Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
September 10, 2020
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On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Reminder for Schools with International Students
All those schools that enroll international students (both secondary and elementary) are reminded that those students must be Registered in the SEVIS database within 30 days of their Session Start Date (making the deadline for our schools either September 15 or 20).  If these students are not Registered, their files will be in danger of being Automatically Terminated by SEVIS, and the students will not be able to re-enter the United States. The Registration Instruction document sent out earlier this month will “walk” schools through the Registration process, but please feel free to contact Anne Clubb should you need assistance.
 
Webinar Series Offered by Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP)
In lieu of its annual fall conference at the College of the Holy Cross, ACAAP will be hosting a series of webinars designed to assist schools in their efforts to recruit students and raise much-needed funds during these challenging times. School administrators, admissions and advancement staff are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions. For more information and to register, visit this page of the ACAAP site: https://www.acaap.net/conferences.
 
Bringing the Personal Touch to the Virtual World of Admissions
Thursday, September 17, 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Kevin Altieri, Director of Admissions, Fairfield College Preparatory School
 
Keeping the Traditions Going During Non-Traditional Times
Thursday, September 24, 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Amy Griffin, Director of Community Engagement, Diocese of Bridgeport
 
The Art of the Ask in the Digital Age and the Pandemic
Thursday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rick Blain, CFRE, Richard Blain and Associates, LLC

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Missio and Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day - September 19, 2020
Please join us on September 19, 2020 for this year’s virtual Missio/Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day: Embrace Hope. For the schedule of the morning, workshop details and registration information, click here
 
Attention Catechetical Leaders:
September 20 is Catechetical Sunday. This day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that not only our catechists, but each person plays, by virtue of our Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Good News of Jesus. This is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to our mission as a community of faithful disciples.
 
The COVID health crisis makes this opportunity all the more important as we work towards reimagining faith formation with these new challenges. Click here for resources to help you celebrate Catechetical Sunday with your parish community.  

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

Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Mass
  • Celebration Liturgy: A CBS 25th Anniversary Mass, led by Archbishop Leonard Blair, will take place at Saint Bridget of Sweden Church in Cheshire on October 10, 2020 and will be livestreamed for all to attend. Due to the hazards of gathering in large numbers at this time, in-person invitations will be limited. We hope you will join us for this virtual celebration! The CBS Class of 2020 will be honored at the liturgy.
  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: The CBS is hosting a 12-day spiritual pilgrimage to Israel in January 2022 in celebration of 25 years of biblical education.  Archbishop Leonard Blair and Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt will lead us in Mass, prayer and reflection throughout our journey, with BJ Daly Horell to assist. We will be staying in retreat houses and attending the most holy places in Israel, including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Mt. Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, and much more!  Contact BJ to get more detailed information: Catholic.Biblical.School@aohct.org.
CBS Orientation Webinars for academic year 2020-21 took place last week, and the video recordings have been emailed to students who may wish to review the practical matters that were introduced.
 
CBS Opening Scripture Formation Days (OSD)
  • CBS 100 OSD will take place in-person on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 8:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV at Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd, West Hartford.  Please allow plenty of travel time to be present before formal presentations, which begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. 
  • CBS 200 OSD will take place in-person on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with Msgr. Frank Matera, Ph.D. at Saint Mary Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street (Route 10), Simsbury.  Please allow plenty of travel time to be present before formal presentations, which begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
CBS Enrollment
Even though the enrollment period is ending, the faculty and staff of the Biblical School are always available to provide information and answer questions.  Please check out the CBS pages on the OEEC website: https://catholicedaohct.org/prospective-students.  Enrollment for academic year 2021-22 will open on May 1, 2021.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Advisor to the Vicar for Finance & Technology: 

Elementary School Principals and Business Managers for Elementary Schools:
Please note that the deadline for the 2020-2021 Adjusted Final Budget has been moved to September 1, 2020.  If you have not submitted your school budget, please do so ASAP!
  • This will help us get a better understanding of school financials earlier in the school year. 
  • All documents needed for the 2020-2021 Adjusted Final Budget have been uploaded to the OEEC portal under the Finances Folder.  
  • Please remember to use this updated template and not an old template saved from prior budgets.  
Questions? Contact Laura McCaffrey.
 
SMART Technologies
  1. G Suite Integration directions can be found here.
  2. Here is a link to some of our online blended learning resources as well. If you click on this link and scroll down to the recorded sessions, there is a short two-minute video describing how to use SMART software with Zoom. There are also some free upcoming webinars that would be great to attend if your schedule permits. The session, Maximize Tech for Hybrid/Blended Learning, is highly recommended.
Please feel free to reach out to Marybeth Jones, the local contact for SMART Technologies. Marybeth is an Education Sales Consultant who helps educators to make informed decisions about technology tools for your learning environments and supports the implementation of SMART solutions to improve your school’s learning outcomes. You can contact Marybeth by email or phone at MarybethJones@smarttech.com or 732-275-4365.
 
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
With the beginning of a new school, the OEEC invites you to explore our new and improved Remote Learning Resources section of our website. This section will include resources on Technology, Remote Learning for Coding and Computer Science, Teaching in a Remote Environment, Marketing During Covid-19 and more!  Please be sure to check back often as these pages are updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources.
 
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance Computer Science education. It will be held virtually on October 2, 2020 and is hosted by CT-CSTA, ReadyCT and Sacred Heart University.
 
Join the conference to continue advancing computer science education across Connecticut.  Laura McCaffrey will be presenting at one of the sessions. Please consider registering for the event!  For more information click here.

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

Adult Confirmation Virtual Training for Parish Ministers 
Did you miss our virtual training for Adult Confirmation catechists earlier this week?  Simply email Nicole.Perone@AOHCT.org to receive the recording or to schedule a catch-up conversation. 
 
Is your parish already prepared to catechize adults for the sacrament of Confirmation, or intends to do so this fall? Click here to complete a brief survey so that we are aware of what is available around the Archdiocese! 
 
Webinar & Discussion Series: The RCIA in Times of Social Distancing
As our partners at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) will be hosting webinars focused on a return to initiation ministry in the COVID-19 reality, the OEEC wishes to supplement those webinars with post-event discussions focused on our local reality. Join the OEEC in attending each LTP webinar, and then virtually gathering for debrief and discussion of how best to apply what was presented in the context of our parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. (Like a book club – but for webinars!)
 
Click the links below to register for these free-of-charge webinars, and click here to register for the follow-up discussions:
OEEC discussions will be hosted by GoToMeeting; links for those will be sent out on the morning of the webinar.
 
Can’t Make A Session?  
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. 
 
Each OEEC Follow-Up Discussion will be recorded for future viewing. Simply register at the links above, even if you cannot attend, and a recording will be sent to your email.  You can also email Nicole.Perone@aohct.org for recording links. 
 
*Capstone RCIA Webinar:  "Discernment in Christian Initiation" 
As we journey through the RCIA process, one of the most common questions that RCIA ministers/team members have is: "How do I know if someone is ready to continue the process to receive the sacraments?"  Though this question often arises prior to the Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, discernment is a tool needed at every stage of the RCIA journey. The skill of discernment is especially needed in these uncharted waters of the RCIA process in the time of limited in-person gatherings.
 
Through this virtual workshop, we will come to a better understanding of the process of discernment in the RCIA, how it is experienced, and how it facilitates conversion. Join us on September 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for this virtual gathering. There is no charge!  Click here to register! 
 
Presenter: Timothy A. Johnston, Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant
Timothy serves as Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. He has a degree in music education from Quincy University in Illinois, an MA in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an MA in Christian Doctrine from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has served as the director of liturgical programs at Marquette University, director of the Office of Liturgy for the dioceses of Salt Lake City and St. Cloud. 
 
SAVE THE DATES: Virtual Women’s Conference 2020
Some Difficult News - the Archdiocesan Women's Conference, scheduled for November 7, 2020, has been postponed (in its in-person iteration) due to coronavirus concerns.
 
Some Wonderful News - the OEEC is prepared to extend the experience of the Women's Conference in a virtual format, running from November 2020 to May 2021 (when registration will open for the 2021 conference).  Instead of a full-day event, a chance to "attend" a workshop or prayer experience will be available monthly.  These virtual events will take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the evening.  Attendees will register in advance for either a virtual workshop or a virtual prayer, and are welcome to come as they are - yoga pants or sweatshirt or stilettos, glass of wine or cup of tea - to partake in spiritual nourishment and time in community as a taste of the experience of the Women's Conference in this socially distant time.... and of course, attendees can save their registration fee for the next in-person conference in 2021, because this year will be free of charge! 
 
Be sure to visit our Women's Conference Webpage, where all information will be available soon!

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