2008 Congress Technology Innovation Center

Religious Education Congress
February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)


Located near the center of Exhibit Hall A, the new Congress Technology Innovation Center, co-sponsored by MyCatholicVoice, provides hands-on training sessions in addition to educational Internet resources, online services and DVD & CD software from a variety of Congress exhibitors. You won’t want to miss it!

Catch the MINISTRY MINUTES at the Technology Innovation Center, co-sponsored by MyCatholicVoice. Ministry Minutes are easy, step-by-step instructions for how you can use technology for personal inspiration and community ministry. Each Ministry Minutes session includes a chance to win a Congress 2008 Special Edition iPod Nano, compliments of MyCatholicVoice.
     

CONGRESS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER SCHEDULE
(Check back here or our posted schedule at the booth for updates)

            

 

FRI – FEB. 29, 2008

STAGE 1

 

STAGE 2

10:30 – 11:15 am

Cardinal Mahony Online – The Cardinal conducts a private, online chat with students from Sacred Heart School in Covina.

  Cardinal Mahony Online (Stage 1)
11:15 – 12:00 pm Cardinal Mahony Online – The Cardinal continues in an open, nationwide chat session, sponsored by ChurchWerks.  Ask the Cardinal a Question Now!   Cardinal Mahony Online (Stage 1)
12:00 – 12:30 pm ChurchWerks – See the benefits of a Web-based, centralized school administration software system   MINISTRY MINUTES
1-1: Registration and Logging on to Online Systems (MyCatholicVoice)
2-1: How to Join an Online Community (MyCatholicVoice)
3-1: What is an MP3 Download? (MyCatholicVoice)
12:30 – 1:00 pm

MINISTRY MINUTES
4-2: Como Buscar y Descargar el Rosario (ACTA Publications)
5-2: How to Find and Download a Playlist (GIA/OCP/WLP)
6-2: Easy Access to Legal Music (GIA/OCP/WLP)

 

Digistry – “Enhance”: a Catholic Lectionary-based multimedia product with 330 clips for use in liturgy and Religious Education.

1:00 – 1:30 pm

MINISTRY MINUTES
7-3: How to Find and Download a Lenten Prayer (USCCB)
8-3: How to Find Homilies and Talks (MyCatholicVoice)
9-3: Using iTunes to Organize Your Stuff (MyCatholicVoice)

 

Resource – See demonstrations of Liturgy Plus (liturgy planning), E-ORDO (electronic calendar with Liturgy of the Hours information for each day), Sacramental Register (consolidate parish records in one database) with Certificate Maker.

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Gradelink – An affordable web-based system for school administration and grading with key features of report cards, transcripts, sports eligibility, and more.

 

NCEA – Survey adults in faith formation online! NCEA will demonstrate the steps and benefits to using the Information for Growth (IFG) survey online.

2:00 – 2:30 pm

STEP – STEP serves the Church by providing her faithful accessible and high quality theological instruction through online courses from the University of Notre Dame.

 

EnVisionChurch – Georgetown Center for Liturgy's Online resource concerned with liturgy, spirituality, sacred art and architecture.

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Ministry Database – A highly customizable, easy-to-use solution for church ministry workers, designed by church ministry workers. The Ministry Database helps you store names and addresses, family information, sacramental information and unlimited contact information all in one place. It even helps you track the activities, classes and groups that your church members are involved in. It is a one stop resource for churches with vibrant and active religious education, youth ministry and RCIA programs.

 

Harcourt – You've been dreaming. We've been listening. Join us as we "emagine" the possibilities. Try it now! www.CalltoFaitheConnect.com

   
SAT. – MARCH 1, 2008

STAGE 1

 

STAGE 2

9:00 – 9:30 am MaryRiceHopkins.com – In a technology-savvy age, how do we reach our families and children and make a profound impact? Through the new DVD with songs and heart-warming lessons of Mary Rice Hopkins and Darcie Maze, you will receive hands on ideas. Mary Rice Hopkins will be there personally to answer questions or promote conversation about the subjects covered such as peer pressure, divorce and serving Christ.   Harcourt – You've been dreaming. We've been listening. Join us as we "emagine"  the possibilities. Try it now! www.CalltoDiscipleship.com
9:30 – 10:00 am

MINISTRY MINUTES
10-4: How to Find and Download a Bible Study (ACTA Publications)
11-4: How to Record a Talk (MyCatholicVoice)
12-4: How to Upload a Video (MyCatholicVoice)

  Grenville – Practical solutions for the parish's financial management.
10:00 – 10:30 am EnVisionChurch – Georgetown Center for Liturgy's Online resource concerned with liturgy, spirituality, sacred art and architecture.   Catholic Legislative Network -- The California Catholic Conference, together with all 12 arch/dioceses of California, has launched a grassroots email network of Catholics dedicated to advancing the common good. See how Internet-based tools are used to educate Network members on Catholic social teaching.
10:30 – 11:00 am

Gradelink – An affordable web-based system for school administration and grading with key features of report cards, transcripts, sports eligibility, and more.

  St. Anthony Messenger – "Making parish Web sites great -- 10 easy tips." John Feister and Mark Lombard of St. Anthony Messenger Press, Web Catholic e-newsletter and AmericanCatholic.org will lead an interactive session on how to build a pastoral Web presence that will draw in, engage and inspire your parish community.
11:00 – 11:30 am

Parish Data System – Efficiently manage your religious education attendance with PDS Formation Office; to maintain detailed information for students, catechists, sessions, enrollment and sacramental fees involved with a Religious Ed. program. You’ll get a sneak peek at what is coming in PDS Formation Office version 6.

  USCCB – Newlyweds quickly learn that living “happily ever after” can become a remote clichι without a great deal of work and patience. USCCB provides an accessible and engaging Web site, ForYourMarriage.org, that helps engaged and married couples (and leaders) deal with issues that inevitably arise in marriage. Learn how Catholics can enrich and sustain the Sacrament of Marriage by checking out everything ForYourMarriage.org has to offer!
11:30 – 12:00 pm

eCatholicChurches.com – Come see a LIVE demonstration of just how easy it is to build and update your parish website.

  Ministry Database – A highly customizable, easy-to-use solution for church ministry workers, designed by church ministry workers. The Ministry Database helps you store names and addresses, family information, sacramental information and unlimited contact information all in one place. It even helps you track the activities, classes and groups that your church members are involved in. It is a one stop resource for churches with vibrant and active religious education, youth ministry and RCIA programs.
12:00 – 12:30 pm

MINISTRY MINUTES
13-5: Connecting to the Global Church (Ad Sodalitatem/1Body1Spirit)
14-5: Sharing Prayers & Praying Online (Claretian Pubs/Loyola Press)
15-5: Finding God in Your Daily Life; Ignatian Spirituality (Loyola Press)

  TLC – User-friendly system for all of your church management needs!
12:30 – 1:00 pm MINISTRY MINUTES
16-6: Saving Money/Travelling Less; Online Education (Loyola Univ.)
17-6: Keeping Teens in the Room  (Prince of Peace Church, Olathe, KS)
18-6: Building a Dynamic Parish (St Isidore Church, Bloomingdale, IL)
  MaryRiceHopkins.com – In a technology-savvy age, how do we reach our families and children and make a profound impact? Through the new DVD with songs and heart-warming lessons of Mary Rice Hopkins and Darcie Maze, you will receive hands on ideas. Mary Rice Hopkins will be there personally to answer questions or promote conversation about the subjects covered such as peer pressure, divorce and serving Christ.
1:00 – 1:30 pm

MINISTRY MINUTES
19-7: Safe Supplementals for Kids Catechesis (Twenty-Third Publications)
20-7: Construyendo una Parroquia Dinαmica (St Isidore, Bloomingdale, IL)
21-7: Catechist Training and Faith Formation (RCL Benziger)

   
1:30 – 2:00 pm

Gradelink – An affordable web-based system for school administration and grading with key features of report cards, transcripts, sports eligibility, and more.

 

NCEA – Survey adults in faith formation online! NCEA will demonstrate the steps and benefits to using the Information for Growth (IFG) survey online.

2:00 – 2:30 pm      
2:30 – 3:00 pm St. Camillus – Tools and links for parish ministers, school administrators and teachers that can assist in teaching on consistent life ethics with a focus on justice and peace, including Pax Christ USA website and related justice sites that offer useful parish and school educational tools.    
   
SUN – MARCH 2, 2008  

STAGE 1

 

STAGE 2

9:00 – 9:30 am St. Camillus – With a focus on interfaith and HIV/AIDS education and pastoral care tools, a demonstration of resources from a spiritual perspective and within the Catholic framework of the God of Compassion.     
9:30 – 10:00 am

MINISTRY MINUTES
22-8: Creating a Vibrant Online Community (National Catholic Reporter)
23-8: Conectar a la Iglesia Global (Ad Sodalitatem / 1Body1Spirit)
24-8: Ministry Support for Job Seekers (St. Joseph's Career Transition Group)

   
10:00 – 10:30 am

EnVisionChurch – Georgetown Center for Liturgy's Online resource concerned with liturgy, spirituality, sacred art and architecture.

 

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10:30 – 11:00 am  
11:00 – 11:30 am

Gradelink – An affordable web-based system for school administration and grading with key features of report cards, transcripts, sports eligibility, and more.

11:30 – 12:00 pm

TLC – User-friendly system for all of your church management needs!

12:00 – 12:30 pm  
12:30 – 1:00 pm  
1:00 – 1:30 pm      
1:30 – 2:00 pm      
Watch for other times that may be announced.
   

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