Mission Matters: May 2, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Catechesis with young Hispanic and Latino Catholics; “13 Reasons Why” resources for ministry; Camp GLOW companions; Gathering of Filipino Families; Transitions; plus this Thursday’s blog post.

Watch for this Thursday’s post:

When the Bell Tolls by Abby Kibler, Coordinator of Discipleship Formation

Parish Table Talk

•  Catechesis with young Hispanic and Latino CatholicsThis article was written by Alejandro Aguilera-Titus in the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church. He reaises the question of whether we are Americanizing or evangelizing. Using his experience and national research, Aguilera-Titus offers many tips for our ministry. Do his insights resonate with your experience with the young Hispanics and Latinos in your parish?

•  Ministry Resources for “13 Reasons Why”The recent Netflix series based on the novel by the same name portrays suicide in a controversial manner, according to many psychologists and counselors. If you are looking for ways to respond to this series, author and therapist Roy Petitfils offered a webinar on the subject.  You may also find helpful these “Considerations for Educators” on the series.

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•  Camp GLOW Companions: There is a need for companions (age 18 and older) at Camp GLOW, a week-long residential camp for persons with disabilities sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Companions spend the week accompanying camp participants as they enjoy a wonderful week of spiritual fulfillment and social interaction. There will be four sessions this summer: June 4-9; July 16-21; August 6-11 and Aug 14-18. The first three sessions are at the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD and the fourth session is at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Accident, MD. More information and application forms are available here or by contacting Bill Fleming at 410-547-5410 or bfleming@archbalt.org

•  Spiritual Gathering of Filipino Families: The Filipino Council of the Archdiocese is hosting a Marian Pilgrimage at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City on Sunday May 21st at 1:30pm. There will be a Marian crowning, reflection themes for youth and adults, and a fellowship gathering. 


Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Joseph Fabula, who went peacefully to the Lord on April 26th at his home. Joseph used to to work at Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House in the kitchen with his wife Barbara, and he is the father of the retreat house Facilities Manager, Michael Fabula.  Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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