Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
June 10, 2020
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Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism

Our country continues to be plagued with the injustice of racism. The protests and discord is evident that voices long to be heard and change must occur. The dialogue surrounding this critical social justice issue should continue in our parishes, our homes and in all aspects of society, if we are to see an end to racism, prejudices and hatred. We have gathered more resources for parish leaders to utilize in their ministries which can be found here.

On Behalf of Ana Maria Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

Sabemos que tenemos que pensar en los cambios para la Formación en la Fe de los niños y jóvenes en nuestras comunidades. Pflaum pone a nuestra disposición ideas para coordinar eventos sobre ruedas para la entrega de materiales de formación en la fe (al estilo drive-thru). Las ideas pueden serle útil y puede seguirlas y/o modificarlas a sus necesidades. Son formas seguras para incentivar a las familias en su jornadade fe, y mantenerlos conectados a su parroquia o comunidad escolar.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Awards
Thanks to the generosity of the Hartford Bishops Foundation, the Archdiocese of Hartford will be awarding the Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Awards this year. This award will recognize ten teachers employed by parochial elementary schools in the Archdiocese or Archdiocesan secondary schools. These teachers will be celebrated for their excellence as educators, their contributions to the vitality of their schools, and their dedication to the achievement of their students. This is a perfect time to acknowledge those Archdiocesan Catholic school educators who have worked so diligently to sustain learning and outstanding academic achievement throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the guidelines for nominations (which are due June 30, 2020), visit this page. To nominate a deserving faculty member, administrators from parochial elementary schools in the Archdiocese and Archdiocesan high schools may utilize this form. Each of the ten honorees will receive an individual monetary award and one for their school.
Student Image Permission Form
The Student Image Permission Form has been reviewed/approved by the Archdiocesan lawyer with updates including the use of images and audio from distance learning classes. It has been posted to the OEEC Portal and we encourage school administrators to access the new form (located in the Advancement, Marketing Tool Kit, and General Forms folders) and to utilize it in the upcoming academic year. 
Catholic School Management Webinars
The Catholic School Management consulting firm offers several helpful webinars on topics of importance at this difficult time. To access them on demand, visit these links:
Practical Advice on Working with Your Major Donors and Prospects During COVID-19
In a webinar to be presented by Gonser Gerber Institute on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., host Charlie Shepard will facilitate a conversation with seasoned gift officers about their changing work with prospects and donors. Topics to be covered include engaging with major donors and prospects; optimizing video conferencing to deepen relationships; identifying the messages currently resonating with donors; determining donor willingness to give; and adjusting to changing goals. Register here for the webinar.

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Biblical School:

Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been postponed until January 2022, out of an abundance of caution and given the unpredictability of travel at this time. The pilgrimage itinerary will remain very close to original plans, and Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt remain committed to leading us in 2022. On a happy note, all of the pilgrims who have already signed on plan to join us for the new dates, and we look forward to new pilgrims joining us as well. For more information, contact BJ Daly Horell at
CBS Applications, Registration and Financial Aid
  • CBS Returning Student Registrations and tuition deposits are due June 30, 2020. Complete the online process on our website
  • CBS First-Time Student Information and Applications are available here.
  • Scholarship Applications for returning students are due July 15, 2020. First-year students have until August 31, 2020. Click here for details.
CBS Workbooks ($17.55) are available for order at this time. A drive-by distribution of book orders will be announced in late July. Returning students have the option to order online as they register. All students may order by check (made out to OEEC, no cash please) by mailing payment to: Catholic Biblical School, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT, 06002. When paying by check, please indicate all items purchased on the memo line.
CBS Summer Reading Assignments are due at the Opening Scripture Days scheduled for each course in late August and early September. Details are available here. Click on the link for the course and year you will be entering in the fall.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Dear Catechetical Leaders,
If you missed last week’s webinar from Vibrant Faith, From Pivoting to Innovation: Designing Faith Formation for 2020-2021 click here for a recording of the webinar, the PowerPoint slides and a Guide to Transforming Faith Formation for a New World.
Mark your calendars! Missio 2020 will be a virtual event on September 19, 2020. This day will be partnered with Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day. More details to follow!

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

New Resources for the week of June 7, 2020
ISTE Article
EDSurge Article 
Dot and Dash Resource
Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. will continue to schedule asbestos inspections of school buildings through the summer. Please continue to work with Helen Rimsa at Eagle Environmental to schedule your asbestos inspection this summer! This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Even if schools are not physically in session, these inspections must take place according to the usual timetable. The inspectors will follow precautionary CDC guidelines for social distancing and will wear a protective facial mask and gloves during the inspections. Additionally, the inspectors will wear picture ID badges while inspecting on school property.
Aurora Temperature Control Displays for Sale
RnB is holding demo sessions of the Auroral Temperature Control Display. Please contact Susan Boutote at for details. The Aurora TTS is an Android based all-in-one infrared temperature sensing tablet. To ensure that people entering a location are not running a high temperature, the TTS-will provide alerts when a person is running a high temperature within 1 second from 3.3 feet (1 meter) away. The system uses an advanced algorithm for detecting and calculating heat signatures. Based on technology developed in Germany, the highly accurate sensor measures with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius (+/- 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit). The next batch of infrared temperature sensing tablets for sale will be delivered in July 2020. 
The Office of Non-Public Education would like to alert you to the attached letter from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) regarding the Department's non-regulatory guidance document, Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers under the CARES Act Programs, published April 30, 2020, and how an LEA determines the proportional share of funds that must be reserved to provide equitable services to non-public school students and teachers under the CARES Act programs. 
Please contact your Local Educational Agency (LEA) about your school’s portion of the CARES Act.
On Behalf Kathleen Welch, Principal of Saint Christopher School in East Hartford:
Saint Christopher has many school items available for sale, such as textbooks, furnishings, outdoor play equipment, art supplies, physical education equipment, and other useful items.  Please contact Kathleen Welch at or (860) 568-4100, or come to the school and look at the available items anytime from June 15-30, 2020

On Behalf of Nicole Perone, Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation: 

"Virtual Conversations" and Webinars on RCIA - All Summer Long! 
Liturgy Training Publications’ Catechumeneon will continue to offer virtual conversations especially for those involved in Christian initiation (specifically, RCIA, but all sacramental coordinators would benefit!).
Join this exploration of how to best return to initiation ministry, with new ideas for reorienting practices. Click the links below to register:  
List of Recorded Past Sessions: Click here to access the previous webinars hosted by LTP. This is a great way to catch up on webinars you might have been unable to attend!  Note: The document at this link is updated after each session. If you do not see the most recent document, you may need to try another web browser or refresh your computer’s cache. 
Additionally, The University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life is once again offering their online course on the RCIA, The RCIA: Can We Get the Rite Right? this summer. The course will explore the Rite, using the stages of the Rite as the guide for the course, looking at the various stages of formation and also invite participants to reflect on ways his or her parish implements the Rite.
The course will run from June 15-July 17, 2020. A 50% discount is available to those who minister in the Archdiocese of Hartford!

On Behalf of Ana Maria Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis, Nicole Perone, Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation and Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

Questions About Initiating Adults This Summer? Join Our RCIA Virtual Conversation! 

In light of the most recent guidance regarding the sacraments of initiation, the OEEC will be facilitating a virtual conversation for parishes considering the initiation of adults this summer. We will discuss the wisdom of the Rite of Christian Initiation and how it can be adapted for our current circumstances. 
Join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. for this conversation, which will be recorded for future viewing.
Click here to register for the webinar.  If you are unable to attend, it will be recorded for future viewing and a link will be sent, so please register if you would like to receive that. Please direct any questions or need for assistance to:

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