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The 33rd annual Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference, sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Services, provides an opportunity for persons involved in all forms of parish ministry to pray, reflect and to learn with and from one another. The conference welcomes our parish musicians and liturgists who will also be served by through this conference as well as catechists, school teachers, parish catechetical leaders, coordinators, youth ministry leaders and volunteers, pastoral associates, principals, RCIA teams, prison and jail ministry volunteers and adult faith formation teams.  

Merciful Like the Father
Saturday, September 24, 2016
@ West Catholic High School
8:45 am - 4:30 pm

This year’s workshops offer a variety of options.  

  • Year for Marriage: there are numerous workshops on various aspects of marriage.
  • For those interested in RCIA, we have workshops you won’t want to miss. 
  • School teachers: there are many options for you, including answering questions on issues in today’s culture.  
  • Catechists: you will find something for the new catechists and veteran catechists. There are advanced methods and prayer forms for you.
  • Have you ever wondered if spiritual direction is for you – come and find out with workshops on spiritual direction.
  • Workshops in Spanish that will deepen your faith and commitment to your parish family.
  • Those involved in youth ministry will find workshops that will deepen your own faith so you can deepen the faith of young people and their families.

Other topics include the new evangelization, preparing for the Year of Mercy, preparing for the sacraments, the challenge that Pope Francis puts before us regarding care for creation. We will again offer two day-long institutes - on Scripture and on Theology of the Body. 

The price will remain the same for the Conference including the institutes, $40 per person. 

Contact Ricardo Valdez (rvaldez@stfrancisholland.org; 616-392-6700 x111) in the parish office for more information.  Parish monies are available to sponsor those interested in attending. 



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La trigésima Conferencia de Ministerio Parroquial y Catequesis, patrocinada por la Oficina de Servicios Pastorales, les da a los ministros parroquiales la oportunidad de orar, reflexionar y aprender juntos. La Conferencia les da una bienvenida especial a los músicos y liturgistas parroquiales que van a participar este año y tambien a las catequistas, profesores, líderes de catequesis parroquial, coordinadores, líderes y voluntarios de pastoral juvenil, asociados pastorales, directores de escuela, equipos de RICA, voluntarios del ministerio de cárceles y equipos de formación en la fe para adultos.

Sábado, 24 de Septiembre
@ West Catholic High School
8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Al igual que en años anteriores, los participantes de esta conferencia tendrán la oportunidad de seleccionar de una variedad de talleres sobre los ministerios de el catecismo, los jóvenes, la música y el cuidado pastoral los cuales les ayudarán a adquirir nuevas habilidades y les ayudarán a profundizar su propia espiritualidad personal.   

Contacta Ricardo Valdez (rvaldez@stfrancisholland.org616-392-6700 x111) en la oficina para mas información.  La parroquia tiene un límite de beca para los que estén interesados de participar pero no pueden pagar.