Grand Island Diocese Annual
Nebraskaland Festival of Faith

September 17 & 18, 2010

Quality Inn and Suites, North Platte, NE

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Friday Afternoon – Pre-Conference
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Two-Hour Workshops – choose one


Kathleen Kurre
Can I understand technology, or will I just keep bumbling through it?

The word “Technology” sounds like any other noun, an apple, a desk, the sky, or even a swing. Really, it is a code word for all kinds of computers, software, the internet, phones, portals, clouds and all of the other inventions that come along. Given that the technology range is so broad, our time together will focus on: How can technology work for you? What questions do you have?

Beth Heidt

  • From Safe Environments to Faith Environments:  Furthering the Gospel Message of Christ

Learn how to integrate abuse prevention and right relationship concepts into children’s faith environment. Strategies include activities and topics for discussions with children and youth, practice in modeling right relationships and making use of “teachable moments.” Bring a copy of your parish’s youth ministry activity schedule /religious education syllabus, table of contents / scope and sequence from their curriculum series or the religious education teacher’s manual.

Friday Night
5:30 p.m. Registr ation – Exhibit Booths Open
6:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction


Tom Zanzig

These are difficult times for both our country and our church, and many in ministry struggle to live and work with hope. After more than forty years in ministry, Tom will share the ministry lessons and spiritual insights that have stood the test of time and continue to sustain him.  

 8:30 – 10 p.m. Social

9:00 a.m. - Prayer & Welcome

9:15 am Update on the New Missal by Kathy Hahn

With Advent of 2011 just over a year away, Catholics across the nation will be learning about and preparing to implement the revisions to the Roman Missal. For some this brings fear, for some, rejoicing, but for ALL, this brings a manner in which to newly engage yourself in liturgy. Hear about some of the revisions and additions to our existing and beautiful celebration of the Eucharist

 Dobie Moser

This session will bring to light the research from the National Study of Youth & Religion (NSYR) that provides a compelling picture of the important role that parents play in passing on the treasure of our Catholic faith. Find out what does and doesn't work and consider strategies and resources to build strong Catholic families and strong Catholic youth.

10:30 Break – Exhibit booths Open

11:00 a.m. - Breakout Session 1
12:15 p.m - Lunch

1:15 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – Teaching Social Justice

Bishop William Dendinger

What would Jesus do? This session looks into some of Jesus’ specific approaches to instruction. Participants will discuss practical ways to use these approaches as a catechist or as a catechetical leader. We will also reflect on Jesus’ personality traits and attitudes and explore how we can mimic these characteristics in our everyday lives.

4:00 p.m. ---Break---
4:15 p.m. Eucharist with Bishop Dendinger

Saturday Breakout Sessions
Morning and afternoon workshops repeat unless otherwise noted

Dobie Moser
Best Faith Practices for Parents & Teens

Navigating the joys and challenges of adolescence and parenting can be challenging for all parties. Yet our Catholic faith provides us with a GPS system that can guide and direct us where to go and how to get there.  This workshop will offer insights, stories, humor, and hope to navigate the journey together and arrive while keeping the family not only in tact but loving God, each other, and the human family along the way.


Tom Zanzig
Adult Faith Formation & the Renewal of Parish Life – two parts

In this two-part workshop, Tom proposes a new vision of Adult Faith Formation (AFF), explains its connection to the revitalization of parish life, and offers concrete, practical strategies for implementing the vision. In morning session, Tom introduces his vision and explores its core principles. In afternoon session, he describes eight practical strategies that can be mixed-’n-matched to create unique AFF approaches for each parish. He then illustrates how his approach might play out within a five-year plan. Sponsored by RCL-Benziger.

Morning – Part 1; Afternoon - Part 2


Kathleen Kurre

Life as a Journey to Self

The calling that so stirred our hearts can also, at times, feel like the thief that steals the very energy our calling ignites. Kathleen will share her experiences and insights gained from fully living in the world, discovering her inner being, and learning from the two colliding and flowing. The intention of this workshop is to explore ourselves, to re-discover all of the unique aspects of our lives and how their uniqueness weaves a tapestry of Self – fully blossoming. Come play, explore, share, and learn.

Sister Irene

What am I Going to DO!

This talk is mainly for catechists. It will explore creative ideas for self-help, sacramental, saints, and seasons. Sr. Irene will share specific methods or programs that she has tried with success with teachers and students. Sponsored by William H. Sadlier.



Sister Guadalupe Ramirez, MCDP

Celebramos la santa Misa, Cantamos Lo que creemos

La musica y el canto hermosean la participacion del pueblo de Dios en los momentos mas significantes de la Santa Misa. 
Music and song enhance the participation of the People of God in the most significant moments of the Mass.

Father Jorge Canela

La Biblia en la. Nueva Evangelizacion

Fr. Jorge will discuss the importance of the Bible as a central theme of the new evangelization efforts. Talk is in Spanish.



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