On Behalf of Anne T. Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:
is offering some great resources for Catholic schools and parishes struggling to maintain both enrollment and parish giving. At this site FaithforCatholicSchools.com
, you’ll find the following guidance:
How to promote online giving
How to encourage 2020-2021 enrollment
Guide: School at Home for Catholic Families
Guide: Easter at Home
Several sample social media posts promoting enrollment and online giving
The Catholic Funding Guide is sharing information to assist Catholic organizations in navigating the financial challenges posed by the pandemic. The following resources are available:
Finalsite Free Resources
website company is hosting a free “School Marketing Day” on Thursday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
to help schools weather the challenges of marketing during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit their homepage to register for the event: https://www.finalsite.com
. Also, their Resource Page
offers a great deal of helpful information on a variety of topics including communications, admissions and fundraising during these challenging times. Topics include virtual graduations, creating the digital the campus, and virtual fundraising and can be accessed here: https://www.finalsite.com/resources/coronavirus-communication-strategies-for-schools#Resources
On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:
During this time of staying home, families are finding themselves with the unique opportunity to recapture family mealtime. What a wonderful opportunity this is for us to encourage families to develop a practice of saying grace together in creative ways and having conversations about Jesus while sharing a meal together.
Here's a video
with some practical ways for families to grow in faith while eating together. This PDF
includes some prayers that families can use to accompany their dinnertime grace.
On Behalf of Valerie Mara, Assistant to the Provost:
As a reminder, in this time of state and national pandemic crisis, we will follow the mandates set forth by the State of CT regarding remote learning. Please click on the following links to find Emergency Remote Learning information:
More important than ever, during this time of social distancing and limited face-to-face connections, we must be mindful of the social-emotional development and wellness of our students and ourselves. It is vital that teachers take the time to step away from the curriculum from time to time to simply connect and check-in with students. It is only when students feel safe that learning can place. Click here to view a document that outlines activities created by MindBeat designed to adapted for any age level. Remember to take the time to take care of your students, take care of one another, and take care of yourselves!
On Behalf of Maria Maynard, Assistant to the Provost
Catholic School Administrators:
Attend the NCEA Convention 2020 Virtually: A Valuable Opportunity for Principals
This year all of the presentations at NCEA are available as online webinars. Several would be very valuable for your professional development and may be accessed on NCEA.org
- Catholic School Strategic Planning: Catholic Identity
- Leadership and Governance: New Models
- Small Catholic Schools do not have to Close
These are three that I have found of particular interest for your professional growth. They are recorded and available anytime.
In this time when you may be planning for next school year or updating your strategic plan, the first webinar, Catholic School Strategic Planning: Catholic Identity may give you a renewed motivation to look at your school and really identify how you are different – how you are excellent! Dr. Lincoln Snyder explores 4 significant areas to investigate in developing a strong plan for enhancing the Catholic Identity of your school. In this effort you will experience the satisfying appreciation and communication of your school’s ‘charism’ which in essence will be the foundation for the impetus to practice those virtues which make your school special in the eyes of your community.
- You will have the opportunity to delve into source documents that provide you with the energy to be the ‘animator’ in your school for promotion of the original motivation for the establishment of your school.
- You will envision the appropriate branding for your school.
- You will bring your school to a recognition and appreciation for the virtues that the founding order or Saint designation promote fidelity by the entire school community.
- You will have the opportunity to plan for the enculturation and formation of your school community which then leads to transformation of all participants to view life through the lens of the Gospel, and to provide the opportunity for student to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity for renewal and professional growth.
On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:
Please remember to send in your HOPES Grant application by Friday, April 24, 2020.
The HOPES Grant application and memo regarding the application are located on the OEEC portal. The grant application along with required attachments are due on or before April 24, 2020
. The application can be sent by email to Laura@McCaffrey@aohct.org
. If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact her.
Distance Learning Page on the OEEC Website for Principals and Teachers:
New materials updated this week:
- Google Classroom
- Google Voice
- Remote Learning for Coding
- Computer Science featuring VEX VR and Code.org
- Parent Resources during Remote Learning
All Newsela Products Free to Teachers until June 30, 2020:
Teachers, to register and gain access to all these products click on the links below!
Here are some additional resources and tools to help support teachers and students:
On Behalf of Jennifer McClintock, Coordinator of Catholic Scouting:
Please see this announcement from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) in response to concerns about how our Scouts can complete their Catholic Religious Emblems during the current national health emergency.
If you are working on your emblems, please fill out this short survey by clicking here. Be sure to review our webpage for updates. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer by email Jennifer.McClintock@aohct.org.
On Behalf of Michael Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:
Attention All Young Adult Leaders!
I invite you to attend a Go to Meeting on Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. to touch base, discuss best practices in these unique times and pray together. All adults, 18 and over, are welcome to join the meeting! All are welcome!
Young Adult Leaders Gathering
Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 954-508-925
Youth in Hart - Weekly Gathering
We will be meeting every Thursday at noon via Go To Meeting as a chance to pray together, share ideas for distance Youth Ministry and talk about the road ahead. These meetings will continue to be held weekly on Thursdays at noon until June 30th. Each week we will have time to check-in, share best practices, talk about concerns and share in fellowship. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. and know that you and your ministry are in my prayers!
Youth in Hart - Weekly Gathering
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 179-036-861
On Behalf of the Faith Formation Directors of the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis:
We know that eventually, this time of social distancing will end, and more than ever, our parishes will need to be vibrant, welcoming, engaging communities of discipleship.
Registration is STILL open for the Making Disciples 101 workshop taking place this August. Don’t miss this chance to learn from Sherry Weddell (author of the popular book Forming Intentional Disciples) and her team! The only prerequisite is to have read Forming Intentional Disciples.
Attention All Parish Ministers Involved in RCIA!
Did you miss the first Virtual Conversation on the RCIA? We are offering a second round in the evening for those who were unable to attend!
Join us on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. for a conversation in which we will:
Discuss the Archdiocesan directives around Christian initiation
Strategize how best to stay connected to our elect and candidates
Imagine how to "sanctify our time" of social distancing
Pray and be in “virtual community” together!
All members of RCIA ministry are invited: priests, deacons, RCIA coordinators, adult faith formation directors, parish catechetical leaders, sacramental coordinators, catechists, etc. To register for the conversation, click here
. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Questions? Concerns? Email Nicole Perone, Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org