Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
May 13, 2020
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On Behalf of Ana Maria Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

USCCB nos proporciona los siguientes recursos en español.
Comparta esta imagen: Un signo de esperanza, consuelo y amor.
La semana de Laudato Si es del 16 al 24 de mayo.
Este año se cumple el quinto aniversario de la encíclica del Papa Francisco, Laudato Si: sobre el cuidado de nuestro hogar común. En celebración, el Papa Francisco nos invita a unirnos a los católicos de todo el mundo para comprometernos a una acción que aumente nuestra respuesta al "grito de la tierra y el grito de los pobres". Visite (inglés) (español) para obtener recursos, elementos de acción y ver cómo los católicos de todo el mundo están teniendo un impacto. ¡Celebre  la Semana de Laudato Si con los recursos de USCCB!
En la Fiesta de Pentecostés (31 de mayo) celebramos la venida del Espíritu Santo y el nacimiento de la Iglesia.  En preparación para Pentecostés,“El Espíritu es la paz en la inquietud, la confianza en el desánimo, la alegría en la tristeza, la juventud en la vejez, el valor en la prueba.” –Papa Francisco, 9 junio 2019 – Comparta esta imagen:
Secuencia de Pentecostés:
La semana del 31 de mayo al 6 de junio comparta el siguiente mensaje en sus medios sociales, Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, etc.
Ven, Espíritu Santo. ¡Hoy celebramos Pentecostés! El Espíritu Santo les dio a los discípulos la fortaleza para cumplir con su misión de difundir la Buena Nueva de Jesús. La Solemnidad de Pentecostés marca el cierre del tiempo de la Pascua.
Mónica Pang, DRE en St John XXIII Parish en West Haven explica como en familia, niños y adultos pueden crear un espacio de oración y recogimiento en sus hogares.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Enrollment Webinar Offered by NCEA and FACTS
The modern Catholic school admissions office is facing numerous challenges and a sea of possible solutions. It can be difficult to pinpoint what a school should focus on to be successful in these times. Is it social media? Online ads? Enrollment management strategies? In this webinar, Simplifying Enrollment Management: How to Reach Millennial Parents and See Results, FACTS offers tips on how schools can align their marketing/enrollment goals to practical, useful steps. Senior Marketing Manager, Jaclyn Day, addresses the new challenges of recruiting and retaining millennial parents, how to build a strategic enrollment plan, and specific ways to build a healthier, sustainable admissions funnel. Register at the link above to view the on-demand webinar at your convenience.  
Gonser Gerber Webinar: Advancement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Gonser Gerber consulting firm is offering an encore presentation of their complimentary webinar which concentrates on what already has been learned about the best possible advancement activities during this unprecedented crisis. Additionally, they share initial strategies to engage donors and invite their support, enhance the advancement team’s effectiveness while working remotely, and continue the important constituent relations activities from a distance. Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions and get a personalized response from a Gonser Gerber consultant. Register here:
Gonser Gerber also offers additional resources at the links below:
Catholic School Management Webinars
The Catholic School Management consulting firm continues to present very helpful enrollment management and advancement webinars, but you can also access the recorded versions of these presentations at the following address:
Digital Engagement Strategies
Partners in Mission, in collaboration with Finalsite, will present a webinar focusing on best practices and innovative ideas for digital engagement with school constituencies. The webinar, titled, The Digital Campus Experience in 2020 and Beyond, will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Access the webinar registration at this link:

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesean Director of Catechesis:

To Catechetical Leaders:
With the uncertainty our world is facing, faith formation programming has certainly posed many challenges. Please attend the virtual Deanery Meetings for conversation on sacramental preparation during isolation, strategies for planning faith formation this fall, and ways to stay connected to children and families and encourage growth in the domestic Church. Click here for dates of meetings. If you cannot attend the specific date of your deanery, feel free to join a meeting on a different date. If you are unable to attend daytime meetings please contact me at and arrangements can be made for evening virtual gatherings. 
To Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Educators:
On Sunday, May 21, 2020 we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, the day which commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. Click here and here for a list of prayers, videos and activities that families can do to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension at home.
At the end of this month, following Pentecost, the Church moves from the liturgical season of Easter into Ordinary Time. This short video is a great teaching tool to explain to families how we as Catholics observe the Liturgical Calendar. Click here for a list of activities families can do at home.

On Behalf of Maria Maynard, Assistant to the Provost:

NCEA Webinar Review:  Innovating a New Path Forward: Host Trina Angelone – Panelists: Tom Smith, Bishop McCort, Pennsylvania, Mike Knowles, Trent Catholic Academy New Jersey, Dallas Carter, Saint Michaels School, Hawaii
This presentation was a practitioner to practitioner sharing of success in the Covid-19 pandemic emergency. The webinar discussed 4 areas of concern for Catholic schools: the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the fallout from this experience, the demographic shifts in families based on economic cutbacks such as job loss or furloughs, and the impact of small independent schools, Charter schools, tax credit initiatives, and other scholarship opportunities available.
The rise of new models is imperative for Catholic education. With our belief in hand – lead with humility - school leadership teams, administrative and governance must search for best practices that align with our mission, our promise of academic excellence, and directives from state and national leaders, while we keep in the forefront of consideration realistic expectations for scheduling by the faculty and fidelity to a curriculum with flexibility.
Our planning cannot wait until fall. We must begin immediately to consider hybrid and virtual schools, legislative impact, decline in international student populations, general decline in enrollment, and the impact of small independent schools, Prep schools, and faith-based schools. To our benefit many states have already implemented various models of teaching such as copying workbooks and posting them to emails, blended schools, schools within a school, Google classrooms, and Zoom meetings.
In light of our demands we must consider the availability of 1-1 devices, the embracing of technology by administration/faculty/staff, and the already existing acceptance of the value added component of a Catholic school’s faith formation process.
  • In marketing and enrollment efforts communicate well-honed delivery of distant/remote learning of students. This is value added.
  • Create a process, when families ask for return of tuition monies, to show in the school’s budget the percentage of funding needed for teacher salaries, etc.
  • Develop a mindset for families that Catholic education is an investment in their children.
  • Communicate the loss of revenue in parish budgeting when churches are closed, such as the recent distancing practices required.
  • Invite major donors to virtually join a class for their Religion class, prayer service, or lessons on Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Pair down a budget where possible. Budgeting a rainy day line item that would cover 2 months’ salary expenses in an emergency is ultimately the greatest goal.   Don’t become a school that says we did nothing wrong – why did we close? Anticipate the future and prepare a plan that you know will be successful.

On Behalf Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

The Asbestos Awareness Training for Thursday, June 11, 2020 has been canceled. The next Asbestos Awareness training will be on Wednesday, October 13, 2020. More details to follow.  
**New Resources for the Week of May 11, 2020**
ISTE Resources
Google Meet
Web Calls with Students
Virtual Field Trip
Meig's Point Nature Center - watch the Osprey and Turtle Webcam 
New Product
GoSoapBox is a web-based clicker tool used by educators around the world to keep students engaged and gain real-time insight into student comprehension. Click here for the website.
Want to Get Our Weekly Email Blast?
Please have any teachers who would like to receive the OEEC weekly email blast fill out the section (pictured below) that can be found on any page of the OEEC website:

On Behalf of Lisa Orchen, Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

The McGrath Institute for Church Life released a free ebook featuring a May Crowning that can be done in the home. With so many special events and liturgies still being canceled or postponed—including parish May Crownings—they wanted to offer something simple yet beautiful that families and friends could do together. We hope you’ll share this resource with your community and encourage them to continue to turn to Mary in times of need.  To download this free resource, simply visit this page.

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

Spiritual Engagement of Adults Webinar Follow-Up
Thank you to all who were able to join us for our virtual conversation, "Spiritual Engagement of Adults in the Time of Coronavirus"! Both sessions provided rich conversation and were both helpful and hopeful. 
Some resources to share: 
  • Please click here to download the PowerPoint presentation. 
  • The recordings from both the 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. sessions are available for your viewing. You are welcome to share the links as well so others might benefit from the conversation.
    • Please click here to view the afternoon session recording.
    • Please click here to view the evening session recording. 
If you are interested in getting in touch with any of the webinar panelists or the OEEC staff, please do not hesitate to email
Please watch for this OEEC email blast for more information about upcoming webinars and virtual conversations, as well as resources and consulting available through the OEEC.
Virtual Conversations on Christian Initiation - Register Now! 
Liturgy Training Publications’ Catechumeneon will be facilitating 4 upcoming 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. These virtual conversations will take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.mClick each link below to register: 

On Behalf Mike Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:

Global Life Night with Life Teen, Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m., Streaming on YouTube
Attention all parishes and high schools! We invite you to attend Life Teen's Global Life Night on YouTube on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. These events are being produced for teens and they are combining some of the best youth ministry talents of our nation with the keen programmatic skills of Life Teen. Participation in these events are free. Simply let your teens know and send them the link below. Then every Monday afternoon there will be a follow-up activity posted on the Youth Ministry Page of the OEEC website based on the Global Life Night from the night before. 
The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Please share this link ( with anyone you would like to invite. Questions? Contact: Michael Wellington at
Youth In Hart-Virtual Gatherings
The next virtual Youth in Hart gathering is on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. 
Youth in Hart Virtual Gathering - *Now Meeting Every Other Week*
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 179-036-861
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) 2021
Please join me on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. for a meeting regarding NCYC 2021. This meeting will be open to clergy, youth ministers, DRE’s, parents and others at the parish level who work with young people. As the date approaches we will be sending out either the location or GoToMeeting information.
Announcement from the OEEC regarding World Youth Day
With the change of date/year for the upcoming World Youth Day, the Archdiocese of Hartford will begin registrations in fall 2021 for World Youth Day 2023.

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