- November 2004
Welcome to new members of Dre-talk. My name is Kathy and I manage this
list for NPCD (National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors). NPCD
is part of the Religious Education Department of NCEA. Click here:
Department of Religious Education, NCEA
<http://www.ncea.org/departments/religioused/> or Click here: NPCD
<http://www.ncea.org/departments/npcd/> for the National Association of
Parish Catechetical Directors (A professional organization for Parish
Catechetical Leaders). You are professional Religious Educators - consider
Generally, from September to May, a topic is posted each month as a
discussion starter, not as a discussion limiter. (Members are free to post
on any subject relating to faith formation or directing and/or coordinating
Religious Education Programs in parishes.)
1. For those of you who have asked about the occasional
email ad for unrelated activities or products that sometimes show up in the
group "mail". We are an open group - that means anyone can join - so they
do. However, we have instituted a NEW policy that all new members "first
posts" will be moderated before it goes out to the group - hopefully that
will eliminate unwanted solicitations to the whole group.
2. We get requests to recommend links to the group. These
are posted to the group web page - may be useful depending on individual
3. There will be a couple of Reconciliation Services for
children in the files section of the group in the next few days.
NOVEMBER TOPIC: There has been much discussion of family centered
catechesis. What are you doing to include the family in activities &
programs during Thanksgiving/Christmas. (Any of you celebrating First
Reconciliation might want to add some thoughts as well).
BECAUSE OF VIRUSES, FILES CANNOT BE ATTACHED TO YOUR DRE-TALK MESSAGES.
Thanks to those of you who have already downloaded files to the web page.
WHEN THEOLOGICAL ISSUES AND DISCUSSIONS EVOLVE, TRY TO LIMIT YOUR COMMENTS
TO WHAT CAN BE OF PRACTICAL USE IN OUR MINISTRY. THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE
DEEPER/ONGOING DEBATES CAN USE THE CHAT ROOM FORMAT.
Some topics discussed over the past month include: Ideas on Catholic
Identity and how to make it happen; Resources for sessions w/youth on
Vatican II; Resources for Down Syndrome children and related Special Ed.
Materials; Combining RE & School Development plans; Lawsuit impact on
diocese and parishes; Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance with children -
Rite II; Who is going where?? - NPCD and other conventions coming up this
spring; Diocesan Curriculum Guidelines.
If you missed any of the above, the messages can be viewed by "thread" on
the group web page.
REMINDERS FOR ALL MEMBERS: ALL emails sent to DRE-talk go to over 425 group
members. This and other egroup lists have a default so that when you receive
an email from dre-talk and wish to reply to the sender, both the "send now"
and the "send later" buttons go to the entire list. To send an individual
reply to the "sender" of the email, you must "manually" insert the
individual recipient's email address in the address line and delete the
Dre-talk address. Otherwise your reply will go to all 425 of us even if it
is a "Thank You" to a specific person.
NEW MEMBER INFORMATION AND REMINDERS
1. An NPCD initiative for NPCD members is DRE Clusters. DRE's that sign up
are matched up with 3 other DRE's/Coordinators and asked to communicate four
times a year - by email, snail mail, and telephone or in person on any
subject of interest to them. This is another way to network and resource
If you aren't currently a member of NPCD, consider becoming part of an
organization of nearly 2000 DRE's across the US.
2. Dre-talk is an egroup list that is part of Yahoo. They are the ones who,
at no cost to us, distribute our mail and put the ads on our messages. They
also provide us with other services that include our own Home Page. In order
to access the Dre-talk Home Page and features, members must register with
Yahoo as well as subscribe to Dre-talk. The web address for our egroup:
Click here: Yahoo! Groups <http://groups.yahoo.com/> to register if you
haven't. Then log in. Once you are logged in you will see a list of groups
to which you subscribe. Click on Dre-talk and follow the directions to
change your subscription or click to access the other features. If you have
friends that wish to subscribe to Dre-talk, cut and paste the following
<Click here: Yahoo! Groups: dre-talk
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dre-talk/> to join Web page and access email
The main feature is THE LIST. Most of you receive individual emails of each
message. If that is too much mail for you, you may want to switch to the
daily digest (all messages for the day sent in one email), or to web-only
A Reminder: Please refrain from passing on stories, prayer chains, etc.,
unless they are directly related to what we do as Catechetical Leaders and
DRE's or can be used for Catechetical Formation in some way.
FILES is the place where files with lesson plans, meeting agendas, prayer
services, etc., can be uploaded. Posts have been organized and edited on
Catechist Issues, Children's Liturgy of the Word, and Children with Special
Needs. Confirmation Issues, Parent Handbooks, RCIA for Children, VBS, and
Sharing Space Issues for easier reading. Files with Prayers for Meetings
with Parents, a Bible Presentation Service and Information on Multiple
Intelligence are also available. Any member can add files with lesson plans,
workshop ideas, stories to use, etc., to the files.
ON VIRUSES AND ATTACHMENTS In general, it is safer to place large quantities
of information in a file and upload it to our web page, than it is to attach
them to an email that needs to be downloaded. (I'm no expert on viruses, but
the "egroup genies" tell me we shouldn't open attachments sent out to large
groups of people.)
Also depending on the underlying software on individual computers, some
members have trouble deciphering downloaded attachments. Original posts are
still in the archives. There have been nearly over 6400 posts since the
group began in March 1999. These can be viewed by thread, topic title or by
date on the Home Page.
The group has a safeguard feature that will block attached files and
pictures etc. from emails sent to Dre-talk
BOOKMARKS has links to publishers, resources and websites that may be
helpful to Religious Educators. Feel free to add your favorites.
There is a POLL FEATURE that can be used to pose questions to the group and
record and tabulate the results.
DATABASE is a membership database. If you haven't done so, consider going
there and filling out as much information as you are comfortable sharing.
There may be someone geographically close that you can network with easily.
CHAT is a chat room. If someone wants to organize a chat, feel free to do
so. Set up a time and topic and post it to the group. Make sure you let us
know what time zone.
ADDRESSES FOR RESOURCES
Post message: email@example.com
List owner: firstname.lastname@example.org
URL to this page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dre-talk
The above should help you make better use of Dre-talk. If you are unable to
access any of the features, please email me off list at Katveee@....
May we live our call to everyday sainthood during this season of
Kathy Viele, Dre-talk Moderator
Beatitudes of Our Lord Catholic Community
13013 So. Santa Gertrudes
La Mirada, CA 90638
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