These one-hour formational events are a member service offered free of charge to all ministry leaders and volunteers. All webinars are recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to all registered so be sure to register whether or not you are able to attend the live presentation.
Going, Going, Gone… the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics
Presenters: Bob McCarty, Frank Mercadante and Br. Armand Alcazar Moderated by Lisa Gomes
November 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT
Saint Mary’s Press recently conducted extensive research with young Catholics who have left the Church. This session will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for parish life, vocational discernment, and pastoral ministry. And we will also propose pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community.
Meet the Panel:
- Bob McCarty, D.Min – pastoral trainer and consultant, serving as the coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press (SMP) research project on disaffiliated young Catholics. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Frank Mercadante - the founder and Executive Director of Cultivation Ministries, has trained thousands of youth ministry leaders in over 100 dioceses internationally and has authored several books, including Engaging A New Generation (OSV 2012). Frank is a member of the SMP research team. (email@example.com)
- Br. Armand Alcazar, FSC –a professor at Lewis University with a career in high school and university ministry, holds degrees in Theology, Guidance and Personnel Services, Ministry of Religious Education, Spirituality and Religious Studies. Brother Armand is a member of the SMP research team. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Walking the Tight Rope: Balancing Life and Ministry Within the Family Circus
Presenters: Chris and Linda Padgett Moderated by Jane Angha
December 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
Have you ever felt like your best efforts at maintaining balance in the circus of your family life is a bit above you pay grade? Does it seem like you get control of one thing and three others completely unhinged? You are not alone. Linda and Chris Padgett talk about the reality of these difficulties and some of the ways they have dealt with these chaotic moments. With nine kids, ages five to twenty five, the Padgetts have a wealth of knowledge to encourage families wanting to not only help their kids explore the benefits of sports, academics, music and play, but they want to enable them to be successful men and women with character, integrity and a strong faith life. This presentation is meant to offer simple tips to help you balance the circus of family life, and give plenty of time for you to ask questions or concerns about your family as it tries to walk the fine line of balance in a time of extremes.
Science as a Teenager’s Path to God
Presenter: Robert Feduccia Jr. Moderated by Lisa Gomes
January 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST
Current research is showing that today’s teens live in the world differently than previous generations. There is an increasing desire to have any thought or belief verified through the scientific method. Rather than this reality being an obstacle for catechesis, it is an opportunity. The Webinar will provide on overview of the current research and then will present the Church’s teaching on the role of science in the life of a Christian. Particular attention will be given to the Big Bang and Evolution by Natural Selection. Finally, a catechetical session on Faith and Science will be provided.
Robert Feduccia, Jr. serves as the vice-president of Christian Faith Events for Declan Weir Productions. He was the founding director of the Youth Liturgical Leadership Program at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and was also the general manager for Spirit & Song, the contemporary music division of OCP (Oregon Catholic Press). Robert combines his unique set of experiences as a parish youth minister, retreat leader, and keynote presenter with his graduate degree in theology, and is able to express spiritual depth in way that is relevant to the real concerns people face today. He lives in the Nashville area with Kathleen, his wife, and their two sons and two daughters.
More Webinar Opportunities...
The Strong Catholic Families 2017 Fall Webinar Series: Families Celebrating the Sacraments: From Formation to Transformation
The four Catholic organizations comprising the Strong Catholic Families national partnership are collaborating together this fall to host a free three-part webinar series for pastoral and ministry leaders and teachers on engaging parents around the sacramental touchstones within a family’s life. Our goal is to inspire leaders to come up with creative and engaging practices and processes that will transform the traditional Sacramental prep process into an integrated and holistic Sacramental Living plan for families that will empower them to live their faith as a Domestic Church between the Sundays. The three part series includes the following sessions:
- Thirteen: Engagement or Exodus? - Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET
Presented by Bob McCarty, D.Min and includes panel application to practice.
- A New Way of (Sacramental) Living - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET.
Presented by Dr. Sean Reynolds and includes panel application to practice.
- New Paradigms in Play - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT
Presented by a panel of innovative ministry leaders
A NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE WEBINAR SERIES ON CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Missionary Discipleship: A Discipleship That Reaches Out
Explore the call of the catechist to be a missionary disciple. For the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, NCCL, NFCYM, NCEA, and CRS will accompany catechists in unpacking Catholic Social Teaching and its direct link to the Baptismal call of missionary discipleship. Each session will be offered prior to the liturgical season listed to equip participants with tools and resources for the upcoming weeks to be used for personal and communal reflection. More information here.
Three Part Series Includes:
- Advent: Missionary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - November 9, 2017 at 4 pm ET - a focus on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person and the Call to Family, Community and Participation. REGISTER HERE
- Lent: Missionary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - January 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET - a focus on Rights and Responsibilities, Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable and the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers. REGISTER HERE
- Easter: Mission ary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - March 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET - a focus on Solidarity and Care for God’s Creation. REGISTER HERE