1. Catholics Going Mobile: Opportunities for Evangelization Using Mobile Apps (Webinar)


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    https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/parish/ A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that more than 90% of American adults use cell phones and 56% have smartphones (June 2013). According to the study, "the cell phone is the most quickly adopted consumer technology in the history of the world." Knowing this, how can the the Catholic Church use mobile technology as a part of the New Evangelization? How can we make sure the Church is not left behind the times as an increasing number of Catholics use mobile apps daily? In this panel discussion, representatives from three dioceses who have experimented with mobile apps this year will share their experiences in creating and leveraging mobile technology to reach Catholics in their areas. The panel will include: Sean Ater Being Catholic App Archdiocese of Cincinnati Cindy Black My Year of Faith App Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Craig Berry Rediscover: App Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis & Patrick Leinen Little iApps Confession: A Roman Catholic App eVotions Apps My Year of Faith App Rediscover App Listen as each of these representatives share their stories and suggestions for creating your own apps as tools for Catholic evangelization, then ask questions about how you can make this a reality in your parish or diocese.

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    • 5 Ways to Bring Your Parish to Life using the First Spiritual Exercises (Webinar)


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      https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-378-2/The-First-Spiritual-Exercises/ This webinar will give you the top five ways to use the first Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in your parish. After a short general introduction, the methods are explained. You will learn, through points and practice, the power and simplicity of the prayer form of the Ignatian "Spiritual Exercises." You will be guided through the powerful dynamic of a week of these exercises made together—a resource of real grace in the hands of the Holy Spirit. The map of The First Spiritual Exercises retreat will be explored, revealing the full transforming experience of giving a retreat on daily life in your parish. The book of The First Spiritual Exercises offers four such retreats. You will experience particular exercises for sacramental preparation, marriage enrichment, personal healing, and deep reconciliation. Whether you are involved in RCIA, adult faith formation, or marriage preparation and enrichment, you will hear how great traditional methods of prayer can be taught in refreshing and engaging ways. You will be taken on a tour of an unmatched collection of Ignatian prayer helps, aids, and tools. With these your parish ministry will have greater depth and effectiveness, for when you use them, you bring people face to face with their personal God. You will feel holy desires rise in you, and you will become a more effective co-worker with Jesus in your parish. The webinar will end with question and answer time. Fr. Michael may bring both clarity to understanding the First Spiritual Exercises and the experience that comes from seven years of real world road testing in parishes. Watch more parish webinars at https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/parish/

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      • Web 2.0 in the Religion Classroom How to Get Started, Tips, Tricks, Samples, and Errors to Avoid


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        This webinar will show compelling examples as to why all religion teachers need to use technology in their classrooms. Carmen Ribera Lagalante will demonstrate some simple ways to get started and then provide many ideas, assignments, websites, and other great tools for their classroom. She will also show teachers resources that will help them to become more tech-savvy and discuss some errors to avoid! Presented by Carmen Ribera Lagalante, Religion teacher at JSerra Catholic High School Date: September 18, 2013 Time: 6:30 p.m. EDT

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        • Webinar: The Spiritual Formation of Catechists: 10 Simple Ways to Transform Volunteers into Witnesses


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          The General Directory for Catechesis outlines a variety of ways in which a catechist should be formed, but above all, it says, catechist formation "nourishes the spirituality of the catechist," so that his or her work is born out of a personal "witness of life" (GDC, 239). In this webinar for catechetical leaders, parish DRE/CRE's, and diocesan leaders in evangelization and catechesis, Jared Dees, creator of the popular website TheReligionTeacher.com, presents ten simple ways for ongoing spiritual formation of catechists. The purpose of these catechist formation ideas will be to transform catechists from well-meaning volunteers and generous parents into passionate witnesses of the Gospel. To get the handouts for this webinar visit: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/catechistformation/

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          • Open the Doors: Seven Approaches to an Encounter with Christ (Webinar)


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            https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/ In the spirit of this year’s Catechetical Sunday theme “Open the Doors of Faith,” Lee Nagel, Executive Director for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, will share the seven key elements in creating an environment that engages those present and facilitates an encounter with the Risen Christ. These elements include: 1. Preparedness: Open Your Mind to What God is Offering; Then Stop, Look, and Listen 2. Balance: Ritual and Novelty, Comfort and Challenge, Safety and Risk 3. Prime the Pump, Make Connections, Engage the Senses, Activate Learning Styles 4. Seven-Minute Chunks with Catholic Service Announcements 5. Quiet Moments for Reflection 6. Review 7. Go Forth Blessed All viewers will receive practical pointers and useful techniques that are immediately applicable to any environment.

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            • Captivating Back to School Ideas for Religion Teachers


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              In this back-to-school webinar, author Jared Dees presents a wide variety of ideas that can be used on those first days back. He will help you discover an approach to teaching that engages and sustains student attention and cooperation all year long.

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              • Growing the Next Generation of Disciples through Small Groups (Webinar)


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                https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/ Why do teens graduate from their faith when they graduate from high school or eighth grade? In most cases, they never made a personal connection with the local church. While traditional religious education is filled with priceless information and catechesis, the delivery system of that information is insufficient. This next generation of disciples doesn't need more schooling. They need Christ-like relationships with their peers as well as men and women who display healthy relationships with Christ and their Catholic faith. Small groups will achieve this. Through small groups, kids and teenagers will grow deeper in their faith, connect with the local church, and experience true life change. Chris Wesley, Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity (the inspiration for the book Rebuilt), will focus on why small groups are essential to student ministry, what a healthy small group looks like, and how you can get them started in your parish. Find out more: http://rebuiltparish.com Find Chris at http://christopherwesley.org

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                • 13 Ways to Become a Better Religious Educator During Summer Break Webinar


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                  https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-384-7/31-Days-to-Becoming-a-Better-Religious-Educator/ School's out, but that doesn't mean teachers and catechists can't use the summer to become the best teachers and leaders they can be next year! Jared Dees, author of the new book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, will share thirteen exercises and scriptural reflections for religious educators to increase their effectiveness as master-teachers. Participants will renew their sense of mission as they reflect on this past school year and look ahead to the next school year. All registered participants will get a handout with exercises to share with their colleagues over the summer. Download the handouts for this webinar at http://www.thereligionteacher.com/summerbreak

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                  • Helping Real Men Pray the Rosary in Your Parish Webinar


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                    https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-376-6/Real-Men-Pray-the-Rosary/ David Calvillo, author of the new book Real Men Pray the Rosary, shares insights into his experiences growing a ministry centered on praying the Rosary. His organization, which shares the name of his book, is called along with all Christians to promote the Rosary with conviction—in the light of Scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of our daily lives. Join David in a discussion of why all Christians, especially men, should pray the Rosary. Learn about how you can start a ministry or prayer group centered on the Rosary in your parish and how you can get more men in your parish to develop personal lives of prayer. Learn more about Real Men Pray the Rosary at http://realmenpraytherosary.org/

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                    • Parishes, New Media, and the New Evangelization: A Roundtable Discussion Webinar


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                      https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/ In this edition of the Ave Maria Press Professional Development Webinar Series, we will host a number of new media and new evangelization experts in a roundtable discussion about how parishes can use digital media to reach new people and connect with their parishioners. Topics for discussion may include: Social media for beginners Developing dynamic parish websites Effectively using Facebook pages Case studies and examples of parishes effectively using new media How to use email to reach parishioners Opportunities in SMS and text messaging This will be a new and exciting format for the webinar series. Unlike past webinars, the panelists will not create their own slideshow presentations. After some initial questions and a discussion guided by the moderator, the panelists will take questions from the webinar participants on a wide variety of topics. Our panel of experts includes: Domenico Bettinelli Archdiocese of Boston Ashley Collins Peter and Paul Ministries Jared Dees (moderator) Ave Maria Press Lisa Hendey CatholicMom.com Josh Simmons eCatholic Matthew Warner Flocknote

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