Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
September 23, 2020
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On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

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. For more information and to register: 

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

CARES Act Equitable Services and Title I Allocation
Please contact Laura McCaffrey if your city/town contacts you about a change in your Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund allocation.  Please read the attached letter as to why your ESSER fund allocation may change if your original amount was calculated on total enrollment and not Title I enrollment.  Please contact Laura McCaffrey if you have any questions.

Elementary School Principals and Business Managers for Elementary Schools:
Please note that the deadline for the 2020-2021 Adjusted Final Budget was moved to September 1, 2020.  If you have not submitted your school budget, please do so ASAP! 

  • 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.

Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
With the beginning of a new school year, 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:


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 may contact Marybeth by email or phone at or 732-275-4365.

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

An Important Request for All Parishes (Re: Adult Confirmation) 
Please help the OEEC assess the status of sacramental preparation for adults in the Archdiocese.  All parishes are asked to complete this brief survey (only one person per parish needs to do so) in order for us to update our history of Adult Confirmation in the Archdiocese and better prepare to welcome adults to the Sacrament of Confirmation this pastoral year.  Any questions or need help completing the survey?  Email

P. S.  Did you miss our virtual training for Adult Confirmation catechists earlier this month?  Simply email to receive the recording or to schedule a catch-up conversation. 

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 the Faith Formation Directors:

Formation Opportunity for Young Adult Catholics
Apostles on Mission is a program offered through the Catholic Apostolate Center and is designed for young adults to encounter Jesus in a more intentional way and learn to be greater leaders within the Church.  

The formation program comprises ten online sessions that provide theological and pastoral training to young adult Catholics. These 90-minute sessions take place once a week on Mondays via Zoom beginning October 5, 2020 and ending December 14, 2020.  Sessions run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  If your application is approved, the cost of attendance is $40, paid at the time of registration.  Spots are limited to 20 accepted participants.  

To view a short promotional video and learn about the application process, click here.  

Formation Opportunity for Youth & Campus Ministers
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) continues its four-part webinar series called “Restoring Hope,” focused on the pastoral care of young people and families in these uncertain times.  This free series seeks to help ministry leaders understand their role in providing pastoral care and accompanying young people and their families through numerous life stressors, mental and physical health issues, and the rising anxieties that have arisen in this year of COVID.  Part four will run on September 24.  A membership with NFCYM is not necessary to attend. To learn more and register, click here.

Formation Opportunity for Parish and School Leaders:
New England Faith Forum:  Recognizing the Religious Potential of the Child 

Join us on October 20 at 7:00 p.m. for the second gathering of the virtual New England Faith Forum, presented by Mary Mirrione, National Director for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: 

The capacity for silence, for reverence and for contemplation needs to be nurtured within children for them to have a lifelong encounter with the One who loves them. For over 60 years the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) has studied and served this encounter with ages 3-12. CGS is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. This workshop will provide an overview of the CGS as well as strategies for implementing and sustaining this work in a parish/school setting. This workshop will also provide practical tools for approaching prayer with children in any setting.

Click this link to register to attend, or to register to receive a recording after the event. 

The OEEC will again host a post-event debrief, discussing the local application of this Forum in our Archdiocese on Monday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to access that discussion in GoToMeeting

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.

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