APRIL 2016

Deanery FFL Meetings for April

The meetings for March can be found at

DIOCORE/Regional YM Meeting Agenda Items – April

  • Employment information for FFL and Catechists for the 2016-2017 program year can be found posted in FirstClass>Conferences>FFL Catechesis and Evangelization>2016-17 FF Employment Materials
  • End of year FF forms are available in FirstClass>Conferences>FFL Resources
  • DIOCORE/Regional Youth Ministry Meetings Annual Review
  • 2015-2016 Evaluation forms were recommended to be completed by March 15 but can still be completed
  • Mark Your Calendar:The August Day for FFLs & CSAs will be Tuesday, August 9, 2016.Watch for more details.
  • Don’t Forget: Share information from the InFo and the Leader’s Gram with your Faith Formation Commission.
Mark Your Calendar

Spring Pastoral Leadership Study Day—Tuesday, April 5, 2016
This day will be dedicated to exploring practical ways to embrace and carry out the four mission priorities of the Archdiocese.

Renewal Day for FFLs and CSAs— April 14, 2016
All FFLs and CSAs are invited to attend a day of renewal on April 14. The renewal day this year is being held at the Cathedral of St. Raphael in conjunction with the celebration of the Year of Mercy.

For more information and to register, go to:  The cost to attend is $35.00.

Radical Listening Workshop—April 28-29, 2016
In this 2-day workshop, participants will have an opportunity to:
  • Increase awareness of your worldview and assumption and the impact they have on your ministry
  • Enhance listening skills for ministry
  • Learn Making Meaning: a small group process for refecting on your ministry experience
  • Receive Facilitator Training for Making Meaning

The Workshop Facilitator will be Barb Schwery, Executive Director BeFriender Ministry (For more information and to register, please click here:

Youth Ministry Leader Conference and Retreat—May 13-14, 2016
Youth Ministry Leaders are encouraged to attend our 2nd annual YML Conference & Retreat on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. This year will focus on pastoral skills and knowledge for caring for adolescent in difficult situations. Friday the 13th will focus on the professional skills for tending the souls of teens in crisis situations by Catholic Charities staff. Situations like teen suicide, addictions, abuse, teen pregnancies and others are real issues facing today's teens and those who minister to them. This is a chance to learn more about those realities and how you can respond and care for those who are struggling through these issues. The rest of the weekend will focus on personal maintenance, resource sharing, and networking. Registration information can be found by clicking here.

Fall FFL & CSA Day—Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Please mark your calendar for our annual "beginning of the year" gathering on Tuesday, August 9.  We will again meet at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School in Waterloo. The keynote speaker for the day will be Denise Utter.
Items from the April Executive Calendar
  • Items from the April Executive Calendar
  • Evaluate Lenten activities
  • Implement plans for Easter season celebrations and feasts
  • Plan end of the year activity/liturgy such as May crowning, senior recognition, or baccalaureate
  • Implement the End-of–the-Year Evaluation Form found in FirstClass/Conferences/FFL Catechesis & Evangelization/FFL Resources
  • Survey catechists for their needs and plans for the following year
  • Begin formulating goals for the following year
  • Direct spring registration
  • Plan catechist and FFC appreciation events
  • Submit calendar dates for the following year to your FFC
  • Prepare and implement sacramental celebrations
  • Finalize Vacation Bible School preparations
  • Look for Confirmation Scheduling Form from Vicar General’s Office

Discussion Topics for Every Faith Formation Leader and His/Her Pastor

  • How are things going so far this year?
  • How can we best serve parents, who are the primary catechist of their children without “taking over” for them?
  • How is Faith Formation ministry fitting into the whole parish structure?

Hiring Process Materials for 2016-2017

The recommended hiring process for Faith Formation Leaders materials is now available on the Archdiocesan Website at  If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Pohland at or (563) 556-2580, ext. 255.
Totus Tuus

If you are interested in hosting Totus Tuus in Summer 2016, please contact Kevin Feyen (563) 556-2580, ext. 253 or

AFFR (Archdiocesan Faith Formation Report)—2015-2016

The Summary Report of the 2015-2016 Annual Faith Formation Report can be found at:  The report includes questions for you to use with your Faith Formation Commission or parish staff.  Please contact our offices with any questions.

Adoration Brochure Update

The updated brochure that can be used to help those attending Eucharistic Adoration will soon be available at

VLCFF of Dayton Update

2016 Cycle 3 courses are held from April 3 through May 7 with registration already closed. Registration for Cycle 4 runs from April 6 through May 18, with classes beginning May 22 and ending June 25. Registration for Cycle 5 runs from May 25 through July 6, with classes beginning July 10 and ending August 13. Here are Top Ten Reasons to take a VLCFF this summer:
  • It is wonderful formation.
  • You can put in the 4-6 hours per week for course whenever you wish.
  • You can do the coursework from your deck or you porch or even at the beach.
  • You deserve to do something for your self this summer.
  • You will grow in faith and knowledge.
  • Registering for a course is so easy.
  • With the variety of topics of offered, there is a course you will like.
  • You will make new friends online who also take the class.
  • You can incorporate what you learn into your ministry.
  • You will be eager for more quality formation after you take a class.

Go to: for a list of the courses offered during Cycle 4 and 5. If you have not yet used your free voucher for a class, email Julie Sanders at for assistance with the voucher. For more information go to or email Julie Johnson at

The following received certificates from Dayton for courses completed:
  • Lugene Berning-Resurrection, Dubuque: Faith and Human Development
  • Wendy Osterberger-Resurrection, Dubuque: Introduction to Catechesis
  • Toni Pint-Burke-St. Edward, Waterloo: Introduction to Liturgy
  • Kelleryn Rauzi-Catholic Parishes of Waterloo: Introduction to Catechesis
  • Charlene Vig-St. John the Baptist, Mt. Vernon: Introduction to Catechesis
  • Melanie Vobr-Notre Dame, Cresco: New Testament


The Saint Ambrose Youth Ministry Certificate

A program is offered at St. Ambrose in conjunction with the Center for Ministry Development for those in ministry with youth ages 11 to 18, in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive youth ministry. The program includes eight courses. The primary aim of the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. For More information about this opportunity, please visit the Adolescent Faith Formation home page at:
Upcoming Professional Development Conferences

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) offers an annual Conference and Exposition, providing Professional Development for Catechetical Leaders.  This year’s conference will be May 23-26 at Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville Florida.  For more information, go to  They offer an annual conference, so if you are not able to go this year, you may want to plan for and budget to attend this or another conference in the 2016-2017 budget year.

Do you know the way to San Jose? To the National Conference of Catholic Youth Ministry
San Jose, California will be the site of the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry from December 1-3, 2016. This is an opportunity for anyone who works in adolescent ministry (CYMs, C/DREs, Confirmation Leaders, etc.) to attend a national conference with training, networking, and spiritual nourishment. It's basically like NCYC except with no teens or chaperones to deal with. Typically about 10-15 people from the Archdiocese attend this conference every other year. We do try to gather for at least one meal to discuss what we've learned and how we've been challenged to grow in our ministries. More information on the conference call be found at

If you think you may be interested in attending, here are some tricks to save on costs:
  • If you have some professional development money in your budget that you won't use this fiscal year, ask your pastor if you can use it to cover your airfare for the NCCYM.
  • Airfare is expensive to fly into San Jose (about $700). Flights to San Francisco are much cheaper (around $400).
  • It's possible that the Office of Adolescent Faith Formation will rent a vehicle to drive folks from San Francisco to San Jose depending on schedules of flight times and how many people are attending.
  • Let Kevin Feyen ( know if you are even considering attending the conference or have any questions about attending.

Financial assistance is available for those of you who have a limited (or no) professional development budget. Contact Kevin Feyen for more information.

End-of-Year Program Evaluations 2016

The End-of-Year Evaluation 2016 and the sheet of instructions that detail the evaluation can now be found in FirstClass>Conferences>FFL Catechesis & Evangelization>FFL Resources. If you have any questions, please see contact us at the Pastoral Center.

Catechist Recruitment

It is not too early to start thinking about catechist recruitment for 2016-2017.  Consider using the flyer called “What is a Catechist?”  You can find it by clicking here: Catechetical Resources The brochure details frequently asked questions about teaching in a faith formation program, highlights the spirituality that is generated in a catechetical setting and explains some of the responsibilities of a catechist. You can personalize the brochure with your name, parish email address and phone number.  Send the flyers home in the bulletin or a newsletter or distribute them at up-coming parish meetings.  The brochure was designed to help you, the FFL, recruit interested and willing individuals to share the stories of their faith with others.

From Mary Pedersen, Director of Adult Faith Formation

New Offerings:
Archdiocese of Dubuque Women’s Conference, Saturday, February 4, 2017. Mark Your Parish/School Calendars NOW for this exciting new event (Offices of Adult Faith and Catechetical Services).

Faith-Sharing Workshop: Creating, Facilitating, and Sustaining Small Groups (Offices of Adult Faith and Worship): Plan now to attend with your parish facilitators (small groups, RCIA) this all-day workshop, Saturday, September 10th, St. Patrick, Cedar Falls. Flyer is attached. Registration:

The Holy Year of Mercy: A Faith-Sharing Guide with Reflections by Pope Francis by The Word Among Us. Includes eight sessions with questions for reflection and discussion. The study is available in paperback or on Kindle. Check it out, plus other parish programs: You may also contact the Archdiocesan Education Resource Center for a sample:

Series on Spiritual Discernment (GREAT 2-3 Minute Practical Videos for Decision-Making by Evangelist, Patrick Sullivan of

The Evangelical Catholic (EC): Forming Disciples, Training Leaders: EC focuses on evangelizing through small groups. If your parish is interested in EC, please consider attending their training this summer: For more information on EC small group materials, based on conversion: For other sites on The New Evangelization:

Final NOTICE: Disciple Experience Weekend (DEW):  Please encourage your parishioners who are seeking more to attend this April’s DEW, Friday evening, April 8 through Sunday afternoon, April 10. This is a great opportunity for those who hunger to know how God is calling them to go deeper into discipleship, especially through social justice. For more information or to register:

For more information on any of the above, please contact Mary Pedersen:

Videos To Share With Families

From the Educational Resource Center

The Education Resource Center (ERC) is creating mini-catalogs of both online and tangible media resources to help parishes, schools, and individuals meet the goals of the four pastoral priorities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque that have been promoted by Archbishop Jackels and which will be the topic of the Pastoral Leadership Study Day on April 5th. The mini-catalogs can be found at the ERC Topical Catalog web page: The four priorities are describe in detail at For more information or resources, feel free to contact Kim at or Tricia at
Catechetical Sunday 2016

"Prayer: The Faith Prayed":  This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 18, 2016 and will focus on the theme "Prayer: The Faith Prayed." Catechists, whom the Community has designated to serve, will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
Celebrating the Easter Season as FFLs!

Easter is the most important feast of the Christian year—so important that the church sets aside a full fifty days to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Not many of us are used to sustaining an "Easter spirit" of celebration all the way to Pentecost, though, so here are some easy suggestions for your own personal spirituality. You may share the ideas with your catechists and parish families. Don’t try to do them all! Each week, just pick a few ideas that work for you. You’ll be rejoicing long after the last jellybean is gone. Click here to access the list.
Protection of Children Information

The POC Count Form was due March 15.  For questions regarding the POC Count Form or any other Safe Environment issues, please contact Carol Gebhart, Director of the Office for the Protection of Children.  The POC Count Form information is available in $dbqffl.
Planning for VBS

If you are already planning ahead for VBS, here are a couple of things to remember particularly if you are part of an ecumenical VBS endeavor with other churches in your community. Remember that all the expectations from the Office of Protection of Children must be met for VBS even if the event is held at a different church campus. If a volunteer has not taken the VIRTUS training and is 18 years of age, please have the volunteer go to to take the training.

Also, ecumenical VBS endeavors certainly are a fine civic venture and good for many small communities, but do remember to have a Catholic dimension to the materials. Click here to continue reading.
Registration Materials for 2016-2017

These materials are now posted in FirstClass>Conferences>FFL Catechesis & Evangelization>Registration Forms for your convenience. Sample forms are available in both English and Spanis

Budget Preparation

As you are preparing your 2016-2017 Budget, please budget for the Archdiocesan Events.  These include the August CSA/FFL Day, the New & Nearly New FFL Day and Follow-up, the Renewal Day, the Fall & Spring PLSDs, the Spring CSA/FFL Day, and the Youth Ministry Conference/Retreat. Watch for more information.

Celebrating the Year of Mercy

As we celebrate the Year of Mercy, which officially started on December 8th in Rome, we want you to be aware of a section on the archdiocesan website which highlights Year of Mercy events and resources. Visit for more information on the Year of Mercy

FFL/CSA Book Club 2015-2016

The Church of Mercy:  A Vision for the Church
Collected from Pope Francis’s speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God’s call for evangelization, Pope Francis's deep wisdom reminds us that the Church must move beyond its own walls and joyfully bring God's mercy wherever suffering, division, or injustice exists. Continue to read this excellent resource and let us know your thoughts!

Persons with Disabilities Newsletters

You can view newsletters with resources for providing ministry with Persons with Disabilities at  For more information, regarding ministry to persons with disabilities, please contact Mindy Hart, Director of the Office for Persons with Disabilities at
To Teach as Jesus Did

The offering, “To Teach as Jesus Did”, designed particularly for new catechists (but can be distributed to all catechists), is distributed separately through the host group $DBQFFL and is also available by going to

Upcoming Events


Archdiocesan Pastoral Leadership Study Day




Annual Retreat for FFL's and CSA's


Radical Listening Workshop


YM Leader Conference & Retreat




Fall FFL & CSA Day

Contact Us:

Director of Catechetical Services
Joanne Pohland

Director of Adolescent Faith Formation
Kevin Feyen

Associate Director of Catechetical Services
Julie Johnson

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