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1 BE A MAN: Jesus Christ, The Face of True Manhood 2016 PARISH CAPTAIN INFORMATION PACKET SECOND ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEN S CONFERENCE April 23 rd, 2016 To register, please visit: (From the top menu choose "Parish Life and Mass Times" and then "Catholic Men s Conference") Parish Captain Responsibility The primary responsibility of the Parish Captains (PC) is to be the point person(s) in promoting and inviting as many men as possible from his parish to experience the Annual Catholic Men s Conference. Table of Contents Conference promotion checklist...page 1 Promotional ideas for your parish. Page 2 Parish bulletin articles. Page 2 Example pulpit talks.pages 3 & 4 Example Mass announcement (by priest).. Page 5 Conference Promotion Checklist Parish Captain (Team) Conference Call Feb 2, 2016 Attend Deanery Kickoff Meeting by February 7, 2016, Present promo plan to your Pastor, secure his approval, bring him to the Conference ASAP Place conference posters at parish by February 10, 2016 Discuss ways to promote conference in your parish Work with team of 2-3 other men to plan your recruiting strategy The best way to recruit men is by personal invitation Encourage recruits to invite 2 or 3 men to join them, too Make presentations to the parish s men s groups, KOC, etc. to help by February 26, 2016 Set Attendance Goal for Parish by February 18, 2016 (10 men per small parish, in larger parishes) This Parish s Attendance Goal will be Arrange Bulletin Insert ASAP (meet bulletin submittal deadline for your parish) Schedule Pulpit Talks on March 19-21, Arrange talk by Pastor during homily or at

2 end of Mass; or arrange lay presentations by the 3 rd weekend of March to be most effective (see examples on page 3-4) (IF APPLICABLE) Schedule a bus for your parish PROMOTIONAL IDEAS FOR YOUR PARISH Conference Posters Place in locations that have most impact NOTE: location, location, location! Get posters up right after your PC Kickoff Meeting. Share Conference Brochures and Wallet Cards Hand them directly to potential attendees and talk about conference. Mention that registration can be via website or by mail-in. Parish Bulletin Announcements and/or Parish Newsletter Articles As soon as possible and as often as possible starting as early as possible in February to be most effective Invitation Use your parish s new-family list to make personal contact and extend invitations to men new to your parish or to men that don t regularly attend Mass or are not Catholics. Dear Daddy Letter Compose a simulated letter of invitation from a child and arrange to distribute copies to all parish religious education students by early February Get in on Parish Meetings Make a list of every major meeting scheduled in the Parish during February and March (including women s groups). Arrange to attend and speak or hand out brochures to attendees. Parish Bulletin Article Example #1 Parish Bulletin Articles 2016 Second Annual Catholic Men s Conference Be A Man: Jesus Christ, The True Face of Manhood April 23, 2016 at King s College, Scandlon Physical Education Center, 149 North Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary at 6:00am, Registration/Continental Breakfast 7:00am, and Conference 8:00am to 3:00pm. Register online at : (From the top menu choose "Parish Life and Mass Times" and then "Catholic Men s Conference") or mail the completed conference brochure application with your check to Attn: Men s Conference, Office for Parish Life, 330 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA (Insert Parish Captain name and contact info) Parish Bulletin Article Example # Second Annual Catholic Men s Conference Be A Man: Jesus Christ, The True Face of Manhood April 23, 2016 at King s College, Scandlon Physical Education Center, 149 North Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA Experience a prayerful, spirit-filled, life-changing day featuring keynote presentations by Catholic biblical scholar, professor and conference speaker Dr. Scott Hahn from Steubenville, Ohio, and well-known blogger Msgr. Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. Reconciliation opportunities with many priests available for

3 confessions. The Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Bambera will celebrate the closing Mass. Eucharistic Adoration 6:00am, Registration/Continental Breakfast 7:00am, With main Conference and Mass from 8:00am to 2:45pm. Cost: $35, $30 early bird, $15 for students, Priests and Deacons free. Register online at : (From the top menu choose "Parish Life and Mass Times" and then "Catholic Men s Conference") or mail the completed conference brochure application with your check to Attn: Men s Conference, Office for Parish Life, 330 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA (Insert Parish Captain name and contact info) Parish Bulletin Article Example #3 Catholic Men's Conference Set for April 23 rd The Second Annual Catholic Men's Conference for the Diocese of Scranton will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at King's College in Wilkes-Barre. The event will feature keynote presentations by Catholic biblical scholar, professor and conference speaker Dr. Scott Hahn from Steubenville, Ohio, and well-known blogger Msgr. Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. There will be opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as devotional prayers. Additionally, exhibitors will be present with a full array of Catholic books and publications as well as CDs and ministry opportunities. Fathers, sons, grandsons and friends are all most welcome to register for the event. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will join with participants throughout the day and celebrate a closing Mass. The idea for the event was initiated by laymen from various parishes, with the support of their pastors, in an effort to address challenging issues facing men in today's culture. Further information may be obtained by contacting: (insert Parish Captain name and contact info) Glenn Yanik, or ); Michael Kilmer or Lay Person Pulpit Talk Example Pulpit Talks Thank you, Father Those of you who ve attended a Catholic Men s Conference in the past know how truly inspiring and uplifting it is For those of you who HAVEN T attended before, I encourage you to join us for the 2016 Second Annual Catholic Men s Conference on Saturday, April 23 rd at Kings College in Wilkes Barre PA. I assure you it will be one of the most rewarding days you ll experience all year! We have an extraordinary program planned including keynote presentations by Catholic biblical scholar, professor and conference speaker Dr. Scott Hahn from Steubenville, Ohio, and well-known blogger Msgr. Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. There will be opportunities for reconciliation with many priests in attendance to hear confessions. Bishop Joseph Bambera will be the Mass Celebrant. (continued..) (..Pulpit Talk by a member of a parish Men s Group, continued) We hope you ll join us weeks from now for the Catholic Men s Conference. For more

4 information, please take a brochure from one of the gentlemen at the doors as you leave. There s also information and a mail-in registration form inside the church bulletin. Thank You. Pulpit Talk by a member of a parish Men s Group My name is. I am a member of our Men s Fellowship Group (or whatever men s group name applies) here at Parish. Our Men s group is part of the Catholic Men s Ministry of the Diocese of Scranton which is sponsoring the 2016 Catholic Men s Conference on Saturday, April 23rd. Father has allowed me to take a few minutes to highlight some important details about the Conference. This is the second year that this conference will be held in the Scranton Diocese. We hope to bring together more than 1,000 men for an inspirational and uplifting day. We will hear how men can grow spiritually and enrich the relationships in our families, marriages, parishes and at work. There will also be opportunities for fellowship, confession & Mass. (Speaker s note Consider adding any personal experiences you had at any of the prior conferences). A dynamic line-up of speakers is scheduled, featuring keynote presentations by Catholic biblical scholar, professor and conference speaker Dr. Scott Hahn from Steubenville, Ohio, and well-known blogger Msgr. Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. We ll have opportunities for reconciliation with many priests in attendance to hear confessions. Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Bambera will be the Mass Celebrant. The cost of the conference is $35.00 regular, $30 for early birds, and $15 for Students. Priests and Deacons are free. Morning coffee and lunch. You can register on-line on the Diocese of Scranton website or by mail..continued (continued from page 4) Gentlemen, If you ve never had the opportunity to attend, we will be welcoming you to a prayerful, Spirit-filled, life-changing day! I hope you will join me and many other men from our parish at the Catholic Men s Conference on Saturday, April 23 rd, bring a friend! Speaker s Note: add your personal endorsement here, along with reference to posters, bulletin announcements, or any other details about the conference. Make sure flyers are in the bulletins or available, and that men are at the exits to distribute brochures. Example Mass Announcement (by Priest) The 2016 Second Annual Catholic Men s Conference will be held on Saturday, April 23 rd at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, PA. The theme of this year s conference is Be A Man: Jesus Christ, The True Face of Manhood. Experience a prayerful, spirit-filled, life-changing day with a dynamic line-up of speakers. For Early risers, the day begins at 6:00am with

5 Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary to set the tone for the day. Continental breakfast and registration will begin at 7:00am. The conference will start at 8:00am with the closing Mass ending at 3:00pm. You can register either on-line at the Diocese of Scranton website or by mail. This is an opportunity for men of our parish to: (use selected examples of why men should attend) Join hundreds of other like-minded, Catholic men in a half day conference Hear excellent talks that will challenge you, re-awaken your spirit, and lift you up Examine your priorities Rejuvenate your commitment to Catholic Faith, Family & Fellowship Give you new insights for your daily life Support, challenge and affirm your call as a son of God and brother of Christ Participate in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist Help you come closer to Christ

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