Annual Catechetical Forum, October 22
The Annual Catechetical Forum for the Archdiocese of New York was held on October 22, at the Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. The theme of this year’s Forum was, “Do this in memory of me.”

The door opened at 8:00 in the morning to welcome the participants from different parishes. The day’s activities and workshops began with the celebration of the Holy Mass, presided over by Cardinal Egan. A few Diocesan priests and deacons also participated in the Mass. We were very happy to be a part of this critical event: the education of catechists is of great importance to the future of the Church since religious education depends on well-formed Catechists.

In this year’s Catechetical Forum, an IVE Priest, two Servidoras, and a Third Order member of our religious family were given an opportunity to present various workshops in English and Spanish. Fr. Randle, IVE talked about “El Catequista y la Eucaristia” (The Catechist and the Eucharist) to the Spanish-speaking participants. Sr. Maria Madre de la Sabiduria gave two workshops: “Ambientes Efectivos de Aprendizaje” (Effective Environments for Learning) in Spanish and “From Wolves to Lambs” in English. The material for this talk was taken from the article of the same name by Fr. Miguel Fuentes, IVE. The article is based on the work of Blessed Manuel Gonzalez “La Gracia en la Educación o Arte de Educar con Gracia”(Grace and Education or The Art of Educating with Grace). Follow this link to the complete on-line version of “De Lobos a Corderos” (From Wolves to Lambs) by Fr. Fuentes [Spanish]. Mother Mary of the Assumption gave the presentation on “Effective Learning Environments” in English. Maria Cruz, our Third Order member did a presentation in Spanish on “De Lobos a Corderos.”

Family Day, November 12
The Religious Education Program at St. Paul had the opportunity to hold a Family Day last November 12, 2011. This day has become something of a tradition over the past few years. And, while we always have a good number of people participating, this year’s Family Day turned to be a surprise for us! Thanks be to God, around 350 adults and children came. Adding the Catechists and the assistants from the CCD Program, the total number of people at the event reached 400. Most families brought food and drinks.

The theme of the event was “The Family, Domestic Church”, so all the workshops were centered on family topics and were offered in both Spanish and English. In some workshops parents and children participated together, but in the second half of the day they also had some activities that were separate. In general, the results were excellent. Many first timers found the event very beneficial and were already asking when the next Family Day will be held. One expressed her desire that this should be done every Saturday! Perhaps the most beautiful and helpful aspect of this event is that it is simply an opportunity for the people to be together as a family, especially in an educational and morally uplifting environment. For us sister, our work and fatigue in preparing for the event was amply rewarded with consolation and joy of seeing so many families united together, seeking great knowledge of God in order to foster stronger, and more loving families.

We thank God for these and all our apostolate throughout the Province. We ask for your prayers that God may reign in all families, and that the Domestic Churches, full of the love of Jesus Christ, may raise children strong in morals and virtue in order to build up the Kingdom of God.

From: The Sisters of the Community St. Rose Duchesne