Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
August 19, 2020
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All school administrators are asked to please share this newsletter with faculty members, since it contains information beneficial to the entire educational community.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Remote Learning Video
We’re proud to say that the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford did an outstanding job providing their students with an exceptional academic experience during the pandemic, just as they do each and every day of the school year. Enjoy this video in which parents, teachers, and administrators describe their success with remote learning and encourage families throughout the Archdiocese to consider a Catholic education for their children. We urge you to share this link and spread the positive message far and wide. Thank you to all the schools and individuals who shared photos, testimonials and videos with us in order to create this video. All of these materials will be added to our OEEC site in the near future, so be on the lookout. 

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Director of Catholic Biblical School (CBS):

Students Who Purchased Workbooks from CBS
On Monday, anyone who chose to purchase workbooks from the OEEC/Catholic Biblical School for 2020-21 was sent an email notice about where and when you could pick up your workbooks. If you did not get an email notice and you have already paid for your workbook, please check your spam folder and if you don’t find it, email before Friday, August 21.
If you have not purchased a workbook from the OEEC, you must order your workbook independently. The CBS Required Texts Page on the OEEC website has the ISBN number for each workbook listed under your course number (CBS 100 or 200 or 300). 
Virtual and Onsite Scripture Days and Class Meetings
We are still finalizing the arrangements for all CBS activities beginning at the end of August, but here are the preliminary plans:
Opening Scripture Days
A mix of in-person and virtual meetings is planned for all students enrolled in the Catholic Biblical School this fall. In-person meetings will meet strict CDC and Archdiocesan directives for social distancing and safety precautions.
  • Advanced Students (CBS Years 3 and 4): A series of webinars to be held throughout the day on August 29 will replace the usual in-person gathering. A link to participate will be sent to all advanced students in the next week or so, with further instructions.
  • Second Year Students (CBS 200): A three-hour Opening Scripture Day will be held on September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Saint Mary Church in Simsbury. In addition, CBS will hold an additional webinar to orient you to New Testament Studies. Details will be sent to you by September 12. 
  • New, First-Year Students (CBS 100): A three-hour Opening Scripture Day will be held in-person on September 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at a location to be determined in the Greater Hartford area. We will also be scheduling a separate webinar, which you can attend in person on September 5 or view the recorded webinar at a time convenient for you. Expect to hear more by September 2.
Summer Assignments
Your summer assignment is due on the date of your Opening Scripture Day, whether we meet virtually or in person. Here is the link to the assignment: Please download the pdf for the course that you are beginning this fall.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis and Lisa Orchen, Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

We are happy to invite you to spend the morning of September 19 at this year’s MISSIO!
Missio will be a virtual event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and will include a keynote address by Tom East of the Center for Ministry Development, and a round of six workshops and presentations from which to choose. This event is free of charge and open to all who minister in faith formation in parishes and Catholic schools. Registration is required to receive links for the day, and will open soon! We hope to "see" you there!
Attention Parish Faith Formation Leaders and Catholic School Leaders: Tips for Using Zoom: PART II
Friday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m.
This meeting will be led by Gina Raymond of Saint Dunstan Church. Gina has extensive experience using Zoom in educational settings and will provide tips and techniques for using Zoom as a virtual platform for faith formation. Gina will discuss administrative tips and ways to build community in a virtual space with children and youth. Please use this link to join the meeting. (Meeting ID: 950 6439 6009 Passcode: ZW0117)
What will NOT work this year and what CAN work this year in faith formation during pandemic? Here is an excellent chart from The Pastoral Center, a ministry designed to support leaders in catechesis. Please take a look at this tool as you continue your planning for this fall. (Click here to see the entire document from the Pastoral Center.)
Opening Wide our Hearts: Talking to Children about Racism and Our Catholic Response
Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Our nation is experiencing an awakening on the long-term effects of racism and the demand for justice. This workshop will look at the sin of racism through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, giving you tools and strategies to talk to the children and youth in your parishes and schools. Lynn Campbell, Director for the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry for the Archdiocese of Hartford, will present this webinar with Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis.  Click here to register in advance for this meeting.  After registering, you will  receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Inspiring Resources Especially for Catholic School Leaders
Enjoy this brief meditation, Taking Hope Back To School, to strengthen and empower you in the days ahead and allow this reflection, A Catholic Approach to Face Masks, to help you contextualize the necessity of wearing masks within our Catholic worldview, as well as look to alternative ways for communicating when facial expressions are hidden.

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

Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
Summer is the perfect time to continue to improve your digital literacy. The OEEC invites you to continue to explore the Remote Learning Page of our website. Be sure to check back often as this page is 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. To register click here.
VEX IQ Robot Leagues for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
For the 2020-2021 school year, we would like to start a Vex IQ Robotics League with Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.  Matches may start in January 2021 (contingent on COVID-19 situation).  See the flyer for more details!  Email Laura McCaffrey if your school is interested! 
Approved Vendors for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Supplies from the State of Connecticut
In preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, please see this Excel spreadsheet (downloadable file) with the Archdiocese of Hartford’s approved vendor list to purchase PPE supplies for your school or parish. Please contact Laura McCaffrey if you have any questions or concerns.
On Behalf of Frank Johnson, IT Director at Saint Bridget School in Cheshire
The school has 16 Smart Boards available for schools: click here for details. If you have any questions, contact Frank Johnson at

On Behalf of Kathleen Nowosadko, Director of Safe Environment:

Attention all Principals: Fingerprinting Plan for New Employees in Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic
With the new school year fast approaching in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Safe Environment has been working diligently to develop a plan to fingerprint new employees with the health and safety of everyone in mind.
Fingerprinting will take place at these Catholic schools and the Pastoral Center on the following dates and times:
  1. Saint Paul Catholic High School, Bristol - Monday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  2. Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford - Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  3. Saint Rita School, Hamden - Wednesday, August 26, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  4. Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury - Thursday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  5. East Catholic High School, Manchester - Friday, August 28, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  6. Pastoral Center, Bloomfield: Monday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Please contact Ginamarie Garabedian, Safe Environment Coordinator, directly at or (860) 541-6491 ext. 7488, to set up an appointment at one of these sites, if you are instructed to do so.
At this time, the fees set by the FBI and State of CT for processing of fingerprints remain at  $88.25 and checks can be made payable to the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Be assured that every possible measure to ensure everyone’s health and safety, and every piece of fingerprinting equipment will be thoroughly sanitized between each appointment.  We are utilizing standards set forth by the CDC, ADA, OSHA, and State of Connecticut.
Attached are the Policies and Procedures for Fingerprinting. These may change as we go forth with the first few appointments as we determine what works best.  Below are two documents the employees will need to fill out:

Please return to Ginamarie Garabedian no later than 24 hours prior to their appointment.

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

Adult Confirmation Virtual Training for Parish Ministers 
In this time of a pandemic and limits on in-person gatherings, preparation for the sacraments has become more complicated than ever, but the opportunity to welcome adults into the fullness of the life of the Church is more critical than ever as well!
The OEEC will be offering this virtual opportunity to learn more about how to prepare adults for the sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, September 1 at 10:00 a.m.  We will discuss parameters of sacramental preparation as well as innovations for our current reality. Click this link to register!
All those responsible for catechizing adults in this way (parish catechetical leaders, RCIA team members, deacons, priests, etc.) are most welcome to join us. This training will also be recorded for future viewing - simply register (even if you cannot attend) and a recording will be sent later.
Is your parish already prepared to catechize adults for the sacrament of Confirmation, or intends to do so this fall? Click here to complete a brief survey so that we are aware of what is available around the Archdiocese! 
Webinar & Discussion Series: The RCIA in Times of Social Distancing
As our partners at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) will be hosting webinars focused on a return to initiation ministry in the COVID-19 reality, the OEEC wishes to supplement those webinars with post-event discussions focused on our local reality. Join the OEEC in attending each LTP webinar, and then virtually gathering for debrief and discussion of how best to apply what was presented in the context of our parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. (Like a book club – but for webinars!)

Click the links below to register for these free-of-charge webinars, and click here to register for the follow-up discussions:

Can’t Make A Session?  
Click here to access the previous webinars hosted by LTP. This is a great way to catch up on webinars you might have been unable to attend!  Note: The document at this link is updated after each session. If you do not see the most recent document, you may need to try another web browser or refresh your computer’s cache. 
Each OEEC Follow-Up Discussion will be recorded for future viewing. Simply register at the links above, even if you cannot attend, and a recording will be sent to your email. You can also email for recording links. 
*Capstone 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.  Timothy is co-author of Guide for Celebrating Infant Baptism (LTP, 2018), Disciples Making Disciples: Print and Digital Resources for Forming the Assembly (LTP, 2017), and Pocket Prayers for Times of Trouble (Twenty-Third, 2014).

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