Nov. 30, 2023 Parish Link

Catholic Education

Retreats for Catechists - As part of the Evermode Institute formation program, all catechists and parish catechetical leaders participate in an annual retreat. Dates for 2024 are January 13 and April 6. Fall/Winter dates for the 2024-2025 school year have not been announced. Hospitality is available starting at 9:00 AM with the retreat starting at 9:30. The day concludes around 2:30 PM. The Evermode Institute is at 4867 Laverna Road in Springfield. The entrance will say “South Lobby” on the door. Register expected attendance for either date to Deadline is a week prior to the event.

Community of Religious Educators (CORE) - The next CORE meeting is Thursday, January 18 at 10 AM at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield. CORE stands for Community of Religious Educators and is a regular gathering of religious educators for ongoing professional development, insights into diocesan initiatives and for networking with one another. Lunch is provided. Please register by January 11 by contacting Kyle Holtgrave at or call (217) 698-8500, ext. 154. More information is available at

Catechesis eNewsletter - Stay updated on news and resources available for Catechesis! I use Flocknote to send out my monthly eNewsletter as well as announcements about activities and events related to the catechetical mission of our parishes and diocese. If you have a parish event or activity that you would like promoted, please let me know details and I will pass that information along. This resource is targeted toward parish catechetical leaders, but anyone involved with the catechetical mission of the parish may benefit from receiving it. My goal is to have every parish connected to this communication resource. To subscribe, contact Kyle Holtgrave at or text eNews to 84576 to automatically sign up for Flocknote.

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