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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The E&C Messenger | November 2017

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In this issue:

  1. Regional E&C meeting reflections
  2. NCYC 2017
  3. Broom Tree Retreat 2018
  4. Totus Tuus - Interest Indicator
  5. Upcoming diocesan events

Regional E&C meeting reflections

It has been so good to meet with so many of you at our regional E&C meetings. Thank God for fruitful and meaningful conversations and for the good work He is doing in the Diocese of New Ulm! And thank you for your willingness to cooperate with the movements of the Holy Spirit!

Some common themes throughout our meetings were:
  • In terms of youth ministry, a common theme was the desire of the youth to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist, regardless of their level of faith. They are attracted to the beauty, the reverence, and the silence they experience in adoration.
  • The necessity of all the baptized to evangelize and the struggles and joys of evangelization.
  • There was much interest in Totus Tuus (see notification below): how it went, its benefits, and the plans for 2018.
Deacon Mike and I look forward to our meetings this winter!

NCYC 2017


NCYC 2017 is almost here! I will see you beforehand when I drop off your lanyards and programs and all of you together at the Region 8 Mass on Thursday. May God bless your trips and time there! Feel free to contact me or Cindy if you have any questions prior.

Broom Tree Retreat 2018


Last January the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry piloted a retreat for those interested in "going deeper" into the spiritual life. This year, 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.

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.

Totus Tuus - Interest Indicator

As mentioned earlier, many of you have expressed interest in hosting Totus Tuus for the summer of 2018. In order to gauge how many teams will serve the Diocese, it is necessary to know how many parishes or AFCs are willing to host a team. An email was sent out earlier this week with a link to a survey (see button below). Please complete the survey even if you are only vaguely considering hosting Totus Tuus.
Totus Tuus - Interest Indicator

Upcoming diocesan events:

November 4: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
November 16-19: NCYC | Indianapolis, IN
December 3: Cor Jesu | St. Michael, Milroy
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
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | October 2017

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In this issue:

  1. Some things to consider for our regional meetings
  2. Regional E&C meeting dates and locations
  3. Discipleship Day 2017 recap
  4. NET in the Diocese of New Ulm
  5. Upcoming events

Some things to consider for our regional meetings

For our regional E&C meetings starting this month, we will be reviewing sections 111-134 of Evangelii Gaudium and discussing this past summer's programming. Some things to consider before our meetings are:
  • What programs or events seemed to bear fruit this past summer? How do you know it is bearing fruit?
  • What could be improved upon in this past summer's programming?
  • What aspect of your work for the Church brings you joy?
  • What are some of your own personal experiences with evangelization and/or accompaniment? Have you had someone "walk with you" in your life? How did they lead you to Christ?
  • Is your parish programming event-focused or people-focused? Does it have a tendency to focus on pre-evangelization (those who do not know Christ well), Gospel proclamation (seeking conversion), or catechesis?
Deacon Mike and I look forward to seeing you all and talking about the Faith over a cup of coffee!

Regional E&C meeting dates and locations

You should have received an email indicating which region you belong to for these regional meetings. Please RSVP to Kevin Losleben (klosleben@dnu.org) if you plan to attend. All meetings begin at 9 AM.

Discipleship Day 2017 recap


A big thanks to Dr. Sean Innerst for making the trip out to Minnesota from Denver! He is not only a scholar, but a gentleman. Many of you asked for Dr. Innerst's notes. Click on the button below to download a PDF of them; they are rich in content. Thanks also to Bishop LeVoir for celebrating Mass for us, and for Fr. Aaron Johanneck and Deacon Mike McKeown for giving breakout talks.
Dr. Innerst's Notes

NET in the Diocese of New Ulm


Welcome NET Team 7! These young men and women will be travelling around the Diocese from October 20-31, hosting a total of 7 retreats. Let's show them some DNU hospitality!

Upcoming diocesan events:

October 9: School's Faith Formation Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 13: Fatima Rosary Procession w/ Bishop LeVoir | Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
November 4: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
November 16-19: NCYC | Indianapolis, IN
December 3: Cor Jesu | St. Michael, Milroy
December 10: Advent Prayer Service | St. Mary, Tracy
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | September 2017

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In this issue:

  1. Youth ministry summer recap
  2. Catechetical Sunday
  3. Cor Jesu: dates, locations, and an explanation
  4. Discipleship Day 2017: general info and new speaker announcement!
  5. Meetings for DREs and YMs
  6. Upcoming events

Youth ministry summer recap

What a summer! Here are a few photos from some of the diocesan summer youth ministry events:

Diocesan pilgrims on the Rome Youth Pilgrimage walk through the busy streets of Rome.

Totus Tuus missionary Jessie Griebel teaches students about salvation history.

Tug-o-War at Camp Greatness - Middle School.

Check the youth ministry website for more photos to come!

Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday is September 17. The theme for this year is "Living as Missionary Disciples." Check out the USCCB's webpage for materials and more information.

Cor Jesu

The dates and locations have been set for this academic year's Cor Jesu events! They are as follows:

September 22 - Cathedral, New Ulm
November 4 - St. Mary, Arlington
December 10 - St. Michael, Milroy
February 10 - St. Clotilde, Green Valley
March 17 - St. Andrew, Granite Falls
June 1 - Cathedral, New Ulm (w/ Bishop LeVoir and the Totus Tuus team!)

What is Cor Jesu...and why? Cor Jesu is essentially adoration. The presider starts exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a reading from Scripture, a short reflection on said reading, and then intermittent periods of silence and music fill the rest of the time while Confessions are offered. All of this in a candle-lit setting (so exquisitely prepared by members of the Diocesan Youth Council). Afterwards, everyone gathers for refreshments, conversation, and games. For those who have hosted retreats or brought youth to various youth ministry events where adoration is available, you'll know that when asked what their favorite part of the event was, the answer is almost always "adoration." The fact of the matter is that people need time before their Lord and Cor Jesu provides that opportunity; they are exposed to silence and yet are given a way to sing their heart out to Jesus. It is free of charge and requires no registration (what more could you ask for!?). If someone hasn't been to Mass in a while, Cor Jesu is a "non-confrontational" way to invite someone to church since it's not Mass and can be explained as "a time to pray and sing some songs" or maybe just "a peaceful time to reflect on life." Find a location near you and bring a crowd! Or, like some youth do, make an hour and 40 minute drive just to adore Jesus!
2017-18 Cor Jesu Flyer

Discipleship Day 2017

You should have received a flyer and registration form from Cindy regarding Discipleship Day 2017 (formerly called Faith Formation Day). Discipleship Day will be held at St. Catherine's in Redwood Falls and will start with Holy Mass at 8:30 AM. See the flyer below for more information. Invite your whole religious education team and all those who are involved in evangelization in your parish!

New speaker! Deacon Mike McKeown will be presenting during the 2 PM breakout session on Evangelization in the Parish: Discipleship and Adult Faith Formation. Deacon Mike has a plethora of experience not only in parish-based small groups and evangelization teams, but also in evangelization in the secular world. He will be presenting on the need for evangelization and adult faith formation in the parish and how to practically address those needs. Click the button below for an updated flyer with Deacon Mike's presentation, which was not able to be published on the original flyer sent out in the parish mailing.
Discipleship Day 2017 Flyer

Meetings for DREs and YMs

Some of you have been asking about the Gathers meetings and whether they will continue. There will be regional meetings starting this Fall for those who work in religious education, youth ministry, and adult faith formation. Deacon Mike (team lead for adult faith formation) will be accompanying me and we would love to talk about the happenings in your parishes, answer any questions you may have, and provide an opportunity for networking and good conversation.Thank you for your patience as we reorganize here at the diocesan offices and look for ways to best serve those who work so hard in the parishes. Invitations to regional meetings are forthcoming and I'm excited to see how the Lord is working in your lives and in your parishes!

Upcoming diocesan events:

September 17: Catechetical Sunday
September 22: Cor Jesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
September 23: V Encuentro | St. Pius X, Glencoe
September 30: Discipleship Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 4: Children's Holy Fieldtrip | Cathedral, New Ulm
October 9: School's Faith Formation Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 13: Fatima Rosary Procession w/ Bishop LeVoir | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
November 4: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | May 2017 | Queen of heaven rejoice, alleluia!

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In this issue:

  1. Creating a space for conversation, part II
  2. Pray for our pilgrims going to Rome!
  3. Diocesan Youth Council applications available!
  4. NET - 2017 dates still available
  5. Diocesan summer camp postcards
  6. PROGRAM ALERT: "13 Reasons Why"
  7. May 6 Cor Jesu - cancelled
  8. 2017 Discipleship Day
  9. Have a blessed summer!

Creating a space for conversation, part II

In our last issue, we discussed the importance of starting a conversation with youth and that as simple as that may seem, that really is the starting point of evangelization. It only makes sense: if you want to spread the Gospel, you have to actually talk to people. Granted we often times think we can avoid that step, and boy are we guilty of it in youth ministry! But let's face it: it's easier to bring in a big name speaker who's "dynamic" and funny to talk about Jesus than boring old me. So, we give them a microphone and a soapbox and they do their thing.

But then they leave.

I would argue that as much as we hail speaker-circuit Catholics as the experts of evangelization, they really have the easy job. They come in, do their speech (which they love giving), answer some questions, and then leave. But who's going to follow up with those who heard the talk? Who's going to be there for them as they learn the ways of Christian discipleship? And who's going to have to figure out how to create that "space" were discipleship can then happen?

You.

Yes, you. The one who works on the parish level. I would say that there are a few things that need to happen in order to ensure there is a place for conversations with youth to happen (and remember, those conversations are the simple first step toward conversion and discipleship). I'm just going to list three of them for now and then we'll go from there.

1) Pray. Yep, I just did that. I'm going to be "that guy." You know, the one who tells you after a long rant about how bad your life is to just "pray." But really, if you plan to take a position in a parish as some sort of leader, you need to have a steady prayer life. Actually, if you're baptized, you need to have a steady prayer life. My challenge: at least 15 minutes every day of prayer. We won't go into what that looks like. For now, just do it.

2) Talk to people. I know, this sounds ridiculous, but as per March's issue, you should know the importance of this skill by now. I'm not good at it, and few are, but as Christians we need to develop the skill of striking up a conversation. Whether it be after Mass or at the gas station, you never know where those conversations might lead you. Or rather, you never know where the Holy Spirit might lead you!

3) Involve a priest. The priest is the spiritual father of the flock, and any apostolic endeavor you undertake should be with some sort of guidance or involvement from your parish priest. This is crucial, because spiritually speaking, by recognizing the authority of the priest, we are working within the hierarchy (literally, "sacred order") Christ established. The Holy Spirit loves structure, believe it or not, and when we work within that structure He often blesses our endeavors in ways we'd never imagine. Priests, I would encourage you to be involved in your youth group or youth events. The youth are a part of your flock just as much as anyone else, and in the same way that children love to see their dads involved in their lives, so too do the youth of your parish love to see you involved as well.

This should lay the groundwork leading up to really getting that ball rolling in terms of youth evangelization. Perhaps you're already seeing the direction this is going, but if not, stay tuned for part III.

Pray for our pilgrims going to Rome!


On June 10, 13 youth and their chaperones will gather in New Ulm to prepare for their pilgrimage to Rome from June 11-21. They will see sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II, Assisi, Siena, and the great myriad of religious sites in the Eternal City. Please, in your charity, say a prayer for the pilgrims. I look forward to sharing photos from the pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Diocesan Youth Council applications available!

If you know any youth who would be interested in joining a team of faithful teens who help to host Cor Jesu, "invite-a-friend" days, and most importantly who desire to grow in their relationship with Christ, please click the button below and download an application. The DYC is also a great opportunity for youth to find like-minded Catholics who will inspire them to greater holiness. Visit www.dnu.org/diocesan-youth-council for more information.
DYC Application

NET - 2017 dates still available

The NET Team will be available for nine retreat days between the dates of October 20-31. If you are interested in hosting a NET retreat in the Fall of 2017,click the blue button below to download the attached request form and send it to Cindy Blickem by June 14. Date requests are granted on a first come, first- served basis.
NET Request Form

Diocesan summer camp postcards

You should have received six postcards (three for each camp) in the mail. These are useful to hand out to youth you think may be interested in camp. I've already given out about 30 extra postcards and Cindy and I are more than happy to mail you more if you need them! Below is information for each camp.

Camp Beloved


July 22-26
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 6-12
$140

Camp Greatness


Middle School
July 27-30
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 6-8
$105

High School
July 31-August 4
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 9-12
$175

PROGRAM ALERT: "13 Reasons Why"

The National Catholic Educational Association recently sent out an email alerting those involved in evangelization and catechesis about Netflix's edgy new show, "13 Reasons Why." The show is based on a fictional character named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind "13 reasons why" she did so. The material is heavy, yet aimed at adolescents, so it is important to stay informed. Click HERE to view the email, which includes more information and resources to properly address the issue.

May 6 Cor Jesu - cancelled

The Cor Jesu scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at St. Aloysius in Olivia has been cancelled. The June 2 Cor Jesu at Cathedral is still on, however, and will feature Bishop LeVoir as presider!

2017 Discipleship Day

Formerly called Faith Formation Day, Discipleship Day will be held on September 30, 2017. Sean Innerst will be speaking on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. An announcement was sent out in the UPDATE and a "save the date" will be sent in the next parish mailing. Stay tuned for more information!

Have a blessed summer!

This will be the last issue of The YM Newsletter for the 2016-2017 academic year. Thank you for all the good work you do! I look forward to working alongside many of you over the summer and to gather together in September. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you need anything over the summer and don't forget to glance at the "Upcoming events" below. May God bless our summer programming and apostolic endeavors!

Upcoming events:

June 2: Cor Jesu | Cathedral | New Ulm
June 11-21: Rome Youth Pilgrimage
July 22-26: Camp Beloved | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake | Sleepy Eye
July 27-30: Camp Greatness - Middle School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake | Sleepy Eye
July 31 - August 4: Camp Greatness - High School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake | Sleepy Eye
August 5-7: TEC #266 | Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Winsted
September 30: Discipleship Day | TBD
more events...
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