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Family Track

Penta Virtual Regional Congress

PENTA Virtual Regional Congress – Family Track

Date: September 25, 2021

Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm

This virtual Congress has been planned for Families (this includes parents, guardians, grandparents, and other adults who play important roles in the practice and development of their family’s faith) focusing on their spiritual and emotional wellbeing as we move forward to new possibilities.

Schedule and Speakers for the Family Track:

8:30am-9:15am – Welcome & Keynote Speaker Mari Pablo

Mari is a presenter for Ascension Press, a speaker for the Steubenville Youth Conferences, and has a Master’s degree in Theology.







9:15am-10:00am – Session 1
Nicole & Dr. Sean Tobin – “The Emotional Needs of the Family”

“The world is in crisis and is desperate for the witness of the Christian family. Emotional needs are like a compass that guide our hearts to God, who models family life within Himself with a supply of love that never runs dry. Our emotional needs are vulnerable opportunities for healing and transformation, for bonding and significance – and while emotions are as free and untamable as a toddler, they inspire presence, the pursuit of wholeness, and a foretaste of heaven.”

Sean and Nicole are a dynamic couple whose passion is to see the Church on fire with believers who are fully alive. Originally from Canada, Sean and Nicole moved to Los Angeles County in 2014, and have two young children. They are both Franciscan University of Steubenville alumni – Nicole with an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry and Sean with a BA in Philosophy/Theology. Nicole began doctoral studies in Christian Ethics at the University of Toronto when she met Sean, having also spent time discerning a religious vocation with the Trappists. Sean spent two years in religious life with the Intercessors of the Lamb, and after, studied at Divine Mercy University as well as Azusa Pacific University, where he earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Sean is a Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of the Divine Mercy Clinic and Family Center, while Nicole is the Director of the Newman Center Pasadena. Together they are the Co-Directors of the Encounter Ministries’ Los Angeles Satellite Campus, which draws from the richness of our Catholic heritage to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their sphere of influence.

10:15am-11:00am – Session 2
Dr. John M. Rinaldo – “Passing on our Catholic Faith to Our Kids”

Having kids means juggling all sorts of priorities. School, sports, piano lessons, meals, sleep, not to mention faith. And, we have to work, too! As a busy parent, we find ourselves trying to insert faith amidst all the other competing priorities. But it can be done. In this workshop, we’ll explore some quick and meaningful ways to engage our kids in faith experiences, even with our busy schedules and busy lives.

Dr. John M. Rinaldo is a husband and father of three kids ages 4, 6, and 10. John is the Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in the Las Vegas area. John earned his Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) in Leadership and Organizational Development from the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, as well as a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Santa Clara University. John has served in various Catholic pastoral ministry settings for over 20 years.

11:15am-12:00pm – Session 3
Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, MFT, M.Div – “Families Moving Forward”

The Covid-19 pandemic has been incredibly stressful on most families: significant threats to our health and lives, major financial losses, job insecurity, social isolation, drastic changes to family life due to parents working from home and children´s virtual learning from home, confusing information and polarized political climate that fostered mistrust and serious conflicts among family members. All these factors have often resulted in increased levels of anxiety, depression, and anger. In this workshop by Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, MFT, she will offer concrete coping strategies to restore our emotional life, teach effective interactive skills to renew family relationships and move forward with greater unity. Please visit her at

Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a former ordained minister, and a joyful convert of many years to the Catholic Church, as well as an author, speaker, wife of 35 years and mom. She received her 2 Master’s degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary Schools of Theology and Psychology in Pasadena, CA. and has over 30 years’ experience in ministry, counseling, and speaking in our SoCal Churches and Conferences. She and her husband, Dr. John Yzaguirre, specialize in helping couples build united, joyful and lasting marriages and they are the co-authors of their popular “Thriving Marriages” and “Casados y Felices” books and resources available at

12:00pm – 12:15pm – Wrap up & Closing Prayer

12:15pm – 1:00pm – Click to Connect (C2C): Breakout rooms for sharing and networking with other attendees

To register for this great event, CLICK HERE, and be sure to select “FAMILY Track in English” in your registration form.


This year, our Congress will once again be virtual but this time we have combined all five regions to form one, PENTA Regional Congress. The theme for our PENTA Congress is: “A New Beginning.” In moving forwards from 2020, we are excited for the new possibilities for our ministries.

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