Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
December 2, 2020
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Faith Formation

Attention Confirmation Coordinators:

The NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) just hosted a fantastic webinar on Youth Confirmation: Confirmation Ministry with Youth in 2020 and Beyond with Tom East of Center for Ministry Development. This webinar explored the models and methods that are helpful in successfully coordinating a Confirmation preparation and follow-through process within a parish setting. Tom looked at the direction for ministry with young people provided by Pope Francis in Christus Vivit, and examined strategies for engaging and involving families and sponsors with the young people.

As a follow up to this webinar, there will be a Virtual Meeting for Confirmation Coordinators of the Archdiocese of Hartford to further explore Tom East’s message. This will take place tomorrow, Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Click this link to join this gathering. You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3212, please use access code: 240-385-685.

    Upcoming Webinar for Ministers of Youth and Young Adults:

    Join Scott Boyle, Associate Director of Recruitment and Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, as he presents: Animating the Faith of Youth and Young Adults: Attending to Our Present; Building Our Future on December 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
    The current challenges faced by the Church have forced us to confront our traditional methods of outreach and evangelization to youth and young adults. COVID-19 has also forced us to dream up new approaches that have the potential to sustain us long after the pandemic has subsided. For the past few months, Scott Boyle, Associate Director of Recruitment and Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, facilitated conversations with youth and young adult ministry leaders from across the country who have shared their experiences and ideas for accompanying and animating these two groups. In this session, he will share insights and reasons to hope from these conversations and propose practical ideas to catalyze and reinvigorate youth and young adults in the parish and beyond! Click here to register.

    Advent and Christmas Resources for Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Educators

    Looking for resources to help children and families celebrate upcoming holidays and feast days?  Bookmark this page to find links for videos, articles, and family activities that focus on upcoming seasonal days of celebration.  Return often, as these resources will change throughout the year.

    Here is a beautiful Four Week Journey into Advent for families that the Diocese of Des Moines has offered to share. Feel free to use as is, or pull out activities that you think your families will enjoy to help them celebrate Advent in a meaningful way as they prepare for Christmas. 

    Children’s Christmas Books:

    Advent Evening of Reflection - Open to All Parish and School Ministers!

    Save the date for an Advent Evening of Reflection on December 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the New England Faith Forum.  This evening of reflection will be facilitated by Colleen Moore, Director of Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life and Program Director for ECHO (a two-year graduate service learning program that partners with dioceses across the country to train the next generation of leaders in faith formation and theological education in Catholic parishes and schools). Click here for more information and to register

    Virtual Women’s Conference

    Join us on December 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the next gathering of our virtual Women’s Conference events, “Wednesdays with Women”! This month’s workshop Mary's YES will be presented by Sheri Dursin and the prayer experience will be Visio Divina, presented by Michelle Boisseau. Click here to register and be a part of this taste of the Women’s Conference. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for January’s Virtual Women’s Conference on January 6, 2021.

    Virtual Conversations on the RCIA

    Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), there are a number of upcoming virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation. For a listing of the upcoming conversations in both English and Spanish, and information on how to register, visit our RCIA Webpage.

    Catholic Biblical School (CBS)

    Google Classroom and Thursday Tech Help

    CBS students and teachers who would like assistance using online instructional tools are invited to attend open technical help sessions with Jennifer McClintock on Thursday, December 3, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you need to schedule another time, please email for additional sessions or individual times, as needed. 

    Save the Dates:

    Ongoing Virtual Biblical Formation
    • February 6 and 13, 2021--Disability in (and in Front of) the Bible
    • March 6, 2021--The Scriptural Roots of the Creed
    Upcoming CBS Breaks
    • Christmas Break: December 20, 2020 - January 3, 2021
    • Early Winter Break: January 16-22, 2021

    Catholic Biblical School (CBS) and Covid-19

    With Covid cases spiking and restrictions increasing in Connecticut, CBS classes may have to move online at any time. Please visit the CBS webpages, and/or check with your teachers and this newsletter to keep up-to-date with any changes that may be announced in the coming weeks and months.

    Winter Weather Considerations

    Class cancellations and other changes of venue are posted at least two hours before class time on the STSRegistrar Notifications Page. To log in, follow the directions on the website page, Current Students. If you are unable to access a computer reliably, please make arrangements with a fellow student for information about these kinds of important announcements.

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