JUNE 2016

  • Elizabeth Lockhart, MA in Theology from Loras College
  • Jarrett Wendt, MA in Theology from Loras College
  • Ellen Voegle for presenting her White Paper “To the Heart” at the NCCL Conference in Jacksonville, FL. (To read the paper, click here.
Gratitude And Best Wishes To The Following FFLs Who Are Leaving Their Positions…
  • Lisa Bejarno-St. Pius X, Cedar Rapids
  • Amy Dall-Holy Family, Reinbeck
  • Kristopher Falkena-St. Athanasius, Jesup
  • Jason Feeney-St. Patrick, Cedar Falls
  • Andrew Lang-St. Joseph, Bellevue
  • Kayleigh Massman-Sacred Heart, Maquoketa
  • Emily Melliere-Immaculate Conception, Charles City
  • Connie Munchoff-St. Patrick, Cedar Falls
  • Betsy Schmuck-St. Matthew, Cedar Rapids
  • Erin Sexton-Blessed Trinity Cluster, Manchester, Masonville, Ryan
  • Andrew Zeisel-Trinity Cluster, McGregor, Monona, Postville

Mission Priorities

In the May 15, 2016 Official Bulletin, Archbishop Jackels wrote:

As you recall, last fall and winter I traveled to parishes throughout the Archdiocese to share my vision for continuing the mission of Jesus in the Church’s ministries. I proposed that we focus on four Mission Priorities which resonate with the goals identified in Vision 2000, and which have also been affirmed by pastoral leaders.

I now ask that parish and school leaders begin to share examples of how these Mission Priorities are being carried out on the local level for the glory of God, the salvation of souls, and the authentic development of human society.

In the May 15, 2016 Official Bulletin, John Robbins from the Communications office wrote about “Promoting the
Mission Priorities and sharing local successes”:
  1. A video of Archbishop Jackels' Mission Priorities presentation can be found at is the same video that was distributed with the Holy Oils after the Chrism Mass. It has been placed online so that it may be accessible to all. Please help promote this video.
  2. The archdiocesan Facebook and Twitter accounts will be posting Mission Priority content each Monday. We hope that parishes and schools share these posts. Here is an example.
  3. The Communications Office has created several methods for sharing your parish/school Mission Priority (MP) efforts between now and early 2017, at which time we hope to publish and share successes from all corners of the Archdiocese.

To share your MP efforts with other parishes, schools and archdiocesan offices, please use either:
  • The online collection form at, or
  • Social media posts to showcase the great MP successes happening at your parish/school. Be sure to use the hashtags listed in this guide.

Watch for Registration Information Register for the August FFL/CSA Gathering Day!

August 9, 2016 is the FFL and Catholic School Administrator (CSA) Day with Denise Utter.  Denise is the Director of Parish Faith Formation at the Catholic Community of St. Jude in New Lenox, Illinois, and the Catechetical Associate for Family Faith Formation in the Religious Education Office of the Diocese of Joliet. In her positions at both the parish and diocesan level, she has received experience that shapes her work as a National Speaker/Writer for Our Sunday Visitor. She writes the online Family + Faith Sessions and Parent Pages for OSV's Alive in Christ curriculum, and has written for OSV’s Take Out: Faith on the Go! Magazine.

The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist with Archbishop Jackels presiding and lunch. We will meet at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School, 3225 West Ninth Street, Waterloo 50702. Registration information will sent through $dbqffl in a separate email soon—please watch for it and register as soon as possible.


Mark Your Calendar

  •  August 9, 2016—FFL/CSA Day:  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. The day will be informational as well as inspirational, highlighted by Mass with Archbishop Jackels.
  • September 10, 2016 - Workshop for Facilitators of Small Groups. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Patrick, Cedar Falls.
  • September 18, 2016 - Catechetical Sunday. This year, the Church will focus on the theme "Prayer: The Faith Prayed."
  • October 18, 2016—Pastoral Leadership Study Day.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kathleen Wiskus who will be speaking on Multi-Parish Ministry.
  • November 15, 2016—CSA/FFL Renewal Day:  Watch for more information.
  • December 1-3, 2016 - National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in San Jose, California.
  • April 20, 2017—Spring Pastoral Leadership Day:  The keynote speakers will be Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, the authors of Rebuilt.
  • March 9-10, 2017—Art of Accompaniment Workshop
  • May 5-6, 2017 - Youth Ministry Leader Conference and Retreat

YML Conference & Retreat

Thank you to all who took part in the Youth Ministry Leader Conference & Retreat on May 13 and 14.  For those of you would could not attend the day on Friday, Catholic Charities staff presented helpful information on the pastoral needs of today's teenagers. We are working with them to get the videos of the presentations and the resources they provided available electronically.

Dates are set for May 5 & 6, 2017 for next year's YML Conference and Retreat.

VLCFF of Dayton Update

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:
  1. It is wonderful formation.
  2. You can put in the 4-6 hours per week for course whenever you wish.
  3. You can do the coursework from your deck or your porch or even at the beach.
  4. You deserve to do something for yourself this summer.
  5. You will grow in faith and knowledge.
  6. Registering for a course is so easy.
  7. With the variety of topics of offered, there is a course you will like.
  8. You will make new friends online with others who also take the class.
  9. You can incorporate what you learn into your ministry.
  10. You will be eager for more quality formation after you take a class.

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

Witness Grant Application

Through funds made available from the Archbishop Kucera Education Grant, the Archdiocese of Dubuque invites you to accept our gift of a free subscription to The Witness for your teachers and catechists.  For 2016/17 each site will have the opportunity to sign up for one of two options - please remember this is a "site" choice and cannot be divided between individuals. The two choices are:

1. Receiving The Witness mail in a paper format - this option also includes accessing the online version.

2. Receiving The Witness only through an "online" access code - no hardcopy/paper edition will be mailed. This grant is our gift to you to help you with the on-going development of your teachers and catechists. It is our hope that you would be able to use The Witness as a faith formation in-service tool. We will also continue the every other week "Disciples Corner" with thoughtful reflections and additional resource listing. An updated list of “Best Practices” on ways to use The Witness will be provided in the fall. 

This grant is not intended to provide free subscriptions to the parishioners. It is specifically designed for those who are formally involved in your faith formation programs and schools as catechists and teachers. To save on funds, all subscriptions requested need to be sent to the same address. We ask all faith formation programs and Catholic schools to opt-in or opt-out of this great opportunity for your parishes and schools. This allows us to contact those sites we have not heard from so everyone has an opportunity to participate if they so desire.
Subscriptions dates for 2016/17:
  • Faith Formation Programs: First Edition = Sunday, 9/4/16 Last Edition = Sunday, 4/16/17
  • Catholic School Programs: First Edition = Sunday, 8/28/16; Last Edition = Sunday, 5/7/17

If you need assistance with this online application, please contact Julie Sanders at or 563.556.2580 ext. 267.

Please go to to opt in or out of the grant.

Introducing the 2016-2017 FFL/CSA Book Club Book

The faith formation leaders' and Catholic school principals' study book for 2016-2017 will be: A Church on the Move - 52 ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion by Joe Paprocki © 2016. The book is aligned with the Mission Priorities of the Archdiocese. It is divided into 52 short sections that include practical ideas and questions for reflection and discussion.  Each FFL and CSA will receive a copy of the book from the Archbishop Kucera Grant.  Books will be distributed in August.

Items from the June/July Executive Calendar

  • Evaluate May programming
  • Write a summer newsletter to parents with ideas for prayer time and family formational ideas with a summer theme
  • Direct Vacation Bible School
  • Order needed texts/materials
  • Organize and update files
  • Update/print handbooks for catechists and guardians
  • Make initial class groupings and room assignments
  • Continue recruitment of catechists
  • Review resources
  • Attend professional development opportunities if desired
  • Supply information regarding the Parish Status Report (if requested)
  • Ensure Confirmation Scheduling Form is sent in by Monday, July 18 for 2017 Confirmations
  • Register for Annual Archdiocesan FFL Day

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're learned and how we've been challenged to grow in our ministries. More information on the conference can 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.

Need Help with Catechist Recruitment?

You are probably in the process of recruiting catechists for 2016-2017.  Consider using the flyer called “What is a Catechist?”  You can find it by clicking here. 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.
Discussion Topics for Every Faith Formation Leader and His/Her Pastor
  • How have things gone this year?
  • What changes need to be made for next 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?

Information to Pass on to a New FFL

In FirstClass>Conferences>FFL Catechesis & Evangelization>FFL Resources, please find the document that details resources, books, documents, etc. that should be left in your office if you are leaving your position. Make sure the FFL who takes your position has pertinent calendars with both parish events and Archdiocesan offerings. Please take a look at this list and make your successor’s transition into the position easier. The document is called: Information to Pass On to a New Faith Formation Leader.

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. 

For resources go to:

From the Educational Resource Center

The Education Resource Center (ERC) has been extensively remodeled. We are sure you will love our new space and hope you can take time during the summer to come check it out, browse the resources, and possibly begin to plan your year. Please check the ERC website for summer hours and “call ahead” to plan your visit! Contact Kim at or Tricia at

The ERC has posted new media on the ERC web page. The "June 2016 New Media" catalog lists new media cataloged into our system over the past few months.  The catalog can found at the link below. Please forward this to your catechists and teachers. Contact Kim at or Tricia at for more information or resources.

Protection of Children Information

For questions regarding any Safe Environment issues, please contact Carol Gebhart, Director of the Office for the Protection of Children.

From Mary Pedersen, Director of Adult Faith Formation

Workshop for Facilitators of Small Groups scheduled for this fall! Saturday, September 10, 9:00 3:00 p.m., St. Patrick, Cedar Falls. Contact your small group facilitators now (RCIA, small group leaders, catechists) to mark their calendars for this interactive day. Flyer attached (sponsored by Adult Faith and Worship). To register:

Seven Steps to Becoming Financially Free: A comprehensive small-group study:

Catholic Men’s Fellowship, Archdiocese of Dubuque: Starting a men’s group in your parish in the Archdiocese of Dubuque? Please contact Mike Schulte at or 319-929-6123 of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship

Signposts: How to Be a Catholic Man in Today’s World by Word Among Us. “The fifty-two discussion plans, one for every week of the year, can be used in a small-group setting or individually.”

More Resources for Men’s Groups: Click here.

If your primary responsibility is Adult Faith Formation, please contact Mary at

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


Fall FFL & CSA Day


Workshop for Facilitators of Small Groups


Catechetical Sunday: "Prayer - The Faith Prayed"


Pastoral Leadership Study Day


CSA/FFL Renewal 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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