The E&C Messenger | September 2019


In this issue:

  1. Deanery E&C meetings
  2. Discipleship Day 2019
  3. Diocesan youth ministry opportunities
  4. Riverbend TEC
  5. Upcoming VIRTUS training sessions
  6. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Deanery E&C meetings

A new year of religious education has begun! Join others from your deanery to discuss how summer activities went and what you're planning for this year's religious education. Share ideas, discuss relevant topics, and support one another in this mission of catechesis. Click HERE to see which deanery you belong to (you are free to choose a different meeting location if you'd like). Meetings start at 9am and usually run to about noon. Coffee and breakfast provided.

Please RSVP to Cindy Blickem ( if you plan to attend.

Deanery 1 - September 23 @ Lola in New Ulm (16 N Minnesota St)
Deanery 2 - September 27 @ Dana Webskowski's home in Marshall (603 Prospect Cir.)
Deanery 3 - September 20 @ Dunn Bros. Coffee in Hutchinson (114 Main St NE Suite 102)

Discipleship Day 2019

People make strong and lasting first impressions, especially when they interact with the Catholic Church. It's hugely important that we are welcoming, friendly, and real with people when they enter into our parishes whether visiting for Sunday Mass, Baptism classes, or religious education.

This year's Discipleship Day theme is "Entertaining Angels - Hospitality Training" and will once again feature St. Paul Evangelization Institute. Denise Hirl and Adam Janke will give valuable insight and training for anyone who works for a parish or is involved in anyway with the Catholic Church. Bring your whole staff and volunteers to this superb presentation on true Catholic hospitality!

The day begins at 8:30am with Holy Mass with Bishop John M. LeVoir at St. Aloysius in Olivia on September 28. There are three presentations, which will end at 2:00pm. Cost is $20/person, lunch included.

Diocesan youth ministry opportunities

October 26: Cor Jesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
November 16: Cor Jesu | St. Brendan, Green Isle
December 8: Cor Jesu | St. Anne, Wabasso
January 12: DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party* | St. Aloysius, Olivia [note date change]
March 20-22: Broom Tree Retreat | Irene, SD
May 3: DYC Paschal Party* | St. Aloysius, Olivia
May 31-June 6: First week of Totus Tuus!
July 18-22: Camp Beloved | Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
July 23-26: Camp Greatness - Middle School | Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
July 28-31: Camp Greatness - High School | Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye

These are just the events directly hosted by the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. You can find EVEN MORE opportunities at

If you have events you'd like to publicize via The E&C Messenger, please let Kevin Losleben ( know!

*The DYC parties are youth events hosted by the Diocesan Youth Council. They start at 6:15pm with Cor Jesu and are followed by games, social, and special entertainment. They are open to ALL youth and young adults!

Riverbend TEC

If you've never been on a TEC or it's been a while since you have, maybe it's time to make one! They've made some great improvements and hope to inspire more and more people to "encounter and integrate the life of Jesus into their daily lives."

The next Riverbend TEC will be January 18-20 at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (New Ulm).

Visit for more information.

Upcoming VIRTUS training sessions

Make sure your catechists, youth ministry volunteers, new staff, and anyone working with or around youth are trained in safe environment. Go HERE for a list of upcoming training sessions.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

September 10: Day of Recollection - Journey to Lourdes, France | Abbey of the Hills
September 20: Deanery 3 E&C meeting | Dunn Bros., Hutchinson
September 23: Deanery 1 E&C meeting | Lola, New Ulm
September 27: Deanery 2 E&C meeting | 603 Prospect Cir., Marshall
September 28: Discipleship Day 2019 | St. Aloysius, Olivia
October 2: Annual Children's Holy Field Trip | Cathedral, New Ulm
October 12: Diocesan Ethics Conference | Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
October 22-31: NET retreats
October 26: Cor Jesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
November 16: Cor Jesu | St. Brendan, Green Isle
November 21-23: NCYC | Indianapolis, IN
more events...
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