Attention Catechetical Leaders
Please join in a virtual deanery gathering (for all deaneries) to catch up, share ideas for Lent and problem solve issues that are arising in your ministries.
There will be two options to attend:
- Tuesday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Attention Youth Ministers and Confirmation Coordinators
Tom East, Director of Center for Ministry Development and national consultant on youth ministry, has written an excellent article entitled, “Radiate Christ: Becoming a Parish Who Accompanies Young People
.” This article provides a beautiful vision on the importance of empowering faith companions of teenagers, encouraging the faith growth of our youth and overall transforming our ministries. I highly encourage you to take some time to read this beautiful article!
Ash Wednesday is on February 17, 2021
, and that means that Lent is just around the corner! As you begin to think about helping families prepare for this very special time in the liturgical year, and with much of our faith formation still happening virtually and at-home, please check out the Seasonal Resources Page
for many Lenten resources. New items have been added, including:
Evening for Parish Catechists hosted by Holy Family Retreat Center:
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Lisa Orchen
Once again, we anticipate that COVID 19's long shadow will challenge us to plan for Lent differently this year. Together we will explore ideas for helping our parish and school families celebrate Lent in a COVID world. This program will be offered online via the Zoom platform. Information on how to access the program will be provided to participants in their registration confirmation email. Click here to register
For all Parish Faith Formation Leaders
The Archdiocesan Faith Formation Team Announces an Upcoming Webinar
Disability in and in Front of the Bible presented by Dr. Andrew R. Davis
- Part One: Saturday, February 6, 2021
- Part Two: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Please join us in this two part webinar to explore the religious, social, and cultural background behind the Bible’s depictions of disability and the ways those depictions have shaped Jewish and Christian views of disability. Each session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Disability is a daily reality for many of us and the same was true in the ancient world.
Dr. Andrew R. Davis, Associate Professor of the Old Testament at Boston College, his interest in disability and the Bible was inspired by raising a son with Down Syndrome.
Attention Confirmation Coordinators and Youth Ministers:
Virtual Workshop: Supporting the Spiritual and Faith Needs of Youth During This Time Of COVID…and Beyond
Tonight, Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m
This presentation is interactive and will help guide us in supporting the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of our youth. This workshop will be facilitated by Faith Vos Winkel, MSW, Faith is the Confirmation Coordinator at Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony (SPSA), Hartford. She will share helpful tools and strategies for working with our teen populations.
- Discussion on what families are juggling.
- What kids have lost these many months.
- Tools to engage youth in a virtual environment.
- Supporting emotional needs during the pandemic.
- Practical tips for meditation, prayer, music, and fun in the virtual world.
Spring Youth Confirmations will once again occur in the local parishes. Pastors should write to Archbishop Blair requesting permission to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please include the date(s) and number of youth to be Confirmed and Archbishop Blair will respond to grant the request.
Attention RCIA Coordinators:
Due to the COVID 19 crisis, there will be no Rite of Election this year at the Cathedral, however according to the rite (RCIA 121) bishops can delegate that ceremony to parish priests, and Archbishop Blair is open to offering that delegation to all the priests who would need it for their RCIA communities.
Attention Adult Confirmation Coordinators:
While we are still challenged by the COVID 19 crisis, priests can request permission to Confirm adults in their parish, just as they can with the youth. There will not be a spring Archdiocesan Confirmation, however we are hopeful to plan a Fall Confirmation. To Confirm adults, priests would need to send a letter to Archbishop Blair requesting this delegation.
If you are planning on offering Adult Confirmation preparation in 2021, please let us know the dates and times and format (in-person or virtual) so we can share this information with other parishes.