Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
March 4, 2021
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Quote:

"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”
Robert Muller


Question:

Whom is God calling you to forgive this Lenten season? Could the person you need to forgive be yourself?


Prayer:

God of peace and love, Sometimes my human heart struggles with forgiveness. It seems easier at times to cling to hurt or resentment. I know, however, that this becomes an obstacle to peace and withholds your love from others. I know that you command us to forgive and extend mercy and compassion. Please, Lord, give me your Holy Spirit courage and strength to offer forgiveness to those you have placed on my heart. Amen.

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Last Chance to Register for The Biblical Roots of the Apostles Creed

Find out what the Bible has to say to you!
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12:30 -4:30 p.m. (with breaks)
Meet students and faculty in the Archdiocesan Biblical School
 

Attention Youth Ministers

As we struggle to minister during these difficult times, many find that the pace of life has moved too fast over rocky and inhospitable ground. Instead of feeling rested and renewed, we find ourselves weary, tired, and restless. In this Lenten “mini-retreat,” Julianne Stanz, Director of Parish Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, offers five enduring spiritual practices to create a space for G.R.A.C.E in your life so that you can be spiritually renewed and continue to minister with a sense of joy and gratitude. There is a $10 registration fee for this event, unless you are a member of NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry).
 

Upcoming Virtual Gathering for Parish Faith Formation Leaders

The next meeting for parish faith formation leaders will be on Tuesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m. You can join either meeting by using this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/554355133 or you can call into the meeting using this number: (408) 650-3123; please use access code: 554-355-133.
 

Upcoming Virtual Gathering for Youth Ministers and Confirmation Coordinators

Join us for the next virtual gathering on Tuesday, March 16 at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. One agenda item for this meeting will be to discuss the newly released report, National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults. This National Dialogue has been a synodal journey of the Church in the United States and has resulted in profound insight for all who minister for and with young people. Click here to read the report in English and here for the Spanish version.  Click this link to join either meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/821818677 or you can join the meeting by calling: (786) 535-3211; please use access code: 821-818-677.
 

Lifting up the Easter Season with Children and Families

With Lent underway, the Easter season will be approaching soon. Now is the perfect time to think about how to help families celebrate this beautiful Liturgical season: which actually lasts 10 days longer than Lent! Join Amy McEntee for a 30 minute presentation with practical suggestions and easy ideas to carry out the joy of Easter across all learning environments. The first session will be live whereas the second session will be a rebroadcast with a live Q&A afterwards:
From Easter to Pentecost - Celebrate the Season!
Please register by clicking on the time you would like to attend above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 

This Week’s Must Read Article: What We’ve Learned: Religious Parenting

Please take a moment to read this excellent article, What We’ve Learned: Religious Parenting that highlights Dr. Christian Smith's extensive research on how faith is transmitted. It lifts up the single, most powerful causal influence on the religious lives of American teenagers, which is the RELIGIOUS LIVES of their parents.
 

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:

 

The Underground: Internet Safety Trainings for Kids & Parents

Since the pandemic started a year ago, there has been a significant uptick in children being groomed online, some as young as 7 years old. An organization called The Underground is sponsoring a round of Internet Safety Trainings for Kids & Parents. There will be four separate training sessions, 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: Catholic.Biblical.School@aohct.org.

 

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 or click here to apply.

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

CBS Venue Updates for In-Person Options

  • CBS 300 on Thursday mornings in Plantsville will return to "in-person" meetings starting March 4, 2021.
  • All other CBS classes are running remotely until further notice. Your teacher will notify students in their classes when and if your class can return to in-person meetings this spring. Thank you for your patience.

 

CBS Alumni News

  • 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. To get more information, please visit the Alumni Matters Page of our website. To register, click here.
  • Book Club March Meeting: From Islam to Christ - One Woman’s Path Through the Riddles of God. If you want to join the discussion, contact faculty member Alexis Chacchia at achacchia@gmail.com.

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 catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org.


 

Be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.

(Joshua 1:9)

CBS 100 students anticipate the spring by praying and studying with the Book of Joshua.


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