The E&C Messenger | November 2018


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 ( 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.
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:
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 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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