He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
                 -Luke 5:4-6
Duc in Altum! (Check out the meaning in our first newsletter) 

This month's newsletter is filled with Advent inspiration for different ages, an engaging new podcast, and information about our upcoming Catechetical Leaders Retreat! Additionally, we had a great idea from a DRE to get a Pinterest board going to collect all of our favorite resources and ideas. So, in addition to our Facebook group, we can use Pinterest as a place to gather our favorite resources. If you have some you'd like to share, message me and I will add them! 
Parish Catechetical Program Form
If you haven't yet, please take out time to fill out our Parish Catechetical Form by December 1st. 

Deanery Meetings:

For Parish Catechetical Leaders and Youth Ministers, each evening will include a meal, time for fellowship, sharing, and formation. 

Coming up Soon:

     Augusta Deanery: November 15th
 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Sconyers BBQ, 2250 Sconyers Way,  
Augusta, GA 30906

Coming? RSVP Here.

     Albany Deanery: January 10th
     Columbus Deanery: February 21st 
     Valdosta/Brunswick Deanery: March 20th
     Savannah Deanery: March 27th


Speaker: Fr Derek Anderson, SOLT
Father Derek Anderson, SOLT, is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and currently serves as pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Dover, New Jersey. Father Anderson has held various positions of formation and leadership within his community and from 2011 to 2016 was the director of the Office of Catechesis for the Diocese of Paterson and a senior staff member at St. Paul Inside the Walls Catholic Center for Evangelization.
See a video of Fr Derek give a Homily here!
The retreat starts Sunday evening and ends on Tuesday afternoon. Different price points are available for participating in various lengths of the retreat. Taking time for ourselves to grow in the Lord is essential, we hope we will see you for part of this retreat!
One Day: $100
One Day/One Night: $230
Whole retreat (two nights): $350
Register Now!
RSVP for this retreat is due by December 1st.
Parishes will be invoiced for retreat costs.

Catechetical Certification

Have you signed up yet? 
Information on Certification
Get Started at Franciscan at Home

Let's get Social!

We are excited to announce- we now have a facebook group for DRE's/CRE's and Youth Ministers! This group is to encourage discussion, support, and ideas among our Parish Catechetical Leaders. 
Join the group here!
Our Pinterest Page


Recently, a friend and Catechist in our Diocese mentioned to me how much of a 'game-changer' this podcast was for him. I've come across this before, but this was the nudge of the Holy Spirit the made me realize I needed to circle back to it. This episode continues where Father Pablo left us at the Plenary Meeting for the need the children we work with have for the Kerygma. This podcast dives into what it is, and how we can incorporate this into our Catechesis.  Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
Podcast Episode

Vocations Awareness Week!

National Vocation Awareness Week is an excellent time to encourage youth to pray about how God is calling them to live out their vocation. The website below is filled with helpful resources for parishes, families, and teachers. 
Resources Here
More from Catholic Extension

Advent Resources

Pinterest is full of activities and crafts for Advent, and we will share some of our favorites, however, the first and most important goal of Advent is to help build the prayerful anticipation and wonder of Jesus coming at Christmas. One way in which I've seen this done is through the simple setting of a prayer table, the lighting of the Advent wreath, and reflecting and praying in joyful anticipation of Christ's coming at Christmas.
Below is a song Catechists can share with some of the younger children about Advent. 
For older Children diving into the O Antiphons or the Jessee Tree is another great way to learn more about Advent. 
How and Why to Use a Jesse Tree this Advent
Last year at my parish's Advent Family Day we endeavored to make Advent wreaths from fully real materials. Fresh greens, ribbons, hot glue, candles and all. It was more work than other options, but there was something about the realness of the wreath that the children loved. If you're making Advent wreaths, I encourage you to do what you can to use as many real materials as possible. 

You can make these in the classroom, invite parents in for the last portion of the class, or have a whole parish event!  

Teaching them the why behind it, and connecting it to our anticipation of Christ at Christmas is essential. If you can, model this for the parents. We gave out handouts with explanations on each week's candles and prayer to prays to pray at home. 
How to make an Advent Wreath
Many more Advent ideas on our new Pinterest Board, check it out below!
Advent Board on Pinterest
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