Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
June 3, 2020
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Prayer to Overcome the Evil of Racism

Mary, friend and mother to all,
through your Son, God has found a way
to unite himself to every human being,
called to be one people,
sisters and brothers to each other.
We ask for your help in calling on your Son,
seeking forgiveness for the times when
we have failed to love and respect one another.
We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son
the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism
and to build a just society.
We ask for your help in following your Son,
so that prejudice and animosity
will no longer infect our minds or hearts
but will be replaced with a love that respects
the dignity of each person.
Mother of the Church,
the Spirit of your Son Jesus
warms our hearts:
pray for us.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

Resources for Talking to Children About Racism

The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer last week has the nation recognizing that racial injustices still exist in our country and need to be addressed. The Catholic Church stands in solidarity against all forms of injustice. Children easily become aware of what is happening in our world and can become confused, frightened and upset. 

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

Congratulations to the Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Class of 2020!
Having completed four years studying every book of the Bible, the following individuals will be honored at the CBS 25th Anniversary Mass with Archbishop Leonard Blair on October 10, 2020.
Carlos Alvarez, Our Lady of the Assumption, Woodbridge
Marla Ane, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Thomaston
Lorlene Beck, Saint John of the Cross, Middlebury
Carla Belanger, Saint Francis of Assisi, Lebanon
Robert Bourne, Saint Sebastian, Middletown
April Brilvitch, Saint Bridget of Sweden, Cheshire
James Creagan, Saint Junipero Serra, South Windsor
Claudia Csuka, Saint Michael, Beacon Falls
Luisa Guerra, North American Martyrs, East Hartford
Wanda Huertas, North American Martyrs, East Hartford
Nancy Kloczko, Saint Stanislaus, Bristol
Karen Kula, Prince of Peace, Waterbury
Crista Penrose, Saint Rose of Lima, Meriden
James Pezzulo, Saint Damien of Molokai, East Windsor
Robert  Ringuette, Our Lady of Hope, New Hartford
Janette Rodriguez, Todos Los Santos, Waterbury
MaryEllen Schigas, Saint Stanislaus, Bristol

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis:

Dear Parish Faith Formation Leaders and Catholic School Educators,
Many of you heard my presentation last fall entitled Pathways to Discipleship when I spoke of the stages of evangelization and how these intersect with catechesis. I also explained the kerygma (first proclamation of the Good News of salvation) in a way that would be easy for pre-evangelized people to embrace. This summer, Joe Paprocki (catechetical consultant for Loyola Press) is offering a summer series, entitled Preparing Hearts and Minds: 9 Simple Ways for Catechists to Cultivate a Living Faith. This series will look at essential strategies that are at the heart of the kerygma and will help predispose hearts and minds to accept the Gospel message. 
  • Click here to join this series.
  • Click here to see a video recording of Pathway to Discipleship.
Continue to Fill Your Tool Kit with Strategies for Faith Formation 
I highly recommend watching this video recording of a webinar entitled Engaging Parents When Engaging Parents is Hard by Paul Canavese, Director of The Pastoral Center, a ministry designed to help those who oversee faith formation in parishes. Paul focuses on how we can lift up the Domestic Church and provides many strategies for family faith formation. He also addresses the difficulties some families have with participating in live-stream masses and offers great suggestions for handling these challenges. 
June 4 at 1:00 p.m., Vibrant Faith presents a webinar From Pivoting to Innovation: Faith Formation 2020-2021 with John Roberto. For the link to this webinar, please contact Kelly at

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

Distance Learning Links: *New Resources for the week of June 1, 2020
ISTE Articles
Dot and Dash Resources 
Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. has begun to schedule asbestos inspections of school buildings. This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Even if schools are not physically in session, these inspections must take place according to the usual timetable. 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 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, June 7, 2020. The link to the Life Teen YouTube Channel is: and from this landing page you will be able to select the event on June 7.
Youth in Hart - Virtual Gatherings
The next virtual Youth in Hart gathering is on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to join this meeting: You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (312) 757-3121, please use access code: 179-036-861.

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