May 10, 2018, updated May 11
As is the case every year as we approach the opening of our Spring Enrichment days we invariably have the unfortunate task of announcing courses that have been canceled (either due to low enrollments or the instructor informing us in the past few days that they are not available) or have had to be closed out since they have reached the maximum seating capacity available for them. We have attempted to contact by email (or phone) all registrants affected by a course cancelation and have asked them to either switch to another course themselves using our online system or let the Catholic School Office know what they want to change to by noon on Friday, May 11.
As of May 10 the following course are either closed out or canceled:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
B05 Morality for All Ages, Part 1 of 2
D05 Leading Prayer with Adults
D07 Morality for All Ages, Part 2 of 2
THURSDAY, MAY 17
E09 Healing Touch
EB1 Resources and Opportunities for Catechist Formation
F07 Tai Chi Chin: Relaxation through a moving meditation
G03 Introduction to Morality
H03 Liturgy 101
H07 Catholic in a Field of Dreams
H09 Spirituality of the Leader
FRIDAY, MAY 18
I12 Movies that have Messages that Engage People's Faith
I13 Do Emotions Matter
IC4 Crafty Catechetics
J05 Images of God
K07 Touching the Holy: Theological Reflection
If they are unable to inform us of their change before noon on Friday, they will be able to switch to another available class at the Registration Desk in the Atrium at Spring Enrichment.
We’d also like this opportunity to make a clarification as we have been receiving several calls and emails about this. Technically payment was due at the time you registered (the only exception being if you registered online in which case you had up to 12 days – but no later than May 9 – to send in a physical check if you weren’t using a credit/debit card to make payment. Once registered the only time in which you would be guaranteed a refund of your payment (in all or in part) would be if we had to cancel a class and you were unable to switch to an alternative session and requested a refund by June 2. In any other circumstance – your schedule changed, illness, death in family, etc – refunds cannot be guaranteed and will be considered on a case by case basis after all bills for Spring Enrichment have been paid.
It’s funny. How often do we hear remarks about teens and young adults in our parishes as being “the Church of the future”? Aren’t they already a part of the Church of the present? How do we acknowledge their place in the Church now? Here’s one way to do it…
While several of the courses and presentations throughout the day on Thursday may be of interest to teens, young adults and adults working with them, we will be having a special mini-conference within Spring Enrichment just for them (and any parents/drivers/chaperones with them) running from 4-9pm. “Be the Church Now” will begin with a number of simultaneous activities involving art, music, discovery, service and prayer. After a brief pizza dinner break Chris Padgett will be presenting an opening keynote for the teens and young adults in attendance while Marylin Kratatz-Toolan will be leading a session sponsored by Sadlier Religion for parents who are attending with their teenagers. They will then be able to attend two different breakout sessions before a closing session with Padgett and a blessing by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger. Following the closing blessing participants will be able to remain for a coffee house hour until 9pm.
Teens, young adults and adults attending the Be the Church Now program within Spring Enrichment are also able to register for the other courses being offered as part of the regular Spring Enrichment program. High school teenagers (15-18) and young adults (under 35) are able to attend Be the Church Now for free; adults (over 35) will pay a flat $12 to attend from 4-9pm. Additional information about this conference within a conference is available on the Spring Enrichment website at www.springenrichment.weebly.com/be-the-church-now.
For many years attendees at the Albany Diocese’s Spring Enrichment have asked about the availability of our accepting credit cards and/or online registration (vs. hard copy or paper ones). With more and more people and institutions paying for goods and services online it was getting to the point where some church goers were only using checks for the Sunday collection basket. We’ll at long last we’re happy to report that we’ve begun to move the registration process for Spring Enrichment into the 21st century with the introduction of our new online registration platform.
Why would someone want to register online? There are a number of reasons…
Participants can sign up online when and where is most convenient for them to do so. They no longer need to print out a registration form, hand write their information, purchase a stamp, and mail in their registration; rather, they can easily register online and complete the process quickly. (Although it might help to use a printed copy of the registration form to keep track of which courses you want to sign up for.)
Ability to pay by credit/debit card or e-check
Instead of writing a check, participants can simply enter their credit card details online to securely complete their transaction in seconds. Those wishing to pay by a physical, manual check, may do so (but we need to receive their payment within 12 days or no later than May 9, whichever comes first, in order to honor their registration).
No more lost registrations or payments
When registering online participants are notified immediately once their registration and payment have been successfully submitted. Following a successful registration participants automatically receive a confirmation email with their registration order details that are available for easy reference. We will be issuing emailed registration acknowledgements starting the week of April 9.
In addition to the usual discounts for multiple courses (4 or more regular, 2 hour sessions) and the early registration discount, participants who register online for Spring Enrichment 2018 will save $5 on their overall registration for regular courses vs those registering via paper form. For example, if you register for four regular courses by April 20 you would be be paying $45 if you did so using the traditional paper registration form vs. $40 if signing up online.
Better Customer Service
Participant gets the ability to be informed via their email inbox of new information or scheduling changes and if registering towards the end of the registration process would be automatically notified when registering if a course was either closed or canceled. Also, with either the individual registrant or someone who knows the registrants entering their registration it is less likely for there to be spelling errors in names or contact information.
Ability to go back and make changes to your course selections
If a registrant decides they want to switch from one course selection to another, they can easily go back into the online registration platform and make the switch themselves. If they want to add additional courses to their schedule, they may do that too, and will be able to pay the difference.
Enter multiple or family registrations
Via the online registration system you create an account which you use to enter either a single registration or any number of them. All registrations within that group are administered by the account holder who can then make changes to the registrations in that group and pay for the registration(s).
To register for Spring Enrichment 2018 online you would
If you would like to review more detailed instructions along with some helpful hints for navigating the online registration system, click here.
Originally released March 16, 2018
Originally introduced at Spring Enrichment in 2016 as one of the many changes in the venerable program’s “reboot”, Spring Enrichment 2018 will be featuring 25 “mini-classes” on its schedule this May 16-18 at the College of Saint Rose. These hour-long sessions focus on a more limited topic than the regular, two hour sessions, are great opportunities for people interested in getting a concise exposure to the topic, want to take a quick course in between regular classes or during a time when they aren’t taking a session, or who want to experience Spring Enrichment without a two hour time commitment.
Particular areas of interest include:
Catechesis & Evangelization
BA1 – Catechesis & Evangelization: Here & Now
BB1 – Supervising the Parish Catechetical/Youth Ministry Leader
BC1 – Evangelizing and Catechizing Children & Families with Special Needs
CA1 – Called to Catechetical Ministry? Who? Me?
CC1 – One Body in Christ: Sacrament Preparation & Participation in Liturgy for Individuals with Disabilities
DA1 – Echoes 3.0 Orientation & Training
EB1 & ID2 – Resources & Opportunities for Catechist Formation
IC1 & ID1 – Lunchtime Q & A with Bishop Ed for teachers and catechists
IC2 – How Storytelling in Religion, Language or History Class develops Students’ voices
IC4 – Crafty Catechesis
ID4 – Evangelization & the Catholic School
FB1 – God Calls: We respond, but how?
IC3 – Controlling your own Drawbridge: Boundaries for Leaders
Parents & Families
FA1 – How do we discover God in the Movies we watch with our children and preteens?
FC1 – The Importance of the Sabbath
GC1 – Adolescents and Faith: Helping Parents to Make the Connection
IA1 – How do Catholic Parents choose schools?
Parish Leaders & Staff
IB1 – Your Bulletin: On Mission for Evangelization
JA1 – Essentials of Online Giving: Inviting Catholics to be Generous
JB1 – Parish Cemetery Apostolate
(see also under “Catechesis & Evangelization” and “Ministry”, above)
Mini-courses are a flat $5 each and do not count towards the multi-course or early registration discounts offered for regular, 2 hour long, courses. Click here to view a complete listing of the mini-course schedule.
Originally released March 7, 2018
In this bleak and seemingly never-ending winter that we’ve been experiencing here in the Albany Diocese, a sign of spring’s approach is just a day away. Yes, at long last, on Thursday, March 8 the schedule for Spring Enrichment 2018: Companions along the journey will be made public. The Evangelist, our diocesan newspaper, and our diocesan website will each have the overview, “schedule-at-a-glance” and the website will also have the Comprehensive Program Guidebook with all the course descriptions and brief speaker bios. Spring Enrichment 2018 will be at Albany’s College of Saint Rose, Wednesday, May 16 – Friday, May 18.
This year’s Spring Enrichment days will begin, as previously announced, with an opening mass celebrated by Bishop Hubbard with post-mass reflection offered by Fr. Richard Fragomeni. Wednesday afternoon and evening will see 30 additional courses being offered running the gamut from Sacred Scripture and the Creed, to morality, liturgy, planning retreats, pastoral care and prayer. Fr. Fragomeni returns that evening for a session on the communion of saints, our sometimes-forgotten companions along the journey.
Thursday’s schedule includes a total of 40 individual sessions, starting off with Bishop Scharfenberger exploring the depth and richness of the Church’s teaching in “Catholic Social Teaching 101”. He will be followed at 1pm by Bishop Hubbard who will delving into six new Beatitudes for the Church and World proposed by Pope Francis. Thursday afternoon and evening we will be welcoming teens, young adults and adults who are interested in youth and their place in the Church in a special mini-conference within a conference: “Be the Church Now”.
Once again on our third day of programming, we will be welcoming the teachers from our diocese’s 22 Catholic elementary and secondary schools as they attend Spring Enrichment to pursue their initial and ongoing catechetical certification. From 9:30am-6pm we’ll be offering 36 regular, 2-hour long courses and 12 hour long mini-courses.
In addition to the opening mass at 9am on Wednesday, May 16, there will be two other liturgical gatherings during this year’s program. The annual “Prayer of Remembrance” where we remember the catechists, youth ministers and those from related ministries who have died over the past year will be held in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary on Thursday at 12:30pm and on Friday morning the Catholic School teachers will gather for an opening prayer service at 8:45am. The exhibition hall, with publishers, service providers and other vendors of goods, resources and services will officially open at noon on Wednesday (with preview before the opening mass) and will remain open until 7pm. On Thursday its hours will be 8:30am-7pm and on Friday, from 8:30-3:30pm.
More information about this year’s program will be posted through the diocesan website or our dedicated resource site over the coming weeks.
Originally released January 26, 2018
We’re happy to announce that Spring Enrichment 2018 will open with Albany Diocese’s Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard and Fr. Richard Fragomeni of Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union teaming up for a special two-for-one Wednesday morning, May 16.
Bishop Hubbard will be presiding at the opening mass for our Spring Enrichment days starting at 9am in the Gymnasium of the College of Saint Rose in Albany. A special “teaching mass”, the stage will be set by Fr. Fragomeni who will introduce the liturgy and will then take to the podium following the liturgy to offer a catechetical session on what we have just experienced and to offer a reflection on the wondrous gift – the Eucharist – that we just celebrated and received.
Stephen Mawn, director of the Spring Enrichment program, reports that he was especially pleased with Fr. Fragomeni’s focus on the gift of the eucharist for the opening presentation of this year’s presentation. “Father’s opening presentation highlighting the gift of the Eucharist will be a wonderful start to this year’s Spring Enrichment days as it’s a great way to connect with the Albany Diocese’s first ever Eucharistic Congress that will be at the Auriesville Shrine in late September.”
Most Rev. Howard Hubbard served as the ninth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany having been installed as our local ordinary in 1977, just four years after the inaugural Spring Enrichment. He was succeeded by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger in April, 2014 and is now Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese. A priest of the Albany Diocese, Fr. Richard Fragomeni is a Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Chair of the Department of Word and Worship. He has written widely on liturgy, music, symbolism, the Catechumenate, the Eucharist and liturgies with children and also serves as the Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American parish in Chicago’s Little Italy.
October 25, 2017
The Vicariate of Catholic Faith Formation & Education of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has announced that the theme of Spring Enrichment 2018 is "Companions along the journey". Thus, as the diocese gathers for its 45th annual Spring Enrichment days, Wednesday, May 16 - Friday, May 18, it will be celebrating the men and women who accompany us on our faith journeys through life.
Members of the organizing committee, consisting of diocesan staff and representatives from both the parish catechetical and Catholic school communities, were excited with the new theme and saw possibilities to recall the past, live the present and look forward to the future as we celebrate this milestone anniversary for Spring Enrichment.
Interestingly enough, with the Diocese to hold its first Eucharistic Congress next September (2018), the Spring Enrichment theme also has an Eucharistic dimension. The word "companion" comes from two Latin words, com meaning "with" and pan meaning "bread". Consider how we gather together with fellow companions along the journey when we share the bread that has become the Body of Christ at the Eucharistic Liturgy.
The committee also decided to resurrect a special teen program - to be expanded to include young adults - that last made an appearance at the 46th Spring Enrichment in 2009. Details on this conference within a conference will be made available at a later date.