With Holy Week upon us, we encourage you and your parish and school communities to pray for the nearly 400 candidates and members of the elect in our Archdiocese involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process this year as they prepare to enter the Church this Saturday at the Easter Vigil or to be confirmed at Pentecost.
"Been There, Done That"
RCIA Spring Workshop - Saturday, April 22nd ***Register by Thursday, April 13th!***
The Office of Religious Education's RCIA Spring Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the Mary, Queen of Peace Parish Center (1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville.)
Titled "Been There, Done That," Fr. Emile "Buddy" Noel, pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Westwego and Holy Guardians in Bridge City, will share his experience with the RCIA process both as a priest and, prior to that, as a lay minister. Fr. Buddy will address topics such as marriage issues with the RCIA, working with children in the catechumenate, and making the period mystagogy more effective.
The cost for the workshop is only $10 and includes lunch.
National Gathering on Christian Initiation
July 5-6, 2017
For those involved in initiation ministry with adults, and whose parish budget for evangelization and catechesis might accommodate it, we recommend you consider attending the National Gathering on Christian Initiation, hosted by Liturgy Training Publications, which will be held July 5 - 6 in Chicago.
This will be a special opportunity to get together with others from across the country who are involved in catechumenal ministry.
Summer is the perfect time for you and your teachers or catechists to take Office of Religious Education Certification Courses!
The Office of Religious Education is scheduled to offer two sessions of each of the eight basic Archdiocesan Catechist Certification Program (ACCP) courses at parishes and locations around the archdiocese. With the option of either four sessions over one week or two sessions over consecutive Saturdays, there's one that fits your schedule.
For parishes looking to offer adult faith formation opportunities over the summer, think about advertising this to your parish community if you or a neighboring parish is hosting a course!
Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership 2017 "Catholic Education/ Formation: From and For Faith"
June 5 - 7, 2017
The Office of Religious Education, Office of Catholic Schools, and Loyola Institute of Ministry are sponsoring the 2017 Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership from Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 7 at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Dr. Thomas Groome, author and professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, will offer the keynote address on how Catholic education and formation educate from the rich and unique perspective of Catholic spirituality and for faith by proposing our faith as a dynamic resource for the life of the individual, church, and world today.
The Institute will also offer opportunities to hear from panels of archdiocesan leaders in Catholic education and formation and dive into case studies to bring back practical applications to your school or parish school of religion.
Workshop 1: Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM each day
Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM each day
Both sessions held at:
The Office of Religious Education (7887 Walmsley Avenue, New Orleans)
and North Shore Pastoral Center (4465 Hwy 190 Service Rd, Covington)
Canon Law Workshop:
Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29 North Shore Pastoral Center 4465 Hwy 190 Service Rd, Covington
Catechetical Leaders Retreat
“Seasons of Love: ‘There is an appointed time for everything.’” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Wednesday, July 19 - Friday, July 21
Lumen Christi Retreat House, Schriever, LA
*This year, we would like to give participants an opportunity to share a brief witness at the retreat. If you are interested in doing this, please let Aline or Barbara know so that you can discuss it further.
Office of Religious Education
North Shore Resource Library
Last week, our ORE Resource Library at the North Shore Pastoral Center (4465 Hwy 190 East Service Rd., Covington) opened! Catechectical leaders north of Lake Pontchartrain and nearby now have a space they can visit to look at and or borrow books, assorted religious education textbooks, faith formation study programs, and other religious media.
Once a month, most often the first Friday of the month, a member of the Religious Education team will be at the Center all day to staff the library and be available to assist you and your needs.
Next month, Michael Whitehouse, Associate Director for Adult Catechetical Formation, will be at the Center on Friday, May 5th.
Easter Resources for Catechetical Leaders and Families
Looking for resources to use during the Easter season or to share with your teachers, catechists, and families?