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April  24, 2018
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News Notes

Training on New Religion Graded Course of Study Grades 5-8 

The Office for Evangelization and Discipleship is excited to announce the Archbishop’s promulgation of the updated Religion Graded Course of Study for grades 5 through 8. This updated GCS includes a seventh strand to the curriculum: Theology of the Body. In addition, it offers a vocabulary section, a Magisterium and Biblical reference section, as well as a spiraled section of each standard. This teacher-friendly GCS will be implemented in the 2018/2019 school year.
All catechists and teachers were invited to a webinar last week walking you through the Religion GCS changes. Click HERE to view a recording of that webinar posted on our website.

TOB Training for Teachers and Catechists PK-8

One important change to our now complete PK-8 Graded Course of Study is the addition of a seventh strand, Theology of the Body. To help teachers and catechists feel comfortable teaching this new strand, there will be training options, including personal development days, in the next few months.
 
June 4-6: Theology of the Body for Teachers: Intro Workshop at Ruah Woods
August 7th: Theology of the Body Professional Development Day at the University of Dayton
August 9th: Theology of the Body Professional Development Day at Xavier’s Cintas Center
September 10th: Theology of the Body Professional Development Day at Maria Stein (THIS IS A NEW DATE!)
September 12th: Theology of the Body Professional Development Day at the Athenaeum
 
Click HERE for more information on Ruah Woods June Workshop.
Click HERE for more information on the four TOB Professional Development Days

Discount on Religion Texts

Sophia Institute for Teachers is offering parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati a 40% discount on student textbooks ($14.99) plus a FREE teacher’s guide for every grade adopted from their K-8 textbook series, Spirit of Truth. Spirit of Truth takes students on an immersive and memorable journey through the Catholic Faith. The program features engaging, teacher-written lessons and activities that give your catechists the confidence they need to create an engaging learning environment that they and their students look forward to each week.
 
If you are interested in learning more about Spirit of Truth, you may contact Rob Kenney at Sophia Institute: rkenney@SophiaInstitute.com or 800-888-9344. You may learn more about Spirit of Truth at www.SophiaInstituteforTeachers.org/SpiritofTruthParish.

By Your Side: Walking with Catholics Affected by Same-Sex Attraction and their Loved Ones

Ruah Woods and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are co-sponsoring an event for clergy, religious, and lay pastoral ministers, to introduce the work of the Courage and EnCourage apostolates in ministering to our brothers and sisters who experience same-sex attractions and their loved ones. The event will be held Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Ruah Woods’ New Evangelization Center. Click HERE for more information.

St. John Bosco Conference
10 Credits in Vocare!

Every summer, Franciscan University of Steubenville hosts some of the most educational and inspirational conferences available. Their “St. John Bosco Conference” is specifically for catechists and religious educators, and we encourage you to attend! This year’s Bosco conference is July 16-19, on the theme, “Holy Spirit: Bond of Love.” With over 110 workshops to choose from, there is something for everyone! Whether you’re involved in campus ministry, parish religious education, RCIA, youth ministry, or Catholic schools, you will find something to build you up and strengthen you for ministry. In addition, you will receive 10 credits in Vocare. Register by April 6 for “early bird” pricing. A limited number of partial scholarships are also available from the OED. For more information and to register, go to steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/sjb
Click HERE for the conference flyer.

Camp River Ridge in
Oldenburg, Indiana
is OPEN for registration! 

Summer camps in June & July for boys and girls entering 5-12th grade are available! May 1st Early Bird fee applies. There are also a variety of fun one-night parent-child campouts available for kids as young as 5 years old.
For registration and more info, visit www.campriverridge.org 
email campriverridge@gmail.com;
or, call Fr Lucio at 513-497-1212.
Scholarships are available.
Click HERE for the flyer.

Approved Upcoming Outside Events

Vocare Support has already approved
a list of outside events that are open
to all catechists and teachers. Need a
credit or two? Click HERE to see the
list of outside events pre-approved!

One-Credit Classes Available in Vocare

Catechists and teachers of religion are now able to take one-credit courses in Vocare to finish the 10-credit requirement for this academic year. The Nature of Catechesis and Enculturating the Gospel Message are two courses in the Enrich Badge that are now available!

Forum for Young Catechetical Leaders

Great News!!  We are pleased to announce the recently-approved path for students who graduated from the Forum for Young Catechetical Leaders at the University of Dayton.  The Forum is a two-year university program that seeks to prepare UD students to become outstanding catechists and catechetical leaders in Catholic Schools and parishes.  The Forum engages them in university courses in theology, praxis and mentoring experiences, and studies in Faith and Human Development, The Joy of the Gospel, Vocation and the Catechist, and Our Hearts Were Burning.  These graduates, many times in addition to a degree in education, have either a major or a minor in Religious Studies.  Because of this, Forum graduates will be considered as ‘Transfer: CRE’ for the purposes of Vocare certification.    Graduates must submit a copy of their UD transcript to get credit for Forum.  They can do so by scanning a copy to VocareSupport@catholiccincinnati.org.


Vocare Retraining

If any catechists or teachers of religion need retraining on navigating through Vocare, please follow the directions HERE to help you begin or finish your requirements for the 2017/2018 academic year.

FORMED is continually providing incredible Leader-Resources for your ministry. 
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