Category Archives: Faith and family life formation

Confirming the Baptized Adult

Baptized Adults Seeking Confirmation

Occasionally, parish staff encounters a baptized adult who would like to be confirmed. These adults should not be placed in the parish RCIA process. Instead, these adults should be engaged in conversation and their needs assessed. The results of the assessment will be used to determine the preparation needed for confirmation. 

The following toolkit offers suggestions to pastoral staffs that are responsible for preparing adults for various stages of initiation in addition to RCIA. This toolkit specifically addresses the adult(s) who has been previously baptized and received First Eucharist. 

This toolkit includes:

  • Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, ( FAQ)
  • Suggestions for creating a parish process that will meet individual needs
  • A sample planning chart
  • Resources for Adult Confirmation

If you have questions or need assistance with this toolkit, please contact:
Sr. Kathleen Burton, ssj
Co-director for Faith & Family Life Formation
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
856.583.6131
sr.kathy.burton@camdendiocese.org

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Rainbows for All God’s Children

Rainbows is an international, non-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children and teens who have experienced significant loss such as death of a loved one, separation or divorce of their parents, or myriads of other life altering changes.

Nearly 69% of children in the United States live in “non-traditional” families coping with some type of loss. Each year Rainbows provides training and curricula for 32,000 volunteers offering grief support services. Since Rainbows inception, nearly one million children and their families in 49 states and 17 countries have benefited. Youth and their families receive these services in churches, synagogues, schools and social service agencies regardless of age or religious affiliation.

This guide will help you get started: Rainbows: How to Get Started

Resources for Parish Faith Formation Leaders

Resources

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Diocesan sites:      http://camdendiocese.org          http://harvesting.dev1-hw.org 

Publishers:
Ave Maria Press:   https://www.avemariapress.com

Ignatius Press:     http://www.ipreligioused.com

Loyola Press:       http://www.loyolapress.com

            http://www.loyolapress.com/parish-ministry-intergenerational-catechesis.htm

            http://dreconnect.loyolapress.com/home  Connects DREs throughout the US

OSV (Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division):

            http://www.osvcurriculum.com/home/index.html

            http://www.calltodiscipleship.com

RCL:     http://www.rclbenziger.com

            http://www.wholecommunitycatechesis.com

Sadlier:  http://cyberfaith.com

            http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/gather.cfm

St. Mary’s Press:   http://www.smp.org

Twenty-third Publications: http://www.pastoralplanning.com 

Center for Ministry Development (CMD):    http://cmdnet.org

John Roberto–Lifelong Faith Associates:    http://www.lifelongfaith.com

Bible Study:     http://www.catholicwomensbible.com/home.html

Bible resources: Felix Just:   http://catholic-resources.org

Information:

Vatican:
http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm
www.news.va
http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en.html 
http://www.pope2you.net

USCCB:   
http://usccb.org/index.html

Catechetical Sunday:
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/index.cfm

New Evangelization:
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization

RCIA: 

Team RCIA:     http://www.teamrcia.com

North American Forum on the Catechumenate:  http://www.naforum.org/wordpress  

Youth Ministry:

Camden Youth Ministry Links:
http://www.camdendiocese.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1198&Itemid=721      

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry:
http://www.nfcym.org        

National Initiative for Adolescent Catechesis: 
http://adolescentcatechesis.org

National Assn of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders: 
http://www.nacyml.org/

Institute for Faith & Life:
http://www.feyvida.org

Lifeteen/Edge:
http://catholicyouthministry.com

Sticky Faith:  
http://stickyfaith.org      

Young Adult:

National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Assn:                                    http://www.ncyama.org     

Busted Halo:  
http://bustedhalo.com          

Newman Centers:   
http://www.newmanconnection.com 

http://www.evangelicalcatholic.org

http://www.youngadultministryinabox.com  An online subscription to a resource kit that will help you create and sustain a vibrant young adult ministry with minimal staff time at minimal cost with maximum results.

Special Needs:

National Catholic Partnership on Disability:
http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/specific/tipsheets

Retreat Centers:

Camden:  Romero Center http://www.romero-center.org

Cape May Pt:  
Marianist Family Retreat Center: 
http://www.capemaymarianists.org
St. Mary’s by the Sea:  http://www.stmarybythesea.org/smbts/_top

Vineland:  Pope John Paul IIhttp://popejohnpaul2rc.catholicweb.com

News outlets:

American Catholic:                http://americancatholic.org 
Catechist Magazine:              http://catechist.com  
Catholic News Service:          http://www.catholicnews.com  
National Catholic Reporter:  http://ncronline.org  
Today’s Parish Magazine:     http://www.todaysparish.com   
US Catholic:                            http://www.uscatholic.org   
National Catholic Register:   http://www.ncregister.com

Service: 

Catholic Relief Serviceshttp://crs.org  

Center for Faith Justice:   http://www.faithjustice.org    
                                        http://www.serviceworx.org   
                                        http://www.justiceworx.org   
                                        http://www.leaderworx.org  

Online Prayer: 

Jesuit:  http://www.sacredspace.ie

Creighton Universityhttp://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html

Celebration Publications: http://celebrationpublications.org/dailybread

Catholic Online:         http://catholic.org/clife/prayers

Sunday readings, etc.:    http://liturgy.slu.edu

Pray Tell Blog:  http://www.praytellblog.com

Videos: 

Nooma:           http://nooma.com

Pauline Media:  http://www.pauline.org

Catholics Online:       http://catholic.net/index.php

National Catholic Catechetical Leaders:     http://www.nccl.org

Faith and Family Life Formation

Faith and Family Life Formation

Faith and Family Life Formation is an important area of concern under the umbrella of Lifelong Faith Formation. Lifelong Faith Formation is an integrated journey of the entire Catholic-Christian community in response to the baptismal call to holiness as members of the Body of Christ, the Church. To assist in that journey, the staff of the Faith and Family Life Formation office have created these toolkits for parish use:

CREDO Registration for 2013-2014  If you haven’t yet joined or renewed your CREDO membership, here’s your opportunity to do so. Print out and mail your completed form and check soon. The next meeting date is Octobe 17th at Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood. Don’t miss this opportunity for support and enrichment with other parish leaders!
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(10) NEW Rainbows for All God’s Children – Emotional healing for children and teens who have experienced significant loss

(9) NEW Baptized Adults Seeking Confirmation

(8) 2013-2014 Event Calendar

(7) Resources for Parish Faith Formation Leaders

(6) Guidelines for Hiring/Retention of a Parish Faith Formation Leader

(5) The Annual Parish Faith Formation Profile is available here for parish use. Please use the Excel version if you would like to edit and save your profile on your own computer. The pdf version can be printed for handwritten or typed profiles only.
Annual Parish Faith Formation Profile (Excel)

(4) Starting an Elizabeth Ministry

(3) Welcome Aboard: Hiring the Lifelong Formation Team

(2) Building for the Future: Transitioning Your Parish from Traditional Catechesis to Lifelong Faith Formation

(1) Glossary of Lifelong Faith Formation Terms

 

Sr. Kathleen Burton, ssj                                            Mary Lou Hughes
Co-Director for                                                            Co-Director for
Faith & Family Life Formation                                  Faith & Family Life Formation
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation                          Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
(856)-583-6131                                                            (856)-583-6132
sr.kathy.burton@camdendiocese.org                  Marylou.hughes@camdendiocese.org

Starting an Elizabeth Ministry

Starting an Elizabeth Ministry Toolkit

Description:
Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement offering hope and healing for women and their families on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships. Endorsed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Elizabeth Ministry respects life, cherishes children, encourages families, enriches marriage and builds community. Following the scriptural story of the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth, Elizabeth Ministry chapters are designed to support women and their families during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. Support, mentoring, education, spiritual nourishment and inspirational resources are offered.

Need:
In the past, the presence, intimacy, and support that is needed during childbearing years was found in the structures of family, neighborhood, church and community. Today, these structures are undergoing rapid change. Neighborhoods are fragmented, leaving many people isolated. Parishes have increased in size, making it difficult to create a hospitable and loving environment. Mobility has caused many extended families to be separated by miles, making frequent visits impossible. The support, reassurance and guidance, usually given by the extended family, often now needs to come from another source. Elizabeth Ministry is a response to this need.

Specific benefits:

  • provides mutual support among parents
  • fosters relationships among parishioners of varying age groups
  • promotes communication between young families and the parish
  • enriches young families with children under school age

Contact information:

Cathy Cipolone
Diocesan Elizabeth Ministry Coordinator
Faith & Family Life Formation
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
(856) 308-6469
Cathy.Cipolone@camdendiocese.org
elizabethministry@camdendiocese.org

Starting an Elizabeth Ministry
Elizabeth Ministry Starter Program
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Sacred Steps Program

 

Welcome Aboard: Hiring the Lifelong Formation Team

This toolkit includes:
areas of responsibility
Ministerial and Theological background needed

Welcome Aboard: Hiring the Lifelong Formation Team

 

For more detailed information about this toolkit, please contact:
Director of Faith and Family Life Formation
Sr. Kathy Burton,ssj     856-583-6131      sr.kathy.burton@camdendiocese.org

Associate Director of Faith and Family Life Formation
Mary Lou Hughes       856-583-6132        marylou.hughes@camdendiocese.org

Glossary of Lifelong Faith Formation Terms

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

The following are a list of ministries that a parish might use in its staffing.

Parish Director of Faith Formation   (PDFF)

The person hired for this ministry should be responsible to coordinate the entire scope of faith formation in the parish:

            Adult Faith Formation                   Children’s catechesis

            Sacramental Catechesis                 Family Catechesis

            Intergenerational Catechesis

Qualifications:

      Holds or is working towards  a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology,  or a related field

      At least three years experience in an administrative position in parish

            Catechetical Ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Is able to coordinate, delegate, and direct a variety of activities

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Understands and implements diocesan catechetical and sacramental guidelines

Parish Coordinator Adult of Faith Formation    (PCAFF)

The person hired for this position would work in collaboration with the PDFF in developing the adult component of the parish’s lifelong faith formation ministry.

The PCAFF would work in collaboration with the PDFF to insure that all planned adult faith formation events compliment the other formational events in the parish. This person would collaborate with the Parish Sacrament Coordinator when working with RCIA candidates

Qualifications

      Holds or is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology, or a  related field

      At least three years experience in  parish catechetical  ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Has been formed in and understands the principles of adult learning styles

PARISH SACRAMENT COORDINATOR     (PSC)

The person hired for this position would work in collaboration with the PDFF, PCAFF, and the PCCFF, as well as the Director of Liturgy in the parish. This ministry would prepare and direct a formation process for all persons and their families who would  be preparing to celebrate any of the following sacraments:  Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation.  The PCS would be responsible to gather and form an RCIA team as well facilitating the RCIA sessions. This person would also be responsible t for coordinating the marriage prep process in the parish.

Qualifications

      Holds or is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology,  or a  related field

      At least three years experience in  parish catechetical  ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Has been formed in and understands the principles of adult learning styles

      Understands and implements diocesan catechetical and sacramental guideline

PARISH COORDINATOR FOR CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION (PCCFF)

The person hired for this position would work in collaboration with the Parish Director of Faith Formation. The PCCFF would be responsible for the faith formation of children Grades pre-k through 8th grade. The PCCFF would recruit and form the parish catechists, as well as oversee the background checks for all children’s  catechists. The PCCFF would also be responsible for the administration of the children’s faith formation program.  The PCCFF would work in collaboration with     all other ministries to insure that parish based faith formation is accomplished.

Qualifications

      Holds or is working toward  a  Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology, or a  related field

      At least three years experience in  parish catechetical  ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Has been formed in and understands the principles of adult learning styles

      Is able to explore and create a variety of models of faith formation in order to meet the lifestyles   of the families in the program

SOME TERMS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL IN PARISH PLANNING FOR TRANSITION INTO LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

INTERGENERATIONAL GATHERINGS

These gatherings are designed to incorporate all age groups in the parish.  They are not EXCLUSIVELY for families with children.  All members of the parish are invited to participate.   These events are all inclusive, offering something for everyone

Possible Themes:

                        Liturgical Year        Morality        Church                                  Liturgy

                        Sacraments              Creed             Prayer/Spirituality            Social Justice

                      * Sacramental Prep                         *Retreats/parish missions

GENERATIONAL GATHERINGS

These gatherings focus on a particular age group.  They include:

            Graded curriculum based catechesis

            Adult Enrichment sessions

* These sessions can be designed for both intergenerational gatherings and generational gatherings           

Events- Centered Catechesis