Friday - 2:45pm

Stranger No More: Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst

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“The Church is Mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.” Pope FrancisThis workshop looks at the global migration trends and the Church’s response to human suffering around the world and in the United States and will provide practical tools for teaching about global solidarity.Ken Preston from Catholic Relief Services and Genevieve Levy from Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Refugee Resettlement Program will provide practical resources for

They're Everywhere... Except at Church: Accompanying Young Adults "Nones"

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Statistics say it loud and clear. Young adults between the ages of 18-24 are leaving the church in droves. That's a fact. Yet there has never been a greater opportunity and hope for the church. Why? Because many of the young adults who are leaving the church are deeply longing for an encounter with the risen Christ. Who is the face of Christ? His disciples; the community of faith; the Church. The Church has always survived its darkest moments and thrived with renewed vigor because of the transformation of unbelievers.

RCIA: It Starts in the Heart

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St. Augustine of Hippo once said ““Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” Despite this, most inquirers come seeking understanding first. In this workshop we will explore how we move with them from head to heart, from an intellectual investigation of the faith to a lived experience of God.

Straight answers to questions regarding the Rite of Catholic Funeral, Cremation and Cemetery.

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Did you know the Diocese of Sacramento owns and operates 4 Funeral Centers and 11 Cemeteries within the Diocese? Straight answers to any and all questions regarding the Rite of Christian Funerals and burials; plus, specifics regarding Catholic Funeral, Cremation and Cemetery – all in 20 minutes or less. A short presentation followed by a questions & answer session.  Please join us.

Confirmation - Building the Parish

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Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation is a parish building experience but how do we accomplish this? While the divide the between Faith Formation sacrament preparation and school sacrament preparation can seem insurmountable, it can be done. Ms. Westlake and Ms. Torres have teamed up to work on bridging this gap to ensure that all candidates know they have a place in the parish.

Top misconceptions when working with Hispanic Youth

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Over 60 percent of young Catholics, under the age of 18, in the United States are Hispanic and 93 percent of them were born in the United States.  If we want to be effective in our work with young people, we must take these statistics seriously.  "Much of the Catholic experience in the country during the next few decades will be significantly shaped by how the Church reaches out to this last group (Hispanics)."Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes, Hosffman Ospino, PhD

Tohu wa-bohu: Recreating Catholic Marketing

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The Hebrew phrase "tohu wa-bohu" appears in the first chapter of Genesis and is used to describe the "formlessness and void" before Creation. Does this sound like your parish's latest event flyer? This workshop will teach you basic yet powerful design principles to apply to parish marketing and communications across multiple platforms: print, web, and social media.

Kerygma! Say What??

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This workshop will focus on ways to share Scripture withelementary and middle school children in order to better draw them into an encounter with Christ. Kerygma is this proclamation that the Apostles used. We will look at practicalities of sharing Scripture and then work together to come up with more ideas to use in a faith formation setting.  Come ready to share and participate as well as learn! 

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