The mission of the Upper Room is to offer spiritual and professional nourishment to the faith formation and youth ministry coordinators in our diocese to be sent on mission by the Holy Spirit. All faith formation and youth ministry coordinators and their volunteer leaders are welcome to attend. The Upper Room has concluded for 2022. Please see our 2023 Spring Schedule for upcoming dates, topics, and locations.
Upper Room (formerly known as FIRE) Meeting Archives
See below for a list of recent Upper Room Meeting topics and handouts.
Sep. 20, 2022: Implementing the Eucharistic Revival
We used the document HERE to walk through the plan for the Diocesan Year of the Eucharistic Revival and discussed why the Revival is important and how your parish can participate.
Oct. 25, 2022: Gender Dysphoria and Pastoral Care
Dr. Andrew Sodergren, head psychologist at Ruah Woods Institute, lead on in a discussion about gender identity and dysphoria and pastoral approaches to working with families struggling with their identity. For more information on this presentation, please email Dana at email@example.com.
Fire Archives: 2021-2022
Sep. 9, 2021: Missionary Discipleship and the Eucharist, Ministry Post (and during) COVID
At this FIRE Meeting, we discussed the need to use COVID-19 to our advantage and look at ways we can better walk with our youth, parents, catechists, and families to become intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. The below documents can help us identify where we are at in our relationship with Jesus Christ and therefore walk with others to meet them where they are and lead them closer to Christ. As coordinators, our primary responsibility is to walk with our catechists so they can walk with their youth and families they are ministering to.
Oct. 14, 2021: The Family as Primary Catechists, Connecting Parish Ministry to Schools
In our morning session, Fr. The Hoang presented on the pillars of Family Ministry based on Pope John Paul II's Letter to Families. In the afternoon session, Sr. Strength of Martyrs presented St. John Bosco's creation of oratories for the young boys he was working, focusing on the preventative method of correction, developing a relationship with the youth and calling them to set high standards for themselves. See a video of the talks here: https://vimeo.com/639143995
Below you will find documents to further the discussion on connecting parishes ministry to schools and fostering an environment based on relationship in faith formation settings.
Fr. Jason Kern shared points from this well-worded book and we discussed where we are at in our world right now (a Christendom vs. Apostolic era). We also discussed ways to minister to people in our world today.
Jan. 25, 2022: Foundational Characteristics of a Disciple: Identity and Prayer
Fr. Brian Mulligan presented on Relationship, Identity, and Mission as the foundation of who we are. We discussed ways to share the Kerygma (Gospel Proclamation) to parents, catechists, and youth and introduce them to prayer, which is how we maintain our relationship with God. For the complete presentation, click HERE. For our document on prayer, click HERE.
Feb. 22, 2022: Youth and Mental Health
Haylee Spronk (psychologist) and Ann Full (former youth minister) lead us in a discussion on the mental health needs of our youth and what our response should be as faith leaders. You can watch and listen to the discussion HERE. For a list of resources, click HERE.
March 22, 2022: Why Disciple? The Ins and Outs of Small Groups
Annie Grandell from YDisciple joined us for a discussion on how to move from program and large group-based ministry to small group discipleship. For more information on YDisciple, click HERE.