Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
February 11, 2021
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“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another.”
1 John 3:11


It is easy to love some people, but Jesus gave us a radical command, to love our enemies. How can we show love and mercy to everyone we encounter, especially those who challenge us.


Loving and merciful God, you pour your love upon me each day. Help me to be a conduit of your love to everyone you place in my path, this day and every day. Help me to shine the light of your Son, Jesus onto those who need your love the most. Amen.

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Celebration of Sacred Scripture is virtual this year!

The Biblical Roots of the Apostle’s Creed
All are Welcome! Free of Charge!
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. with a break from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Brian Schmisek, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Catholic Biblical School students in Years 2, 3 and 4 are required to register and attend as part of their studies this year. Everyone is welcome!  Click here to register

Lent and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

As Lent approaches, many parishes are planning Reconciliation services to encourage parishioners to receive the grace of this beautiful sacrament. Part of preparing for Reconciliation is thoroughly reflecting on where we have fallen short of sharing God’s love with others. The USCCB has a variety of Examinations of Conscience that can be used with the children, youth and adults you serve.

Lenten Retreat

Did you miss the “Lenten Inspiration for Families” webinar presented by Kathy Hendricks and hosted by Sadlier? Here is a recording of the event and the handouts that accompanied the talk are below. Please feel free to share this with your catechists. 

Share Your Ideas with our Facebook Group

Lent begins in less than a week! Please consider joining the OEEC Facebook group for Faith Formation Parish Leaders and share what your parish is planning for Ash Wednesday this year. How are you creatively helping families prepare their hearts and homes during this season when we prepare to renew our baptismal promises at Easter? Join the discussion here: Faith Formation Parish Leaders at OEEC 

Attention Catechetical Leaders

Please join in a virtual deanery gathering (for all deaneries) to catch up, share ideas for Lent and problem solve issues that are arising in your ministries.
There will be two options to attend:
  • Tuesday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Use this link ( to join either of the meetings above or you can dial in using your phone by calling: +1 (408) 650-3123, please use access code: 554-355-133

Lenten Resources

As you begin to think about helping families prepare for this very special time in the liturgical year and with much of our faith formation still happening virtually, please check out the Seasonal Resources Page for many Lenten resources.
New items added to the Seasonal Resource Page this week:


Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Goes Virtual!

National catechetical conferences can be very inspirational and transformative, but do require a financial commitment that many parishes cannot afford. This year, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress will be a virtual event. The registration fee of $35 covers admission to all workshops, concerts, liturgies, exhibits and the Youth Track. Pope Francis will address participants at the opening ceremony to provide encouragement and hope to those who minister in faith formation. Please consider attending this year’s LACongress, held February. 18 - 21, 2021.

Attention RCIA Coordinators:

Please read the message below from Archbishop Blair:
"In accordance with no. 121 of the RCIA, given the present circumstances I delegate every Pastor to celebrate the Rite of Election in 2021.  Although normally celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent, for a good reason it may be celebrated during the week preceding or following the First Sunday of Lent (nos. 126, 128)."

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition

CBS Alumni are geared up to bring you our six-week program in basic biblical literacy, and are finding success in parishes like Prince of Peace, Bethlehem/Woodbury! Pastors and pastoral leaders, contact BJ Daly Horell to find out more:

Biblical Literacy Project

Parish and Schools! The OEEC has not exhausted our grant funding for biblical literacy of adults. Contact BJ Daly Horell to find out more:

CBS Holy Land Pilgrimage 2022

The Silver Anniversary Spiritual Pilgrimage has been confirmed for January 6 - 17, 2022. Cost per person is $3999, which includes airfare, all international travel, accommodations and most meals (breakfast and dinner). Walk in the paths Jesus trod as we pray together and share Christian fellowship at biblical sites, including 4 ½ days in Jerusalem, a boat tour of the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jacob’s Well, Elijah’s Cave, and so much more!
“A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is more than simply a tour of an exotic, historic site. We, as your spiritual guides, are planning something truly special, including prayer and reflection experiences in addition to daily Mass.” - Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt

Remote Learning

Remember, CBS classes are 100% remote until further notice. Contact the teacher if you need instructions for accessing a virtual class.

“Heated” discussions abound today, asking who can be included and excluded from nations, clubs, schools, and faith communities. Questions like: As a divorced person, can I receive communion? Can DACA immigrants be admitted to US citizenship? How should public duties be influenced by our faith commitments?
Our ancestors in faith struggled with similar questions and often came to answers that divided their community. Reading texts like Ezekiel and Isaiah, Ezra and Nehemiah, Advanced-Year CBS students are being invited to enter into divisive questions in the Bible to bring insight and possible healing to the divisions which threaten our communities today.
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the accusing finger, and malicious speech;
… Then the LORD will guide you always,
and you shall be like a watered garden. (Isaiah 58:9, 11)

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