Diocesan Regional Ministry Gatherings

Called to be…  Prepared to do
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Download the Poster with the Full RMG Schedule (PDF)

 


The Next Regional Ministry Gathering will be:

RMG East
St. Mary’s in Mora
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
9:00 – Noon

Register Here

(There is no charge, however, we need an RSVP)

Come and gather with your Catholic colleagues from parishes all around the eastern region of the Diocese of Saint Cloud!

All are invited for an uplifting morning of learning, faith sharing and fellowship with your counterparts from nearby communities.

Diocesan staff members processed your input from a recent regional survey, and planned an evening in which we can gather together, pray together about our ministries stemming from our Baptism, hear a common message, and then break into three groups:

Hospitality: Would YOU come back?


with Aaron Carpenter
Director of the Office of Worship

In this session, we will explore the idea of hospitality in our parishes by asking three questions: What does the Bible say? What is radical hospitality? What can we do? Based on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices: Radical Hospitality, we will be guided on a journey to discover ways we can evaluate our own parishes, share ideas with one another and set into motion a plan to take back to our faith communities.

Becoming Who We’re Called to Be, At Work: How the Workplace Forms Disciples


with Bailey Ziegler
Director of Human Resources

This talk will explore how the workplace is a “setting for rich personal growth,” (Laudato Si, 127) by looking briefly at some church teachings on the subject and some practical ways to help employees grow into strong disciples through good practices in our workplaces.

Crisis communications: Is your Parish ready?


with Joe Towalski
The Central Minnesota Catholic, Editor

This workshop will highlight the do’s and don’ts of dealing with a crisis and the media interest that often accompanies it. Participants will have a chance to ask questions as well as share their own experiences and approaches.


Upcoming Regional Ministry Gatherings Schedule


RMG North: Thursday, February 7, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Michael’s in Buckman

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Buckman Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Winter Schedule (PDF)

Catholic Education: From Catholic Schools to Faith Formation Programs


with Linda Kaiser
Director of Catholic Education Ministries

Catholic education has a rich history in the United States and in the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Participants will have a glimpse into what the history of education in this area has been and how students and adults are being formed in the Catholic Faith.

Developing a Culture of Stewardship in Your Parish


with Anna Kampa
Associate, Stewardship and Development

This session is an overview of the cultural shift required for stewardship to become a way of life, not just a program. The basic characteristics of a stewardship parish will be explored. Time will be allowed for participants to share and discuss their own experiences with stewardship in their parishes.

The Diaconate: Serving God and Serving People


with Deacon Ernie Kociemba
Director of the Office of the Diaconate

All Christians are called to serve, but perhaps you have felt a desire to move closer to God and His Church in order to serve others in a new and purposeful way. If so, God may be calling you to be a permanent deacon. Find out more about who is a deacon and what the various ministries of the deacon are.

RMG South: Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Paul’s in Sauk Centre

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Sauk Centre Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Winter Schedule (PDF)

Co-Responsibility: The Common Priesthood of All Believers


with Kristi Bivens
Associate Director of Lay Leadership Formation

At our baptism, we are received into the Body of Christ through which we participate in the threefold office of Jesus – priest, prophet, and king. What does it mean to participate in the “common priesthood of all believers?” We will learn what each of these roles mean for lay people and how we can share in the responsibility for our Catholic Church and the world around us. Come join us as we reflect on ways of living out our common priesthood.

Baptized in Christ’s Body, Called in Christ’s Service


with Kateri Mancini
Director of Social Concerns


and JoAnn Braegelman
Rural Life Coordinator, Catholic Charities

Have you ever wondered what our Church tells us about Baptism beyond the oil and water? Have you ever wondered what Baptism tells us about our Church? In our time together, we will explore the social aspects of Baptism and how our being a part of Christ’s Body pushes us towards service and justice. As a group, we will share different aspects, practical tools and best practices for doing social ministry within our communities, as invited to by our Baptism

Enriching Your Marriage for Married Couples and Those Who Work with Them


with Patrick Flynn
Director of the Office of Marriage and Family

Whether you’ve been married 2 months or 20 years, there are endless ways to nurture your sacramental covenant to one another. Join us as we discuss the possibilities.

RMG North: Tuesday, April 30, 9:00 – noon at St. John the Baptist in Swanville

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Swanville Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Spring Schedule (PDF)

The Voice of the Assembly


with Aaron Carpenter
Director of the Office of Worship

In this session, we will explore the most beautiful sound in our Eucharistic gathering – the voice of the assembly. Through sharing, discussion and practice, we will look at ways we, as music ministers, can support the ownership of the liturgy by the liturgical assembly. How do our song choices, gestures and texts create a worshiping environment that brings about “full, conscious and active participation”?

Budgeting for Mission and Ministry


with Bailey Ziegler
Director of Human Resources

This workshop will look at the parish and ministry specific budgets, not only as a financial statement, but as a parish or school’s theological statement and some practical ways to budget for the mission of the organization.

Baptized in Christ’s Body, Called in Christ’s Service


with Kateri Mancini
Director of Social Concerns


and JoAnn Braegelman
Rural Life Coordinator, Catholic Charities

Have you ever wondered what our Church tells us about Baptism beyond the oil and water? Have you ever wondered what Baptism tells us about our Church? In our time together, we will explore the social aspects of Baptism and how our being a part of Christ’s Body pushes us towards service and justice. As a group, we will share different aspects, practical tools and best practices for doing social ministry within our communities, as invited to by our Baptism

RMG South: Thursday, May 2, 6:00 – 8 :30pm at St. Mary Help of Christians in St. Augusta

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the St. Augusta Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Spring Schedule (PDF)

Exploring the Essential Elements of a Vibrant Parish


with Brenda Kresky
Director of Planning

A parish is a community of baptized disciples committed to following Jesus Christ. What does such a community look and act like? The life, mission and growth of faith in a parish is illustrated through the visible actions of seven essential elements. We will learn how each of these elements constantly interrelate with, nurture and support the others for the pastoral mission of the parish.

We are Called to Journey Together…


with Katy Lentz
Coordinator of Mission Education

Through our baptism we are called to be disciples in the world. During this session we will explore what this means and how we can live it by discussing: 1) How we serve others both in physical needs, but also relationally; 2) what it means to be in solidarity with others and what that looks like in real life; and 3) options for mission trips and projects you can do in your parish / school.

Vocations to the Priesthood: Looking Back and Looking Ahead


with Fr. Doug Liebsch
Associate Director of Vocations

The Feast of the Apostles, Philip and James, we celebrate on May 3rd. We will look back to how Jesus called them to himself and formed them along with the rest of the Apostles. While this same call and presence of Christ remain present in each priest, this looks different over the years. We will look to the particular challenges of the future and how we can respond by asking the Lord to send out laborers for the harvest.

RMG East: Monday, May 6, 6:00 to 8:30 pm at St. Andrew in Elk River

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Elk River Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Spring Schedule (PDF)

Exploring the Essential Elements of a Vibrant Parish

Brenda Kresky
with Brenda Kresky
Director of Planning

A parish is a community of baptized disciples committed to following Jesus Christ. What does such a community look and act like? The life, mission and growth of faith in a parish is illustrated through the visible actions of seven essential elements. We will learn how each of these elements constantly interrelate with, nurture and support the others for the pastoral mission of the parish.

Future of the Hispanic/Latino Ministries: V Encuentro Reflections and Actions to Take in our Diocese

Mayuli Bales
with Mayuli Bales
Director of Multicultural Ministries

This workshop will explore the conclusions of the National V Encuentro and how together we can work for the Kingdom of God. We began this journey at the national level together with thousands of parishes, small communities of faith, and ecclesial movements, under the theme Disciples Missionaries: Witnesses of God’s Love, we decided to be a church on the way out, leave our comfort areas and go out to meet our brothers and sisters who are in the peripheries of our communities of faith, following the invitation of our Pope Francis.

Living Out our Catholic Identity: How our Faith Supports us through the Challenges and Celebrations of Life


with Patrick Flynn
Director of the Office of Marriage and Family

The Marriage & Family office has a variety of resources to support parishes. Join us as we share how our literature and planned events can be utilized to foster a culture of life in your community. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue by sharing best practices. Let’s share those stories!

RMG West: Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Mary’s in Alexandria

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Alexandria Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Spring Schedule (PDF)

Estate Planning and Taxes


with David Eickhoff
Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation

RMD, DAF, IRA… LOL. Every industry has its own acronyms and abbreviations; taxes, charitable giving, and estate planning are no different. We will discuss which abbreviations you should know to reduce taxes and accomplish your philanthropic goals. Sometimes it’s easier than you think…

A New Era in Catholic Youth Ministry


with Kent Schmitz
Consultant for Adolescent Catechesis and Youth Ministry

The data is clear, the model of the youth group is no longer effective. For every new Catholic entering the Church we have six that leave. The average age of disassociation with the Catholic Church is age 13. In this session we will look into the parish organizational and support systems necessary to design and implement a multi-faceted ministry that specifically addresses the diverse formation needs of families on a variety of spiritual development levels. Forming missionary disciples is more than icebreakers and pizza. It requires focused efforts of formation and hands-on training to apprentice young people into the life and mission of Christ and His Church.

The Who, What and Why of Annulments


with Fr. Virgil Helmin
Judicial Vicar


and Theresa Wyburn, JCL
Associate Judge

This session will explore the three types of annulments: 1) lack of form, 2) prior bond, and 3) full annulment (Declaration of Nullity). The Church sees a marriage as valid until proven otherwise, based on a number of grounds investigated by the Tribunal.

RMG North: Wednesday, August 14, 9:00 – Noon at St. James in Randall

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Randall Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Summer Schedule (PDF)

Exploring the Essential Elements of a Vibrant Parish

Brenda Kresky
with Brenda Kresky
Director of Planning

A parish is a community of baptized disciples committed to following Jesus Christ. What does such a community look and act like? The life, mission and growth of faith in a parish is illustrated through the visible actions of seven essential elements. We will learn how each of these elements constantly interrelate with, nurture and support the others for the pastoral mission of the parish.

Educating the Family on Challenging Topics


with Patrick Flynn
Director of the Office of Marriage and Family

This workshop will open the discussion on the challenges that face the family today. We will take a look at gender theory, chastity, pornography, social media and sexuality.

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts


with Joe Towalski
The Central Minnesota Catholic, Editor

This workshop will highlight the do’s and don’ts of posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including privacy and copyright concerns. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and share their experiences and approaches.

RMG West: Wednesday, August 21, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Assumption in Morris

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Morris Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Summer Schedule (PDF)

The Voice of the Assembly


with Aaron Carpenter
Director of the Office of Worship

In this session, we will explore the most beautiful sound in our Eucharistic gathering – the voice of the assembly. Through sharing, discussion and practice, we will look at ways we, as music ministers, can support the ownership of the liturgy by the liturgical assembly. How do our song choices, gestures and texts create a worshiping environment that brings about “full, conscious and active participation”?

Becoming Who We’re Called to Be, At Work: How the Workplace Forms Disciples


with Bailey Ziegler
Director of Human Resources

This talk will explore how the workplace is a “setting for rich personal growth,” (Laudato Si, 127) by looking briefly at some church teachings on the subject and some practical ways to help employees grow into strong disciples through good practices in our workplaces.

We are Called to Journey Together…


with Katy Lentz
Coordinator of Mission Education

Through our baptism we are called to be disciples in the world. During this session we will explore what this means and how we can live it by discussing: 1) How we serve others both in physical needs, but also relationally; 2) what it means to be in solidarity with others and what that looks like in real life; and 3) options for mission trips and projects you can do in your parish / school.

RMG East: Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 – Noon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Isanti

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Isanti Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Summer Schedule (PDF)

Using Technology to Tell the Stories of Jesus Christ, our Parishes, and the Christ in Us


with Tim Welch
Consultant for Educational Technology


and Jenny Adams
Communications, Christ Our Light Church in Princeton

Dr. David Walsh says, “Whoever tells the stories defines the culture.” Communications 101 says “If we don’t tell our story, someone else will.” How are we telling the Stories of Jesus Christ, our parish, and God’s activity in our lives? This session will look at some of the why’s and how’s of using technology in faith formation and parish communications. We will also dream about ways of engaging our youth and young adults in this important ministry. We need to tell our Story, and tell it well.

Baptized in Christ’s Body, Called in Christ’s Service


with Kateri Mancini
Director of Social Concerns


and JoAnn Braegelman
Rural Life Coordinator, Catholic Charities

Have you ever wondered what our Church tells us about Baptism beyond the oil and water? Have you ever wondered what Baptism tells us about our Church? In our time together, we will explore the social aspects of Baptism and how our being a part of Christ’s Body pushes us towards service and justice. As a group, we will share different aspects, practical tools and best practices for doing social ministry within our communities, as invited to by our Baptism

Unlocking the Restless Heart: Finding Our Own Story in the Life of Saint Augustine


with Fr. Scott Pogatchnik
Director of Vocations

This talk will inspire you to understand the powerful story of your own life and give simple instructions for creating a personal testimony.  Drawing upon St. Augustine’s early life, conversion and testimony (on his feast day no less), we will mark key stages in the life of discipleship.  From that framework and using principles of spiritual discernment, we will rediscover the power of our own story – one that God adds to with each new season of life.

RMG South: Thursday, September 19, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Louis in Paynesville

Please RSVP to this free event so we can welcome you to the Paynesville Gathering!

Download the Poster with the Summer Schedule (PDF)

Hospitality: Would YOU Come Back?


with Aaron Carpenter
Director of the Office of Worship

In this session, we will explore the idea of hospitality in our parishes by asking three questions: What does the Bible say? What is radical hospitality? What can we do? Based on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices: Radical Hospitality, we will be guided on a journey to discover ways we can evaluate our own parishes, share ideas with one another and set into motion a plan to take back to our faith communities.

“Do You Realize What I have Done For You?”: Servant Leadership Skills


with Kristi Bivens
Associate Director of Lay Leadership Formation


and Bailey Ziegler
Director of Human Resources

We will look at John 13:12-17, the story of Jesus’ washing of the Disciple’s feet, as a basis for servant leadership skills for all types of leaders in parishes and schools.

Estate Planning and Taxes


with David Eickhoff
Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation

RMD, DAF, IRA… LOL. Every industry has its own acronyms and abbreviations; taxes, charitable giving, and estate planning are no different. We will discuss which abbreviations you should know to reduce taxes and accomplish your philanthropic goals. Sometimes it’s easier than you think…


Past Regional Ministry Gatherings With Shared Resources (Notes, PowerPoints, etc.)


Past Gathering in RMG West: October 25, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Our Lady of Victory in Fergus Falls

Thursday, October 25th
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Our Lady of Victory
207 N Vine Street, Fergus Falls

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Regional Ministry Gathering poster (PDF)

Exploring the Essential Elements of a Vibrant Parish


with Brenda Kresky
Diocese of Saint Cloud Office of Planning

(Presentation in English)
A parish is a community of baptized disciples committed to following Jesus Christ. What does such a community look and act like? The life, mission and growth of faith in a parish is illustrated through the visible actions of seven essential elements. We will learn how each of these elements constantly interrelate with, nurture and support the others for the pastoral mission of the parish.

Joy of Gospel and 7 Essential Elements – Click this link for the resources Brenda used in her presentation.

Planning, Building and Fostering a Culture of Life

with Janet Dusek
Diocese of Saint Cloud Office of Marriage and Family

and Jill Svihel
Diocese of Saint Cloud Office of Marriage and Family

(Presentation in English)
This session is designed for parish leaders and parishioners who are interested in fostering a culture of life in their communities. We will discuss the resources available through the Office of Marriage and Family and the events that are planned to educate and benefit those in the diocese. Participants will be encouraged to explore current activities in their parishes and share with one another those things that make their parish thrive.

Culture of Life Resources – Click for resources from Jill and Janet’s talk.

Ministerio Hispano/ Latino V Encuentro: Conclusiones y Acciones a Implementar en la Diócesis de St. Cloud

Con Mayuli Bales
Diocese of Saint Cloud Office of Multicultural Ministries

Y Ana Salgado

Y Alejandra Mancilla

(Presentación en Español)
Empezamos este caminar a nivel nacional conjuntamente con miles de parroquias, pequeñas comunidades de fe, y movimientos eclesiales, bajo el tema Discípulos Misioneros: Testigos del Amor de Dios, decidimos ser una iglesia en salida, dejar nuestras áreas de comodidda y salir al encuentro de nuestro hermanos y hermanas que están en las periferias de la sociedad, siguiendo la invitación de nuestro Papa Francisco.


This event is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.