete their name tag, they learn the new peoplehave the special name tags so they can <strong>in</strong>troduce themselves if they see a “new person” name tag.Contact: Ela<strong>in</strong>e DuVallParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t ScholasticaPhone: 412-781-6941Email: veduvall@comcast.net

Women Wisdom & W<strong>in</strong>eDescriptionAll women <strong>of</strong> the parish were <strong>in</strong>vited to attend an even<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> appetizers, w<strong>in</strong>e and fellowship, followed by aspeaker on a topic <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest to Catholic women. A parish volunteer arranged for the speakers and handledpublicity. Those <strong>in</strong> attendance were asked to br<strong>in</strong>g crackers, cheese, or a small appetizer.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer an opportunity for women to gather <strong>in</strong>formally for fellowship and stimulat<strong>in</strong>g discussions on currenttopics.Who Should/Can AttendWomen Wisdom & W<strong>in</strong>e was <strong>of</strong>fered for women <strong>of</strong> the parish.Time FrameThis event occurred on a weekday even<strong>in</strong>g. The women gathered and socialized beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g at 7 p.m. and thespeaker talked and answered questions from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Suggestions/CommentsThis was a well-attended event for several years, usually held four times a year.Contact: Barbara StokesParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t John Neumann ParishPhone: 412-366-5885 Ext. 13Email: barbara.stokes@yahoo.com

Sixth TaskMissionary Spirit 19(GDC nos. 84, 86, 87)• Cultivate an evangeliz<strong>in</strong>g spirit among all the faithful.• Respond to God’s call whether as lay, orda<strong>in</strong>ed, or religious.• Motivate and equip the faithful to speak to others about the Scriptures, the tradition and teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong>the Church, and about one’s own faith journey.• Explore and promote the applications <strong>of</strong> the Church’s moral and social teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> personal, familypr<strong>of</strong>essional, cultural, and social life.• Understand the importance <strong>of</strong> serv<strong>in</strong>g those <strong>in</strong> need, promot<strong>in</strong>g the common good, and work<strong>in</strong>g for thetransformation <strong>of</strong> society through personal and social action.• Appreciate the value <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terreligious dialogue and contacts.19OHWB no. 96

Sixth task <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>: To promote a missionary spirit thatprepares the faithful to be present as Christians <strong>in</strong> society."The `world' thus becomes the place and the means for the lay faithful to fulfill their Christian vocation." LGCatechesis seeks to help the disciples <strong>of</strong> Christ to be present <strong>in</strong> society precisely as believ<strong>in</strong>g Christians whoare able and will<strong>in</strong>g to bear witness to their faith <strong>in</strong> words and deeds. In foster<strong>in</strong>g this spirit <strong>of</strong> evangelization,catechesis nourishes the evangelical attitudes <strong>of</strong> Jesus Christ <strong>in</strong> the faithful: to be poor <strong>in</strong> spirit, to becompassionate, to be meek, to hear the cry <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>justice, to be merciful, to be pure <strong>of</strong> heart, to make peace, andto accept rejection and persecution. Mt. 5:3-11 Catechesis recognizes that other religious traditions reflect the"seeds <strong>of</strong> the Word" AG that can constitute a true "preparation for the Gospel."' LG It encourages adherents <strong>of</strong>the world's religions to share what they hold <strong>in</strong> common, never m<strong>in</strong>imiz<strong>in</strong>g the real differences between andamong them. "Dialogue is not <strong>in</strong> opposition to the mission ad gentes." RMYoung <strong>Adult</strong>sNational Directory for CatechesisIn Sons and Daughters <strong>of</strong> the Light: a Pastoral Plan for M<strong>in</strong>istry with Young <strong>Adult</strong>s, goal three is "Connect<strong>in</strong>gYoung <strong>Adult</strong>s with the Mission <strong>of</strong> the Church <strong>in</strong> the World." Objectives are given for this <strong>in</strong>vitation <strong>of</strong> youngadults to be a part <strong>of</strong> the transformation <strong>of</strong> society by the build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the k<strong>in</strong>gdom <strong>of</strong> God:• form<strong>in</strong>g a Christian conscience• educat<strong>in</strong>g and work<strong>in</strong>g for justice• develop<strong>in</strong>g leaders for the present and the future.Young adults have many opportunities to evangelize society through the home and workplace. Many have thedesire to learn more about Church teach<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> order to make sound moral decisions. Some strategies <strong>in</strong>clude:• Offer adult religious education programs that connect contemporary life issues to the teach<strong>in</strong>gs andtraditions <strong>of</strong> the Church.• Provide opportunities to exam<strong>in</strong>e the relationship <strong>of</strong> faith to work, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g ethics <strong>in</strong> the workplace.• Make use <strong>of</strong> homilies and celebrations to discuss roles <strong>of</strong> the laity as evangelizers <strong>of</strong> society.• Support scripture study groups and small groups for married couples, and• Support formation <strong>of</strong> ongo<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>tergenerational small faith communities. SDLYoung adults share the desire <strong>of</strong> the larger Church to care for the least among us. This m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>in</strong>cludes botheducat<strong>in</strong>g and work<strong>in</strong>g for justice. Programs, homilies and retreats can help educate to the demands <strong>of</strong> theGospel toward our neighbor. Some suggestions for action <strong>in</strong>clude:• Motivate young adults through catechesis, homilies and music to work for peace<strong>in</strong> their relationships with others, especially <strong>in</strong> their jobs and community.• Invite young adults to be members <strong>of</strong> parish or campus social justice committeesor other social action organizations.• Identify opportunities for immersion experiences dur<strong>in</strong>g academic breaks or vacations, and• Invite young adults <strong>in</strong>dividually, through the workplace or through the Church community, to donateservices to social service agencies.

Mentor<strong>in</strong>g relationships are a significant way <strong>in</strong> which young adults can strengthen the values, beliefs, ideas,and learn<strong>in</strong>g necessary to be mature Christians. Young adults can benefit from mentor<strong>in</strong>g relationshipsconnected with their career and jobs, especially ones shar<strong>in</strong>g values and wisdom that spr<strong>in</strong>g from belief <strong>in</strong> theGospel. To develop mentor<strong>in</strong>g relationships:• Connect younger and older adults <strong>in</strong> like pr<strong>of</strong>essions.• Re<strong>in</strong>force the leadership role that each Christian is asked to undertake as a citizen through catecheticalopportunities and homilies.• Form discussion, support or prayer groups for those <strong>in</strong> like pr<strong>of</strong>essions and trades, and• Ask young adults to be mentors for adolescents, especially <strong>in</strong> Confirmation programs, and for those <strong>in</strong>different ethnic groups, especially immigrants who need help to succeed <strong>in</strong> a new and differentculture. SDL<strong>Adult</strong>sWhen Jesus told his followers to "do this" <strong>in</strong> his memory, he was tell<strong>in</strong>g them to do much more than simplyperform the ritual now known as the Mass. Jesus was tell<strong>in</strong>g his disciples throughout time not only to breakbread, but to give themselves to others as he gave himself. Mass is not someth<strong>in</strong>g that Catholics "attend," butis someth<strong>in</strong>g that they "do" and someth<strong>in</strong>g that prepares them to go forth and do what Jesus asks <strong>of</strong> them. LTMThe word "liturgy" means "work <strong>of</strong> the people" and is a more appropriate description <strong>of</strong> this command <strong>of</strong>Jesus.Through Baptism, Christians make a commitment to do certa<strong>in</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs as a follower <strong>of</strong> Jesus. Each Christian isano<strong>in</strong>ted priest, prophet, and k<strong>in</strong>g, and is called:• As priest, to make Jesus present to others; praise and worship God through their lives; <strong>of</strong>ferthemselves and their lives <strong>in</strong> sacrifice; help others ga<strong>in</strong> access to God; <strong>in</strong>tercede for the needs <strong>of</strong> theworld; and act as part <strong>of</strong> God's response to those needs.• As prophet, to speak on behalf <strong>of</strong> the oppressed; speak God's word, bear witness, evangelize, andcatechize; br<strong>in</strong>g hope to those <strong>in</strong> despair; challenge people and <strong>in</strong>stitutions to be faithful; andfearlessly speak out about <strong>in</strong>justice;• As k<strong>in</strong>g, to serve and protect the vulnerable; provide for those unable to provide themselves; loveenemies, lay down their live for others; work for justice; live with dignity and respect others’ dignity;restore lives that are broken; and respect God’s will. LTM<strong>Adult</strong> catechesis should recognize the specific conditions <strong>of</strong> lay Catholics and consistently call them tohol<strong>in</strong>ess and seek<strong>in</strong>g the "K<strong>in</strong>gdom <strong>of</strong> God by engag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> temporal affairs and order<strong>in</strong>g them accord<strong>in</strong>g tothe plan <strong>of</strong> God." CL

Senior <strong>Adult</strong>sThe practical experience, wisdom, attitude, and example <strong>of</strong> many older adults make them especially valuedgifts to the life <strong>of</strong> the Church. Christ calls the elderly to proclaim the Gospel, which enhances the richness <strong>of</strong><strong>in</strong>tergenerational catechesis. The catechesis <strong>of</strong> senior adults notes the contributions they make to thecommunity through their wisdom and witness. "Older persons have a responsibility, commensurate withhealth, abilities, and other obligations, to undertake some form <strong>of</strong> service to others." BA• Older adults are providers, not just recipients <strong>of</strong> pastoral care.• Older adults themselves should help to identify their needs and decide how they are met.• Older adults are at least as diverse as other generational groups.• Older adults need a mix <strong>of</strong> activities that connect them with each other as well as the larger faithcommunity. BA

Bereavement Support GroupDescriptionIn reach<strong>in</strong>g out to the bereaved a parish can have a support group that meets monthly or a 4-6 week supportgroup once or twice a year. Another format is to have an educational speaker on grief and bereavement and<strong>in</strong>vite those from the parish and from the area to attend.ObjectiveTo reach out to those who are hurt<strong>in</strong>g due to loss <strong>of</strong> a loved one and give them support and education aboutwhat they are go<strong>in</strong>g through and will go through.To share with participants what the church teaches about life, death, suffer<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone who has experienced a loss <strong>of</strong> any k<strong>in</strong>d.Time FrameSee aboveCostNone unless there is a cost for the speaker. Many speakers volunteer their time.Suggestions/CommentsIt is also possible to do both the groups and speakers collaboratively with other parishes <strong>in</strong> the area. This is agood way to reach out to those who may have “fallen away” from the Church.Contact: Mimi DarraghParish: St. Valent<strong>in</strong>e ParishPhone: 412-831-8312Email: mimidarragh@aol.com

Comfort Blanket M<strong>in</strong>istryDescriptionThe Comfort Blanket M<strong>in</strong>istry br<strong>in</strong>gs a message <strong>of</strong> love and comfort to all who are experienc<strong>in</strong>g sickness orthe death <strong>of</strong> a loved one through the gift <strong>of</strong> a hand sewn blanket. The blanket consists <strong>of</strong> squares <strong>in</strong>dividuallydecorated by members <strong>of</strong> the parish.ObjectiveTo provide a tangible symbol <strong>of</strong> the care, love and prayers <strong>of</strong> a parish <strong>in</strong> the difficult times <strong>of</strong> the lives <strong>of</strong>children and adults.Who Should/Can AttendWorkshops are held weekly to prepare the blankets that are sewn at home.Time FrameWhatever time someone has to give is <strong>in</strong>valuable.Suggestions/CommentsNo experience needed.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Day <strong>of</strong> Reflection for Those Who are Griev<strong>in</strong>gDescriptionTwice a year, on November 2 and March 19th, Feast <strong>of</strong> St. Joseph, we have a day <strong>of</strong> reflection for all deal<strong>in</strong>gwith grief. It <strong>in</strong>cludes Mass and appropriate Scripture reflections, videos, presentations and shar<strong>in</strong>g.Some <strong>of</strong> the Themes:The Stages <strong>of</strong> GriefSt. Joseph, Patron <strong>of</strong> a Happy DeathImages <strong>of</strong> GriefGriev<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>Faith</strong>, Hope and LoveLife after LifeWhat Is Heaven Like?ObjectiveTo place grief <strong>in</strong> a spiritual context and allow the consolation <strong>of</strong> God to touch hearts.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone deal<strong>in</strong>g with grief.Time FrameTwice a year beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g with the 9 a.m. liturgy and clos<strong>in</strong>g with a prayer service at 2 p.m. Lunch is usually<strong>in</strong>cluded.CostDonationSuggestions/CommentsThe day can be shortened it to a morn<strong>in</strong>g.Contact: Bernice Dumitru, Pastoral AssociateParish: Church <strong>of</strong> the ResurrectionPhone: 412-563-5589Email: bernicedumitru@msn.com or bernicedumitru@verizon.net

Focus on OutreachDescriptionFor one year (dur<strong>in</strong>g our Jubilee Year) each month an <strong>in</strong>sert was <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> the bullet<strong>in</strong> that focused on someaspect <strong>of</strong> the social mission <strong>of</strong> the church and how we can participate <strong>in</strong> that mission. Information was givenabout organizations which were respond<strong>in</strong>g to a certa<strong>in</strong> issue and a parish or <strong>in</strong>dividual response wassuggested.ObjectiveTo use the parish bullet<strong>in</strong> as a means <strong>of</strong> faith formation and an <strong>in</strong>vitation to the community to actively serve <strong>in</strong>the social mission <strong>of</strong> the Church.Who Should/Can AttendParish AssemblyTime FrameOnce a monthSuggestions/CommentsCould comb<strong>in</strong>e it with a m<strong>in</strong>i-catechesis on the topic after communion.Contact: Bernice Dumitru, Pastoral AssociateParish: Church <strong>of</strong> the ResurrectionPhone: 412-563-5589Email: bernicedumitru@msn.com or bernicedumitru@verizon.net

Funeral Liturgy Plann<strong>in</strong>g and Follow-upDescriptionAfter the death <strong>of</strong> a loved one, a member or members <strong>of</strong> the immediate family are asked to stop <strong>in</strong> the parish<strong>of</strong>fice and meet with either one <strong>of</strong> the priests or the pastoral associate to help plan the liturgy. The family isgiven a folder <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>formation which <strong>in</strong>cludes a packet <strong>of</strong> suggested read<strong>in</strong>gs and hymns appropriate forfunerals. Family members are encouraged to look over the read<strong>in</strong>gs and choose an Old and New TestamentRead<strong>in</strong>g and also encouraged to have family members or friends read them dur<strong>in</strong>g the Funeral Mass. Theyare also encouraged to choose five hymns from the list provided. Family members or friends are alsowelcome to carry up the Offertory gifts to the altar.A small funeral choir and an organist, usually our music m<strong>in</strong>ister, as well as a funeral liturgy coord<strong>in</strong>ator whoassists the priest dur<strong>in</strong>g Mass, will be <strong>in</strong> attendance dur<strong>in</strong>g the Mass.One <strong>of</strong> the priests and/or the pastoral associate will also visit the funeral home for comfort, support andprayers.ObjectiveTo help the bereaved prepare the funeral liturgy for their loved ones and to comfort them <strong>in</strong> their time <strong>of</strong> need.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone experienc<strong>in</strong>g the loss <strong>of</strong> a loved one.Time FrameAs soon as possible follow<strong>in</strong>g the death <strong>of</strong> a loved one.Suggestions/CommentsSt. Thomas More <strong>of</strong>fers a service for bereaved families follow<strong>in</strong>g the burial <strong>in</strong> the form <strong>of</strong> a luncheon <strong>in</strong> ourFamily Life Center. The group that coord<strong>in</strong>ates this is called “The Marthas”. The luncheon is hosted by agroup <strong>of</strong> volunteers and the family is charged only for the cost <strong>of</strong> the food.A few weeks after the funeral a follow-up sympathy card is sent to the family and signed by the priest whowas the celebrant at the Mass. Family members also receive a “Th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> You” card on the deceased’sbirthday, first death anniversary and for first holidays. After about two months a member <strong>of</strong> the bereavementteam contacts the family <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g support and prayers and will cont<strong>in</strong>ue send<strong>in</strong>g cards to them.Families also receive notices <strong>of</strong> support groups <strong>in</strong> the area and are <strong>in</strong>vited to attend our special Mass <strong>of</strong>Remembrance <strong>in</strong> November.Contact: Cede CatanzaroParish: St. Thomas MorePhone: 412-833-0031Email: cede@stmpgh.org

Funeral Luncheon CommitteeDescriptionIf space permits, a funeral luncheon is <strong>of</strong>fered to the family <strong>of</strong> a parishioner who has died. The members <strong>of</strong>this committee coord<strong>in</strong>ate the preparation and donation <strong>of</strong> food for a luncheon, set up, serve and clean up.This m<strong>in</strong>istry is <strong>of</strong>fered to the family <strong>of</strong> a deceased parishioner through the funeral director.ObjectiveTo provide a place <strong>of</strong> solace and nourishment for bereaved families.Who Should/Can AttendVolunteers are needed to make phone calls for donations <strong>of</strong> food, to prepare the hall, work <strong>in</strong> the kitchen,serve the food and clean up after luncheon as needed.Contact: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and Rectory OfficeParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-2888Email: barb@stferd.org

Health M<strong>in</strong>istry Exercise ProgramDescriptionA volunteer is first tra<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> the exercise program developed by the Mercy Parish Nurse program and then isassigned to visit a homebound parishioner weekly to do a simple strengthen<strong>in</strong>g exercise program. The elderlyperson has also been evaluated by a nurse before beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g the program and his or her doctor has given theirpermission for the person to participate. The program also <strong>in</strong>cludes prayer and deep breath<strong>in</strong>g and relaxation.This can also be done <strong>in</strong> a group.ObjectiveTo establish a bond between two people who did not know one another before.To provide an opportunity for them to pray together, to exercise together, and to see the connection betweenhealth <strong>of</strong> body m<strong>in</strong>d, and spirit.To provide for the person who was once isolated, a weekly visit from her/his parish.Who Should/Can AttendThe <strong>in</strong>dividual sessions are designed for the frail elderly and anyone can be a volunteer. The group sessionsare open to anyone who wants to attend.Time FrameApproximately one hourCostNone to the person, the parish may purchase some therabands for the people to use. Music can also be playeddur<strong>in</strong>g the sessions so a radio or cassette/CD player could be purchased.Suggestions/CommentsThis is great way to get younger people <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> a parish outreach activity especially those who like toexercise. It gives the volunteer someth<strong>in</strong>g to do and talk about while gett<strong>in</strong>g to know the person they arevisit<strong>in</strong>g.Contact: Mimi DarraghParish: St. Valent<strong>in</strong>e ParishPhone: 412-831-8312Email: mimidarragh@aol.com

H.O.P.E. – Help<strong>in</strong>g Others Seek EmploymentDescriptionH.O.P.E. M<strong>in</strong>istry is a faith based, Christ-centered organization <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g practical and pastoral resources tothe unemployed <strong>of</strong> the parish and community.ObjectiveTo assist those who are seek<strong>in</strong>g employment.Who Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>s who are seek<strong>in</strong>g employment, practical help <strong>in</strong> résumé writ<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>terview<strong>in</strong>g, network<strong>in</strong>g, careercoach<strong>in</strong>g, personal and family counsel<strong>in</strong>g and f<strong>in</strong>ancial advise.Time Frame2 hoursContact: L<strong>in</strong>da WellerParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ParishPhone: 724-779-8323Email: stferd.hopem<strong>in</strong>istry@gmail.com

Missions OutreachDescriptionThe Missions Outreach group identifies ways to share the love <strong>of</strong> Christ and the bless<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> their time, talentand treasure with the needy. They also travel to San Luis, Mexico to construct small homes for poor families,work at an orphanage and distribute food and Bibles at a “Soup Kitchen.” All trips are coord<strong>in</strong>ated withCar<strong>in</strong>g Hearts M<strong>in</strong>istries, which is an <strong>in</strong>terdenom<strong>in</strong>ational group based <strong>in</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>.ObjectiveTo gather <strong>in</strong> solidarity with the poor and marg<strong>in</strong>alized.To respond to identified needs.Who Should/Can AttendHigh School children and adultsContact: Wilma ScottParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ParishPhone: 724-776-9177Email: wilma@stferd.org

Prison M<strong>in</strong>istryDescription“For I was imprisoned and you came to visit me.” (Mt. 25:36b)The Prison M<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>in</strong>volves a literacy program and/or lead<strong>in</strong>g Bible study and distribut<strong>in</strong>g HolyCommunion.Practice ObjectiveTo be the presence <strong>of</strong> Christ to those who are imprisoned.Who Should/Can AttendAny <strong>in</strong>terested adultTime FrameWeeklySuggestions/CommentsAn open m<strong>in</strong>d and heart are essential <strong>in</strong>gredients for this m<strong>in</strong>istry.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> for:Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for MarriageDivorced and Separated PersonsFamiliesMarried CouplesOlder <strong>Adult</strong>sParentsS<strong>in</strong>gle <strong>Adult</strong>sYoung <strong>Adult</strong>s

<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> for:Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for MarriageDiocesan Pre-Marriage ProgramEngaged EncounterPre-Marriage PrepSponsor Couple ProgramDivorced and SeparatedDivorceCareDivorced or Separated Support GroupProgram for Separated or DivorcedSeparated or Divorced GroupFamiliesAdvent Family Even<strong>in</strong>gFamily Centered ProgramFamily ProgramLet's Make Christmas Cookies<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic Newspaper <strong>in</strong> EducationMarried CouplesCovenant <strong>of</strong> Love Marriage GroupD<strong>in</strong>ner & Speaker for Married CouplesFive Love LanguagesMarriage Build<strong>in</strong>g Assessment ToolMarriage Enrichment <strong>in</strong> the Empty NestRetrouvailleTeams <strong>of</strong> Our LadyWorldwide Marriage EncounterOlder <strong>Adult</strong>sLife Enrichment ClubM<strong>in</strong>d, Body and SpiritRoyal CourtParentsHeart & SoulParent Meet<strong>in</strong>gsS<strong>in</strong>gle Parent Family SupportS<strong>in</strong>gle Griev<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Adult</strong>sBeg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Experience <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Young <strong>Adult</strong>sFLIGHT (Friends Learn<strong>in</strong>g Inquir<strong>in</strong>g Grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Hol<strong>in</strong>ess Together)Theology on Tap

Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for MarriageDiocesan Pre-Marriage ProgramDescriptionThe Diocesan Pre-Marriage Program is divided <strong>in</strong>to 4 two and a half hour sessions. Each session has a themethat is approached theologically and how to apply the Theology to a marriage. The first session’s theme is“The Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Marriage.” A priest or a permanent deacon delivers this message about the Theology <strong>of</strong>the Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Marriage. After a short break, a married couple talks about liv<strong>in</strong>g out their marriage as asacrament. They expla<strong>in</strong> how they experience the grace that is received by receiv<strong>in</strong>g the Sacrament.The second class focuses on communication. Aga<strong>in</strong>, there are two speakers who present the <strong>in</strong>formation. Apriest or permanent deacon talks about the importance <strong>of</strong> prayer: community, <strong>in</strong>dividual, and with<strong>in</strong> thefamily / couple. The couple presents conflict resolution. They talk about their own marriage and somedifficulties they may have faced with their communication. The couple takes romance, disillusionment andjoy and expla<strong>in</strong>s how marriages reflect this pattern at different times.The third class covers morality and natural family plann<strong>in</strong>g. Aga<strong>in</strong>, there is a priest or a permanent deacon tocover the morality aspect. He covers subjects such as premarital sex, cohabitation, <strong>in</strong> vitro fertilization and<strong>in</strong>fidelity, as well as contraception. The couple, who is a tra<strong>in</strong>ed NFP promoter or teacher, gives a witnesstalk for NFP.The fourth week is termed, “Journey <strong>of</strong> Life.” There are two talks dur<strong>in</strong>g this session that cover thevocational aspect <strong>of</strong> marriage. A priest or permanent deacon discusses the vocation <strong>of</strong> marriage. The couplespeaks <strong>of</strong> their journey and life long commitment. Interspersed among the presentations, a series <strong>of</strong> little“talks” occur on the topic <strong>of</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ance and other related topics.A fifth NFP class is <strong>of</strong>fered to all couples who attend our program. The fee is an additional $30 for eachcouple. They can attend an <strong>in</strong>formational session on how to use NFP followed up with chart reviews.ObjectiveTo help engaged couples build a susta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g relationship for their marriage, one which is rooted <strong>in</strong> their faith,God’s love, and their love for each other.Who Should/Can AttendEngaged couples.Time FrameThe classes are from 7 – 9:30 p.m.Cost$60.00 for Pre-Marriage ClassContact: Debbie AndrulonisParish: <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>Phone: 412-456-3114Email: familylife@diopitt.org

Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for MarriageEngaged EncounterDescriptionA weekend experience held <strong>in</strong> a retreat center giv<strong>in</strong>g couples prepar<strong>in</strong>g for marriage the opportunity to focusexclusively on each other for 44 hours <strong>in</strong> peaceful surround<strong>in</strong>gs, free from the pressure and distractions <strong>of</strong> theoutside world. The Weekend is an <strong>in</strong>-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience with<strong>in</strong> thecontext <strong>of</strong> Catholic faith and values.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer couples a unique opportunity to look at their commitment to each other <strong>in</strong> a deeper way as theyprepare for marriage.Who Should/Can AttendThough Catholic <strong>in</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>, this experience is open to any engaged couple want<strong>in</strong>g to prepare for a deeper,more mean<strong>in</strong>gful life together.Time FrameFriday even<strong>in</strong>g to Sunday afternoon.Cost$215 per couple.Contact: Brian & Nancy StevensPhone: 412-861-0262Email: eeweekends@verizon.net

Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for MarriagePre-Marriage PrepDescriptionA marriage preparation process <strong>of</strong>fered to engaged couples that is based on “Even<strong>in</strong>gs for Engaged Couples”from Sadlier.ObjectiveTo provide engaged couples with an opportunity to recognize areas <strong>of</strong> compatibility and differences betweenthem.To learn last<strong>in</strong>g skills that will bolster a spiritual marriage relationship.Who Should/Can AttendThose prepar<strong>in</strong>g for Marriage.Time FrameFriday 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Cost$50.00 / couple if a member <strong>of</strong> Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Joy. Our Lady <strong>of</strong> Joy members attend for free.SCHEDULEFriday even<strong>in</strong>g7:00 p.m. Open<strong>in</strong>g prayer: Team couple7:15 p.m. Look<strong>in</strong>g at Marriage Together8:00 p.m. Break8:15 p.m. Ways to Communicate Love9:00 p.m. Break9:15 p.m. Images <strong>of</strong> God and Married Love10:00 p.m. Clos<strong>in</strong>g PrayerSaturday Morn<strong>in</strong>g9:00 a.m. Open<strong>in</strong>g Prayer9:00 a.m. Conflict Resolution and F<strong>in</strong>ancial Plann<strong>in</strong>g9:55 a.m. Break10:15 a.m. Marriage & Intimacy11:00 a.m. The Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Matrimony11:40 a.m. Build<strong>in</strong>g a Stronger Marriage12:15 p.m. Pre-Marriage Weekend Questionnaire12:30 p.m. Clos<strong>in</strong>g Prayer and Bless<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Couple (Church) PriestContact: Jane Siatkosky CRE or Greg CallaghanParish: Our Lady <strong>of</strong> JoyPhone: 422-795-4389Email: siatkosky1@yahoo.com

Couples Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for MarriageSponsor Couple ProgramDescriptionThis program is to prepare a couple for marriage. The engaged couple receive the books entitled For Better &For Ever by Rev. Robert Ruhnke and answer the questions <strong>in</strong> the book before meet<strong>in</strong>g with the sponsorcouple to discuss their answers.Practice ObjectiveTo give the opportunity for the engaged couple to share life experiences with the sponsor couple.To give the sponsor couple the opportunity to show the engaged couple a sacramental marriage throughtheir shar<strong>in</strong>g.Who Should/Can AttendAny couple prepar<strong>in</strong>g for marriage.Time FrameThe engaged couple and sponsor couple meet for five even<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> the sponsor couple’s home based on bothcouples’ schedules. It is recommended that the couples f<strong>in</strong>ish the program with<strong>in</strong> 10 weeks. The meet<strong>in</strong>gsare usually 1½ to 2 hours an even<strong>in</strong>g.Cost$40Contact: Peg and Rich GottfriedParish: St. Athanasius ParishPhone: 412-367-7384Email: rich.peg@verizon.net

Divorced or SeparatedDivorceCareDescriptionDivorceCare is for divorced and separated <strong>in</strong>dividuals. It is part sem<strong>in</strong>ar and part support group. The sem<strong>in</strong>arconsists <strong>of</strong> a short video each week. Each week a new topic is used cover<strong>in</strong>g many <strong>of</strong> the problemsencountered by separation and divorce. Example: Why am I feel<strong>in</strong>g this way, anger, f<strong>in</strong>ance, depression,heal<strong>in</strong>g, recovery. The support group garners understand<strong>in</strong>g and fosters heal<strong>in</strong>g from people who have agenu<strong>in</strong>e concern for each <strong>in</strong>dividual’s personal situation.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer support, understand<strong>in</strong>g, heal<strong>in</strong>g and recovery through the difficult times <strong>in</strong>curred by separationand/or divorce us<strong>in</strong>g Christian pr<strong>in</strong>ciples.Who Should/Can AttendSeparated and divorced <strong>in</strong>dividuals.Time FrameFourteen WeeksCost$10.00 for the work book. Scholarships are availableSuggestions/CommentsThe group is an open group—it is recommended that one commits to meet<strong>in</strong>g once a week for the entirefourteen weeks.Contact: Mary Jo AuthParish: St. Philip ParishPhone: 412-279-0299

Divorced and SeparatedDivorced or Separated Support GroupDescriptionThis group provides support and heal<strong>in</strong>g to folks who are either divorced or separated. They useDVDs and small group discussion, which couples f<strong>in</strong>d beneficial. The DVDs that are used are theDivorceCare series. DivorceCare is a 13-week Christian, biblically-based program which coverstopics such as Anger, Lonel<strong>in</strong>ess, Depression, KidCare, F<strong>in</strong>ancial Survival, New Relationships,Forgiveness and Reconciliation. We supplement the DVD series with a DVD presentation <strong>of</strong> Fr.Brian Weld<strong>in</strong>g’s discussion <strong>of</strong> annulments, along with questions and answers.ObjectiveTo heal from divorce and/or separation and to develop a deeper relationship with Our Lord.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone who is either divorced (currently or <strong>in</strong> the process) or separated from their spouse.Time Frame14 weeks: 13 weeks <strong>of</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>gs followed by a Potluck d<strong>in</strong>ner celebration.CostA one-time fee <strong>of</strong> $10 is charged which covers most <strong>of</strong> the cost <strong>of</strong> the participant’s workbook.Contact: Ralph JoyParish: Sts. John and PaulPhone: 724-933-6226Email: rjoy@consolidated.net

Divorced or SeparatedProgram for the Separated or DivorcedDescriptionMembers named this program “Raphael’s Group.” This is a theme centered group that meets on the 4 th Friday<strong>of</strong> each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A strengths-based resiliency model <strong>of</strong> social support is used. Inaddition, a strong community-based emphasis is ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed. In other words, this group serves as a communityfor those who are separated or divorced. In addition to the monthly meet<strong>in</strong>gs, at least one community-basedsocial event is organized <strong>in</strong> between each meet<strong>in</strong>g (e.g., attend<strong>in</strong>g a parish or community festival or picnic,trips to Phipps Conservatory, the Aviary, The Science Center, zoos, museums, meals out, pot-luck meals,tailgate parties at community events, hikes and/or bike rides, Steelers game get-togethers, etc.)A series <strong>of</strong> rotat<strong>in</strong>g themes from a DVD on the topic is used for those who are newly separated and divorcedor new to the group. Part <strong>of</strong> the time each month is also devoted to new themes <strong>in</strong>itiated by the wants andneeds <strong>of</strong> those members who have been <strong>in</strong> the group long-term and have already completed the themes fromthe DVD.(See next page for further <strong>in</strong>formation.)ObjectivesTo provide social and emotional support for those who are go<strong>in</strong>g through the crisis <strong>of</strong> marital separation ordivorce.To provide mental health, wellness, and parent<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>formation that is consistent with Catholic values andbeliefs for those who are separated or divorced.To reduce isolation by provid<strong>in</strong>g a community <strong>of</strong> those who are separated or divorced for group-based socialnetwork<strong>in</strong>g.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone who is already separated or divorced is welcome. Family members <strong>of</strong> those who are separated ordivorced sometimes attend the community-based social events.Time FrameThis group is open-ended and on-go<strong>in</strong>g. New members can jo<strong>in</strong> at any time.Suggestions/CommentsIt would be helpful to have a DVD player hooked up and ready for use at each meet<strong>in</strong>g so that a computerdoesn’t have to be carried <strong>in</strong> each month.Contact: Peg Christopher or Diane FurchakParish: St. Bernadette Parish - MonroevillePhone: 724-733-2928Email: deerwoodswcs@aol.com

Raphael’s Group: St. Bernadette ParishGroup for those who are Separated or DivorcedSt. Bernadette Parish Group for Those who are Separated and/or Divorced (also known as “Raphael’sGroup”) will cont<strong>in</strong>ue to meet on the fourth Friday <strong>of</strong> each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first floor <strong>of</strong>St. Bernadette Elementary School. When the fourth Friday falls on a holiday weekend, the group meets at thehome <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> the group facilitators, or at a local restaurant, <strong>in</strong>stead. Call Peg Christopher (724) 733-2928 orDiane Furchak (412) 445-0913 for directions or for detailed <strong>in</strong>formation about the group’s theme-centeredmeet<strong>in</strong>g topic each month and for a list <strong>of</strong> social activities sponsored by the group. Information about thegroup can also be found on the follow<strong>in</strong>g website: www.deerwoodswcs.com.New member themes for September through May are (1) Cop<strong>in</strong>g with Rejection and Stigma; (2) Loss andTransformation <strong>of</strong> the Post-Separation/Divorce Relationship; (3) Manag<strong>in</strong>g Lonel<strong>in</strong>ess and Creat<strong>in</strong>gConstructive Social Support Systems; (4) Manag<strong>in</strong>g Anger Associated with the Trauma <strong>of</strong> Separation andDivorce; (5) Transform<strong>in</strong>g Other Negative Emotions <strong>in</strong>to Constructive Actions; (6) The Grief Process: WhatCan Help; (7) Forgiveness; (8) Tak<strong>in</strong>g Responsibility for Mediat<strong>in</strong>g Family Conflict and Co-Parent<strong>in</strong>g; and(9) Integrat<strong>in</strong>g and Lett<strong>in</strong>g Go <strong>of</strong> the Past To Fully Engage <strong>in</strong> the Present and to Plan for the Future.Additional themes are chosen by those who have been separated and/or divorced for a longer period <strong>of</strong> time.Refreshments are also provided.Divorce <strong>in</strong> a Catholic marriage is frequently associated with some type <strong>of</strong> abuse or trauma. In every marriage,differences are <strong>in</strong>evitable. People who manage differences by exclud<strong>in</strong>g or divorc<strong>in</strong>g those they have vowedto love until death draws them apart, <strong>in</strong>flict one <strong>of</strong> the cruelest forms <strong>of</strong> emotional and f<strong>in</strong>ancial trauma theycould possibly <strong>in</strong>flict on a spouse. If you are separated or divorced, and have been exposed to this type <strong>of</strong>pa<strong>in</strong>, this group is the place to be. Co-parent<strong>in</strong>g and conflict resolution after separation or divorce is alsoaddressed. And if you are ready for some great fellowship and fun, the <strong>in</strong>-between meet<strong>in</strong>g social events (tailgateget-togethers, games, picnics, pot-luck d<strong>in</strong>ners, hikes, bike-rides, community-events, etc.), are someth<strong>in</strong>gthat you won’t want to miss. Raphael’s Group social events are opened to non-group members, whethers<strong>in</strong>gle, widowed, separated/divorced or still married.The Divorce Recovery material presented through this group comes from materials provided by the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong><strong>Diocese</strong> and from research that is consistent with Catholic theology. Part <strong>of</strong> the meet<strong>in</strong>g time is set aside forthose who have moved beyond the crisis stage and are work<strong>in</strong>g to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a constructive, healthy, morallyresponsible, separated and divorced community. This group uses an open-model, mean<strong>in</strong>g that members canjo<strong>in</strong> and/or reenter the group at any time. This group is l<strong>in</strong>ked with other Catholic divorce recovery groupsthroughout the <strong>Diocese</strong>. Us<strong>in</strong>g the model <strong>of</strong> a village or community, each member’s strengths and resiliencycharacteristics are identified and used to make this group the very best that it can be. Although people fromother religions are welcome to participate and an atmosphere <strong>of</strong> mutual respect is ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed, this group doesre<strong>in</strong>force Catholic beliefs and values.

Divorced or SeparatedSeparated or Divorced Care GroupDescriptionA program provid<strong>in</strong>g support and heal<strong>in</strong>g for separated or divorced.ObjectiveTo provide an opportunity to talk about what is currently transpir<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> your life <strong>in</strong> the company <strong>of</strong> thosetravel<strong>in</strong>g the same road and who understand how you might feel.Who Should/Can AttendAnyone experienc<strong>in</strong>g hurt or anger from a separation or divorceTime Frame13 sessions start<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> October from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.Contact: Marianne Uffelman, L.C.S.W.Parish: St. Bernard ChurchPhone: 412-341-3058Email: mmuffelman@gmail.com

FamiliesAdvent Family Even<strong>in</strong>gDescriptionFamilies are <strong>in</strong>vited to an even<strong>in</strong>g activity session, usually the week before Advent beg<strong>in</strong>s.The format consists <strong>of</strong> an <strong>in</strong>itial greet<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>structions regard<strong>in</strong>g the even<strong>in</strong>g’s activities. Children fromage 3 thru grade 6 are divided <strong>in</strong>to groups for an age level presentation, activity and prayer – i.e. storytell<strong>in</strong>g,color<strong>in</strong>g page, and simple prayer. At the same time, a speaker addresses the Advent theme for parents/adultsand teens (middle school and high school).All family members gather (as families) <strong>in</strong> the parish hall for a family craft activity – Advent wreath, JesseTree, crèche preparation, etc. The even<strong>in</strong>g concludes with a brief prayer service <strong>in</strong> the parish hall followed byan ice cream sundae bar.ObjectiveTo foster family spirituality by <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g a family prayer activity that will last thru the Advent season.Who Should/Can AttendAll families <strong>of</strong> the parish (s<strong>in</strong>gle and/or widowed parishioners were <strong>in</strong>vited and paired with families if theyresponded).Time FrameSunday before 1 st Sunday <strong>of</strong> Advent from 6:00-7:00 p.m.Cost$5.00 per family to cover craft supplies and refreshments.Suggestions/CommentsWe tried to match families for the family craft activity so they would support one another thru the activity andthe follow-up <strong>in</strong> their homes.Contact:Parish:Phone:Email:Andrew JamesSt. John Neumann Parish, Frankl<strong>in</strong> Park412-366-5885 x11ajames@stjohnneumannpgh.org

FamiliesFamily Centered ProgramDescriptionThe Family-Centered model is a family faith formation program held monthly. Under the guidance <strong>of</strong>the director <strong>of</strong> the program, the parents teach their children at home the rest <strong>of</strong> the month.ObjectiveTo provide material, education and prayer to enhance the religious education <strong>of</strong> children by parents <strong>in</strong>their home.Who Should/Can AttendAny <strong>in</strong>terested familyTime Frame1½ hours monthlyContact: Sue ShafferParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-9177 Ext. 302Email: susan@stferd.org

FamiliesFamily ProgramDescriptionSa<strong>in</strong>t Mary <strong>of</strong> the Assumption Family Program gathers each month, and focus on the scriptures <strong>of</strong> the Sundayliturgies to provide the source for reflection, understand<strong>in</strong>g and formation. Parents meet with their childrenand a catechist with the children's age group at the September session. At subsequent sessions once a monththe children meet with their age group companions while parents gather for adult faith shar<strong>in</strong>g and discussion<strong>of</strong> topics flow<strong>in</strong>g from the Sunday scriptures. Each month the families jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> some practical donation tosupport a specific needy outreach project. Each month one <strong>of</strong> the children's classes assists <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>istry roles atthe 9:00a.m. Liturgy, and another class prepares and leads the clos<strong>in</strong>g prayer with the adult assembly. At thef<strong>in</strong>al session for each season, the clos<strong>in</strong>g assembly for all families is an opportunity for members to share <strong>in</strong> atalent show. The giftedness <strong>of</strong> youngest to eldest is enjoyed and acknowledged.ObjectiveTo provide a unique expression to our parish vision which reads:We, the grow<strong>in</strong>g family <strong>of</strong> St. Mary <strong>of</strong> the Assumption, bound together by our Roman Catholic <strong>Faith</strong>,welcome and unify as people <strong>of</strong> God, one family <strong>in</strong> Christ Jesus,enable and deepen the spirituality <strong>of</strong> each <strong>in</strong>dividual,nurture and share our talents for the enrichment <strong>of</strong> the parish and the community, andstrengthen and <strong>in</strong>crease participation through mean<strong>in</strong>gful liturgy.Who Should/Can AttendAll <strong>in</strong>terested families will<strong>in</strong>g to commit to the process.Time Frame3 hours per month (first hour at parish liturgy)2 hours <strong>of</strong> catechetical <strong>in</strong>struction, discussion and activities.CostPrice <strong>of</strong> consumable booklets and Gospel weeklies for each child.Cost <strong>of</strong> handouts and refreshments prepared for adult session.Suggestions/CommentsSeek to have each family committed to assist at least at one month <strong>in</strong> some aspect <strong>of</strong> the work<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> theprogram. Own<strong>in</strong>g the process makes for a sense <strong>of</strong> pride on the part <strong>of</strong> the participants.Contact: Deacon Francis DadowskiParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t Mary <strong>of</strong> the Assumption, Glenshaw, PAPhone: 412-782-6336Email: francis_dadowski@hotmail.com

FamiliesLet’s Make Christmas CookiesDescriptionChristmas cookies are made dur<strong>in</strong>g Advent from molds <strong>of</strong> angels, Bethlehem, the Three K<strong>in</strong>gs or otherreligious Christmas symbols. These cookies are saved and eaten on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.ObjectiveTo rem<strong>in</strong>d families dur<strong>in</strong>g Advent <strong>of</strong> the true mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Christmas.To learn to wait and look forward to, with anticipation, the birth <strong>of</strong> Christ.Who Should/Can AttendFamiliesTime Frame2-3 hoursSuggestions/CommentsRecipes, molds, and a large kitchen <strong>in</strong> which to work.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Families<strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic Newspaper <strong>in</strong> EducationDescriptionEvery student <strong>in</strong> grades 4-9 receives a <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic Newspaper each week and is given an assignmentfor the family to work on together.ObjectiveTo help the students and the family become more knowledgeable with the current events <strong>of</strong> our Catholic faith.It is very <strong>in</strong>formative and much fun!Who Should/Can AttendThese activities can be for the entire family.Time Frame2-3 hoursSuggestions/CommentsSome possibilities <strong>in</strong>clude:• Conduct a word-f<strong>in</strong>d by hav<strong>in</strong>g students <strong>in</strong> lower grades to locate specific words or phrases (suppliedby you) <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic.• Have students <strong>in</strong> middle/high school pretend they are a reporter cover<strong>in</strong>g an important religious storyfor the front page <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic. They would <strong>in</strong>clude people and places where the eventoccurred. Create a catchy headl<strong>in</strong>e and illustration to expla<strong>in</strong> their article.• Families could discuss the values <strong>of</strong> courage, loyalty, justice, respect, hope, love. Choose articles fromthe <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic that reflect these values.• Families could make a Lenten booklet “To Calvary with Jesus,” us<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic to f<strong>in</strong>dpicture and articles that illustrate each stop along the way.• Run a contest <strong>in</strong> your school or parish religious education program and give a prize for the best article,picture, portrayal etc. <strong>of</strong> someth<strong>in</strong>g they read <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic. Encourage students/familiesto be creative.• Have students/families design their version <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic <strong>in</strong> the time <strong>of</strong> Jesus, creat<strong>in</strong>g thename <strong>of</strong> the newspaper, front page, headl<strong>in</strong>es, pictures, artwork etc.Contact: Sr. Jean Spatola, SDRPhone: 412-751-8600

Married CouplesCovenant <strong>of</strong> Love Marriage GroupDescriptionThis program is an eight session program based on segments <strong>of</strong> the EWTN series “Marriage Works <strong>in</strong>Christ” featur<strong>in</strong>g Fr. James Dean along with Greg and Julie Alexander <strong>of</strong> The Alexander House,creators <strong>of</strong> the Covenant <strong>of</strong> Love Program. These 30 m<strong>in</strong>ute DVD-based presentations aresupplemented by scripture, references to the Catechism <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church, and discussionquestions.ObjectiveTo enable participants to better understand and respond to God’s plan for Marriage.Who Should/Can AttendThe program is for couples at all “ages and stages” <strong>of</strong> marriage.Time Frame8 weeks, although a loner program format is possible.CostThe Alexander House requires parishes who want to present the program to become “partners” at acost <strong>of</strong> $800 for one year. Partners receive a set <strong>of</strong> DVDs and access to the Covenant <strong>of</strong> Love websitearea that conta<strong>in</strong>s the discussion guides. Discussion guides can be copied and distributed toparticipants. The cost also <strong>in</strong>cludes direct support by the Alexander House, as well as monthlyconference calls regard<strong>in</strong>g the program. Sett<strong>in</strong>g a cost for participants is optional.Suggestions/CommentsThe program is best suited for a parish sett<strong>in</strong>g. The Alexander House suggests build<strong>in</strong>g a core team <strong>of</strong> 6-8couples to help launch and facilitate the program <strong>in</strong> the parish. It is suggested that other activities for marriedcouples be <strong>in</strong>terspersed after two DVD-based sessions. Suggestions <strong>in</strong> this area <strong>in</strong>clude a Holy Hour forCouples, Stations <strong>of</strong> the Cross for Married Couples, Not-So-Newlywed Game, or Married Couple PanelDiscussion.Contact: Shawna and Warren HuntParish: St. KilianPhone: 724-687-0575Email: smhunt@zoom<strong>in</strong>ternet.net

Married CouplesD<strong>in</strong>ner & Speaker for Married CouplesDescriptionAn even<strong>in</strong>g spent with married couples enjoy<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong>ner, conversation, community and the wisdom <strong>of</strong> aguest speaker.ObjectiveTo refresh participants <strong>in</strong> their vocation <strong>of</strong> marriage and to meet other couples.Who Should/Can AttendAll married couples.Time Frame3 – 4 hours.Suggestions/CommentsThe even<strong>in</strong>g could be divided <strong>in</strong>to different stages <strong>of</strong> marriage; examples: 1-5 years, 6-15 years, etc.Contact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

Married CouplesThe Five Love LanguagesDescriptionA presentation on the book by Dr. Gary Chapman entitled The Five Love Languages.ObjectiveTo familiarize people with Dr. Chapman’s theory <strong>of</strong> communication for all couples.To enable the couples to put the theory to work <strong>in</strong> their own relationship.Who Should/Can AttendAny couple <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> improv<strong>in</strong>g their relationship.Time FrameApproximately 1 ½ hours followed by time for refreshments and socializ<strong>in</strong>g.CostDonationSuggestions/CommentsThere is also a DVD presentation that can be used done by Dr. Gary Chapman. This format would beabout a 2 to 2½ hour even<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>cludes 2 presentations with a break <strong>in</strong> between. This program <strong>in</strong>cludesworkbooks to be used by those <strong>in</strong> attendance. If this program is used, an amount to cover the costs <strong>of</strong> thebooks would be suggested.Contact: Lou and Mary LocanteParish: St. Athanasius ParishPhone: 412-367-2642Email: locante@aol.com

Married CouplesMarriage Build<strong>in</strong>g Assessment ToolDescriptionThis tool, consist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> eight build<strong>in</strong>g blocks or key areas <strong>of</strong> a marriage- build<strong>in</strong>g parish, is designed to assistthe parish staff and pastoral council to assess your parish’s current efforts.ObjectiveTo assess the parish’s current efforts <strong>in</strong> each <strong>of</strong> the eight areas.To establish areas <strong>of</strong> priority.To consider resources and make a “build<strong>in</strong>g plan.”Who Should/Can AttendThis resource <strong>of</strong>fers the parish staff, pastoral council, and marriage committee an opportunity to worktogether.Time FrameSet by those <strong>in</strong>volved.CostThis will vary dependent upon decisions that are made.Suggestions/CommentsParishes may want to take one area at a time and develop a plan rather than try to accomplish too much atonce.Contact: Maureen WoodPhone: 412-456-3160Email: mwood@diopitt.org

Marriage Build<strong>in</strong>g Parishes Assessment ToolProduced by the National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>isters for Implement<strong>in</strong>g the U.S. Bishops’ PastoralInitiative for MarriageThe purpose <strong>of</strong> this Assessment Tool is to generate creative ideas, discussion and resources to helpimprove the way a parish <strong>in</strong>tentionally views and strengthens marriage throughout the life cycle. With<strong>in</strong> eachparticular Build<strong>in</strong>g Block is a list <strong>of</strong> statements to help assess a given parishes current efforts, lead<strong>in</strong>g a Parishto select<strong>in</strong>g and prioritiz<strong>in</strong>g future steps to becom<strong>in</strong>g more <strong>of</strong> a Marriage-Build<strong>in</strong>g Parish. Each conta<strong>in</strong>numerous ideas and choices, and you may add ones that are not <strong>in</strong>cluded.1. ASSESS PARISH’S CURRENT EFFORTS. Have the pastor, deacons, staff and marriage m<strong>in</strong>istryteam complete the assessment for each Build<strong>in</strong>g Block <strong>in</strong>dependently and list their three top prioritiesfor each Build<strong>in</strong>g Block.2. ESTABLISH AREAS OF PRIORITY. If you are work<strong>in</strong>g with a committee, gather the committeeand compare priorities listed under each Build<strong>in</strong>g Block. Individually, or as a group select whichBuild<strong>in</strong>g Block(s) will be your first priorities to develop. While each is important, it might be toooverwhelm<strong>in</strong>g to tackle all eight Build<strong>in</strong>g Blocks at one time. Once selected, <strong>in</strong>vite members tocompare answers and share why they chose the answers they did. Second, have each <strong>in</strong>dividual givetheir top three priorities and why. After each person has had an opportunity to discuss, f<strong>in</strong>dcommonalities <strong>in</strong> the priorities chosen and come to a consensus on which three take precedence.3. CONSIDER RESOURCES AND MAKE BUILDING PLANS. Follow<strong>in</strong>g each Build<strong>in</strong>g Blockthere is <strong>in</strong>formation on many <strong>of</strong> the Resources and Programs available to assist you <strong>in</strong> your Build<strong>in</strong>gPlans. Be certa<strong>in</strong> to check out the USCCB website www.foryourmarriage.org for further ideas andwww. NACFLM.org for a sample scor<strong>in</strong>g sheet to be used with this assessment, helpful worksheetsfor Build<strong>in</strong>g Plans and other <strong>in</strong>formation that will be available <strong>in</strong> the com<strong>in</strong>g year.4. BUILD A “MARRIAGE-BUILDING” PARISH. Don’t forget to assign responsibilities(<strong>in</strong>dividuals/couples, committees, movements, etc); establish timel<strong>in</strong>es, budgets, resource and materialneeds and your desired outcomes for each priority.* A copy <strong>of</strong> “Marriage Build<strong>in</strong>g Parishes Assessment and Resource Guide” has been sent to each parish.Many resources to assist parish staff with marriage m<strong>in</strong>istry can be found <strong>in</strong> the guide.* See next eight pages for the Build<strong>in</strong>g Blocks: Build<strong>in</strong>g Leadership, Form<strong>in</strong>g Youth and Young <strong>Adult</strong>s,Prepar<strong>in</strong>g for Sacramental Marriage, Creat<strong>in</strong>g a Culture <strong>of</strong> Life, Strengthen<strong>in</strong>g the Married, PastoralCar<strong>in</strong>g for those <strong>in</strong> Need, Divorce Heal<strong>in</strong>g for Spouses and Children, Worshipp<strong>in</strong>g and Prayer.

BUILDS and forms a team whom<strong>in</strong>ister to those called to thevocation <strong>of</strong> marriage and family.R A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do that1. Healthy marriage is a stated priority<strong>in</strong> our parish.2. Our parish provides ongo<strong>in</strong>gcatechesis, education andformation, <strong>in</strong> light <strong>of</strong> the authenticteach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Church, on whymarriage is the union <strong>of</strong> one manand one woman and why this<strong>in</strong>stitution needs to be promotedand protected <strong>in</strong> society.3. We seek to build a culture <strong>of</strong>confidence and courage thatbears witness, <strong>in</strong> all areas <strong>of</strong> life andsociety, to the truth and beauty <strong>of</strong>marriage.4. We have an active Marriage M<strong>in</strong>istryTeam or similar parish committeeand provide them with effectiveformation and tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.5. We actively seek participation <strong>of</strong> thenewly married <strong>in</strong> our parish.6. Our parish allocates money andother resources to the best <strong>of</strong> itsability to promote healthy marriage.7. Our parish supports marriage <strong>in</strong> thelarger community.8. Our parish is able to recruitvolunteers who are faithful witnessesto the Church’s teach<strong>in</strong>g onmarriage and family.9. Our volunteers are given regularmarriage-oriented educational/formational opportunities.10. Our pastoral leadership looks at allparish m<strong>in</strong>istries to make sure theyare marriage friendly.11. We seek opportunities tocollaborate with other parishes toeffectively m<strong>in</strong>ister to marriage.12. We are able to access our DiocesanFamily Life Office, NationalAssociation <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family LifeM<strong>in</strong>isters (www.NACFLM.org), andweb-sites such as United StatesConference <strong>of</strong> Catholic Bishop’s(www.ForYourMarriage.org13. We provide access to resourcesdeal<strong>in</strong>g with various cultures andethnic groups particularly thoseaffect<strong>in</strong>g marriage.14. Make available the study guide theUS Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, Marriage:Love and Life <strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e Plan.15. Parish <strong>in</strong>cludes marriage prayers,rituals, events and bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>sertsthrough the year.16. Parishioners are encouraged towrite to legislators about marriageissues.17. Leadership tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g is provided forsupport group facilitators.“We are grateful, too, for allthose who work with youngpeople and engaged couplesto establish good marriages,who help married couplesto grow <strong>in</strong> love andstrengthen their union, andwho help those <strong>in</strong> crisis toresolve their problems andbr<strong>in</strong>g heal<strong>in</strong>g to their lives.From Marriage: Love and Life <strong>in</strong>the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanBUILDING LeadershipTop three priorities for BUILDING Leadership:Total ScoreItem No.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)1.2.3.Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>istersout <strong>of</strong> possible 51

FORMS young people <strong>in</strong> the beliefsand virtues necessary for healthyrelationships, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g marriageR A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatFORMING Youth1. Our parish provides programs andeffective catechesis that help youthand young adults discuss, understandand defend the unique mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>marriage <strong>in</strong> the face <strong>of</strong>contemporary challenges.2. <strong>Faith</strong> formation programs andcatechetical curriculum <strong>in</strong>cludecomponents at every level thataddress healthy relationships and thevocation <strong>of</strong> marriage.3. The beauty <strong>of</strong> sexuality and theCatholic Church’s teach<strong>in</strong>gs onmarriage are taughteffectively to our youth.4. Youth activities <strong>in</strong>clude efforts tohonor married couples <strong>in</strong> our parish,i.e., host<strong>in</strong>g a “Senior Prom” forcouples married 40 years or more,etc.5. Post-confirmation program for highschool seniors about the Sacrament<strong>of</strong> Marriage is <strong>of</strong>fered.6. Our parish has a strong emphasis onremote preparation to help parentsproperly form their children and teensfor marriage.7. Married couples are sought out ascatechists.8. Couples witness the joys andstruggles <strong>of</strong> the Sacrament <strong>of</strong>Marriage to the youth.9. Theology <strong>of</strong> the Body is taught toyouth and young adults.10. Fertility awareness/appreciation istaught.FORMING Young <strong>Adult</strong>s11. Our parish provides young adults withpositive opportunities for growth <strong>in</strong>Relationships and Vocation.12. Young adults have activities andcatechesis available.13. Parish utilizes opportunities tocatechize adolescents and youngadults on the mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> covenant,sacrifice, faithfulness and opennessto life.“Proximate preparationbeg<strong>in</strong>s around pubertyand <strong>in</strong>volves a morespecific preparation for thesacraments, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g anunderstand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> healthyrelationships, sexuality,the virtue <strong>of</strong> chastity, andresponsible parenthood.”From Marriage: Love and Life<strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanFORMING Youth and Young <strong>Adult</strong>sTop three priorities for FORMING Youth and Young <strong>Adult</strong>s:Total ScoreItem No.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)1.2.3.Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>istersout <strong>of</strong> possible 39

PREPARES couples tocelebrate and live a Christiansacramental marriageR A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatPREPARING for Sacramental Marriage1. A pre-marital <strong>in</strong>ventory is utilized byall couples prepar<strong>in</strong>g for sacramentalmarriage.2. A parish or diocesan preparationprogram is utilized for couples seek<strong>in</strong>gmarriage the Church.3. A parish or diocesan preparationprogram is utilized for couples whenone or both have had a previousmarriage(s) which addresses theirspecial areas <strong>of</strong> concern, i.e.,closure <strong>of</strong> the first marriage, blendedfamilies, etc.4. A parish or diocesan preparationprogram is utilized for couples seek<strong>in</strong>gconvalidation.5. If parish based, all M<strong>in</strong>isters to theEngaged are up to date with thecurrent diocesan and parish policies.6. M<strong>in</strong>isters to the Engaged gather atleast annually to enrich their m<strong>in</strong>istryand to clarify questions.7. Newly married couples are mentoredafter the wedd<strong>in</strong>g.8. Church teach<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>struction <strong>in</strong>a natural family plann<strong>in</strong>g method isprovided for all couples prepar<strong>in</strong>g formarriage.CELEBRATING Sacramental Marriage9. Our parish assumes a posture <strong>of</strong>welcome to all couples seek<strong>in</strong>g to bemarried <strong>in</strong> the Church.10. Engaged couples are broughtforward for a bless<strong>in</strong>g dur<strong>in</strong>g the time<strong>of</strong> marriage preparation.11. Wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g assistance isprovided for couples plann<strong>in</strong>g awedd<strong>in</strong>g celebration <strong>in</strong> our parish.“By the time <strong>of</strong> immediatepreparation, the couplehas developed a convictionthat God is call<strong>in</strong>g them tomarriage with a particularperson. Prayer, especiallyfor the guidance <strong>of</strong> theHoly Spirit, and the help<strong>of</strong> wise mentors are crucial<strong>in</strong> this discernment process.Discernment also <strong>in</strong>volves anhonest assessment <strong>of</strong> qualitiesthat are foundational forthe marriage. These <strong>in</strong>cludean ability to make andkeep a commitment, thedesire for a lifelong, faithfulrelationship, and openness tochildren. The couple will alsowant to reflect on the valuesthey share, their ability tocommunicate, and agreementon significant issues.”From Marriage: Love and Life<strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanPREPARING for Sacramental MarriageTop three priorities for PREPARING for Sacramental Marriage:Total ScoreItem No.1.2.3.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>istersout <strong>of</strong> possible 33

AFFIRMS the gift <strong>of</strong> Children, the vocation<strong>of</strong> Parenthood, and helps build a Culture<strong>of</strong> Life SUPPORTS parents and families <strong>in</strong>their role as a domestic church.R A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatCREATING A Culture <strong>of</strong> Life1. Our parish fosters awareness <strong>of</strong>marriage between one man andone woman as the fundamental<strong>in</strong>stitution for life, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g effectivecatechesis and education on thegift <strong>of</strong> children, the unique and<strong>in</strong>dispensable place <strong>of</strong> mothers andfathers, and the <strong>in</strong>separability <strong>of</strong> theunitive and procreative mean<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong>married love.2. Baptisms are periodically conducteddur<strong>in</strong>g the weekend liturgy to affirmthe gift <strong>of</strong> children.3. In all aspects if m<strong>in</strong>istry, our parishconsiders the role <strong>of</strong> family and thegift <strong>of</strong> children.4. Opportunities are available formothers, fathers and children tolearn about fertility awareness andappreciation together.5. Our parish sponsors opportunities topray for mothers and their unbornchildren.6. Our parish fosters awareness <strong>of</strong> theneed to restore legal protectionto the lives <strong>of</strong> unborn children andto safeguard <strong>in</strong> law the lives <strong>of</strong>those who are chronically ill,disabled, or dy<strong>in</strong>g.7. A Spiritual Adoption program is <strong>in</strong>place that encourages families topray for the unborn.8. Natural Family Plann<strong>in</strong>g Instruction isavailable and promoted to parents,especially at times <strong>of</strong> transitions, i.e.baptismal preparation.9. Parents are publicly honored for theirdedication and commitment to theirchildren, especially <strong>in</strong> conjunctionwith Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,First Communion, Confirmation,Graduation, Catechetical Sunday,etc.10. <strong>Faith</strong> formation programs andcatechetical curriculum <strong>in</strong>cludecomponents that address thedignity <strong>of</strong> the human person fromconception to a natural death.PARENTING <strong>in</strong> the Domestic Church11. Mothers and fathers are givenresources and encouragement tomodel healthyrelations for their children.12. Parent<strong>in</strong>g classes are periodically<strong>of</strong>fered.13. Contact <strong>in</strong>formation is published formothers and father who are temptedto abuse their child(ren).14. Sacramental Preparation is utilizedas a time to teach parent<strong>in</strong>gskills and the understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>their role as primary educators <strong>of</strong>children. (Baptism, First Communion,Confirmation)15. Mothers and fathers are <strong>in</strong>vited to beactively <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> their children’sreligious education.16. Non-Catholic and/or non-custodialmothers and fathers are <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong>parent mail<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>in</strong>vitations.17. Our parish provides opportunities forparents to properly form their childrenand teens for marriage.18. Parish has bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>serts that <strong>of</strong>ferhelp and ideas for evangelization <strong>in</strong>the family.19. A family perspective has beenadopted by the parish consider<strong>in</strong>gthe needs <strong>of</strong> the family whenevernew programs are <strong>in</strong>itiated.“Children are a gift <strong>in</strong>a myriad <strong>of</strong> ways. Theybr<strong>in</strong>g joy even <strong>in</strong> themidst <strong>of</strong> heartaches; theygive added direction tothe lives <strong>of</strong> their parents.Children, who are the fruit<strong>of</strong> love and mean<strong>in</strong>gfulcommitment, are a cause <strong>of</strong>love and mean<strong>in</strong>g.“The procreative mean<strong>in</strong>g<strong>of</strong> marriage <strong>in</strong>volves notonly the conception <strong>of</strong>children, but also theirupbr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g and education,<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g spiritualformation <strong>in</strong> the life <strong>of</strong>love. This formation cantake place only with<strong>in</strong>a human communityformed <strong>in</strong> love. The lov<strong>in</strong>gcommunion <strong>of</strong> the spousesis the primary context <strong>in</strong>which children are bothconceived and brought up<strong>in</strong> love.”From Marriage: Love and Life<strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanCREATING a Culture <strong>of</strong> LifeTop three priorities for CREATING a Culture <strong>of</strong> Life :Total ScoreItem No.1.2.3.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>istersout <strong>of</strong> possible 57

STRENGTHENS couples to renew their commitment &grow <strong>in</strong> the skills for a happy & holy marriageEDUCATES all members about the nature & purposes <strong>of</strong>marriage as a natural <strong>in</strong>stitution & a Christian sacramentR A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatSTRENGTHENING the Married“As a couple grows <strong>in</strong> virtue,they grow <strong>in</strong> hol<strong>in</strong>ess. Inother words, the coupleacquires, by prayer anddiscipl<strong>in</strong>e, those <strong>in</strong>teriorqualities that open them toGod’s love and allow themto share <strong>in</strong> his love moredeeply. Couples <strong>in</strong>st<strong>in</strong>ctivelyunderstand this when theyspeak about their marriagebe<strong>in</strong>g a means <strong>of</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>geach other to heaven…“Communication andrelationship skills are crucialto build<strong>in</strong>g such <strong>in</strong>timacy.As spouses learn to improvetheir communication,they can better respondto each other’s need forlove, acceptance, andappreciation. They deepenmarital <strong>in</strong>timacy andstrengthen their practice <strong>of</strong>chastity.”From Marriage: Love and Life<strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanEDUCATING <strong>in</strong> Skills1. Topics related to the promotion andprotection <strong>of</strong> marriage <strong>in</strong> society are<strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> our programs.2. <strong>Adult</strong> faith formation programs (RCIA)<strong>in</strong>clude the Church’s teach<strong>in</strong>gs onmarriage.3. Parish library <strong>in</strong>cludes books and media<strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g support and help for marriage.4. Baptismal preparation program <strong>in</strong>cludesthe adjustments <strong>in</strong> marriage when anew baby is born and the importance<strong>of</strong> their role as primary educators <strong>of</strong> theirchildren.5. Education opportunities regard<strong>in</strong>ghealthy relationships, communicationskills, f<strong>in</strong>ancial plann<strong>in</strong>g are <strong>of</strong>feredfor s<strong>in</strong>gles, engaged couples, marriedcouples, parents, divorced, widowed,hurt<strong>in</strong>g families, stepfamilies, and elders.6. Theology <strong>of</strong> the Body is taught to youth,young adults and the married.7. Natural Family Plann<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>struction isavailable and promoted regularly.8. Bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>serts on marriage relatedtopics and l<strong>in</strong>ks to web-sites support<strong>in</strong>gmarriage are <strong>in</strong>cluded on a regularbasis.RENEWING & Enrich<strong>in</strong>g the Married9. Monthly “Marriage-Build<strong>in</strong>g Sunday” isestablished.10. Names are submitted for diocesananniversary celebration.11. Married couples are publicly honoredfor milestone years at Mass, <strong>in</strong> thebullet<strong>in</strong>, with anniversary card, onMonthly “Marriage-Build<strong>in</strong>g Sunday,”etc.12. Prayers for married couples are <strong>in</strong> thepews or pamphlet racks.13. Signage <strong>in</strong> the parish is displayed onbe<strong>in</strong>g a “Marriage-Build<strong>in</strong>g” parish &What Have You Done For Your MarriageToday?14. Parish retreats for married couples are<strong>of</strong>fered at least annually.15. Practical bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>serts promot<strong>in</strong>gmarriage <strong>in</strong>clude prayers, customs,rituals and traditions throughout theyear.16. Military couples are <strong>in</strong>tentionally <strong>in</strong>vitedto marriage enrichment opportunities,particularly when re<strong>in</strong>tegrat<strong>in</strong>g afterdeployment.17. Marriage enrichment programs <strong>in</strong>cludecomponents that are relevant to allcultures.18. Follow-up contact is made with newlymarried couples.19. The Catholic newsletter, Foundations,is provided for couples dur<strong>in</strong>gtheir first year <strong>of</strong> marriage (www.foundationnewsletter.net)20. Make available the study guide <strong>of</strong> theUS Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, Marriage:Love and Life <strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e Plan.21. Marriage enrichment opportunities areprovided/promoted monthly, quarterly,and annually.22. Child care/activities are provided orlist <strong>of</strong> potential babysitters is <strong>of</strong>feredfor marriage enrichment and otherprograms opportunities.23. Newly married couples are <strong>in</strong>vited to beactively <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> the parish, <strong>in</strong>vitedto parish functions and to volunteer forspecific functions.24. Groups <strong>of</strong> married couples meet forsupport.25. Couple Prayer Series is available to assistcouples to pray together daily.26. Opportunities exist for married couplesto be <strong>in</strong> small Christian communities.Total ScoreTop three priorities for STRENGTHENING the Married:Item No.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)out <strong>of</strong> possible 781.2.3.Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>isters

PROVIDES CARE to couplesand families <strong>in</strong> times <strong>of</strong>difficulty and lossR A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatPastoral CARING for those <strong>in</strong> Need“...We bishops urgecouples <strong>in</strong> crisis to turn tothe Lord for help. We alsoencourage them to makeuse <strong>of</strong> the many resources,<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g programs andm<strong>in</strong>istries <strong>of</strong>fered by theChurch, that can help tosave marriages, even those<strong>in</strong> serious difficulty.”From MarriageLife <strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanPastoral CARING for times <strong>of</strong>Difficulties1. Priests and deacons have<strong>in</strong>tervention skills to help <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>itial carefor struggl<strong>in</strong>g marriages.2. A pastoral plan or “Marriage Care” is<strong>in</strong> place for couples who come to uswith problems.3. Someone on staff is knowledgeableto make good counsel<strong>in</strong>g referrals topro-marriage counselors, Retrouvaille,etc.4. Couples are supported through theadjustments <strong>of</strong> pregnancy and newparent<strong>in</strong>g.5. Couples struggl<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>in</strong>fertility aresupported and given guidance thatconforms with Catholic teach<strong>in</strong>g.6. Couples are supported through theadoption process and beyond.7. Support for those <strong>in</strong> 2nd marriages/blended families is available.8. Education and support is availablefor pornography and substanceabuse addictions and f<strong>in</strong>ancialdifficulties.9. Partnerships exist with other parishes/cluster for assist<strong>in</strong>g hurt<strong>in</strong>g marriages.10. Copies <strong>of</strong> USCCB’s When I call forHelp pamphlet are available.11. Domestic violence hot-l<strong>in</strong>e number ispublished <strong>in</strong> bullet<strong>in</strong>. 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)12. Post-abortion heal<strong>in</strong>g resources areadvertised. www.hopeafterabortion.org13. Support is given to familiesexperienc<strong>in</strong>g military deploymentand assisted through there<strong>in</strong>tegration process.14. A pastoral plan is developed toassist those couples and familiesexperienc<strong>in</strong>g concern aboutimmigration issues.Pastoral CARING for times <strong>of</strong> Loss15. Bereavement care is available forthose who have lost a spouse.16. Couples are supported through loss<strong>of</strong> pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth.17. Couples are supported through theloss <strong>of</strong> child.18. Parents are supported when a childsays they are struggl<strong>in</strong>g with same sexattraction.Total ScoreTop three priorities for Pastoral CARING for those <strong>in</strong> need:Item No.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)out <strong>of</strong> possible 541.2.3.Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>isters

OFFERS HEALING toseparated and divorcedspouses and their familiesR A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatDivorce-Heal<strong>in</strong>g for Spouses1. A support m<strong>in</strong>istry for personsgo<strong>in</strong>g through the <strong>in</strong>itial trauma <strong>of</strong>separation and divorce is providedor one available elsewhere isadvertised.2. Divorce support programs cont<strong>in</strong>ueafter the <strong>in</strong>itial trauma withcatechesis for persons mov<strong>in</strong>gthrough the grief process.3. Child care is provided free dur<strong>in</strong>gtra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and programs.4. A retreat program is availableperiodically for the divorced.5. Annulment education is providedperiodically to <strong>in</strong>form divorcedpersons how to proceed with theheal<strong>in</strong>g process <strong>of</strong> an annulment.6. Annulment support m<strong>in</strong>isters areavailable to assist those go<strong>in</strong>gthrough theannulment process.7. Annual heal<strong>in</strong>g Mass and heal<strong>in</strong>gritual is sponsored for the separatedand divorced.8. Divorced and s<strong>in</strong>gle parents are<strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> prayers <strong>of</strong> the faithful.9. Support for s<strong>in</strong>gle parents is provided.10. Leadership tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g is provided forsupport group facilitators.11. The Pastoral Team <strong>in</strong>cludes divorcedpersons who have journeyedthe path and can encouragereconciliation and support throughappropriate programs.12. Bullet<strong>in</strong> announcements <strong>in</strong>cludeprograms for divorced personsavailable <strong>in</strong> the community.13. Parish packets expla<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g availableresources for divorce programs areprovided to the <strong>of</strong>fice staff to answer<strong>in</strong>quiries.14. Parish website is l<strong>in</strong>ked to www.nacsdc.org.Divorce-Heal<strong>in</strong>g for Children15. Support groups are available forchildren <strong>of</strong> divorce.16. Retreat program for teens <strong>of</strong> divorceare provided.“We understand thepa<strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong> those for whomdivorce seemed the onlyrecourse...We also <strong>of</strong>ferencouragement to thosewho have divorced andremarried civilly… Weencourage divorced personswho wish to marry <strong>in</strong> theCatholic Church to seekcounsel about the optionsthat exist to remedy theirsituation, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g thesuitability <strong>of</strong> a declaration<strong>of</strong> nullity.”From Marriage: Love and Life<strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e PlanDivorce HEALING for Spouses and ChildrenTop three priorities for Divorce HEALING for Spouses and Children:Total ScoreItem No.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)1.2.3.Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>istersout <strong>of</strong> possible 48

CELEBRATES the vocation<strong>of</strong> marriage <strong>in</strong> worship andcommunity lifeR A T E T H E F O L L O W I N G :3 = Yes! We do that 2 = We do it, but it needs improvement 1 = No, we don’t do thatWORSHIPPING & Prayer“Pope Benedict XVIexpla<strong>in</strong>s how, <strong>in</strong> theEucharist, the verymean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> marriageis transfigured: “theimagery <strong>of</strong> marriagebetween God and Israelis now realized <strong>in</strong> a waypreviously <strong>in</strong>conceivable:it had meant stand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>God’s presence, but now itbecomes union with Godthrough shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Jesus’self-gift, shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> hisbody and blood.”From MarriageLife <strong>in</strong> the Div<strong>in</strong>e Plan1. Our parish regularly prays thatmarriage, as the permanent andexclusive union <strong>of</strong> one man and onewoman, be protected and promoted<strong>in</strong> our society and culture.2. Monthly “Marriage-Build<strong>in</strong>g”Sunday is established to celebrateanniversaries, renew marriagevows, bless the engaged and newlymarried, and pray for those withdifficulties, etc.3. Homilies are regularly given aboutthe joys and importance <strong>of</strong> marriageas well as the threat to marriagewhen appropriate read<strong>in</strong>gs lendthemselves to marriage.4. Petitions at Mass regularly <strong>in</strong>cludemarriage.5. Our parish regularly prays for couplesprepar<strong>in</strong>g for marriage, those whoare married, and are celebrat<strong>in</strong>ganniversaries.6. Our parish regularly prays for thosewhose marriages that have faceddifficulties such as separation,divorce, widowhood and distance.7. Couples are encouraged to receivethe Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Eucharist side byside as a couple.8. Newly married couples comeforward at Mass for a parish bless<strong>in</strong>g.9. Couples are used for the variousm<strong>in</strong>istries <strong>in</strong> the parish, i.e. greeters,lectors, Eucharistic M<strong>in</strong>isters.10. Homilies <strong>of</strong>ten connect Scripture withMarriage and the Church’s Theology<strong>of</strong> covenantal relationship.11. In–home resources are available tohelp families pray at home.Total ScoreTop three priorities for WORSHIPING and Prayer:Item No.Action (Improve/Beg<strong>in</strong>)out <strong>of</strong> possible 331.2.3.Copyright © 2010, National Association <strong>of</strong> Catholic Family Life M<strong>in</strong>isters

Married CouplesMarriage Enrichment <strong>in</strong> the Empty NestDescriptionTransitions can be challeng<strong>in</strong>g for marriages. Enter<strong>in</strong>g the second half <strong>of</strong> marriage, which <strong>of</strong>ten isassociated with becom<strong>in</strong>g “empty nesters”, is a period where many marriages feel stress, as evidencedby an <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> divorce rates for couples <strong>in</strong> this phase.This program provides support to couples prepar<strong>in</strong>g to enter or <strong>in</strong> the early stages <strong>of</strong> the empty nestphase. The concept uses a curriculum developed by David and Claudia Arp called “The Second Half<strong>of</strong> Marriage” for an <strong>in</strong>structional, yet fun program. It utilizes a DVD and discussion based curriculumbuilt around eight challenges <strong>of</strong> the empty nest years.ObjectiveTo identify the issues that typically confronts couples <strong>in</strong> the empty nest years.To provide a framework for learn<strong>in</strong>g and discussion on the impact <strong>of</strong> each couple’s personal situation.Who Should/Can AttendCouples prepar<strong>in</strong>g to enter or already <strong>in</strong> the empty nest phase <strong>of</strong> their marriage.Time Frame8 week program. Presented ideally on an every other Friday even<strong>in</strong>g basis <strong>in</strong> the parish.Cost$20 for the Arp’s book and start-up snacks.Suggestions/CommentsThe program is best <strong>of</strong>fered <strong>in</strong> a parish sett<strong>in</strong>g to build local community. A side benefit is the social aspect <strong>of</strong>couples meet<strong>in</strong>g others who are <strong>in</strong> a similar state <strong>of</strong> life and build<strong>in</strong>g relationships with them. The experienceprovides an opportunity for one-on-one couple dialogue dur<strong>in</strong>g each session couples are asked to sign up eachweek to provide a simple snack. This worked well for both variety and f<strong>in</strong>ancial means <strong>of</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g snacks.Contact: Shawna and Warren HuntParish: St. KilianPhone: 724-687-0575Email: smhunt@zoom<strong>in</strong>ternet.net

Married CouplesRetrouvailleProgram for Troubled MarriagesDescriptionThe program consists <strong>of</strong> a weekend and seven follow-up sessions. The weekends are held at the GilmaryCenter near the Greater Pitt Airport. The follow-up sessions are held on Sunday afternoons from 1:30-5:30start<strong>in</strong>g with the first Sunday after the weekend and usually every Sunday or every other Sunday, depend<strong>in</strong>gon the schedule, for seven sessions. The follow-up sessions are held at SS. Simon & Jude Parish <strong>in</strong> GreenTree. The weekend beg<strong>in</strong>s at 7:30 Friday night and f<strong>in</strong>ishes up by 5:00 on Sunday. It consists <strong>of</strong> a series <strong>of</strong>presentations, one to two hours <strong>in</strong> length. The presentations are given by three team couples and a priest. Acommunication technique called Dialogue is used <strong>in</strong> which each participant is able to discuss maritalsituations on a feel<strong>in</strong>g level. Each presentation deals with a different topic that frequently causes problems <strong>in</strong>a marriage such as trust, listen<strong>in</strong>g, forgiveness, etc. The couple will have the opportunity to go back to theprivacy <strong>of</strong> their own room and talk about what they heard <strong>in</strong> the presentation and how it applies to theirrelationship. Then, they come back for the next presentation and it follows that same pattern for the entireweekend.Gilmary is a retreat center that is a dormitory style sett<strong>in</strong>g. Each room has two tw<strong>in</strong> beds, a s<strong>in</strong>k, dresser anddesk. There are community men’s and woman’s bathrooms and showers at each end <strong>of</strong> the hall. Couples stayat the facility all weekend. All meals are provided.ObjectiveTo restore communication and love to troubled marriages.Who Should/Can AttendCouples <strong>in</strong> troubled marriages.Time FrameFour (4) weekends are held each year - January, April, July and September.CostThere is a $100 registration fee to reserve a spot on the weekend and then a blank envelope donation isrequested on the weekend. The fees cover both the weekend and post session phases <strong>of</strong> the Program.Contact: Bill & Pat McGranePhone: 412-327-2434Email: 3041@retrouvaille.org

Married CouplesTeams <strong>of</strong> Our LadyDescriptionA team is a group <strong>of</strong> 5-7 married couples who have freely decided to jo<strong>in</strong> together to f<strong>in</strong>d support <strong>in</strong> theirefforts to lead Gospel lives. Each group has a priest chapla<strong>in</strong> that meets with them as well.ObjectiveTo meet monthly <strong>in</strong> each other’s homes for a simple meal and <strong>in</strong> the spirit <strong>of</strong> friendship share experiences <strong>of</strong>the previous month.To reflect on Scripture and to pray.To discuss study material on married life and faith.Who Should/Can AttendMarried couples who want to deepen their faith life.Time Frame3 hrs/month, 9 months/year. Recommitment yearly.CostA free will <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g to the <strong>in</strong>ternational <strong>of</strong>fice yearly, cost <strong>of</strong> materials (less than $20/yr. <strong>of</strong>ten free materials,)and br<strong>in</strong>g part <strong>of</strong> meal to each meet<strong>in</strong>g.Suggestions/CommentsLocal Teams <strong>of</strong> Our Lady couples conduct meet<strong>in</strong>gs to provide <strong>in</strong>formation, answer questions and place<strong>in</strong>terested couples <strong>in</strong> a team.Contact: Dan and Mary DonnellyParish: Madonna del CastelloPhone: 412-371-1547Email: mrothdon@yahoo.com

Married CouplesWorldwide Marriage EncounterDescriptionThe weekend is presented by a team consist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> three married couples and a priest. On the weekend, theteam shares their life experience with the couples and teaches a communication skill called dialogue, which isa form <strong>of</strong> communicat<strong>in</strong>g on the level <strong>of</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>gs rather than knowledge or op<strong>in</strong>ions.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer married couples the opportunity to ga<strong>in</strong> a better understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> themselves and their spouse.To <strong>in</strong>still a desire to work at the communication skills that is <strong>in</strong>troduced on the weekend.Who Should/Can AttendThe weekend is open to all couples. It is suggested that they be <strong>in</strong> a good marriage with a desire to deepentheir relationship with each other.Time FrameThe Marriage Encounter weekend beg<strong>in</strong>s on a Friday even<strong>in</strong>g at 8:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday about 5:00p.m. The weekend is <strong>of</strong>fered <strong>in</strong> this area about four times a year.CostCouples are asked to give a free-will donation (the cost <strong>of</strong> the weekend, $400 per couple, is suggested).Suggestions/CommentsCouples who have experienced serious problems <strong>in</strong> their marriage should not attend the Marriage Encounterweekend. They should be directed to attend a Retrouvaille weekend which is for troubled marriages.Contact: Jay and Judy ShockPhone: 412-635-7775Email: JudyShock@aol.com

Older <strong>Adult</strong>sLife Enrichment ClubDescriptionSt. Joan <strong>of</strong> Arc Parish reaches out to enrich the lives <strong>of</strong> all those will<strong>in</strong>g to set aside time each month to learn,grow, pray and play <strong>in</strong> a spirit <strong>of</strong> community. Through our gather<strong>in</strong>gs we will share prayer, share meals, hearspeakers on topics <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest and share new experiences never dreamed <strong>of</strong>. Each meet<strong>in</strong>g will leave youwant<strong>in</strong>g to come back—guaranteed.ObjectiveTo learn: Each Month different topics will be addressed, such as:F<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g happ<strong>in</strong>ess as we grow <strong>in</strong> wisdom, age and graceHolistic Liv<strong>in</strong>gHandl<strong>in</strong>g GriefJourney through AdventJourney through LentArt TherapyDreams and Dream<strong>in</strong>gTo pray: every meet<strong>in</strong>g beg<strong>in</strong>s with an experience <strong>of</strong> prayer, shar<strong>in</strong>g faith together and experienc<strong>in</strong>g God’slove.To grow: shar<strong>in</strong>g lunch together will create new friendships, new recipes, and new topics <strong>of</strong> conversation.To play: gather<strong>in</strong>gs are fun, uplift<strong>in</strong>g and wholesome. Laughter is a precious gift and a bless<strong>in</strong>g to share.Time FrameSeptember-May - First Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.CostDonationsContact: Sr. Kathleen HoersterParish: St. Joan <strong>of</strong> Arc ParishPhone: 412-833-2400Email: hoerstercpd@gmail.com

Older <strong>Adult</strong>sM<strong>in</strong>d, Body and SpiritDescriptionThis program presents some aspect <strong>of</strong> faith formation that parallel the educational session be<strong>in</strong>g presented.Examples:A sem<strong>in</strong>ar on Exercise for Health given by a physical therapist was followed by a presentation onSpiritual Exercises, briefly <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g them to the Ignatius program and the exercise <strong>of</strong> pray<strong>in</strong>g for agrace, learn<strong>in</strong>g by heart and meditat<strong>in</strong>g on Scripture us<strong>in</strong>g one’s senses.A sem<strong>in</strong>ar on a healthy heart was followed by a brief presentation on devotion to the Heart <strong>of</strong> Jesus andthe Great Commandments.ObjectiveTo form the spirits and hearts <strong>of</strong> older adults, as well as, their m<strong>in</strong>ds.Who Should/Can AttendSeniorsTime FrameThe whole sem<strong>in</strong>ar lasted about 2½ hours and <strong>in</strong>cluded lunch.CostDonationContact: Bernice Dumitru, Pastoral AssociateParish: Church <strong>of</strong> the ResurrectionPhone: 412-563-5589Email: bernicedumitru@msn.com or bernicedumitru@verizon.net

Older <strong>Adult</strong>sRoyal CourtDescriptionThe Royal Court is our friendly organization for Senior Citizens (50+.) We meet for lunch twice a month.There is a small fee for the buffet lunch which is prepared by the members on a rotat<strong>in</strong>g basis. Theatmosphere is jovial and welcom<strong>in</strong>g. An activity, such as b<strong>in</strong>go is <strong>of</strong>fered after lunch.ObjectiveTo provide a place for seniors to gather and be with friendsWho Should/Can Attend<strong>Adult</strong>s 50 years <strong>of</strong> age and overTime Frame2-3 hoursContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

ParentsHeart & Soul (parent even<strong>in</strong>g)DescriptionWe <strong>of</strong>fered an even<strong>in</strong>g for parents with two speakers. The first was a parishioner who, as a father andwell-respected local school pr<strong>in</strong>cipal, was able to speak <strong>of</strong> the challenges faced by families today. Thesecond was a diocesan priest who had followed a w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g path to the priesthood and, as a priest, hadworked with youth <strong>in</strong> different sett<strong>in</strong>gs.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer an even<strong>in</strong>g for parents that would both affirm them <strong>in</strong> their work <strong>of</strong> rais<strong>in</strong>g Catholic childrenand provide them with strategies for stay<strong>in</strong>g focused on Christ <strong>in</strong> a world with many conflict<strong>in</strong>gmessages.Who Should/Can AttendWe promoted this event (heavily!) to parents <strong>of</strong> children <strong>in</strong> all age groups. We were able to attractover 100 participants on a Sunday afternoon.Time FrameParish staff came up with a list <strong>of</strong> possible speakers a few weeks <strong>in</strong> advance and <strong>in</strong>vited them. Wethen sent flyers to all children <strong>in</strong> all religious education programs, followed by an e-mail and personalphone calls to parents. The talk was on a Sunday afternoon from 4 – 5:30, dur<strong>in</strong>g a gather<strong>in</strong>g formiddle school students (<strong>in</strong> a separate part <strong>of</strong> the build<strong>in</strong>g) scheduled at the same time.Suggestions/CommentsParents were appreciative <strong>of</strong> the talks. Hav<strong>in</strong>g a parishioner who is a community leader was particularly wellreceived.Contact: Barbara StokesParish: Sa<strong>in</strong>t John Neumann ParishPhone: 412-366-5885 Ext. 13Email: barbara.stokes@yahoo.com

ParentsParent Meet<strong>in</strong>gsDescriptionWe utilize parent meet<strong>in</strong>gs to stress the domestic church and the parents’ role as the primary educator andsource <strong>of</strong> formation for their children. The formation staff meets with parents at the start <strong>of</strong> formation classes<strong>in</strong> September, for sacramental prep –Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation, and onFamily <strong>Formation</strong> days.ObjectiveTo support the parents and to help them better understand their role <strong>in</strong> the faith formation <strong>of</strong> their children.Who Should/Can AttendAll parents with children who will receive those sacraments.Time FrameOne to one and a half hoursSuggestions/CommentsIt is required that the parents attend—a captive audience. Most parents are very attentive to the presenters andwe use we use a team <strong>of</strong> presenters. We feel the more they hear about the “domestic” church, the better.Contact: Jay SpecaParish: St Benedict the Abbot ChurchPhone: 724-941-9406 Ext 114Email: Speca@stbenedicttheabbot.org

ParentsS<strong>in</strong>gle Parent Family SupportDescriptionThe S<strong>in</strong>gle Parent Group meets monthly on the 4 th Tuesday <strong>of</strong> the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. <strong>in</strong> theUpper Room. Sr. Janice Marie Blados, pr<strong>of</strong>essional counselor, conducts these hour and a half meet<strong>in</strong>gs.Discussion centers on topics important to the s<strong>in</strong>gle parent family <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g spirituality, parent<strong>in</strong>g skillsand many others.ObjectiveTo <strong>of</strong>fer support and guidance to s<strong>in</strong>gle parents.Who Should/Can AttendAny s<strong>in</strong>gle parentsTime Frame1 ½ hoursContact: Barb McCarthyParish: St. Ferd<strong>in</strong>and ChurchPhone: 724-776-1357Email: barb@stferd.org

S<strong>in</strong>gle Griev<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Adult</strong>sBeg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Experience <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>DescriptionThis is a peer-to-peer lay m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g support and help for people who have lost a spouse throughdeath, divorce or separation. The Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Experience weekend and follow-up program helpsgriev<strong>in</strong>g s<strong>in</strong>gle-aga<strong>in</strong> persons travel through the darkness <strong>of</strong> grief toward the future with renewedhope. The program helps deal with the natural grief process and <strong>of</strong>fers an opportunity, through God,for growth. Founded by a Catholic nun and rooted <strong>in</strong> the Catholic tradition, the m<strong>in</strong>istry’s open, andecumenical spirit serves those <strong>of</strong> all faiths. A sense <strong>of</strong> community develops <strong>in</strong> an atmosphere <strong>of</strong> careand concern that is the hallmark <strong>of</strong> each Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Experience weekend. The Sacrament <strong>of</strong> Penanceand the Eucharistic liturgy are <strong>of</strong>fered dur<strong>in</strong>g the weekend. Support programs <strong>in</strong>clude a six week preweekendexperience (Cop<strong>in</strong>g with Your Loss) as an <strong>in</strong>itial pathway to deal<strong>in</strong>g with the loss <strong>of</strong> aspouse, and a six-week follow-up experience (Cont<strong>in</strong>ued Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs).ObjectiveTo provide opportunities for ecumenical peer-to-peer m<strong>in</strong>istry to those who have lost a spouse.Who Should/Can AttendWhile this program has a Catholic focus, anyone who has lost a spouse is welcome and encouraged to attend.Time FrameThe weekend is a 44-hour residential retreat held at Gilmary Center 2 or 3 times per year, usually <strong>in</strong> thespr<strong>in</strong>g and fall.Cost$160 per participant with f<strong>in</strong>ancial scholarship help available, s<strong>in</strong>ce this period is <strong>of</strong>ten a difficult f<strong>in</strong>ancialtime for the participants.Suggestions/CommentsA team <strong>of</strong> 12 tra<strong>in</strong>ed lay persons use facilitated small group discussions as the primary process <strong>of</strong> theweekend. These men and women are still travel<strong>in</strong>g on their own grief journey. Through this m<strong>in</strong>istry, they<strong>in</strong>vite those struggl<strong>in</strong>g with the loss <strong>of</strong> a spouse to confront and engage <strong>in</strong> their own grief journey.Contact: Steve SmithParish: St. John NeumannPhone: 412-367-4948Email: mbhdassoc@comcast.net

Young <strong>Adult</strong>sFLIGHT(Friends Learn<strong>in</strong>g Inquir<strong>in</strong>g Grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Hol<strong>in</strong>ess Together)DescriptionThese gather<strong>in</strong>gs are the foundation <strong>of</strong> our Young <strong>Adult</strong> Community. FLIGHT consists <strong>of</strong> short programs <strong>of</strong>four to six sessions. We meet at a local c<strong>of</strong>fee shop. FLIGHT is a group that comes together to learn, askquestions, and just talk about "Catholic stuff" together.Meet<strong>in</strong>g Topics:FLIGHT <strong>in</strong>cludes but is not limited to:Scripture studyExploration <strong>of</strong> SacramentsSocial Justice IssuesMoralityTraditionsDoctr<strong>in</strong>eObjectiveTo catechize young adults on the basics <strong>of</strong> the Catholic faith.To encourage faith-shar<strong>in</strong>g.To build community.Who Should/Can AttendYoung adults <strong>in</strong> their 20s and 30s, married and s<strong>in</strong>gle.Time Frame60-90 m<strong>in</strong>utes, followed by social time.Meet<strong>in</strong>g Schedule7:30p.m.-7:40p.m. Meet and greet/announcements7:40p.m.-8:30p.m. Topic presentation and discussion8:30p.m.- ? Food and dr<strong>in</strong>ks at a different location each month.CostBy hold<strong>in</strong>g the event at a c<strong>of</strong>fee shop and hav<strong>in</strong>g the social time at a restaurant, the participants can purchaserefreshments if they desire.Suggestions/CommentsHav<strong>in</strong>g the sessions <strong>of</strong>f <strong>of</strong> the parish campus especially encourages young adults who are <strong>in</strong> the “fr<strong>in</strong>ge” toparticipate. It provides a neutral location. Meet young adults where they feel comfortable. When host<strong>in</strong>g aspeaker, move the session to the church.Contact: Erica GamerroParish: St. Bernard, Mt. LebanonPhone: 412-561-0570Email: egamerro2@stbpgh.org or <strong>in</strong>.terra.pax@gmail.com

Young <strong>Adult</strong>sTheology on TapDescriptionThis is one <strong>of</strong> the most popular and successful programs <strong>of</strong>fered to the young adults <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong><strong>Pittsburgh</strong>. In dioceses across the country, Theology on Tap programs have enjoyed similar success. As aresult, RENEW International copyrighted the name.RENEW Theology on Tap is a process <strong>of</strong> evangelization, a strategy to meet young adults where they are and<strong>in</strong>vite them <strong>in</strong>to the life <strong>of</strong> the Church. Topics address the needs <strong>of</strong> a “seeker” audience, those Catholics whoare <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> and curious about the Catholic <strong>Faith</strong>.ObjectiveTheology on Tap is a speaker series <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g young adults the opportunity to socialize, pray, and discuss theirpersonal, pr<strong>of</strong>essional, and faith experiences with fellow Catholics <strong>in</strong> a welcom<strong>in</strong>g and convivial atmosphere.Who Should/Can AttendYoung adults—people <strong>in</strong> their 20s and 30s, married and s<strong>in</strong>gle, with and without children.Time FrameVariesCostCost <strong>of</strong> food and dr<strong>in</strong>kContact: Erica GamerroParish: St. Bernard, Mt. LebanonPhone: 412-561-0570Email: egamerro2@stbpgh.org or <strong>in</strong>.terra.pax@gmail.com

Secretariat for EducationDepartment for Youth and Young <strong>Adult</strong> M<strong>in</strong>istryGuidel<strong>in</strong>es for Host<strong>in</strong>g RENEW Theology on TapFor the past several years, Theology on Tap has been one <strong>of</strong> the most popular and successful programs<strong>of</strong>fered to the young adults <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>. This speaker series <strong>of</strong>fers young adults theopportunity to socialize, pray, and discuss their personal, pr<strong>of</strong>essional, and faith experiences with fellowCatholics <strong>in</strong> a welcom<strong>in</strong>g and convivial atmosphere.In dioceses across the country, Theology on Tap programs have enjoyed similar success. As a result, RENEWInternational copyrighted the name. The Department for Youth and Young <strong>Adult</strong> M<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>in</strong> the Secretariatfor Education has obta<strong>in</strong>ed a license for our diocese and to ensure those who sponsor a Theology on Tapprogram rema<strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>dful <strong>of</strong> the purpose <strong>of</strong> this m<strong>in</strong>istry, build<strong>in</strong>g on the guidel<strong>in</strong>es suggested by RENEWInternational, the Secretariat for Education asks that the follow<strong>in</strong>g set <strong>of</strong> guidel<strong>in</strong>es be observed:• All Theology on Tap programs and speakers must be approved at the diocesan level.• RENEW Theology on Tap is to be geared exclusively toward “young adults”—people <strong>in</strong> their 20s and30s, married and s<strong>in</strong>gle, with and without children.• Primarily, efforts should be made to create <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g and hospitable environment.Coord<strong>in</strong>ators should use personal <strong>in</strong>vitation as the method <strong>of</strong> publicity, and a key objective for anyTheology on Tap event is a comfortable and socially agreeable sett<strong>in</strong>g.• RENEW Theology on Tap is a process <strong>of</strong> evangelization, a strategy to meet young adults where theyare and <strong>in</strong>vite them <strong>in</strong>to the life <strong>of</strong> the Church. Topics therefore must address the needs <strong>of</strong> a “seeker”audience, those Catholics who are <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> and curious about the Catholic faith.• The speakers must be well <strong>in</strong>formed <strong>in</strong> their field and personally respectful <strong>of</strong> Catholic teach<strong>in</strong>g, butalso possess a keen sense <strong>of</strong> the issues <strong>of</strong> m<strong>in</strong>ister<strong>in</strong>g to young adults. They should address relevantconcerns <strong>in</strong> practical ways.• Speakers should be compensated for their time and expertise.• All publicity must use the <strong>of</strong>ficial RENEW Theology on Tap logo, which is a registered trademark andmay only be used to publicize <strong>of</strong>ficial RENEW Theology on Tap events. Under normal circumstancesthis logo may not be changed.• All publicity must conta<strong>in</strong> the follow<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong> some appropriate way, so that others can contact RENEWInternational for further <strong>in</strong>formation:RENEW Theology on Tap, a pastoral outreach for RENEW International,1232 George Street, Pla<strong>in</strong>field, NJ 07062-171Tel: 908-769-5400 x159 Web: www.theologyontap.com• A copy <strong>of</strong> all publicity must be sent electronically to the Young <strong>Adult</strong> M<strong>in</strong>istry Leadership Team byemail<strong>in</strong>g yam@diopitt.org. If you wish, this <strong>in</strong>formation will then be shared with young adult andyoung adult leaders across the diocese.• Any non-compliance with these guidel<strong>in</strong>es may result <strong>in</strong> the revocation <strong>of</strong> permission to use theTheology on Tap name and any <strong>of</strong> its derivatives (e.g., Spirituality on Tap, or someth<strong>in</strong>g similar.)

RESOURCESLearn<strong>in</strong>g Media CenterChurch Documents For the m<strong>in</strong>ister Catechisms<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>ScriptureLectionary - Based ResourcesLiturgy and Liturgical CatechesisPrayerRCIACatholic PublishersPeriodic ResourcesCatholic PeriodicalOnl<strong>in</strong>e Resources Official Sites Other SitesHouses <strong>of</strong> PrayerRetreat Centers

Learn<strong>in</strong>g Media CenterThe Learn<strong>in</strong>g Media Center <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, Located on the first floor <strong>of</strong> St. Paul Sem<strong>in</strong>ary,Crafton, has provided media resources for Total Catholic Education to the catechetical leaders, catechists,teachers, and families <strong>of</strong> the Church <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> for over forty years. The center ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s and makesavailable a collection <strong>of</strong> catechetical materials that range <strong>in</strong> format from books, b<strong>in</strong>ders, and periodicals, toCDs, VHS and DVD videos, and Internet-related resources.The Learn<strong>in</strong>g media Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Each parish and Catholic School <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> has a copy <strong>of</strong> the video catalog on CD forreview <strong>of</strong> the video resources available for borrow.Contact: Mr. Jeffrey HirstAddress: 2900 Noblestown Road, <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, PA 15205Phone: (412) 456-3120Email:lmc@diopitt.orgThe follow<strong>in</strong>g is a limited list<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> resources that might be helpful for people work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> adult faithformation. We hope that the users <strong>of</strong> this resource will contribute additional resources that they have foundhelpful.

Church DocumentsFor the m<strong>in</strong>isterThe Church Alive, Pastoral Letter to the Church <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, 2008 Bishop David A. Zubik, M.S. Ed., D.D.The Church Shar<strong>in</strong>g, Pastoral Letter to the Church <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, 2009 Bishop David A. Zubik, M.S. Ed.,D.D.The Church Liv<strong>in</strong>g, Pastoral Letter to the Church <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, 2009 Bishop David A. Zubik, M.S. Ed., D.D.Our Hearts Were Burn<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> Us: a Pastoral Plan for <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> <strong>in</strong> the United States (1999),which is available onl<strong>in</strong>e at: www.usccb.org/education/ourhearts.htm or <strong>in</strong> book form from the United StatesConference <strong>of</strong> Catholic Bishops (hereafter USCCB), ISBN: 978-1-57455-299-7National Directory for Catechesis (hereafter NDC) published by the USCCB <strong>in</strong> 2005 ISBN 1-57455-443-3.For an outl<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> adult faith formation themes <strong>in</strong> the NDC, see Appendix X.CatechismsThese books can be obta<strong>in</strong>ed through a bookstore or onl<strong>in</strong>e at USCCB Publish<strong>in</strong>g atwww.usccbpublish<strong>in</strong>g.org/<strong>in</strong>dex.cfmCatechism <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church. (Second Edition) (1997)ISBN 978-1-57455-110-5 (paperback)This is the universal catechism <strong>of</strong> the Church, <strong>in</strong>tended as a resource for bishops writ<strong>in</strong>g nationalcatechisms and as a “full, complete exposition <strong>of</strong> Catholic doctr<strong>in</strong>e, enabl<strong>in</strong>g everyone to know what theChurch pr<strong>of</strong>esses, celebrates, lives, and prays <strong>in</strong> her daily life.”Compendium <strong>of</strong> the Catechism <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church. (2006)ISBN 1-57455-720-6 (paperback)An <strong>of</strong>ficial summary <strong>of</strong> the universal catechism <strong>in</strong> question-and-answer form.United States Catholic Catechism for <strong>Adult</strong>s. (2006)ISBN 1-57455-450-2 paperback)This catechism was prepared by the U.S. bishops based on the universal catechism, adapt<strong>in</strong>g thepresentation to the culture and circumstances <strong>of</strong> the Church <strong>in</strong> the U.S.Compendium <strong>of</strong> the Social Doctr<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the Church. (2005)ISBN 978-1-57455-692-6 (paperback)Prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

<strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong><strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> Strategies, Tom Zanzig & Shirley Kelter (Metanoia Resources, 2006) Availablethrough Zanzig’s website at www.tomzanzig.com/Site/AFFS_Product_page.htmlTopics covered <strong>in</strong> the manual: Jesus & Discipleship, Spirituality, Scripture, Catholic Life & Practice,Sacraments & Liturgy, Morality and Peace and Social JusticeA Concise Guide to <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>, Neil A. Parent (Ave Maria Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1594712081A Handbook <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong> Religious Education, ed. Nancy T. Foltz (Religious Education Press)Essays from an <strong>in</strong>terdenom<strong>in</strong>ational Christian perspective.A Practical Guide for Start<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>Adult</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong> Program, Richard C. Brown (Resource Publications,2003) ISBN 978-0893905729Toward An <strong>Adult</strong> Church: A Vision <strong>of</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> <strong>Formation</strong>, Jane E. Regan (Loyola Press, 2002) ISBN 978-0829418064

ScriptureThere are many different translations (versions) <strong>of</strong> the Bible, and each may be published by differentcompanies <strong>in</strong> a multitude <strong>of</strong> editions.The New American Bible (hereafter NAB) was commissioned by the U.S. bishops, and is the translationthat we hear at Sunday Masses. One f<strong>in</strong>e study Bible is:The Catholic Study Bible, Second Edition. Oxford University Press. (New American Bible)978-0195282788 (paperback) 978-0195282801 (hardcover)The text <strong>of</strong> the New American Bible is also available onl<strong>in</strong>e at the U.S. bishops' website:www.usccb.org/nab/bibleThere are many <strong>in</strong>troductions to the Bible. Here are a few:The Seeker’s Guide to Read<strong>in</strong>g the Bible: A Catholic View, Steve Mueller (Loyola, 1999) ISBN 978-0829413458People <strong>of</strong> the Covenant: An Invitation to the Old Testament, Diane Bergant, CSA. (Sheed & Ward, 2001)ISBN 978-1580510905Who Is Jesus? Why Is He Important?: An Introduction to the New Testament, Daniel J. Harr<strong>in</strong>gton, SJ.(Sheed & Ward, 1999) ISBN 978-1580510530The Bible Companion: A Handbook for Beg<strong>in</strong>ners, Ronald D. Witherup (Crossroad, 1998) ISBN 0-8245-1746-6On how fundamentalism differs from a Catholic approach to the Bible: Biblical Fundamentalism: WhatEvery Catholic Should Know, Ronald D. Witherup, S.S. (Liturgical Press, 2001) ISBN 978-0814627228The Collegeville Bible Commentary <strong>of</strong>fers 35 small paperback volumes, each featur<strong>in</strong>g the NAB text <strong>of</strong> abiblical book or books, along with a commentary. They are used by the Little Rock Scripture Study. Twoclassic and detailed commentaries that can be used for reference are:Raymond E. Brown, S. S. et. al., eds. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Prentice Hall, 1990.Raymond E. Brown, S. S. An Introduction to the New Testament. Doubleday.For more <strong>in</strong>formation on Catholic Scripture Studies, see Task 1 Section B-1 above for:Little Rock Scripture Study www.littlerockscripture.orgJourney Through Scripture, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, 2006. Series <strong>in</strong>corporates live presentation,multimedia, small group discussion and some outside read<strong>in</strong>g. It’s a way for ord<strong>in</strong>ary Catholics to grow <strong>in</strong>their knowledge <strong>of</strong> the Scriptures while deepen<strong>in</strong>g their understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the riches <strong>of</strong> the Catholic faith. It iscomprised <strong>of</strong> four different studies: Genesis to Jesus, The Bible and the Mass, The Bible and the Sacraments,and The Bible and the Virg<strong>in</strong> Mary.One helpful resource for orient<strong>in</strong>g people to the Bible is the July 2004 edition <strong>of</strong> Catholic Update, “Choos<strong>in</strong>gand Us<strong>in</strong>g a Bible: What Catholics Should Know” by Ronald D. Witherup. It <strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>in</strong>formation ondifferent translations and tips on read<strong>in</strong>g, pray<strong>in</strong>g, and study<strong>in</strong>g the Bible.

Lectionary-Based ResourcesOne common way <strong>of</strong> study<strong>in</strong>g or reflect<strong>in</strong>g on the Scriptures is through attend<strong>in</strong>g to the Sunday read<strong>in</strong>gs (theLectionary). Many Catholic publishers <strong>of</strong>fer resources based on the lectionary. Sometimes an edition ispublished for each cycle <strong>of</strong> the Sunday read<strong>in</strong>gs (A, B, or C). Other resources are published annually. A few:At Home With the Word (Liturgy Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Publications)Published each year, this resource <strong>in</strong>cludes the texts <strong>of</strong> Scriptures for each Sunday (<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the psalm), asuggested practice, and a reflection accompanied by questions.Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g the Lectionary (Liturgy Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Publications)Includes specific adult directed activities and format for adults to easily follow a step by step process <strong>in</strong>utiliz<strong>in</strong>g the materials. With this adult guide are summaries and commentaries on the Sunday Scripturesfor each cycle.<strong>Faith</strong> Connection newsletter (RCL Benziger)A weekly newsletter which can be presented as email, regular mail or bullet<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>sert. Includes reflections,prayers, <strong>in</strong>formation and questions on the themes <strong>of</strong> the Sunday and daily read<strong>in</strong>gs.The Word <strong>in</strong>to Life, a Redemptorist Pastoral Publication (Liguori)Sunday read<strong>in</strong>gs (but not the psalms) and reflections, with one volume for each cycle. Cross-referencedwith the Journey <strong>of</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> handouts (see Sect. III. E. RCIA below) for a lectionary-based approach to CIA<strong>in</strong>struction.God’sHolyWord

Liturgy and Liturgical CatechesisDays <strong>of</strong> the Lord (Liturgical Press)Seven volumes cover<strong>in</strong>g the liturgical year, solemnities and feasts. www.litpress.org/Series.aspx?ID=7Introduc<strong>in</strong>g Liturgical Catechesis: <strong>Formation</strong> Sessions for the Parish, Nick Wagner (Resource Publications,May 2002) ISBN 0-89390-669-7 Available as an e-book from the publisher <strong>in</strong> pdf format:www.rp<strong>in</strong>et.com/products/ilc.htmlLiv<strong>in</strong>g Liturgy, Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS, Thomas A. Greisen, Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, and ThomasL. Leclerc, MS“An annual resource for parish m<strong>in</strong>isters, liturgists, pastors, and plann<strong>in</strong>g committees, Liv<strong>in</strong>g Liturgy<strong>of</strong>fers a practical means for reflection on and celebration <strong>of</strong> the Sunday Mass” (Liturgical Press website)designed to <strong>in</strong>tegrate spirituality, celebration and catechesis for Sundays.

PrayerAny major Catholic publisher will have many titles relat<strong>in</strong>g to prayer and spiritual growth. (See the list <strong>of</strong>publishers below.)One author who writes clear and practical works on prayer is William A. Barry, a Jesuit priest and spiritualdirector. His books are written primarily from the spiritual tradition <strong>of</strong> St. Ignatius Loyola.God and You: Prayer as a Personal Relationship (Paulist, 1987) ISBN 0-8091-2935-3Pay<strong>in</strong>g Attention to God: Discernment <strong>in</strong> Prayer (Ave Maria Press, 1990)ISBN 0877934134With An Everlast<strong>in</strong>g Love: Develop<strong>in</strong>g an Intimate Relationship with God(Paulist, 1999) ISBN 0-8091-3892-1A Friendship Like No Other (Loyola Books, 2008) ISBN 978-0829427028Many Christians have become <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> the ancient tradition <strong>of</strong> meditation that <strong>in</strong> its modern form isknown as Center<strong>in</strong>g Prayer. Two <strong>of</strong> the most prom<strong>in</strong>ent people work<strong>in</strong>g to spread this prayer have been BasilPenn<strong>in</strong>gton and Thomas Keat<strong>in</strong>g. They have published many works on the topic.An Invitation to Center<strong>in</strong>g Prayer, M. Basil Penn<strong>in</strong>gton, O.C.S.O. (Liguori, 2001)ISBN 0-7648-0762-X [This book also conta<strong>in</strong>s an <strong>in</strong>troduction to Iectio div<strong>in</strong>a (the ancient practice <strong>of</strong>sacred read<strong>in</strong>g) by Luke Dys<strong>in</strong>ger, O.S.B.]Contemplative Outreach is an organization formed “to renew the Christian contemplative heritage throughshar<strong>in</strong>g the method <strong>of</strong> Center<strong>in</strong>g Prayer with all who wish to learn.” (From the site)www.contemplativeoutreach.orgFor family or household use, Catholic Household Bless<strong>in</strong>gs and Prayers is available from the UnitedStates Conference <strong>of</strong> Catholic Bishops, Publication No. 5-645 ISBN 978-1-57455-645-2. Order it onl<strong>in</strong>eat www.usccbpublish<strong>in</strong>g.orgFor reflections and prayers on themes related to justice, see Liv<strong>in</strong>g God’s Justice compiled by theRoundtable Association <strong>of</strong> Diocesan Social Action Directors (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006) ISBN978-0-86716-742-9There must be an enormous number <strong>of</strong> onl<strong>in</strong>e aids to prayer. Here are two:Creighton University’s Onl<strong>in</strong>e M<strong>in</strong>istries feature daily read<strong>in</strong>gs and reflections, guides for prayer dur<strong>in</strong>gAdvent and Lent, and a 39-week Onl<strong>in</strong>e Retreat, all <strong>in</strong> the tradition <strong>of</strong> St. Ignatius Loyola (founder <strong>of</strong> theJesuit religious order):www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeM<strong>in</strong>istry/onl<strong>in</strong>e.htmlThe Irish Jesuits have a site called “Sacred Space—Daily Prayer Onl<strong>in</strong>e,” that features a form <strong>of</strong> lectiodiv<strong>in</strong>a: www.sacredspace.ie

RCIABreak<strong>in</strong>g Open the Word <strong>of</strong> God, Karen H<strong>in</strong>man Powell and Joseph S<strong>in</strong>well (Paulist, 1988).Resources for us<strong>in</strong>g the Lectionary for catechesis <strong>in</strong> the RCIA - one book per cycle.Catholic Q & A: Answers to the Most Common Questions About Catholicism, Fr. John J. Dietzen (Crossroad,2002) ISBN 0-8245-2309-1Compendium <strong>of</strong> Catechism <strong>of</strong> the Catholic Church, (USCCB, 2006) ISBN10-1-5745720-3Foundations <strong>in</strong> <strong>Faith</strong> is RCL Benziger’s collection <strong>of</strong> RCIA resources. It <strong>in</strong>cludes a Director’s Guide,leader’s guides for each period <strong>of</strong> the RCIA, participant’s books and other resources:rclweb.com/html/foundations.html.Journey <strong>of</strong> <strong>Faith</strong>, published by Liguori, is a series <strong>of</strong> 44 four-page handouts that cover topics for all fourstages <strong>of</strong> the RCIA. They are <strong>in</strong>expensive, and a brief leader’s guide is available. The series is alsoavailable <strong>in</strong> versions for children and teens. All are available at the Liguori website, www.liguori.org.Rite <strong>of</strong> Christian Initiation <strong>of</strong> <strong>Adult</strong>s, Study Edition (Liturgical Press, 1988)ISBN 978-0-8146-1593-5United States Catholic Catechism for <strong>Adult</strong>s, (USCCB, 2006) ISBN10-1-57455-450-6What Catholics Believe, Fr. Kris D. Stubna and Mike Aquil<strong>in</strong>a (Our Sunday Visitor Publish<strong>in</strong>g Division,1999) ISBN 0-87973-574-0

Catholic PublishersAscension PressPO Box 1990West Chester, PA 193801-800-375-0520www.ascensionpress.comAve Maria PressPO Box 428Notre Dame, IN 46556800-282-1865, x-1www.avemariapress.comIgnatius PressPO Box 1339Ft. Coll<strong>in</strong>s, CO 805221-800-651-1531www.ignatius.comLiguori PublicationsOne Liguori DriveLiguori, MO 63057-9999800-325-9521www.liguori.orgLiturgical PressSt. John’s AbbeyPO Box 7500Collegeville, MN 56321-7500800-858-5450www.litpress.orgLiturgy Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Publications3949 South Rac<strong>in</strong>e AvenueChicago, Ill<strong>in</strong>ois 60609-25231-800-933-1800www.ltp.orgLoyola Press3441 North Ashland Ave.Chicago, IL 60657800-621-1008www.loyolapress.comOur Sunday Visitor200 Noll PlazaHunt<strong>in</strong>gton, IN 467501-800-348-2440www.osv.comPaulist Press997 Macarthur Blvd.Mahwah, NJ 07340800-218-1903www.paulistpress.comRCL Benziger206 East Bethany DriveAllen, Texas 75002-38041-877-275-4725www.RCLBenziger.comSt. Anthony Messenger Press28 W. Liberty St.C<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>nati, OH 45202-6498513-241-5615800-488-0488www.americancatholic.orgTwenty-Third Publications1 Montauk Ave #200New London, CT 06320860-437-3012www.pastoralplann<strong>in</strong>g.com

Periodic ResourcesCatholic Update provides readable four-page pamphlets on a variety <strong>of</strong> topics concern<strong>in</strong>g Catholic life. It ispublished by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Subscriptions or particular issues may be ordered at 1-800-488-0488, or visit www.AmericanCatholic.orgEvery Day Catholic published by St. Anthony Messenger PressA monthly publication on various topics that relate to faith. The publishers provide a group process ontheir website that makes it easy to lead a group.www.catalog.americancatholic.org/category.aspx?pcat=167At Home with our <strong>Faith</strong>: Nurtur<strong>in</strong>g the spirituality <strong>of</strong> your family, Annemarie Scobey, published by theClaretians www.homefaith.wordpress.about

Catholic PeriodicalsMany <strong>of</strong> these have websites with onl<strong>in</strong>e editions. Use them for your own growth and to recommend toparishioners.The <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Catholic (weekly diocesan newspaper)www.pittsburghcatholic.orgOrig<strong>in</strong>s CNS (Catholic News Service) Documentary ServiceOur Sunday Visitor (a weekly newspaper published by a Catholic non-pr<strong>of</strong>it organization)www.osv.comAmerica (a magaz<strong>in</strong>e published 39 times a year by the Jesuits)www.americamagaz<strong>in</strong>e.orgCommonweal (an <strong>in</strong>dependent journal <strong>of</strong> op<strong>in</strong>ion published 22 times a year by Lay Catholics)www.commonwealmagaz<strong>in</strong>e.orgThe Liguorian (a magaz<strong>in</strong>e published 10 times a year by the Redemptorists) www.liguori.orgSt. Anthony Messenger (published 12 times a year by the Franciscans)www.americancatholic.orgThe Catholic World Report (published 12 times a year by Ignatius Press) www.catholicworldreport.comThe Sower (published 4 times a year by Catechetical Publications) www.thesowerreview.orgLay Witness (published 6 times a year by Catholics United for the <strong>Faith</strong>) www.laywitness@cuf.org

Onl<strong>in</strong>e ResourcesThe <strong>Diocese</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>: www.diopitt.orgOfficial SitesThe Pennsylvania Catholic Conference: www.pacatholic.orgThe Conference is the “public affairs arm <strong>of</strong> Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops and the Catholic dioceses <strong>of</strong>Pennsylvania.”The United States Conference <strong>of</strong> Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.orgThe USCCB is the <strong>of</strong>ficial organization <strong>of</strong> the Catholic bishops <strong>in</strong> the United States. The USCCB alsosponsors a website called "For Your Marriage": www.foryourmarriage.orgThe Holy See: www.vatican.vaThe Vatican website.Other SitesBusted Halo: www.bustedhalo.comAn onl<strong>in</strong>e magaz<strong>in</strong>e for young adult spiritual seekers, sponsored by the Paulist Fathers.The Catholic Men’s Fellowship <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>: www.cmfpitt.org“CMF is a private association <strong>of</strong> the laity operat<strong>in</strong>g and function<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> accordance with the Code <strong>of</strong> CanonLaw and the bless<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> the Church <strong>in</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> (A ‘lay apostolate’). The mission <strong>of</strong> the CMF is aresponse to the call made by Pope John Paul II, for a new evangelization, particularly the re<strong>in</strong>vigoration <strong>of</strong>faith among Catholics.”National Conference for Catechetical Leadership: www.nccl.org“The only <strong>in</strong>dependent national organization exclusively dedicated to serv<strong>in</strong>g the church's catecheticalmission <strong>in</strong> the United States. More than 90% <strong>of</strong> all dioceses are members <strong>of</strong> NCCL, along with 30 parishDRE Associations and 26 publish<strong>in</strong>g houses.” The site <strong>in</strong>cludes an extensive bibliography <strong>of</strong> adult faithformation resources.

Houses <strong>of</strong> PrayerMount Sa<strong>in</strong>t Macr<strong>in</strong>a House <strong>of</strong> Prayer724-438-7149Fax: 724-438-3048E-mail: hpmsm@verizon.net510 W. Ma<strong>in</strong> St, PO Box 878, Uniontown, PA 15401-0878Director: Sister Carol Petrasovich, OSBMContact: Kim ShowDays and even<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> prayer.Retreats—private, directed, and weekend. Programs designed to accommodate needs.Follows Byzant<strong>in</strong>e tradition but open to all Christian groups.Tabor House <strong>of</strong> Prayer412-821-1149E-mail: TaborHouse@sosf.org146 Hawthorne Rd, <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, PA 15209-1900Director: Sister Jane Schmitt, OSFIndividual or group needs for prayer; guided, private, or directed retreats; Scripture Study; a “gather<strong>in</strong>g place”for center<strong>in</strong>g prayer; <strong>in</strong>troduction to center<strong>in</strong>g prayer; writ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Icons.

Retreat HousesBishop William G. Connare Center724-834-7350Fax: 724-834-7351Web Site: www.bishopconnarecenter.orgE-mail: jbertig@diocese<strong>of</strong>greensburg.org OR akuhns@diocese<strong>of</strong>greensburg.org2900 Sem<strong>in</strong>ary Dr, Route 30 East, Greensburg, PA 15601-3796Contact: Gerald R. Bertig, DirectorAmy Kuhns, Office & Events Coord<strong>in</strong>atorC<strong>in</strong>dy Tierno, Adm<strong>in</strong>istrative Services SpecialistHosts group retreats, conferences, sem<strong>in</strong>ars, camps. Overnight accommodations for 104 people <strong>in</strong> private,double, or triple occupancy rooms. Conference spaces <strong>in</strong>clude two large rooms that can accommodate up to170 and 200 persons, two rooms with capacities <strong>of</strong> 50 and 80, and a parlor for socials and small meet<strong>in</strong>gs.Meet<strong>in</strong>g tables and equipment, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a “Smart Board,” are available; setup styles arranged accord<strong>in</strong>g toneed. D<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room seats up to 240; <strong>in</strong>-house food service with reputation for excellent cuis<strong>in</strong>e. Chapelaccommodates 322. Recreational facilities available, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g gymnasium. Nestled atop 170 sylvan acres <strong>in</strong>the foothills <strong>of</strong> the beautiful Laurel Highlands <strong>in</strong> Westmoreland County.Sa<strong>in</strong>t Emma Monastic Guest House724-834-3060Fax: 724-834-5772Web Site: www.stemma.orgE-mail: benedict<strong>in</strong>enuns@stemma.org1001 Harvey Ave, Greensburg, PA 15601-1494Contact: Mother Mary Anne Noll, OSBOffers the opportunity to “come aside and rest awhile” <strong>in</strong> a God-centered atmosphere, surrounded by treesand meadows, a two-m<strong>in</strong>ute walk from Sa<strong>in</strong>t Emma Monastery (and Retreat House). The time is yours tostructure: to th<strong>in</strong>k, to pray, to be, to let God recharge your batteries, to experience peace and quiet, and tospend time with God <strong>in</strong> silence and prayer. Welcome to jo<strong>in</strong> our Benedict<strong>in</strong>e monastic community for TheLiturgy <strong>of</strong> the Hours which is sung (<strong>in</strong> English) six times a day plus daily Eucharist. This facility is alsoavailable for small groups. The Monastic Guest House consists <strong>of</strong> n<strong>in</strong>e private rooms (each with bath),oratory, liv<strong>in</strong>g room/d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room, kitchen, laundry facilities, and air condition<strong>in</strong>g throughout. Meals andl<strong>in</strong>ens are provided. Retreatants are welcome to enjoy beautifully landscaped grounds with shr<strong>in</strong>es and lovelyflower gardens, overlook<strong>in</strong>g roll<strong>in</strong>g farmlands. Outdoor Stations <strong>of</strong> the Cross w<strong>in</strong>d through apple orchard.Walk<strong>in</strong>g path as well as nature trail with meditation benches. Rosary walk (all 20 mysteries <strong>of</strong> the Rosary)w<strong>in</strong>ds around walk<strong>in</strong>g path and extends up nature trail. Very large Catholic gift and book shop.

Sa<strong>in</strong>t Emma Retreat House724-834-3060Fax: 724-834-5772Web Site: www.stemma.orgE-mail: benedict<strong>in</strong>enuns@stemma.org1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601-1494Contact: Mother Mary Anne Noll, OSBAvailable for: weekend retreats; days and even<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> recollection; pastoral councils; youth; church groups;church meet<strong>in</strong>gs. Facilities <strong>in</strong>clude 50 private rooms, each with s<strong>in</strong>gle bed, ceil<strong>in</strong>g fan and s<strong>in</strong>k(restrooms/showers at end <strong>of</strong> hall); lounge (for 50) with fireplace; small conference rooms; Fatima Chapel(for 100). Newly expanded and renovated facilities <strong>in</strong>clude: total handicapped accessibility with four-storyelevator; conference room for 90 with fireplace; conference room for 45; conference room for 12; renovatedd<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room (seats 100); handicapped showers/restrooms. Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds withlovely flower gardens, overlook<strong>in</strong>g 100 acres <strong>of</strong> roll<strong>in</strong>g farmlands. Outdoor Stations <strong>of</strong> the Cross w<strong>in</strong>dthrough apple orchard. Walk<strong>in</strong>g path as well as nature trail with meditation benches. Rosary walk (all 20mysteries <strong>of</strong> the Rosary) w<strong>in</strong>ds around walk<strong>in</strong>g path and extends up nature trail. Very large Catholic gift andbook shop. Individuals are welcome to come for their own personal retreats. Groups/<strong>in</strong>dividuals are welcometo jo<strong>in</strong> us for The Liturgy <strong>of</strong> the Hours which is sung (<strong>in</strong> English) six times a day plus daily Eucharist.Epiphany Association/Epiphany Academy412-341-74941-877-324-6873 (Toll Free)Fax: 412-341-7495Web site: www.epiphanyassociation.orgE-mail: <strong>in</strong>fo@epiphanyassociation.org820 Crane Ave., <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, PA 15216-3050Contact: Susan Muto, Executive DirectorAn organization dedicated to provid<strong>in</strong>g the formational and educational resources needed for the <strong>in</strong>-depth,ongo<strong>in</strong>g spiritual renewal <strong>of</strong> life and world <strong>in</strong> the light <strong>of</strong> the Judeo-Christian faith and formation tradition.The Epiphany Academy <strong>of</strong> Formative Spirituality, which sprang from the Epiphany Association and itsprograms, <strong>of</strong>fers an oasis for quiet reflection and religious education from classes on the Christian mysticsand spiritual masters to many opportunities for personal and spiritual enrichment. The academy features amodern facility with a multipurpose room, classrooms, kitchen and d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g area, the Epiphany Chapel <strong>of</strong> theTr<strong>in</strong>ity, a video conference room, and lush gardens and landscap<strong>in</strong>g.

Franciscan Spirit and Life Center412-881-9207Website: www.osfprov.org/fslc.aspE-mail: fslc@osfprov.org3605 McRoberts Rd, <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, PA 15234-2340Contact: Mimi DiGregoryOffice and Dietary Service Coord<strong>in</strong>ator: Mimi DiGregoryA m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong> the Sisters <strong>of</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t Francis <strong>of</strong> the Providence <strong>of</strong> God. Available for retreats, meet<strong>in</strong>gs, sem<strong>in</strong>ars,and workshops. Day and even<strong>in</strong>g programs and overnight facilities available. Three hermitages <strong>in</strong> woodedarea available for days/weekends/week <strong>of</strong> prayer or retreat. “Programs on the Road”– staff available forprograms at your site.Gilmary Center412-264-8400Fax: 412-264-8415Web Site: www.gilmarycenter.orgE-mail: <strong>in</strong>fo@gilmarycenter.org601 Flaugherty Run Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108-3899Regis Flaherty, Director, x202Lilli Wolfe, Adm<strong>in</strong>istration and Schedul<strong>in</strong>g, x201Gilmary Center, located 5 m<strong>in</strong>utes from the Greater <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> Airport, is a nonpr<strong>of</strong>it retreat center owned andoperated by Maronda Foundation. Our name, Gilmary, can be translated “belong<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Mary.” It is to herthat our center and our work are dedicated. Gilmary’s primary goal is to promote the spiritual, moral,<strong>in</strong>tellectual, and physical development <strong>of</strong> Catholic youth and to support Catholic families. Gilmary also seeksto help <strong>in</strong>dividuals to better know, love and serve God <strong>in</strong> the heart <strong>of</strong> the Church. To that end Gilmary hostsretreats and events that support Catholic youth, families and <strong>in</strong>dividuals. We provide the follow<strong>in</strong>g: MaryHall (air conditioned) with 46 semi-private bedrooms and 2 private bedrooms; d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room with seat<strong>in</strong>g for150; air conditioned meet<strong>in</strong>g rooms; an auditorium/gym with seat<strong>in</strong>g for 325; Chapel that accommodates 220;two dorm build<strong>in</strong>gs with a total <strong>of</strong> 24 rooms sleep<strong>in</strong>g 120; 4 private bedrooms, and 1 handicap accessiblebedroom; beautiful and peaceful grounds; outdoor Stations <strong>of</strong> the Cross; and areas for sports and recreation.We look forward to serv<strong>in</strong>g you!

Sa<strong>in</strong>t Joseph Spirituality Center724-869-6585Fax: 724-869-3336Web Site: www.stjoseph-baden.org1020 W State St, Baden, PA 15005-1338Sponsored by the Sisters <strong>of</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t JosephStaffed by Sister Marguerite Krop<strong>in</strong>ak, CSJ / Sister Donna Marie Tahaney, CSJContact: Sister Marguerite Krop<strong>in</strong>ak, CSJSa<strong>in</strong>t Joseph Spirituality Center welcomes all people seek<strong>in</strong>g a deeper and more pr<strong>of</strong>ound love <strong>of</strong> God andneighbor by provid<strong>in</strong>g an environment <strong>of</strong> prayer, community, and hospitality. Located 30 m<strong>in</strong>utes fromdowntown <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> at the Motherhouse <strong>of</strong> the Sisters <strong>of</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t Joseph <strong>in</strong> Baden, PA, the Center provides awelcom<strong>in</strong>g environment and a prayerful atmosphere with extensive space for walk<strong>in</strong>g, reflection, andrenewal. The Center is available for days and even<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> reflection; directed and guided retreats; <strong>in</strong>dividualspiritual direction; private, non-directed retreats; group retreats; and <strong>in</strong>-service days. Sa<strong>in</strong>t Joseph SpiritualityCenter provides three meet<strong>in</strong>g rooms (accommodat<strong>in</strong>g groups from 10-120). Some overnightaccommodations are available. The facilities at the Motherhouse <strong>in</strong>clude an air-conditioned chapel, a ma<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room, a book and gift shop, a small library, a labyr<strong>in</strong>th, and an outdoor station path. An elevator allowsfor easy accessibility. The Center also provides spirituality, faith formation, and m<strong>in</strong>istry support programs <strong>in</strong>parishes.Kearns Spirituality Center412-366-1124Fax: 412-635-6318Web site: www.Div<strong>in</strong>eProvidenceWeb.orgE-mail: kearnssc1@pghcdp.org9000 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101-2713Sponsored by the Sisters <strong>of</strong> Div<strong>in</strong>e ProvidenceContact: Sister Agnes Raible, CDP/Sister Mary Joan Coultas, CDPKearns shares <strong>in</strong> the mission <strong>of</strong> the congregation: “to make God’s Providence more visible <strong>in</strong> our world.” It isa smoke free facility, accessible to the physically challenged, where people <strong>of</strong> all faiths are <strong>in</strong>vited to searchfor a deeper mean<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> their lives, and to experience a peaceful, heal<strong>in</strong>g environment. Programs focus<strong>in</strong>g onholistic spirituality are <strong>of</strong>fered from September to June. The retreat center is completely air conditioned, andhas overnight accommodations for 60 people. The air conditioned conference center seats 200 at round tablesand 250 auditorium style. Food service is available. Individuals as well as groups are welcome for privateprayer, retreats, workshops, plann<strong>in</strong>g sessions, and religious conferences. Spiritual direction and labyr<strong>in</strong>thexperience are available.

Mart<strong>in</strong>a Spiritual Renewal Center412-931-9766Fax: 412-931-1823Web site: www.sisters<strong>of</strong>theholyspirit.comE-mail: mart<strong>in</strong>aspiritual@verizon.net5244 Clarw<strong>in</strong> Ave, <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, PA 15229-2208Staffed by the Sisters <strong>of</strong> the Holy SpiritContact: Sister Donna Smith, SHS/Sister Mary Lou Witkowski, SHS, Co-DirectorsMart<strong>in</strong>a Spiritual Renewal Center is a m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong> the Sisters <strong>of</strong> the Holy Spirit, provid<strong>in</strong>g gospel hospitalitythrough a welcom<strong>in</strong>g presence <strong>of</strong> our staff, <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g Christian programm<strong>in</strong>g, and host<strong>in</strong>g Christian ecumenicalgroups desir<strong>in</strong>g growth and renewal <strong>in</strong> their spiritual life. We <strong>of</strong>fer weekend and week-long retreats, days andeven<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> spiritual enrichment, group spiritual direction gather<strong>in</strong>gs, adult faith formation programs,women/men religious community retreats, private days <strong>of</strong> prayer, private retreats. We host spiritual formationand renewal programs: confirmation programs, staff and plann<strong>in</strong>g meet<strong>in</strong>gs, marriage preparation, <strong>in</strong>-servicedays <strong>of</strong> recollection, staff retreats, parish council retreats, sem<strong>in</strong>ary retreats, college break retreats, vocationretreats, days <strong>of</strong> reflection. Chapel, meditative garden, outdoor Stations <strong>of</strong> the Cross, quiet, lovely grounds, 32s<strong>in</strong>gle rooms, two semiprivate rooms, air-condition<strong>in</strong>g, food service, library, gift shop, four meet<strong>in</strong>g rooms(10-40 people), d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room/meet<strong>in</strong>g room (200 people), all-purpose auditorium/gym (300 people), smokefreeenvironment. Come and be at peace.Mount Sa<strong>in</strong>t Macr<strong>in</strong>a Retreat Center(See Mount Sa<strong>in</strong>t Macr<strong>in</strong>a House <strong>of</strong> Prayer)

Sa<strong>in</strong>t Paul <strong>of</strong> the Cross Retreat Center412-381-7676Fax: 412-431-3044Website: www.catholic-church.org/stpaulsretreatcenter/E-mail: stpaulrcpa@cpprov.org148 Monastery Ave, <strong>Pittsburgh</strong>, PA 15203-1498Staffed by Very Rev. Gerald Laba, CP/Rev. Patrick Ge<strong>in</strong>zer, CPDirector: Very Rev. Gerald Laba, CPAssociate Director: Rev. Patrick Ge<strong>in</strong>zer, CPBus<strong>in</strong>ess Adm<strong>in</strong>istrator: John ColaizziAuxiliary Retreat Staff: Rev. Timothy Fitzgerald, CP,Rev. Paul Vaeth, CP and Rev. Don Ware, CPContact: John Colaizzi<strong>Adult</strong> weekend retreat program. Mid-week adult program <strong>of</strong> spiritual development. Mid-week youth programfor confirmation and graduation. Recovery programs and weekend retreats for those <strong>in</strong> twelve-step recovery.Host<strong>in</strong>g facility for diocesan, ecumenical, and other nonpr<strong>of</strong>it organizations. Facilities <strong>in</strong>clude: 135 beds forovernight guests, 5 conference areas, chapel, and full d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g room service.Providence Villa724-444-8055Fax: 724-444-8058Web Site: www.div<strong>in</strong>eprovidenceweb.orgE-mail: providencevilla@yahoo.com10745 Babcock Blvd, Gibsonia, PA 15044-6094Sponsored by the Sisters <strong>of</strong> Div<strong>in</strong>e ProvidenceContact: Sister Marilyn Seidel, CDP, Director; or Sister Leona Ulewicz, CDP.Providence Villa provides a reflective environment conducive to spiritual pursuits. As an expression <strong>of</strong> theProvidence <strong>of</strong> God, Providence Villa welcomes <strong>in</strong>dividuals and small groups through a m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong>compassionate hospitality. Amenities <strong>in</strong>clude: comfortable accommodations, food service, meet<strong>in</strong>g rooms,audio-visual equipment, conference phone system, wireless Internet, 15 bedrooms, quiet chapel, woodburn<strong>in</strong>g fireplaces, spacious lawn, screened-<strong>in</strong> gazebo and wooded trails.

The Spiritan Center - <strong>Formation</strong>, Retreat, Renewal412-835-3510Fax: 412-835-3541Web Site: www.spiritans.orgE-mail: spiritancenter@juno.com6230 Brush Run Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102-2214Staffed by the Congregation <strong>of</strong> the Holy SpiritDirector and Contact: Mary Ann Nicholls, MLS, MDivThe Spiritan Center, located south <strong>of</strong> the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Pittsburgh</strong> <strong>in</strong> Bethel Park, is a m<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong> the Congregation <strong>of</strong>the Holy Spirit. The Center <strong>of</strong>fers a wide variety <strong>of</strong> retreats, days <strong>of</strong> renewal, programs <strong>in</strong> faith formation, andongo<strong>in</strong>g spiritual direction. Our 40 acres <strong>in</strong> a pastoral sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>vite the retreatant to come away and restawhile.Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center724-964-8886Web Site: www.villaprograms.org2105 Evergreen Rd, PO Box 424, Villa Maria, PA 16155-0424President: Jim MerhautStaffed by 6 Sisters <strong>of</strong> the Humility <strong>of</strong> Mary and 9 Lay StaffContact: Cathy Cawley or Matt AbramowskiVilla Maria Education & Spirituality Center (VMESC) provides and promotes educational and spiritualexperiences <strong>in</strong> a unique sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Lawrence County for people <strong>of</strong> all ages. Come to our 726 acre sacredsett<strong>in</strong>g where God’s grace is nurtured and abundant life unfolds. We seek to <strong>in</strong>spire lifelong learn<strong>in</strong>g andgrowth through relationships with God, others, self, and earth. We design retreats and educational programs t<strong>of</strong>it the needs <strong>of</strong> your parish or school. We are also happy to <strong>of</strong>fer hospitality to your group with your ownfacilitators and programs. Our facilities <strong>in</strong>clude two chapels, multiple meet<strong>in</strong>g rooms, overnightaccommodations, <strong>in</strong>door swimm<strong>in</strong>g pool, three d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g rooms with pr<strong>of</strong>essional food service, state <strong>of</strong> the artA.V. equipment, gymnasium, walk<strong>in</strong>g trails, pond, picnic areas and more.

Sa<strong>in</strong>t V<strong>in</strong>cent Archabbey724-805-2139Website: www.sa<strong>in</strong>tv<strong>in</strong>centretreats.org/E-mail: hugh.lester@email.stv<strong>in</strong>cent.edu300 Fraser Purchase Rd , Latrobe, PA 15650-2690Staffed by the Benedict<strong>in</strong>e monks <strong>of</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>t V<strong>in</strong>cent ArchabbeyContact: Brother Hugh Lester, OSBPreached group retreats conducted dur<strong>in</strong>g the summer only.

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