Friday, August 19, 2011

Video Workshop -- Getting Ready for the Fall 2011 Season

Recently, the Archdiocesan department of Faith-Formation hosted a very good workshop on the Catholic Mass.  A workshop video was made.  It is called:

The Mass:  An Exploration of Our Catholic Identity

The video features Rev. Tom Richstatter, OFM.  -- It will be agreat resource for individuals or groups who are getting ready for the upcoming season of Why Catholic?, which will center on Liturgy and the New Roman Missal.

Find the Mass video here  -->

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Workshop on September 17: 'The Village @ Work'

The Archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Formation and Education (OLFE) will host a workshop on Saturday, September 17.

"The Village @ Work:
Faith-Formation in the Whole Community"
It will be held at St. Agnes Parish -- 1800 Newberg Road, in Louisville (link for directions below), from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Leisa Ainslinger, M.A.
All persons engaged in faith-formation ministry, on all levels in their local communities, are invited and urged to attend this special presentation.
Workshop Description: A proverb from Africa states that ‘it takes a village to raise a whole person.’ Never has this seemed more true! This workshop, by noted author and adult education specialist, Ms. Leisa Anslinger, will explore The Village at Work in the dynamic process of faith-formation in and for the whole local Church. During part one, Ms. Anslinger will focus – in conjunction with the theme of Catechetical Sunday 2011 -- on the critical and lifelong task of sacramental formation for all ages. Throughout part two of the workshop, she will center on practical dimensions of what parents, extended family members, and others (in the wider community) can do to nurture a lasting Catholic identity.

About Our Presenter: Leisa Anslinger is recognized widely as an expert on lifelong catechesis, faith-development, and Catholic stewardship. She holds a B.A. in Music Education, from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College; a Masters in Secondary-School Counseling, from Purdue University; and a M.A. in Religion from the Athenaeum of Ohio. She is the author of Here Comes Everybody! Whole Community Catechesis in the Parish – a practical guide about lifelong faith-formation programs in parish life today.
Register yourself and team members:
Office of Lifelong Formation & Education
Attention: Ms. Linda McLemore
Phone: 502-448-8584, ext. 1324
E-Mail:     Cost: $35 per person (includes lunch)

Getting to the St. Agnes Parish's Pastoral Center:

Friday, August 12, 2011

FAQs -- Why Catholic During Fall 2011 in the Archdiocese

The Why Catholic? program for Fall 2011 begins soon in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Here are frequently asked questions, and some answers:

Our parish or school did not take part in the Why Catholic? program during Spring 2011. Is it too late for us to get started?

No. You are most welcome to register with RENEW and begin this season!, even if you did participate during the first season of Why Catholic? during Lent 2011.

Is there a suggested start date for the upcoming season of Why Catholic?

Yes.  In the Archdiocese of Louisville, the recommended start for the Why Catholic? small groups is the week of October 2, 2011.  (This should allow time to complete your small group process before next Advent).

What is the theme for the upcoming season (Fall 2011)?

The theme for the 6-week season is "Lifting Up Our Hearts: Praying with the Third Edition of the Roman Missal."

How do we order Why Catholic? materials for our parish or school?

Books for your Why Catholic? groups can be ordered through the RENEW website -- --  

Use your web code to receive a discount. If you do not have a web code, or if you have not yet registered with RENEW, please seek assistance from:

Mr. Sal Della Bella
Director of Faith-Formation
Archdiocese of Louisville
Phone :  502.448.8581

Is there a suggested overall timeline for the upcoming season of Why Catholic?

Yes. The Office of Faith-Formation recommends: 

Summer 2011  --  Recruit small group leaders (as needed)
September 11 and/or September 18  --  Sign up weekend(s)
Sept 24, 26, 28  --   Training sessions for new small group leaders
Week of October 2  --   Begin the 6 sessions of  "Lifting Up Our Hearts"

Can we get new small-group leaders trained for Why Catholic?

Small Community Leader Training will be provided "live" at these 3 times* and locations for new leaders or for anyone who did not attend the February 2011 sessions.

Saturday, September 24  –  Flaget Center 9:30-11:30 am
Monday, September 26  --  Holy Spirit Parish, 7:00-9:00 pm  – 
Wednesday, September 28  --  St. James in Elizabethtown, 7:00-9:00 pm

( New group leaders need to attend only one of these.)

For those who prefer online training, use our internet model:

[ Click on Download Center and then WhyCatholic? Small Community Leader Training Videos ]

A use-it-yourself  DVD  of the small community leader training is also available at the Archdiocesan Office of Faith-Formation, at 502-448-8581.

What about other preparation steps?

Again, during this season, bulletin blurbs and supplemental catechetical resources will be provided by the Archdiocesan Office of Faith-Formation. These will be sent directly to your parish.

If your parish/school Why Catholic? coordinators and/or you have additional needs, please phone or e-mail the Office of Faith Fomration:

Mr. Sal Della Bella
Phone:  502.448.8581