Important Dates 2017 – 2018

August 7  By 4 pm | Musicians arrive and music training begins

August 17 Between 7 am-5 pm; by 3 pm if by car | Team members arrive & training begins

August 20 Team members & staff depart for Camp Wapo

September 2 Teams return to the NET Center in West St. Paul to continue training

September 12 Commissioning Mass at the NET Center at 7:00 PM

September 15-16 Parish and School Teams depart for diocese

September 23 Teams depart for first diocese

December 15 Teams arrive at NET Center for December Retreat

December 18 After 8 am NO EXCEPTIONS Team members depart for Christmas break

January 2 By 5 pm All team members arrive for January Training

January 9 Teams depart for diocese

May 12 Teams return to St. Paul for Wrap-up Week

May 18 Families arrive in St. Paul / join up with team members at 4 PM

May 19 9 am to 4 pm Thanksgiving Mass and Banquet

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my son or daughter have medical insurance when serving with NET?

Despite the rising costs of medical care, NET Ministries remains committed to providing quality medical insurance for its team members who are unable to secure medical insurance through their parents.  To help keep our costs low, NET has chosen a “Partially Self-funded” medical plan in which the ministry absorbs the first $40,000 of covered medical bills for each team member while purchasing insurance for amounts in excess of that.  While this system has worked well, it is still expensive, and thus, it is extremely helpful if team members are able to remain on their parents’ plan.

We invite you to consider this possibility. Recent federal legislation has mandated that children be allowed to remain on their parents’ medical plan until age 26. Please contact our Director of Administration, Dan Brewer (danb@netusa.org, 651.450.6833 x104) and let him know if your son/daughter will need to use NET’s insurance or if they can remain on your medical plan. Our goal is to not have you incur additional costs by keeping your son/daughter on your plan. If keeping your son/daughter on your plan results in additional costs to you, please talk with Dan regarding how NET can assist with those additional costs. If your son/daughter is able to stay on your medical plan, please have him/her bring a copy of your medical card to training.

NET offers a one-time $100.00 incentive to any missionary who is able to remain insured under a different plan.

Medical Notes:

Two last medical notes: If your son/daughter is taking any regular medications, please have them talk to their physician about getting enough medication to last until Christmas. Some of the teams will be serving in rural areas where it can be challenging to get prescriptions filled quickly.

Secondly, if your son/daughter suffers from asthma, he or she should talk with their physician prior to coming to NET to get advice regarding how to manage their asthma. Many of the team members will find themselves in a variety of geographic settings and a little pre-planning can make a big difference.

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Why do the team members have to raise money and how can they be successful?

To help cover the costs of training, meals, transportation, a monthly stipend, and other expenses, your son/daughter has been asked to raise a minimum of $5,000 in personal support. It costs NET approximately $20,000 to send out a missionary, and funding comes primarily from three sources: 25% from team member sponsors; 40% from retreat program fees; and 35% raised in the Development Department of NET. The Partnership Program at NET Ministries is coordinated by Paul Ives and he will be providing your son/daughter with initial training (2 webinars) and ongoing support and coaching to help them reach their goal. Our own experience with support raising has shown that any team member who prays, plans, and executes the strategies we teach them will easily reach or exceed their goal.

Click here for a personal letter from Paul Ives to parents of NET support raisers. If you have any questions about support raising for serving with NET Ministries, please contact Paul Ives at pives@netusa.org or 651.450.6833 ×125 and he would be happy to speak with any parents about the process.

Below we have designed a video specifically for parents of NET team members. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view this informative video that addresses some of the top questions and concerns we have heard from parents throughout the years.

Video Topics Include:

  • Support Raising, why is it required
  • Support Raising is not begging
  • Why Build a support team
  • The Fear of Rejection
  • What if it doesn’t work

 

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Will my son/daughter receive a stipend? How do I get our direct deposit information to you?

Beginning in September, your son/daughter will receive a monthly stipend of $100.00, which will be directly deposited into their bank account. We need for you or your son/daughter to send us the account information as soon as possible. Please send NET a voided check (NOT a deposit slip, as this does not have the complete information that is needed), or call us with the information. Please indicate if you are submitting information about a saving’s account instead of a checking account. Know that this information will be kept confidential and secure, and then destroyed at the end of their NET service.

Please send this voided check to:
Dan Brewer, Director of Administration
110 Crusader Avenue W.
West St. Paul, MN 55118-4427

Or, contact him at 651.450.6833 x104; DanB@netusa.org.

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How do I send mail or packages to my son or daughter?

During our initial five-week training, please send all letters and packages to our National Office and we will deliver them to your son or daughter:

Missionary Name
NET Ministries
110 Crusader Avenue W
West St Paul, MN 55118

Once the teams complete training and “hit the road,” the process is different depending on what type of team your son or daughter is on.

For Parish and School Teams, you will receive an email with the address where you can send all mail and packages.

For the “Home Team,” you can continue to send all mail and packages to the NET Office listed above.

For Traveling Teams: You can send all letters to the NET office at the address listed above. Our receptionist bundles up all letters for each team and sends them via UPS to the teams every Friday. So, the teams receive mail once a week. Please note: we cannot forward packages. If you’d like to send your son or daughter a package, here’s the procedure:

1. Our office will send you a schedule on a regular basis of where your son or daughter will be every day of the year.
2. Call the contact person listed on the schedule for where your son or daughter will be one week from when you’ll send the package. She or he will give you the best address where you can send the package.

Example: Suppose you want to mail your child a package on October 1. Look on the schedule and check where your child will be on October 8. Call the contact person listed, tell them you’d like to send a package to your child who will be doing a NET retreat at their parish on the 8th and ask what is the best address to use to send the package.

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What about my son/daughter’s safety?

Your child’s safety is a top priority for us! Let’s take a look at a few important aspects of NET Life:

Host Homes: NET team members stay in host homes provided by the parish or school where they are serving. Traveling teams will usually stay in each home for one or two nights while the home team and parish/school teams stay in the same host homes for two to three weeks. All of our host homes are vetted by the leadership of local parish or school where the team is staying. Team members always stay at a host home with at least one other team member – they’ll never stay alone. If a team member ever senses he or she is in an unsafe situation, they are instructed to leave the house, contact NET staff, and we will get them to a new home immediately.

Driving Safety: NET teams have driven over 5 million miles in the past 35 years and while we’ve had an occasional fender bender, we’ve had no fatalities and less than a handful of serious accidents. Here’s the reason: only selected team members are chosen to be drivers based on a DMV background check, age, and experience. All of our team members are trained by professional instructors and our vehicles are maintained using the same standards used by professional bus companies. While the mission of evangelization is important, safety comes first. Thus, our teams are instructed not to travel during dangerous weather. If, by chance, a team gets caught in a storm, they are instructed to get off the road and contact our staff. We have a network of thousands of supporters across the country who are ready to offer shelter and additional help. Also, each team has NET-provided credit cards for emergencies.

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How and when can I talk with my son or daughter?

Team members are allowed to bring a personal cell phone, which they can use for a maximum of 20 minutes per day when they are not conducting ministry. Once the missionaries are placed on teams, parents will receive an email from our office with emergency contact information particular to that team.

Please see the section on Fall Training for further information on phone/media use.

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Does my son or daughter need a winter coat?

After team members are placed into their teams, they will be assigned a route for the fall. There is no way to know before team members arrive in August if they will be on a northern route and will need appropriate winter clothing.

If your son or daughter has winter clothing, they are encouraged to bring it to training and store it in their locker at the NET Center. If they don’t have appropriate winter clothing, we recommend waiting until they receive their routes during training rather than purchasing something they may not need. There will be time for you or your son/daughter to attain winter clothing before they begin traveling.

Please keep in mind that every NET team member will spend a week of January in Minnesota for January training.

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What if my son/daughter has already been accepted to college, has been offered a college scholarship, or has student loans or car loans?

While we cannot guarantee their success, we do offer official loan and scholarship deferment letters for your son or daughter that have been successful in many cases. In addition, we provide a letter for acceptance forbearance in the case that your child has been accepted to a college or university.

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What happens during training?

The NET year begins with an intensive five-week training program conducted by the NET staff, a dedicated and talented group of young professionals. They are assisted by priests from several dioceses and religious orders as well as several NET alumni priests and religious. Both Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens will be joining us to preside at special liturgies.

The first two weeks of training are conducted at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, in Amery, Wisconsin and the last three weeks are held at the NET Center, our West St. Paul headquarters.

As mentioned, the first two weeks of training are conducted at a camp in Amery, Wisconsin. We have found it invaluable to get team members away from the noise of the city so they can concentrate on deepening their personal faith and work on developing strong relationships with the men and women with whom they will be serving. Toward that end, we will be asking all the team members to leave their electronic devices such as cell phones and iPods at the NET Center while we are away at camp. Consequently, they will not be able to call or email you during their time at camp. (Of course, if there should be an important reason for them to contact you, we will make sure they receive access to a phone.)

Emergencies:

We will be at camp August 21 – September 3, 2016. In the event that you must reach your son/daughter while at camp, please contact David Rinaldi, NET’s Program Director: 651.334.8967 or David@netusa.org.

David leads the training for the NET team members and will check for messages several times a day.

Beginning on September 7, you can reach the staff at our office,

Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm at 651.450.6833.

David Rinaldi will be available nights and weekends at 651.334.8967.

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NET Team Training, an Overview of the five weeks:

Christian Character
Loving God First
Communal & Personal Prayer
Union With God in Prayer
Decision to Love
Obstacles to the Christian Life
Finding Our Identity in Christ
Eucharistic Devotion
Handling Our Emotions
Up-building Speech

Skill Development
Keynoting and Faith Sharing
Ice-breakers and Mingling
Small Group Dynamics
Training Youth Leaders
Music and Drama
Praying with Young People
Preparing Workshops
Large Group Games
Responding to Special Needs
Planning Liturgy

Team Relationships
Being Brothers and Sisters
Correction and Encouragement
Having a Servant’s Heart
Dealing with Differences
Showing Honor and Respect
Attitude of Gratitude
Dealing with Attractions
Cultivating Trust
Team Roles
Team Leader Training

Nurturing Catholic Life
Daily Eucharist
Understanding The Sacraments
Why Church
Prayers of the Church
Appreciating the Saints
Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour
Our Blessed Mother

Content of Evangelization
Call to Evangelize
Preparing Your Witness
Evangelii Nuntiandi
First Encounter Evangelization
Basic Gospel Message
Witness of Life
Spiritual Gifts
Catholic Answers to Key Questions

A Typical Training Day:

  • 6:30 AM Wake-up
  • 7:30 Personal Prayer Time
  • 8:15 Mass
  • 9:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Presentation #1 This presentation spells out for the team members the Christian ideal. It includes such talks as Loving God First, Union With God In Prayer, Morality, Understanding the Eucharist.
  • 11:30 break (15 minutes)
  • 11:45 Presentation #2 This presentation focuses on the practical application of the ideal. Included are talks like Practical Prayer Advice, Relating as Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and Reconciling Relationships.
  • 12:30 Lunch and afternoon break: Options include recreational activities, reflection time, one to one care by staff, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • 2:30 Presentation #3 This time includes the skill development of the individual and the team. This would be the time to work on preparing presentations, learn how to lead a small group, drama training, etc.
  • 4:45 Small group discussion
  • 5:30 Break
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30 Evening activities include everything from the practical (laundry nights), to social events (talent shows), to prayer times and Holy Hours.
  • 9:45 Socializing and wind down
  • 10:30 Bed time

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