Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
September 17, 2020
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On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Opening Day Video
This year’s opening day was certainly like no other that educators in the Archdiocese of Hartford have ever known. Schools look different, students may be in the classroom or at home, new safety protocols abound, and masks are the order of the day. One thing that we can be sure of is that students are thrilled to see one another and actually be together once again. To celebrate this re-connection, we’d like to produce a brief video capturing images from every school’s first week. Each school is asked to send two high resolution photos to representing a highlight of the launch of this unprecedented school year. Students may be pictured in the classroom or from home, and we hope you’ll feel free to feature them with their teachers and classmates. Photos are requested by Monday, September 21, and we’d love to have every school represented!
Bringing the Personal Touch to the Virtual World of Admissions
Join us on Thursday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m. as Kevin Altieri, ACAAP Board Member and Director of Admissions at Fairfield College Preparatory School, presents a webinar focusing on the importance of maintaining connection as we reach out virtually to recruit new students. The 2020 admissions season will be different from others in many ways. Directors of Admissions will be challenged to find new, unique methods of sharing their school’s community in what will likely have to be virtual ways. This session will explore ways to connect with people on a personal level through the virtual world, as well as ways to rethink how to design admissions events in this new world. To register, visit the ACAAP website:

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

CBS 200 Opening Scripture Day will take place this Saturday, September 19, from 8:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Saint Mary Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.  Handouts will be distributed by email to all second-year students.  We regret that snacks and beverages will not be provided. Feel free to bring a water bottle. Face masks are required.
CBS Class Meetings
CBS classes are underway this week. Instructions for remote class attendance will be sent by your section instructor.  Remember that it is now necessary for you to email an instructor if you want to attend a different class section than the one in which you are enrolled. 
CBS Opening Day Requirements
If you were not able to attend both the “nuts and bolts” orientation and the Opening Scripture Day for your class (CBS 100, 200, Advanced), you will need to make up the missed requirement if you wish to attain CBS Certificates. To make up the orientation alone, listen to the online recording. You should have already received a link to that recording. To make up the Opening Scripture Day, please consult your Student Guidebook (distributed in Year One and as a handout to this year’s orientations) before attempting to contact us with questions.
CBS Silver Anniversary Liturgy will be livestreamed on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.  Archbishop Blair will preside. Details will be forthcoming.
Holy Land Pilgrimage with Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt!
Join BJ, the Archbishop, and biblical scholar, Bishop Betancourt, for the spiritual journey of a lifetime. We are now taking applications for this 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land to be scheduled for January 2022. Details will be forthcoming.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Attention Catechetical Leaders: Virtual Deanery Meeting
Many of you are getting ready to start your faith formation programs after months of diligent planning and reimagining. Here is an opportunity for us to gather virtually to check in with one another, to share ideas and to ask questions.
Join this meeting on September 23 at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. by using the following link:  You can also dial in using your phone by calling: 1 (408) 650-3123, please use access code: 554-355-133.

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

Elementary School Principals and Business Managers for Elementary Schools:
Please note that the deadline for the 2020-2021 Adjusted Final Budget has been moved to September 1, 2020.  If you have not submitted your school budget, please do so ASAP!
  • This will help us get a better understanding of school financials earlier in the school year. 
  • All documents needed for the 2020-2021 Adjusted Final Budget have been uploaded to the OEEC portal under the Finances Folder.  
  • Please remember to use this updated template and not an old template saved from prior budgets.  
Questions? Contact Laura McCaffrey.
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
With the beginning of a new school, the OEEC invites you to explore our 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:
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit
The Computer Science for Connecticut (CS4CT) Summit brings together K-12 educators from across the state to promote and advance Computer Science education. It will be held virtually on October 2, 2020 and is hosted by CT-CSTA, ReadyCT and Sacred Heart University.
Join the conference to continue advancing computer science education across Connecticut.  Laura McCaffrey will be presenting at one of the sessions. Please consider registering for the event!  For more information click here.
SMART Technologies
  1. G Suite Integration directions can be found here.
  2. Here is a link to some of our online blended learning resources as well. If you click on this link and scroll down to the recorded sessions, there is a short two-minute video describing how to use SMART software with Zoom. There are also some free upcoming webinars that would be great to attend if your schedule permits. The session, Maximize Tech for Hybrid/Blended Learning, is highly recommended.
Please feel free to reach out to Marybeth Jones, the local contact for SMART Technologies. Marybeth is an Education Sales Consultant who helps educators to make informed decisions about technology tools for your learning environments and supports the implementation of SMART solutions to improve your school’s learning outcomes. You can contact Marybeth by email or phone at or 732-275-4365.

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

An Important Request for All Parishes (Re: Adult Confirmation) 
Please help the OEEC assess the status of sacramental preparation for adults in the Archdiocese.  All parishes are asked to complete this brief survey (only one person per parish needs to do so) in order for us to update our history of Adult Confirmation in the Archdiocese and better prepare to welcome adults to the Sacrament of Confirmation this pastoral year.  Any questions, or need help completing the survey?  Email
P. S.  Did you miss our virtual training for Adult Confirmation catechists earlier this month?  Simply email to receive the recording or to schedule a catch-up conversation. 
RCIA Webinar:  "Discernment in Christian Initiation" 
As we journey through the RCIA process, one of the most common questions that RCIA ministers/team members have is: "How do I know if someone is ready to continue the process to receive the sacraments?"  Though this question often arises prior to the Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, discernment is a tool needed at every stage of the RCIA journey. The skill of discernment is especially needed in these uncharted waters of the RCIA process in the time of limited in-person gatherings.
Through this virtual workshop, we will come to a better understanding of the process of discernment in the RCIA, how it is experienced, and how it facilitates conversion. Join us on September 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for this virtual gathering. There is no charge!  Click here to register! 
Presenter: Timothy A. Johnston, Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant
Timothy serves as Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. He has a degree in music education from Quincy University in Illinois, an MA in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an MA in Christian Doctrine from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has served as the director of liturgical programs at Marquette University, director of the Office of Liturgy for the dioceses of Salt Lake City and St. Cloud. 
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! 

On Behalf of the Faith Formation Directors:         

Formation Opportunity for Young Adult Catholics
Apostles on Mission is a program offered through the Catholic Apostolic Center and is designed for young adults to encounter Jesus in a more intentional way and learn to be greater leaders within the Church.  
The formation program comprises ten online sessions that provide theological and pastoral training to young adult Catholics. These 90-minute sessions take place once a week on Mondays via Zoom beginning October 5, 2020 and ending December 14, 2020. Sessions run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  If your application is approved, the cost of attendance is $40, paid at the time of registration. Spots are limited to 20 accepted participants.  
To view a short promotional video and learn about the application process, click here.  
Formation Opportunity for Youth & Campus Ministers
NFCYM (The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) continues its four-part webinar series called “Restoring Hope,” focused on the pastoral care of young people and families in these uncertain times.  This free series seeks to help ministry leaders understand their role in providing pastoral care and accompanying young people and their families through numerous life stressors, mental and physical health issues, and the rising anxieties that have arisen in this year of COVID.  Part three & four will run September 17 and 24.  A membership with NFCYM is not necessary to attend. To learn more and register, click here.
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 LTP. 

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