August 2011 Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes – August 26, 2011


Members Present:  Joyce Archuletta, Martha Becker, Marianne Dunne, Laura Fisher Escalera, Susie Johnson, Marilyn Marinelli, Mary Therese Ralph, Shirley Rodriguez, Bobbie Jo Stupnik, Sister Betty Werner – Director of Lifelong Catechesis


Members Excused: Alicia Massarotti, Brother Harry Gonzales


March 3rd Minutes Approved with the following correction:

Correct spelling for “participants” – Under Emmaus Retreat Flyer, fourth bullet point.


Youth Ministry Assessment

  • Angela Guarnere and Carol Fletcher shared highlights of the Family Assessment prior to seeking input regarding Youth Ministry needs.  A few comments from commission members include:
    • “Family” needs to be defined as it exists today.
    • Families face big changes and challenges, especially the last ten years.
    • It might be helpful if communications between like areas from different parts of the Diocese could be developed.
    • It would be important to check past pastoral plans and data.
    • It is important to listen to lay people.  In some areas only Nigerian priests serve the parishes.
  • In the area of Youth Ministry the following comments were given:
    • Whatever is done in youth ministry needs to be sustainable long term.
    • Rural and Urban areas face different issues.
    • Pastors will not put money into youth ministry until someone is hired at the Diocesan level.
    • A concern was expressed about sustaining any ministry when new people are hired at the Diocesan level.
    • Renewing the vision is an important document put out by the USCCB.
    • The footwork done by the former Youth Council needs to be shared with Angela.
    • Youth are part of parish life.
    • Where are the Hispanic and Indian youth?
    • How is the vision kept alive in the midst of personnel changes?
  • The conversation shifted to lay ministry with the following comments:
    • How do priests perceive lay ministry?
    • Lay ministers need to be trusted, supported and valued by priests.
    • Things need to be done as a Deanery with a person in charge.  Deaneries are not as vibrant now without Deanery Coordinators.
      • It would be important to consider the right person for this position.
      • The person needs to be a good listener, faithful to core beliefs, open to a variety of folks and able to offer a little of everything.



Diocesan Expectations of Parish DRE/CRE’s:

  • Verify that the following information is kept (in a locked file if possible) for each catechist either in the parish office or in the religious education office:
    • Background check
    • Code of Conduct that is signed every three years
    • Volunteer Application form and reference check
    • Certificate of completion for the online session of “Shield the Vulnerable”
    • Documentation of courses completed for Catechist Certification and Ongoing Education
  • The Office of Lifelong Catechesis should be notified when a catechist or CRE has completed Basic and/or Advanced Certification.  Appropriate documentation indicating the work completed at each level should accompany this notification.  Upon review and approval by the Director of Lifelong Catechesis, a certificate of completion will then be prepared by the Director and sent to the individual completing the certification process.  The pastor will also be notified and receive a copy of the certificate.


National Process for Lay Ecclesial Minister Certification

  • This process is being presented to the Bishops at their September meeting.
  • It will not replace Diocesan certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers.
  • The plan is for the following groups to review applications of those candidates related to their area of ministry: NALM, NCCL, NFCYM, FDLC and NPM.
  • Examples of items that would need to be sent with the application include:
    • Evidence of Theological study and specialized study
    • Demonstration of competence
    • Integration paper that speaks to how competence is demonstrated in four standards
    • A fee


Proposed Process for Diocesan Recognition as a Lay Ecclesial Minister (in a accord with “Coworkers in the Vineyard”)

  • Being hired/appointed by the Bishop or his delegate
  • Serving in leadership in a particular area of ministry
  • Having the formation appropriate to the level of responsibilities assigned
  • Meeting one of the following requirements:
    • An MS or MA in Religious Education, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Sacred Scripture, or a field related to one’s assignment


  1. Completion of one of the following:
  • BS or BA in Religious Education, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Sacred Scripture, or a field related to one’s assignment
  • Ministry of Christian Service
  • Level II
  • New Wine
  • Level I & Level II of the Dayton Program
  • LIMEX Certificate Program
  • Youth Ministry Certificate Program
  • Semillas Del Reninno Spanish Program


  • Verification of formation (similar to those listed) from another Diocese


Plus five years of successful ministry at the parish level with two recommendations addressed to the appropriate Diocesan Director:

  • One from a pastor with whom one is working
  • One from a coworker


With approval from the Bishop a special commissioning service will be held at the parish level recognizing the individual as a Lay Ecclesial Minister.


The Catechist Formation Process (see attachment)


Developing Standard Religion Concepts to be Taught at Each Grade Level

  • Two examples were presented:
    • “Knowing Jesus and His Message: A Tool for Parish Catechesis”, developed by the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York – promoted by NCCL
    • “Graded Course of Study for Early Childhood and Elementary Catechetical Programs” from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Further discussion will take place at the next meeting.  The Denver program can also be reviewed.
  • A concern was expressed as to how this would apply to Whole Community Catechesis.


The “Catholicism Project”

  • The video was briefly previewed.
  • It was decided it would be a good purchase for the Media Center.


The Next Meeting will be November 10th, 9:00 – 3:00 in Pueblo


The Meeting Closed at 5:00 p.m. with Dinner at a Local Restaurant in Florence.