Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
April 15, 2021
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To all who are involved in faith formation,

Unfortunately, the email server for the Archdiocese of Hartford has been down since Saturday, April 3, 2021.
 
We sincerely apologize if you have reached out to the OEEC and have not received a response. Until this issue is resolved please feel free to reach out to the alternative email addresses listed below:  
 
Laura McCaffrey: OEECSchools@gmail.com


 

Quote:

“We never forget his [Jesus’] story. It reminds us of what the great theologian, Karl Rahner, once said, that questions are a sign of God’s transcendent presence in our lives. If ever we believe, or teach that we know all about God or life, we may be bereft of the wisdom that God continues to reveal in us and in those we catechize.” 

Carl Pfeifer/Janaan Manternach from “Empowering Catechetical Leaders”


Question:

What questions about God do you find yourself pondering? How do you help the children, youth or adults you serve to explore the mysteries of our faith and to be content not fully understanding the depths of the sacred mysteries of God?

 
Prayer:

Dear God of the Universe, there is so much I cannot fully understand about your greatness, your power and your sovereignty. Help me to rest in the unknown with the knowledge that you are on your throne and your light will always overcome darkness. Allow me to recognize the truth of your promises and to maintain unwavering faith even amidst any uncertainty.  Amen.
 


Faith Formation Weekly Update

Upcoming virtual meeting: Learn from Each Other: Digital Strategies

Throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, many parish faith formation leaders have designed innovative websites or web pages to help children, youth and families grow in faith. Not only was this extremely helpful during this time of COVID, but it is an essential tool when ministering to today’s parents and children. Come and be inspired by taking a little ‘tour’ of these websites at this virtual gathering.

Date: April 20, 2021
Time 10:00 a.m.* 

To register click here.

*this workshop will be recorded for those who cannot attend

 

Is God’s Voice Heard in Your Ministry?

Do you ever wish you had a “hearing aide” to clarify God’s voice speaking in your heart? Now more than ever, we need the voice of Jesus to speak the words of everlasting life to us and to our world. The Bible and the Eucharist are the two indispensable gifts that help us hear God’s Word faithfully as we become missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. The Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School has been that “hearing aide” for thousands of individuals throughout New England helping them to hear God’s Word for our time.

And now it’s easier than ever to attend the Hartford Catholic Biblical School! We offer virtual and satellite classes in the evenings, as well as in-person classes in both the evening and the daytime. Explore our website to learn more, or call us at 860-242-5573, ext. 2679.

 

Attention Catechetical Leaders

As our pastoral year comes to an end, you may be wondering how to fully appreciate and honor the incredible catechists who stuck by your side this year in this challenging ministerial landscape. Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press started a great conversation to share ideas of how to affirm those hard working volunteers who went above and beyond the call this year. 

 

To All Who Minister in Parishes

When Easter Sunday passes, and the busyness of life picks up, it can be challenging to continue to keep the joy and hope of Easter alive in our hearts. The McGrath Institute for Church Life has created a 30 Song Spotify Playlist of beautiful music to help believers continue celebrating the Easter season. This playlist is a mix of reverent traditional hymns and contemporary music so there is something for everyone! Check it out here

  
Interested in the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)? 

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.The conference this year will be held on November 18 - 21, 2021 and this year, there will be three options to participate: 

  • In-Person in Indianapolis
  • Virtual Participation
  • Streaming Participation

Want more information? Join us for an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to join the meeting. Or you can call: 1 (786) 535-3211, please use access code: 451-060-445. OR you can fill out this simple suvey and we will send you the link for the meeting.

 

Seasonal Resources

We continue to encourage families to celebrate the entire Easter season while still thinking ahead to Pentecost, celebrated on May 23, 2021. Check out these resources to help families continue to grow faith in their homes.

Enrichment Opportunity

Intergenerate Conference
Monday, May 24, 2021 - Wednesday, May 26, 2021
(Click here for more information and to register.)

There is an abundance of research that demonstrates how parishes that create intergenerational culture have the ability to build deep connections and encourage discipleship with all ages. This year, the Children’s Spirituality Summit and the Intergenerate Conference are joining forces for a combined virtual experience to include 4 keynote speakers, 30 workshops and 18 paper presentations of new thinking and research in children’s spirituality and intergenerational ministry. This conference will also include “Taste and See Experiences” of practical activities and “Kindred Group Discussions” for sharing insights and applying current ideas and approaches to ministry.

 

Catholic Scouting - Religious Emblems Deadline Extended!

On Behalf of the Catholic Committee on Scouting we would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for your patience and unfailing commitment to Catholic Scouting during these unprecedented times. With the COVID vaccine becoming available and the warmer weather coming, the Committee hopes to be able hold their annual scouting award ceremony this summer. If you have sent in your paperwork, thank you! Your family will be receiving a letter outlining the details of the award ceremony when those plans are definite. If you have not handed in your paperwork or are still working on your program, please be sure to send your application as well as the fee into the Office of Education Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) by May 1, 2021. Please send it to: 

Office of Education, Education and Evangelization
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Attention: Jennifer McClintock 

If you find that you need more time to work on your programs just let us know by emailing Jennifer at Jennifer.McClintock@aohct.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 



 

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Luke 21:33

Jesus teaches that there will always be unrest and troubles, but knowing and living in His Word is all the shelter we need. This week, CBS 200 students are exploring the New Testament parousia, that unwritten page of earth’s history when Christ’s kingdom will be completed.


Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

GREAT NEWS!

On May 23, 2021, Israel will once again be open to American travel groups! Now’s the time to join the Archbishop and the Hartford Catholic Biblical School gang on a 12-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! All are welcome! Click here for more details.

 
CBS satellite sites forming now through June 15, 2021!

Do you want to join with friends and neighbors in your community to explore the Bible from a nearby location? You’re in luck! The Biblical School is now setting up “satellite sites” on Thursday evenings for CBS 100 in Fall 2021. We can set you up anywhere with a reliable internet connection, from Canaan to Tolland to Madison to Milford. Contact BJ Daly Horell at catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org to arrange this wonderful new opportunity to know Jesus more fully in Scripture.

 
Alumni Volunteers for Hospitality!

If you are a CBS alum and would like to host a CBS Satellite Site (no tech savvy required), please email catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org.

 
Important Updates for the CBS Class Schedule 2021-2022

  • Fall courses will begin the week of September 20 - 24, 2021.
  • Distance learners have the option to gather in person at satellite sites, “zooming” into virtual classes. Contact BJ to set that up in a location near you by June 15, 2021.
  • In-person classes will be 100% in person, except in inclement weather situations, and will follow all CDC and archdiocesan directives.
  • CBS 200 will meet in the Hartford area on Monday evenings and online on Wednesday evenings.
  • Registration is planned beginning May 1, 2021.

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