E&C Newsletter



Year of St. Joseph Dad Jokes

Which servant of God was the worst lawbreaker in the Bible?

(the answer is at the end of the newsletter)

Upcoming Events

Please continue to follow the CDC and your local guidelines when gathering! With winter months approaching and flu season combining with COVID, it may be necessary to adopt a hybrid platform to keep families safe. Some parishes choose to provide formation in "sessions" and take some of the worst weeks for weather and health off or use virtual programming. Stay informed and follow the link below to our website for further guidance:


We conclude our Fall Days Tune Up on Thursday with a presentation from the Catholic Apostolate Center. Learn more about connecting to the young adults (college, single, married, parents, etc.) in your parish. Catch our conversation with 3 young adults from the Catholic Apostolate Center. Please register below. Contact Katey Bourne with any questions!

Join us for our final Fall Days Zoom Gathering with the Catholic Apostolate Center on October 28 at 2:00 PM. Our presenters will be talking about Young Adult Engagement in our Church!

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsfuypqD8uG93U8tJ35s5kxDuIa5D7IYPq

CaSE Lessons for Teens Zoom meeting

We will host a Zoom meeting on November 17 at 1:30 PM to review the CaSE Lessons that each parish is required to provide per grade level each year. This is an important training and reminder of USCCB Safe Environment guidelines. This is NOT the same training we provided in October and should include all ministry leaders who catechize PREK through 18 year-olds. Please plan to be present and use the link below:



Join us for our annual Advent Morning of Reflection!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

St. Joseph's Church in Penfield

We will begin the day with daily Mass at 9:00 AM

Register here: https://conta.cc/2ZqaT6M

Peace in Pandemic

St. Mark's and St. Leo's present:

International Catholic Speaker, Author and Radio Host

Gary Zimak

Friday, November 12

7:00 PM

St. Mark's Church, Greece

Click the button below for the flyer

Moving Past Fear to Hope (in a post pandemic world)

St. Mark's and St. Leo's present:

International Catholic Speaker, Author and Radio Host

Gary Zimak

Saturday, November 13

9:30 Mass, followed by talk at 10:30

St. Leo's Church

110 Old Hojack Ln. , Hilton, NY

Click the button above for the flyer

Train the Trainer event

Team-building guru, Dr. Jim Cain will be hosting a FREE workshop on December 7, 2021 at St. Mark's Church in Greece!

Jim will highlight activities that explore teambuilding, leadership, communication, trust, creative problem solving, decision making and MORE! Jim's activities have been adapted for real-world gatherings during the pandemic with appropriate levels of physical distancing!

December 7, 2021

10:00-2:00 PM with a break for lunch!

Please bring your own lunch!

St. Mark's Church (54 Kuhn Rd., Rochester, NY 14612)

Click the button below for the flyer

Register here: https://conta.cc/3Ch3wwQ

Thursday Meetings with E&C

Thursday Zooms will be on hold until January

We will not have a Zoom meeting until January 27 as we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas on our usual Zoom days!

Join the meeting here:


November brings Vocations Awareness Week. It is a great time to share some lessons on vocations within your catechetical programming. A generous donation by our Vocations Office has made these outstanding lessons, from Vianney Vocations, available to all our parishes free of charge. To use the lessons, simply sign on with the code DORVOCATIONS. The access code, for student-centered handouts is CALLEDBYGOD. The site provides a brief tutorial for new users. We are excited to share this resource with you as we observe National Vocations Awareness Week and hope you find them valuable in your programming.

For more information on Vocations Awareness Week, visit:


To access the Vianney Vocations lessons, click on the button below!

2022 NGCI Theme Announced

On July 13-14, 2022, Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus will be host to NGCI to explore the theme: Evaluating and Revitalizing the RCIA in Your Parish.

The pandemic has brought to light many issues we are facing in parish life and has highlighted the obstacles and struggles we face in Christian initiation ministry. Many of us need new life breathed into our communities and into our catechumenal teams. The RCIA ritual text provides us with a vision for parish life that fosters full community participation, vibrant liturgical celebrations, a thorough appreciation of Church teaching, and on-going conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. Instead of longing for the pre-lockdown “back to normal” times of ministry, let us push forward with hope and energy and unleash the full potential that the RCIA provides.

At NGCI in 2022, each participant will be given the tools they need to evaluate their ministry in light of the vision articulated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Furthermore, we will turn to the 2020 Directory for Catechesis for additional guidance and inspiration. NCGI promises to raise the bar for your ministry and your parish community.

Early bird registration is now open at www.NGCI.org.

If you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions as we continue the planning process, please you can email Micahel Ruzicki at NGCI@LTP.ORG.


Michael Ruzicki

Training and Events Manager

Liturgy Training Publications

Young Adult Ministry Update

Advent Resources for Young Adults

November brings us to the end of the liturgical year and the start of Advent. Advent is a great time for young adults to gather together to prepare their hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. Below are some resources that might provide some ideas for how young adults can enter into the season of Advent.

Franciscan Discipleship Quads

Discipleship Quads | Franciscan University of Steubenville

A Discipleship Quad is a group of four men or four women who journey together as disciples through weekly gatherings of fellowship, ongoing conversion, and learning. This 12-month path of accompaniment fosters growth through prayer, accountability, and authentic relationships. This is a great way to start young adult ministry or breath some new life in a young adult ministry that is already established. The best part is all Discipleship Quad resources are available free of charge. To learn more about starting a Discipleship Quad with the young adults in your parish, click the button below.

Find additional information & opportunities for young adults

Catholic Scouting

Day of Recollection

Saturday, December 4

9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Scouts, especially those preparing for or working on advanced religious emblems, will get a guided tour of the Cathedral to learn what makes it special, gain a better understanding of the Catholic liturgy through an engaging teaching Mass, and hear personal stories on living one’s vocation. There is no cost to attend the gathering and the registration deadline is November 15. To register, click here.

New Catholic Scouting Website

A new website dedicated to communicating the vision of Catholic Scouting has been launched. The website contains information about religious emblems and other opportunities to incorporate our Catholic faith into scouting. The new site also conveys to parents and scouts the positive aspects of incorporating faith into scouting around the theme "Catholic Scouting is a journey of experience: an experience of Faith, an experience of Family and an experience of Adventure." Check out the new site below.


World Youth Day 2021

"Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen" (cf. Acts 26:16). -Theme for 2021-

The Global Celebration of Young People takes place annually on the Solemnity of Christ the King (This year on November 21) in every diocese and community around the world, including at the Vatican with the Holy Father. This coincides with the international World Youth Day celebration that takes place every 2-3 years, typically in the summer months and on a major scale. The next one of these will take place August 1 to 6, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal with millions of people and Holy Father. The annual celebration is a great opportunity to engage your entire parish community in celebrating and bearing witness to the important role young people play in the life of the Church. Below are some resources to help parishes enter into this celebration.

Hands of Christ 2022

The Hands of Christ is a recognition program, sponsored by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, in which the Most Reverend Bishop Salvatore R. Matano affirms high school seniors of our parishes who have been the “Hands of Christ” in their churches, homes, schools and communities. Seniors will be recognized at one of several diocesan recognition ceremonies in 2022. Ceremony details will be shared at a later date.

  • More information about the nomination process can be found below.
  • Helpful hints for conducting the nomination process can be found below.
  • A paper nomination form (to assist in the parish nomination process) can be used and found below.
  • Approved nominations can only be submitted online here.
  • The deadline to submit approved nominations is December 1, 2021.
  • Approved nominations submitted after the deadline will be accessed a late fee.

NFCYM Region 2 Facebook

A Facebook group has been setup for National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) Associate Members and those that are interested in becoming members. This Facebook group is a great opportunity to learn more about becoming an associate member of NFCYM and interact with youth ministers in region 2 (All dioceses in New York State).

Sacramental Snippet

Sacramental Snippet - Baptism

What's New?

Parish Happenings

  • Congratulations to Tricia Kull for completing her Catechetical Leader Certification! Great job Tricia!
  • Congratulations to one of the Catechists at Our Mother of Sorrows, Mary Beth Kurtenbach for completing her Master Level Catechist Certificate!
  • A warm welcome to Patty Peisher at St. Mary's Church in Rexville! Patty has been ministering for years, but can now be with us on a more regular basis! It's good to be with you Patty!
  • Congratulations to Jennifer Hughes who has accepted a position at St. Martin de Porres in Caledonia/Scottsville/Churchville!

We'd like to know about transitions in your parish. If you have retirements, etc. or new hires, please contact our office! Do you have something you'd like our Faith Formation community to know about? Share it and we can post it here!

Available in Our Lending Library!

We've had a significant number of calls lately about Bible study resources for Adult Formation. Click on the button to get a full listing of what we have available for lending!

Here are 10 ways to use The Family Zone newsletter in your formation ministry during the Month of November!!

1. Invite families or parishioners to make either the gratitude paper quilts or the gratitude trees and display them for the Thanksgiving liturgy! (11/14/21)

2. Draw attention to the Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving and use them on social media accounts and the bulletin throughout November. Invite children to learn some of the Psalms phrases and create Thanksgiving art with them such as the place cards! (11/14/21)

3. Create a Thanksgiving prayer, using the acrostic format at faith formation classes and send the prayers home for families to pray together! (11/14/21)

4. Host a family Adoration night and make the connections between Eucharist and Thanksgiving! (11/14/21)

5. Send families out on a gratitude scavenger hunt! (11/14/21)

6. Gather to make Advent wreaths or calendars before the season kicks off on November 28! Be sure to provide families with a domestic church kit filled with ideas to keep the season going at home such as prayers and blessings of the tree and manger! (11/28/21)

7. Send home information about the meaning behind the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and help families better understand the Holy Day! (11/28/21)

8. Engage families in writing a "play" of the nativity, to bring the story to life with children. Be sure to include all the wonder and miracles surrounding the infancy narratives. Record the dramatization. (11/28/21)

9. Kick off the Advent season with an Advent Rally. Use one of our Advent explainer videos to set the tone and then play the Advent traditions game. Send families home with and Advent kit to enhance their celebration in the domestic church. (11/28/91)

10. Offer a night of peace in the church during Advent for families to sit in quiet Adoration. Turn down the lights and offer artificial candle light. (11/28/91)

New on Pinterest

Celebrate Gratitude


New in Social Media Posts


Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving

Prayer Reminders

New on YouTube playlists

We've added videos to the playlists for:


New in the SharePoint

Thanksgiving and Advent resources

New on our Website

Our Sacraments page has been updated! Take a look:


Going, Going, Gone!

We have SO many resources to give away! These are FREE Resources you can add to your parish or office library. Our move from the basement to a small third floor room has forced us to get rid of many duplicate or out of date resources but those we are sharing are still viable for ministry today! Contact Katey if you are interested in these or would like to set up an appointment to view any resources! Resources not claimed will be recycled.

Year of St. Joseph Dad joke ANSWER:

Moses. He broke all 10 Commandments at once.

About us

Leslie Barkin, Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis x1244

Katey Bourne, Project Coordinator of Evangelization and Catechesis x1492

Mark Capellazzi, Project Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry x1375

Brooke England, Coordinator of Sports x1242

Don Smith, Coordinator of Sacramental Catechesis and Family Life x1243