Scout Recognition Mass = Saturday, September 27
- Saturday, September 27
- St Joseph Catholic Church, Bryan
- 10:00 a.m.
- Celebrant - Fr Matthew Kinney, Diocesan Scout Chaplain
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- Altar Servers - 3
- Flag Bearers - 1 from each organization
- Lectors - 3
- Hospitality/Ushers - 4 - to take up collection
- Extraordinary Ministers (adults) - 4 or 5
- Music Leader
- A reception will follow the Mass.
Adult Recognition Nomination Forms Due September 2
The adults in your troop devote countless hours of volunteer time in helping foster the Catholic faith in your Scouts. Don’t forget to honor them, too, at the Scout Recognition Mass on Saturday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan.
Please submit nomination forms no later than Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
- Bronze Pelican - used to recognize individuals in your local dioceses for their significant contributions.
- Brother Barnabas - national recognition for long and meritorious service.
- Miter Society- given to any adult who financially supports, in a significant way, the promotion of the Saint George.
- Jerusalem Cross - used to recognize Scouting in the Catholic Church participants who return to their dioceses and complete a mission project benefiting Catholic youth of their community.
- Silver St. George - national recognition for the hard work and diligent hours supporting the Catholic Youth Ministry at the national level.
- St. George - used to recognize individuals in your local dioceses for their significant contributions and many years of support for the Catholic Youth Ministry at the local level.
Nomination forms for national awards can be found at the National Catholic Committee on Scouting under the specific award.
GSUSA, AHG, or Campfire
- St. Elizabeth Anne Seton: for adults working with Catholic members of national organizations serving girls; is an award of the Department of Education, USCC. Must have 3 years service and generally promotes Catholic Scouting and participates in diocesan Scout events.
- St. Anne: for adults working with Catholic members of national organizations serving girls; is an award of the Department of Education, USCC. Must have 7 years service and generally promotes Catholic Scouting and participates in diocesan Scout events and perhaps serves as a religious emblem counselor.
Please mail completed nomination forms no later than Tuesday, September 2, to:
Diocese of Austin Catholic Committee on Scouting
P.O. Box 104
Pflugerville, TX 78691-0104
Over the past few months, the Austin Diocese Committee on Catholic Scouting (DCCS) has received many questions about the BSA membership policy change and what that means for us as Catholic Scouters. We were able to answer many of the questions, but I am even more pleased that we now have a FAQs sheet from the National Committee on Catholic Scouting.
To view the FAQ sheet, see the National Committee on Catholic Scouting's Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BSA's Youth Membership Standard.
I encourage all Catholic Scouters to read this document. As the Austin DCCS, we intend to follow a path that is always faithful to our Catholic moral teachings and that always gives respect to every human person. The answers in this document are a good guide to that path.
May God continue to bless your ministry of Catholic Scouting.
Rev. Matthew Kinney
Diocesan Chaplain for Catholic Scouting
The purpose of the Austin Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) is to provide Catholic Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and members of other similar organizations continued education in the Catholic Faith and support the growth of Catholic scouting units in these organizations.
Youth are invited to earn age-appropriate Religious Emblems by completing a formation program including a workbook. Upon completion of the program they are invited to attend a Recognition Mass and receive their medal from Bishop Joe Vasquez.
Leaders For the safety of our children, all volunteers in the Diocese of Austin are required to attend an Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) workshop and complete an online volunteer application and background check. This is in addition to the training required by your girls/boys scouting organization. All scouts in 7th grade and above who seek to earn their religious emblem must work with a trained religious emblem counselor. To complete this training, a counselor must attend a retreat. There they will receive their Religious Emblem Counselor (REC) training and their Lay Apostolate Formation (LAF) training.