As people who lead or serve in our parish, we know how important it is to help others grow in faith and embrace living as good stewards, as people who recognize that all they are and have are gifts from God, and to return these gifts with gratitude. Explore how each of us, and our parishes, may build bridges to those around us, making a difference in the lives of family members, friends and fellow..
In this session, we will look at the “world” in which our youth live and how we can best reach them with the Gospel message so they can share it with their peers. We will look at the best ways to share faith with young people and how to empower them to do the same with those around them.Dr. Ansel AugustineDr. Ansel Augustine has worked for over 15 years in his hometown of New Orleans, and is prese..
This session will address challenges and strategies regarding the formation of unbaptized children and teens within the framework of the four periods of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. We will explore what the RCIA intends: that there is only one catechumenate rite – not a separate rite for children and one for teens – adapted in an age-appropriate manner for each specific age group. W..
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we have been called to be “merciful like the Father” and to share the Good News that God loves us. John Burland will share a variety of engaging songs that celebrate and affirm God’s mercy and love in our world. These songs are suitable for children at the elementary level and incorporate gesture, traditional prayer and communal song. Come join us as we echo in song ..
Many catechetical leaders have started using social media as a great way to engage the New Evangelization. However, questions remain on how to reach the multitudes. In this session, we will discuss the most effective “traction” and “retention” techniques to build your online presence.Dallas Carter Jr.Hawaiian native Dallas Carter is a small business owner, Catholic apologist, national Catholic spe..
Changes and transitions, whether chosen or imposed, are an inevitable part of life. However, we can often confuse the two and experience unnecessary suffering and anxiety. In this workshop, we will look at the states of transition and develop a spirituality that will help us negotiate smoothly and happily the many changes we face as we progress through our lives.Rev. James Clarke, PhDFr. Jim Clark..
With over 23 million blended families in the United States today, one in three people is a member of a step-family. After marrying a widower with three young children, Robin Davis learned firsthand the unique challenges for communication, parenting and sharing faith in a blended family. She will share her experiences of how she used food to connect with her new family and how her new family restor..
God’s boundless mercy is the core of the Gospel we proclaim. How do we get this urgent message through the church doors and onto the streets? Come share how your rebuilt, amazing parish broadcasts the mercy message. We will share best practices.Msgr. Raymond G. EastThe grandson of Baptist missionaries to South Africa, Ray East was born in Newark, N.J., and raised in San Diego, Calif. Now a priest ..
Gender identity and expression – even the word “transgender” – have found their way into secular and ecclesial discourse. Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice will speak from a decade of experience ministering with transgender and other marginalized Catholics as he moderates a panel with Fr. Bryan Massingale and two transgender Catholics. Fr. Massingale will consider theological and pastoral perspectives, and t..
The Eucharist is the third and climatic moment of Initiation into the Body of Christ. It is the sacrament of God’s inestimable mercy, offered to the Church by Christ in the Holy Spirit. Examine the depth of this mercy and learn the seven gifts that are offered to us and to all creation as we “proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again!” Consider this conference session, and walk in wisdom w..
One of the greatest challenges facing contemporary marriage is our culture’s obsession with romance and passion and a belief that God has chosen one perfect person to be our life partner. This workshop will challenge the issue with a more bracing and practical spirituality of marriage aimed at sustaining the marriage commitment for a lifetime.Dr. Richard GaillardetzDr. Richard Gaillardetz is the J..
What is “beautiful” and why is it what it is? What is it about music, poetry or a sunrise that so uplifts and delights the human spirit? Why does beauty captivate and evoke joy, awe and wonder? What secret power does it possess that enables it to touch and transform us? Beauty is the glow of the true and the good radiating from every ordered state of being. God reveals the true, the good and the b..
Twenty years ago, Heather King traded lawyering for the precarious life of a creative writer. Since then, she’s published several memoirs and now writes the arts-and-culture column for the Los Angeles archdiocesan newspaper. Her watchwords: obedience, fidelity, integrity. Her material: the tragicomedy of daily life. Her “marketing strategy”: Christ. Join Heather as she discusses mining families, f..
Cunning, baffling and powerful, addiction affects us all, directly or indirectly. This presentation will be of interest to those wanting to recover from any addiction, those struggling to journey with them, and anyone seeking to learn more about the addictive process and the 12-Step program. We will address being fully human, dealing with emotions, the nature of addiction, the importance of fellow..
Wake up now, because there’s nothing easy in this session. Jesse Manibusan will share “the three easy steps” to reach the marginalized: Honesty, humility, and a courageous compassion are the way of the missionary disciple. Let us bring our faith, hope and joy, along with our oft-hidden skepticism, arrogance and assumptions. Be surprised, invigorated, informed and inspired. And bring friends!Jesse ..