faith formation

FIRE Meetings

 

The mission of FIRE is to promote collaboration and offer support to the faith formation and youth ministry coordinators in our diocese.  All faith formation and youth ministry coordinators and their volunteer leaders are welcome to attend.  We wrapped up this season with a FIRE Retreat on Apr. 28, and we hope you can join us for next season in the fall!

FIRE Meeting Archives

See below for a list of recent FIRE Meeting topics and handouts.

 

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.

5 Thresholds of Conversion: A working document to help leaders identify different stages of conversion in people's lives and adapt methods of ministry to meet the needs of youth and families at various levels of conversion.

7 Characteristics of a Disciple: A working document to help leaders identify where they are at and where they want to go in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Disciplines of a Disciple Guide: A universal document to outline common habits of an intentional disciple.

 

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.

Connecting Parishes to School: A questionnaire to help evaluate your parishes connection to schools.

Getting to Know You: A sample document that can help catechists get to know their students.

 

Dec. 9, 2021:  Retreat on "From Christendom to Apostolic Mission" book by the University of Mary.

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.