Catechetical Conference

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854

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Registration 

Registration Deadline — October 13, 2017
Cost is $35/person; $30/groups of 5-9; $25/groups of 10 or more

Registration Notes:
• Our facility is handicapped accessible.
• Morning hospitality and lunch are included. We are happy to provide refrigeration for those who bring personalized, well-marked food.
• All participants will receive confirmation/schedule by mail or e-mail (time permitting) prior to the Conference.
• For group registrations, please include a separate registration form for each person (completed as indicated). The registration check may be combined.
• Sorry, no refunds.
• Any questions? Any way we can help? Special requests? Please call Pat Martin 732-529-7931

Preview of the Day 

8:30 a.m. Mass and Welcome
Keynote Address presented by Joe Paprocki
St. Ignatius told his followers to “go, set the world on re!” Today, more than ever, we need to fan the ames of the New Evangelization. We must also proclaim the Gospel with renewed energy and enthusiasm so that those we teach will share the experience of the disciples on the road to Emmaus who said, “were not our hearts burning within us as he spoke to us?” (Luke 24: 32-33)
In this keynote, Joe Paprocki, DMin, will identify 9 key steps for sharing God’s Word with
learners in such a manner their hearts will be on re for Jesus Christ.

8:30 a.m. Mass and Welcome
Keynote Address presented by Joe Paprocki
St. Ignatius told his followers to “go, set the world on fire!” Today, more than ever, we need to fan the flames of the New Evangelization. We must also proclaim the Gospel with renewed energy and enthusiasm so that those we teach will share the experience of the disciples on the road to Emmaus who said, “were not our hearts burning within us as he spoke to us?” (Luke 24: 32-33)
In this keynote, Joe Paprocki, DMin, will identify 9 key steps for sharing God’s Word with
learners in such a manner their hearts will be on re for Jesus Christ.

Keynote Speaker 

Joe Paprocki, DMin, is a National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. Having spanned 35 years of ministry he has presented in over 100 dioceses in North America. Joe contributes to the development of numerous catechetical and pastoral resources including the Finding God curriculum series. He authors a blog (Catechist’s Journey) and hosts various Webinars that have touched the lives of countless thousands of pastoral ministers. He is the author of numerous books (A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, Practice Makes Catholic, A Well-Built Faith, Living the Mass, The Catechist’s Toolbox) that have sold over 250,000 copies. Joe earned his Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. He and his wife Joanne, who have two grown children, live just outside of Chicago, IL.

Schedule 

Workshops 

Workshop #1 (Middle School): Faith Formation Ideas, Activities and Strategies with a Middle Grade Mindset
Facilitator John Collins

Middle grade students need and want to be engaged in learning, though their behaviors and attitudes sometimes may indicate otherwise. At this age level, religious education teachers have a unique opportunity to provide an environment and experiences in which young people learn about their Catholic Identity through their own powerful witness to the faith. Sponsored by William H. Sadlier, Inc., this session will provide suggestions, ideas, and strategies for faith formation with middle grade students in mind.

Workshop #2 (Spirituality): Do You Know Who I Am
Facilitator Kevin Dowd

Using Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation as a guide, we will take time to reflect on our true identity in Christ. From this spiritual reflection, we will think about the Sacraments as sources of identity, without which we could not be who we are. The workshop is designed to give deep, satisfying nourishment to the spiritual life of participants and to rejuvenate all of us as daughters and sons of God.

Workshop #3 (Spirituality- Español): Evangelizando usando el pasaje del camino de Emaus/Evangelize Using the Way to Emmaus (Part 1, Part 2)
Facilitator Andres Gutierrez

This workshop, sponsored by William H. Sadlier Publishing, will study Chapter 24 of the Gospel of Luke, using Lectio Divina to identify the five methods of evangelization, and learn to use the methods relative to church, ministries and community. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis talks about the same five moments, and invites us to be “missionary disciples.”

Este taller presenta los 5 momentos esenciales de la evangelización: primerear, involucrarse, acompañar, fructificar y celebrar de acuerdo a la exhortación apostólica “La alegría del evangelio”. Se ofrecerán ejemplos prácticos para la evangelización en el ministerio.

Workshop #4 (Music/Liturgy): Sacraments, Scripture and Some Silliness – Using Sacred Music in the Religious Education Classroom
Facilitator David Jules

This workshop will give musicians and non-musicians alike some practical ideas for using songs and musical instruments to teach, entertain and inspire while learning about our faith. We will also discuss how to choose music for liturgies when a large number of children are present. Come prepared to sing, move and play!

Workshop #5 (Middle School / Youth): Couch Potato to Superhero
Facilitator Colleen Kelly-Raynor

We are raising a generation of couch potatoes in faith. We sit them down and lecture them ad nauseam. Come learn how to change your approach – not only to Confirmation but faith in general. Want to be a superhero? Get off the couch and put on your cape!

Workshop #6 (Middle School / Youth): Pinteresting: Evangelization in a Social Media World
Facilitator Claire M. McManus, MA, STL

Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram are part of the social spaces for millennials. As 21st century evangelizers, we need to advance the Good News, meeting people where they are, by embracing and learning about this cultural form of communication. This workshop will introduce how these social media platforms are being used along with some practical examples of how to engage your target audience.

Workshop #7 (Methodology): The Imaginative Catechist
Facilitator Joe Paprocki

It is the job of the catechist to spark the imaginations of those they teach so as to enable them to see with the eyes of Christ and bring the vision of the Kingdom to the world. In this workshop, sponsored by Loyola Press, Joe Paprocki, DMin, will offer a variety of strategies, methods and resources to help catechists become more imaginative so they may engage the imaginations of those they teach, leading to transformed hearts and minds.

Workshop #8 (Evangelization): Sacraments: A Family Tradition or Encounter with Christ?
Facilitator Dr. JoAnn Paradise

In this workshop, sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division, participants will explore: 1) the opportunity for evangelization or re-evangelization in sacrament preparation 2) the power of ritual in the human experience 3) effective sacrament preparation gatherings for children and/or families 4) the awakening necessary to move families to Sunday worship.

Workshop #9 (Elementary): Build a Bridge Between Research and Best Practice that Supports a Strong Foundation of Faith Development for Children Preschool through Third Grade
Facilitator Pamela Perrino, MS Ed

Join us for a conversation on developmentally appropriate practices in early education faith development of children (preschool through third grade). In this workshop, sponsored by RCL Benziger (a Kendall Hunt Company), you will explore the latest brain development information and windows of opportunity of learning. Together, you will identify and develop strategies that will support you as you build a bridge between knowledge and practice to create a strong faith foundation for the young children that you guide along their faith journey.

Workshop #10 (Spirituality): Reviving Prayer and Spirituality
Facilitator Joanne Ponnwitz, MARE

Many have become entrenched in the repetition of standard prayers. As catechists, we are called to share our faith with others and help each person develop their faith and relationship with God, who communicates in many ways. We need to open ourselves to the various modes to hear God’s voice in our lives. This session, sponsored by William H. Sadlier Publishing, will focus on reviving routine prayer and breathing life into our relationship with God.

Engaging the New Generations 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost is $15/person for Engaging the New Generations Only
View/download the flyer

Current research has well documented the decreasing church participation and affiliation of our younger generations. This workshop will examine generational, epistemological, and communication changes that impacts and influences the perspectives of the Millennial and Homeland Generations. Moreover, it will help clarify what’s behind their disconnect with the church and what we can do to re-connect, re-engage, and be more effective evangelizers and catechizers of our younger generations.