The annual Diocesan Catholic Convocation, to be held October 20, 2012, will feature a Catholic Social Ministry track, with six workshops in English and three in Spanish. In previous years, Catholic Charities has sponsored a Parish Social Ministry Day in the fall. This year, the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization and Catholic Charities decided to make the Social Ministry Day part of the Convocation. This allows for a broader offering of programs for those attending the Convocation.
The six English Parish Social Ministry workshops are:
The Catholic Church on Immigration Reform
Parish Social Ministry: Creating a Community of Salt and Light
Pro-Life and Catholic Social Ministry: Strengthening Our Witness
Parish Disaster Response: An Opportunity for Evangelization
Acts of Charity in the Year of Faith: Why Do We Do What We Do?
In addition to the Catholic Charities workshops, there will also be a track for Parish Music Ministers. (See previous story.)
The 2012 Convocations will feature more than 50 workshops with something designed to enrich the faith life of every Catholic. Several other workshops are:
Fostering Faith in Adolescents: A Method to the Madness
Reading the Bible: Why and How
Father Thomas F. Price: Model for the New Evangelization
Marriage Encounter: Enriching Marriage Today
Contagious Spirituality: “All for Jesus”
The day-long Convocation will begin at 9:15 AM with the celebration of Mass. The Principal Celebrant and Homilist will be the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge.
The Convocation will be the Diocese of Raleigh’s official start to the Year of Faith, decreed by Pope Benedict XVI. The special year, celebrated by the Church Universal, will conclude November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.
In his letter titled, Porta Fidei (“door of faith”), the Holy Father noted the special year would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the revised Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his decree, Pope Benedict expressed his hope and desire that the faithful will use the year to renew themselves in their faith and rediscover the joy that the Catholic faith offers.
View the complete Catholic Convocation schedule and access registration information.