MAY TOPIC: Volunteers
- May 2006
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 joining NPCD.
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. I hope all of you who attended the NPCD Convocation had a great time -
learned some, prayed some, and played some.
2. All new members "first posts" are moderated before they go out to the
group to eliminate unwanted solicitations to the whole group.
3. Link requests are posted to the group web page - they may be useful
depending on individual needs.
4. Four Files to explore from our "talk" this month: Parish Catechetical
Leader Satisfaction Survey Results
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dre-talk/files/pcl-survey.pdf Results of
on-line survey conducted by Dr. Tom Walters and Rita Walters about salaries
for parish catechetical leaders. Click the following link to read the
results: http://www.ncea.org/UserFiles/File/NPCD/pcl-survey.pdf. The data
combines responses from NCCL parish members and from our own NPCD members to
give all of us a more complete picture of the status quo.
**In order to access the following prayer services on the Dre-talk Home
Page, members must register with Yahoo as well as subscribe to Dre-talk.
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.
Genelle's Agape Prayer Service
%20-%20Table%20Prayer%20Service%20%20from%20Genelle.doc A second AGAPE
PRAYER SERVICE with Activities from my own files
MAY TOPIC: Let's talk about recruiting, training, and affirming VOLUNTEERS!!
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.
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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 440 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. 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
FEATURES: 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 access. 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
FILES are 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. Christmas Plays/Pageants, 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 6700 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
LINKS for websites/homepages 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.
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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 you be blessed as you live out your call as an Easter People!
Kathy Viele, Dre-talk Moderator
Beatitudes of Our Lord Catholic Community
13013 So. Santa Gertrudes
La Mirada, CA 90638
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- Here is the correct ncea link
Stephen T. Palmer
Associate Executive Director
Department of Religious Education
National Catholic Educational Association
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Michelle
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 12:17 PM
Subject: [dre-talk] Re: MAY TOPIC: Volunteers
NEVERMIND!!! I clicked on the yahoogroups link to the survey results
and it came up. The ncea one does not work however.....
Yahoo! Groups Links