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Workshop helps endorse Catholic faith

TICONDEROGA Endorsing RENEW Internationals new evangelization and adult faith formation process, Bishop Cunningham of the Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg has encouraged parishes and parishioners to participate in the Why Catholic? workshops. St. Marys Catholic Church in Ticonderoga hosted a workshop recently. Sister Sharon Dalton hosted. Sister Mary Eamon of Ogdensburg and Sister Kathleen Collins of Plainfield, N.J., conducted the workshop where approximately 25 parishioners attended. Journey Through Catechism presented the basic teachings of the Church in terms of what Catholics believe, celebrate, live and pray with an evangelization outreach throughout the process. It is a four-year program, said Sister Eamon. It is a small community faith sharing and we have approximately 3,000 people that participate in workshops across the diocese that come from small communities. The diocese is comprised of 41 parishes and encompasses 12,000 square miles from Lake Ontario to as far south as Ticonderoga. The diocese member population is 128,326. The workshop presents basic teachings of the church, fosters goals, encourages adult learning and encourages people to put faith into action. One parish sent cookies to Iraq soldiers while another group worked in a soup kitchen, said Sister Collins. The Catholic Catechism is the foundation of the workshops and though everyone remembered Catechism from their youth, the Catechism was actually rewritten to a newer version in 1992. The response has been excellent, shared Sister Collins. Parishioners read about scripture, Catechism and share their spirituality. We are dealing with people interested in learning more about faith through sharing information. Last years workshop was on the Apostles Creed and this year the studies focus on the sacraments. At the end of each year, usually in December, a retreat brings everyone together. On Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. there will be an event at St. Marys Catholic Church in Ogdensburg to commemorate the 2000th year birth of St. Paul. The Year of St. Paul begins on June 28, 2008, in Rome when Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate solemn vespers on the eve of Saints Peter and Paul, said Sister Eamon. St. Pauls event is to commemorate him. The purpose is to strengthen the faith of Saint Paul as the great evangelizer for Christianity.

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