Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
January 14, 2021
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Faith Formation Weekly Update

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. Click here to register.
 

Lenten Resources

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
to participants in their registration confirmation email. Click here to register.
 

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.
 
All are welcome! Register here
 

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.
 
Objectives/Goals:
  • 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. 
Click here to join the meeting, or you can dial in using your phone by calling +1 (872) 240-3212. Please use access code: 240-385-685. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org.
 
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.
The article Using the Gift of Imagination to Pray, from Loyola Press, explores using imaginative prayer with young children.
 

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!

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Going Remote Again!

Due to the resurgence of active Covid-19 infections in Connecticut, all CBS classes will attend remotely for the remainder of Unit 2. We have plans to reconsider the situation and possibly reopen some classes for in-person instruction beginning March 8, 2021. If your class has been meeting in-person up to now, your teacher will contact you asap with instructions for accessing your virtual class.
 

Calling CBS Alums, Students, and All Friends of CBS! Upcoming Workshop!

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.
 
All are welcome! Register here
 

Lenten Scripture Days

Two virtual Scripture Days are planned, one is required for students enrolled in CBS 100 (Year 1) and another is required for students enrolled in CBS 200 and 300 (Years 2, 3 and 4), as follows:
  • March 6, 2021, in two sessions--for CBS 200 and 300: 12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dr. Brian Schmisek will present The Biblical Roots of the Apostle’s Creed. (Note: This is also our public “Celebration of Sacred Scripture” and is open to the public, so feel free to share your registration invitation to anyone you think might be interested in joining us.)
  • March 27, 2021, in one session--for CBS 100: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with a 15 minute break to be determined).
Email invitations to register for these events will be sent in the next few weeks, so current CBS students should look for those in your inboxes in the coming weeks.

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