Virtual Workshops for Teachers and Catechists






Designed specifically for teachers and catechists, this series invites all those who work with children to engage in formation and training throughout the year.


Click here for workshop descriptions.


What are Virtual Workshops™?

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Catechetical Sunday on September 18, 2016


Prayer: The Faith Prayed

“This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 18, 2016 and will focus on the theme “Prayer: The Faith Prayed.” Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.”  *Excerpt from the USCCB.

As a resource, NCCL has provided a Catechetical Sunday webpage with various digital tools, provided by corporate members of NCCL, which seeks to assist catechists in the ongoing journey to deepen their prayer lives.  The theme for Catechetical Sunday, Prayer: The Faith Prayed, is a reflective theme for catechists to undertake in their personal journey of faith during this particular catechetical year, starting September 18, 2016.  As a daily reminder, NCCL is selling pins for catechetical leaders, with the word “prayer” to remind catechists of this commitment to nourish their prayer lives all year. The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is grateful for your dedication to catechesis.


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The parable of Mary reveals God’s face

Mary & Jesus- Ethiopian manuscript

Mary and Jesus are depicted in a 17th-century Ethiopian manuscript (© Walters Art Museum, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license)

From the National Catholic Reporter by

The angel Gabriel tells Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”

Joseph might not be Jesus’ physical father, but Mary was to be his mother, his physical mother, like mothers from Eve until now. She would conceive in her womb, carry the child in her womb and deliver him from her womb. And I wonder, always, did he resemble her? Did Jesus have his mother’s mouth? Her eyes? Her coloring? Could you find a similar cleft in each chin? An unruly lock of hair that no amount of water or combing could tame? Did the neighbors in Nazareth say, “Oh, that’s Mary’s boy, for sure. Anyone can look at him and tell.”

It’s one of my favorite parables. For, if Jesus resembled his mother, that meant she resembled him, as well. We hear in Genesis that God created us, man and woman, in the divine image, bearing something of the Creator in our flesh. Perhaps it’s the magisterial language — “Let us make human beings after our image, after our likeness.” — that makes it hard to connect God’s being with our own lumpy bodies and lined faces, our own human beings. I understand how my Uncle Dick, as he aged, looked just like his mama, that is, if Mother Curry had been bald and worn a suit, but I have trouble looking in the mirror, or looking in the face of a stranger, and seeing God looking back.

So, in his conception and birth, Jesus does what he will later do with the stories of robbed and beaten travelers and ungrateful sons and housewives searching for lost coins: He takes an example so daily and so plain as to be familiar to every hearer. It may be hard to connect one’s own flesh with the One who spoke the world into being, but we can all identify with a mother and son who have the same scattering of freckles across their noses. And we can take the story from there: God looks like us and we look like God. Which means that all human faces bear the holy features.

How, then, shall we live?

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Associate Level Courses- Just added

More options for catechists… We have just added more opportunities for Associate level classes.  These were not listed in the catalogue!

St. Thomas More- Associate Level 2016-2017

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Fall 2016 Catalogue

The first class is Aug. 25th.  Be sure to get registered.

(This catalogue was updated on 8/16/16.)

Fall Catalogue 2016 Cover

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Afternoon Catechist Classes at Ascension

 Catechist Classes will begin Aug. 25th.

Afternoon Classes at Ascension

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Discipleship Come and See Flyer- St JPII 2016Discipleship Come and See Flyer- St JPII 2016 (pg 2)

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Upcoming Confirmation Workshop

Confirmation Workshop 2016

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Discipleship Program 2016-2017

The Discipleship Program will begin August 23, 2016.  For the complete 2016-2017 calendar click here.

The concentration in discipleship focuses on the spiritual and faith formation of the person while providing an intentional process for gift discernment and theological reflection to help develop ways to live out one’s faith.  Prayer, dialogue, skills development, faith sharing, and personal reflection are offered in a way that respects each person’s spirituality and life experience.  The use of small cohort groups models the communal dimension of church, encourages deepening levels of trust, and provides  for the articulation and sharing of one’s faith story.  Each group is supported by a facilitator who provides continuity, models leadership skills, provides prayer experiences, and one-to-one support to the participants.  Discernment of gifts and call is an important part of the process and is addressed specifically throughout the program.

Click here for a detailed description including a full list of the classes required.

Click here for a Discipleship Concentration Application.

Art Turner, Director of Faith Formation,  invites you to listen to stories of participants in the Discipleship Program and to consider this program for yourself. Click the Discipleship image below to view the video.

View and listen to stories of participants in the Discipleship Program.

View and listen to stories of participants in the Discipleship Program.

For more information contact Art Turner, 502-448-8581 Ext. 1340 .

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Upcoming Webinar


NCCl Webinar 7.28.16



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