Center for Ministry Development

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is offering a workshop through Center for Ministry Development:

Families are the school of love and the place where children learn to live the truth of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Parishes and Catholic Schools have an opportunity to connect families to the sacramental ministries as children and youth prepare for, celebrate, and live out the grace of the sacraments. This workshop will provide vision and practical resources for leaders to know, welcome, engage and empower parents as they share faith and sacramental life with their children. Topics include:

  • Knowing and Welcoming Today's Families
  • Engaging Families in Sacramental Ministries
  • Empowering Family Faith Sharing, Service, and Prayer at Home
  • Gathering Families and Supporting Parents
  • Connecting Families with the Life and Ministries of the Parish

All leaders whose ministry touches the lives of children, adolescents, and families are invited to participate, including pastors, deacons, pastoral associates, principals, coordinators of faith formation, coordinators of youth ministry, catechists, teachers, sacramental preparation team members, leaders in initiation ministries, and liturgical ministry leaders.

The fee for this workshop is $30/person. The fee will cover your continental breakfast, lunch, and materials. Priests, religious and deacons may come free but must register. To register and pay either by credit card or by check please click on the link at the end of the 'Schedule for the Day' and follow the instructions. Deadline to register is Friday, February 22, 2019.

Schedule for the Day

8:30 a.m. Register and Enjoy Hospitality (Continental Breakfast provided)
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Gather in Prayer
9:15 a.m.
Session 1 -- Accompanying Today's Families
Families are the school of love and the place where children of all ages learn to live the truth of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. In this session, we will explore the Church's vision for families and sacraments. We will share current research and insights about families and faith, and we will envision new relationships between families and the ministries that prepare children of all ages for the sacraments of initiation.
10:30 a.m.  Break 

10:45 a.m. Session 2 -- Engaging Families in Sacramental Ministries
Families of faith gather at two tables, the table of Eucharist at our parish, and the family table. In this session, we will share a process for engaging families that helps parents see their role of leading their family in faith at home and in the parish. This step-by-step process begins with hospitality and includes support for faith sharing a home as well as gatherings at the parish.
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Break 

1:00 p.m. Session 3 -- Exploring Best Practices for Each Sacrament of Initiation
Parishes are re-imagining Sacramental ministries with families in mind and finding ways to connect families with these ministries for their children and youth. This session will provide practical examples and explore best practices for the preparation, celebration, and follow-through for Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. This will include networking with leaders working in similar ministries and planning for first steps for implementing your vision back home.

2019 Workshop Registration Form

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