Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
March 12, 2021
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“And whether you realize it or not, you, like every baptized Christian, have a story of what God has done to transform your life. Your story is intended to reach specific people and to impart God’s love to them, giving them hope.”  
Nancy H.C. Ward
Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story: Tools, Tips and Testimonies


What is a faith story from your own personal life? With whom might the Holy Spirit be calling you to share this story?


God of goodness and grace, please help me see the many ways you have entered my life and changed it for the better. Give me the courage and insight to share the times you have reassured me, rescued me and poured your love upon me so that I might help bring others into an encounter with your son, Jesus. Amen.

If you like our "Quotes, Question and Prayer of the Week," keep scrolling for Bible quotes and a new section, "Weekly Highlights."

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Digital Newsletters 

Do you send out a weekly email newsletter to your families? I am looking for some examples of faith formation programs in the Archdiocese of Hartford that utilized digital newsletters this past year. If you email your families a monthly or weekly digital newsletter, can you share it with me at

Upcoming Virtual Gathering for Parish Faith Formation Leaders

The next meeting for parish faith formation leaders will be on Tuesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m. You can join either meeting by using this link: or you can call into the meeting using this number: (408) 650-3123; please use access code: 554-355-133. 


Upcoming Virtual Gathering for Youth Ministers and Confirmation Coordinators

Join us for the next virtual gathering on Tuesday, March 16 at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. One agenda item for this meeting will be to discuss the newly released report, National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults. This National Dialogue has been a synodal journey of the Church in the United States and has resulted in profound insight for all who minister for and with young people. Click here to read the report in English and here for the Spanish version. Click this link to join either meeting: or you can join the meeting by calling: (786) 535-3211; please use access code: 821-818-677. 


Attention Youth Ministers

  • Are you serving young people who are struggling with anxiety? See how praying the Examen can help them. 
  • Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Lay Ecclesial Ministry for the USCCB, presented an insightful 17 minute presentation called “Mapping the Way Forward: The New Directory as Essential for Ministry with Youth & Young Adults.” Check it out here.


Attention Youth Confirmation Coordinators

Maureen Provencher, a Ministry Care Team Member at Saint Mary’s Press has some good insights into the Sacrament of Confirmation, including prayer, mission, doubts, discernment and scripture. Click here to listen to this 15 minute video.

Seasonal Resources

Please be sure to continue checking our Seasonal Resource Page. This page is updated weekly and includes Lenten resources as well as information regarding upcoming feast days.
New items added to the Seasonal Resource Page this week:


Doing a Double-Take?

“David … went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with joy.... vested in a robe of fine linen.” (Chronicles 15:25-27, compare with 2 Samuel 6:15, 20)

Notice how the Chronicler literally “reclothes” David in dignity as he returns the Ark of the LORD to Jerusalem. CBS Advanced students may experience “deja vu” this week, but this is no mere review! The story in Chronicles shows us a messianic reshaping of the stories of David for Israel in need of hope after their Great Suffering in Exile.

How do you think the Holy Spirit will reshape Catholics in a post-Covid world? How might Jesus be inviting us to renew our faith and grow as Disciples?

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

As we begin to see glimmers of hope for an end to quarantines and lockdowns, Christians everywhere thank God by dedicating themselves to spiritual renewal! The CBS Holy Land Pilgrimage is the perfect way to move forward in faith, embracing God’s Holy Word in a community devoted to Our LORD Jesus. Join CBS in the Holy Land, January 6 - 17, 2022. As walk in the paths Jesus trod as we pray together and share Christian fellowship at biblical sites, our leaders in faith will guide us into a deeper relationship with Jesus and his church. For more information, contact BJ Daly Horell at

Last Chance for CBS alums to sign up for the Johannine Epistles Concluded. Beginning March 17, 2021, Dr. Tom Casey will lead an in-depth study of the Letters of John. To get more information, please visit the Alumni Matters Page of our website. To register, click here


CBS 100 Lenten Scripture Day

First-year CBS students will meet virtually on March 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m. for their required Day of Reflection as we “jumpstart” Holy Week inspired by God’s Word.


In-Person Classes Are Back!

  • CBS 300 in Hamden and Plantsville are “live” at the Caritas Christi Center and St. Aloysius Education Center!
  • CBS 100 Satellite Site in New Hartford is also “live” at Trinita Retreat Center!
  • All other CBS classes are running remotely until further notice. Teachers will notify students when and if their classes can return to in-person meetings this spring. Thank you for your patience.


CBS Alumni Book Club

March Meeting: From Islam to Christ - One Woman’s Path Through the Riddles of God. If you want to join the discussion, contact faculty member Alexis Chacchia at


Each week in this section, we will highlight an inspiring song, a 'must read' article and a parish website or Facebook page. We hope that these highlights can serve as inspiration in your own spiritual life as well as in your parish ministry. 

Song of the Week 

Run to the Father by Matt Maher 

What words or phrases most resonate with you when you hear this song?


This Week’s Must Read Article

This week’s Must Read Article is from the Catholic Digest - Faith and Life: Learn to Ponder as Parents in the Midst of Daily Life. Our Blessed Mother modeled beautifully how pondering and reflecting upon matters of the heart can bring us closer to Jesus. This can be a powerful way for parents to recognize how present Jesus is in their lives and the lives of their children.


Digital Strategies

This past year, many faith formation leaders and teams decided to create or enhance their digital strategies for forming children and families in the faith. We will be highlighting some of those innovative websites. This week, check out what Saint Margaret Church in Madison created!

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