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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! These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

              – Pope St. John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte
Duc in Altum! (Check out the meaning in our first newsletter) 
 
It's October, and this month's newsletter is chock full of new resources- for Respect Life Month, a *new* Facebook group for DRE's and Youth Ministers, Hallowtide Ideas, Vocations week and more!

One of my favorite things about Fall (other than pumpkin everything) is the epic amount of feast days the Church celebrates this time of year. Feasts of the Archangels, St. Therese, Guardian Angels, St. Francis, and St. Faustina are just the ones this week!

Who are some of your favorite Saints that inspire you? How do you celebrate them? I encourage you to find a new Saint this month whose life inspires you to grow closer to Christ. 

Next month, I will be filling the newsletter with Advent ideas for a variety of ages.  Please email me your favorites to share with others if you have photos, even better!
 
Blessings,
 
Sarah


Deanery Meetings:

For Parish Catechetical Leaders and Youth Ministers

Each evening will include a meal, time for fellowship, sharing, and formation. 

Coming up Soon:

     Macon Deanery: October 25th 
5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Ole Times Country Buffet
1636 Veterans Blvd, Dublin, GA 31021

     Augusta Deanery: November 8th
 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

Catechetical Certification

Catechetical Certification is now live, use the link below for more info and to get started!
Catechetical Certification Website
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!

Resources

October is Respect Life Month!


The USCCB puts out resources and ideas on how you can celebrate Respect Life Month. Check them out!
 
Get Resources Here

October is the Month of
the Rosary!

13 Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids

This article is written for Catholic families but is also adaptable to the classroom. 

Did you know that if you have a subscription to Franciscan's Catechetical Institute, you also get a free subscription to their magazine, the Catechetical Review? You will have access to their entire library of articles, and inspired by art reflections.

This article below if a free article from their latest issue, but if your parish is set up for Catechetical Certification- you can use the same account to log into the Catechetical Review. 
 

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Reflection
on Discipleship

Do you feel the Holy Spirit working? Do you sense that deeper calling, that desire for renewal, that burning within your heart? Yes, it is the same burning that the disciples on the road to Emmaus felt as their Lord and Savior journeyed with them.

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us was written twenty years ago as a prophetic and challenging document calling parishes and dioceses to re-examine the faith formation they are providing to children and adults so that the right priority and emphasis was being lived out. When we see adult faith formation taking a primary role in catechesis, we see adults being transformed by the Gospel to become missionary disciples who go forth to transform the world. In many ways, this document has yet to be fully implemented and embraced, but as it continues to be, parishes and dioceses will see wonderful fruits of disciples ready to run back to the Church, to embrace the call of Christ to evangelize.

If you are anything like me, for much of your journey and even today, we fail to recognize the many times that Christ is present with us in our midst. We have a sense (a burning) of his presence but we aren’t quite ready to fully give ourselves (our work, our ministry, our concerns, etc.) over to him. Just as the disciples wondered, “could it really be true, could he really have risen from the dead?” so do we wonder, “can he really free me from my sin, will he really transform the lives and hearts of those I minister to?” Our work in adult faith formation, as it is in our own lives, is to help form “women and men of prayer whose faith is alive and vital, grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of Jesus” (2) ....

Read More Here

Allhallowtide

 There's something overly cute about kids dressed up in All Saints day costumes, showing off their favorite heavenly intercessor. All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls day come together to form what is known as Allhallowtide, and it's coming soon!
How does your parish or classroom celebrate? Here are some of my favorite finds for celebrating these days. 

All Saints Day for Kindergarten
Saintly Snacks
Party Games
Saint Coloring Pages
Praying for the Dead with Children
Activities That don't Involve Chocolate
Memento Mori {Activities for Halloween, All Souls, and All Saints} All Souls Day Prayer Cards
All Saints day Art Project 
The Making of a Saint: Post-it Notes on the Canonization Process
Beatitudes and Modern Saints Day Game
Litany of Saints Mini Book
 
National Vocation Awareness week in 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
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