Planning Sacramental Preparation Retreats for the Whole Family

Planning Sacramental Preparation Retreats for the Whole Family

Angel Schneider re-imagined her parish’s sacramental program from the ground up. Angel and her team designed Family Retreat Days that include catechetical instruction found in FORMED programs like Forgiven and Presence, time for parent-and-children activities, a shared lunch, a field trip to the church’s confessional, and a time for everyone to discuss what they had learned about the importance of Confession and the Holy Eucharist.

Angel joins the Augustine Institute’s Brian Truckenbrod on this Parish Leader Webinar to talk about how FORMED programs like Forgiven and Presence can bear fruit for and bring goodness to your sacramental preparation programs for families.

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Growing FORMED in Your Parish: Using the New Eternal Rest Program

Growing FORMED in Your Parish: Using the New Eternal Rest Program

John Essegian and Tony Merenda have helped their parish, St. John Paul II in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, understand how to make the most of FORMED. John and Tony can help you with tips about how to use FORMED resources across parish ministries and how to increase FORMED registration across your parish.

Recently, John and Tony hosted a very successful in-person parish program featuring Eternal Rest, a new four-part series from FORMED. Eternal Rest asks and answers the big questions Catholics have about death and dying and equips Catholics to think about and prepare for death in the light of Jesus Christ, the author of life.

Learn how John and Tony planned a two-night Eternal Rest event that drew so many parishioners together in faith.

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The Amen App: A Holy and Powerful Tool of the New Evangelization for Your Flock

Learn about the Amen app, the free Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily conversation with God through faithful meditations, nourishing Scriptures and relaxing sleep sounds. The Amen app debuted last year and has so far earned a 4.9 star rating from 14,900 users.

Parishes around the world are making the Amen app a powerful part of their ministry and outreach. Eddie Trask designed and manages the Amen app and fills you in on tactics and tips for making this holy and powerful tool of the New Evangelization a resource for your flock.

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Cast Your Evangelical Net Wide with FORMED

Cast Your Evangelical Net Wide with FORMED

Get to know Barbara Austin, director of evangelization at St. Mark Church in Fallston, Maryland. Hear how St. Mark makes fruitful use of FORMED for family faith formation, sacramental preparation, adult Bible study, and men’s and women’s groups.

Barbara joins the Augustine Institute’s Brian Truckenbrod and Eric Robinson on this special Parish Leader Webinar.  Hear tactics and tips from Barbara about using FORMED to cast the widest of evangelization nets in a diverse, dynamic parish.  “Every fish isn’t in the same pond,” says Barbara. “We’re using FORMED to offer every person in this parish a pathway to grow in their faith, to draw closer to Christ.”

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Strengthening Sacramental Teaching with FORMED Resources

Strengthening Sacramental Teaching with FORMED Resources

Learn about using FORMED resources to build a comprehensive parish sacramental preparation program for adults and children. Jeff Reither is director of Parish and Family Life, Church of St. Anne, Hamel, MN, and has used multiple FORMED programs for baptism, reconciliation, and marriage preparation. Jeff will joins Deacon Tom for a lively conversation.

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Firing Up Parishioners’ Faith with The Search: Fr. Jeff Gubbiotti

Firing Up Parishioners’ Faith with The Search: Fr. Jeff Gubbiotti

A campfire sprang into the pastor’s mind as a place of comfort and conversation.  That thought led to the image of tongues of fire, hearkening to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. From there, the idea evolved quickly into a plan for a faith-filled, yet fun and relaxing evening for parishioners.  Hear from Fr. Jeff Gubbiotti about how he used The Search and other resources on FORMED to craft outreach programs to both the men and the women of his parish and community. Brian Truckenbrod and Susan Murray of the Augustine Institute will welcome Fr. Jeff to the webinar.

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