Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
May 28, 2020
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On Behalf of Ana María Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

El Poder de Una Ave María
Niños y niñas de kindergarten y 1er. año de Educación Religiosa de la Parroquia de San Juan XXIII en West Haven, nos muestran en este bello video el poder de la oración a nuestra madre, María: Agradecemos a Mónica Pang, DRE en San Juan XXIII por realizar y compartir este video. 
The Power of a Hail Mary
Kindergarten and 1st grade children in religious education at the Parish of Saint John XXIII in West Haven, show us in this beautiful video the power of prayer to our Mother Mary: We thank Mónica Pang, DRE at Saint John XXIII for creating and sharing this video.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Meet Fundraising Objectives in an Uncertain Time by Utilizing Prospect Data Research
Donor Search and Partners in Mission are hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. entitled “Scrub, Screen and Segment: Fundamental, Data-driven Tactics for Reaching Your Fundraising Objectives in an Uncertain, Uncharted Environment.” Prospect data and analysis alone won't ensure the success of next fall's appeals and events (whatever form these might take) but data is critical to planning smart, executing efficiently and optimizing results. This session will provide simple, reliable guidance for enhancing or launching your action plan for both near-term goals and longer-term aspirations. Register for the webinar by clicking here.
Uniforms Available for Donation
One of the uniform companies that services our schools has some excess inventory for a school that is closing at the end of this academic year. Although the uniforms already carry that school’s logo, they are available for donation to under-privileged children in other nations, if a school or parish is undertaking that type of service project. Please feel free to email Anne Clubb at and she will connect you with the uniform company.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

To All Parish Faith Formation Leaders
Now is the perfect time to expand our digital capabilities and learn new virtual skills! Click here to Take the Digital Challenge! (Downloads as a PDF)
Attention Parish Leaders of Faith Formation
On June 4 at 1:00 p.m. John Roberto of Vibrant Faith will host a webinar on the critical conversation of faith formation during these unique and uncertain circumstances. This webinar is entitled: From Pivoting to Innovation: Faith Formation in 2020-2021.  In March, churches undertook a massive effort to move Sunday worship and faith formation for all ages into homes and daily life using a variety of virtual spaces and digital methods and media. With coronavirus still very much present in our world and vaccines still in development, how should we plan for faith formation in the 2020-2021 program year?  In these past weeks, we have worked hard to pivot, recreating our face-to-face ministries either online or in other creative ways. But we will not be going back to the same world - we will emerge from this pandemic in a world that has been profoundly changed. Pivoting is not enough, we need to embrace innovation and use this time to reinvent faith formation for the new world. This webinar will explore how to design faith formation for 2020-2021 (and beyond) using virtual spaces and blended spaces (virtual and physical) that promote lifelong faith growth and discipleship.
For the link to this webinar, please contact Kelly at

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

Catholic Biblical School (CBS)
New student applications are 100% online!  If you or someone you know wants to meet the Lord in a deeper way through Sacred Scripture, click here to begin the enrollment process.
CBS students returning for Years 2, 3 and 4 should register by June 30, 2020. The process is available by clicking here. Tuition remains at $380 per year.  If paying by credit card, the password created for My Catholic Faith Delivered is required to access the registration form.
Applying for financial aid?  Returning students have until July 15, 2020 and new students have until August 31, 2020 to apply. Click here for more information and to download the form.
Class of 2020 will meet virtually on Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to discuss how we might celebrate, in the future, your completion from the Catholic Biblical School. Join us online by clicking here or call +1 (872) 240-3212, please use access code #591-799-941. (Long distance rates may apply, check with your carrier.)
CBS Book Club is meeting virtually this Friday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Bishop Barron’s Letter to a Suffering Church. If you’re interested in joining the discussion, contact Alexis Chacchia at

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

Distance Learning Links: **New Resources for the week of May 25, 2020
ISTE Articles
EdSurge Articles
Dot and Dash Resources 
Dash's Neighborhood  - Same Dash but on your screen - Now every student can program their favorite robot online. Dash’s Neighborhood reimagines the delightful, award winning Dash in a brand new 3D environment. Students will love creating and exploring with their own Dash while building coding literacy.
Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. will be starting asbestos inspections at schools in May 2020. This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inspectors will follow precautionary CDC guidelines for social distancing and will wear a protective facial mask and gloves during the inspections. Additionally, their inspectors will wear picture ID badges during the inspection time at the school.
Aurora Temperature Control Displays For Sale
RnB Enterprises has Aurora Temperature Control Displays for sale. The next batch available for sale will be delivered in July 2020. Please contact Susan Boutote at The Aurora TTS is an Android based all-in-one infrared temperature sensing tablet. To ensure that people entering a location are not running a high temperature, the TTS-will provide alerts when a person is running a high temperature within 1 second from 3.3 feet (1 meter) away. The system uses an advanced algorithm for detecting and calculating heat signatures. Based on technology developed in Germany, the highly accurate sensor measures with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius (+/- 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit).
Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Receives $111 Million in Coronavirus Relief Aid for Schools: School Districts Can Submit Applications to the State
Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving $111 million in federal coronavirus relief aid for the state’s school districts that will be used to support continued learning and address educational disruptions due to the global pandemic. To read the full press release please click on the link below:
Please contact your Local Educational Agency (LEA) about your school’s portion of the CARES Act.

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

Last Virtual Conversation on Christian Initiation - Register Now! 
Liturgy Training Publications’ Catechumeneon will be facilitating their final upcoming virtual conversation especially for those involved in Christian initiation (specifically, RCIA, but all sacramental coordinators would benefit!). Join this exploration of how best to return to initiation ministry, with new ideas for reorienting practices. This virtual conversation will take place on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Click below to register: 
List of Recorded Sessions: This link is updated after each session. If you do not see the most recent document, you may need to try another web browser or refresh your computer’s cache.

On Behalf Mike Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:

Global Life Night with Life Teen, Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m., Streaming on YouTube
The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The link to the channel is From this landing page on the Life Teen YouTube Channel, you will be able to select the event on the 31st.
Youth in Hart - Virtual Gatherings
The next virtual Youth in Hart gathering is on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars.
Youth in Hart Virtual Gathering - *Now Meeting Every Other Thursday, 12:00 p.m.*
Click here to join this meeting:
You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 179-036-861

Rooted in Faith: Opening Wide our Hearts’ is the Theme of 2020 Social Justice Conference

The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford 11th Annual Social Justice Conference will take a new format this year. Our theme, Open Wide Our Hearts, will be offered as a year-long “online conference”.
The conference is designed as a means to familiarize participants with “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism”. This letter is a call of conversion of hearts and minds to a love that respects human dignity and unites us all in Christ.
We will begin on Saturday, June 6 with a 60 minute webinar featuring Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, National Coordinator for the V Encuentro and lead staff for Hispanic ministry for the USCCB under the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church.  Alejandro will provide an overview of the main themes in the Bishops’ letter.
The virtual conference will continue throughout the year with monthly webinars and events.  Future topics include: institutional racism, the Hispanic experience, and the influence of racism in health care and human trafficking. This special opportunity to learn and grow together will culminate, hopefully, in our regular gathered event in June, 2021!
The first webinar is free and open to the public. It will be offered at 10:00 a.m. in English and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish.  Advanced registration is required and available by clicking here or calling (860) 242-5573 ext. 2688.

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