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April 2013From the Superintendent’s DeskMr. Henry ForerSecretary for Faith Formaon/Superintendent of Catholic SchoolsJesus has risen! Alleluia, AlleluiaWe have a new Pope!This is an excing me in our Church. As we enter the Easter season, Jesus offers us theopportunity for new life. Holy Week walks us through the journey we are all called to walk inour lives. Jesus could not have risen to new life without first entering into the passion andcrucifixion. We celebrate the death and resurrecon of Jesus and as followers we are calledto walk in His footsteps. A word that I have used frequently in the office and in talks is"compassion". As ministers we must be compassionate to those we encounter. The wordmeans to co‐suffer or walk with another person through their passion (co‐passion). AsChrisans we must first face and experience our own passion and spiritual resurreconbefore we can walk with another person through theirs. As we enter into this joyful me ofthe Easter season, I invite you to reflect on the new life that Jesus offers us. What areas ofour life need new life in Christ? It is a me of new life and new opportunies. Pope Francisalso brings new opportunies for our Church and sets an example of humility and love for thelesser. It is an excing me and God calls each of us into a deeper, more inmate relaonship.Will you say yes to His invitaon?


Dr. Jacquelyn FlaniganAssociate SuperintendentIt’s that me of year ‐‐‐ me to begin thinking about next year’s resources. Specifically, how are our schoolsdetermining what materials are needed to support classroom instrucon?The first queson oen asked is, “What is the adopon rotaon?” This is oen followed by, “What suggesonscan you make about what textbooks for – fill in the blank – class?” The first queson is easy ‐‐‐ the rotaon reallydoesn’t maer much anymore. Years ago, the designaon of a textbook rotaon made praccal sense whenallocang precious and dwindling budgets in order to replace the textbooks. For years, the textbook rotaon wasan appropriate way to manage the purchase of instruconal resources as the body of informaon remainedrelavely consistent, or was at the very least easily supplemented by a trip to the library. Our students are wellinto the Informaon Age and the protocol for textbook rotaon is as outdated as the personal pager. The rapidincrease in informaon means that waing 5‐7 years to replace a printed textbook means we academically shortchangestudents. Perhaps the beer queson to ask is, “What resource can we use to bring the most current andupdated informaon to the students in a user‐friendly, 21 st century format?” The answer is not likely to be aprinted textbook……which brings us to the second queson – a lile trickier. “What recommendaons can you make?” I wouldrecommend that you complete a thorough and comprehensive review of your instruconal resources – includingthose digital resources you already use – and determine how to best deliver informaon to your students. Forexample, in some of our schools, budgets are ght and computer and/or internet access has not yet reached thedesired levels. If the science texts are the oldest in your instruconal resources collecon, does it make sense toreplace this print resource with a new one that will be out‐of‐date by the me it reaches your students? Or, couldthat money be beer ulized spent on a laptop cart with school‐wide access to a web‐based science program?Could you keep the topical index found in the Table of Contents of your current science text and rely on webbasedmaterials that are free, more mely and relevant? An example of such a free resource is one published bythe Baylor University College of Medicine: hp://www.ccitonline.org/ceo/content.cfm?menu_id=158 This is justone of MANY resources that offer free lessons and web‐based support with videos, games and acvies that arecurrent. In other words, the big ideas of science haven’t really changed but the content and the way we approachteaching them has!If your school is well‐quipped with technology, consider looking to the wealth of digital resources available bysubscripon. These programs carry the added benefit of offering data‐tracking and customizable programs forteachers to create their own e‐books! One such program is “The Idea of America” by Pearson (Google that tle).This is a subscripon based, per‐student resource that addresses American history through inquiry. It’s awonderful comprehensive program and at less than $10 per student, is far less expensive that a bound, printedtext that typically sells for $75‐$100. This means budget dollars that would have been spent on updang a boundtext can now be spent on strengthening other resources in your collecon.Several people have indicated that they need to update their school’s network infrastructure before they can godigital; therefore, they need to purchase updated print materials (texts). Consider not updang the texts andallocang those budget dollars to your school’s wireless infrastructure. That MUST be done for our students to beprepared. There are ample free resources available online to support updang your school’s curriculum and thisissue is simply too important to wait “ll we have the budget.”Connue on next page . . .


Dr. Jacquelyn FlaniganAssociate SuperintendentAnd, those consumable workbooks?? This one is easy: Save the trees.If you have any quesons, or would like support in deciding your instruconal resources for the coming year, weare here to help! Remember, we are in a me of great transion. We simply move forward, one step at a me.WEBINAR OF INTERESTThe Flipped Classroom, a New Kind of Blended Learning/Wednesday, April 24, 2PM ETThe flipped classroom is a new teaching concept that many schools and districts are using to engage studentswith more teacher‐student interacon and more differenaon of instrucon. Harnessing technology such asonline videos, recorded lectures, podcasts, learning management systems, and synchronous online classrooms,the teacher’s role is transformed from a deliverer of informaon to an involved advisor who uses class me forcollaborave acvies that yield a deeper understanding of the course concepts. Join us for this webinar to learnmore about the flipped classroom, and to hear from innovave educators who are using this new model to createa more personalized educaon experience and to increase student success. Register at: hp://www.blackboard.com/Markets/K‐12/Events‐Resources/Events/Teaching‐Learning/The‐Flipped‐Classroom,‐A‐New‐Kind‐of‐Blended‐Learn.aspx?Register=1Overall resource link: hp://www.commoncoreconversaon.com/math‐resources.html#sthash.vOOSR9Va.dpbs This site has links to awealth of resources!Common Core Math Resource links:hp://www.k‐5mathteachingresources.com/ ‐ offers math ideas from K ‐5. Includes Math projects, vocabulary and journal ideas.hp://www.xpmath.com/ ‐ This site offers digital Math games for middle grades.Common Core Language arts links:hp://www.commoncoreelalessons.com/ ‐ offers free lessons and ideas for CCSS ELAhp://www.readworks.org/ ‐ more free units and lessons aligned to the CCSShp://www.elacommoncorelessonplans.com/ ‐ addional unit and lesion ideas; many include essay wringTechnology Resources for Social Studies: hp://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/04/12‐resources‐every‐social‐studies.htmlResources for all grades science: hp://www.discoveryeducaon.com/teachers/Museums offer amazing educaonal resources! Try the following:hp://www.smithsonianeducaon.org/educators/ ‐ Smithsonianhp://www.metmuseum.org/learn/for‐educators ‐ Metropolitan Museumhp://www.ushmm.org/educaon/foreducators/ ‐ Holocausthp://airandspace.si.edu/educaon/teaching_resources.cfm ‐ Air & Spacehp://nmai.si.edu/explore/foreducatorsstudents/ (Nave America)hp://www.amnh.org/learn‐teach ‐ Natural History


Margie’s Technology TipsMargie AguilarDirector of Instruconal TechnologyCreave Website for the ClassroomLivemocha is a language learning soluon that helps schools prepare students to compete on the globalstage. It is a worldwide community of language learners that lets students connect with people around theworld. Comprehensive language courses in 38 languages blend instruconal materials with structured, reallifepracce with nave speakers. Students get feedback from nave speakers as they pracce reading andwring skills. Also, they can provide feedback to users who are learning English. This dynamic experienceallows students to learn, explore, and speak new languages with confidence. Teachers can use Livemocha in class orassign for homework, ulize course assets for classroom acvies, arrange language exchanges with nave speakers forstudents to pracce new skills in a safe, structured environment, and much more. The Livemocha community is home toover 300,000 cerfied teachers, many of whom use Livemocha in their classrooms. Go to the website at hp://livemocha.com/pages/educaon/ to learn more or visit hp://livemocha.com/pages/classroom‐teachers/ forinformaon about teaching using Livemocha.MindSnacks are educaonal games for learners of all ages. MindSnacks features nine excing gamesfor languages like French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, English (ESL), SAT Vocab,and Kids Vocab. It is the first game app designed to help kids truly understand words, rather thansimply memorize them. The app also includes a unique algorithm that personalizes the learningprocess by selecvely repeang words, phrases and grammacal points that require further reinforcement. Every lessonfeatures up to 20 words and phrases that teach essenal vocabulary, correct spelling, proper usage, standardpronunciaon and more. These apps are all FREE. For more informaon visit hp://www.mindsnacks.com/. Todownload the app for Spanish, go to iTunes at hps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learn‐spanish‐mindsnacks/id385497068?mt=8.Peanut BuerDriveThe Mission Office requests your help with a Peanut Buer Drive during the month ofApril. We need a one year’s supply for the 350 students in our mountain villages of LasLomas in the Dominican Republic. Can you help us? If you can help: Aached you willfind a flyer in a .pdf file with a space for you to add the informaon for collecon at yourschool. Please click here to open. All you need to do is add the specific informaonabout when and where people can donate peanut buer at your school. Then, just helpus to SPREAD GOD’S LOVE!Why Peanut Buer? It’s packed full of nutrients which help malnourished children regain health. It’s aninexpensive way for us to offer healthy food to these children.What do we do with it? We provide the students in our 5 schools in the mountains with two meals and twosnacks a day. For many of the children, this will be the only food they eat. Because of these meals, theparents allow the children to aend school instead of working in the field!Once you have the peanut buer: Donaons can be dropped off at the Chancery office or one of ourvolunteers will come to your parish to pick it up. We will need all donaons in no later than May 3.


Mr. Jon ArguelloDirector of Markengand DevelopmentLaying the Foundaon of our Markeng EffortsRecently I was invited to meet with a one of our school’s advisory boards and talk about how best to move theirschool forward in terms of their markeng efforts. As I listened to the principal and board’s concerns, I was takingmental notes of which of the schools I’ve visited would have similar concerns or needs.A clear need for many of our schools exists at the most basic level—a professional identy. Many schools, forexample, have logos that were developed under informal processes that, although liked, make it difficult for theschool to represent itself in a manner conducive to effecve markeng and development plans.To be clear, a logo is not going to make or break a school. A cohesive, consistent and professional identy, however,makes it much easier to develop strategic partnerships with people and organizaons that have limited resources andwho do their due diligence before contribung their me or treasure.Imagine a philanthropist sing at his or her desk and considering adding an educaonal instuon to their porolio.Their assistant has provided them with five schools to choose from. How comfortable are you compeng with nothingmore than the identy you have today on that table?Now instead of a rich imaginary philanthropist, let’s say it is a parents deciding where they will send their child. Thatrich hypothecal philanthropist will give your school three mes the benefit of the doubt than the parents will. If Ihad to guess how many people would prefer a school who hands out a bundle of papers with a rubber band around itover a school that gives out a professional tool that makes the parent feel like the school is worth the tuion, I’d sayit’s a low number.The point of markeng is to take advantage of every opportunity to increase your chances of compleng the circuitbetween effort and sale. The point of development is to build relaonships that contribute to the success of a school.A professional identy is crical to each of these missions and lack thereof leads to higher costs and lower returns oninvestment in both of those areas. Lack thereof also detracts from the true quality of the instuon.If you’re not comfortable with your school’s identy, let’s build one you and your community can be proud of. It’seasier and more reasonable than you might think, especially if we group schools together.As diocesan markeng efforts begin to ramp up, the demand for all of our schools will increase as will exposure. Yourisk being stuck with unsasfactory materials and less than professional idenes will become more obvious, moreexpensive to fix and not as useful in short‐term enrollment. No one wants to be a raisin in bag of grapes.If you’re interested in updang your identy and collateral materials or you want to discuss a set of materials andhow much it would cost, please email me. It’s a great me to visit your identy and ensure your materials representyou well.


Phyllis MannAdministrave Assistant to the SuperintendentCerficaon CornerI hope you enjoy a blessed Easter with your family and friends as well as a wonderful school break.Please take some me to check where you stand for recerficaon. Now is the me that you should be considering your onlinerenewal. All teachers who are renewing in 2013 must have an on‐line applicaon posted at the Florida Department ofEducaon by June 30, 2013. Please remember to inform me by email that you have completed your recerficaon applicaonso that I may send the MIP verificaon form. You will be receiving an automacally‐generated leer from the FDOE saying thatyou have to provide a CT116 to them. This is what I do on your behalf once you let me know that you completed theapplicaon. Also, check with your school secretary to see if your fingerprint clearance is up‐to‐date. It is not required for theFDOE but it is required for you to be on the school campus and for your 2013/14 contract to be executed by the Superintendent.Lastly, for all those teachers who hold a Temporary Cerficate with a June 30, 2013 expiraon date, you must apply on‐linewith the Florida Department of Educaon for your professional cerficate prior to June 30, 2013, even if all of yourrequirements have not been met. You must not break the connuity of your applicaon. Go to www.fldoe.org with your creditcard and apply for your professional cerficate before the deadline passes you by.If you have any quesons about your cerficaon, please do not hesitate to contact me.Office of Family Life and Pastoral CareVocation of Marriage Creative ContestAs we ready for the Diocese of Orlando first Marriage Conference, FaithfulMarriages: Christ in the Mix, the Office of Family Life and Pastoral Care isoffering a Vocation of Marriage Creative Contest for high school students, inCatholic schools and parish youth groups, within the Diocese of Orlando.The contest is for writers and artists, who should have a good understandingof how the Catholic Church teaches and promotes marriage as a vocationand its impact on society. The Office of Family Life and Pastoral Care will belooking for literary and art work which speak to the meaning of the Vocationof Marriage to the Catholic Church, the writers and artists, and its impact onsociety. Entries must be in by 5: p.m. on May 10, 2013.Please click on the dates below to view theOffice of Faith Formation’s eBulletinMarch 6, 2013 March 13, 2013March 20, 2013 March 27, 2013The contest application and lesson plans packets are available online forhigh school teachers, youth ministers and high school‐aged individualswishing to promote and enter this contest: http://www.orlandodiocese.org/family‐life‐office‐home (click on the Vocation of Marriage Tab).All contestants will have their:• Artwork displayed at the Marriage Conference, August 3rd, 2013 atHoly Family Catholic Church• Literary work(s) will be published in a memoir book from theConferenceThe winners will be interviewed on the Pastoral Ministries Updates RadioShow Buena Nueva FM, with a podcast available for your school and parishwebsites and announced at the Marriage Conference, August 3rd, 2013 atHoly Family Catholic Church and given prizes of• $100 gift cards for first place prizes, two awarded• $50 gift cards for second place prizes, two awarded• $25 gift cards for third place prizes, twoawardedFor more information, please contact Gigi Santiagoat gsantiago@orlandodiocese.org.


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Dear Colleagues,It is impossible to believe that we are already at the beginning of the month of April - themonth dedicated to Holy Eucharist, that great gift given to us by the Lord at the Last Supper. We arealso basking in the joy of the celebration of the Resurrection, that glorious day that gives us ouridentity as disciples of the Risen Christ who will live forever with Him. Please be sure to celebratethese days with the students, teaching them the richness of our faith and the joy that comes with theRisen Lord.Our children will be celebrating the joy of the resurrection in lots of ways. Many willbe feasting on cookies and chocolates. Many children throughout the world will not have thatopportunity. We must be good stewards of the gifts given to us by God. Our children have to learnthat they possess the ability to make life better for others. Our assistance with the missions is a truegift. Thank you for your support of the shoe drive and now the peanut butter drive.We are excited with all of the events over the last few weeks of the Papal Conclave and theelection of Pope Francis. In the coming week, there will be much to learn about our new HolyFather. However, the most important thing we can do for him at this point is to pray for him. Thereis a special prayer below for the Holy Father. Please have the students pray it for him during themonth of April.During this month of April, we wish a happy and blessed feast day to the following schoolcommunities:April 3:April 7:April 21:Resurrection Catholic School, LakelandDivine Mercy Catholic Academy, Merritt IslandGood Shepherd Catholic School, Orlando


With the election of a new pope, the Catholic Church is ushering in new leadership. Why nothave your school welcome the new pope by sending him a letter or card. Have the students includetheir thoughts and prayers for his upcoming role as leader of the nearly 1.2 billion Catholics around theworld. Please help the students understand that the new pope is very busy getting acclimated to his


important and influential new job. He may not be able to respond to your letters, but it is still nice thatthe children send one. You can mail your welcome card to the new pope at this address:His Holiness Pope FrancisApostolic PalaceVatican City 00120Or His Holiness Pope FrancisVatican City State, 00120.April 2: St. Francis of PaolaBorn: 1416: Died: 1507St. Francis was born in the tiny village of Paola, Italy. His parents were poor but humble and holy.They prayed to St. Francis of Assisi for a son and when he was born, they named him Francis. The boywent to a school taught by the Franciscan priests.When he was fifteen, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. Then with his parents' permission,he went to live in a cave as a hermit and spend his life for God alone.Before he was twenty years old he began to attract followers and other young men joined him. Whenhis followers became too many, St. Francis left his cave and with permission from the Church starteda new religious order, setting rules for them to follow.The people of Paola built a church and monastery for him and his followers. He called his new orderthe "Franciscan Order of Minim Friars." "Minims" means "the least of all."Everyone loved St. Francis. He prayed for them and worked many miracles. He was a prophet andcould read minds. He told his followers that they must be kind and humble, and do much penance.He himself was the best example of the virtues he preached.Once someone visited the saint and insulted him to his face. When the man was finished, Francis didsomething unusual. He quietly picked up some hot coals from the fireplace and closed his handstightly around them. But he was not burned at all. "Come, warm yourself," he said to his accuserkindly. "You are shivering because you need a little charity." At such a miracle, the visitor changed hismind about Francis. From then on, he admired him greatly.Another time, St. Francis wanted to sail across the Straits of Messina to Sicily, but the boatmanrefused to take him. Francis laid his cloak on the water, tied one end to his staff to make a sail, andsailed across with his friends.King Louis XI of France had not lived a very good life. Pope Sixtus IV requested Francis to minister tothe king when he was dying and King Louis eagerly welcomed Francis. Just the thought of dying madethe king terrified. He wanted Francis to work a miracle to cure him. Instead, the saint gently helpedthe frightened man to prepare well to die a holy death.The king had a change of heart, accepted God's will and died quietly in the arms of Francis. Before hedied, Francis helped restore peace between France and Spain by convincing King Louis to return some


land which was the cause of the trouble. He also helped restore peace between France and Brittanyby advising a marriage between the two ruling families.St. Francis lived a long life praising and loving God. He died on Good Friday in 1507, at the age ofninety-one.O most holy Saint Francis, God gives wisdom to the simple and makes the merest child wise. Praythat He grants me this reward He promises to the humble through your intercession. Help mealways to make a good examination of conscience and confession. Amen.April 3: St. Benedict the AfricanBenedict held important posts in the Franciscan Order and gracefully adjusted to other work when histerms of office were up.His parents were slaves brought from Africa to Messina, Sicily. Freed at 18, Benedict did farm workfor a wage and soon saved enough to buy a pair of oxen. He was very proud of those animals. In timehe joined a group of hermits around Palermo and was eventually recognized as their leader. Becausethese hermits followed the Rule of St. Francis, Pope Pius IV ordered them to join the First Order.Benedict was eventually novice master and then guardian of the friars in Palermo— positions rarelyheld in those days by a brother. In fact, Benedict was forced to accept his election as guardian. Andwhen his term ended he happily returned to his work in the friary kitchen.Benedict corrected the friars with humility and charity. Once he corrected a novice and assigned hima penance only to learn that the novice was not the guilty party. Benedict immediately knelt downbefore the novice and asked his pardon.In later life Benedict was not possessive of the few things he used. He never referred to them as"mine" but always called them "ours." His gifts for prayer and the guidance of souls earned him areputation for holiness throughout Sicily. Following the example of St. Francis, Benedict kept seven40-day fasts throughout the year; he also slept only a few hours each night.After Benedict’s death, King Philip III of Spain paid for a special tomb for this holy friar. Canonized in1807, he is honored as a patron saint by African-Americans.St. Benedict the Moor, lover of God and men, follower of St. Francis and heavenly friend of all thosewho love their fellow men as Christ loves them, look down fromYour high throne in heaven and obtain for us the favors we ask Implore God, we beg you:To forgive our many sins, especially those of prejudice and pride; to deepen our faith in his SonJesus Christ, Who came to redeem all men; to strengthen our hope in God,Who is our Father; to increase our love for Him and for all His children;And to make us instruments of His peace, so that, where there is hatred, we may sow love.Amen.


April 4: St. Isidore of Seville (Patron of the Internet)Born: 556: Died: 636Isidore was born at Cartagena, in Spain although their family was originally from Rome. Hisparents Severianus and Theodora were very pious and good. As a result, two of Isidore's olderbrothers, Leander and Fulgentius, became bishops and saints, too. Their sister, Florentina, who was anun, is also a saint.As a child, Isidore received a very good education. His older brother Leander raised Isidore as theirfather had died. Little Isidore was not a very good student at first and thought Leander was just aboutthe meanest person in the whole world because he pushed Isidore to do his lessons.He taught Isidore that we can do so much good for Jesus' Church when we take our educationseriously. Finally, Isidore went to Jesus with his problem and became one of the most learned men ofhis time. Then he realized that Leander loved him and had really been a wonderful friend.Isidore lived long before the Council of Trent, which started seminaries (schools) to train priests.St. Isidore thought that every diocese should have a seminary and a Catholic school for higherlearning. Many years later, both of his dreams came true when the great Catholic universities as wellas seminaries were started.Isidore first became a priest and then was made the bishop of Seville, Spain. This is where he made ahuge difference to the Church of his time. He was bishop of Seville for thirty-seven years. During thattime, he took up the work of the previous bishop, his brother, St. Leander. These two brothers helpedteach the Visigoth Arians about Jesus and they were gladly baptized in the Catholic Church.St. Isidore was a good organizer and was asked to direct two important Church meetings calledCouncils. The first was in Seville, Spain, in 619, and the other in Toledo, Spain, in 633. These Councilshelped the Church be more united.This saint wrote many books, too. He wrote a history of Goths and a history of the world beginningwith creation. He wrote a rule for religious orders. He wrote about Bible heroes and heroines. Heeven wrote a dictionary and an encyclopedia.Bishop Isidore was always available for his people. The poor of Seville knew they could go to him forhelp. There was a long queue of people in need every day, at the bishop's house. Isidore prayed andled a life of sacrifice, too. He really was a holy and much loved bishop. He died in 636.A Prayer before Logging onto the Internet and the Catholic OnlineAlmighty and eternal God,who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good,true and beautiful,especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son,our Lord Jesus Christ,grant we beseech Thee that,through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctorduring our journeys through the Internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which ispleasing to Thee


and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.Through Christ our Lord.AmenApril 5: St. Vincent FerrerBorn: 1350: Died: 1419St. Vincent Ferrer was born at Valencia, in Spain. He had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. Itmade him very happy, when anyone spoke of her. Vincent was very intelligent and did well in hisstudies. He was also handsome, but he wasn't proud or boastful. When Vincent was seventeen, heentered the Dominican order against the wishes of his family.First, Father Vincent taught theology (religious studies) at different colleges. Then he became a verygood preacher and converted thousands of people who heard him preach and became Christians. TheDominicans are called the Order of Preachers. For twenty years, Father Vincent traveled as amissionary, preaching all over Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland andGranada.Although there were no microphones in those days, his voice could be heard from a great distance.Even a well-known Jewish rabbi, Paul of Burgos, became a Catholic. Vincent later became bishop ofCartagena, Spain and Counselor to Pope Benedict XIII. He then traveled through Spain, France,Switzerland and Italy to help end the Great Schism which was keeping these countries apart becausethey could not agree. He was a miracle worker and had the gift of tongues.Many Catholics were so impressed by Vincent's sermons and example of holiness that they becamemuch better Catholics. St. Vincent depended totally on God. He also asked people for prayers andpenance for the success of his sermons. He knew it was not his words or his talents that won peopleover. That is why he prayed before every sermon.But one time, when he knew that a very important person was going to listen to him, he workedharder than usual on his sermon. He ran out of time to pray. This sermon which he had prepared socarefully did not affect the nobleman at all. God let that happen to teach Vincent not to count onhimself.Another time, this same important person came to listen to Father Vincent preach. But this time thepriest did not know it. He prayed and counted on God, as usual. The nobleman listened to the sermonand was very impressed by what he heard. When Vincent was told, he said: "In the first sermon it wasVincent who preached. In the second sermon, it was Jesus Christ."He also said, “If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first withall your heart. Ask him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it you canaccomplish what you desire.” St. Vincent died in 1419 at Vannes, Brittany, in France.O glorious Apostle and worker of miracles, St Vincent Ferrer, new angel of the Apocalypse and ourkind protector, receive our humble prayers and obtain for us a copious shower of divine favors. Bythat love with which thy heart was inflamed, obtain for us from the Father of mercies the pardon ofall our sins, confirmation in the Faith, and perseverance in good works; so that by living as goodand fervent Christians we may become worthy of thy powerful patronage. Extend thy patronage


also to our bodies, and free us from our infirmities. Protect our lands from the violence of tempestand hail, and keep misfortune far from us. Thus, blessed by thee in the goods of soul and body, weshall be ever devout to thee, and one day see thee in heaven, there with thee to praise God foreverand ever. Amen.April 7: Divine MercyThe Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion based on the visions of Jesus reportedby Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), known as "the Apostle of Mercy." She was a Polishsister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and canonized as a Catholic saint in2000.Faustina stated that she received the prayer through visions and conversations with Jesus, who madespecific promises regarding the recitation of the prayers. Her Vatican biography quotes some of theseconversations.The chaplet is often said as a rosary-based prayer with the same set of rosary beads used for recitingthe Holy Rosary or the Chaplet of Holy Wounds. The chaplet may also be said without beads, usuallyby counting prayers on the fingertips, and may be accompanied by the veneration of the DivineMercy image.April 8: St. Julie BilliartBorn: 1751: Died: 1816Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in Belgium and was the sixth of seven children. Her parents Jean-François Billiart and Marie-Louise-Antoinette Debraine were peasant farmers. Her uncle, the villageschool teacher, taught her to read and write.Although she was not a very good student, she loved to study her catechism. In fact, when she wasjust seven, Julie knew her catechism by heart and would explain it to other little children. When herparents became poor, she worked hard to help support the family. She even went to harvest thecrops. Yet she always found time to pray, to visit the sick, and to teach catechism. When she wasfourteen she decided she would not marry but give her life to God. Instead she spent her life servingand teaching the poor.While she was still a young woman, she was sitting beside her father when someone shot at him. Theshock made her very ill and completely paralyzed. Although helpless, St. Julie offered her prayers sothat sinners would find eternal happiness with God. She was closer to God than ever and kept onteaching catechism from bed.She was a very holy and people came to her for advice because she helped them grow closer to Jesusand practice their faith with more love. She encouraged everyone who came to her to receive HolyCommunion often.Many young women were inspired by Julie's love for God. They were willing to spend their time andmoney for good works. With Julie as their leader, they started the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namurand were devoted to the Christian education of girls.


Once a priest gave a mission in the town where Julie was. He asked her to make a novena with himfor an intention which was a secret. After five days, on the feast of the Sacred Heart, he said:"Mother, if you have faith, take one step in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus." Mother Billiart, whohad been paralyzed for twenty-two years, stood up and was healed!St. Julie spent the rest of her life looking after and training young women to become sisters. Peoplewho did not understand her mission, hurt her a lot, but she always trusted God. Her favorite wordswere: "How good is the good God."God rewarded her by helping her religious congregation to grow. By the time St. Julie died on April 8,1816, there were already fifteen convents. Today there are many of St. Julie's sisters of Notre Dameall over the world.Saint Julie, through your great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, you weremiraculously cured and favored by many graces. By your powerful intercession, obtainfor us above all, great trust in God in all difficulties of life, the strength to accomplish inall things the precious will of God and the special grace we now humbly ask of you.AmenApril 9: St. CasildaSt. Casilda was the daughter of a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10 th century. Casilda washerself raised as a Muslim and showed special kindness to Christian prisoners. She became ill as ayoung woman but was not convinced that any of the local Arab doctors could cure her. So, she made apilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain. Like so many other people who made theirway there—many of them suffering from hemorrhages—Casilda sought the healing waters of theshrine. We’re uncertain what brought her to the shrine, but we do know that she left it relieved ofillness.In response, she became a Christian and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from themiraculous spring. It’s said that she lived to be 100 years old. Her death likely occurred around theyear 1050.Tensions between Muslims and Christians have often existed throughout history, sometimes resultingin bloody conflict. Through her quiet, simple life Casilda served her Creator—first in one faith, thenanother.Almighty and Eternal God,may Your grace enkindle in all of us a love for the many unfortunate people,whom poverty and misery reduce to a condition of life unworthy of human beings.Arouse in the hearts of those who call You Father, a hunger and thirst for social justice and forfraternal charity in deeds and in truth.Grant, O Lord, peace in our days: peace to souls, peace in families, peace to our country, peaceamong nations, and peace among all believers We ask this through the intercession of St. Casilda,Amen.


April 12: St. Joseph MoscatiBorn: 1880: Died: 1927Joseph was born at Benevento in Italy to wealthy parents. He was the seventh of nine children. Thenone of his brother's died and Joseph was filled with deep sadness. He asked Jesus in the Eucharist andMother Mary to help him understand the reason for this suffering.He was finally convinced that all suffering had to have a purpose. He also realized the importance ofexpert medical care. Most important though, he understood that our life is a journey toward eternity.It is our duty to help people and serve them as we journey. Joseph prayed and thought about what heshould do with his life. He decided to become a doctor as he wanted to help cure physical pain.When he was twenty three, Dr. Moscati who had become a learned and famous physician began hisservice at the Hospital of the Incurables in Naples. Later he opened his own office. All patients werewelcome whether they could pay or not. He would write prescriptions for poor patients, and then payfor the medicine himself.Every day was long and hard, but Dr. Moscati remained gentle and kind. He made the effort to listencarefully to his patients. He encouraged them and prayed for them.Besides being an excellent doctor, he was holy too. How did he do it? Each morning he went to Massand spent time in prayer. Then the doctor would visit the sick poor in the slums of Naples. From therehe would go to the hospital and begin his rounds.He healed, taught and supported the poor and outcast, and could sometimes tell what a patient'sillness was without having seen the patient and prescribe medicines for it. He knew when and how touse a patient's faith and the sacraments to cure them.For twenty-four years, Joseph worked and prayed for his patients. He was the director of manyhospitals and medical societies and poured all his strength into his life's calling. He even served as adoctor in the front lines of World War I.On the afternoon of April 12, 1927, Dr. Moscati did not feel well, so he went to his office and relaxedin an arm chair. There he had a stroke and died. He was forty-seven.Dr. Joseph Moscati was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II on October 25, 1987. He was the firstmodern doctor to be canonized. After his death many people who have prayed to him have beenhealed.Dear St Joseph Moscati, true model of Christian doctors, in the exercise of your medical profession,you always took care of both the body and soul of every patient.Look on us, who have recourse to your heavenly intercession, and obtain for us both physical andspiritual health, and a share in the dispensation of heavenly favors.Soothe the pains of our suffering people; give comfort to the sick, consolation to the afflicted andhope to the despondent.May our young people find in you an ideal, our workers an example, the aging a comfort, the dyingthe hope of eternal salvation.


To all of us be a pattern of industriousness, honesty and charity; so we may comply with ourChristian duties and glorify God our Father."Amen.April 16: St. Bernadette SoubirousBernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town ofLourdes in southern France. The family was living in the basement of a dilapidated building when onFebruary 11, 1858; the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of theGave River near Lourdes. Bernadette, 14 years old, was known as a virtuous girl though a dull studentwho had not even made her first Holy Communion. In poor health, she had suffered from asthmafrom an early age.There were 18 appearances in all, the final one occurring on the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, July16. Although Bernadette's initial reports provoked skepticism, her daily visions of "the Lady" broughtgreat crowds of the curious. The Lady, Bernadette explained, had instructed her to have a chapel builton the spot of the visions. There the people were to come to wash in and drink of the water of thespring that had welled up from the very spot where Bernadette had been instructed to dig.According to Bernadette, the Lady of her visions was a girl of 16 or 17 who wore a white robe with ablue sash. Yellow roses covered her feet; a large rosary was on her right arm. In the vision on March25 she told Bernadette, "I am the Immaculate Conception." It was only when the words wereexplained to her that Bernadette came to realize who the Lady was.Few visions have ever undergone the scrutiny that these appearances of the Immaculate Virgin weresubject to. Lourdes became one of the most popular Marian shrines in the world, attracting millionsof visitors. Miracles were reported at the shrine and in the waters of the spring. After thoroughinvestigation Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862.During her life Bernadette suffered much. She was hounded by the public as well as by civic officialsuntil at last she was protected in a convent of nuns. Five years later she petitioned to enter the Sistersof Notre Dame. After a period of illness she was able to make the journey from Lourdes and enter thenovitiate. But within four months of her arrival she was given the last rites of the Church and allowedto profess her vows. She recovered enough to become infirmarian and then sacristan, but chronichealth problems persisted. She died on April 16, 1879, at the age of 35.She was canonized in 1933.O God, protector and lover of the humble, You bestowed on your servant, Bernadette, the favor ofthe vision of Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin Mary, and of speech with Her. Grant that we maydeserve to behold you in Heaven.Saint Bernadette through your intercession give me the grace of praying in the occasions of sin.Grant me a holy recollection, the grace of being aware of Mary’s holy presence, and the virtue ofsilence. Grant me from God the holy virtue of spiritual and bodily purity; as well as purity ofconscience through humble, frequent, and sincere confession, for the greater glory of God. Obtainfor me a heroic faith along with a loving-filled confidence in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and theImmaculate Heart of Mary.


God our Father, you give joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.Through the prayers of His Mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us to the happiness of eternal life. Weask this through Saint Bernadette and with the intercession of the Twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary.Amen.April 17: St. Benedict Joseph LabreBorn: 1748: Died: 1783St. Benedict was born at Amettes, Boulogne in France. This French saint led a most unusual life. Hewas one of fifteen children in a well-off middle class family. His father was a store owner andBenedict was taught by his uncle, a priest.When the good priest died, Benedict tried to enter a monastery but they refused to take him in as hewas too young. Then he managed to convince another order of monks to take him in. He loved thelife of prayer and penance but soon Benedict became thin and frail.They suggested that he return home and lead a good Christian life. He had no choice, he went homeand slowly gained back his health. He prayed asking God to show him what he was to do with his life.He soon felt he had the answer. He would become a pilgrim, a person on a holy journey of prayer andpenance. As a pilgrim, he would travel to the famous shrines of Europe.Benedict began his journey on foot. He visited one church after another. He wore a plain cloth robe, acrucifix over his heart and a rosary around his neck. He slept on the bare ground. The only food hehad was what kind people gave him. If they gave him money, he gave it to the poor.If he was given more food than he needed for the day, he would give the remainder to someone whoneeded it more than he did. He healed some of his homeless friends and even multiplied bread forthem, when they had no food.His "suitcase" was a sack. In it he carried his own Gospel, as well as medals and holy books to give toothers. St. Benedict paid no attention to the beautiful sights in the cities he visited. His only interestwas in the churches where Jesus dwelt in the Blessed Sacrament.When St. Benedict knelt in front of the tabernacle, he became as still as a statue. His pale, tired faceglowed. It was said he often floated in the air when he looked at Jesus' Crown of Thorns and deeplyfelt His pain.He would talk to Jesus and to the Blessed Mother. He would whisper, "Mary, O my Mother!" He wastruly happy when he was keeping Jesus and Mother Mary company.As the years passed, St. Benedict looked more and more like a beggar. He was ragged and dirty. Heate crusts of bread and potato peels. He never asked for anything that would make his life morecomfortable. In some places, children threw stones at him and called him names.People who didn't know him tended to avoid him. But people who did know him both rich and poorcame to him for advice and counsel.


He died in 1783 at the age of thirty-five. The fame of this poor holy man spread far and wide. Hisjourney had ended. The pilgrimage was over and he would be with Jesus and Mary forever.Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, you gave up honor, money and home for love of Jesus. Help us to setour hearts on Jesus and not on the things of this world. You lived in obscurity among the poor in thestreets. Enable us to see Jesus in our poor brothers and sisters and not judge by appearances. Makeus realize that in helping them we are helping Jesus. Show us how to befriend them and not passthem by.Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, you had a great love for prayer. Obtain for us the grace of perseveringprayer, especially adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, poor in the eyes of men but rich in the eyes of God, pray for us. Amen.April 23: St. GeorgeDied: (around) 304St. George was a favorite soldier in the army of Diocletian, a pagan emperor who did not believe inGod. Diocletian was a bitter enemy of the Christians and put to death every Christian he could find.When George became a Christian, he went to the emperor and scolded him for being so cruel andgave up his position in the Roman army. He first sold everything he had and gave the money to thepoor. Then, free to follow Jesus and bearing the shield of faith, he became a loyal soldier for Christ.St. George paid a very high price for his bravery. He was cruelly tortured and beheaded at Lydda inPalestine. So boldly daring and cheerful was St. George in declaring his faith that people were filledwith courage when they heard about it.Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to save a beautiful lady. The dragon standsfor wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George kills the dragon because he won thebattle against the devil.The story goes like this … A dragon lived in a lake near Silena, Libya. Whole armies had gone upagainst this fierce creature, but had died. The monster ate two sheep a day and when he had eatenall the sheep, lots were drawn in local villages, and young women were given as food for the dragoninstead of sheep.Into this country came Saint George. Hearing the story on a day when a princess was to be eaten, hemade the sign of the cross, rode to battle and killed the dragon with a single blow of his lance.George then preached a wonderful sermon, and many of the people in that kingdom becameChristians. The grateful king gave George a large reward but George distributed it to the poor androde away.Because of his gracious behavior (protecting women, fighting evil, strong faith, strength, bravery, andgenerosity to the poor), devotion to Saint George became popular in the Europe and he was namedthe patron of England. His feast day was as popular and important as Christmas.Many songs and poems were written about this martyr who gave his life for Jesus. Soldiers,especially, have always been devoted to him.


Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Savior JesusChrist before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always beready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord JesusChrist; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.April 24:St. Fidelis of SigmaringenBorn: 1578: Died: 1622Mark Rey was born at Sigmaringen in Germany. He studied at the well-known University of Freiburgto become a lawyer. Even as a student, he liked to visit the sick and the poor and daily spent time inprayer. When Mark, finished his studies he became a famous lawyer.His brother George chose to become a Capuchin Franciscan priest.As a lawyer, Mark often took on the cases of poor people who had no money to pay. He wasnicknamed, "The Poor Man's Lawyer." Now, because he was very honest, Mark was shocked at thedishonesty of the law courts and gave up the law.Instead, he gave away all his wealth to the poor and followed his brother to priesthood. When hebecame a priest, he took the name Fidelis, which means "faithful."Father Fidelis was filled with joy when he was asked to go preach in Switzerland where there weremany enemies of the Catholic faith. He wanted to win these people called the Calvinistsand Zwinglians back to the Church. His preaching brought wonderful results and many people wereconverted.Enemies of the Church grew angry at his success. St. Fidelis knew that his life was in danger, but hewent right on preaching. In the middle of a sermon one day, someone shot at him, but the bulletmissed.Father Fidelis knew he had to leave town at once and he did. But as he was walking down the road tothe next town, a mob of angry men stopped him. They ordered the priest to give up the Catholicfaith. St. Fidelis firmly refused.The men then attacked him with spiked clubs and crude tools. The wounded priest pulled himself upto a kneeling position. He prayed: "Lord, forgive my enemies. They do not know what they are doing.Lord Jesus, have mercy on me! Holy Mary, my Mother, help me!"Then the men attacked him again until they were sure he was dead. St. Fidelis died a martyr in 1622at the age of forty-four at Grusch, Grisons in Switzerland.O God, who didst vouchsafe to enkindle in St. Fidelis the seraphic fire of charity, and didst adornhim with the palm of martyrdom and of astounding miracles in the propagation of the true Faith,so strengthen us by Thy grace in faith and in charity that we may merit to be found faithful in Thyservice unto death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


April 25: St. MarkDied: 68 ADMark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, he was acousin of St. Barnabas, an apostle. Mark is called an evangelist because he wrote one of the fourGospels. Mark's Gospel is short, but it gives many little details that are not in the other Gospels.While still young, Mark went with the two great saints, Paul and Barnabas, as missionaries to bringthe teachings of Jesus to Cyprus and other new lands. Before the journey was over, though, Mark hadan argument with St. Paul and immediately returned to Jerusalem. Paul and Mark later made peacewith each other. In fact, Paul wrote from prison in Rome that Mark came to cheer and help him.Mark also became a beloved disciple and was like a son to St. Peter, the first pope. St. Mark wasmade a bishop and sent to Alexandria, Egypt. There many people who heard him preach becameChristians. He worked hard to spread love for Jesus and his Church and founded the first famousChristian school in Alexandria.He went through long and painful sufferings before he died a martyr for his faith. St. Mark's relicswere brought to Venice, Italy. He is the patron saint of that famous city. People go to the beautifulbasilica of St. Mark to honor him and to pray to him.Almighty God, who by the hand of Mark the evangelist have given to your Church the Gospel ofJesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmlygrounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the HolySpirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.April 29: St. Catherine of SienaBorn: 1347: Died: 1380Catherine was born at Siena, Tuscany in Italy. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-fivechildren. When she was six years old Jesus appeared and blessed her. Her mother and father wantedher to be happily married. But, Catherine wished only to be a nun.To make herself as unattractive as possible, she cut off her long, beautiful hair. Her parents were veryupset and scolded her often. They also gave her the most difficult housework to do. But Catherine didnot change her mind. Finally, her parents stopped bothering her and allowed her to become a nun.St. Catherine was very honest and straightforward with Jesus and scolded him when he was notaround to help her in her struggles and temptations. Jesus told her that because he was in her heartshe was able to win her struggles by his grace.One night when the people of Siena were out on the streets celebrating, the little baby Jesus and hismother Mary appeared to Catherine who was praying alone in her room. Mary took Catherine's handand the infant Jesus put a ring on the saint's finger and she became his bride.In those days the Church had many problems. There were fights going on all over Italy. Catherinewrote letters to kings and queens. She even went to beg rulers to make peace with the pope and toavoid wars.


Catherine asked the pope to leave Avignon, France, and return to Rome to rule the Church as it wasGod's will. He listened to St. Catherine and did as she said.Catherine never forgot that Jesus was in her heart. Through her, Jesus helped the sick people shenursed and comforted the prisoners she visited in jail.This great saint died in Rome in 1380 when she was just thirty-three. She is the patroness of Italy, hercountry. Hundreds of years later St. Catherine was named a Doctor of the Church. She received thisgreat honor because she served Jesus' Church boldly during her short lifetime.Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of the admirable St.Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspiredby an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished Lamb. In troubled times she strenuously upheld therights of His beloved spouse, The Church. Father, honor her merits and hear her prayers for eachof us, and for our whole school community. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption ofthis world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example. Help usalways to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to theharbor of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men's souls. Grant also to each of us ourspecial petition. (mention your request)We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit. St. Catherine of Siena, Pray forus. Amen.God of Wisdom you made our sister Catherine burn with divine love in contemplating the Lord'spassion and in serving your Church. With the help of her prayers may your people, united in themystery of Christ, rejoice forever in the revelation of his glory, who lives and reigns with you andthe Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.April 30: St. Pius VBorn: 1504: Died: 1572This holy pope was born at Bosco in Italy to noble Italian parents. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri.Because his family lost their wealth and became poor, his parents had no money to send him toschool.It seemed as though Anthony's dream to become a priest, would never come true. Then one day, twoDominican priests visited their home and met Anthony. They liked him so much that they offered toeducate him.Anthony received an excellent education. He also became very pious and holy. So at the age offourteen, Anthony joined the Dominican order. That is when he took the name "Michael." He finallybecame a priest, and was appointed a teacher of philosophy and divinity (religion) in Genoa.He traveled for sixteen years to the many Dominican houses teaching them how to live for God. Thenhe was made bishop and later a cardinal. He continued teaching his people how to live a holy life byhis words and example.


He bravely defended the teachings of the Church against those who fought against them. He lived alife of penance and sacrifice. When he was sixty-one, he was chosen pope and took the name PopePius V.He had once been a poor shepherd boy. Now he was the head of the whole Catholic Church. Yet heremained as humble as ever and still wore his white Dominican habit, the same old one he hadalways worn. No one could make him change it.As pope, Pius V had many challenges to face, and he drew strength from the crucifix. He reflectedevery day on the sufferings and death of Jesus. At this time, the Turks were trying to conquer andtake over the whole Christian world. They had a great navy on the Mediterranean Sea.Christian soldiers went to battle against them at a place called Lepanto, near Greece. From themoment the army set out, the pope prayed the Rosary and asked the people to do the same. Thanksto the help of the Blessed Mother, the Christians won a great victory. In gratitude and thanksgiving toMary, St. Pius V established the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which we celebrate each year onOctober 7.As pope, he started many new seminaries (colleges for priests) and wrote many church documents toguide the people. He spent much time looking after the poor with money from the church wealth andbuilding hospitals for the sick. Pope Pius V died in Rome on May 1, 1572.O God, who in your providence raised up Pope Saint Pius the Fifth in your Church that the faithmight be safeguarded and more fitting worship be offered to you, grant, through his intercession,that we may participate in your mysteries with lively faith and fruitful charity. Through our LordJesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, foreverand ever.


Peanut Butter Drive to benefit children in the Dominican RepublicWhat do we do with it?How you can donate:We provide the students in ourschools in the DominicanRepublic with several meals a day.We like to jumpstart their daywith breakfast including peanutbutter. For many of the children,these will be the only meals theyeat. Because of these meals, theirparents allow them tocome to school insteadof working in the fields.We also give peanutbutter to families in needso that they may thrive.Why Peanut Butter?Helps malnourished childrenregain healthHas high amounts of protein,certain vitamins and fiberHigh in calories and “good” oilGood for the heartIt’s inexpensive


From: Office of Faith Formation[m1@igenti.net]Subject: eBulletin - 6 March 2013Office of Faith FormationeBulletin • eBoletínOficina de Formación en la FeDennis Johnson, Jr. Michelle Fischer(407)246-4913 (407)246-4867Mike Becker AmandaLivermore(407)246-4912 (407)246-4863Bob Birmingham Valeta Orlando(407)246-4910 (407)246-49116 March 2013eNEWSLenten greetings and blessings on your ministry!Please be informed that our next Ministry Foundations Series event (28 March 2013) is cancelled.My rationale for this decision is three-fold:• In principle, our aim is to gather the LEM-community on a monthly-basis. Our upcomingMinistry Professionals Day (March 12, 2013) features Brian Singer-Towns who willprovide a theological update on biblical literacy and an analysis of practical approaches forincorporating scripture into your catechetical outreach with adolescents (and their families).You may still register your attendance through the end of this week(off@orlandodiocese.org or 407.246.4914). The event is free (with a suggested offering of$10 to cover lunch and materials). Brian is nationally known for his expertise in biblicalcatechesis. Please join us!• Diocesan policies which impact parish-based catechetical programming are under reviewbut will not be ready for our upcoming meetings. Therefore, for those requiringorientation/coaching with regard to our existing policies and procedures, I’m offering “one-


on-one we’ll come to you sessions” featuring a member of my Office of Faith Formationteam. The goal is to maximize the use of your time and to respect your effort! Contact meto schedule your one-on-one training or update (djohnsonjr@orlandodiocese.org or404.246.4913).• Our April 9, 2013 Ministry Professionals Gathering features the Center for MinistryDevelopment’s national leadership development seminar on “Evangelizing CatholicFamilies” which should be relevant for all of us.My apologies for inconveniencing you; although, despite these adjustments, our spring is busy!Biblical Literacy & Middle School Ministry – REGISTER TODAY! and join us next week, Tuesday March12 for the presentation by Brian Singer-Towns. FLYERNCYC Pilgrimage- Please submit your parish registration by March 15, and mark your calendar forthe parish group leader meeting on March 19. First time parish group leaders begin at 12:30pmand all parish group leaders are to be present 1:30-3:30pm. The parish leader packet and parishregistration form are available at: http://www.orlandodiocese.org/ym-ncycNCYC Youth Animators – This leadership opportunity is recommended for those who haveparticipated in a past NCYC and are drawn to being a part of leading prayer, proclaimingscripture, singing, dancing and bringing joy and life to the main stage. Applications are due byApril 29, 2013. Information and applications are now available at:http://www.ncyc.info/program/animators.htmRETREAT FOR THE ELECTThe staff at San Pedro Center will once again be offering a retreat day for those who havecelebrated the Rite of Election. This unique opportunity is offered in English for those in highschool and older. Their sponsors and godparents are encouraged, although not required, to attendwith them. Details are on the attached flyer which can be found here.This will be the fourth year this retreat is offered. The response from the previous threeyears has been universally positive. A weakness in many of our parish catechumenal processes isthat formation is done almost exclusively within the parish. But we are not initiating people intojust the parish; we are initiating them into a universal Church. This retreat day gives our soon-tobenewest Catholics an experience of the larger Church into which they are being baptized. It also


introduces them to San Pedro Center, a jewel in our Diocese. Please encourage your parish electto attend.Promoting the Univ of Dayton On-line classes.Two promotional videos are now available for use by school and parish leadership . The first is afour minute Overview of the VLCFF and the second is a six minute clip entitled Getting Startedwith VLCFF, which explains how to participate in the classes. Visit https://vlc.udayton.edu/ toview the videos from the university site or visit YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fgIUmMKptS4 for the overview andhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=crBDZ9kHQUU for the GettingStarted video. These are excellent promotions worthy of your website or email links to yourcatechists.eVENTS03•08•2013DEADLINE FOR YOUTH SUBMISSIONS FOR LIGHT OF FAITH AWARDSThis year we are inviting the youth of our diocese, both Middle School and High School to be a part of our “Open Wide the Doorsof Faith” media contest. Submissions are due March 8, 2013. Guidelines and a sample lesson plan are included in the contestpacket.WHO: Middle and High School YouthWHEN: Now until March 8, 2013CONTACT: Michelle Fischer at mfischer@orlandodiocese.org03•011-15•2013


MORNINGS OF REFLECTION FOR SENIOR ADULTSSister Pat Thomas, OP from RENEW International will be offering Mornings of Reflections throughout thediocese during the week of March 11-15. These Mornings are open to anyone. You do not have to be a memberof the host parish and people should be encouraged to bring their non-Catholic friends. Please download anddistribute the flyer located here.WHO: All are welcomeWHEN:Monday, March 11 at 10:00am: Our Lady of Hope, Port OrangeTuesday, March 12 at 9:45am: St. Matthew, Winter HavenWednesday, March 13 at 9:30am: St. Timothy, Lady LakeThursday, March 14 at 9:00am: St. John the Evangelist, VieraFriday, March 15 at 9:30am: Holy Cross, OrlandoCOST: NoneREGISTRATION: Not necessaryCONTACT: Valeta Orlando at vorlando@orlandodiocese.org03•12•2013PROFESSIONAL DAY: ENGAGING PARISHES IN BIBLICAL LITERACY & MINISTRY WITH YOUNG ADOLESCENTSPresented by Brian Singer-Towns of St Mary's Press. Review the FLYER and register today.WHO: The morning is relevant to all ministry professionals. The afternoon session is open to all ministry leaders, youth ministersand DREs will find this information is essential to their ministry.WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMCOST: $10.00 includes lunch and materialsCONTACT: Michelle Fischer with questionsRegister: Contact off@orlandodiocese.org03•-15•2013NCYC Parish Registration Deadline


Parish Leader PacketParish Registration FormDiocesan NCYC siteContact: Michelle Fischer 407.246.4867 or MFischer@orlandodiocese.org03•19•2013NCYC Parish Group Leaders MeetingTime: 12:30-1:30pm for all First-Time Parish Group Leaders1:30-3:00pm for ALL parish group leaders (first-time group leaders stay for this meeting)Location: Chancery - Bishop Grady Conference RoomContact: Michelle Fischer 407.246.4867 or MFischer@orlandodiocese.org04•03•2013Cycle 3 - Registration Closes - University Dayton (UD-VLCFF) Online CoursesRegistration for Cycle 3, which runs April 7 - May 11, 2013, closes April 3, 2013. The online programsupports adult faith, catechist and lay ecclesial leadership formation - anytime and anywhere via theinternet.WHO: All in ministryWHEN: Mar 05 – Apr 03, 2013 enrollment periodCOST: $40 per 5-week seminarREGISTER: go to vlc.udayton.edu to become a new student and register for a course.CONTACT: Mike Becker at (407)246-4912 or mbecker@orlandodiocese.org for questions04•09*•2013Evangelizing Youth and Families: Engaging a New Generation of DisciplesParishes and Catholic Schools are sharing Jesus' messae with youth and their families in newways that lead to deeper faith and belonging. Join us for the workshop in which we will sharenew energy, new methods, and new resources for evangelizing youth and their families. FLYERWHO: All ministry leaders whose ministries connect with youth and their families, including youth ministry, catechesis, familyministry and sacramental preparation.WHEN: April 9, 2013; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMWHERE: Diocese of Orlando - Chancery Courtroom (host for CMD workshop)


COST: $54.00 - includes lunch and materialsRegister: nancy@cmdnet.org04•12-14•2013EXPERIENCIA CRISTO – Retiro para Jóvenes AdolescentesEl retiro Experiencia Cristo le da la oportunidad al joven de conocer amistades nuevas y divertirsecon juegos, música y dinámicas.WHO: Jóvenes Adolescentes 15-18 años (edad de colegio)WHEN: April 12-14, 2013COST: $75.00WHERE: Central Florida Bible CampREGISTRATION - Click HERE for the registration packet.CONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.org04•20-21•2013VOICE OF TRUTH – High School Diocesan RetreatWHO: Youth in high school interested in going deeper in their faithWHEN: April 20-21, 2013TIMES: 8:30am Registration, 9:00am Opening Session April 20 – 3:oopm April 21COST: $75.00WHERE: San Pedro Center, Winter ParkREGISTRATION - Click HERE for flyer and registrationCONTACT: mfischer@orlandodiocese.org06•08•2013CATHOLIC DAY AT WET N WILDSAVE THE DATEWHO: EveryoneWHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013WHERE: Wet n' Wild, OrlandoCONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.org


CATECHIST FORMATIONJune Classes. The planning guidance was sent to all parish and schoolcatechetical leaders by email on Feb 25th. The period from Monday, June10 to Wednesday June 19 is the June clinic. Deanery leaders have agreed toorganize planning sessions of school and parish representatives to coordinateand consolidate needs, dates and host facilities. The interaction at thedeanery/cluster level is the most effective way to match needs andresources. I look forward to receiving requests, which are due by April 15.Registrations wil take place in May.-- DCCP Schedule for the remainder of the year --WHO: Catechists and catechetical leadersCOST: $15 / person for all classes.Contact: mbecker@orlandodiocese.org or (407) 246-491203•09•2013WHEN: Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Feb 20, 2013Ministry and Catechesis - DCCP Class 101-N1Rescheduled from Jan 12, 2013WHERE: Immaculate Heart of Mary, CandlerENROLLED: 22Catechesis and Human Sexuality - DCCP Class 211-C17WHERE: St. Margaret Mary, Winter ParkENROLLED: 24La catequesis y la sexualidad humana - DCCP Class 211-S13-SPRescheduled from Jan 12, 2013WHERE: Our Lady of Lourdes, MelbourneENROLLED: 7World Religions - DCCP Class 215-C20


WHERE: St. Margaret Mary, Winter ParkENROLLED: 37This class requires DCCP course 102-We Believe: Catholic Faith and Life03•16•2013WHEN: Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Feb 27, 2013“Who Do You Say I Am?”: The Person of Jesus Christ - DCCP Class 203-C13WHERE: All Souls, SanfordENROLLED: 23This class requires DCCP course 103-Introduction to ScriptureNew!!Leading People to Sacraments: Sacramental Catechesis - DCCP Class 104-C34WHERE: Holy Redeemer, KissimmeeENROLLED: 18Class added, not on registration form. Register via email with participant information.04•06•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 06, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Mar 20, 2013Ecclesiology: The Mystery of the Church - DCCP Class 206-E5WHERE: Our Lady of Hope, Port OrangeENROLLED: 1304•27•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Apr 10, 2013“Who Do You Say I Am?”: The Person of Jesus Christ - DCCP Class 203-S7WHERE: Ascension, MelbourneENROLLED: 19This class requires DCCP course 103-Introduction to Scripture06•01•2013WHO: Vietnamese speaking participants in the diocese.WHEN: Saturday, Jun 01, 2013 8:00am – 7:00pmContact: Sister Marie at snowdream2@yahoo.comWe Celebrate Our Faith: Catechesis and Liturgy - DCCP Class 106-V3WHERE: St. Philip Phan Van Minh, Orlando· #SendToFriend# · #UpdateProfile# · #Remove# ·This email was sent to: #EmailID#The sender of this email is:Diocese of Orlando, Office of Faith Formation


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From: Office of Faith Formation[m1@igenti.net]Subject: eBulletin - 13 March 2013Office of Faith FormationeBulletin • eBoletínOficina de Formación en la FeDennis Johnson, Jr. Michelle Fischer(407)246-4913 (407)246-4867Mike Becker Amanda Livermore(407)246-4912 (407)246-4863Bob Birmingham Valeta Orlando(407)246-4910 (407)246-491113 March 2013eNEWSBLESSED LENT!Habemus Papam! This week the Church Universal entered into conclave. Speculation had beenablaze and its flames continued building but until ultimately the inspirational fire of the HolySpirit that rested upon the cardinal-electors who chose Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina asour Pope, Supreme Pontiff, (Patriarch of the West), and Bishop of Rome who has become theServant to the Servants of the People of God. Let us pray for the Catholic Church and our newHoly Father, Pope Francis, as our shared mission of evangelization (to "go and make disciples")continues... Animating leadership; fostering mature discipleship; promoting vibrant communitiesof faith.REMARKS FROM BISHOP JOHN NOONANWe offer praise and thanksgiving to God and for the intervention of the Holy Spirit with theCardinals as they deliberated on the election of the Holy Father. With the entire Church, theDiocese of Orlando is joyous at the election of Pope Francis. We are grateful for the prayerfulfaithfulness of the College of Cardinals in fulfilling their duty to choose a new shepherd. Thenew pope is a powerful example of the Church’s universality. The Church of Argentina has theprivilege of giving the Church its first pope from the new world.


Pope Francis has chosen the legacy of the great saint of peace whose attraction to people of allfaiths prided great progress for the new evangelization. Pope Francis is a strong choice torepresent the voice of Christ in a world. As a son of Ignatius, he knows that God is to be found inall things.We pray for Pope Francis that he may continue to be guided by the Holy Spirit in all matters andthe example of Christ will be a guide for him. May the Peace of the Lord be with us this day andalways.HIGH SCHOOL RETREATSOur upcoming High School retreats incorporate the pillars of animating leadership, fosteringmature discipleship and promoting vibrant communities of faith. I encourage your parish to sendparticipants to both the "Voice of Truth" and "Experiencia Cristo" retreats. These diocesansponsoredevents are designed specifically for adolescents (see the eVENTS sections below fordetails and registration information.May the Lord bless you!High School Life RallySave the Date! October 5, 2013 the High School Life Rally will be held at Holy FamilyCatholic Church. Please watch for details and registration information this spring. Last year over600 teens joined us from parishes around our Diocese. The day allowed time to unpack the theme"Mythbusters", and focused on breaking apart the myths around a Culture of Life with the truthsof scripture and tradition.eVENTS03•011-15•2013MORNINGS OF REFLECTION FOR SENIOR ADULTS


Sister Pat Thomas, OP from RENEW International will be offering Mornings of Reflections throughout thediocese during the week of March 11-15. These Mornings are open to anyone. You do not have to be a memberof the host parish and people should be encouraged to bring their non-Catholic friends. Please download anddistribute the flyer located here.WHO: All are welcomeWHEN:Thursday, March 14 at 9:00am: St. John the Evangelist, VieraFriday, March 15 at 9:30am: Holy Cross, OrlandoCOST: NoneREGISTRATION: Not necessaryCONTACT: Valeta Orlando at vorlando@orlandodiocese.org03•15•2013NCYC Parish Registration DeadlineParish Leader PacketParish Registration FormDiocesan NCYC siteContact: Michelle Fischer 407.246.4867 or MFischer@orlandodiocese.org03•19•2013NCYC Parish Group Leaders MeetingTime: 12:30-1:30pm for all First-Time Parish Group Leaders1:30-3:00pm for ALL parish group leaders (first-time group leaders stay for this meeting)Location: Chancery - Bishop Grady Conference RoomContact: Michelle Fischer 407.246.4867 or MFischer@orlandodiocese.org03•23•2013


RETREAT FOR THE ELECTWHO: Those over the age of 16 who have celebrated the Rite of Election and will be initiated atthis year's Easter VigilWHERE: San Pedro CenterCOST: $20 per person includes lunchREGISTER:by March 15 at www.sanpedrocenter.orgDetails are on the attached flyer which can be found here.04•03•2013Cycle 3 - Registration Closes - University Dayton (UD-VLCFF) Online CoursesRegistration for Cycle 3, which runs April 7 - May 11, 2013, closes April 3, 2013. The online programsupports adult faith, catechist and lay ecclesial leadership formation - anytime and anywhere via theinternet.WHO: All in ministryWHEN: Mar 05 – Apr 03, 2013 enrollment periodCOST: $40 per 5-week seminarREGISTER: go to vlc.udayton.edu to become a new student and register for a course.CONTACT: Mike Becker at (407)246-4912 or mbecker@orlandodiocese.org for questions04•09•2013Evangelizing Youth and Families: Engaging a New Generation of DisciplesParishes and Catholic Schools are sharing Jesus' messae with youth and their families in newways that lead to deeper faith and belonging. Join us for the workshop in which we will sharenew energy, new methods, and new resources for evangelizing youth and their families. FLYERWHO: All ministry leaders whose ministries connect with youth and their families, including youth ministry, catechesis, familyministry and sacramental preparation.WHEN: April 9, 2013; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMWHERE: Diocese of Orlando - Chancery Courtroom (host for CMD workshop)COST: $54.00 - includes lunch and materialsRegister: nancy@cmdnet.org04•12-14•2013


EXPERIENCIA CRISTO – Retiro para Jóvenes AdolescentesEl retiro Experiencia Cristo le da la oportunidad al joven de conocer amistades nuevas y divertirsecon juegos, música y dinámicas.WHO: Jóvenes Adolescentes 15-18 años (edad de colegio)WHEN: April 12-14, 2013COST: $75.00WHERE: Central Florida Bible CampREGISTRATION - Click HERE for the registration packet.CONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.org04•20-21•2013VOICE OF TRUTH – High School Diocesan RetreatWHO: Youth in high school interested in going deeper in their faithWHEN: April 20-21, 2013TIMES: 8:30am Registration, 9:00am Opening Session April 20 – 3:oopm April 21COST: $75.00WHERE: San Pedro Center, Winter ParkREGISTRATION - Click HERE for flyer and registrationCONTACT: mfischer@orlandodiocese.org06•08•2013CATHOLIC DAY AT WET N WILDSAVE THE DATEWHO: EveryoneWHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013WHERE: Wet n' Wild, OrlandoCONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.orgCATECHIST FORMATION


June Classes. The planning guidance was sent to all parish and schoolcatechetical leaders by email on Feb 25th. The period from Monday, June10 to Wednesday June 19 is the June clinic. Deanery leaders have agreed toorganize planning sessions of school and parish representatives to coordinateand consolidate needs, dates and host facilities. The interaction at thedeanery/cluster level is the most effective way to match needs andresources. I look forward to receiving requests, which are due by April 15.Registrations wil take place in May.The World Religions - DCCP Class 215-C20, did not happen last weekend due to the instructor'sillness. We will reschedule the class for April. Watch this space for the date and location.This class requires DCCP course 102-We Believe: Catholic Faith and Life-- DCCP Schedule for the remainder of the year --WHO: Catechists and catechetical leadersCOST: $15 / person for all classes.Contact: mbecker@orlandodiocese.org or (407) 246-491203•16•2013WHEN: Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Feb 27, 2013“Who Do You Say I Am?”: The Person of Jesus Christ - DCCP Class 203-C13WHERE: All Souls, SanfordENROLLED: 24This class requires DCCP course 103-Introduction to ScriptureLeading People to Sacraments: Sacramental Catechesis - DCCP Class 104-C34WHERE: Holy Redeemer, KissimmeeENROLLED: 24Class added, not on registration form. Register via email with participant information.04•06•2013


WHEN: Saturday, Apr 06, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Mar 20, 2013Ecclesiology: The Mystery of the Church - DCCP Class 206-E5WHERE: Our Lady of Hope, Port OrangeENROLLED: 1504•27•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Apr 10, 2013“Who Do You Say I Am?”: The Person of Jesus Christ - DCCP Class 203-S7WHERE: Ascension, MelbourneENROLLED: 23This class requires DCCP course 103-Introduction to Scripture06•01•2013WHO: Vietnamese speaking participants in the diocese.WHEN: Saturday, Jun 01, 2013 8:00am – 7:00pmContact: Sister Marie at snowdream2@yahoo.comWe Celebrate Our Faith: Catechesis and Liturgy - DCCP Class 106-V3WHERE: St. Philip Phan Van Minh, Orlando· #SendToFriend# · #UpdateProfile# · #Remove# ·This email was sent to: #EmailID#The sender of this email is:Diocese of Orlando, Office of Faith Formation50 East Robinson St.Orlando, FL 32801


From: Office of Faith Formation[m1@igenti.net]Subject: eBulletin - 20 March 2013Office of Faith FormationeBulletin • eBoletínOficina de Formación en la FeDennis Johnson, Jr. Michelle Fischer(407)246-4913 (407)246-4867Mike Becker Amanda Livermore(407)246-4912 (407)246-4863Bob Birmingham Valeta Orlando(407)246-4910 (407)246-491120 March 2013eNEWSDiocese of Orlando Marriage ConferenceI was asked to reserve August 3, 2013 on my calendar for the Diocese of Orlando's first-everConference on Marriage and I hope you will, too. Bishop Noonan has called us to celebrate the dignityand place of marriage (as a sacrament and as a foundational building-block of society). Planning isunderway and more information is pending from the Office of Family Life and Pastoral Care (OFLPC).Watch the eScroll for unfolding developments and updates. This will be a wonderful opportunity for ourparishes, schools, and extra-parochial entities.In the meantime, as part of the build-up toward this inaugural gathering, the OFLPC is unveiling aCreative Literary/Art Contest on the Vocation of Marriage. Contestants should be high-schoolersfrom parish youth ministry or Catholic schools from within the diocese. Contest details are as follows:


The writers and artists should have a good understanding of how the Catholic Church teaches andpromotes Marriage as a Vocation and its impact on society. The Office of Family Life and Pastoral Carewill be looking for submissions that highlight the meaning of the Vocation of Marriage (according to theChurch-teaching) and its impact on society.The contest application and lesson plans packets are available online for high school teachers, youthministers and high school-aged individuals wishing to promote and enter this contest:http://www.orlandodiocese.org/family-life-office-home (click on the Vocation of Marriage Tab). Contestentry deadline is May 10, 2013.All contestants' artwork will be displayed at the Conference; literary entries will be published asmemoirs.The theme for the event is, "Faithful Marriages: Christ in the Mix" and it will be held at Holy FamilyCatholic Church in Orlando.Prizes will be awarded to winners (2 first-place, $100 gift cards; 2 second-place, $50 gift cards; 2 thirdplace,$25 gift cards) and the winners announced at the "Faithful Marriages: Christ in the Mix" MarriageConference. Winners will be interviewed on the Pastoral Ministries Updates radio program on BuenaNueva FM (podcast available for your schools and parish websites).For more information, please contact the Gigi Santiago (gsantiago@orlandodiocese.org).Habemus Papum!I did meet Pope Francis once. It was a formality at a symposium I attended in South America. Thetruth is, he was unassuming and I don't remember anything he said. What I do remember was theprofound affection and respect with which leaders in the Argentinian church spoke of him. "He is, thereal deal, a capable administrator, a champion of the poor, a humble servant, a catechetical visionary,and a lead-by-example-type," they said.Sounds a lot like you (I pray)!We pray for all of you as Holy Week approaches.In our prayer, we consider the words of Pope Francis in his homily during the Mass to begin hisPetrine Ministry: "Certainly, Jesus Christ conferred power upon Peter, but what sort of powerwas it? Jesus’ three questions to Peter about love are followed by three commands: feed mylambs, feed my sheep. Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too,when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiantculmination on the Cross." I pray that all of us may look to the Cross to see how to truly serveothers in our families and in our parishes.


Catechumenate NewsCatechumenate People: don't throw out your old paschal candles! Fr. Fred Ruse uses old paschalcandles in the Sister Diocese of the Dominican Republic for all sorts of things (including Adventwreaths). As you prepare to celebrate the Easter Vigil this year, if you find you have usablepaschal or baptismal candles, please send them to the Mission Office at the chancery. We will seethat they are delivered. Share the Light of Christ!High School Retreat OfferingsYouth retreat experiences remain a touchstone of faith, a time that God's presence is recognized,in prayer - reflection - and christian community throughout a lifetime journey of faith. There iseven research that confirms what is known by those who have the experience of leading youngpeople in retreats, and walking with them in faith beyond the retreat itself. "Youth retreats have aunique ability to touch the hearts of young people. Retreat experiences help build communities offaith, help youth grow closer to God, and draw them back into active involvement in parish life.Simply put, retreats have teh powere to change the lives of young people, calling them moredeeply into discipleship." from Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry by Center forMinistry Development and St. Mary's Press. I hope that you will prayrfully consider offeringthese retreat experiences to the youth of your parish.Below are the flyers for two High School retreat opportunities offered through the Office of FaithFormation.Experencia Cristo - April 12-14 Click here for Registration PacketVoice of Truth - April 20-21 Click here for Flyer and RegistrationeVENTS


03•23•2013RETREAT FOR THE ELECTWHO: Those over the age of 16 who have celebrated the Rite of Election and will be initiated atthis year's Easter VigilWHERE: San Pedro CenterCOST: $20 per person includes lunchREGISTER:by March 15 at www.sanpedrocenter.orgDetails are on the attached flyer which can be found here.04•03•2013Cycle 3 - Registration Closes - University Dayton (UD-VLCFF) Online CoursesRegistration for Cycle 3, which runs April 7 - May 11, 2013, closes April 3, 2013. The online programsupports adult faith, catechist and lay ecclesial leadership formation - anytime and anywhere via theinternet.WHO: All in ministryWHEN: Mar 05 – Apr 03, 2013 enrollment periodCOST: $40 per 5-week seminarREGISTER: go to vlc.udayton.edu to become a new student and register for a course.CONTACT: Mike Becker at (407)246-4912 or mbecker@orlandodiocese.org for questions04•09•2013Evangelizing Youth and Families: Engaging a New Generation of DisciplesParishes and Catholic Schools are sharing Jesus' messae with youth and their families in newways that lead to deeper faith and belonging. Join us for the workshop in which we will sharenew energy, new methods, and new resources for evangelizing youth and their families. FLYERWHO: All ministry leaders whose ministries connect with youth and their families, including youth ministry, catechesis, familyministry and sacramental preparation.WHEN: April 9, 2013; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


WHERE: Diocese of Orlando - Chancery Courtroom (host for CMD workshop)COST: $54.00 - includes lunch and materialsRegister: nancy@cmdnet.org04•12-14•2013EXPERIENCIA CRISTO – Retiro para Jóvenes AdolescentesEl retiro Experiencia Cristo le da la oportunidad al joven de conocer amistades nuevas y divertirsecon juegos, música y dinámicas.WHO: Jóvenes Adolescentes 15-18 años (edad de colegio)WHEN: April 12-14, 2013COST: $75.00WHERE: Central Florida Bible CampREGISTRATION - Click HERE for the registration packet.CONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.org04•20-21•2013VOICE OF TRUTH – High School Diocesan RetreatWHO: Youth in high school interested in going deeper in their faithWHEN: April 20-21, 2013TIMES: 8:30am Registration, 9:00am Opening Session April 20 – 3:oopm April 21COST: $75.00WHERE: San Pedro Center, Winter ParkREGISTRATION - Click HERE for flyer and registrationCONTACT: mfischer@orlandodiocese.org06•08•2013CATHOLIC DAY AT WET N WILDSAVE THE DATEWHO: EveryoneWHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013WHERE: Wet n' Wild, OrlandoCONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.org


CATECHIST FORMATIONJune Classes. The planning guidance was sent to all parish and school catechetical leaders by email onFeb 25th. The period from Monday, June 10 to Wednesday June 19 is the June clinic. Deanery leadershave agreed to organize planning sessions of school and parish representatives to coordinate andconsolidate needs, dates and host facilities. The interaction at the deanery/cluster level is the mosteffective way to match needs and resources. I look forward to receiving requests, which are due byApril 15. Registrations wil take place in May.The World Religions - DCCP Class 215-C20, is rescheduled for May 4th atBishop Moore HS. Enrolled participants will be asked to confirm attendancefor the new date and location.This class requires DCCP course 102-We Believe: Catholic Faith and Life-- DCCP Schedule for the remainder of the year --WHO: Catechists and catechetical leadersCOST: $15 / person for all classes.Contact: mbecker@orlandodiocese.org or (407) 246-491204•06•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 06, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Mar 20, 2013Ecclesiology: The Mystery of the Church - DCCP Class 206-E5WHERE: Our Lady of Hope, Port OrangeENROLLED: 2404•27•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Apr 10, 2013“Who Do You Say I Am?”: The Person of Jesus Christ - DCCP Class 203-S7WHERE: Ascension, MelbourneENROLLED: 24


This class requires DCCP course 103-Introduction to Scripture05•04•2013WHEN: Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Apr 19, 2013World Religions - DCCP Class 215-C20WHERE: Bishop Moore High School, OrlandoENROLLED: 40This class requires DCCP course 102-We Believe06•01•2013WHO: Vietnamese speaking participants in the diocese.WHEN: Saturday, Jun 01, 2013 8:00am – 7:00pmContact: Sister Marie at snowdream2@yahoo.comWe Celebrate Our Faith: Catechesis and Liturgy - DCCP Class 106-V3WHERE: St. Philip Phan Van Minh, Orlando· #SendToFriend# · #UpdateProfile# · #Remove# ·This email was sent to: #EmailID#The sender of this email is:Diocese of Orlando, Office of Faith Formation50 East Robinson St.Orlando, FL 32801


From:Office of Faith FormationTo:Kathy MartinSubject: eBulletin - 27 March 2013Date:Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:32:31 PMOffice of Faith FormationeBulletin • eBoletínOficina de Formación en la FeDennis Johnson, Jr. Michelle Fischer(407)246-4913 (407)246-4867Mike Becker AmandaLivermore(407)246-4912 (407)246-4863Bob Birmingham Valeta Orlando(407)246-4910 (407)246-491127 March 2013eNEWSHAPPY EASTER!As we prepare for the Triduum of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection I want to thank you foryour tremendous dedication to God’s people. This weekend we celebrate the pinnacle moments of ourliturgical year, and in large part due to your efforts, many will come to know and become part of – thePeople of God, the Mystical Body of Christ – the Catholic Church. Whether, newly-initiated, professed,or cradle, Easter is a time of renewal calling all Catholics to celebrate new life through the cross andresurrection of Jesus. You model this and our Bishop is grateful for your witness.A macro-theme of the Second Vatican Council was the call to restoration – to a full, vibrant, andactive faith – that instills mature discipleship. Newly-elected Pope Francis seems to intuit this in these


early days of his pontificate. Humility, attentiveness to people, solidarity with those in greatest need,and dignity for all. These same values have been a longstanding part of your ministry as parishleaders just as they were for our Lord.Therefore, make time to pray in gratitude to God for your lot in life. Your sharing in the ministrationsto his people are truly a blessing to the world and to the local church of Orlando. May you feel God’sgrace this Easter.In Christ Jesus,DLJDear Colleagues:Please note the following from Ms. Tracy Dann (Diocesan Risk Management):TO:DirectorsAll Pastors, High School Presidents, Principals, Business Managers, Bookkeepers and YouthFROM: Tracy DannI am pleased to announce that Bollinger, Inc. is offering an excess coverage accident medicalinsurance plan for summer camp programs. The coverage is especially designed for entities in theDiocese of Orlando to cover non-enrolled Diocesan school children who participate in summercamp programs organized and sponsored by the schools or parishes. The summer camps beingreferred to are traditional camps that involve sports activities, field trips, supervised play onplaygrounds, jump houses, etc. Most of the time the entity charges an activity fee for the week toprovide “entertainment/enrichment” for the children. Normally it is money making venture. If you aresponsoring a traditional type of VBS that does not include these types of activities, I don’t think youwould need to procure the policy. Children who are enrolled in a Diocesan school are covered underthe Diocese of Orlando Student Accident Insurance Policy. This coverage is recommended if you areintending to offer a summer program. The plan will be administered through Triad GroupAdministrators. Please see the attached for details and contact information. Please have a fun andsafe summer!You may contact Tracy directly at 407.246.4877 or tdann@orlandodiocese.org.New Resources for Evangelizing YouthThe National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) has just published several newresources on evangelizing the young church. The first is dedicated to helping adults understandthe New Evangelization in relation to youth ministry Proclaiming the Good News: Resources forEvangelizing the Young Church. Also on the page, are seven downloadable pieces of theaccompanying toolkit, which offer practical suggestions and resources for implementing theideas in the book. Topics include: online evangelization tools, family and intergenerationalapproaches, retreat strategies, faith sharing tools, marginalized youth strategies, justice and


service practices, and a peer evangelization workshop for youth leaders.Steubenville, FloridaThis year the high school Steubenville, Florida conference takes place inOrlando. Parishes interested in more information for discernment, will find thewebsite with further information here.eVENTS04•03•2013Cycle 3 - Registration Closes - University Dayton (UD-VLCFF) Online CoursesRegistration for Cycle 3, which runs April 7 - May 11, 2013, closes April 3, 2013. The online programsupports adult faith, catechist and lay ecclesial leadership formation - anytime and anywhere via theinternet.WHO: All in ministryWHEN: Mar 05 – Apr 03, 2013 enrollment periodCOST: $40 per 5-week seminarREGISTER: go to vlc.udayton.edu to become a new student and register for a course.CONTACT: Mike Becker at (407)246-4912 or mbecker@orlandodiocese.org for questions04•09•2013Evangelizing Youth and Families: Engaging a New Generation of DisciplesParishes and Catholic Schools are sharing Jesus' messae with youth and their families innew ways that lead to deeper faith and belonging. Join us for the workshop in whichwe will share new energy, new methods, and new resources for evangelizing youth andtheir families. FLYERWHO: All ministry leaders whose ministries connect with youth and their families, including youth ministry,catechesis, family ministry and sacramental preparation.WHEN: April 9, 2013; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMWHERE: Diocese of Orlando - Chancery Courtroom (host for CMD workshop)COST: $54.00 - includes lunch and materialsRegister: nancy@cmdnet.org04•12-14•2013


EXPERIENCIA CRISTO – Retiro para Jóvenes AdolescentesEl retiro Experiencia Cristo le da la oportunidad al joven de conocer amistades nuevas ydivertirse con juegos, música y dinámicas.WHO: Jóvenes Adolescentes 15-18 años (edad de colegio)WHEN: April 12-14, 2013COST: $75.00WHERE: Central Florida Bible CampREGISTRATION - Click HERE for the registration packet.CONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.org04•20-21•2013VOICE OF TRUTH – High School Diocesan RetreatWHO: Youth in high school interested in going deeper in their faithWHEN: April 20-21, 2013TIMES: 8:30am Registration, 9:00am Opening Session April 20 – 3:oopm April 21COST: $75.00WHERE: San Pedro Center, Winter ParkREGISTRATION - Click HERE for flyer and registrationCONTACT: mfischer@orlandodiocese.org06•08•2013CATHOLIC DAY AT WET N WILDSAVE THE DATEWHO: EveryoneWHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013WHERE: Wet n' Wild, OrlandoCONTACT: off@orlandodiocese.orgCATECHIST FORMATION


June Classes. The planning guidance was sent to all parish and school catechetical leaders by email onFeb 25th. The period from Monday, June 10 to Wednesday June 19 is the June clinic. Deaneryleaders have agreed to organize planning sessions of school and parish representatives to coordinateand consolidate needs, dates and host facilities. The interaction at the deanery/cluster level is the mosteffective way to match needs and resources. I look forward to receiving requests, which are due byApril 15. Registrations wil take place in May.The World Religions - DCCP Class 215-C20, is rescheduled for May 4th atBishop Moore HS. Enrolled participants will be asked to confirm attendancefor the new date and location.This class requires DCCP course 102-We Believe: Catholic Faith and Life-- DCCP Schedule for the remainder of the year --WHO: Catechists and catechetical leadersCOST: $15 / person for all classes.Contact: mbecker@orlandodiocese.org or (407) 246-491204•06•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 06, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Mar 20, 2013Ecclesiology: The Mystery of the Church - DCCP Class 206-E5WHERE: Our Lady of Hope, Port OrangeENROLLED: 2404•27•2013WHEN: Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Apr 10, 2013“Who Do You Say I Am?”: The Person of Jesus Christ - DCCP Class 203-S7WHERE: Ascension, MelbourneENROLLED: 29This class requires DCCP course 103-Introduction to Scripture05•04•2013WHEN: Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:00am – 4:30pmREGISTER: by Apr 19, 2013World Religions - DCCP Class 215-C20WHERE: Bishop Moore High School, OrlandoENROLLED: 36


This class requires DCCP course 102-We Believe06•01•2013WHO: Vietnamese speaking participants in the diocese.WHEN: Saturday, Jun 01, 2013 8:00am – 7:00pmContact: Sister Marie at snowdream2@yahoo.comWe Celebrate Our Faith: Catechesis and Liturgy - DCCP Class 106-V3WHERE: St. Philip Phan Van Minh, Orlando· Send to Friend · Update Profile · Unsubscribe/Remove ·This email was sent to: kmartin@orlandodiocese.orgThe sender of this email is:Diocese of Orlando, Office of Faith Formation50 East Robinson St.Orlando, FL 32801

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