The E&C Messenger | December 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Totus Tuus assignments for 2019
  2. Totus Tuus missionaries
  3. "The Pulse" diocesan youth newsletter
  4. Rise Up 2019
  5. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Totus Tuus assignments for 2019

Here are the parish assignments for this coming summer!

June 1-8: Good Teacher AFC | St. Isidore the Farmer AFC
June 8-15: Shepherd of Souls AFC | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
June 15-22: Ss. Michael, Mary, and Brendan AFC | St. Anne, Wabasso
June 22-29: St. Joseph, Montevideo | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
July 6-13: Holy Redeemer, Marshall | Heart of Jesus AFC
July 13-20: Holy Cross AFC | Christ the King AFC

Totus Tuus missionaries

Speaking of Totus Tuus - we are in need of missionaries!

As Christmas break approaches, be thinking of those faithful Catholic college students coming home who would make great Totus Tuus missionaries. Feel free to download the invitation letter below or just point them to the Youth & Young Adult Ministry webpage to request an application (www.dnu.org/totus-tuus-missionary). 

TT Missionary Letter

"The Pulse" diocesan youth newsletter

The Diocesan Youth Council started producing a newsletter last year called "The Pulse". It is almost entirely written by youth and covers a variety of faith-related topics. As of right now, it is being sent to any youth who have signed up for diocesan events in the past. We'd like to expand our audience, however.

If you are interested in ordering some (for free) for your school, religious education program, youth group, or parish, please let me know and we will gladly send you a stack! View the most recent issue below.
The Pulse

Rise Up 2019

Partnership for Youth is offering a new middle school youth conference on March 23, 2019. If you are interested, visit HERE for more information.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

December 11: Registration opens for Camp Beloved and Camp Greatness
December 14: Adoration and Prayer for Hope and Healing | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
December 15: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
January 13: DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
January 19-21: TEC #269 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29: Brunch with the Bishop | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29-31: Broom Tree Retreat | Irene, SD
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | November 2018

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In this issue:

  1. IMPORTANT Safe Environment compliance update
  2. Credible Catholic
  3. National Vocations Awareness Week resources
  4. NCYC 2019
  5. Upcoming diocesan and local events

IMPORTANT Safe Environment compliance update

All new catechists and fall volunteers should be fully compliant with the essential three requirements of the diocesan policy at this time. Volunteers not meeting these requirements are not to be volunteering if the volunteer duties involve having contact with minors.
  1. Acknowledgement of Policy and Appropriate Code of Conduct (incorporated as initial part of VIRTUS registration)
  2. Appropriate clearance of background check (fully incorporated into VIRTUS registration) – clearance is typically completed in less than 24 hours
  3. Attended or is registered to attend the initial live VIRTUS training (requested to register for session in newly created VIRTUS account)
For returning volunteers, all online annual training should be completed at this time. It has been over 60 days since the posting and initial notice of the training. Accounts with accurate email addresses have received numerous notices. At this time less than 90 active accounts remain to complete the annual volunteer training. Please assist the local safe environment coordinator with any accounts that are past due and that are involved with your programs. Returning volunteers are not to be active if the annual online training is not completed.  Thank you for maintaining continued compliance with the diocesan requirements.

Credible Catholic

The “nones” are on the rise: when asked in a PEW survey in 2016, 40.2% of our young people consider themselves to have no religious affiliation. Part of the reason for this staggering fact is that many people view religion and science as incompatible. More and more, science has become the new religion, proposing “evidence” that disproves the existence of God.

The Magis Center has developed one solution to combat this new atheism: Credible Catholic. Using primarily science and philosophy, Credible Catholic disproves many of the myths that exist in regards to God’s existence, our souls, and the correlation between faith and science. It is an easy to use program that can supplement any middle or high school religious education program.

Bishop LeVoir would like to see this program incorporated into religious education programs, so there will be an orientation and training session for all directors of religious education, youth ministry coordinators, middle-school and high school catechists and Catholic school teachers, clergy, and anyone else interested in learning more about this FREE program. All those who work in catechesis with young people are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions on November 15 at 9:30–11:30 a.m. or 6:45–8:45 p.m. at the St. Aloysius Jubilee Center in Olivia. Magis Center representatives will be presenting on the program and how to implement it your parish religious education programs.

Please RSVP to Cindy Blickem (cblickem@dnu.org) by November 12 if you plan to attend. Click the button below to download the flyer.
Credible Catholic Information

National Vocations Awareness Week resources

National Vocation Awareness Week is November 4-10. Below are some helpful resources for religious education classes.
 
USCCB
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a host of lessons for all grades. Click here to view them.
 
Vianney Vocations
Vianney Vocations provides a couple of options for integrating vocational awareness into the religious education classroom. They have both yearlong lessons and single worksheets which can be used for the Wednesday of National Vocation Awareness Week (or anytime, really). Both must be purchased.
 
For Love Alone (film)
“For Love Alone” is a film about women’s religious life produced by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. It is a beautiful film which can be purchased through various outlets and includes lesson plans. You can find more information here.
 
Fishers of Men (film)
“Fishers of Men” is a film about the priesthood. Although a bit dated, it still provides for relevant discussion of the priesthood. It can be purchased here.
 
YouTube videos
If you are able to show videos in the classroom, there are some excellent, both light-hearted and more reflective portrayals of the priesthood. Here are some links to such videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsLtYfPtNG0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSK9WmNNXQk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgho09AtCxA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8yDDB1SmD0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTw5xg37QF0
 
Never underestimate the power of a video of a skateboarding friar.

NCYC 2019

If you plan to attend NCYC 2019, a group leaders-only webpage has been created to assist you in your planning. Visit www.dnu.org/ncyc and type in the password "ncyc2019dnu" to enter.

Note that you may now reserve housing, but registration has not officially opened since we have not received the necessary documents from NFCYM.

Also, new this year is the "Early Assignment Period" for housing which ends November 15, 2018 and guarantees a housing assignment by February 15, 2019. 

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

November 11: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
November 15: Credible Catholic information meetings | St. Aloysius, Olivia
November 17: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
December 9: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass | St. Pius X, Glencoe
December 9: Advent Prayer Service | St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
December 11: Registration opens for Camp Beloved and Camp Greatness
December 15: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
January 13: DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
Januery 19-21: TEC #269 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | October 2018

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In this issue:

  1. NET Team 11
  2. Cor Jesu
  3. Diocesan Rosary Congress
  4. Upcoming diocesan and local events

NET Team 11

Please pray for NET Team 11 as they tour our diocese from October 20-28.

Cor Jesu

If you are looking for a free, prayerful, and easy-to-coordinate youth ministry event, I would like to again encourage you to consider Cor Jesu. It is a night of adoration with Confession available and contemporary praise music in a candle-lit church. The Diocesan Youth Council helps to run each event and often starts games at the reception afterwards for the youth who attend. It is a great way to introduce youth to adoration and connect them with other youth around the Diocese. Visit www.dnu.org/cor-jesu for more information.

Diocesan Rosary Congress

Several parishes around the dioceses have signed up to pray a Rosary out loud every hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament for these intentions:

• in reparation for our sins and the sins of our nation
• for the end of abortion
• for peace in the world
• for the sanctification of families
• for the healing of the wounds in individuals and the Body of Christ caused by the sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and the negligence of the hierarchy to stop such abuse

Go HERE for more information.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

October 7: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
October 8: Schools Faith Formation Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 14-20: Diocesan Rosary Congress
October 20: NET retreats start
October 21: DYC meeting | St. Aloysius, Olivia
October 29: St. Padre Pio Relic Tour | Cathedral, New Ulm
November 11: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
November 17: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
December 9: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass | St. Pius X, Glencoe
December 9: Advent Prayer Service | St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
December 15: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | September 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Discipleship Day 2018
  2. Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing
  3. Deanery E&C Meetings
  4. Cor Jesu dates and locations
  5. Rome Youth Pilgrimage 2019
  6. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Discipleship Day 2018

“No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples" (Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio).

We have all heard the call to evangelize - to share the “Good News.” We hear it repeated in homilies, we read it many times in books or articles, we even tell our students and parishioners about the obligation to evangelize. A typical Catholic response to this call is, “I love my faith but the thought of evangelizing is just too scary!” We misunderstand evangelization as knocking on doors and convincing people to become Catholic or having debates about scripture.  Evangelization is not so intimidating once we understand how simple and beautiful it can be to have an encounter with someone that leads to an encounter with Christ.

Our 2018 Discipleship Day will feature St. Paul Evangelization Institute (formerly St. Paul Street Evangelization.) SPEI has been helping Catholics all across the country to share their faith in many settings.  They teach a non-confrontational approach to evangelization which aims at  strengthening the faith of practicing Catholics, bringing back into the Faith fallen away Catholics, and clearing up misconceptions about the Faith held by non-Catholics.

After Samantha Johnson, a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Murdock attended SPEI evangelization training at her parish, she commented. “I felt well prepared and almost excited about evangelizing.  It’s not as scary or difficult as I had imagined.”

Discipleship Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at St. Aloysius in Olivia. The day begins with Mass at 8:30am followed by Basic Evangelization Training offered by St. Paul Evangelization Institute from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It is sure to be empowering and is open to anyone interested in evangelization, not just parish staff. So bring the whole parish!  Lunch will be provided.

For registration and promotional information, contact Cindy Blickem (507-233-5325 | cblickem@dnu.org). For questions about the program for the day, contact Kevin Losleben (507-233-5327 | klosleben@dnu.org) or Deacon Mike McKeown (507-233-5310 | mmckeown@dnu.org).
 

Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing

The offices of Healing Ministry and Worship are co-sponsoring "Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing" at St. Peter's in St. Peter on September 7. The night will feature Holy Mass with Bishop John M. LeVoir at 6:30pm, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will healing prayer and Confessions available. There will be trained prayer teams available to pray for people who desire healing and a multitude of priests available for Confession. For more information, contact Deacon Mike McKeown (507-233-5310 | mmckeown@dnu.org).

Deanery E&C Meetings


Please RSVP to Cindy Blickem (cblickem@dnu.org) which meeting you plan to attend. Also, note that there is now only ONE Deanery 2 meeting! All meetings start at 9am and usually run until about noon.

September 14 - Deanery 1 | Lola, New Ulm (16 N Minnesota St.)
September 17 - Deanery 2 | Dana Webskowki's home, Marshall (603 Prospect Cir.)
September 21 - Deanery 3 | Dunn Brothers Coffee, Hutchinson (114 Main St. NE, Suite 102)


We will recap summer programming and discuss Bishop LeVoir's desire for evangelization and to prepare for Discipleship Day 2018. Click the button below to download chapter 1 of Eric Sammons' The Old Evangelization to read before our meetings.

These meetings serve as networking and support groups, as well as an opportunity to ask questions to fellow DREs and diocesan representatives. It is a great opportunity to get a little boost for your work!
Chapter 1 - The Old Evangelization

Cor Jesu dates and locations


Cor Jesu is an evening of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a short sermon, Confession, and contemporary praise music. This is an excellent outing for a youth group or even for your family. Make a road trip to see Jesus!
 

2018-2019 TOUR

Event starts at 7:15pm, followed by a reception. No RSVP needed. Event is free. All ages welcome.

September 29: Cathedral, New Ulm

November 17:  St. Mary's, Arlington

December 15:  St. Andrew's, Granite Falls

February 9:  Holy Redeemer, Marshall

May 5: St. Aloysius', Olivia*

*This date has a special start time of 6:15pm and will be presided by Bishop John M. LeVoir. Afterwards, the Diocesan Youth Council will host a "Paschal Party" for Easter, which will include a special concert.

2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage, set for June 11-20 of that year. This trip is for current juniors and seniors and is an amazing opportunity.

We will have two informational meetings this month for those even remotely interested. Click HERE for more information on those dates and the pilgrimage in general.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

September 7: Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing | St. Peter, St. Peter
September 14: Deanery 1 E&C Meeting | Lola, New Ulm
September 16: Rome Youth Pilgrimage informational meeting | Pastoral Center, New Ulm
September 17: Deanery 2 E&C Meeting | 603 Prospect Cir., Marshall
September 17: Rome Youth Pilgrimage informational meeting | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
September 21: Deanery 3 E&C Meeting | Dunn Brothers Coffee, Hutchinson
September 23: DYC meeting | St. Aloysius, Olivia
September 29: Discipleship Day 2018 | St. Aloysius, Olivia
September 29: Cor Jesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
October 7: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
October 20: NET retreats start
October 21: DYC meeting | St. Aloysius, Olivia
October 29: St. Padre Pio Relic Tour | Cathedral, New Ulm
November 11: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
November 17: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | May 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Regional E&C Meetings
  2. Cor Iesu with Bishop LeVoir and the Totus Tuus team!
  3. A Night of Hope and Healing
  4. 2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage
  5. Diocesan Youth Council
  6. Diocesan summer camp promo-cards
  7. Discipleship Day 2018
  8. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Regional E&C Meetings


Our spring regional E&C meeting invitations have been sent. Let me know if you plan to attend. We do not have assigned reading material, so bring some topics for discussion! It always proves to be an uplifting experience so I look forward to seeing you all!

Cor Iesu with Bishop LeVoir and the Totus Tuus teams!

Cor Iesu will be hosted at Cathedral on June 1 at 7:15 PM. Bishop LeVoir will be presiding and will also be commissioning our Totus Tuus missionaries for the summer! Come praise Jesus with us!

A Night of Hope and Healing


The offices of Healing Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Worship are co-sponsoring "A Night of Hope and Healing" at Sacred Heart in Murdock on June 22. The night is essentially Cor Iesu (a sermon, adoration, music, and Confession), but includes opportunities for healing prayer. There will be a trained prayer team available to pray for people who desire healing and a multitude of priests available for Confession. For more information, contact Deacon Mike. Flyers will be sent out in this month's mailing.

2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage, set for June 11-21 of that year. This trip is for incoming and outgoing seniors for the 2018-19 school year. It is an amazing opportunity and I have personally seen the fruit of this pilgrimage in the youth I accompanied last year on it. Click HERE for more information.

Diocesan Youth Council


Applications are now being accepted for next year's DYC. You can find them HERE. If you know someone who will be in at least 10th Grade next school year and would really benefit from a group of youth who want to learn more about Jesus and His Church, then hand them an application! This past year has been excellent as we learned how to pray and have begun inviting friends to join us on certain Sundays of the year (planned by the DYC members).

Diocesan summer camp promo-cards

Many of you have been requesting more promo-cards for camp. We are more than happy to mail you as many as you need - just ask!
Check out the camp websites for updated information, including a new "promo video" for the boys' camp!

Discipleship Day 2018

Save the date!
September 29, 2018.
This year will feature Denise Hirl and Susan Windley-Daoust of St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE). Denise and Susan know evangelization well and have dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel not only in their work with SPSE, but in their day-to-day interactions. They will teach us not only about our obligation to evangelize as Catholics, but how to do it well! This is sure to be a practical, inspirational, and informative day that applies to everyone. For more information on SPSE, click HERE.
Promotional flyers are forthcoming.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

May 5: Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life | St. Pius X, Glencoe
June 1: Cor Iesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
June 3: Totus Tuus starts in parishes
June 22: A Night of Hope and Healing | Sacred Heart, Murdock
July 21-25: Camp Beloved | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake, Sleepy Eye
July 26-29: Camp Greatness - Middle School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake, Sleepy Eye
July 30 - August 3: Camp Greatness - High School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake, Sleepy Eye
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | April 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Happy Easter!
  2. Totus Tuus 2018 tour
  3. Steubenville Conferences
  4. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Happy Easter!

Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!

May you and yours have a blessed Eastertide!

Totus Tuus 2018 tour

Below are the parishes hosting Totus Tuus this summer. If you are interested in checking the program out, feel free to contact these parishes to schedule a visit. You can find a map of the AFCs here.

June 3-9
- Good Teacher AFC
June 10-16
- Shepherd of Souls AFC
- Divine Mercy AFC
June 17-23
- St. Joseph, Montevideo
- Light of the World AFC
June 24-30
- Ss. Michael, Mary, and Brendan AFC
- Christ the King AFC
July 8-14
- St. Isidore the Farmer AFC
- Sioux Falls parish
July 15-21
- St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
- Holy Cross AFC
July 21-August 3
- Diocesan camps, Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake

Steubenville Conferences

Some of our parishes attend one of the three local Steubenville Conferences and have seen it bear fruit in their youth ministry. Partnership for Youth, who sponsors these conferences, reached out to me and asked to include a promotion in our newsletter:

Partnership for Youth provides Transformational Catholic Events for Young People, including Steubenville Rochester, Steubenville On The Lake, and Steubenville St. Paul.  We have worked with thousands of youth ministers and understand the challenge of providing life-changing events that teens respond to.  We want to support you in your mission of forming disciples and saints.  We will take care of providing a fun, meaningful and professionally-delivered event, so you can focus on your teens. Watch a video about the conferences. Visit www.partnershipforyouth.org to learn more!

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

April 8: Divine Mercy Sunday | Holy Family, Silver Lake
APril 8: DYC "Invite-a-Friend" Sunday | St. Aloysius, Olivia
April 14(-16): TEC #269 | St. Mary, Bird Island
April 21: Diaconate Ordinations | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
April 22: Brunch with the Bishop | St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
April 28: NUDCCW 59th Annual Convention | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
April 28: White Mass for Catholic Medical Professionals | Cathedral, New Ulm
May 5: Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life | St. Pius X, Glencoe
June 3: Totus Tuus starts in parishes
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | March 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Regional E&C Meetings - follow-up
  2. Totus Tuus space available!
  3. Local events
  4. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Regional E&C Meetings follow-up

Deacon Mike and I have really been enjoying our regional E&C meetings and I think those who have been attending have really been enjoying them as well. Here's some of the common themes that came up during our discussions:
  • The need for creativity in religious education, whether because of difficult students or simply to avoid boring classroom experiences.
  • The importance of real, personal connections to those we catechize (aka "discipleship" or "accompaniment").
  • Adult faith formation groups are popping up here and there and bearing much fruit.
  • Eric Sammon's "The Heresy of Low Expectations" was very helpful and encouraged many of us to hold the bar high.
  • We are all quite tired.
We look forward to our spring meetings!

Totus Tuus space available!


There is room for one more parish/AFC in our Totus Tuus program this summer for the week of July 8-14. I'm delighted that we will have two teams serving the Diocese this summer and would love for all of the slots to be filled! Please contact Kevin for more information.

Local events

Another reminder that if you have a local event that is open to other parishes, contact Penny Forst (pforst@dnu.org) to have it placed on the Local Events page on the diocesan website. I will be checking this page before each E&C Messenger goes out and including them on the upcoming events section in each newsletter.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

March 7: Fr. Leo Patalinghug - Grace Before Meals | St. Mary, New Ulm
March 10: NUDCCW Region 6 Spring Gathering | St. John's Education Center
March 13: NUDCCW Region 2 Spring Gathering | Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth
March 15: NUDCCW Region 1 Spring Gathering | Holy Rosary, Mankato
March 17: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
March 18: New Cathedral Organ Concert | Cathedral, New Ulm
March 20: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
March 22: Chrism Mass | Cathedral, New Ulm
April 14: TEC #269 | St. Mary, Bird Island
April 21: Diaconate Ordinations | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
April 28: NUDCCW 59th Annual Convention | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
April 28: White Mass for Catholic Medical Professionals | Cathedral, New Ulm
May 5: Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life | St. Pius X, Glencoe
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | February 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Regional E&C Meetings
  2. CCF Spiritual Impact Forum - Millenials
  3. Broom Tree Retreat 2018
  4. Totus Tuus
  5. 2018 diocesan camps notice
  6. Upcoming diocesan events

Regional E&C Meetings

 Please check your inbox and RSVP to attend your regional E&C meetings. Remember to read Eric Sammon's article, "The Heresy of Low Expectations." Don't worry, it's pretty short ;-) See you soon!
 

CCF Spiritual Impact Forum - Millenials

Deacon Mike recently attended a Catholic Community Foundation forum focusing on Millenials. Download his notes by clicking the button below. This would be a good topic of conversation at our upcoming E&C meetings as well. Perhaps those of us who can sing the Fresh Prince theme song by heart could give some insight about this age group as well!
CCF - Millenials

Broom Tree Retreat 2018


The Broom Tree Retreat was a great success! The youth had not only a restful, but a profound retreat experience. I was encouraged by the concrete resolutions that came from the retreat: going to daily Mass, deleting apps from phones because they get in the way of prayer, praying a daily Rosary, and many many more great resolutions to live more for Jesus. If you are interested in accompanying a group of youth to next year's retreat, please talk to me (Kevin). Every evening provides an opportunity for adult leaders to meet with the youth from their parish, allowing for fruitful conversations about faith and discipleship.

Totus Tuus

Space is filling up for Totus Tuus this summer, but there is still room to sign up to host a team! You can find more information here.

2018 diocesan camps notice

Just a note that the prices have changed for the 2018 diocesan summer camps. You can find more information at www.dnu.org/camp-beloved and www.dnu.org/camp-greatness.

Camp Beloved: $200 (also note this camp is no longer open to 6th graders, just 7th-12th)
Camp Greatness - Middle School: $150
Camp Greatness - High School: $200

There is also a Family Discount! The first camper pays full price (of highest priced camp) and each additional camper from that family, regardless of which camp they attend, pays only $100!

Upcoming diocesan events:

February 10: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde, Green Valley
February 17-19: RB TEC #268 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 17: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
March 20: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
March 22: Chrism Mass | Cathedral, New Ulm
April 21: Diaconate Ordinations | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | January 2018

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In this issue:

  1. "The Heresy of Low Expectations" by Eric Sammons
  2. Regional E&C Meetings
  3. Totus Tuus update
  4. 2018 March for Life and 9 Days for Life Novena
  5. Summer planning
  6. Upcoming diocesan events

"The Heresy of Low Expectations" by Eric Sammons

Eric Sammons - an evangelist and author - recently wrote an article for Catholic Answers titled "The Heresy of Low Expectations." Often in our various apostolates and ministries, we can become discouraged by lack of attendance or commitment. This can cause us to grow lax in our efforts and ultimately stagnate in our mission. As this new year begins, let's set the bar high and set our hopes high as well. Christ is born! Alleluia! 

It is an excellent article and one that would provide for great discussion at our regional meetings (hint, hint). You can read it by clicking HERE.

Regional E&C Meetings

Our regional E&C meetings will be held in February. Please check your inbox and RSVP to attend. These meetings went so well this past Fall, so we look forward to meeting again and catching up!
 

Totus Tuus update


If you expressed interest in hosting Totus Tuus at your parish this summer, be sure to have those strategic conversations with the staff who will be involved: is this something we want to commit to or not? I will be following up with those who expressed interest in order to get a solid "yes" or "no" and to answer any questions you may have. As we move forward with this exciting new program, expect formal registration (including week assignments) at the end of February.

2018 March for Life and 9 Days for Life Novena


The March for Life at the state capitol will be held January 22. It starts at 10:30 AM with a prayer service and the march starts at noon. Contact Sr. Candace Fier in the Office of Family Life (cfier@dnu.org | 507-233-5328) for details on groups attending. This can be an excellent opportunity for youth to experience Catholic social teaching at work.

I would also encourage you to pray the 9 Days for Life Novena, which can be found HERE. The novena starts January 18 and ends January 26. More information has been sent in 1/4/18 UPDATE.

Summer planning

WARNING: This is a shameless plug.

As you begin to make your summer plans for youth ministry, consider tapping into the diocesan summer camps: Camp Greatness and Camp Beloved. Many of the youth who attend have thoroughly enjoyed each camp and they continue to see a positive response and growth.

Upcoming diocesan events:

January 13-15: RB TEC #267 | Holy Trinity, Winsted
January 19-21: Broom Tree Retreat | Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp, Irene, SD
January 22: MCCL March for Life | St. Paul
February 10: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde, Green Valley
February 17-19: RB TEC #268 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 17: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
March 20: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
March 22: Chrism Mass | Cathedral, New Ulm
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | December 2017

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In this issue:

  1. Bishop LeVoir's Advent reflections
  2. NCYC 2017 follow-up
  3. Broom Tree Retreat 2018
  4. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel..."
  5. Upcoming diocesan events

Bishop LeVoir's Advent reflections

Each Advent, Bishop LeVoir records weekly Advent reflections. Visit his webpage to listen to each week's reflection.

NCYC 2017 follow-up

As you settle into life after the conference, do not forget to follow-up and walk with the students who went. A few questions to reflect on after any such event are:
  • What did the youth really respond to with faith? In other words, what seemed to call them deeper into their relationship with Christ?
  • Were there any youth that seemed to be particularly affected by the conference? If so, what is your plan to reach out to them and walk with them on their journey now?
  • What do we currently have in place to ensure that we don't live from conference to conference? If nothing, what is our plan to really foster relationships with the youth who attended?
It is vitally important to have a game plan for walking with the youth who attended NCYC (or any retreat for that matter). These "mountain top" experiences are often not sustainable on the day to day living in the "valley" of life.
 

Broom Tree Retreat 2018

The Broom Tree Retreat will be from January 19-21 at the Broom Tree Youth and Family Camp in Irene, SD. This retreat is designed for youth who have invested in the Faith and in Jesus and want to learn how to foster that relationship. Each day features adoration, Confession, Holy Mass, silent prayer time, games, small groups, and talks on the interior life. Our theme this year is "Lord, teach us to pray..."


If you have a youth group that you think would benefit from such a retreat, contact Kevin for more information. Keep in mind this is not intended to be a Confirmation retreat; the preference is that a group from a parish attends accompanied by either a priest or lay leader. General information found here.

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel..."


May you and yours have a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas!

Upcoming diocesan events:

December 10: Advent Prayer Service | St. Mary, Tracy
January 13-15: RB TEC #267 | Holy Trinity, Winsted
January 19-21: Broom Tree Retreat | Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp, Irene, SD
January 22: MCCL March for Life | St. Paul
February 10: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde, Green Valley
February 17-19: RB TEC #268 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
more events...
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New Ulm, MN 56073

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