Note from Peggy
It seems like we finally have found spring. What an amazing catechetical year we’ve had. A lot of exciting events, activities and programs have taken place – along with all the snow. God surely has blessed us. As you gear up for summer programming and next fall, I pray that you find time to reenergize your selves emotionally, physically and spiritually. Remember, the Lord also took time for rest and prayer.
A couple weeks ago you should have received a survey request from SUMMIT. If you have time, we’d appreciate if you could fill out the survey – it should only take a couple minutes – and return it to the SUMMIT email. The hope is that through your responses we can better understand the types of programming you are conducting and where we might help you to move into the future with the changing Church.
As you know there have been changes to the catechetical certification program. If you need clarification of what these requirements are, their history and who it is meant for, I recommend you acquaint yourself with the National Director of Catechesis document pages 235-243, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference policy and the diocesan policy both found on the diocesan website. These sources help you to reflect on and understand the call to those who work and volunteer in the Church to be continual learners of the faith. No matter how old, young or experienced each one of us are, the Lord expects us to continually renew of love and belief in Him. Catechesis certification is one way for us to do this. All information regarding the new Forming Effective Disciples program is on the diocesan website. Information regarding the new record keeping system were explained at the May 14th training, and will again be explained in August.
Remember to mark on your calendars the new and next to new orientation day on August 22 and the leadership days on August 28 in Cameron and August 29 in Woodruff. Be sure to copy the Bishop Hammes Center calendar found with this newsletter for your planning.
God bless all of you and thank you for all that you do!
Peggy M. Schoenfuss
NCCL Career Center
Whether you are looking for a job or looking for an employee, be sure to check out the Career Center on the NCCL website (www.NCCL.org) . You can find it under the Resources tab. To find out more about this resource, go to
The CREED in Scripture
Stephen Binz’s latest book is designed for an adult to spend time in personal reflection for six days and then gather with a group session. Binz leads you through five stages: Listening, Understanding, Reflecting, Praying, and Acting. Unlike other lectio divina, he proposes two or three different Scripture readings rather than a single passage. Some will find this helpful as it offers good Scriptural references for each line of the Creed. You can order Lectio Divina Bible Study: The Creed in Scripture here