Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
September 2, 2020
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On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

ACAAP Webinar Series
In lieu of its annual fall conference at the College of the Holy Cross, the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP) will be hosting a series of webinars designed to assist schools in their efforts to recruit students and raise much-needed funds during these challenging times. School administrators, admissions and advancement staff are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions. For more information and to register, visit this page of the ACAAP site: https://www.acaap.net/conferences.

 

Bringing the Personal Touch to the Virtual World of Admissions
Thursday, September 17, 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Kevin Altieri, Director of Admissions, Fairfield College Preparatory School

 

Keeping the Traditions Going During Non-Traditional Times
Thursday, September 24, 3:00 p.m.

Presenter: Amy Griffin, Director of Community Engagement, Diocese of Bridgeport

 

The Art of the Ask in the Digital Age and the Pandemic
Thursday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.

Presenter: Rick Blain, CFRE, Richard Blain and Associates, LLC


On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis:

Missio and Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day - September 19, 2020
Please join us on September 19, 2020 for this year’s virtual Missio/Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day: Embrace Hope. For the schedule of the morning, workshop details and registration information, click here
 
Utilizing Virtual Learning for Faith Formation this Fall? 
Check out these helpful webinars!
  • Click here for Tips for Catechists Doing Faith Formation Virtually by Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press. This webinar contains great ideas for engaging students digitally. 
  • Click here for You, too, Can Zoom! by eFormation 101.  This is an excellent video for first-time Zoom users.
  • Here is the recording of the webinar, Tips for Using Zoom: Part 2, hosted by the OEEC and Gina Raymond, Youth Minister at Saint Dunstan Church, Glastonbury.
  • Here is a recording of Bite Sized Catechesis - Tips and Tricks for On-Line Faith Formation by RCL Benziger (use access password: 15G^9G&b).

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. 
  • 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.
 
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 MarybethJones@smarttech.com or 732-275-4365.
 
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 for the Week of August 30, 2020:
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.
 
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! 

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

Adult Confirmation Virtual Training for Parish Ministers 
Did you miss our virtual training for Adult Confirmation catechists earlier this week?  Simply email Nicole.Perone@AOHCT.org to receive the recording or to schedule a catch-up conversation. 
 
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 Nicole.Perone@aohct.org 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. 
 
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 Michael Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day & Missio
For everyone who works with young people, please do not miss the opportunity to join us for Youth Ministry Accompaniment Day on September 19, 2020!  This year it is in digital format and is combined with Missio.  We are pleased to announce that Mr. Tom East from the Center for Ministry Development will be delivering the keynote and presenting two youth ministry workshops at the event!  We encourage you to join us as we all learn from Mr. East, who is one of the leading experts in youth ministry in the United States.

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