Catechetical Leaders

“On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: "Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you… nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation."

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium


Now that the Archdiocese of Hartford Pastoral Planning changes have been set into motion, many of you will be restructuring your parish Religious Education programs. Whether your need is evaluating curriculum, utilizing new resources, redesigning new programs, or planning a retreat for catechists from your newly merged programs, the OEEC is available to assist your efforts. Below is a list of things we hope you will find helpful:

  • All merging parishes have received a Stewards for Tomorrow Parish Policies and Procedures Manual. This includes a section on “Liturgical Issues” to include prayer services and rituals for closing and merging parishes (section 11).
  • If you are looking for new textbooks for your program, you can click here to see a list of the current texts approved by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
  • The Archdiocesan Religious Education Standards were revised and approved by Archbishop Blair in 2011 and are available here for you to use as a resource and guide.


Celebrating Liturgy with Children a Workshop for Parish Catechists and Catholic School Teachers

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Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
January 10, 2018
6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

This workshop is designed for parish catechetical leaders, pastors, liturgy and music directors, Catholic school educators, catechists and more. Together we will explore the process of forming children to fully engage in liturgical celebrations including proclaiming the Word of God, preparing the Prayer of the Faithful, participating through liturgical music and more. The evening will include the opportunity to learn and connect with others we will close with a beautiful liturgy.
Offering: $40, includes dinner

To download a flyer: click here.
To register:


Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Education
860-242-5573 ext. 2663