Friday Schedule

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Catechumen’s Journey Workshop 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Catechumen’s Journey All Day Sessions
Timothy A. Johnston, Victoria M. Tufano, Michael Ruzicki

Sponsored by: LTP Sponsorship

Friday Keynote 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Session 1-01   Keynote
Encounter by Tony Alonso

By his words and actions Pope Francis invites the global Church to a radically renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ in the presence of everyone and everything we meet. Encounter: From the Heart of Pope Francis is a performance piece that animates this prophetic and challenging call in song, prayer, and reflection. Through the proclamation of the words of Pope Francis and music inspired by those words, this work is an invitation to embrace the risk and the promise of encountering Jesus in the gaze of those we love, those we struggle to love, those we fear, those we don’t understand, even those who have caused us or others pain. (Word – Worship)

Sponsored by: GIA Sponsorship

Session 200 10:45 AM – 11: 45 PM

Session 2-01 
Steve Botsford

3-2-1, Liftoff! Launch Your Parish or School into a Thematic and Immersive Learning Space

Session attendees will learn how my parish education program addressed the national decline in enrollment by rebranding and created an engaging and dynamic learning space. Areas addressed include overall immersive environment, mobile classrooms, and integrating technology to enhance family faith. (Witness)

Sponsored: William H. Sadlier, Inc.


Session 2-02 
Bishop Randolph Calvo

Women Diaconate

The presentation will explore sources in the Church’s tradition which tell of the ministry of women ad deacons in the first millennium and will discuss their implications and possibilities for today. (Worship) 


Session 2-03
Kathy Coffey

Gusto, Grit and Grace: The North American Saints

With the longings, fears, hopes, humor, frustrations and failures of ordinary humans, these saints explored new frontiers in holiness. In health care, science, education, race or labor relations, they tried something no one else had ever attempted. They brought the hands and heart of Christ to new people and places. Hearing the stories of people like Dorothy Stang, Mychal Judge, Thea Bowman, Cesar Chavez and Rachel Carson should inspire, challenge, and delight. These aren’t plastic, pious saints floating above the earth; they are gutsy, practical and sometimes funny.  If they climbed our hills and mountains, smelled the rain on our forests, and watched the stars in our skies, shouldn’t we know more about them? (Witness)

Sponsored by: Liturgical Press


Session 2-04
Terry Cotting-Morgan

Creating an Interactive Prayer Table for Classroom Teachers

Has your classroom prayer table turned into a shrine? Is it tucked into a corner and ignored? Come learn some simple and practical ways to create a sacred space that is interactive and enhances your lessons. (Word)

Sponsored by: Pflaum


Session 2-05
Becky Eldredge

Making Hope Real

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it is hard to hold onto hope? Hope is an invitation to see and appreciate the world, much like God does, and believe that things can improve. It is a call to action, rather than a chance to stick our heads in the sand like an ostrich and cross our fingers. In this workshop, Becky shows you how to make hope real, even when your season of life feels anything but hopeful. She will offer you tools on how to name what’s really going on in your life, how to bring the reality of what you are facing to God, and how to nurture hope. (Witness)

Sponsored by: Loyola Press


Session 2-06
Carol Fowler

How to Find and Support Volunteers for Your Parish

The  cry of the  parish leader is often  “I need more volunteers!”. This session explores best practices in the identification, training, and  support of volunteers so that  we might cry this phrase less frequently (Witness)

Sponsor: Leadership Roundtable


Session 2-07
Dr. Timothy Hogan

Combating Anxiety, Stress and Pressure: Using Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Strategies to Revitalize School Culture

Today’s children and youth face emotional pain, anxiety and pressure unknown to previous generations. This creates a novel challenge for those on the front lines, especially teachers and catechists. Attendees will learn how to confront these challenges using Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. Participants will learn about and experience the value of these strategies. These skills effectively help students and teachers to deal with anxiety, stress and pressure, as well as nurture a more meaningful and robust spiritual community. Participants will practice five unique SEL skills during this session. Participants should expect to leave this session feeling encouraged and revitalized. (Witness)

 Sponsor: RCL


Session 2-08
Blessie La Scola       

Children of the Light: The Pre-Catechumenate Period with Children  

We, the Church, are to welcome and invite those children who have not yet been baptized, have come to an age of understanding, and are of catechetical age to be a part of the process of faith formation. This session for RCIA ministers, directors of faith formation, and catechists will introduce you to a method of creative ways to draw on your own faith experiences as you begin to prepare children to receive the sacraments of initiation through the RCIA as adapted for children. (Worship)

Sponsor: World Library Publications


Session 2-09
Cecile Mantecón & Jed de Torres      

Declaration for Love and Justice: Fostering Witnesses Towards a Path for Hope

Cecile Mantecon and Jed de Torres will offer a path to develop a Capstone Project for rising high school students that is aligned with the school’s mission, philosophy, Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) focused on the tenets of Catholic social teaching and utilizes tools and skills for 21st century learning and ISTE standards.

The project asks the overarching question, “What social issue or challenge would you undertake if you were allowed to develop a nonprofit agency whose mission is to solve said issue or challenge?” Students are guided, with help from community leaders, to develop a business plan that includes a financial and marketing plan to prepare to pitch to a panel of funders, a la “Shark Tank.”  (Witness)


Session 2-10
Sr Pat McCormick     

BEING a Catechist vs. WORKING AS a Catechist

Enrich your personal commitment to Jesus and affirm your catechist-vocation. Consider the threefold aspects of your call: (1) witnessing (2) mentoring and (3) teaching. This presentation will consider Pope Francis as a pre-eminent catechist and it will offer practical, easy-to-imitate ideas. (Witness)


Session 2-11
Mary Elizabeth Sperry      

Living Your Faith at Home without Losing Your Mind

Too often, discussion of being a domestic church gives already time-crunched families a laundry list of more things they should be doing. This talk will discuss ways to help families find the spiritual value in their ordinary household tasks and to unite them to their “church life.” This talk is appropriate for both family ministers and a broader lay audience. (Witness)


Session 2-12
Maureen Day

Young Adult Catholics: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity

Better serving young adult Catholics is a pressing issue in today’s Church. In this presentation, Dr. Maureen Day will unpack some of the larger sociological trends that are shaping and being shaped by Catholic young adults as they engage their worlds. She will also examine common pitfalls and offer some pastoral practices and possibilities that will help us better meet the needs of young adult Catholics in our various ministerial contexts.

Sponsored: Paulist Press


Session 2-13
Paul Sanfrancesco     

Proclaiming the Joy Using the Power of Social Media

Today everyone is connected by mobile devices and social media but are we using theses power tools for our ministries? This session will provide how to bridge families and the whole parish together with social media. Catechists and administrators will take away ideas and plans implement and teach the faith using these powerful tools. Bring your devices! (Word)

Sponsored by: William H. Sadlier, Inc.


Session 2-14
Msgr. John Talesfore                                                      

Unfolding the Paschal Mystery Throughout the Liturgical Year

Participants will be invited to identify practical, pastoral guideposts toward full, conscious and active participation in the Paschal Mystery with consideration of Saint Paul’s concept of “mystery” and the Church’s understanding of  the Most Holy Trinity as “the central mystery of the Christian faith and life…the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them” (CCC 234). (Worship) 


Session 2-15
Sr. Nona M. Barairo, SFCC

Beyond White Dresses and Veils, Black Pants and White Shirts:  Preparing Children for First Holy Communion.

The First Holy Communion marks the first reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and is an extremely important event in one’s Catholic life. Children begin their spiritual journey by getting to know Jesus for the first time in their life. This indeed calls for a celebration that is beautiful and memorable. However, the true focus should be the holy sacrament itself and not on having the perfect dress or black pants. This session will focus on the spiritual preparation of the children and their parents for First Holy Communion, by providing a deeper understanding of the ways, means, strategies, and tools that will allow the children to experience the true meaning of God’s love.

Sponsored by Pflaum Publishing


Session 2-16
Fr.  Joseph Benedict

Amoris Laetitia: An Invitation to Minster, A Pastoral Challenge to Meet

Since Pope Francis promulgated Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love: Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family in 2016 it has been read and interpreted by diverse Catholic Communities.  This session will consider the exhortation considering the importance of personal conscience, use of the internal forum, and the principle of graduality in the moral life.  The presentation is intended for catechists, people working in faith formation processes and pastoral ministers, both lay and ordained.

Session 300 12:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Session 3-01
Ish Ruiz

Gender Identity and the Catholic Church, What Educators and Administrators Should Know
Gender identity and transgender issues have become hot topics. How does the Gospel teach us to serve young Catholics on their journeys? How are we called to be loving in the midst of challenging theological questions? In this session, I’ll present a brief overview of gender theory and offer theological reflections to inform a pastoral approach for students who question their gender identity. (Social Justice)

 

Session 3-02
Nancy Bird

Partnering with Parents: Working Together in Children’s Faith Formation

Parents are the people who have the greatest impact upon the attitudes and behaviors of their children. Not friends, not teachers, not TV or social media or culture: parents. Discover how parishes can make the connection with parents in regards to the faith formation of children and practical ideas to foster family spirituality.  (Witness)

Sponsored by: RCL


Session 3-03
Paul Canavese

Start with the Learners: Catechizing Families through Multiple Intelligence Activities

To pass on faith, we need to help kids and parents internalize the Gospel. That happens in an experiential way, not an entirely intellectual way. And no two people are alike, nor do they learn the same way. Our job as catechists is to accompany learners on their journey of faith, helping them learn and grow based on their own gifts and strengths. In this session we will explore how we can apply a multiple intelligences pedagogy to formation so we can help children and whole families experience and internalize the faith. We will learn about MI theory, work through specific examples, and review practical resources that you can put to use right away.

Sponsored by: The Pastoral Center


Session 3-04
Sherry Hayes-Peirce

5 Things Every Parish Should Post

This session will explore the who, what, where, why and how of using Catholic social media to inform, inspire and engage parishioners. Sherry’s “5 Things Every Parish Should Post” Strategy will provide you with a template for creating content every month of the Liturgical year. In this experiential session you will build a plan for your parish using the Advent season as a model.


Session 3-05
Dennis Kurtz

Infusing Scripture Across the High School Religion Curriculum

High school religion curriculum based on the USCCB Framework tend to be doctrine heavy. Drawing on the stories of Scripture can help bring more balance to these courses. Let’s look at the USCCB Curriculum Framework and draw correlations to Scripture. How might each course focus on a book or books of the Bible and biblical themes? What does it look like if Scripture is another primary text for Framework courses? (Word)

Sponsored by: Saint Mary’s Press


Session 3-06
Terry McCaffrey

The Way Forward towards Abolition of the Death Penalty

Currently there are 728 men in San Quentin and 21 women in Chowchilla awaiting execution.  18 persons have completed all their appeals and could be executed within a year. It is time to put our faith into action and acting on our sense of compassion and our belief in the sanctity of life to join the campaign to end the death penalty in California. This workshop will provide an opportunity for the Catholic Community to become active the campaign to end the death penalty and the role of Restorative Justice in support of  murder victim families.
Resource materials to aid in abolition work will be provided.(Witness)


Session 3-07
Sr Pat McCormick

Connect the Dots Between Attitude, Behavvior and Self-esteem

Self-discipline (self-regulation, impulse control) requires students to name, claim and tame feelings and emotions that lead to attitude and behavior.  K-8 teachers and administrators will     learn how to “read” the signs of student need, to give appropriate, effective response in the moment, and to use pro-active practices for the future. (NCEA Publication: Student Self-Discipline in the Classroom and Beyond). (Witness)


Session 3-08
Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Ed.D                       

The Heart of Leadership: Building a Culture of Growth  (part I)

At the center of the discussion of contemporary leadership models is the leader’s heart, his or her care for the organization and its members. This session will explore Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership from an incarnational view, an approach that for the Catholic school leaders emulates the truth of how Christ came, lived, and remains with us today. (Witness)


Session 3-09
Mikey Needleman

Finding Truth in Music

Beauty and truth is found in sacred music, pointing us to heaven. But is that beauty and truth non-existent in secular music? Not necessarily. Beauty is found everywhere, on the radio, on TV, and on your iPod or tablet, but finding truth is a little harder. Here are some ways to look for it yourself and help others to find it too. (Witness)

 Sponsored by: World Library Publications


Session 3-10
Joe Paprocki

Practicing a Living Faith – 5 Principles that Shape a Robust Catholic Vision

“In the end, aren’t we all just worshipping the same God?” This question is often asked by well-intentioned people hoping to play down differences as a way to avoid conflict. The truth is, differences DO exist when it comes to faith traditions and the solution is not to avoid talking about them but to be able to speak about those differences intelligently and with civility. In this session, Dr. Joe Paprocki will identify five principles that are unique to Catholicism and that shape the way we think and act in our daily living, lest we fall prey to what Bishop Robert Barron refers to as “beige Catholicism.”                

Sponsored by: Loyola Press


Session 3-11
Lesa Truxaw

Liturgy Planning 101

This workshop is for anyone who is asked to “plan” a Mass. Consideration needs to be given to who is the assembly, are they primary age children, teens, or a mix of ages? What options or choices are there and how do you make all the “pieces” of the mass (prayers, music, environment and movement) fit together for a more prayerful, integrative and spiritually meaningful act of worship? Practical resources will be shared, seasonal tips and core principles upon which all our church’s worship is based will be examined. (Word)


Session 3-12
Mona Harris

Unique and Belonging: Autism and Parish Ministry

1 in 68 children will receive an autism diagnosis each year. Autism is a part of our communities and a part of our parishes. Come learn more about what autism is and isn’t; how it can impact a person’s experience of parish life and ministry; and develop some practical tools and skills for better understanding, accepting, and ministering to individuals on the autism spectrum. (Witness)

Sponsored by: Pflaum



Session 3-13
Deacon David Ford and Lorie Ford

Keep Watch Over Yourselves…(Acts 20:28):  Self-Care and Self Compassion for Those in Ministry

For many in ministry we say ‘yes’ to service with full hearts but can, over time, experience burnout, exhaustion, stress, etc.  St. Paul encouraged the presbyters and ministers of the Church of Ephesus to keep watch over the “whole flock” but also to keep watch over “themselves.” Building upon last year’s well-received workshops on “Loss,” Dave and Lorie, in this workshop, will explore the elements of ‘self-care’ for those who minister.  We will examine the Jesus of the Gospels as a good role model for self-care. We will enjoy both humorous and inspirational stories, videos, and music, and reflect together on the Spirit’s role in helping us with discernment, as a way to help us “keep watch” over ourselves spiritually and practically, with care. We will discover among many insights, that ‘self-care’ is not being ‘self-ish.’  We will focus on healthy spirituality, boundaries, and practical decision-making in ministry.

Sponsor: Diocese of Monterey


Session 3-14
Fr. Loreto Rojas

Modern Saints – Continuing the Tradition of Witnessing

If catechesis has a fruit, it would have to be the knowledge that God confers on us the holiness that all of us are called to have. This session will initially examine our concept of holiness and how we arrive at this universal vocation. Then it will look at how some of our modern saints have embraced this calling to become saints. In the interest of catechesis, it should provide a radically important paradigm to guide the Christian in his/her journey to holiness.


Session 3-15
Ken Preston

God Walks With Us: The Catholic Church’s Response to the Refugee Crisis

Pope Francis has made a strong call for Catholics to respond to the refugee crisis. In this session, participants will learn the scope and causes of the refugee crisis abroad and at home, what the US Catholic Church is doing to respond, and how US Catholics can witness to and participate in supporting refugees.

Session 400 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Session 4-01
Elsy Arévalo

Prayer: A Call to Union with God

At the heart of the Christian tradition is the undeniable belief that while God is found in all of creation, God is found in a special way within our hearts. The Christian mystics understood that union with God is not something to be acquired, but rather something to be uncovered in the very ground of our being.  We get glimpses of this truth throughout our lives: in a moment of quiet reflection, while spending time with someone we love deeply, or when taken by the beauty of creation. But what if there was a way in which these moments could become a more consistent way of perceiving ourselves, others, and reality?  In this workshop, we will explore the prayer practices that can help us deepen our awareness of the presence of God in our lives.          

Sponsor: Loyola Press


Session 4-02
Fr. Chris Bennett

Preparing the Way for the Lord Through Liturgical Art and Environment

Environment Preparation is essential in helping a worshiping community enter more deeply  into the liturgical seasons. In this workshop, you will learn best practices for creating rich, prayerful worship environments with seasonal considerations. You will also learn practical tips for sharing liturgical space with others and will be introduced to special considerations including cultural awareness of colors, environment, and architecture. With plenty of hands on art and environment sample items to see and touch, you will walk away with this workshop with new ideas that you can implement right away and a deeper appreciation for how art and environment can lead us more deeply into prayer. (Worship)

Sponsor: To be provided


Session 4-03 
Kathy Coffey

Gusto, Grit and Grace: The North American Saints

With the longings, fears, hopes, humor, frustrations and failures of ordinary humans, these saints explored new frontiers in holiness. In health care, science, education, race or labor relations, they tried something no one else had ever attempted. They brought the hands and heart of Christ to new people and places. Hearing the stories of people like Dorothy Stang, Mychal Judge, Thea Bowman, Cesar Chavez and Rachel Carson should inspire, challenge, and delight. These aren’t plastic, pious saints floating above the earth; they are gutsy, practical and sometimes funny.  If they climbed our hills and mountains, smelled the rain on our forests, and watched the stars in our skies, shouldn’t we know more about them?

Sponsor: Liturgical Press


Session 4-04
Sherry Hayes-Peirce

Lessons in Teaching Digital Natives From the Social Media Mobile Maven  

The session will help teachers understand how students of this generation are reliant on technology for communication and social interaction; impacting how they learn as well as how you teach. Teachers will be equipped with the tips, tools and techniques for handling the following: Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying, Social Media apps that are currently trending, Is it okay to engage with students on social media? (Witness)


Session 4-05
Anne Kertz Kernion

The Spirituality and Science of Compassion

Pope Francis calls upon us to be merciful and show compassion to those in need. Charles Darwin note that “compassion is our strongest instinct.” Did you know that being kind and compassionate towards others enhances our immune systems, increases our life expectancy, protects us from heart disease, and decreases the risk of depression? We’ll explore the fascinating neuroscience and spirituality of compassion, including how we can nurture it in ourselves and others.(Witness)

Sponsor: Cards by Anne


Session 4-06
Jim Lundholm-Eades

Tools for Parish and School Leaders to Respond to the Abuse Crisis

This session provides pragmatic tools for leaders to use in responding to the abuse crisis. Participants will explore a 3-layered framework for responding to parishioners and/or school families. They will explore best practices for responding, as well as why, when, and how to consider gathering people to talk about the crisis. Participants will develop a consistent, pastoral and institutional response to the crisis that they can implement in their particular setting.(Witness)

Sponsor: Leadership Rountable


Session 4-07
Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Ed.D  

The Heart of Leadership: Building a Culture of Growth  (part II)

At the center of the discussion of contemporary leadership models is the leader’s heart, his or her care for the organization and its members. This session will explore Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership from an incarnational view, an approach that for the Catholic school leaders emulates the truth of how Christ came, lived, and remains with us today. (Witness)


Session 4-08
Ann Naffziger

Sharing the Catholic Way: Helping the Faithful and Seekers Learn the Faith

Many are curious about the details of the Catholic faith, but unless you’re a child or becoming Catholic as an adult, parish opportunities to learn are often limited. After years with practicing Catholics “sneaking” into her RCIA sessions and curious parents asking what their kids were learning, Ann decided enough was enough. She put together a simple, interactive learning approach to share the best our faith has to offer, balancing doctrinal teaching with prayer, spirituality, and faith sharing. Hear more about her formula to engage both seekers and life-long Catholics, and appeal to both head and heart. The session will include do’s and don’ts, and other tips for starting, promoting, and growing a process that can work in any parish.

Sponsor: The Pastoral Center


Session 4-09
Mikey Needleman

Title: “I Call the Drums!” What Instrument Are You in the Song of Body of Christ?

Paul reminds us that we each are integral parts of the Body of Christ and given specific gifts. What if I want someone else’s gift? What if I haven’t found my gift? How can I find my “instrument” in the “song” of the Body of Christ? This talk is an interactive musical experience consisting of reflection, prayer, worship, and meditation. Attendees will be challenged to dig deeply into the unique gifts and talents God has bestowed on each of us that are designed to give him glory every day in order to build up the Body of Christ. (Witness)

Sponsor: World Library Publications


Session 4-10                                              
Jo Ann Paradise

Our Hope Is in the Name of the Lord!

Pope Francis asks, “How often in our life do hopes vanish, how often do the expectations we have in our heart come to nothing!”  Yet, the great hope that Christians possess comes from encountering God.  It is Pope Benedict who reminds us that the definitive Love made visible in Jesus can transform the world from within.  This session will explore how we remain hopeful in the face of the sometimes overwhelming darkness in our world or in the face of suffering and pain in our own families.          

Sponsor: Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division


Session 4-11
Paul Sanfrancesco

Title: Proclaiming the Joy Using the Power of Social Media

Today everyone is connected by mobile devices and social media but are we using theses power tools for our ministries? This session will provide how to bridge families and the whole parish together with social media. Catechists and administrators will take away ideas and plans implement and teach the faith using these powerful tools. Bring your devices! (Word)

Sponsor: William H. Sadlier, Inc.


Session 4-12
Mary Sperry

What Does the State of Your Closet Say about the State of Your Soul?

Google “clutter” and you’ll be swamped with blogs, articles, and videos about how to declutter your home. This talk will look at some of the spiritual problems prevalent in today’s culture that manifest physically in our homes and offices and offer some spiritual solutions from Catholic Church tradition. (Witness)


Session 4-13
John Vitek

Title: Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

In their study, The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press reveals extensive research on young Catholics who have left the church. This presentation will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for the Church and ministry with young people. We will hear about these issues from young people, in their own voices. We will examine the broader sociological shifts that enhance and diminish religious affiliation and engagement in secularized society.

Overview:

– Participants will connect this research and the stories of young adults with their lived experiences
– Participants will understand the dynamics leading to disaffiliation among young Catholics
– Participants will consider the implications for the Church and its ministry (Witness)

Sponsor: Saint Mary’s Press


Session 4-14
Maureen Day  

Young Adult Catholics: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity

Better serving young adult Catholics is a pressing issue in today’s Church. In this presentation, Dr. Maureen Day will unpack some of the larger sociological trends that are shaping and being shaped by Catholic young adults as they engage their worlds. She will also examine common pitfalls and offer some pastoral practices and possibilities that will help us better meet the needs of young adult Catholics in our various ministerial contexts.

Sponsor: Paulist Press


Session 4-15
Fr. Sergio Ovando, STD

“The one who is righteous will live by faith.”

Study of justification and faith in the letter to Galatians and Romans.  The presentation will guide to the right understanding of the meaning of justification and faith related to salvation of Gentiles and Jews. And will enlighten the believer of today to live his faith in fulness knowing the truth nature of salvation and righteousness thru the Gospel, that is the power of God for salvation.


Session 4-16
Becky Eldredge

The Gift of the Inner Chapel or The Inner Chapel:  The Intimacy of Our Interior Life

We carry a chapel within us — a sacred space, where God dwells.  The gift of this inner chapel is that we are never alone: God is always with us and goes where we go.  It is in this space we learn the promises of God so that we can share the good news of these promises with the world.  Becky Eldredge, an Ignatian trained spiritual director, will offer ways to visit your inner chapel daily – amidst the busyness – to harness the fuel and inspiration to go forth and spread the good news!   

Sponsor: Loyola Press

Session 500 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Session 5-01
Steve Botsford

Digital Discipleship

Who and what is a digital disciple? This session explores the use of digital technologies for ministry through the new Technology Competency Standards for Digital Discipleship. Come and learn about the set of standards developed to guide the ministry community in the integration of technology in faith settings. This session is for anyone involved with ministry: technologist, director, coordinator, or catechist. (Witness)

Sponsor: Sadlier


Session 5-02
Laura Bertone

Living the Liturgical Year:  Explore the History, Theology and Focus of Our Annual Cycle of Seasons and Celebrations.

Practical suggestions and resources for celebrating the seasons in parishes, as well as an appreciation of how the year should affect our daily lives. (Worship)


Session 5-03  
Kathy Coffey & Paul Canavese

Grandparenting with Grace: How Your Parish Can Coach Its Grandparents

By 2030, almost 1/3 of North Americans will be over 65. Your parish already has many grandparents, and they are generous with their time and finances. How is your parish supporting them in their spiritual challenges? Grandparents have a great opportunity to share faith and wisdom with their grandkids (even those unfamiliar with church), and accompany them on their faith journey. This session will explore how grandparents and grandchildren can learn from each other, and how grandparents can pass on our faith through what they do naturally—loving their grandkids. It will also share effective ideas and easy-to-use tools to help parishes gather, minister to, and mobilize their grandparents. (Witness)

Sponsor: The Pastoral Center


Session 5-04
Ray East

Forming Young Missionary Disciples

Where are you? (Witness)


Session 5-05
Rev. Dr. Thomas Kane

Becoming a Disciple of Joy and Mercy

Listen to Pope Francis’ Call to Mercy by reaching out to the peripheries and welcoming and inviting those on the edges.  This workshop will explore the Theology of Reconciliation and offer practical and pastoral suggestions on being a Disciple of Joy and Mercy through personal witness and compassionate listening (Word)

Sponsor: Paulist Reconciliation Ministries Landings International


Session 5-06
Sr Pat McCormick

Resilient and Self-reliant Children: Born or Formed?

A self-reliant, resilient character is not the result of a birthday.  It is the by-product of daily life practices that nurture security, autonomy, initiative, and industry on a consistent basis. When parents and teachers apply these practices with consistency, repetition, and continuity, positive identity formation takes root in the child. Over time resilience, self-reliance, and positive self-esteem evolve as byproducts. This presentation will  “unpack” these elements and communicate practical advice that was gathered from parents of children in grades K through 12 who were recognized for positive self-esteem and character. (Witness)


Session 5-07
Blessie La Scola

Children of the Light: Catechumenate Period Adapted for Children

The RCIA document challenges catechists and leaders to develop ways to adapt what is used with adults to be used with children.  This workshop will highlight the importance of guiding the children through discerning their readiness to enter the catechumenate period, to offer the time needed to each person as they journey and grow in faith, and ways to gauge spiritual awareness of God’s presence and knowledge of the children as they prepare to enter the third period of the RCIA process. (Worship)

Sponsor: World Library Publications


Session 5-08
Fr. Loreto Rojas

Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus – A Catechist’s Boot camp

This year’s Catechetical Sunday theme challenges us on what we can do to “enable the faithful to claim their true roles as witnesses to       Jesus Christ.” (Bp. Baron, USCCB) This session will focus on what the catechist can do to promote and encourage the children and families to be witnesses to Jesus. It will look at some practical ways to plant the Word of God in the lives of the children and their families. Needless
to say, this will also look at how the Catechists themselves can become witnesses of Christ. The enlisting part will target not just the children, their families, and current catechists – but also other prospective catechists. (Witness)


Session 5-09
Carolyn Trumble

Be Inspired to Live a Life of Gratitude

Are you experiencing all the joy that God hopes for you? If not, give yourself the gift of gratitude.

In this workshop we will explore ways to Live, Love and Serve with Abundant Joy!  God’s mission is to share love. When love takes root, our natural desire is to share that love with others.  A spirituality grounded in gratitude not only makes us more receptive to receive God’s love, but to also share it as a missionary disciple who goes forth in joy

(Witness)

Sponsor: Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers


Session 5-10
Mona Harris

Unique and Belonging: Special Needs and Sacramental Preparation

Come and explore the questions, issues and practical suggestions around sacramental preparation for individuals w/special needs. We will also look at the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ revised guidelines for celebrating Sacraments with persons with disabilities. (Witness)

Sponsor: Pflaum


Session 5-11
Deacon David Ford and Lorie Ford

Keep Watch Over Yourselves…(Acts 20:28):  Self-Care and Self Compassion for Those in Ministry

For many in ministry we say ‘yes’ to service with full hearts but can, over time, experience burnout, exhaustion, stress, etc.  St. Paul encouraged the presbyters and ministers of the Church of Ephesus to keep watch over the “whole flock” but also to keep watch over “themselves.” Building upon last year’s well-received workshops on “Loss,” Dave and Lorie, in this workshop, will explore the elements of ‘self-care’ for those who minister.  We will examine the Jesus of the Gospels as a good role model for self-care. We will enjoy both humorous and inspirational stories, videos, and music, and reflect together on the Spirit’s role in helping us with discernment, as a way to help us “keep watch” over ourselves spiritually and practically, with care. We will discover among many insights, that ‘self-care’ is not being ‘self-ish.’  We will focus on healthy spirituality, boundaries, and practical decision-making in ministry.

Sponsor: Diocese of Monterey


Session 5-12
Terry McCaffrey

The Way Forward towards Abolition of the Death Penalty

Currently there are 728 men in San Quentin and 21 women in Chowchilla awaiting execution.  18 persons have completed all their appeals and could be executed within a year. It is time to put our faith into action and acting on our sense of compassion and our belief in the sanctity of life to join the campaign to end the death penalty in California. This workshop will provide an opportunity for the Catholic Community to become active the campaign to end the death penalty and the role of Restorative Justice in support of  murder victim families. Resource materials to aid in abolition work will be provided.