Friday, December 9, 2016

Ave Maria Webinar: Best Practices in Catechesis with Hispanic Populations

According to the most recent U.S. census, 59% of Catholics in the United States are Hispanic/Latino(a). At the same time, a decreasing percentages of Hispanics stay Catholic as adults. This means it is essential for the Church to reach out with open hearts to welcome newcomers to Catholic parishes. It is time to implement changes in the way we evangelize and catechize within the Church.

In this webinar panel discussion, leaders in Hispanic catechesis will discuss a wide variety of issues including:
  • Cultural norms to keep in mind
  • Devotional practices common among Hispanic Catholics
  • Reaching Hispanic youth and young adults
  • How to approach evangelization and catechesis differently with different cultures
  • Examples of effective ministries, programs, and processes existing in the Church today
Come join the discussion and walk away with new ideas to try in your own diocese of parish.

  Catechesis with Hispanic Populations

Ave Maria Webinar - Latino Catholicism: Realities and Opportunities

Latinos transform Catholic life in parishes, apostolic movements, liturgy and devotion, the faith formation of our children and youth, and much more. This webinar will examine faith and ministries among Hispanic communities, with the hope of enriching the faith and leadership of all participants. This webinar will be presented only in Spanish.

Webinar: El Catolicismo Latino: Actualidades y Oportunidades

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Just and Fair Procedures for Use of Parish Facilities

These procedures must be fair (where everyone fulfills the same requirements), but they must also be accessible and intelligible to all and address the real needs of all parishioners.  For example, room request forms should be available in all major languages.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Overview of the Best Practices in Shared Parishes Resource (USCCB)

Part I: Shared Parishes and Intercultural Sensitivity

• Six Stages of Intercultural Sensitivity

• The Three Areas of Intercultural Competence

• Stories from the Trenches
Part II: The Catholic Understanding of the Parish Life and Mission
• The Catholic Parish

• The Call to Ongoing Mission
• Shared Parishes and the Principle of Ecclesial Integration/Inclusion
• Ecclesial Integration/Inclusion in the United States

• The Scriptural Model for Unity in Diversity

• The Ministry and Spirituality of the Pastor
Part III: The Developmental Process of Ecclesial Integration/
                                   Inclusion and Stewardship in Shared Parishes
• The Nine Movements for Ecclesial Integration/Inclusion


• Ownership

• A Shared Parish Illustration of the Nine Movements for Ecclesial

• Pastoral Situations and Best Practices in Shared Parishes

• Exercise: Identify Your Own Best Practice

Values That Guide Intercultural Ministry

Values desired:

  • Mutual Respect; Honest and open
    acceptance of all cultures
  • Share traditions and time together learn from each other
  • Unity and Diversity leading to growth in faith and spirit
  • Curiosity
  • Hospitality
  • Embracing all cultures with humility