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.
Another reminder that if you have a local event that is open to other parishes, contact Penny Forst (firstname.lastname@example.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...