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Jefferson City Launches Why Catholic?

Two religious sisters from RENEW International are looking forward to getting to know the people of the Jefferson City diocese.

Sister Eileen Rush of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, and Dominican Sister Marenid Fabre will work with the diocesan Religious Education Office to train parish leaders for the four-year
Why Catholic? experience. This month, they will facilitate the first round of workshops for people planning to help make Why Catholic? happen in their parishes. Sr. Eileen will lead training sessions and facilitate workshops in English; Sr. Marenid will lead sessions in Spanish.

Why Catholic? is a unique adult faith formation process that encourages and enables parishioners to become better Catholics. It offers a concrete approach to help adults deepen their understanding of the faith and connect its teachings to their everyday lives. With its thorough exploration of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this process encourages learning in a prayerful small-group setting.

Many parishes will begin the first phase of the program this autumn. Toward that end, the sisters will facilitate two sets of workshops over the next few months. The workshops are for people who plan to serve on
Why Catholic? leadership teams in their parishes.

Workshop on Launching Why Catholic?
The first workshop, called "Launching
Why Catholic?" will help parish teams implement "Why Catholic?" as a total parish experience. It will include practical suggestions for inviting maximum participation and for using Why Catholic? in a variety of settings. Each workshop will last about two-and-a-half hours.

Participants will be able to select from the following dates and locations for sessions in English:
Jefferson City: 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, Cathedral of St. Joseph Undercroft.
Columbia: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, Our Lady of Lourdes parish center.
Monroe City: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 1, Knights of Columbus hall (behind Holy Rosary Church).
Rolla: 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, St. Patrick parish hall/gym (park in lot off of Hwy 63).
Macon: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, Immaculate Conception Church lower level (enter through front or side door of Church).
Marshall: 7 p.m., Wednesday March 4, St. Peter parish hall (lower level of church).
Camdenton: 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, St. Anthony Church (lower level).
For information or to register in English, contact Meg Poettgen at (573) 635-9127, ext. 229, or e-mail:
reoadmassist@diojeffcity.org

Participants will be able to select from the following dates and locations for sessions in Spanish:
Jefferson City: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, old St. Peter School cafeteria (lower level of Selinger Center).
Cuba: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, Holy Cross parish hall.
Marshall: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, St. Peter parish hall (lower level of church).
Sedalia: 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, St. Patrick parish hall (lower level of church).
Milan: 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, St. Mary parish hall.

For information or to register in Spanish, contact Justo Gonz lez at (573) 424-4678, or e-mail: jgonzalez@diojeffcity.org.
 
Workshop of Effective Evangelization
The second workshop, titled "The Nuts and Bolts of Evangelization: Promoting 'Why Catholic?' in Your Parish," will help "Why Catholic?" parish teams deepen their understanding of Catholic evangelization and explore the relationship between evangelization and catechesis. Participants will learn practical, effective ways to reach out to inactive Catholics.
Each workshop will last about two-and-a-half hours.

Participants will be able to select from the following dates and locations for sessions in English:
Jefferson City: 9 a.m., Saturday, March 28, Cathedral of St. Joseph Cathedral Undercroft.
Columbia: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, Our Lady of Lourdes parish center.
Monroe City: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 29, Knights of Columbus hall.
Rolla: 7 p.m., Monday, March 30, St. Patrick parish hall.
Macon: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, Immaculate Conception Church lower level.
Marshall: 7 p.m., Wednesday April 1, St. Peter parish hall.
Camdenton: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2, St. Anthony Church lower level.

 Sessions in Spanish will be held April 23-27 in various locations yet to be determined.
 
The Presenters
Sr. Eileen, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Penn., has served as a teacher, liturgist, children's prayer room founder and facilitator, retreat presenter, and conference speaker throughout the past 24 years. Sr. Marenid, a Dominican, trains lay leaders as they foster small communities of faith within parishes using
¿Por qué ser Católico? A teacher for 20 years, Sr. Marenid also worked in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, as a Coordinator of Hispanic youth and young adults. Her favorite ministry was as a missionary in the Caribbean Islands and in Colombia.

This article originally appeared in The Catholic Missourian and is reproduced with permission.

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About RENEW International RENEW International is a canonically-recognized Catholic organization based in Plainfield, NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action. Since 1980, RENEW International has revitalized parish life in over 130 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages.