Our parish directors and coordinators of religious education and our catechists are among the best prepared men and women in the ministry of handing on the Faith. However, their learning did not stop the day they completed our Catechetical Office training and certification programs. In fact, their studies have left them with a hunger for more.

This is one of the reasons the Catechetical Offices sponsors two full days of fresh insights on handing on the faith with excellence. We call them the Catechetical Forums. They take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, and on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe. However, there is another reason we organized these forums. You

Whether you are in the religious education ministry or just want to know about the information, updates, and additional training that your parish's directors, coordinators and catechists have available to them, why not spend the day finding out? There's plenty here for you, too

For example, Father James Loughran, SA, a Graymoor friar with long experience in ecumenical and interreligious initiatives, will address Martin Luther and the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation he started. Educator John Thompson will address the need to be able to dialogue with groups as diverse as atheists and evangelical Christians. Looking for answers to a child's question on why we all should go to Mass on Sunday? Regional catechetical director Peg Hoblin can help you there. Is there a teen or young adult in your world who has decided the Church is not for him or her? Tony Bellizzi can help you respond to this challenge. And there's so much. Bishop Gerald Walsh will be celebrating the opening Mass in the Bronx and Bishop Dominick Lagonegro will be with us in Monroe

Check out the Catechetical Forums website. It has all the information you need on all the presenters and their workshops, the program, and how to register. You will be welcomed and you will leave enriched