CTN’s Focus School Program Going Strong and Looking to Grow

Christy Johnson CTNApril 14, 2014 – In my role as the Instructional Media Specialist with Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN), I have had the opportunity to spend a great amount of time in the diocesan schools. The teachers and administrators I have met throughout my school visits have been very warm and welcoming. I cannot speak highly enough of the faculty members teaching in the diocesan schools. They are full of energy and eager to implement new and engaging strategies and techniques into their lessons.

CTN implemented a new initiative, the Focus School Program, this school year. Focus Schools are chosen to receive tailored attention from CTN. These schools are active users of technology and are eager to implement digital learning, aligned with the Common Core, into their lesson and unit plans. Focus School teachers receive one-on-one support from CTN in the use and integration of our three instructional media services: Learn360, Espresso, and Mathletics. These services contain content aligned with the Common Core and engaging activities for students in grades PreK-8. New schools will be inducted into the Focus School program as it continues beyond this year.

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Meditations on the 7 Last Words of Christ

April 11, 2014 – On Good Friday, April 18th at 12 PM, join Bishop DiMarzio for Meditations on the 7 Last Words of Christ. Saint James Cathedral Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place in Brooklyn.

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Bishop DiMarzio Reaffirms Diocesan Stance on Alleged Apparitions of ‘Bayside Movement’

April 9, 2014 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has issued a statement on the “alleged visions” of Veronica Lueken, a resident of Bayside, Queens, who claimed that the Virgin Mary appeared to her numerous times between 1970 and her death in 1995.

Bishop DiMarzio said that Lueken’s followers have defied Bishop Francis Mugavero, who rejected Lueken’s claims in 1986, and were causing “confusion and division among a number of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens and beyond.” Bishop DiMarzio went on to say that the “supposed visions completely lack credibility” and “contain serious theological errors.”

The complete statement is available here.


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Diocese of Brooklyn Partners with My Catholic Faith Delivered

My Catholic Faith Delivered PartnershipApril 7, 2014 – The Diocese of Brooklyn announces the launch of a strategic partnership with My Catholic Faith Delivered to provide online resources for the more than 5,000 catechists and teachers in Brooklyn and Queens.

The new initiative, called the School of Evangelization Online Learning and Leadership Formation, will provide online courses that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

“This new way of learning is accomplished by combining Catholic content with innovative technology,” said Theodore Musco, executive director of the School of Evangelization and director of the Office of Faith Formation. “It is the ideal program for a school, academy or parish catechist looking for resources and courses, as well as for a person, Catholic or not, who simply wants a better understanding of the faith.”

All locally offered courses, workshops, and events can be found on this site. In addition, courses and seminars offered by Catholic Distance University and the University of Notre Dame STEP program are available here as well. This one site will serve as a “headquarters” for all educational and formation opportunities.

The courses are designed to make learning convenient and fun. They feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, and real-time feedback. Visit bqonlineformation.org to learn more.

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Bishop DiMarzio to Celebrate Young Adult Mass on Tuesday Night

April 7, 2014 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate a special mass for young adults (ages 21-39) in the main chapel at the Diocesan offices on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30PM.

The Diocesan offices are at 310 Prospect Park West in Brooklyn. For more information, e-mail Paul Morisi at pmorisi@diobrook.org, and you can tell us you’re coming on Facebook.

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Author of ‘Jesus: A Pilgrimage’ to Speak and Sign Books at Holy Name

JamesMartinFlyerApril 2, 2014 — Fr. James Martin, S.J., will give a presentation and sign copies of his new book, “Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Windsor Terrace on April 7 at 7:30PM.

The book is described on Amazon.com as inviting “believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through Scripture, prayer and travel.” Holy Name of Jesus, which was recently restored, is at 245 Prospect Park West. The event will be held in Shepherd’s Hall; call (718) 768-3071 with questions.

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