Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
February 18, 2021
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“Lent comes providentially to awaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” Pope Francis


What areas of your life feel gray to you? Where has your passion been lost?


Faithful God, fill me with the fire of your Holy Spirit so that I wake each morning excited to begin my day. Help me to have a joyful and grateful attitude and continually remind me that in all I do, I am working for you. Renew my passion to serve you with my whole heart. Amen

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Attention Confirmation Coordinators:

The following message went out to Priests from the Archbishop’s Office: Spring Confirmation Information for Priests:
Information is being requested from Pastors planning to have Confirmation ceremonies in the Spring of 2021. Please use the Confirmation Information Form and Request for the Faculty to Confirm Form as needed to provide all required information. The deadline for submitting paperwork is February 25, 2021.

Attention Catechetical Leaders

Missed last week’s Virtual Gathering for Catechetical Leaders? Join this week’s evening meeting on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Use this link ( to join the meeting or you can dial in using your phone by calling: +1 (408) 650-3123, please use access code: 554-355-133

Upcoming Webinar from Parish Catalyst

Parish Catalyst is offering a free webinar called Innovations in Catechesis, on Tuesday, February 23, 20201 at 2:00 p.m. 
Innovations in Catechesis
In our rapidly changing world, religious education must continually evolve in order to connect. Hear innovative ideas from catechetical leaders on both the parish and diocesan level.

New! Virtual Course in Basic Biblical Literacy

Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition is a six-week interactive opportunity to begin reading the Bible with greater understanding. Parishes and schools are invited to contact BJ Daly Horell to find out more:

Seasonal Resources

Please be sure to continue checking our Seasonal Resource Page. This page is updated weekly and includes Lenten resources as well as information regarding upcoming feast days.
New items added to the Seasonal Resource Page this week:

Virtual Women’s Conference

There are just two sessions left for the 2020 Women’s Conference. The next session will be held on March 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to register. 
Workshop: Breaking the Alabaster Jar: A Lenten Reflection
Presenter: Gail Bellucci, Coordinator for Parish Life, Archdiocese of Hartford
We will journey for a brief time with the mysterious woman of Bethany who anointed Jesus prior to his passion.  What wisdom has she for us as we approach the reliving of Jesus’ suffering and death leading to the hope of Easter?  Come and see!
Spiritual Breakout: God's Paintbrush Within Us - A Guided Meditation
Presentor: Noranne Wamester, Pastoral Associate and Director of Faith Formation, Incarnation Church, Wethersfield
From the very beginning of our existence, God gently held us and looked into our souls. Delighted with His creation, He took a paintbrush to accompany us as He wished to paint the moments of our lives, moments of grace, moments of challenge, moments of stress and moments of peace. Through the gift of guided meditation, we will journey to the depths of our souls and allow the hand of the Lord to become our Master Painter.

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

CBS Alumni Virtual Course: The Johannine Epistles Concluded

On March 17, 2021, Catholic Biblical School graduates are invited to join (in progress) an in-depth study of the Letters of John. CBS faculty member, Dr. Tom Casey is our instructor. (If you’re new to the study, you will be provided with notes ahead of time.) To get more information, please click here. To register, click here

CBS Holy Land Pilgrimage 2022

Join our spiritual guides, Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt for a biblical retreat in the Holy Land, set for January 6 - 17, 2022. Walk in the paths Jesus trod as we pray together and share Christian fellowship at biblical sites, including the Mount of Beatitudes, Calvary, the Upper Room, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and so much more! For more information, contact BJ Daly Horell at

New! Virtual Course in Basic Biblical Literacy

Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition is a six-week interactive opportunity to begin reading the Bible with greater understanding. Parishes and schools are invited to contact BJ Daly Horell to find out more:

Remote Learning

Remember, CBS classes are 100% remote until further notice. Contact the teacher if you need instructions for accessing a virtual class.

“I am God! … Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.” (Genesis 46:3 NRSV)
How often do we feel like the world is “selling us” to Egypt, like Joseph in the Old Testament? Egypt is more than an ancient superpower in Israel’s history. It comes to symbolize all that keeps us from being God’s People on earth. How on earth does God permit such things (think COVID) to happen to us? CBS 100 concludes its study of Genesis this week by pondering Joseph’s surprising adventures in Egypt.
The Kingdom [of God] is not only beyond our efforts; it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of  the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord’s work. (John Cardinal Deardon, former Archbishop of Detroit)

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