Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
February 26, 2021
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“A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God.”
St. Faustina


Humility can be a challenge to attain at times. How is God calling you to embrace humility and witness it to others?


Holy and Loving God, Forgive me for times I walked with pride and judgment. Soften my heart so I may lead with humility and compassion. Remind me that we are all created in your image and that a humble heart shines your light to others. Amen.

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Celebration of Sacred Scripture is virtual this year!

The Biblical Roots of the Apostle’s Creed
All are Welcome! Free of Charge!
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. with a break from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Brian Schmisek, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Catholic Biblical School students in Years 2, 3 and 4 are required to register and attend as part of their studies this year.
Everyone is welcome! Click here to register

Register Now! Virtual Women’s Conference

There are just two sessions left for the 2020 Women’s Conference. The next session will be held next Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 
Workshop: Breaking the Alabaster Jar: A Lenten Reflection
Presenter: Gail Bellucci, Coordinator for Parish Life, Archdiocese of Hartford
We will journey for a brief time with the mysterious woman of Bethany who anointed Jesus prior to his passion. What wisdom has she for us as we approach the reliving of Jesus’ suffering and death leading to the hope of Easter? Come and see!
Spiritual Breakout: God's Paintbrush Within Us - A Guided Meditation
Presentor: Noranne Wamester, Pastoral Associate and Director of Faith Formation, Incarnation Church, Wethersfield
From the very beginning of our existence, God gently held us and looked into our souls. Delighted with His creation, He took a paintbrush to accompany us as He wished to paint the moments of our lives, moments of grace, moments of challenge, moments of stress and moments of peace. Through the gift of guided meditation, we will journey to the depths of our souls and allow the hand of the Lord to become our Master Painter.
Click here to register. 

The Underground: Internet Safety Trainings for Kids & Parents

Since the pandemic started a year ago, there has been a significant uptick of kids being groomed online, some as young as 7 to 9 years old. An organization called The Underground is sponsoring a round of Internet Safety Trainings for Kids & Parents. There will be four separate trainings, listed below. Scott Driscoll from Internet Safety Concepts will be providing the training. Here are the APP Guides for parents listing some of the APPs being used to exploit children in both English and Spanish. Click here to download a flyer to share with your families.  
  • Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. for parents
  • Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. for parents (Spanish version)
  • Wednesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. for students ages 10-12 years old
  • Thursday, March 25 at 6 p.m. for students ages 13-18 years old

New! Virtual Course in Basic Biblical Literacy

Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition is a six-week interactive opportunity to begin reading the Bible with greater understanding. Parishes and schools are invited to contact BJ Daly Horell to find out more:

Seasonal Resources

Please be sure to continue checking our Seasonal Resource Page. This page is updated weekly and includes Lenten resources as well as information regarding upcoming feast days.
New items added to the Seasonal Resource Page this week:

Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) Innovation Grants

The OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation is a dynamic extension of OSV. OSV Institute is dedicated to inspiring and encouraging innovative and effective Church-related programs and activities helping Catholics fulfill their calling to discipleship. Take some time to reflect on an idea, inviting the Holy Spirit as your inspiration. As with anything, begin in prayer. In the application, you will be asked for a project description, intended audience and additional details. Consider developing your idea through conversations with friends, journaling or reviewing OSV Institute's Innovative Resources. Applicants are competing for one of three $100,000 prizes.
Visit the FAQ page for any questions you have or contact the OSV Institute here or click here to apply.

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Remote Learning for CBS Core Classes

We are still considering, on a case-by-case basis, whether to return some CBS classes to an in-person format. With many factors to consider, a decision may not be made in time to start Unit 3 in person. You should assume your class will continue to meet online until your teacher lets you know otherwise.

CBS Alumni News

  • Book Club “Next Up”: From Islam to Christ - One Woman’s Path Through the Riddles of God
    The CBS Alumni Book Club is thriving with thirty members! We meet virtually 4-5 times per year to discuss a variety of works, from Catholic classics to contemporary interfaith works. Our next meeting is next month, March 2021, when we will discuss Derya Little's From Islam to Christ. If you want to join the discussion, contact faculty member Alexis Chacchia at
  • Virtual Course: The Johannine Epistles Concluded
    On March 17, 2021, Catholic Biblical School graduates are invited to join (in progress) an in-depth study of the Letters of John. CBS faculty member, Dr. Tom Casey is our instructor. (If you’re new to the study, you will be provided with notes ahead of time.) To get more information, please click here. To register, click here. 

CBS Holy Land Pilgrimage 2022

Join our spiritual guides, Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt for a biblical retreat in the Holy Land, set for January 6 - 17, 2022. Walk in the paths Jesus trod as we pray together and share Christian fellowship at biblical sites, including the Mount of Beatitudes, Calvary, the Upper Room, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and so much more! For more information, contact BJ Daly Horell at

“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints … and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
(Eph 3:18-19)
Spend some time with God’s Word in prayer this week and ask yourself, “What does the love of Christ make inside me, every day? Do I feel ‘filled with the fullness of God’?” This week, CBS 200 students are studying and praying together with this passage from the New Testament Letter to the Ephesians.  

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