Attention Faith Formation Leaders:
After so many months of virtual learning, many of us cannot wait until we no longer must use Zoom (or other platforms) to connect with those we serve. However, there are some hidden benefits to remote learning and strategies that can set us up for success. Loyola Press
is hosting a webinar on this topic on January 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Even though we just passed the Christmas season, Lent is just around the corner! Ash Wednesday is less than five weeks away so it is time to think about helping families prepare for this very special time in the liturgical year. With much of our faith formation still happening virtually and at-home, please check out the Seasonal Resources Page
for many Lenten resources for children, youth and families to explore digitally or in our domestic churches, the home.
Evening for Parish Catechists hosted by Holy Family Retreat Center
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Lisa Orchen
Planning for 2021 - we anticipate that COVID's long shadow will challenge us to plan for Lent differently again this year. Together we will explore ideas for helping our parish and school families celebrate Lent in a COVID world.
This program will be offered online via the Zoom platform. Information on how to access the program will be provided
The Archdiocesan Faith Formation Team Announces an Upcoming Webinar
Disability in and in Front of the Bible presented by Dr. Andrew R. Davis
- Part One: Saturday, February 6, 2021
- Part Two: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Please join us in this two part webinar to explore the religious, social, and cultural background behind the Bible’s depictions of disability and the ways those depictions have shaped Jewish and Christian views of disability. Each session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Disability is a daily reality for many of us and the same was true in the ancient world.
Dr. Andrew R. Davis, Associate Professor of the Old Testament at Boston College, his interest in disability and the Bible was inspired by raising a son with Down Syndrome.
Attention Confirmation Coordinators and Youth Ministers:
Virtual Workshop: Supporting the Spiritual and Faith Needs of Youth During This Time Of COVID…and Beyond
Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m
This presentation is interactive and will help guide us in supporting the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of our youth. This workshop will be facilitated by Faith Vos Winkel, MSW, Faith is the Confirmation Coordinator at Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony (SPSA), Hartford. She will share helpful tools and strategies for working with our teen populations.
- Discussion on what families are juggling.
- What kids have lost these many months.
- Tools to engage youth in a virtual environment.
- Supporting emotional needs during the pandemic.
- Practical tips for meditation, prayer, music, and fun in the virtual world.
Spring Youth Confirmations will once again occur in the local parishes. Pastors should write to Archbishop Blair requesting permission to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please include the date(s) and number of youth to be Confirmed and Archbishop Blair will respond to grant the request.
Attention RCIA Coordinators:
Due to the COVID crisis, there will be no Rite of Election this year at the Cathedral, however according to the rite (RCIA 121) bishops can delegate that ceremony to parish priests, and Archbishop Blair is open to offering that delegation to all the priests who would need it for their RCIA communities.
Attention Adult Confirmation Coordinators:
While we are still challenged by the COVID crisis, priests can request permission to Confirm adults in their parish, just as they can with the youth. There will not be a spring Archdiocesan Confirmation, however we are hopeful to plan a Fall Confirmation. To Confirm adults, priests would need to send a letter to Archbishop Blair requesting this delegation.
If you are planning on offering Adult Confirmation preparation in 2021, please let us know the dates and times and format (in-person or virtual) so we can share this information with other parishes.
Attention Catechetical Leaders:
As you prepare young children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
, consider utilizing guided meditations as a prayer form that engages a child’s imagination.This gift of imagination has been given to us by God, and it can help us to encounter Jesus in new ways. Here is a sample guided meditation
from Saint Mary’s Press
to get you started, but feel free to create other narratives that will help children explore an encounter with Jesus. The book Guided Meditations for Catholic Kids by Glynnis Hope B. Dawson
contains many more examples.
Attention Youth Ministers:
Join us on Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.
to share, brainstorm and collaborate together on ministering to youth in 2021. There is no registration needed, just click here
to join the meeting. You can also call into this meeting using your phone by dialing: 1(786) 535-3211, please use access code: 821-818-677. We look forwarding to seeing you!