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New training manual guides
pastoral leaders toward whole-community ministry formation
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 31, 2006 — Resource Publications has published
a tool that will help pastoral leaders take “whole-community catechesis”
to the next level — making collaboration, coordination, and integration
among parish leaders a reality. Forming Ministers for Whole-Community
Faith Formation is based on the premise that if community members are
to be well formed in the faith, then volunteer ministers themselves need
to lead the way.
Formation centered on liturgy is critical to this process, as expressed
by Bishop Donald Trautman in his keynote address at the 2005 Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress: “The liturgy is the source of all catechesis
…. The risen Jesus is always present in the liturgy. This is the fundamental
way to meet and know Christ.” So the formation sessions in this book take
the liturgical approach by immersing all ministers — catechists, lectors,
musicians, homilists, everybody — in experiences that break open the upcoming
liturgical seasons. Ministers study and discuss the Scriptures together
(includes years A, B, and C), they participate in activities that relate
the liturgical seasons to their ministries and lives, and then they collaborate
on how to help the worshiping community likewise connect the liturgy to
their year-round lived experiences.
Four sessions introduce ministry team members to the concept of whole-community
faith formation in general (held in August or September); to the incarnation
season (held in November); to the paschal season (held in January or February);
and to Pentecost (held in April). Dozens of photocopiable handouts and
resource sheets make preparation a snap. This books gives pastoral leaders
a ready-to-use process for empowering the whole community to support each
other in the journey of discipleship.
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