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God Is Love

God Is Love workbook

Check out the newest religious recognition program from NFCYM! The God Is Love recognition is designed for children in grades K-1, providing a wonderful complement to religious formation in the home, parish, Catholic school, and troop. The God Is Love workbook and prayer card—sold as a single card or set of 25—are now available from the NFCYM online store. (A medal and patch also accompany this award. They will be available this fall 2015.)

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Pope Francis Speaks to the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (Girl Scouts)

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Kathy Carver, NFCYM Associate Director, meets Pope Francis (click for full-size image).Kathy Carver represented NFCYM at the meeting of the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (Girl Scouting) in Rome, June 24-30, 2015, as a part of the US Delegation that included Diane Flanagan, the Region 10 representative to NCCGSCF, and GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez. The certain highlight of the meeting was the private audience with Pope Francis held on June 26 (Catholic News Service account).

The International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG) celebrated its 50th anniversary during this meeting. The ICCG is a network within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS). The ICCG is a formally recognized movement under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The theme of the meeting was to “Live as a guide the joy of the Gospel.” All participants were asked to read and reflect upon Evangelii Gaudium prior to their arrival at the meeting.

Pope Francis with the entire gathering (click for full-size image).To the two hundred thirty participants from over forty countries the Pope said, “Inasmuch as Catholic leaders, you also have the opportunity to make the explicit proclamation of Christ resound, who gives joy and light to the world, within the World Association of Guides and Scouts. Here you find head-guides of all cultures and religions. I hope that it will be the occasion of a sincere and true dialogue among you, in respect of the convictions of each one, and in the serene affirmation of your faith and of your Catholic identity.”

As a part of the private audience, NFCYM submitted a letter to Pope Francis and gave him a copy of NFCYM’s resource, Caring for Creation Caring for the Poor.

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USCCB Posts Q&A Resources about GSUSA and about Catholic Scouting

The USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY) has been in dialogue with GSUSA over the last year. The purpose of this dialogue has been to gather information and to further mutual understanding, with a goal of providing considerations and guidance to bishops, pastors, youth leaders, and parents. Ultimately, diocesan bishops will utilize the information as they see fit within their particular diocese. Find the materials online.

NFCYM strongly supports Catholic Girl Scouting and the use of Catholic religious recognition programs as a means to evangelize and catechize girls in Scouting programs. In 2012, the NFCYM Board of Directors approved Principles for Cooperative Partnerships to assist NFCYM and others in partnering with secular organizations.


In the Month of August

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August 19 is World Humanitarian Day—a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Learn about their efforts at crs.org. The CRS Education Portal: Going Global with Youth provides a dedicated online site that includes lesson plans, simulation activities, prayer services, stories, web links, and opportunities for young people to view global issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.

This month is also:

Family playing volleyball (click for full-size image)Family Fun Month—Decide as a family various activities to participate in together. Some ideas include: weekly game night, making s’mores, playing sports, and bicycle riding. Whatever your family decides, remember that the central idea is making time to have fun with your family.

 


 

Focus on Resources

NEW! Catholic Church and GSUSA Patch

Catholic Church and GSUSA PatchThe requirements for this new patch help girls celebrate the relationship between the Catholic Church and Girl Scouting by encouraging them to explore the rich traditions of the Catholic faith and inspiring them to become stronger members of their Catholic community.

Download the requirements and start earning today. Purchase your patch here.

I Live My Faith

I Live My Faith The completely revised I Live My Faith program for children in grades 4-6, is structured on the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the themes (chapters) of: Belief, Sacraments, Catholic Christian Living, and Prayer. Each theme provides a variety of opportunities for young people to explore the Catholic faith including art, technology, research, drama, and prayer. The booklet includes a guide for adults.

Learn more . . .

NEW: Women in Scripture and Models of Faith Patch Series

The Catholic Identity Patches continue with the addition of the following patches.

Women in Scripture

  • Mary Magdalene PatchRuth and Naomi
  • Mary Magdalene

Models of Faith

  • Pope John XXIII
  • Saint Gianna Molla
  • Saint Juan Diego
  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Read more . . .