Volume XIII, Issue XI March 18, 2024

 Dear Erin,            

Dcn. Matt Halbach's power points from last week:

Catechetical Leaders' session pptx

Clergy session pptx

JumpIn Catholic (Dcn Matt and Stacey's website and blog on spirit filled families)

Catechetical Leader Gathering Notes

The 8th Annual Sr. Celinie Joubert, SSJ Awards ~ Know a worthy candidate?

Nominations are now open for the 8th Annual Sr. Celinie Joubert, SSJ Award for Excellence in Forming the Faithful. Pastors, DREs, and Catholic School Principals are welcome to invite those they know who meet the criteria and excel in catechetical ministry. 

Deadline for nominations is April 3, 2024. This award is named for one of the 8 original Sisters of St. Joseph who were invited by Bishop Verot to come and provide formation here in the Diocese of St. Augustine. A reception honoring this year’s recipients will be held on Monday, April 22, 2024.

Letter to pastors, catechetical leaders, and principals

Nomination Form


Bishop Barron Stations of the Cross (youtube) 58 minutes Scholarly and reflective representation. Subtitled in Lithuanian. (not sure why)

Catholic Icing Ultimate Guide to Holy Week for Families

Creighton Online Ministries (the first four days of Holy Week) Preparation for the liturgies of Holy Week

Creighton Online Ministries (the Sacred Triduum) Preparation materials for the liturgies of the Triduum,. reflections, prayers, etc.

Formed Video Pilgrimage through the Triduum (30 minutes) Walk through the Holy Land

Loyola Press Holy Week Resources for the classroom Activities, videos, 3-minute retreats.

The Religion Teacher Holy Week lessons

Sadlier Catechetical Resources for Class and Home (English and Spanish) downloadable activities for each day

Simply Catholic Guide to Holy Week (home)

Request for 2025 Youth Confirmation Date from Bishop's Office:

2025 Youth Confirmation Request

Adult Confirmation

Bishop Pohlmeier will confirm adults on the Solemnity of Pentecost, May 19, in the Cathedral Basilica at a 2:00 pm Mass. This celebration is for those over the age of 18 who have been baptized Catholic and who have already received First Holy Communion.

Registrations, completed by a member of the parish staff, are due by April 12, 2024 for inclusion. All registration forms are to be typed and completely filled in prior to submission.

Check list for parishes

Registration Form

Ministry Formation Program information sessions for the Class of 2027

The MFP is three years of comprehensive growth in theological topics, human development, pastoral skills, and spiritual formation through classes, group study, skills workshops, prayer experiences, and retreats.

We have hosted information sessions across the diocese to share more information and practical steps. The last in person offering will be:

Monday, March 18 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish  6:30 – 8:00 pm

An RSVP is nice, but not a requirement: Lauren's Email

In addition to our remaining MFP Information Night on March 18th, we are hosting an Information Night via Zoom on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We realized that, even though our Information Nights cover each deanery, folks may not be able to attend one of our in-person sessions due to scheduling conflicts, distance, etc.


If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending our Zoom Information Night, please pass this along to them!


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 875 9395 3906

Passcode: 1EdPEr

We are pleased to announce the time and location for the annual "Catholic School Special. Registration has opened. (early, but to get people thinking about their new hires)

June 10 -13, 2024

San Juan de Rio Parish Hall, upstairs meeting room hosted by San Juan del Rio School

Monday, June 10, 2024 Faith Development and Catechetical/Legal

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Role of the Catechist and Practical Skills

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Scripture and Church

Thursday, June 13, 2024 Liturgy/Sacraments and Basic Beliefs

Jotform to register

Two pop up sessions, donation requested. Both will be held at the Catholic Center in the Hurley Auditorium. Please park around the back of the building to be close to the doors that will be open.

Cat/Legal - Jotform for Catechetical/Legal

Sunday, April 7 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Liturgy and Sacraments - Jotform for Liturgy and Sacraments

Sunday, April 21 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Continuing Formation

(Level III Opportunities)

16th Annual Summer School of Theology

June 17-21, 2024

Dr. Joshua McManaway

McGrath Institute for Church Life

He has Spoken to Us through a Son:

Christology, Salvation, Revelation

Registration is now open for the Summer School with the usual early bird special. The School meets daily, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Wisdom Center at Marywood.

Summer School of Theology Brochure

jotform with more info and to register

Teach Like a Saint

March 26th 3:00 PM

Teaching comes with more than its fair share of challenges, but we need not despair! Many saints who worked as teachers and catechists have walked this road before us. In this webinar, seasoned teacher Amy J. Cattapan will demonstrate how we can learn from the examples of the Saints when it comes to handling disruptive, disinterested, and otherwise challenging students. Join us as we take a look at what educators like St. John Bosco, St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, and Servant of God Thea Bowman did to manage expectations in their schools and classrooms.

Go to webinar

These are all being taped, so you can register and watch later.

Building Intercultural Competence in Catechetical Ministry

Sr. Ruth Bolarte, D.Min.

Thursdays April 11 & 18 


Inviting, Forming, and Supporting Parish Catechists

Jayne Mondoy

Tuesdays May 7 & May 14


Tuition for each course is $50. Link to register for these: NCCL Courses

Have a blessed Holy Week.

I will be on retreat. Next Echoes will be April 1.

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