Welcome to New FFLs
  • Susan Dazey—Nativity, Dubuque

Deanery FFL Meetings for October
  • Oct 13: CRAYM, St. Ludmila, Cedar Rapids, 4:00 PM
  • Oct 13: Decorah DIOCORE, St. Benedict, Decorah, 1:00 PM
  • Oct 8: Cedar Rapids DIOCORE, All Saints, Cedar Rapids, 10:00 AM
  • Oct 8: Dubuque DIOCORE, St. Joseph, Key West, 9:00 AM
  • Oct 14: Waterloo DIOCORE Inservice, St. Patrick, Cedar Falls, 6:30 PM
  • Oct 12: Marshalltown DIODYM, St. Thomas, Ames, 10:00 AM
  • Oct 13: Webster City DIOCORE, St. Mark, Iowa Falls, 10:00 AM
  • Oct 20: DAYM, Holy Spirit, Dubuque, 10:00 AM
  • Oct 15: Dyersville DIOCORE, New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, 9:30 AM
  • TBA: Dubuque AFF, Location and Time TBA, Dubuque
  • TBA: WAYM, Please contact local leadership for further information

October Is Respect Life Month

The Respect Life materials for 2015 are now available on the Archdiocesan web site. Remember, October is Respect Life month, but you may use any of the resources in the packet at any time. The theme for this year is: Respecting human life relating to beginning of life issues: Topics include abortion, birth control and assisted reproductive technologies.

Go to page includes links to both materials from the USCCB and the materials pertinent to the 2015 Archdiocesan Respect Life theme.

Online Masters Degree Program Resource

A resource you may find very valuable is a new list of colleges or universities, which offer a Master’s Degree online. There is both a document explaining the universities chosen and what kind of graduate programs are offered, as well as a chart with all the pertinent facts you will need in making a decision about any of these master’s programs.  The chart includes the location of the college or university, a contact number, the types of degrees offered, the cost per credit hour and if financial assistance is available.  Keep in mind that the programs included in this packet are from schools that offer a 100% online opportunity to get a MA. While the programs listed are a sampling of programs available, those on this list seem to be the most user-friendly for distance learners.  Follow this link to access this resource:  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Johnson,
Grant and Leadership Resources Chart

For information regarding the 2015-2016 Faith Formation and Education Division Leadership Grant Resources, please follow the following link:  1516-FFL&CSA GrantMasterList

Archdiocesan Adult Conference November 7, 2015

Plan NOW to attend the Archdiocesan Adult Conference: Family Matters: Mission of Love, Saturday, November 7th. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents, grandparents, faith formation leaders, and those interested in family life to be inspired, engaged, and equipped through energetic keynotes and insightful breakouts. The day concludes with the celebration of Mass from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. by Archbishop Jackels. Invite your friends and families and join us! For more information and to register: Please check out the archdiocesan Facebook page for Family Matter posts and share with your parish/school, family and friends: For more information about this, please contact Mary Pederson, Director of Adult Faith Formation at
Pastoral Leadership Study Day
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The upcoming Pastoral Leadership Study Day will be a significant way for Faith Formation Leaders (as well as all other pastoral leadership) to follow-up on the April PLSD about the state of faith formation in the country.

Dr. Sean Reynolds will be the presenter. As a Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Cincinnati, Sean has had to wrestle with current research that shows that Catholics are fairly much worse than any other group of Christians when it comes to passing the faith on to our Children. Dr. Reynolds will present a much  needed course of action that all parishes and schools need to take to ensure that our faith is passed on through the best means necessary - parents!

As a Faith Formation Leader, the way you partner with parents (who are the primary catechists of their children) will be central to ministry in the 21st century. This PLSD will give you the knowledge and some methods that are needed to move your parish/cluster ministry with parents to the next level. Click here to register.
Videos and Upcoming Zoom Meeting

The Offices of Adolescent Faith Formation and Catechetical Services are putting together some videos that will be available soon on the Archdiocesan website.  These deal with topics that we find people want to know more about, but they do not always want to call us (or it might not be during our office hours).  To that end, we would like some direction into topics that you would find helpful to have a short video to offer some guidance.  Also, we will be hosting a Zoom meeting for FFLs, particularly new & nearly new FFLs, but open to anyone, on Monday, October 19 at 10:00 AM.  This will be an opportunity to come together with out driving anywhere and ask questions or offer suggestions.  We will be especially ready to discuss any questions regarding the AFFR, but we are open to any and all topics.  Here is the information to join the meeting: 
  • Topic: New & Nearly New FFLs
  • Time: Oct 19, 2015 10:00 AM (GMT-5:00) Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:
  • Or join by phone:
    • +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)
    • Meeting ID: 682 299 740
You do not need to register to attend, and the session will be recorded and made available later.  If you need further information, please contact our offices.

Synod on Family in October

The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place on October 4–25, 2015, and will have a theme of "the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world." It will "reflect further on the points discussed" at the 2014 Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "so as to formulate appropriate pastoral guidelines" for the pastoral care of the person and the family. The 2014 Synod, called to define the status quaestionis (current situation) and to collect the participants experiences and proposals, can be understood as a preparation for the 2015 synod, but they are meant to "form a single organic unity.  For more information about the synod, please go to: Please pray for the synod of bishops who will meet to discuss many very important issues facing families in today’s world.
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!
DIOCORE / Regional YM Meeting Agenda Items - October
  • 2015-2016 AFFR login information was sent out October 1 and is due November 16.
  • Register for the Pastoral Leadership Study Day—October 27, 2015 at Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls
  • VLCFF Registration for Cycle 7 (October 25 - November 28) opens September 9 and closes October 21.
  • Verify that Safe Environment requirements are met for all catechists and volunteers.  Send out information regarding when you will be teaching the Safe Environment Training for Children curriculum.
  • Don’t Forget: Share information from the InFo and the LeadersGram with your Faith Formation Commission.
  • Mark Your FFL Calendar Items.

Items from the October Executive Calendar
  • Evaluate September programming
  • Complete the Annual Faith Formation Report (AFFR) to Archdiocesan Pastoral Center—Due November 16
  • Implement plan for October feasts and the Respect Life theme for the year
  • Plan for All Saints, All Souls, and Thanksgiving
  • Pre-plan and order Advent materials
AFFR (Archdiocesan Faith Formation Report) 2015 - 2016

The newly modified AFFR (the former AACDS or DATA Survey) is now available to be completed.  You were sent an email with your login and password by October 1.  If you are having trouble finding it or using it, please contact Julie Sanders at  Guidelines and videos to help you can be found by following this link:  We ask that you complete it as soon as possible, but no later than November 16, 2015.  You will receive an email with login information as well as where to find the guidelines in October.  Please contact our offices if you have any questions.

Mark Your Calendar

For information on the enrichment offerings for Faith Formation Leaders and Catholic School Administrators, please click here:
Discussion Topics for Every Faith Formation Leader and His/Her Pastor
  • What are our goals/priorities for the coming year?
  • How can we best reach the parents of those under 18 in our parish/cluster/system?
  • How is Faith Formation fitting into the whole parish structure?
How Can We Help?

If it would ever be helpful for you to have a staff person from the Offices of Catechetical Services and Adolescent Faith Formation visit your parish to provide advice or assistance with programming, simply ask us and we will be happy to do what we can to meet your needs. We can help provide resources by brainstorming ways to improve your FF (RE) program or YM program, coaching you on how to find the most current resources, assisting in textbook selection, suggesting formational offerings for catechists or utilizing the Witness grant. If you would like assistance with implementing the K-8 religion curriculum, planning and implementing in-services, partnering with parents in catechesis or leading parent meetings, we can help. If you need advice on specific kinds of programming, we can discuss Totus Tuus, VLCFF, Confirmation training or even provide suggestions with dealing with your FFC. Just contact one of us.
Totus Tuus

Interested in hosting Totus Tuus in your parish/cluster next summer. Click Here: for more information about the program and how you can register.
TEC Attendees Live Look

If you want to see if anyone is currently signed up to make a TEC from your parish(es), you can check at any time by following the following directions:
  1. Go to: and click "TEC Information for FFL"
  2. Enter Account Name: "FFL TEC"
  3. Enter Password: "tec" (this is all lowercase)
  4. Select "Faith Formation Leader or Campus Minister"
  5. Click on the number of the TEC to see who is currently signed up. If no one is currently signed up for that TEC, it will either be blank or display an error message.
  6. When finished, click the Log Out button on the top right

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

From the Educational Resource Center

The Education Resources Center (ERC) has posted Media Picks for October highlighting a fun resource book series with multiple teaching ideas on dozens of topics for intermediate and junior high students. You can view these Media Picks at Please forward this to your catechists and teachers. For further information or highlights, please contact Kim at or Tricia at
University of Dayton VLCFF Update

Cycle 7 for VLCFF runs from October 25 through November 28. Registration began September 9 and closes October 21. Be advised that you have a voucher through the Archdiocese for one free class—you can find the information, by clicking on the following link:  To register for your free class, contact Julie Sanders at
Courses consist primarily of objective and subjective testing tools, assigned readings, and discussion boards.  Click here to find more information about the VLCFF of Dayton.

The following have recently completed Dayton courses:
  • Sarah Casey, Hiawatha - A Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Clare Hanson, Waterloo - Introduction to Liturgy and Theological Reflection: Key to Connecting Faith and Life
  • Stephanie Klapatauskas, Dubuque - Survey of Catholic Doctrine
  • Mollie Muntefering, Waverly - Introduction to Scripture
  • Julie Niemeyer, Waterloo - Sacraments
  • Wendy Osterberger, Dubuque - Introduction to Scripture
  • Rob Reinhart, Marion - Vocation, Spirituality and Discipleship of Catechists
The following have recently completed Dayton certificates:
  • Rob Reinhart, Marion - Certificate in Catechesis, Level II and Certificate in Catechesis Program
  • Melanie Vobr, Cresco - Certificate in Catechesis, Level I

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
Holy Hours for Vocations

In an effort to help young men hear God’s call to vocation, Archbishop Michael Jackels began leading a series of Holy Hours across the Dubuque Archdiocese, part of a wider effort called “Let God Hear Our Prayer for Vocations.”

Please encourage people to join in praying on the following dates:
• October 21, 2015: St. Joseph, Marion, 8:00pm
• November 11, 2015: St. Benedict, Decorah, 7:00pm
• January 20, 2016: Church of the Nativity, Dubuque, 6:30pm
• February 17, 2016: St. Joseph, Bellevue, 6:30pm
• March 11, 2016: St Patrick, Clear Lake, 7:00pm
• Additional dates TBA
The Catholic Church Mobile App (from

For the first time, the Catholic Church app from USCCB brings together parishes and (arch) dioceses across the United States—as well as the Vatican—into one, single mobile solution.  For more information from the USCCB, go to:
The Age Old Question

If you haven’t actually asked it, you have probably thought of it:  What can I tell parents who send their children to our programs but do not come to Mass?  In a blog on the Patheos website, Jennifer Fitz has some things to say.  You may find some interesting ideas:

Upcoming Events


Archdiocesan Pastoral Leadership Study Day


Archdiocesan Adult Conference on the Family


Archdiocesan Pastoral Leadership Study Day


Annual Retreat Day for FFLs/CSAs

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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