Issue:  #55
June 9, 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.  
Diocese Honors Sr. Rose Marie Adams, I.H.M.
Special Luncheon Celebrates the Executive Director's Work
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, the Diocesan Staff gathered with Bishop Michael Burbidge for a special luncheon to honor the exceptional work done by Sr. Rose Marie Adams, I.H.M.  Sr. Rose, Executive Director of the Department of Catholic Formation and Evangelization, will be returning to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for a new assignment in early July.  During the luncheon, Dr. Michael Fedewa spoke of the many contributions Sr. Rose has made to our staff and to the Diocese.  Bishop Burbidge presented Sr. Rose with a plaque to honor the accomplishments she has made during her tenure and the standing room only gathering then spent some time congratulating Sr. Rose and wishing her many blessings in her next assignment.  She will be greatly missed.
Pope Francis Declares a Year of Mercy
From December 2015 to November 2016
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin on December 8th and end on November 20, 2016.  An official prayer has been offered in both English and Spanish.

The Pope entrusts the Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy and describes the Jubilee as an opportunity for every person and not simply an institutional event.  "I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time," he said.  

We invite you to spread the word to all the faithful and to participate in the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day celebration of our Freedom to Bear Witness to the values of our faith with respect to the gift of life, conscience rights, immigration, adoption, marriage, health care and many humanitarian concerns.


As part of our observance of the Fortnight, you are invited to join with Bishop Burbidge for the celebration of Mass on Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh. A reception and picnic sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will follow the Mass. For more information and educational resources on the Fortnight for Freedom, access our website at Be sure to read the statement at the top from Archbishop Lori, check out the flyer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled Current Threats to Religious Liberty, and take advantage of the prayer resources.  There is also an excellent one-minute video, "A Call to Prayer," and consider adopting one of the suggested prayer practices prior to and during the Fortnight.  Prayer is the most important tool we have as we seek to protect our religious liberty.

Attention All DREs and Youth Ministers!
2015-2016 Youth Ministry Calendars Are In Your Mail!

datebook-header-orange.jpgOn Thursday, June 4th, comprehensive 2015-2016 Youth Ministry calendars were sent out to all parishes, missions, and schools. The calendars list the dates of all events including Youth Ministry courses, deanery meetings, retreats, and Youth Board meetings from June 2015 to May 2016. Additionally, the World Youth Day event, which is July 24th-August 2nd, 2016 and the National Catholic Youth Conference, which is November 19th-21st, 2015, are listed. Thank you DRE's and Youth Ministers for all your assistance, and we look forward to seeing you all at this upcoming year's events! 

Confirmation Retreat Dates Needed!
Time to Email 2015-2016 Year 1 and 2 Retreat Information

It's that time of year when everyone is planning calendars for the upcoming year!  We had numerous requests again this past year for Confirmation Retreat information at various parishes.  Many are seeking alternative locations if a candidate for Confirmation is unable to attend their own parish retreat.  It is most helpful to all if the Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation can put together a spreadsheet of retreats for our Youth Ministers to assist you in re-scheduling candidates. 


We ask that you please not refer parents to the Diocese for this information.  We want to provide this information directly to Youth Ministers to expedite helping your youth find another retreat.  Please send the following retreat info to

Name of Parish, Is the Confirmation Retreat for Year 1 or Year 2?, Date of Retreat, Contact Name, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Cost, Maximum Number of Participants, and any other information you may deem necessary.


Thank you to all Youth Ministers and DREs for the work you put into building the Kingdom!  You are all awesome.

Kathy Hendricks Coming to Raleigh in the Fall
Her Webinar Tomorrow Will Give Insight on Giving Retreats
Who me lead a retreat?  If the idea of leading a retreat sounds daunting or unrealistic, join Kathy Hendricks on June 10 at 4 p.m. EST for this webinar.  You'll discover ways to plan and lead children, youth, adults, or families in retreat experiences that are engaging, creative, and deeply spiritual. Even if time is limited or the space is less than ideal, you will find ideas for drawing groups into prayer, reflection, and sharing.  There's not much time so register now!  And watch this newsletter for more information about Kathy coming to the Diocese of Raleigh!
Save the Date!
Celebration of Lay Ministry

SAVE THE DATE!  On Sunday, August 30, 2015, the Diocese of Raleigh will hold its annual celebration of Lay Ministry Sunday.  On the day preceding this celebration all lay ministers are invited to attend a Mass, conversation, and lunch with Bishop Burbidge.  We will gather at St. Mary Mother of the Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 29th.  There is no charge for this special event, but all participants are asked to register in advance so we can prepare to welcome you.  Questions?  Contact Bea Callery ( or 919-821-9715).

Youth Ministry Certificate Classes ONLINE
Don't Delay!  First Course Begins in June!

We are starting a new year of the Youth Ministry Certificate classes. Our goal this time is that Youth Ministers can finish in a year all the courses required for Diocesan Certification. If you are interested in National Certification you need to complete the advancing section or (section B) for each class. The first course for this new academic year starts on June 2015.


Course 1A Fundamentals of Catholic Youth Ministry

Course Description: This course addresses the essential vision, research, and theory needed to understand the depth and the breadth of ministry to youth in the Catholic Church in the United States.


Orientation June 8-14 (for new students) 

Week 1- June 15-21

Week 2 - June 22-28

Week 3 - June 29-July 5

Week 4 - July 5-11- 1A Portfolio Due at the end of the week.

Week 4- Break for Advance/National Certification students July 5-11 week


Course 1B Advancing the Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry

Week 5- July 13-19

Week 6- July 20-26

Week 7- July 27-August 2

Week 8- August 3-9 Portfolio due at the end of the week.


The cost for this first section is $45 dollars. To register contact

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level 1 Catechist Training to Be Offered at
Holy Redeemer, Kitty Hawk

Holy Redeemer by the Sea will be offering a Level 1 Training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from June 27th through July 2nd.  At least 10 participants are needed before we can schedule actual times and final price so please let Grace Ghirardi know by early June if you intend to register.  If there are less than ten participants, the session will be cancelled.  Grace can be reached at 261-4700 x4700 or  Training will be conducted by Barbara Matera of Pittsburg, PA.

Father's Day Is June 21st
Listen to your father who begot you (Proverbs 23:22a)
Father's Day is right around the corner.  If you are blessed to have a great dad who is still among us, consider some unique ways to show your gratitude on his special day.  St. Anthony Messenger has 101 Father's Day gift ideas for one in a million dads, and grandpas too that I think you'll enjoy doing with Dad.  LiveCatholic also has 25 Great Catholic Father's Day Gift Ideas.  And the Carmelite Sisters share 5 Ways to Celebrate a Catholic Dad on Father's Day that will get your imagination rolling.  Just be sure to think "Catholic" and have fun!fathers-day-header-tie.jpg               
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Share Corner
Free Curriculum Texts Available from Your Sister Parishes

Our office has recently been gifted with a generous donation of material.  If you are currently using St. Mary's Press Confirmation program, "Anointed in the Spirit," I have 10 great copies of the Sponsor Booklet available to a parish in need.  Contact Diane Quintal at 919-821-9710 or 


Pamela Elsey, Southeastern Consultant for St. Mary's Press is also now sending out print samples of their newly updated 2nd edition of the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle School (also available in digital format).  Contact her at or 507-457-7923.

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