Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
March 26, 2021
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To all who minister to the Gospel in our Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford

As we enter into this holiest of weeks, let us pray that as we reflect upon the death and resurrection of Jesus, that our hearts will be illuminated. May we be filled with an awareness of the presence of Jesus as we gaze upon the cross and celebrate His resurrection. Let us walk in the grace of knowing the sacrifice that was made for our salvation through Jesus Christ.

Amen.

The OEEC Faith Formation Team wishes you and your families a joyous Easter!

Our next newsletter will go out on April 9, 2021

 


Faith Formation Weekly Update

Biblical Roots of the Apostles Creed Recording

Did you miss the Catholic Biblical School 2021 Celebration of Sacred Scripture? Or just want to review the New Testament scholar, Dr. Brian Schmisek's insightful presentation? You're in luck! Here's a link to view the video recording.
 

Around the Archdiocese

Take a look at the "Around the Archdiocese" feature on the OEEC website to learn of upcoming events including live Stations of the Cross: Through the Eyes of Mary, a Mental Health virtual series and a live-streamed experience with artist Rob Surette.
 

Confirmation Retreats (and more!)

Trinita Summer Offerings
This summer Trinita Retreat Center will be offering 3 weeks of opportunities for you and your students. 
  • Did you cancel your Vacation Bible Camp? If you did and are local to the area of Trinita, we hope you will help us promote our camp. Trinita Bible Camp will run June 21 - 25, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Anyone in grades kindergarten to 7 will participate and in grades 8-12 can be leaders. More information, cost and registrations to come.
     
  • Build 511- a week-long camp designed for 7 and 8 graders, focused on building confidence, trust, relationships, leadership skills and faith. Build 511 is based on 1Thessalonians 5:11. This camp will run from July 12 - 16, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $300 per student for the week and will include: workshop, lunch, sports, crafts, activities, and time in our pool. Registration forms will be available soon.
     
  • YCL: Young Christian Leadership is a week-long high school leadership camp. Students in grades 9 - 12 can come and learn the basics with us. We will focus on prayer experiences, leadership styles, working with small groups, communication, and responsibility. Camp will run July 19 - 23, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $400 for the week and includes YCL binder and notebook, workshops, recreation time, lunch and snack, and time in the pool. Registration forms will be available soon. 
For more information e-mail them at Trinita@charter.net.
 
Holy Family Retreat Center
  • In-person Confirmation Retreats are now being offered at Holy Family Retreat Center. For more information or to register click here.
  • Holy Family is offering and in-person Teen Retreat entitled Together we Rise on June 26, 2021. For more information or to register click here.
 

Seasonal Resources

Please be sure to continue checking our Seasonal Resource Page. This page is updated weekly and includes Holy Week and Easter resources.
 
New items added to the Seasonal Resource Page this week:
 

Enrichment Opportunities  

Intergenerate Conference
Monday, May 24, 2021 - Wednesday, May 26, 2021
(Click here for more information and to register.)
There is an abundance of research that demonstrates how parishes that create intergenerational culture have the ability to build deep connections and encourage discipleship with all ages. This year, the Children’s Spirituality Summit and the Intergenerate Conference are joining forces for a combined virtual experience to include 4 keynote speakers, 30 workshops and 18 paper presentations of new thinking and research in children’s spirituality and intergenerational ministry. This conference will also include “Taste and See Experiences” of practical activities and “Kindred Group Discussions” for sharing insights and applying current ideas and approaches to ministry.
 
Pflaum Presents: Faith Lessons from the Pandemic 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (Click here to register.) 
Please join Chris Adams, Mark O'Dougherty, and Matt Lekan for a virtual presentation by Kevin Dowd. Kevin will lead us in a spiritual reflection of the past year, taking stock of these unprecedented times and having to adjust to the challenges of communicating the faith. We'll experience a "sabbath moment", reflecting on seven faith lessons we can learn from the pandemic that will inspire us in our mission of sharing the Good News.


 

“Hail, King of the Jews!” (John 19:2)

As we approach Holy Week, both first- and second-year CBS classes go deep into the “master story” (for theology nerds, the kerygma) of the Christian faith: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We see Jesus, the Jew, whose vision of the Ancient Word of God, stirs the hearts of many. To those of his time who could embrace the deeper meanings of the Jewish faith that Jesus shows them, Jesus is life and water and fullness of joy. To those who are closed to the deeper meanings of Scripture, Jesus is a threat to the nation that must be stopped by any means. And in the midst of it all, Jesus, the Word Incarnate, lives his human life as God Divine, the complete revelation of the Father, True “King of the Jews” and also Master of  the Universe.

Here’s a video reflection on the Death of Christ and its meaning that might help you contemplate the mysteries of Holy Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-QFx5RRqFM. We hope that you will immerse yourselves as fully as possible in the Easter mysteries, in your parishes or online. Blessings for the Journey!

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Lectio Divina for Holy Week

Direct from the US Bishops: click here.
 

Why go on Pilgrimage?

Biblical scholar (and Biblical School friend) Stephen J. Binz explains why Christians are a “pilgrim people”: Binz - Bible Today Brief. (Courtesy: https://www.bridge-b.com/pilgrimage)
 
And because Pilgrimage is an indispensable experience for living God’s Word more fully, the Catholic Biblical School is offering an extended journey through the Holy Land, January 6-17, 2022. We’re travelling with the authoritative spiritual leaders in the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford: Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt. There is still room on the bus to join CBS Director BJ Daly Horell and many other CBS pilgrims, but space is limited, so contact BJ today to get more information and secure your seat: Catholic.Biblical.School@aohct.org.
 

CBS 100 Lenten Scripture Day

First-year CBS students will meet virtually on March 27, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for their required Day of Reflection as we “jumpstart” Holy Week inspired by God’s Word. CBS 100 students register here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8580331871180653826

Weekly Highlights

Song of the Week:

Celebrate the resurrection of the Lord by listening to the traditional Easter Proclamation (the Exsultet) and meditating on icons reflecting the baptismal images that recall Jesus’ death and Resurrection and his glorious reign in heaven.
 

This Week’s Must Read Article:

Click here to see what Marcel LeJuene has to say about cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus and the Catholic Church perspective.
 

Digital Strategies:

See how Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish in Rocky Hill is utilizing a new faith formation website to help engage children, youth and families.

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