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His Mercy Endures Forever | October 1
The Lord remembered us in our low estate. ...Freed us from our foes … And gives bread to all flesh … Praise the God of heaven, for his mercy endures forever. (Ps 136: 23-26)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines mercy as the loving kindness, compassion or forbearance shown to one who offends. During this Year of Mercy we taught our students and lived the mercy expressed by the father in the parable of the lost son, "So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him." (Lk 15:20). Our challenge as leaders, catechists and team members in evangelization and faith formation is to keep the Lord's mercy, the Lord's compassion, and the Lord's forgiveness at the forefront of the church's mission and our ministry.

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. (MV #2)         

The eighth annual Evangelization and Faith Formation Conference sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg under the direction of the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation will take place Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at St. Barbara Parish, Harrison City. The theme for this year's conference is His Mercy Endures Forever. The conference keynote, workshops and exhibits will focus on how those who work in evangelization and faith formation assist others in opening their hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite their sinfulness.    

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 General Speakers

Bishop Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Presider and Homilist of Opening Mass

Bishop Edward C. Malesic was born August 14, 1960, in Harrisburg, Pa., to Joseph A. and the late Elizabeth Schatt Malesic. He was reared in Enhaut, Pa., which adjoins the factory town of Steelton, just outside of Harrisburg.

Bishop Malesic was one of four siblings. Two are deceased: Joseph, Jr. and Margaret R. Malesic. His one surviving brother, Robert, lives in Hummelstown, Pa., with his wife Constance, just across the street from his 97-year old father, who remains quite active.

He received the sacraments of initiation at his hometown parish of St. John the Evangelist, which was a German national parish. His mother was of German descent and his father is of Slovenian descent.

He is a 1978 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Harrisburg, Pa., and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., as a Biology Major for three years prior to entering the seminary. 

In 1981, he was accepted into the seminary program at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1983. He continued his theological studies at the Josephinum and was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 1987. 

Then Bishop of Harrisburg, William H. Keeler, ordained him to the diaconate May 24, 1986, and to the priesthood May 30, 1987, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. Read the full bio​.

 

Lisa Slayton
President and CEO, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation
Keynote Speaker

Lisa Slayton received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Ma., and later received her master's in social and civic entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University in Dallas, Tex., in 2012.

Slayton brings a diverse set of experiences to the leadership of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation (PLF). Over 20 years of experience in the marketplace in sales and marketing and senior management roles, as well as ministry leadership experience marries a unique set of capabilities to serve in her current role.

Having both strong strategic and integrating capabilities, as well as design and connecting strengths allows her to serve the organization on a number of fronts.

Slayton develops and implements all strategic initiatives and gives operational oversight for the organization. Additionally, Slayton provides executive leadership for business development and donor relationships and evaluates and develops new initiatives and partnerships that advance the mission and vision of PLF.

Since joining PLF in 2005, Slayton has designed and launched the Leaders Collaborative and delivered organizational development, training and coaching services to Bombardier TTS, NetHealth, CTR Systems, Akina, Prominent, ABC Anesthesia and WabTec.

Previous business experience includes marketing director for PG Training and Consulting; business analyst and information systems manager for Kaufmanns Department Store; account manager and executive for Byer California; and buyer and merchant for Charming Shoppes and the Denver Dry Goods.

Additionally, Slayton has served as volunteer women’s ministry director and as a board elder at New Community Church in Wexford. 

 All the Details

​8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ​Registration and Exhibits
​9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  ​Opening Mass (Bishop Malesic, presider/homilist)
​10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.​ ​Exhibits, Coffee, Danish Break
​11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ​Keynote Address
​12:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. ​Workshops (Group A)
Lunch and Exhibits (Group B)
​1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. ​Workshops (Group B)
Lunch and Exhibits (Group A)
​2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ​Workshops Round C
​3:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ​Evaluation and Closing Prayer

Early Bird Registration
June 15 to June 30
Fee: $25

General Registration
July 1 to September 26
Fee: $30

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Please contact the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation​ at 724-837-0901 for more information or questions regarding this conference.

St. Barbara Parish
111 Raymaley Road
Harrison City, PA 15636
www.stbarbara.org

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 Workshops

Workshop Registration Instructions
You must register for a workshop during all three rounds of the conference. During Round A or Round B you must register for lunch. All workshops will be offered during Round C. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Moore before completing your registration. Switching of workshops will not be permitted once registration is completed.  

Training and Certification Workshop Course Important Details! 
The only workshops that will be two parts are the Training and Certification courses, which will conclude with the mandatory Part III course, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. When registering for one of the three certification​ course options listed below, please note, you must select lunch as your Round A Workshop option. A Part I Training and Certification Course must be selected as your Round B workshop and a Part II Training and Certification course must be selected as your Round C workshop.

Round A Workshops (12:05 to 1:05 p.m.)

  • Lunch (Must select Lunch as your Round A option if registering for a Training and Certification course in Round B & C)
  • Social Media and Parish Evangelization
  • Ministry for Persons with Disabilities
  • Catechizing Children from Families with Divorce
  • Exploring the Dynamics of Blended Families
  • Pope Francis and the family
  • The Principles of Evangelizing Catechesis

Round B Workshops (1:10 to 2:10 p.m.)

  • Lunch
  • Certification: Creed, Part I (Must register for Part II (below in Round C) and attend Part III, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center)
  • Certification: Scripture, Part I (Must register for Part II (below in Round C) and attend Part III, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center)
  • Certification: Catholic Social Teaching, Part I (Must register for Part II (below in Round C)​ and attend Part III, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center)
  • Ministering to the Teen who is a Challenge
  • Parish Life: An Integral Part of the RCIA
  • Priest Workshop: Jesus' Pattern for Forming Disciples

Round C Workshops (2:15 to 3:15 p.m.)​​

  • Social Media and Parish Evangelization
  • Ministry for Persons with Disabilities
  • Catechizing Children from Families with Divorce
  • Exploring the Dynamics of Blended Families
  • Pope Francis and the Family
  • The Principles of Evangelizing Catechesis
  • Certification: Creed, Part II (Must register for Part I (above in Round B) and attend Part III, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center)
  • Certification: Scripture, Part II (Must register for Part I (above in Round B)​ and attend Part III, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center)
  • Certification: Catholic Social Teaching, Part II (Must register for Part I (above in Round B)​ and attend Part III, November 5 at the Bishop Connare Center)
  • Ministering to the Teen who is a Challenge
  • Parish Life: An Integral Part of the RCIA
  • Follow Me: Jesus' Pattern for Forming Disciples
Rounds A and C Descriptions

Below are a listing of workshop descriptions that are available to date.

Ministry for Persons with Disabilities
Children with special needs should be welcomed into our religious education programs with love, open hearts and open minds. As catechists how are we prepared to meet these needs?  This workshop will look at guidelines to help us meet the varied needs of children with special needs within our Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation programs.

Catechizing Children from Families with Divorce
This workshop will tackle the new reality of family life. How do we catechize the whole family that has been split apart by divorce? What are the legal ramifications of divorce and faith formation?

Exploring the Dynamics of Blended Families
The upheaval of the Catholic family life through divorce, blended families, single-parent families, increasing numbers of children raised by their grandparents and other guardians and children passed between separated parents affects the church's and parents' ability to pass on the Catholic faith. This workshop will explore how our Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation programs can meet the needs of these diverse family situations in order to educate and future the faith of our children and adults.

Pope Francis and the Family
What does Pope Francis say about the family in his new Apostolic Exhortation 'The Joy of Love?' This workshop will give a summary of the exhortation and will help those entrusted with the formation of families a guideline to assist in shaping a conversation of the issues of families of today. To quote the Holy Father, "Families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity."

The Principles of Evangelizing Catechesis
St. John Paul II said, "The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Trinity."  Evangelizing catechesis is intended to assist us in fulfilling this most basic formational need this workshop will look at the principles which foster spiritual growth as well as instruct all the age groups which make up our parish communities.

 

Rounds B and C Descriptions
Below are a listing of workshop descriptions that are available to date.

Certification: Creed
This course/workshop will enable the student to appreciate the doctrine/beliefs of the Catholic Church that are presented in the Nicene Creed. Topics to be presented will include the Holy Trinity, the paschal mystery, Mary, and the church.

Certification: Scripture
This course/workshop participants will discuss an overview of salvation history; the cultural factors, which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments; and what church documents tell us about the Bible, particularly the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Certification: Catholic Social Teaching
This course/workshop will look at the seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their document, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions and the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Parish Life: An Integral Part of the RCIA
The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. By joining the catechumens in reflecting on the value of the paschal mystery and by renewing their own conversion, the faithful provide an example that will help the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously. (RCIA 4) If this is so, what impact does this have on the life of the parish community? We will explore those answers in this workshop. 

Priest Workshop: Follow Me: Jesus' Pattern for Forming Disciples
How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? In this workshop we will explore how as leaders we can emulate Jesus' pattern of invitation, knowing, and following.