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.
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.
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.