Issue:  #52
April 28, 2015
In This Issue

Greetings from the Diocese of Raleigh, Department of Catholic Formation and Evangelization.  To take full advantage of this newsletter, please click to "allow pictures" to download and be sure to read all the way to the bottom.  
Pope Francis Declares a Year of Mercy
From December 2015 to November 2016
The Jubilee the Year of Mercy will begin on December 8th and ends on November 20, 2016.  During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis covers:
- an invitation for Catholics to rediscover works of mercy.
- the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- availability of priests who can pardon grave sin
  without recourse to the Vatican
-conversion of gang members.
- Dialogue between Catholics, Jews, and Muslims

The Pope describes the Jubilee is an opportunity for every person and not simply an institutional event.

This event is for High School students (9th-12) excited to see a few hundred of their peers from around the diocese on fire for their faith. We are offering extraordinary talks, groups discussions, Mass with the Bishop, Adoration, and finishing with an extraordinary concert. Also all seniors present will receive a crucifix blessed by Bishop Burbidge.


Parishes should wearing their youth ministry t-shirt to the event.  Teens will be receiving a buff (red/blue/yellow).  Enjoy different types of food?  Be ready for dinner as we are going to have food trucks ready for the teens.


For those far from Raleigh, St Michael the Archangel in Cary has agreed to allow teens and chaperones to spend the night before or on the day of the event in their classrooms free of charge. Make sure to complete the form so you can receive more information about it.  For materials requiring prior preparation before Convention, please see the Wooden Cross document.


ATTENTION: At the end of CONVENTION 45 THE OFFICIAL 2015-2016 CALENDAR FOR THE OFFICE OF YOUTH MINISTRY will be given out to all participants.  Be sure to bring all your teens!

Youth Ministry Award Nominations
Due Dates for Companions on the Journey & St. Timothy Awards


Diocesan Adult Award: Companions on the Journey

The Diocese of Raleigh recognizes the love, commitment and holiness of our youth ministers. The Companions on the Journey award is given to youth ministers who dedicate their time and care to their youth. Adults can be nominated by sending a recommendation letter from their priest and a letter explaining the merit of the nominee. All nominations are due May 6th, 2015. 


 Criteria: Highest recognition from NFCYM for a diocese to confer to adults who demonstrate:

         + Excellence in youth ministry as reflected in Renewing the Vision

         + Commitment to ongoing education and formation

         + Longevity in ministry

         + Commitment to young people

         + Outstanding leadership at the local and diocesan level


Diocesan Youth Awards: St Timothy Award

The Diocese of Raleigh highlights the gifts of teens and their service to the Church. The Diocesan Youth Award recognizes teens who are actively working to live as disciples and who give back to their community. Teens can be nominated by sending a recommendation letter from their priest and a letter explaining the merit of the nominee. All nominations are due May 6th, 2015.

Criteria: Highest recognition from the NFYM for a diocese to confer to a junior or senior in high school who:

+Lives as a disciple of Christ, setting a positive example for other youth

+Witnesses to their faith by exhibiting Catholic morals and integrity

+Demonstrates Gospel values through service to others

+Exhibits Christian leadership in parish, school, scouting, and/or community settings.

Diocesan Youth Convention 45
Let's Bring Every Teen!!!  

This big one day celebration is going to be on May 16th at Cardinal Gibbons. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the day event ends by 9:00 p.m.  In response to concerns over cost in previous years, the registration fee is only $25 per person.  With those dollars and some generous assistance, you will get

     Two national Catholic Speakers

     Mass with Bishop Burbidge

     Confession and Adoration

     Service Project with Catholic Relief Services

     Lunch from Subway and dinner from one of eight food trucks

     Sports and friendship

     National and Diocesan Awards

     Presentation of New Youth Board

     Each participant will receive a buff

     Seniors will receive a cross blessed by Bishop Burbidge. 

Please encourage the youth of your parish to attend this terrific event.   

Invitations and announcements from you can be life changing for those who attend!  We are featuring two great speakers!

John Angotti



Jackie Francois


Mark Your Calendar!!!
Important Meeting for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Leaders

On Thursday, May 28th from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, all Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Leaders are invited to an important gathering at The Fallon Center at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh.  Among the topics we will be discussing are

  • Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation
  • Year of Consecrated Life
  • Year of Mercy
  • Our many new Doorways courses!

Registration is required so please contact Diane Quintal at 919-821-9710 or  There is no cost for the day and lunch is provided.  Please note our flyer for the day.

Christ Alive in Our Marriage
A Retreat for Couples in Their 20s and 30s

St. Francis of Assisi, a member of the Charis Partner Program, presents this retreat for couples in their first five years of marriage. Take this opportunity to reflect on the meaning of your vocation and how you are being invited to live out your faith. Spend the day hearing talks by other young couples, talking with your spouse and other couples, and praying and reflecting as a couple.


Please join us at St. Francis of Assisi (11401 Leesville Road Raleigh) on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:15 p.m. The cost is only $25/couple, which  includes lunch and materials. For registration and more information, visit  Feel free to distribute our flyer.  Or if you have questions, contact Jason Lillis at 919-847-8205 x244 or

From Hollywood to Holy Vows:
How Does One Go from Actress to Religious Sister?

Dolores Hart did just that. Join the Band of Sisters at Avila Retreat Center on Tuesday, May 12 from 9:30-2:30 as they reflect on the sacred life of Dolores Hart.


The Band of Sisters has developed a series of reflections celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis.The May session will be lead by Jo Katherine Dessaw. Ms. Dessaw is a Master Catechist in the Diocese of Raleigh and the Archdiocese of Military Services.

She is the Director of Faith Formation at Fort Bragg and a certified Spiritual Director.


The $40 fee includes lunch and all materials. To register go to Band of Sisters or

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
April 12 to May 16, 2015

Imagine this! Thousands of people from around the country, gathering together to learn how to better help young people Encounter the Living Christ in the Church!


The NACYML MOOC is a five-week FREE course entitled Fostering a Culture of Encounter with Young Disciples. Each week, there will be a keynote presenter focusing on a chapter from the Papal Encyclical Evangelii Gaudium. Other experts and practitioners will offer practical advice for implemention with parents and families, confirmation prep, youth evangelization, young adult ministry, pastors and clergy, and more!  All you need to do is register! Go to www.NACYML.orgFlyer is available here.

Marriage Enrichment
Does Your Marriage Need an Energy Boost?                     

Give your marriage a spring energy booster by attending the Marriage Enrichment Workshop: "7 Essential Tools for Good Communication".  Join hosts, Charlie and Marty Coe, at St. Michaels Church in Cary on May 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


The workshop will be presented by the Marriage Enrichment team from the Raleigh Diocese.  The cost is free, but reservations are necessary.  To register, contact Deacon Mark Westrick at mwestrick@stmcary.orgFor more information or for a copy of the workshop's outline, contact:  Charlie and Marty Coe at

Durham Job Opportunity
Holy Infant Seeking Director of Formation for Children and Youth

Holy Infant Catholic Church, a parish of 800 households in Durham, NC, is seeking a full-time Director of Formation for Children and Youth. This person is responsible for implementing the faith formation programs of the parish from infancy through high school consistent with the parish whole community catechetical process (HI-life).  Responsibilities include sacrament preparation (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation), Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children, Children's Faith Development, Vacation Bible Camp,  JYM (Junior Youth Ministry) for middle school, TYM (Total Youth Ministry) for high school and serving on the HI-life team. The director will recruit, train and support volunteer catechists and work with them to encourage and nurture parental involvement in the faith formation of their children. This person will work in collaboration with the Pastor and Pastoral staff and will report to the Pastoral Associate, Lynn Sale.


The ideal candidate is a faithful, practicing Catholic in good standing, holds a Bachelor's degree or beyond in religious education/theology or other related field, has experience in parish religious education and demonstrates effective administrative and management skills. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. References and background check required. Qualified candidates should email their resume, references and letter of interest by May 1st to the Parish Administrator, Blaine Short at

From the USCCB
Two Elementary Level Storybooks to Promote Faith in Action

Two new illustrated storybooks offer elementary school-aged children, their parents and teachers examples of how to put their faith in action and participate in solutions to important problems related to the life and dignity of others. The books provide much-needed resources in Catholic social teaching for this age group and are accompanied by age-appropriate learning resources.

"Green Street Park" is a story about a young boy, his family, and community, who learn to care for God's creation and their own neighborhood by imitating the model of St. Francis of Assisi. In "Drop by Drop," students at a Catholic school "journey" across the world to Burkina Faso, West Africa, and learn how a lack of water affects the lives of children there. The students learn about the work of Catholic Relief Services, see how the problem gets solved, and make a plan to help.  Both books are published by USCCB through Loyola Press.
Click here to learn more.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.  Please watch for the next Faith and Ministry Formation Across the Diocese of Raleigh mailing in two weeks.
Diane M. Quintal
Diocese of Raleigh - Catechesis & Faith Formation
7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC  27613-1620