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About Religious Recognition Programs

Are there any specific procedures that must be followed to begin these programs?

You must notify your diocesan Catholic committee or the diocesan office of youth ministry before you begin. Each diocese administers the program separately and in order to receive the medals, you must follow their guidelines. Only an authorized purchaser may purchase medals and patches for your diocese.

May I photocopy the workbooks?

No, the workbooks are copyrighted. A workbook should be purchased for each participant.

What grade corresponds to each workbook?

The following are the suggested grades

? Family of God workbook—grades 2-3

? I Live My Faith workbook—grades 4-6

? Mary, the First Disciple workbook—grades 7-10

? The Spirit Alive workbook—grades 9-12

How long does it take to complete a workbook?

On average it takes:

? A minimum of three to six (3-6) months to complete the Family of God workbook

? A minimum of three to six (3-6) months to complete the I Live My Faith workbook

? A minimum of one school year to complete the Mary, the First Disciple workbook

? A minimum of one school year to complete The Spirit Alive workbook

How much are the books?

Currently, the NFCYM charges $4.45 each for the workbooks (all levels) with separate shipping and handling charge. The shipping and handling charge is determined by our online store and is based upon actual UPS charges or USPS charges. You may also order books through your diocese. Please contact them for their current charges.

Does the workbook come with a leader's guide?

The leader's guide is part of the workbook (not a separate document) for the Family of God and I Live My Faith workbooks. A separate document is available for the Mary, the First Disciple and The Spirit Alive workbooks respectively. The separate leader's guide (Mary and The Spirit Alive) is shipped free with an order at a ratio of one (1) free leader's guide per every five (5) workbooks purchased. Otherwise, the leader's guide may be purchased at a cost of $2.00 each. You may also order the leader's guide through your diocese. Please contact them for their current charges.

I have old copies of the Family of God books (pre-2004), Marian Medal book (pre-2006), and The   Spirit Alive book (pre-2004). May I continue to use them?

Yes, the old copies may be used. They will not be exchanged by the NFCYM for the newer books. However, it would be better to use the newer editions of these books (Family of God ©2004, Mary, the First Disciple ©2006, and The Spirit Alive ©2004) as they are more contemporary, content has been updated, and the books are visually appealing.

How do I order the workbooks?

Click on Online Store and place your order by using your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover (American Express is not accepted) credit card. If paying by check follow the steps of the online store until you reach the page that gives your billing and shipping addresses and the total for your order that includes the shipping costs. Print this page and mail it to the NFCYM along with your check. You may also order books through your diocese. Please contact them for their current ordering policies.  If you are the purchaser for your diocese, you should go to the online store and on the right side under Customer Accounts

You should have a registered login.  If you don’t contact Ruby Michaels at rubym@nfcymoffice.org to get a diocesan account set up.

How do I purchase the medals and patches?

Only authorized diocesan purchasers are allowed to purchase the medals and patches. Contact your diocesan Catholic committee or diocesan office of youth ministry for this information. The diocesan offices of youth ministry and links to them are located on the NFCYM website.

Where do I send the medal application forms?

The medal application forms are to be completed by the youth and adult advisor. Once completed, they should be sent to your Catholic Comm. at your diocesan office of youth ministry or diocesan authorized representatives. Do not mail to the NFCYM office, this slows down the awarding of the medals.

For further details regarding the religious recognition programs, contact:

? Your parish

? Your diocesan committee on Catholic Girl Scouts and Camp Fire

? Your diocesan office of youth ministry

? Your regional representative on the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF). The regional representatives, their telephone number, and an email link (if given to the NFCYM) for them are located on our website.