Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
April 23, 2021
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"Each day we need a time that is set aside exclusively for prayer. Christian life is simply not sustainable without it.”

Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Jesus


How has your personal prayer life been lately? Is there room for growth?


Good and gracious God, I know you speak to me in big and small ways and that my prayer life is essential to my spiritual well-being. Convict my heart so that I will desire to spend more quiet time with you. Help me to be intentional about these moments so that I can sit quietly with you each day, turning my face to you as you speak your life into my heart. Amen.

“If Today You Hear God’s Voice, Harden Not Your Hearts”

Do you ever wish you had a “hearing aide” to clarify God’s voice speaking in your heart? Now more than ever, we need the voice of Jesus to speak the words of everlasting life to us and to our world. The Bible and the Eucharist are the two indispensable gifts that help us hear God’s Word faithfully as we become missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. The Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School has been that “hearing aide” for thousands of individuals throughout New England helping them to hear God’s Word for our time.


And now it’s easier than ever to attend the Hartford Catholic Biblical School! We offer virtual and satellite classes in the evenings, as well as in-person classes in both the evening and the daytime. Explore our website to learn more, or contact us at or 860-242-5573, ext. 2679.


Around the Archdiocese

Want to know what is going on "Around the Archdiocese"? This feature on the OEEC website is the place to go to learn of upcoming events around the Archdiocese. 

Highlights this Week: 

  • Adult Confirmation Classes - Assumption, Woodbridge: Are you or someone you know, a Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Assumption Parish in Woodbridge is holding a five-week series of sessions in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. These meetings will be virtual and begin April 21, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  If you, or another adult you know is interested, please contact Sr. Carolyn at
  • Falling for Faith Spectacular! Saint Catherine of Siena Church, West Simsbury is hosting “Falling for Faith Festival”, Friday, October 1, 2021 through Sunday, October 3, 2021. This is an exciting three-day multi-media festival of music, food, relationships, and community and is open to teenagers grades 8 - 12. 

    The festival will include Theology of the Body presentation, “Made for More,” a multi-media event; a concert with themed talks from singer Ryan Trembly and his wife, Elizabeth Tremblay; national speaker Sarah Swafford talks on Emotional Virtue and Drama-free Relationships; a presentation by Kevin Dowd to unpack arguments for the existence of God; and the importance of social justice in the Church, and more. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday followed by Mass at 5:00 p.m. with music by Ryan Tremblay! 

    Tickets are required for the Friday night event, but there is no cost for the Saturday/Sunday events. Registration will be required for all events. Saturday’s registration includes a catered lunch and Sunday’s registration includes food trucks and ice cream.

    For more information contact Kathi Bonner, or Manuela Hanshaw,  


Enrichment Opportunities:

How to Boost your Prayer Life by Reading Your Own Bible

Have you ever tried to read the Bible expecting a kind of love letter from God but finding instead something very difficult to get into or understand? Sarah Christmyer, codeveloper of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study program and contributor to The Ave Catholic Notetaking Bible, provides principles for understanding Scripture and explains how consistently reading your own Bible can feed your relationship with Jesus and boost your prayer life. Click here to register.

Going Forth with Pentecost Joy

Interested in personal formation for you or your catechists? The Maryknoll Brothers have developed a virtual interactive program called “Joy of the Pentecost Program” developed especially for parish ministers. This was designed to help all who participate to experience Pentecost as a true missionary disciple. Click here to download a flyer and learn more.

Faith Lessons from the Pandemic

Missed Kevin Dowd’s webinar “Faith Lessons from the Pandemic”? Here is a recording for your enjoyment.

Seasonal Resources

With May just around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about ways to celebrate our Blessed Mother with May Crowning services and other family activities.


Want to join us at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)? 

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship. The conference this year will be held on November 18 - 21, 2021 and this year, there will be three options to participate: 

  • In-Person in Indianapolis
  • Virtual Participation
  • Streaming Participation

Check out our website for more information and updates. Missed the NCYC Informational Meeting? Click here to watch the recording. 

Catholic Scouting - Religious Emblems Deadline Extended!

If you have not handed in your paperwork or are still working on your program, please be sure to send your application as well as the fee into the Office of Education Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) by May 1, 2021. Please send it to: 

Office of Education, Education and Evangelization
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Attention: Jennifer McClintock 

If you find that you need more time to work on your programs just let us know by emailing Jennifer at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 


“The Word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Leave here, go, east and hide in the Wadi Cherith.” 1 Kings 17:2


Why would God ever tell someone to go hide in a wadi*? In the first place, it doesn’t sound very comfortable. In the second place, what is Elijah hiding from? And in the third place, this is the Prophet Elijah! Prophets are supposed to live their lives “out loud,” not hiding from the world. What’s going on here?


Do you ever feel like hiding? Maybe you feel like you’ve been hiding for the last year. Was 2020 just a waste of time? Where has this time of enforced solitude taken you?


We don’t know much about what happens to Elijah in the wadi--only that God wants him there and takes care of him miraculously. But after hiding out, Elijah is sent out to work wonders and teach justice. He becomes one of the Bible’s most famous prophets!


So, perhaps what happens at the wadi does not stay at the wadi. Might our own pandemic “time of hiding” be changing us? Is it change that serves only ourselves, or could this change be happening for the service of God and others? What wonderful “fruits” might be growing even now, as we begin to imagine coming out of our Covid hiding?


*CBS 100 students have learned that a “wadi” is a stream that disappears in the dry season in  Israel. Like Elijah, the water itself “hides” for a season, then returns to give life.

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Catholic Biblical School Pilgrimage with Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt. If you’re looking for a way to thank Jesus for walking with us during this global pandemic, then now’s the perfect time to plan walking with Jesus where he walked, in the Holy Land. Register soon for the 12-day CBS Pilgrimage to Israel. All are welcome! Click here for more details.

CBS satellite sites forming now through June 15, 2021!

First-year satellite classes will meet in the fall at Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Manchester and Saint Joseph, Winsted. Will your parish be next? Contact the Biblical School to find out how to arrange a “satellite site” near you. All we need is a reliable internet connection and two or three to gather in the name of Jesus. Contact BJ Daly Horell at to start your journey through the Bible.

Alumni Volunteers for Hospitality Needed!

If you are a CBS alum and would like to host a CBS Satellite Site (no tech savvy required), please contact BJ at

Important Updates for the CBS Class Schedule 2021-2022

  • Fall courses will begin the week of September 20-24, 2021.
  • First-Year Opening Scripture Day will be September 11, 2021.
  • Distance learners have the option to gather in person at satellite sites, “zooming” into virtual classes. 
  • CBS 100 classes will meet in the Hartford area on Tuesday evenings, at Saint Aloysius in Plantsville on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Virtual classes (including all satellite sites) will meet on Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • CBS 200 will meet at Sacred Heart Parish, Bloomfield, on Monday evenings. Virtual classes (including all satellite sites) will meet on Wednesday evenings.
  • CBS Advanced Years will meet in person Thursday evenings at Saint Bridget of Sweden, Cheshire and Saturday mornings at Sacred Heart Parish, Bloomfield. Virtual classes (including all satellite sites) will meet on Tuesday evenings.
  • On-line registration is planned beginning May 1, 2021.

Weekly Highlights

Song  of the week:

Glorious Day by Casting Crowns. This is a powerful song that embraces the Easter message.

Article of the week:

After reflecting upon how Jesus completely surrendered his life on the cross, we can consider the ways we are called to surrender as well. "Surrender into the Arms of God" is a beautiful article about the spiritual practice of surrender, that the parents you serve will appreciate.

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