Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
January 21, 2021
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“The content of adolescent catechesis is Jesus Christ himself. Adolescent catechesis should engage teenagers in an ongoing conversation that will lead them to the realization that God became flesh and dwelt among us as Jesus.” 
  ~from The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis, NIAC
 
How can I better help the youth I serve recognize the presence of Jesus in their lives?
 
Good and gracious God, please help our young people to feel your presence and see the abundant ways in which you are active in their daily lives. Amen.

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.
Use this link (https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/554355133) to join either of the meetings above or you can dial in using your phone by calling: +1 (408) 650-3123, please use access code: 554-355-133
 

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!
 

Lenten Resources

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:

“Virtual Lent….Again?”
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

Please watch this beautiful short video on discerning priestly vocations and share with those you serve. Consider posting this to your parish Facebook page or website. Hartford Priestly Vocations_Come and See_Jan 2021.mp4 - Google Drive
 

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.
All are welcome! Register here
 

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.
 
Objectives/Goals:
  • 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. 
Click here to join the meeting, or you can dial in using your phone by calling +1 (872) 240-3212. Please use access code: 240-385-685. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org.
 
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.  

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Going Remote Again

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

Calling CBS Alums, Students, and All Friends of CBS! Upcoming Workshop!

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.
 
All are welcome! Register here
 

Save the Date

March 6, 2021, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Virtual Celebration of Sacred Scripture, free of charge and open to the public!
 

Lenten Scripture Days

Two virtual Scripture Days are planned, one is required for students enrolled in CBS 100 (Year 1) and another is required for students enrolled in CBS 200 and 300 (Years 2, 3 and 4), as follows:
 
  • March 6, 2021, in two sessions--for CBS 200 and 300: 12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dr. Brian Schmisek will present The Biblical Roots of the Apostle’s Creed. (Note: This is also our public “Celebration of Sacred Scripture” and is open to the public, so feel free to share your registration invitation to anyone you think might be interested in joining us.)
     
  • March 27, 2021, in one session--for CBS 100: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with a 15 minute break to be determined).
Current CBS students should look for invitations in your email inboxes in the coming weeks.
 

Engaging God’s Word (Bible) to Encounter God’s Word (Jesus)

Here’s what Advanced CBS students are studying and praying with this week:
CBS 300 (God speaks:)
I will not continually accuse,
                                nor will I always be angry;
for then the spirits would grow faint before me,
                                even the souls that I have made….
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
                                I will lead them and repay them with comfort.

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