Webinars from Ave Maria Press

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Attend one of the live events in our Professional Development Webinar Series and make a bigger impact in your parish.

More than 8,000 parish and diocesan leaders and volunteers have attended our webinars since we began this series in 2010. We offer professional development and spiritual formation from some of the top speakers, authors, and leaders in the Church today. This webinar series is brought to you in partnership with many national organizations including the National Association for Lay Ministry, the National Association of Family Life Ministers, the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders, and the National Federation of Priests Councils.

Register today for one of our upcoming events. (Not sure if you can make it? That’s OK! Register now and we’ll send you the recording whether you can attend live or not.)

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Upcoming Events

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Sacraments of Initiation

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Catholic Services Appeal 2016

csalogoThe Catholic Services Appeal is your annual invitation to support the ministries and services of the Archdiocese of Louisville. The Appeal plays an integral role in funding over 100 different programs and services of the Archdiocese. Whether it is providing pastoral care to those in the hospital, supplying clothing and food to those in need, reaching out to youth and young adults, educating future priests and supporting retired priests, or providing services to parishes and schools, the Catholic Services Appeal supports ministry at every level of our Archdiocese.

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Click here to view a video from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz about the 2016 Catholic Services Appeal.

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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(Vatican Radio) Listen to Pope Francis pronounce the official Formula of Canonization, raising Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the honours of the altar

The English translation of Pope Francis’s pronouncement of the official Formula of Canonization, raising Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the honours of the altar.

To the honour of the holy and undivided Trinity,
for the exaltation of the Catholic faith
and the increase of the Christian life,
by the authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of Ourselves,
after mature deliberation
and frequent prayer for the Divine assistance,
with the advice of Our venerable brethren,
We decree and define
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint,
and We place her name in the catalogue of Saints,
decreeing that in the universal Church
she is to be venerated among the Saints with pious devotion.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Upcoming Events: Sept. & Oct.

Sponsor Training 9.20.16

 Communication Workshop: “Purposeful Conversation”
Date:                           Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time:                           9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:                     Flaget Center
Presenter:                   Art Turner, Director of Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $25 (includes lunch) (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         5 hours applies toward Methods in Master Level
This is an interactive workshop focusing on communication skills, pastoral listening, and group dialogue.

Foundation of Liturgy
Dates:                          Tuesday October 4, 2016
Time:                           7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:                     St. John Paul II, Annex
Presenter:                   Office of Worship, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of Liturgy
This class is a brief overview of the historical development of the liturgy, the basic principles of celebrating liturgy and the introduction/concluding rites of the Mass.

Initiation Team Training
Dates:                          Wenesday, October 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2016
Time:                           7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:                     Flaget Center
Presenter:                   Maureen Larison, Consultant for Adult Formation & Initiation, Archdiocese  of Louisville
Cost:                            $25.00 per person (includes a copy of the study edition of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Deadline date for registration: September 15, 2016
Catechist Credit:         4 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of Liturgy and 4 hours applies toward Catechetics
This four-part training is designed for members of parish RCIA teams who have little or no previous experience with initiation.  The areas covered will include an overview of the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, study of each phase of the process, and practical resources for formation and ritual celebration.

 Introduction to Prayer
Date:                           Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time:                           9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location:                     St. Thomas More, John Fisher Rm.
Presenter:                   Sr. Rosella McCormick, O.S.U.
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581 ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward the Associate Level or Theology in the content area of Prayer
This is a study of the diverse forms of individual and communal prayer and identification of one’s own preferred style of prayer.

Introduction to Scripture
Dates:                          Tuesday September 6, 2016
Time:                           7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:                     St. John Paul II, Annex
Presenter:                   Art Turner, Director of Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward the Associate Level in the content area of Introduction to Scripture or 2.5 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of Scripture
This class explores the Catholic understanding of Scripture and the meanings of inspiration and revelation.

 Major Themes of Scripture
Dates:                          Tuesday September 20, 2016
Time:                           7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:                     St. John Paul II, Annex
Presenter:                   Art Turner, Director of Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of Scripture
This class is a survey of the primary themes of Scripture and how they are relevant to our lives today.

Overview of Catechetical Ministry Part II
Date:                           Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time:                           3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location:                     St. Thomas More, John Fisher Rm.
Presenters:                  Denise Puckett, Consultant for Catechetical Ministry, Archdiocese of Louisville and Maureen Larison, Consultant for Adult Formation and Initiation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581 ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         3 hours applies toward Associate Level (Required) in the content area of Overview of Catechetical Ministry
This course will focus on the catechetical process in passing on the faith, introduce some of the distinguishing characteristics of the Catholic Church, review the process of Catechist Formation, and introduce practical resources from OLFE.

Overview of the Mass
Dates:                          Tuesday October 18, 2016
Time:                           7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:                     St. John Paul II, Annex
Presenter:                   Office of Worship, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581 ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of Liturgy
This class focuses on the Mass, the “source and summit” of all the Church’s activity, as well as the meaning and purpose of the primary elements of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

 RCIA Sponsor Training
Dates:                          Tuesday,  September 20, 2016
Time:                           7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location:                     St. Margaret Mary
Presenter:                   Maureen Larison, Consultant for Adult Formation and Initiation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            None (There is no cost for this training.)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581 ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         No Credit
Sponsors play a crucial role in the initiation process and deserve to be well-prepared for their ministry.  In this training, sponsors will be offered the opportunity to see what the parish is asking of them and allow them to explore the various ways in which they can help catechumens and candidates to grow closer to Christ in the Catholic community.  Common question and concerns will also be addressed and examined in light of The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

 Sacraments of Initiation
Dates:                          Thursday September 15, 2016
Time:                           3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Locations:                    Ascension School
Presenter:                   Maureen Larison, Consultant for Adult Formation and Initiation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of the Church
This class will examine the historical development of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist as they are celebrated in the catechumenate process.  The influences that led to their separation into individual sacraments will be explored and practical implications for current catechetical practice will be discussed.

 The Four Gospels
Dates:                          Thursday October 20, 2016
Time:                           3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Locations:                    Ascension School
Presenter:                   Art Turner, Director of Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Louisville
Cost:                            $10.00 (check payable to ALMI)
Registration:                Register prior to class to insure class availability.  Contact Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or (502) 448-8581, ext. 1314
Catechist Credit:         2.5 hours applies toward Theology in the content area of the Church
This class will do an overview of the four Gospels and will explore how they can best be utilized in the classroom.

 

 

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Virtual Workshops for Teachers and Catechists

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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.

 

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Catechetical Sunday on September 18, 2016

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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

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

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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 Core Courses

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