Clergy, catechists and lay ministers will have a chance to learn, grow and improve in their ministry at the 35th Annual Faith Formation Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will begin with Mass at 8:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Felipe Estévez at Bishop Snyder High School (5001 Samaritan Way,
Jacksonville, 32210). This year’s theme is “Missionary Disciples Needed: Some Assembly Required,” with Deacon Matt Halback, Ph.D. as keynote speaker.
Besides several workshops of interest to the laity in regards to the diocesan strategic plan, there will again be a clergy session which will focus on practical elements for parishes and schools in regards to evangelization, accompaniment, and forming missionary disciples. The full schedule for the day is as follows:
7:30 am Doors open/light breakfast
8:30 am Mass with Bishop Estévez as celebrant
9:30 am Keynote presentation by Deacon Matt Halbach, Ph.D
“The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19) and therefore we can move forward, boldly taking initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand (together) at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy”Evangelii Gaudium # 24
10:45 am A word from our sponsor—Sadlier Religion
10:45 am – 12:15 pm A choice of 5 workshops or 2 certification classes
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm A choice of 5 workshops or 2 certification classes
You can register as a group from a parish or individual registration of $30. This fee includes light breakfast and lunch.
Parishes and schools are encouraged to register as a group (multiples of 4 for $100). Multiples of four are $100. Individual registration is $40. This fee includes light breakfast and lunch. Since the clergy session ends with lunch, the fee for clergy is set at $25.
See below for photos of last year’s Faith Formation Day.