2021 National Association of Professional Catechetical Leaders Conference

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Moving Forward: Empower, Inspire, Equip & Prepare for 2021/2022 Faith Formation Year

Catechists and DREs throughout the country are invited to attend the First National Association of Professional Catechetical Leaders Conference brought to you by CatholicBrain.com

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Prepare DREs and Catechists for the 2021/2022 Faith Formation year by providing you with new ideas for Faith Formation.

The retreat will be beneficial spiritually and professionally

  • Inspire and Motivate DREs and Catechists with inspirational speakers
  • Empower Families to Build the Domestic Church
  • Educate Yourself on the Best in Faith Formation
  • Prepare for the 2022-2023 Faith Formation year
  • Building the Domestic Church with Faith at Home Resources

WHY ATTEND... Growing, Equipping & Empowering the Domestic Church

MOMENTUM'21 is utterly unique, unlike any other Catholic event for Parish Leaders, Educators, and DRE's because, in addition to outstanding professional development for educators and administrators, it also includes:

  • Exclusive Catholic Brain PROGRAMMING to empower parish, parent, and family involvement in the Faith Formation Process.
  • Access to optional Tuesday CMN conference sessions on the MARKETING essential to grow enrollment and engagement in you parish or school community.
  • Opportunities to discover a wide array of Catholic PRODUCTS PUBLICATIONS and SERVICES not typically available at an educator conference.
  • Enjoy SOCIAL MOMENTS to sip and savor outside-the-box networking with ministry-minded Catholics from a broad range of faith-fille businesses and ministries.
  • Room Reservations available HERE

PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR Moving forward: Empower, Inspire, Equip & Prepare

The conference will prepare participants with fresh ideas, new approaches, and best practices that will inspire both teachers and students. Sessions include: How do you bring a child to God?; Introducing a Catholic worldview in the Classroom; Practicing the Virtue of Prudence; and more.

WHO: This workshop is geared towards Church Staff, Children's Ministry Teams, Small Group Ministry Teams, Adult Formation Teams, Catechists, Young Families "Core Teams," other interested ministry leaders.


Wednesday July 28th, 2021
  • 08:00 am - 8:20 am: Morning Rosary before Holy Mass
    Start your day with the Rosary, accompanied by the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima and will be led by, David Carollo, Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima USA - Our Lady's Blue Army.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom West

  • 08:20 am - 9:00 am: Wednesday Morning Holy Mass
    We start off Wednesday of CMN MOMENTUM 2021 with the Rosary and Holy Mass celebrated by Father Mike Brennan, Director of the National Shrine of St. Joseph, in De Pere Wisconsin. With inspiring sacred music by world-class Irish Tenor Mark Forrest.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom West

  • 09:00 am - 09:30 am: Catholic Brain Catechetical Institute Conference - WELCOME!
    The Catholic Brain Catechetical Institute Conference will start the day with a short reflection by Father Richard Heilman on how the holy fatherhood of Saint Joseph leads us to a deeper appreciation of the fatherhood of God.

    Enjoy coffee and a breakfast bar courtesy of the World Apostolate of Fatima - Our Lady's Blue Army and Divine Mercy University.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

  • 09:45 am - 10:45 am: Session #1
    Catholic Brain Catechetical Institute Executive Director, Dr. Marlon De La Torre launches the 2021 National Catholic Brain Conference for Catechists, Educators, and DRE's with the most essential question in faith formation: "How do you Lead a Child to God?"

    Join Marlon and the Catholic Brain team on a powerful two-day journey to answer that question with the timeless traditions of the Church infused in practical family formation that embraces the benefits of modern technology. 

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

  • 11:20 am - 1:00 am: LUNCH for NAPCL Conference attendees courtesy of event sponsor Hallow.
  • 01:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Session #2
    Dr. Joseph White, PHD, Our Sunday Visitor, speaks on Kerygma, encounter, accompaniment, and community are key themes in the Vatican's new Directory for Catechesis - our guidebook for how to hand on the faith. Kerygma is the core message of our faith - our reason for following Christ. Encounter is the necessary step for conversion that puts us on the path towards intentional discipleship. Accompaniment is the way in which we walk with others as they grow in faith. All of this happens in the context of community - the Body of Christ. In this session, we'll reflect on each of these themes and their implications for leading others on the path of discipleship.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

  • 03:00 pm - 03:30 pm: Saint Joseph and Divine Mercy - Prayer and Reflection
    Father Chris Alar will lead this mid-afternoon time of prayer and reflection.  It will begin with special music guest: Anna Nuzzo performing a beautiful original new song honoring our event patron: Saint Joseph.Father Chris will then offer a short reflection leading us to consecrate our work and ministry to Saint Joseph in order to strengthen us to bring the blessing of Jesus' love and Divine Mercy to the world. Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet together will complete this special prayer experience.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom West

  • 03:45 pm - 04:45 pm: Session #3
    Practicing the Virtue of Prudence. Award-winning author, educator, and Virtue Advocate, Cathy Gilmore, brings joyful insights to empower educators, DRE's, and anyone who strives to lead children closer to Christ. Cathy's presentation illumines the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence as a spiritual strength that is exercised in tandem with the virtues of: Humility, Faithfulness, and Wisdom. Cathy's signature imaginative and entertaining style will energize attendees with practical tools to inspire every child with the desire for heroic virtue!

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

  • 05:30 pm - 06:00 pm: Cocktail Reception
    MOMENTUM 2021 Sponsored Cocktail Reception kicks off our evening social and networking experiences. Cash Bar and some light appetizers.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

  • 06:00 pm - 06:30 pm: Author Meet and Greet
    MOMENTUM 2021 Reception includes an enjoyable author / artisan meet & greet experience. This includes book signings and opportunities for fun and networking.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East - E, F, G, H Breakout Rooms

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm: Celebration of Faith and Film
    MOMENTUM 2021 Welcome Reception wraps up with a sponsored Celebration of Faith and Film. Join us for fun, games, and prizes! We'll be relaxing after a long, busy day as we take a look at how faith and film work together at Holy Cross Family Ministries.
    The film release of PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PETYON, is the perfect example of how a film can be so much more...it can ignite a whole family prayer program, like the PRAY TOGETHER NOW Family Prayer Campaign. 
    Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C. , National Director of Family Rosary, and  Danielle Bean, Brand Manager of CatholicMom.com, will be our hosts. This will be an entertaining and interactive opportunity to delight in the way families can enrich relationships and prayer - energized by film-based experiences.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

Thursday July 29th, 2021
  • 07:00 am - 08:00 am: Rosary and Holy Mass
    Thursday Morning begins with early morning Rosary and Holy Mass, prior to the IMPACT Breakfast.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom West

  • 08:00 am - 09:00 am: Breakfast
    CMN IMPACT Breakfast. Enjoy a tasty breakfast coffret while Father Don Calloway M.I.C and Father Chris Alar M.I.C., provide world-class inspiration to energize every MOMENTUM 2021 exhibitor and attendee. Reflect on the virtues of Saint Joseph while having a great time with other MOMENTUM'21 participants!
    Breakfast tickets can be purchased at on-site registration.
  • 09:30 am - 10:45 am: Break-out Session #1
    This smaller-group break-out session offers NAPCL Conference participants the opportunity to apply and internalize in a powerful and practical way, in spite of challenges, how to infuse a Catholic Worldview in the classroom.
    As students and families face the trials of a global pandemic, scandals in the Church, political polarization in our society, and more - faith formation can at times seem a daunting and discouraging task.
    In this session, Dr. Joseph White, Clinical Psychologist and catechist, will help attendees focus on the reason for our HOPE, and how we can listen to the voice of God in the midst of chaos, knowing he will sustain us in his work.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom West - A & B

  • 09:30 am - 10:45 am: Break-out Session #2
    These small-group break-out sessions offer NAPCL Conference participants the opportunity to apply and internalize in a powerful and practical way. This breakout session features Dr. Marlon De La Torre's recommendations regarding how to lead a child to God.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom West - C & D

  • 09:30 am - 10:45 am: Break-out Session #3
    Catholic Brain Catechetical Institute: Break-Out Session with Monica Ashour. - Clarity and Charity in the Midst of Confusion: Theology of the Body. Monica brings audiences a deep understanding of Theology of the Body through humor and storytelling that shows how St. John Paul's TOB teachings are a lens to see with a sacramental view of reality. Such insight is urgently needed in a world that denies the truth of the body through ideologies such as transgenderism. Teaching pastoral care that is filled with truth, Ashour gives catechists, teachers, faith formation directors, youth ministers, and parents, concrete ways strengthen faith formation with the truth of the Catholic faith from a TOB perspective.

    Location: Connection Room

  • 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Session #4
    Pete Socks, Director of Content and Marketing for CatholicBrain presents Today in Salvation History: How to use technology in the classroom and in the home to teach the faith.
    This talk will focus on how the Church has adapted to methods of mass communication over 2000 years to evangelize and teach the Catholic faith. A particular emphasis will be placed on how to embrace modern technology and use it for the good of the family, and the good of the Church.
    NAPCL Conference attendees will enjoy lunch courtesy of event sponsor Our Sunday Visitor.

    Location: Schaumburg Ballroom East

  • 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm: Thursday Sample Sale
    The CMN MOMENTUM'21 Thursday Sample Sale enables attendees to connect with exhibitors who will be wrapping up their time in the Expo Hall selling retail, in addition to wholesale, from 1PM till 5PM. Shoppers, choose the must-have items you want to bring home with you!
    But wait.there's more! Invite your Pastor, Marketing and/or Evangelization committee leaders to join you at MOMENTUM'21. Get fresh ideas how to bring Catholics BACK to Church through conference sessions, network-building, and valuable resources at the CMN MOMENTUM'21 Event. They can register at www.CatholicMarketing.com - on the event page. Access to all CMN event experiences (except the ticketed meals) are free to CatholicBrain attendees.
    To see the full CMN schedule, click the button below.
    Staying overnight for one night or more? Book a special conference discounted room at the link below.

    Please note: Tickets for meal events will be sold at on-site registration and be paid upon your arrival at the event.


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