Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
October 14, 2020
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On Behalf of Ana María Hernández Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

Oportunidades para Formación y Oración. Por favor lean para registrarse y participar:
Seminario en español de la Alianza Nacional Católica sobre la Discapacidad
Martes 20 de octubre a las 7:00 p.m.,
  Cada familia es única: Estrategias para acompañar a las familias en su jornada de fe. Para promover comunidades de fe más inclusivas. Regístrese en: https://ncpd.org/espanol/register.
 
Presentación del Nuevo Directorio de la Catequesis por Mons. Octavio Ruiz Arenas
Miércoles 28 de octubre a las 12:00 p.m., el Arzobispo Octavio Ruiz Arenas, Secretario Emérito del Consejo Pontificio para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización, compartirá su mirada global del documento y las claves de lectura en español.
 
Esta es una oportunidad única para que toda persona responsable de la catequesis de la comunidad latina o involucrada de alguna manera con la misma, participe en vivo de la presentación. Los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de compartir su opinión en el chat y formular preguntas al presentador.
 
 
Vigilia de Oración Virtual
Jueves 29 de octubre a las 7:30 p.m.,  Las Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas, nos invitan a una Vigilia de Oración en Español por la Reconciliación, la Paz y la Justicia. Regístrese en: www.salyluzdelmundo.com.
 
RICA - Formación y Actualización. Diálogos Virtuales en Español
Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Veamos los ritos de la iniciación cristiana con los niños. Cuáles son y cómo prepararlos para celebrarlos con alegría y entusiasmo.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

School Marketing Day Offered
The Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP) invites schools to participate in a global School Marketing Day on Thursday, October 29. This will be a free, one-day virtual event for K-12 school communications, marketing, and admissions professionals that will be provided by Finalsite. This 15-hour day will include presentations, essential strategy sessions, school stories, and networking, all designed to make sense of the "new normal," identify necessary strategies, and provide new ideas and tactics that schools can implement right away.
 
School Marketing Day will feature expert speakers in more than 50 sessions. Participants can preview the sessions, hop in and out, and network in groups or individually with other attendees. With content to accommodate school professionals in time zones around the world, attendees will be able to pick and choose what most interests them from a variety of offerings.
 
The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to Midnight on Thursday, October 29, 2020Learn more and register for free at this link.
 
Webinar: Customer Service to Recruit and Retain...Even in a Pandemic!
Outstanding customer service is critical to the success of school recruitment AND retention efforts, especially during these challenging times.
 
School administrators and admissions/advancement personnel are encouraged to join us for this Creative Conversation/Webinar on Thursday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Best practices, advice, and concerns focusing on customer service will be shared and solutions discovered together. Attendees will be encouraged to join in a discussion during and after a brief presentation. Click here for more information and to register.  
 
Discover Catholic Schools Week
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are encouraged to participate in NCEA’s national initiative: Discover Catholic Schools Week, scheduled for the week of November 8-14, 2020. This week is especially designated for schools to leverage their good news and focus on marketing. This is a perfect opportunity to launch the school’s year-round promotional efforts, connect with prospective families, donors, and community members, while showcasing what makes the school special and why it is the best choice for inquiring families.
 
Although marketing activities may have a different, more virtual, look this year, it is still vital to begin the promotional process early and give prospective families plenty of time to explore the benefits of Catholic school education. To learn more about the Discover Catholic Schools Week initiative and download some graphics to share on social media, click here.  The NCEA website marketing pages also offer excellent “Catholic School Snaps” graphics that can be used to promote schools year-round.
 
The traditional Catholic Schools Week celebrating Catholic school education will still be held from January 31 – February 6, 2021 and schools are encouraged to enjoy both NCEA weeks. For more info and graphics relating to Catholic Schools Week, click here.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis and Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

Attention Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Educators:
Looking for resources to help children and families celebrate upcoming holidays and feast days?  Bookmark this page to find links for videos, articles, and family activities that focus on upcoming seasonal days of celebration.  Return often, as these resources will change throughout the year.
 
For those of you who are members of Vibrant Faith Catalyst, here are some great At Home Activities for Families to celebrate Halloween. Not a member of Vibrant Faith Catalyst yet? Sign up at no cost to access a wide variety of free content for your faith formation program.
 
Attention Catechetical Directors and Catholic School Educators:
For faith formation leaders who are utilizing catechists this year as family supporters and mentors, rather than classroom teachers, here is a list of potential questions a catechist could ask when checking in with families through either a virtual platform or phone call.
 
If you are utilizing playlists of curated content as your faith formation program, or as a supplement to your program, and are interested in collaborating with other catechetical leaders on this process, please consider joining this virtual work-session on November 12 at 10:00 a.m.  Click here to join this virtual meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  You can also dial in using your phone +1 (408) 650-3123, please use access code: 216-238-533.
 
Attention Youth Confirmation Coordinators and Youth Ministers:
Please join a virtual gathering to discuss needs that are specific to the ministries of Confirmation and Youth Ministry. Topics will include building relationships with youth during a pandemic, developing service opportunities, and meeting the authentic needs of young people….along with any other themes you wish to discuss. 
  • Date: October 14, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Click here to join this meeting. You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (872) 240-3212, please use access code: 240-385-685. 

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Director of the Catholic Biblical School:

Thanking God, Archbishop Blair, and all those who helped make our 25th Anniversary Mass a joyful and beautiful celebration!  If you were unable to join us on Saturday, October 10, please consider watching the recording from the Catholic Biblical School Facebook page
 
Reminder: Students enrolled in the Catholic Biblical School for academic credit are required to submit Integral Challenge plans to their teachers this week.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Advisor to the Vicar for Finance & Technology:

Administrators and School Board Chairs:
Please join the Archdiocesan School Board's, School Success Committee for a night of Professional Development for you and your school board:
 
Keeping an Eye on the Bottom Line:  A Conversation on School Board Finances
This virtual, interactive, presentation will be offered twice: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 and Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please choose a time that is convenient for you.  Click here to register for either session. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training. 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelsey.Meczywor@aohct.org.
 
Asbestos Awareness Training will be Virtual this School Year
More details to follow - please contact Laura McCaffrey if you have any questions.
 
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
With the beginning of a new school year, the OEEC invites you to explore the new and improved Remote Learning Resources section of our website. This section will include resources on Technology, Remote Learning for Coding and Computer Science, Teaching in a Remote Environment, Marketing During Covid-19 and more!  Please be sure to check back often as these pages are updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources.
 
New this week:
Attention all Archdiocesan Schools
We are updating the school directory pages of our website!  Please take this opportunity to review your school's current page by clicking here.  Please send any updated pictures and descriptions to Laura McCaffrey and Kelsey Meczywor.

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

SAVE THE DATES: Virtual Women’s Conference 2020
Some Difficult News - the Archdiocesan Women's Conference, scheduled for November 7, 2020, has been postponed (in its in-person iteration) due to coronavirus concerns.
 
Some Wonderful News - the OEEC is prepared to extend the experience of the Women's Conference in a virtual format, running from November 2020 to May 2021 (when registration will open for the 2021 conference).  Instead of a full-day event, a chance to "attend" a workshop or prayer experience will be available monthly. These virtual events will take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the evening.  Attendees will register in advance for either a virtual workshop or a virtual prayer, and are welcome to come as they are - yoga pants or sweatshirt or stilettos, glass of wine or cup of tea - to partake in spiritual nourishment and time in community as a taste of the experience of the Women's Conference in this socially distant time.... and of course, attendees can save their registration fee for the next in-person conference in 2021, because this year will be free of charge! 
 
Be sure to visit our Women's Conference Webpage, where all information will be available soon! 
 
Virtual Conversations on the RCIA This Fall/Winter
Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), there are a number of virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation this fall and winter.
 
First, if you were unable to attend our LTP-OEEC webinar on Discernment in Christian Initiation on September 24, please click this link to access the recording. You are welcome to share it with your RCIA team and parish staff as needed. 
 
Additionally, if you would like to join LTP for more upcoming virtual conversations, please click each link below to register for some of those conversations! 
 
Virtual Conversations in English
RCIA #75 calls for the “suitable pastoral formation” of catechumens. Participants in this virtual conversation will explore the many different ways in which adults learn and how it can be applied to the Period of the Catechumenate while being “aimed at training [catechumens] in the Christian life.”  This session will challenge parishes to think outside of the box in our shared ministry of forming disciples.
 
The mystagogical method is a three-part process: joining together in a common experience, reflection, and sharing. In this conversation, we will discuss how this method can be introduced in the catechumenal process before the Period of Mystagogy.
 
Whether involved in the rites, catechesis, or discernment process, the pastor has a great responsibility in Christian initiation ministry. This conversation will allow participants to share best practices and reflect on the obstacles they face when co-laboring with the pastor of their parish.
 
Before celebrating the Rite of Election, the catechumens are to enter into a process of discernment and discussion with the pastor and other catechumenal leaders. What are the questions to ask?  What should we be observing?  How do we know people are ready to move forward in the process?
 
Art and music has always been an important part of our Christian faith. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that art has the ability to turn our "minds devoutly toward God" and that music "is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." (122, 112)  In this conversation, we will discuss how we can practically use the arts to echo our faith and enhance our celebration of God's Word.
 
LTP is also hosting ongoing virtual conversations specific to The RCIA Adapted for Children.  Please consider being a part of those conversations to be better prepared to welcome children to the Sacraments of Initiation outside of the "usual" ages and times: 

On Behalf of the Faith Formation Directors:

Formation Opportunity for Parish and School Leaders:
New England Faith Forum:  Recognizing the Religious Potential of the Child 
Join us on October 20 at 7:00 p.m. for the second gathering of the virtual New England Faith Forum, presented by Mary Mirrione, National Director for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: 
 
The capacity for silence, for reverence and for contemplation needs to be nurtured within children for them to have a lifelong encounter with the One who loves them. For over 60 years the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) has studied and served this encounter with ages 3-12. CGS is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. This workshop will provide an overview of the CGS as well as strategies for implementing and sustaining this work in a parish/school setting. This workshop will also provide practical tools for approaching prayer with children in any setting.
 
Click this link to register to attend, or to register to receive a recording after the event. 
 
The OEEC will again host a post-event debrief, discussing the local application of this Forum in our Archdiocese on Monday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.  Click here to access that discussion in GoToMeeting
 
Formation Opportunity for Parish, Catechetical and Youth Leaders:
Keeping Teens Connected to the Parish during COVID-19 - A FREE Conversation! 
This virtual conversation is geared toward those in youth ministry and/or liturgical ministry, but is truly open to anyone concerned with engaging young people. What are the ways that we can keep teenagers involved in the life of the parish?  In what ways can they serve as liturgical ministers and leaders during this time? 
 
This conversation will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register with Liturgy Training Publications.
 
Christus Vivit Virtual Study Group - Open To All Who Serve Young People! 
The OEEC will be breaking open Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God. This document challenges each of us to consider the ways we can serve young people enthusiastically and joyfully, and invites them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. 
 
All who have a heart for serving young people (both youth and young adults) and engaging them in the life of the Church are invited to attend!
 
We especially invite:
  • pastors and parochial vicars;
  • priest chaplains to high schools and colleges;
  • Catholic school teachers and campus ministers;
  • youth ministers;
  • leaders of young adult ministries;
  • parish catechetical leaders and catechists;
  • sacramental preparation coordinators;
  • and beyond!
If you have ever said “Where are all the young people??” or “I wish we had more young people engaged in our parish!”, you are welcome, too! 
 
These sessions will take place on two Wednesdays of each month from November 2020 through April 2021, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. They will be hosted on GoToMeeting with this recurring link, but we ask anyone interested in attending any session to please complete this simple registration form for our own record-keeping. 
 
Those dates are as follows: 
  • November 11: Introduction and Overview
  • December 9: Theme 1 – The Holiness of the Young
  • December 16: Theme 2 – The Spirit of Synodality
  • January 13: Theme 3 – The Journey of Accompaniment
  • January 27: Theme 4 – The Now: Reality and Response
  • February 10: Theme 5 – The Gospel Message
  • February 24: Theme 6 – Pathways of Ministry
  • March 10: Theme 7 – The Wisdom of Generations
  • March 24: Theme 8 – The Call to Leadership
  • April 14: Theme 9 – An Invitation to Discernment
  • April 28: Theme 10 – Our Pathway to Mission
The Faith Formation directors will alternate serving as facilitators, using the NFCYM study guide Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment as a resource. (It is also expected that attendees will have read Christus Vivit itself, freely accessible by clicking.)
 
We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us!

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