It is that time of year again to prepare ourselves for the Nativity of Christ.
Take some time to draw closer to God through prayer and reflection using the great tools on the XT3.com website, or by downloading one of their apps for your mobile device. Even if you just commit to 3 minutes a day leading up to Christmas, you will be so surprised how much more meaningful the Incarnation will be to you (and those around you)!
Come help us raise money for the Mission to Tanzania in the summer of 2013 with our Black Tie Dinner. The evening includes a three course dinner, fantastic live music featuring St Mary High School Jazz Band and charity auction full of great prizes. Cash Bar. It will take place at 6:30pm at St. Mary High School in Prince Albert. Tickets are $35.00 at the diocesan center and St. Mary High School at the front desk. Call Kayleigh Skomoroski at 306-940-8894 for more information.
Three reasons lay behind the need for permanent deacons:
1) A desire to enrich the Church with the functions of the diaconate, which otherwise, in many regions, could only be exercised with great difficulty;
2) The intention of strengthening with the grace of diaconal ordination those who already exercised many of the functions of the Diaconate;
3) A concern to provide regions, where there was a shortage of clergy, with sacred ministers.
The word “Deacon” comes from the Greek diakonos, meaning “service”. In essence, deacons are ordained as servants of the church, which in itself reflects the spirituality of service, which is the spirituality of the whole Church.
“Only those are to be promoted to orders who …have sound faith,are motivated by the right intention, are endowed with the requisite knowledge, enjoy a good reputation, and have moral probity, proven virtue and the other physical and psychological qualities appropriate to the order to be received”.
Reference from the website of the Vatican: Basic norms for the formation of permanent deacons
Married candidates must have the consent and support of their wives, who must be willing to participate in their formation as needed.
If you think God may be calling you to discern the vocation of permanent deacon, you may begin the process by contacting:
Permanent Diaconate Director
Ph: 306-922-4747 ext 232
Do you remember you baptism date? Check it out! The Pope is giving people “homework” to look it up. Celebrate the day you entered into the Church!
Building Strong Catholic Families
…It Takes a Partnership!
Partnering with Parents to Bring Home the Faith
All across the country, pastors—along with parish and school leaders—are asking for effective ways to engage parents in the life and mission of the church, as well as seeking ways to help them take ownership as the primary leaders of faith within their families. To work together toward this desirable goal, we invite you to consider a dynamic grassroots process, designed to reach out to parents in a way that empowers and challenges them to form Strong Catholic Families.
What is Strong Catholic Families About?
Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth is an ongoing parish- or school-based process that engages and strengthens parents and families in growing as a domestic church through a close and vital partnership with the parish and school community.
How Does it Work?
The Strong Catholic Families process is made up of four distinct steps that lead to numerous avenues of faith growth within families and the entire faith community.
The process begins with consultations between a diocesan consultant and parish/school leadership. During these meetings, the consultant presents an overview of the Strong Catholic Families dynamic and assists the leaders in assessing their readiness to begin building strong Catholic families and in thinking through the implications this direction will have upon current programming and structures. Once the leadership is prepared to make this initial commitment, it begins to assemble a local team of parents and staff to prepare for the next steps.
Step 2 seeks to engage parents through presentations and dialogues with a diocesan-trained presenter who uses contemporary research combined with engaging visuals and pertinent stories to help parents understand the critical role they possess in how faith is lived in their home and especially in their children’s lives. Follow-up gatherings will help engage parents in exploring their emerging needs and concerns while exploring practical strategies for how to best grow in faith as a family.
Step 3 involves additional critical reflection and discernment by all involved: staff, leaders, parents, and the local Strong Catholic Families Team, concerning the next steps in partnering with one another to empower and support family faith growth.
Step 4 is an ongoing and evolving movement comprised of implementing new strategies, further reflection and evaluation, and continued commitment to supporting the growing partnerships between the institutional church/school and the domestic church. This cycle continues throughout the years ahead as more and more families become empowered to grow in their Catholic faith.
What Happens as a Result?
In a nutshell, evangelization! But the specific look is as diverse as the hundreds of parishes and schools and the dozens of dioceses who make up the growing Strong Catholic Families network because each local community decides its best direction given the unique resources, culture, and history of the community. Some local responses have included the following:
What Is the Cost?
There is very minimal cost for this initiative because your diocese has already purchased the copyright permissions for you to use every year! A community may choose to purchase color copies of the Family Faith Resource Booklet and table tent prayer cards, which each family receives during the initial parent session, but permission is granted for these resources to be copied locally as needed.
Who is Behind This Initiative?
The Strong Catholic Families initiative is presented in partnership by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM), and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
We Want to be Part of This Initiative – Now What?
Contact the Diocese of Prince Albert Offices of Youth Ministry or Children’s Catechetics and we will schedule an appointment to discuss your next steps!
Warren Dungen, Director of Youth Ministry – 306.922.4747 ext. 235 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Taylor, Director of Children’s Catechetics – 306.922-4747 ext. 227 email: email@example.com
Here is a brief video on YouTube to introduce Strong Catholic Families:
Here is NET Encounter Team 1 who will be in our Diocese from Feb 4-19, 2014. There is at least one familiar face on the team – can you pick her out?
We are booking for NET Ministries 2014 (Feb 5-18) for parish and school retreats. If you are interested in booking the team for your parish, please contact us ASAP. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal will cover the “retreat fees” for your parish – so do not let costs prevent you from booking them at your parish! FYI – this team is able to do concerts and music workshops in addition to regular retreats. Contact Warren 306-922-7789 ext 235 or firstname.lastname@example.org