Copy
CLICK HERE TO PRINT THIS BULLETIN - To print this bulletin please click on the link above and a new window will open up with the content of the bulletin. Then, right click on the bulletin and select the option to PRINT 

New Encyclical and Month of the Rosary


On October 3, 2020, Catholics celebrated the feast of St. Frances from Assisi, Italy.  Pope Francis, our Holy Father, shared his new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti” on fraternity and social friendship.  This encyclical is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, after Lumen Fidei (2013) and Laudato Si' (2015).

In this encyclical, Pope Francis shares a deeper understanding of St. Frances' spirituality and teaches us the importance of fraternal love and social friendship. 
 
Fratelli Tutti consists of a general introduction and 8 chapters.

Introduction
Chapter I: DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD
Chapter II: A STRANGER ON THE ROAD
Chapter Ill: ENVISAGING AND ENGENDERING AN OPEN WORLD
Chapter IV: A HEART OPEN TO THE WHOLE WORLD
Chapter V: A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS
Chapter VI: DIALOGUE AND FRIENDSHIP IN SOCIETY
Chapter VII: PATHS OF RENEWED ENCOUNTER
Chapter VIII: RELIGIONS AT THE SERVICE OF FRATERNITY IN OUR WORLD

I invite you to read and study this beautiful encyclical.  As you read, take the time to contemplate on the beautiful message Pope Frances shares with us. 

This month is a significant month for our church as we dedicate this month to our Blessed Mother and the rosary. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops invites us to join in prayer today on this Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Please see the link below to connect.

During this month, we pray that our blessed mother continues to walk by our side and guide us to her loving and merciful Son.

This morning at Mass, I heard in the homily by Fr. Will Rooney something so real and straightforward that will stay with me for the rest of this month. "God is with us because his mother is also with us, and nothing is impossible with God."

Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us.


Gustavo Rodriguez
Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Encyclical Fratelli tutti (English)
Encyclical Fratelli tutti (Spanish)
More information on Rosary for America
Resources for Fall Catechetical Programs

Please review the following documents as you develop a parish catechetical formation plan for the fall. All of the resources below can also be found on our Diocesan Website under the two different web pages:

(COVID E&C and YYACM Resources) https://www.austindiocese.org/children-youth-resources
 
(YYACM Resources) https://www.austindiocese.org/forms-and-resources
 
Formation Options Memo 2020-2021
Sacramental Formation Options 2020-2021
Addendum to Sacramental Formation 2020-2021
Monthly Topics and Lessons for Catechetical Instruction
Protocols for In-Person Ministry (English)
Protocols for In-Person Ministry (Spanish)
Ministry Waiver (English)
Ministry Waiver (Spanish)
TELECOMMUNICATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING PRESENTATION
ENG-TELECOMMUNICATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING MINISTRY EVENTS
SPA-TELECOMMUNICATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING MINISTRY EVENTS

DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS
What a blessing we have in the newly published and released Directory for Catechesis promulgated by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. The preface humbly reminds us that it is God who takes the initiative and we, with our "yes" to the vocation of catechist, allow him to lead us as we walk with others on our journey of faith. The introduction states that the Directory aims to" offer fundamental theological-pastoral principles and some general guidelines that are relevant for the practice of catechesis in our time". May our study and reflection of these principles and guidelines help us to be catechists who "know the joys and hopes of human beings and trusting in the Holy Spirit, help our learners to mature in the Christian life and journey towards God."

NOT TOO LATE!  You are still welcome to join the Diocesan discussion of the Directory for Catechesis. These Study Sessions are on Mondays in English and Thursdays in Spanish from 7:00-8:30pm on alternate weeks. The dates and chapter to be discussed are listed below in this newsletter:  Click to register

OTHER GREAT RESOURCES FOR REVIEWING THE DIRECTORY ARE LISTED BELOW:
“An Afternoon with Joe and Julianne: Reviewing the New Directory for Catechesis Webinar” is available here.

This USCCB Video Series featuring various U.S. Bishops provides insights into eight new emphases which the Directory proposes.
Webinars currently available include:

  • Introduction: The Evangelizing Mission of Catechesis (Archbishop Emeritus Alfred C. Hughes)
  • Evangelization and Catechesis Beyond the Usual (Bishop David L. Ricken)
  • Renewed Emphasis on Family (Bishop Daniel E. Flores)
  • Renewed Emphasis on the Catechumenate Process for all Catechesis (Archbishop Emeritus J. Peter Sartain)
  • The Importance of the Initial and Ongoing Formation of Catechists (Bishop Michael J. Sis)
Each 10-15min video is subtitled in Spanish and the website provides discussion questions that may be used after viewing.
 
Articles by Julianne Stanz:
Overview of the New Directory
Kerygmatic Catechesis in the New Directory
Articles by Deacon Matthew Halbach, PhD:
The New Directory for Catechesis: Missionary Discipleship, The Art of Accompaniment, Actions of Encounter (3 articles sponsored by Sadlier)
 
HELP FOR CATECHISTS AND PARENTS IN ADAPTING TO IN-HOME FAITH FORMATION
Tips for Catechists Teaching Remotely” by Joe Paprocki
Tips for Parents Forming Faith at Home” by Joe Paprocki

   
THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY – History & Reflections
 
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. On October 7, 1571, the first Sunday of October, Don Juan of Austria won his famous naval battle over the Turks at Lepanto. When giving praise and thanksgiving, he attributed the victory because of the praying of the Holy Rosary and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because the Christians were victorious over the Turks through Our Lady’s intercession, Pope St. Pius V (1566-1572) established an annual feast on October 7 and titled it, Our Lady of Victory. Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585), the immediate successor to Pope St. Pius V, enhanced the title to “of the Rosary.” Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

“In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the center, as the Virgin did. The various steps of Christ's mission are traced. With Mary the heart is oriented toward the mystery of Jesus.”

FAMILY PRAYER
“As a prayer for peace, the Rosary is also, and always has been, a prayer of and for the family. At one time this prayer was particularly dear to Christian families, and it certainly brought them closer together. It is important not to lose this precious inheritance. We need to return to the practice of family prayer and prayer for families, continuing to use the Rosary. I would therefore ask those who devote themselves to the pastoral care of families to recommend heartily the recitation of the Rosary.”  -Pope St John Paul II

ACTIVITIES
Many Catholic websites have printouts and downloads that you can use to create Rosary Prayer Books or activities to accompany learning about the Rosary. Here are a few:
Rosary Memory Game (a fun way to learn the mysteries)
October Month of the Rosary – Rosary to Color
Rosary Activity Center

Maryrae Stein
Assoc. Director for Catechesis & Formation 

 

Fall is Here

Fall is in the air and I am happy to say I am not missing the 100˚ temperatures! This is one blessing that I am sure we all welcome.

October is here and as some parishes offer in-person catechesis, many are offering at-home or hybrid models. This of course is far from the norm but necessary for the common good.

DREs also continue to schedule classes, distribute packets, place last minute publisher orders and make sure catechists and families are equipped to provide the best formation opportunity. The sense of community is still present—whether in a classroom or hall space, outside on parish grounds or at home as parents fully take on the role as primary catechists. 

I spoke to three DREs who created packets and continue to have distribution days and the overall response was the same—they did what was necessary for their families taking into consideration the resources that the families would have and what provisions could be contributed either at the parish or in the packets. I wanted to highlight these parishes and the share with you some of the lasting memories that have been made during this time. 
 

Amy Corley, St. John in Marble Falls—has distributed over 100 packets


 
Becky Luza, St. Mary in Hearne—has distributed about 175 packets

 
Sonia Vega-Perez, St. Monica in Cameron—has distributed about 125 packets

 
Frank Ledesma, St. Albert the Great in Austin—here is a “welcome video” Frank made to promote the Religious Education program, encourage registration and gives a general overview of their program protocols:

DRE Bootcamp was held on Thursday, October 1, and the basic response was “well this is different”! We might not have been in the St. Joseph room at the Pastoral Center doing drills at break time but we did still train about 15 new or nearly new DREs. The day was filled reviewing formation options and sacramental guidelines and procedures, curriculum, deaneries, certification and more. Emily Hurlimann with the Office of Ethics and Integrity gave a wonderful presentation in the afternoon encompassing a thorough overview of EIM and the role of the DRE. For those who could not attend because of busy schedules, please mark your calendar now for DRE Orientation scheduled for January 11.
 


Classes

Our online fall classes have been well received and will continue during October with Ecclesiology and November with Morality--still plenty of time to register. The Basic Teachings sessions have also had a great response with new registrants and some taking advantage to make-up a session.  Please refer to the class schedules and registration links below for more information.

Basics Teachings of the Catholic Church

Saturdays via Zoom—English
To register, click here:  https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=GTWPGh

September 19, 2020 Sacred Scripture 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
October 3, 2020 Creed 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
October 24, 2020 Sacraments 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
November 7, 2020 Morality 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
November 21, 2020 Prayer 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
Saturdays via Zoom—Spanish
To register, click here:  https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=rKvAJb
 
September 19, 2020 Sagrada Escritura 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
October 3, 2020 Credo 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
October 24, 2020 Liturgia y Sacramentos 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
November 7, 2020 Moralidad 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
November 21, 2020 Oración y Espiritualidad 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Catholic Adult Formation Classes— English 16-hour courses via Zoom
 

To register for Church / Ecclesiology, click here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=m7hto3
 
October 6, 2020 Church / Ecclesiology 6:30-9:30 p.m.
October 13, 2020 Church / Ecclesiology 6:30-9:30 p.m.
October 20, 2020 Church / Ecclesiology 6:30-9:30 p.m.
October 27, 2020 Church / Ecclesiology 6:30-9:30 p.m.
 
To register for Morality, click here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=mVUhtb
 
November 3, 2020 Morality 6:30-9:30 p.m.
November 10, 2020 Morality 6:30-9:30 p.m.
November 17, 2020 Morality 6:30-9:30 p.m.
December 1, 2020 Morality 6:30-9:30 p.m.

 
Carolyn Martinez

Coordinator of Catechesis 

 
October Feature DRE: Amy Corley


Amy Corley has been happily married for 27 years to Paul Corley.  They have 2 sons—Garreth Corley who is a reservist in the Marine Corp and Iain Corley who is a senior at Marble Falls High School.  Garreth and Iain both served at DCYC as part of the Discipleship Crew.  
 
They live at Eagles Wings Retreat Center as caretakers and Paul is the chef extraordinaire. 
Before moving to Marble Falls, Amy taught Pre-Kindergarten at Our Lady of Fatima Parochial School in Louisiana and at St. Anthony Parish Child Development Center in Wylie, Texas. 
 
 
They relocated to Marble Falls in January of 2009 for Paul's job.  Amy was asked to be the DRE at St. John's in March of 2010 and has been serving in this position ever since.  
More information and Registration for English
More information and Registration for Spanish
The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating to those living or working in prisons, jails, and detention centers where close quarters have resulted in a dangerous spread of the disease. Join us for this ONLINE session where we’ll explore creative ways to still be present to people behind bars during the pandemic, to meet their pressing needs, and to become agents of God’s restorative work to those caught up in the criminal justice system. October 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Register Here.
DEANERY MEETINGS

Deaneries are encouraged to gather DREs virtually at regular intervals to share best practices, discuss challenges, create comradery, and collaborate on deanery wide events. Most deaneries meet every other month; some prefer to gather monthly. Deanery representatives are asked to send scheduled dates to their diocesan liaison who can assist with creating the Zoom links if needed. In-person meetings are discouraged during the pandemic.
  • North Austin/Round Rock/Georgetown (Zoom links will be sent the Monday before the meeting date): (All meetings 10-11am) Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, 2020. Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 15, May 13, 2021. 
  • Killeen/Temple (Zoom link will be sent on the Friday preceding the meeting): All meetings 4:00-5:00pm:Sept 14, Nov 9, 2020. Jan 11, Mar 8, May 10, 2021.
  • Bastrop/Lockhart (Zoom link will be send on the Wednesday preceding the meeting): 6:30 p.m. on October 23
  • Waco (Zoom link sent day before meeting) 5:00pm Nov 12, Jan 14
You can find additional information on the Spiritual Direction certificate here: https://www.sdc-divinemercy.org/ 
Gustavo Rodriguez
Director, Office of Evangelization & Catechesis
Ph. (512) 949-2542 
Maryrae Stein
Assoc. Director for Catechesis & Formation
Ph. (512) 949-2469

Carolyn Martinez
Coordinator for Catechesis
Ph. (512) 949-2461

Sue Durango
Administrative Assistant
Ph. (512) 949-2492
Twitter
Facebook
Website


Diocese of Austin - Pastoral Center
6225 Hwy 290 E, Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 949-2400
Fax: (512) 949-2520

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.