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April 4, 2012     
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Fresh Wineskins for New Wine

“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
–Mk 2:22

With this edition of Faith Formation Update, we unveil our new design—a fresh wineskin of sorts. We hope the new design will encourage and better support interaction with and among our subscribers.

We invite you to think of Faith Formation Update as your bridge to a community of approximately 20,000 readers who share your passion for catechesis. Consider all the wisdom, ideas, and insights that can be gained as we resource each other for our important ministry as catechists and catechetical leaders!

So please chime in with your responses to the questions that follow each article. Our new design will allow you to respond to each other as well. If you have a general question, comment, or idea to share with the group, you can do so through the link at the end of the e-newsletter.

THIS MONTH: With our new design and improved format for sharing, we introduce you to some of Franciscan Media’s new and upcoming products.

Planning Ahead for the ‘Year of Faith’
by Joan McKamey

As you start to plan ahead for the Year of Faith (10/11/12-11/24/13), consider ways to use our newest parish handout, I Believe. When used with RCIA candidates and small Christian communities and shared with all parish adults as a bulletin insert or mailing, this newsletter will help ground your parishioners in the essential beliefs of our Catholic faith. Within its first year (8/12-7/13), I Believe will take readers through the Nicene Creed, with explanations and reflections for each creedal statement.

Small Christian communities will be able to purchase packages of 10 each of issues 1-6. A leader’s guide for small-group use will also be available to assist volunteer facilitators and busy catechetical leaders in planning. RCIA coordinators will find this package option and leader’s guide to their liking, too.

Whether purchased as a monthly subscription, in small-group packages, or in bulk orders of selected topics—or a combination of all three—you’re sure to find I Believe a great resource for use in the Year of Faith and beyond!


‘Catholic Update On Demand’
by Joan McKamey

I don’t need to tell you that technology is changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to keep up. This can be especially true in our parishes and schools where limited resources may result in using equipment that’s a generation or two behind what we might have in our own homes.

Franciscan Media hopes to bring its library of video products into your parish’s classrooms, meeting rooms, and homes. We invite you to explore the ways that Catholic Update On Demand will facilitate your use of video in your faith-formation efforts.

From the Franciscan Communications classic Grandma’s Bread to Ikonographics videos for children and catechists to Fisher Productions videos featuring Father Michael Himes to the Catholic Update Video series and more recent productions from Franciscan Media, Catholic Update On Demand makes building and using a video library convenient, easy, and affordable!

View this introduction to the service and learn more details here.


Promoting Faithful Citizenship
by Angela Glassmeyer

With all the politicians on the campaign trail, how do you know who the “right” candidate is? How do you choose who gets your vote at the ballot box? What issues do you consider when evaluating your options?
 
Do you consider your Catholic faith when you make your voting choices? Do you know what the Catholic Church teaches on the issues? The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. The Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship is a package of parish resources for sharing the message of the bishops’ document:

* The Voter’s Edition contains video segments directed to parishioners. Viewing these segments will help them better understand Church teaching and see how that can and should influence their votes. It doesn’t tell people how to vote, nor does it endorse any political party or candidate. View a sample here (Windows Media). The Voter’s Edition also contains reproducible handouts, a leader’s guide for the video, and Bulletin Briefs (for use in your parish communications).

* The Parish Leader’s Edition is geared for pastors, deacons, and other parish leaders, who may be charged with or prefer to present these topics themselves. It also contains a CD with a special edition of Homily Helps, designed to tie in one of the bishops’ seven key issues with the Sunday readings.

* The Prayer for Voters card offers a prayer on one side and a listing of the seven key themes of the bishops’ document on the other.
 
Two other Faithful Citizenship products include:

*Catholic Update: “Faithful Citizenship: A Matter of Conscience” (newsletter)

*Catholic Update Guide to Faithful Citizenship (book)
 


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Share your ideas on faith formation at our online bulletin board, Faith Formation Forum. Our editors will screen and post your thoughts, and you can learn from others' ideas. Submit your ideas by clicking here.


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is your bridge to a community of readers who share your passion for catechesis. For our part, we offer monthly encouragement, ideas, and resources to assist you in your catechetical ministry. We are honored to serve you in this e-newsletter and hope you find it useful. God bless you in your important ministry of sharing the Good News!

Angela Glassmeyer and Joan McKamey (Find out more about us by clicking here.)

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