The Office of Catechesis and Evangelization assists the Bishop, the chief teacher of the Diocese, in planning, implementing and evaluating evangelization and catechetical programs for families, children, adolescents and adults.  These initiatives of formation are to foster and guide the work of handing on the rich treasure of the Catholic Faith, which leads to knowing and loving Jesus Christ and serving Him by serving our neighbor.

In conjunction with this mission, the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization conducts training programs and offers support for parish and deanery directors or coordinators of religious education.  It also assists in training school teachers and catechists in the use of the Diocesan Religion Curriculum.  The Office maintains the curriculum library containing reference and audiovisual resources as well as coordinates the Diocesan Religion Certification Program.

Finally, the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization oversees the work of Hmong Ministry and Ministry to Persons with Special Needs.

Are You Really Happy?

Someone recently said this to me. “On paper my life is perfect. I have a family, a house, a nice car and have been successful in my job. But still I feel like something is missing. I should be happy; what am I doing wrong?” Everybody feels this way at some point because happiness is such a fundamental part of life. In order to answer this important question it is essential to make the distinction between four different kinds of happiness. The first type of happiness comes from material possessions and physical things such as a nice home, a sporty … Continue reading Are You Really Happy?

Forming Committed Disciples of Jesus Christ

We have to be intentional about our lesson planning. There is a five-step method that is geared toward leading students deeper in their relationship with the Lord. by allowing them to personally respond to Jesus Christ and what He has done for us as expressed in the teaching. This method can be used in any teaching situation and the five steps are:  Preparation,  Proclamation, Explanation, Application to Life, and Celebration.[1] The first step, the Preparation, is to capture the attention of the children by disengaging them from their busy lives and concerns and help them to be receptive to Jesus … Continue reading Forming Committed Disciples of Jesus Christ

Understanding and Living the Virtues

Importance of the Virtue Program Why do we need to develop the virtues? Each of us can recognize that our human nature is wounded due to the effects of Original Sin because it is very difficult to maintain moral balance in our lives. We must combat, above all, selfishness and pride which results in our lack of perfect love for God and our neighbor. Living virtuous lives helps us to live in true peace and joy, because we “not only perform good acts but give the best of ourselves” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1803) Therefore, we should all … Continue reading Understanding and Living the Virtues