Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
October 21, 2020
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On Behalf of Ana María Hernández Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

Oportunidades para Formación y Oración. Por favor lean para registrarse y participar:
Presentación del Nuevo Directorio de la Catequesis por Mons. Octavio Ruiz Arenas
Miércoles 28 de octubre a las 12:00 p.m., el Arzobispo Octavio Ruiz Arenas, Secretario Emérito del Consejo Pontificio para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización, compartirá su mirada global del documento y las claves de lectura en español.
 
Esta es una oportunidad única para que toda persona responsable de la catequesis de la comunidad latina o involucrada de alguna manera con la misma, participe en vivo de la presentación. Los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de compartir su opinión en el chat y formular preguntas al presentador.
 
 
Vigilia de Oración Virtual
Jueves 29 de octubre a las 7:30 p.m.,  Las Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas, nos invitan a una Vigilia de Oración en Español por la Reconciliación, la Paz y la Justicia. Regístrese en: www.salyluzdelmundo.com.
 
RICA - Formación y Actualización. Diálogos Virtuales en Español
Jueves 5 de noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (1/3)  Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Jueves 12 noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (2/3) Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Jueves 19 noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (3/3) Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Martes 9 febrero, 2021 a las 8:00 p.m.: Iniciación cristiana para niños y niñas: preparación y celebración de los ritos Veamos los ritos de la iniciación cristiana con los niños. Cuáles son y cómo prepararlos para celebrarlos con alegría y entusiasmo.
 
Talleres Virtuales Sobre el Nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis
USCCB, Sadlier y La Asociación Católica Nacional de Directores Diocesanos de Ministerio Hispano (NCADDHM) presentan seis talleres pastorales gratuitos sobre el nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis. Se recomienda que tomen TODOS los talleres para tener una visión completa del nuevo directorio.
 
Dirigido a Ministros y Agentes Pastorales | DREs/CREs | Líderes Catequéticos | Líderes Diocesanos de Ministerio Hispano | Superintendentes | Coordinadores de RICA | Directores y Maestros de Escuelas Católicas |Catequistas | Predicadores | Párrocos/Sacerdotes/Diáconos | Ministro de Jóvenes | Padres de Familia. 
 
  • Noviembre 24 - 8:00 p.m.: Obispo Oscar Cantú y Kathia Arango, M.A. (Introducción y capítulos 1-2)
  • Diciembre 1 - 8:00 p.m.: Sr. Rosalia Meza, Ph.D. (Capítulos 3-4)
  • Diciembre 8 - 8:00 p.m.: Dr. F. Javier Orozco (Capítulos 5-6)
  • Enero 5 - 8:00 p.m.: Miriam Hidalgo González, M.A. (Capítulos 7-8)
  • Enero 12 - 8:00 p.m.: José Amaya, M.A. (Capítulos 9-10)
  • Enero 19 - 8:00 p.m.: Obipo Daniel Flores (Capítulos 11-12)

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

The Spirit of Joy
We hope you enjoy this video capturing the spirit of joy present in our schools as students and teachers re-connect in the classroom (or virtually) during this very different school year.  The masks cannot hide their smiles!  https://youtu.be/-FM5C5E3gSM
 
Webinar: Customer Service to Recruit and Retain...Even in a Pandemic!
Outstanding customer service is critical to the success of school recruitment AND retention efforts, especially during these challenging times. School administrators and admissions/advancement personnel are encouraged to join us for this Creative Conversation/Webinar on Thursday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Best practices, advice, and concerns focusing on customer service will be shared and solutions discovered together. Attendees will be encouraged to join in a discussion during and after a brief presentation. Click here for more information and to register.
 
School Marketing Day Offered
The Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP) invites schools to participate in a global School Marketing Day on Thursday, October 29. This will be a free, one-day virtual event for K-12 school communications, marketing, and admissions professionals that will be provided by Finalsite. This 15-hour day will include presentations, essential strategy sessions, school stories, and networking, all designed to make sense of the "new normal," identify necessary strategies, and provide new ideas and tactics that schools can implement right away.
 
School Marketing Day will feature expert speakers in more than 50 sessions. Participants can preview the sessions, hop in and out, and network in groups or individually with other attendees. The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  Learn more and register for free at this link.
 
National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Discover Catholic Schools Week 
(Please note: the original dates from NCEA for Discover Catholic Schools Week, which appear on the OEEC Calendar have been changed to November 8-14, 2020.)
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are encouraged to participate in NCEA’s national initiative: Discover Catholic Schools Week, scheduled for the week of November 8-14, 2020. This week is especially designated for schools to leverage their good news and focus on marketing. This is a perfect opportunity to launch the school’s year-round promotional efforts, connect with prospective families, donors, and community members, while showcasing what makes the school special and why it is the best choice for inquiring families.
 
Although marketing activities may have a different, more virtual look this year, it is still vital to begin the promotional process early and give prospective families plenty of time to explore the benefits of a Catholic school education. To learn more about the Discover Catholic Schools Week initiative and download some graphics to share on social media, click here.  The NCEA website marketing pages also offer excellent “Catholic School Snaps” graphics that can be used to promote schools year-round.
 
NCEA Participates in #Giving Tuesday
For the first time ever, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is partnering with #iGiveCatholic, the U.S. Catholic Church’s Giving Day, to champion and support Catholic education.  This day of giving will be celebrated with Catholic schools in dioceses across the country on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, also known as #GivingTuesday, a global day devoted to generosity and kindness. Through a partnership with #iGiveCatholic, NCEA is offering schools the opportunity to take part in #GivingTuesday as part of their NCEA membership. To access a webinar describing this opportunity, please click here to listen to the recording and click here to access the presentation PDF.  Registration is open now through October 30.  Click here to navigate to NCEA’s #iGiveCatholic landing page and then follow this step-by-step guide to apply to participate in the giving day.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Upcoming Virtual Deanery Meetings for Faith Formation Leaders
  • Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Please join either meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/783847677.  You can also dial in using your phone, +1 (872) 240-3311, please use access code: 783-847-677.
 
Attention Catechetical Directors
If you are utilizing playlists of curated content as your faith formation program, or as a supplement to your program, and are interested in collaborating with other catechetical leaders on this process, please consider joining this virtual work-session on November 12 at 10:00 a.m.  Click here to join this virtual meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  You can also dial in using your phone, +1 (408) 650-3123, please use access code: 216-238-533.
 
I know that many of you are launching a new Faith Formation website or webpage to help families grow in their relationship with Jesus. If you are, or are considering doing so in the future, please know that I would be thrilled to collaborate with you or just help you think things through now and then.  I know that jobs are easier to tackle when someone is behind you who is supportive and wants only what you want – the best for you and your program.  You are all wonderfully creative, and I would be honored to share your ideas with others as well, or connect you directly with others as websites/webpages develop.  If I could help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org
 
For those of you who are members of Vibrant Faith Catalyst, here are some great At Home Activities for Families to celebrate Halloween.  Not a member of Vibrant Faith Catalyst yet?  Sign up at no cost to access a wide variety of free content for your faith formation program.

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

Attention 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.

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Director of the Catholic Biblical School:

Catholic Biblical School Tuition 
Second (and final) tuition payments are due this month. If you haven’t submitted the full $380 tuition (including any scholarship payments made on your behalf), please send a check or complete the online payment process. Please note that you can only pay by credit card if you are paying exactly one-half or full tuition at this time, and that you will need to enter your email and the password you created for this account the first time you paid by credit card. Other payment amounts must be sent by check to: Catholic Biblical School, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.  Checks should be made payable to “OEEC.”  All payments should be submitted by October 31, 2020.
 
Winter Weather Considerations
If you haven’t yet tried to log in to the STS Register system to receive notifications about your classes, please do so before inclement weather strikes!  Now is a good time to try it, if you haven’t already done so.  Please follow the directions on the website page, Current Students.
 
Or if you are not able to access a computer reliably, please make arrangements with a fellow student to call you with important announcements, such as cancellations or changes in class venue.

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

Administrators and School Board Chairs:
Please join the Archdiocesan School Board's, School Success Committee for a night of Professional Development for you and your school board:
 
Keeping an Eye on the Bottom Line:  A Conversation on School Board Finances
This virtual, interactive, presentation will be offered twice: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 and Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please choose a time that is convenient for you.  Click here to register for either session. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelsey.Meczywor@aohct.org.
 
Asbestos Awareness Training will be Virtual this School Year
More details to follow - please contact Laura McCaffrey if you have any questions.
 
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
As the new school year progresses, the OEEC invites you to explore the new and improved Remote Learning Resources section of our website. This section will include resources on Technology, Remote Learning for Coding and Computer Science, Teaching in a Remote Environment, Marketing During Covid-19 and more!  Please be sure to check back often as these pages are updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources.
 
New this week:
Attention all Archdiocesan Schools
We are updating the school directory pages of our website!  Please take this opportunity to review your school's current page by clicking here.  Please send any updated pictures and descriptions to Laura McCaffrey and Kelsey Meczywor.

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

Wednesdays with Women - the Virtual Women’s Conference Begins November 4! 
Join us on November 4, 2020 for the first of our virtual Women’s Conference events, “Wednesdays with Women”! Come as you are at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month for a taste of the Women’s Conference experience. 
 
We will commence on Wednesday, November 4 with a workshop from Kerry Robinson, followed by a very timely prayer experience on technology in prayer during social distancing!  Click here to register and be a part of this taste of the Women’s Conference. 
 
Workshop: Love, (Hope, Joy, and Mercy) in the Time of Sorrow (presented by Kerry A. Robinson)
We are living through an epoch of great sorrow, deprivation, uncertainty, loss and division. Deep in the Catholic imagination is an understanding of the Paschal Mystery, that out of suffering and death comes new life. Join us for a hope-filled conversation on the role that women of all ages and backgrounds are playing in bringing mercy, compassion, innovation, courage, and leadership to light the path forward for all of us.
 
Prayer Experience: Using Technology in Your Prayer Life During Social Distancing
As women of faith, we know how essential it is that we nurture our connection with God through a deliberate and intentional prayer life. With the busyness of daily life and the distractions that surround us, this can be a challenging task. We live in a world full of new and exciting technology, which has become all the more necessary in a time of social distance and quarantine. Can the digital world help enhance our prayer lives and allow us to grow closer to God?  Come and learn ways to experience your relationship with God in new ways as we explore how technology can revitalize our prayer lives, even in a time of digital overload.
 
Virtual Conversations on the RCIA This Fall/Winter
Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), there are a number of virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation this fall and winter.
 
First, if you were unable to attend our LTP-OEEC webinar on Discernment in Christian Initiation on September 24, please click this link to access the recording. You are welcome to share it with your RCIA team and parish staff as needed. 
 
Additionally, if you would like to join LTP for more upcoming virtual conversations, please click each link below to register for some of those conversations! 
 
The mystagogical method is a three-part process: joining together in a common experience, reflection, and sharing.  In this conversation, we will discuss how this method can be introduced in the catechumenal process before the Period of Mystagogy.
 
Whether involved in the rites, catechesis, or discernment process, the pastor has a great responsibility in Christian initiation ministry. This conversation will allow participants to share best practices and reflect on the obstacles they face when co-laboring with the pastor of their parish.
 
Before celebrating the Rite of Election, the catechumens are to enter into a process of discernment and discussion with the pastor and other catechumenal leaders.  What are the questions to ask?  What should we be observing?  How do we know people are ready to move forward in the process?
 
Art and music has always been an important part of our Christian faith. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that art has the ability to turn our "minds devoutly toward God" and that music "is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." (122, 112)  In this conversation, we will discuss how we can practically use the arts to echo our faith and enhance our celebration of God's Word.
 
LTP is also hosting ongoing virtual conversations specific to The RCIA Adapted for Children.  Please consider being a part of those conversations to be better prepared to welcome children to the Sacraments of Initiation outside of the "usual" ages and times: 

On Behalf of the Faith Formation Directors:

Formation Opportunity for Parish, Catechetical and Youth Leaders:
Keeping Teens Connected to the Parish during COVID-19 - A FREE Conversation! 
This virtual conversation is geared toward those in youth ministry and/or liturgical ministry, but is truly open to anyone concerned with engaging young people. What are the ways that we can keep teenagers involved in the life of the parish?  In what ways can they serve as liturgical ministers and leaders during this time?  This conversation will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register with Liturgy Training Publications.
 
Christus Vivit Virtual Study Group - Open To All Who Serve Young People! 
The OEEC will be breaking open Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God. This document challenges each of us to consider the ways we can serve young people enthusiastically and joyfully, and invites them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. 
 
All who have a heart for serving young people (both youth and young adults) and engaging them in the life of the Church are invited to attend!
 
We especially invite:
  • pastors and parochial vicars;
  • priest chaplains to high schools and colleges;
  • Catholic school teachers and campus ministers;
  • youth ministers;
  • leaders of young adult ministries;
  • parish catechetical leaders and catechists;
  • sacramental preparation coordinators;
  • and beyond!
If you have ever said “Where are all the young people??” or “I wish we had more young people engaged in our parish!”, you are welcome, too! 
 
These sessions will take place on two Wednesdays of each month from November 2020 through April 2021, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. They will be hosted on GoToMeeting with this recurring link, but we ask anyone interested in attending any session to please complete this simple registration form for our own record-keeping. 
 
Those dates are as follows:
  • November 11: Introduction and Overview
  • December 9: Theme 1 – The Holiness of the Young
  • December 16: Theme 2 – The Spirit of Synodality
  • January 13: Theme 3 – The Journey of Accompaniment
  • January 27: Theme 4 – The Now: Reality and Response
  • February 10: Theme 5 – The Gospel Message
  • February 24: Theme 6 – Pathways of Ministry
  • March 10: Theme 7 – The Wisdom of Generations
  • March 24: Theme 8 – The Call to Leadership
  • April 14: Theme 9 – An Invitation to Discernment
  • April 28: Theme 10 – Our Pathway to Mission
The Faith Formation directors will alternate serving as facilitators, using the NFCYM study guide Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment as a resource. (It is also expected that attendees will have read Christus Vivit itself, freely accessible by clicking.)
 
We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us!

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