Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
November 4, 2020
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On Behalf of Ana María Hernández Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

Oportunidades para Formación y Oración. Por favor lean para registrarse y participar:
Jueves 5 noviembre a las 7:00 p.m.: La Música en la Espiritualidad Ignaciana: Un Encuentro para la Comunidad Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Las comunidades. Los invitamos a profundizar en la relación entre la Espiritualidad Ignaciana y la Música. Regístrese en: https://comunidadesignacianas.org/noticias/101020
 
RICA - Formación y Actualización. Diálogos Virtuales en Español
Jueves 5 de noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (1/3)  Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Jueves 12 noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (2/3) Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Jueves 19 noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (3/3) Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Martes 9 febrero, 2021 a las 8:00 p.m.: Iniciación cristiana para niños y niñas: preparación y celebración de los ritos Veamos los ritos de la iniciación cristiana con los niños. Cuáles son y cómo prepararlos para celebrarlos con alegría y entusiasmo.
 
Talleres Virtuales Sobre el Nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis
USCCB, Sadlier y La Asociación Católica Nacional de Directores Diocesanos del Ministerio Hispano (NCADDHM) presentan seis talleres pastorales gratuitos sobre el nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis. Se recomienda que tomen TODOS los talleres para tener una visión completa del nuevo directorio.
 
Dirigido a Ministros y Agentes Pastorales | DREs/CREs | Líderes Catequéticos | Líderes Diocesanos de Ministerio Hispano | Superintendentes | Coordinadores de RICA | Directores y Maestros de Escuelas Católicas |Catequistas | Predicadores | Párrocos/Sacerdotes/Diáconos | Ministro de Jóvenes | Padres de Familia. 
 
Regístrese en: www.nuevodirectorio.com
  • Noviembre 24 - 8:00 p.m.: Obispo Oscar Cantú y Kathia Arango, M.A. (Introducción y capítulos 1-2)
  • Diciembre 1 - 8:00 p.m.: Sr. Rosalia Meza, Ph.D. (Capítulos 3-4)
  • Diciembre 8 - 8:00 p.m.: Dr. F. Javier Orozco (Capítulos 5-6)
  • Enero 5 - 8:00 p.m.: Miriam Hidalgo González, M.A. (Capítulos 7-8)
  • Enero 12 - 8:00 p.m.: José Amaya, M.A. (Capítulos 9-10)
  • Enero 19 - 8:00 p.m.: Obispo Daniel Flores (Capítulos 11-12)

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Discover Catholic Schools Week 
(Please note: the original dates from NCEA for Discover Catholic Schools Week, which appear on the OEEC Calendar have been changed to November 8-14, 2020.)
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are encouraged to participate in NCEA’s national initiative: Discover Catholic Schools Week, scheduled for the week of November 8-14, 2020.  This week is especially designated for schools to leverage their good news and focus on marketing. This is a perfect opportunity to launch the school’s year-round promotional efforts, connect with prospective families, donors, and community members, while showcasing what makes the school special and why it is the best choice for inquiring families.
 
Although marketing activities may have a different, more virtual look this year, it is still vital to begin the promotional process early and give prospective families plenty of time to explore the benefits of a Catholic school education. To learn more about the Discover Catholic Schools Week initiative and download some graphics to share on social media, click here.  The NCEA website marketing pages also offer excellent “Catholic School Snaps” graphics that can be used to promote schools year-round.
 
NCEA Participates in #Giving Tuesday
For the first time ever, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is partnering with #iGiveCatholic, the U.S. Catholic Church’s Giving Day, to champion and support Catholic education.  This day of giving will be celebrated with Catholic schools in dioceses across the country on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, also known as #GivingTuesday, a global day devoted to generosity and kindness. Through a partnership with #iGiveCatholic, NCEA is offering schools the opportunity to take part in #GivingTuesday as part of their NCEA membership. To access a webinar describing this opportunity, please click here to listen to the recording and click here to access the presentation PDF.  Registration is open now through October 30Click here to navigate to NCEA’s #iGiveCatholic landing page and then follow this step-by-step guide to apply to participate in the giving day.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Attention Catechetical Directors
Looking for ways to pray virtually with young children?  Try leading a guided meditation. This is a wonderful way to ignite the imagination of children and help them enter into prayer in a new and deeper way.  Click here for more information and a sample prayer.
 
If you are utilizing digital playlists of curated content as your faith formation program, or as a supplement to your program, and are interested in collaborating with other catechetical leaders on this process, please consider joining these virtual work-sessions on November 12 at 10:00 a.m. and December 10 at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Please note there is a new link for these virtual meetings: click here to join this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83071285485?pwd=SmwxbEYxeWVVYUJubzZCUkFsdVpaUT09 You can also join this meeting by dial in: 1-646-558-8656  Meeting ID: 830 7128 5485 Passcode: 137945 
 
Upcoming Virtual Deanery Meetings for Faith Formation Leaders
  • Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Please join either meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/783847677.  You can also dial in using your phone, +1 (872) 240-3311, please use access code: 783-847-677.
 
Upcoming In-Person Deanery Meetings for Faith Formation Leaders
November 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Saint Catherine of Siena Church, West Simsbury
265 Stratton Brook Road
PLEASE RSVP at this link https://bit.ly/379dkMT  if you plan on attending. 
 
Attention Confirmation Coordinators 
A shared google doc has been created for Confirmation Coordinators for the purpose of sharing ideas with one another.  Click here to access this digital space.  Feel free to add any ideas that would benefit others, relative to the topics presented, or add additional headings to share ideas on how to minister to adolescents who are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.  Please bookmark this link so that you can return to it often to it to see what new ideas have been added.

On Behalf of Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives and Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Attention Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Educators:
Looking for resources to help children and families celebrate upcoming holidays and feast days?  Bookmark this page to find links for videos, articles, and family activities that focus on upcoming seasonal days of celebration.  Return often, as these resources will change throughout the year.

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

Catholic Biblical School Tuition 
Second (and final) tuition payments are due this month. If you haven’t submitted the full $380 tuition (including any scholarship payments made on your behalf), please send a check or complete the online payment process.  Please note that you may only pay by credit card if you are paying exactly one-half or the full tuition at this time; enter your email and the password you created for this account the first time you paid by credit card.  Other payment amounts must be sent by check to: Catholic Biblical School, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.  Checks should be made payable to “OEEC.”  All payments should be submitted by October 31, 2020.
 
Winter Weather Considerations
If you haven’t yet tried to log in to the STS Register system to receive notifications about your classes, please do so before inclement weather strikes!  Now is a good time to try it, if you haven’t already done so.  Please follow the directions on the website page, Current Students.
 
Or if you are not able to access a computer reliably, please make arrangements with a fellow student to call you with important announcements, such as cancellations or changes in class venue.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Advisor to the Vicar for Finance & Technology:

Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
The OEEC invites you to explore the new and improved Remote Learning Resources section of our website. This section will include resources on Technology, Remote Learning for Coding and Computer Science, Teaching in a Remote Environment, Marketing During Covid-19 and more!  Please be sure to check back often as these pages are updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources.
 
New this week:
Attention all Archdiocesan Catholic Schools
Thank you for helping to update the school directory page of the OEEC website by sending any updated pictures and descriptions to Laura McCaffrey or Kelsey Meczywor.  Access your school’s current page by clicking here.  Many thanks for your assistance.
 
VEX IQ Archdiocesan School Robotic League
We are planning to kick-off another successful Robotics & Code Experience for all of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, but this year it will be held virtually.  Please click here to watch a video on the coding and robotic software that the VEX IQ Archdiocesan School Robotic League will be using this year!  More information will follow. 
 
Attention All Middle School and High School Teachers!  Two Opportunities to Participate in FREE Online Workshops for Computer Science Teachers  
These two grant-funded computer science online workshops are funded by CTNext and New Haven Innovation Collaborative and are free for teachers in middle and high schools.  Below find the workshop flyers, times and dates.  Please share this invite with your colleagues.  The meeting link will be sent to registrants two days prior to the workshop date.  
  • November 7, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A More In-Depth Look at Mobile CSP, Topics: Conditionals, Procedures, Abstractions. Download a flyer and click here to register.
  • November 14, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  – Fundamental Programming using MATLAB.  Download a flyer and click here to register. 

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

Wednesdays with Women - the Virtual Women’s Conference Continues on December 2!  
Join us on December 2, 2020 for the next gathering of our virtual Women’s Conference events, “Wednesdays with Women”! Come as you are at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month for a taste of the Women’s Conference experience.  Click here to register and be a part of this taste of the Women’s Conference. 
 
Workshop: Mary's YES (presented by Sheri Dursin) 
“I am the Lord’s Servant.  May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) Mary’s response to God’s invitation brought Christ into the world and changed our lives forever  What courage and faith it must have taken to say “yes”—an act of complete surrender to God’s will.  In doing so, Mary shows us what our response to God’s call should be. During this Advent season, reflect on the ways in which God is inviting you into an intimate relationship with your Creator.  By responding with our own “yes” we are bringing Christ into the world every day.
 
Prayer Experience: Visio Divina 
Visio divina invites the viewer into "divine seeing." Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter the divine through images. A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the divine in a unique and powerful way. Visio divina can be practiced individually or in a small group or worship setting by using a piece of art as a focal point for prayer.  Scripture can also be paired with the image in order for the viewer to reflect on the scripture through the art. (Description courtesy of The Upper Room Ministries)
 
Please feel free to share this event with anyone who would benefit from participating.  All women of faith, of every age and stage, are welcome! 
 
Recordings of past “Wednesdays with Women,” as well as more information about upcoming speakers and sessions, are available on the Women's Conference webpage
 
Virtual Conversations on the RCIA This Fall/Winter
Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), there are a number of virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation this fall and winter.
 
First, if you were unable to attend our LTP-OEEC webinar on Discernment in Christian Initiation on September 24, please click this link to access the recording. You are welcome to share it with your RCIA team and parish staff as needed. 
 
Additionally, if you would like to join LTP for more upcoming virtual conversations, please click each link below to register for some of those conversations! 
 
Whether involved in the rites, catechesis, or discernment process, the pastor has a great responsibility in Christian initiation ministry. This conversation will allow participants to share best practices and reflect on the obstacles they face when co-laboring with the pastor of their parish.
 
Before celebrating the Rite of Election, the catechumens are to enter into a process of discernment and discussion with the pastor and other catechumenal leaders.  What are the questions to ask?  What should we be observing?  How do we know people are ready to move forward in the process?
 
Art and music has always been an important part of our Christian faith. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that art has the ability to turn our "minds devoutly toward God" and that music "is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." (122, 112)  In this conversation, we will discuss how we can practically use the arts to echo our faith and enhance our celebration of God's Word.
 
LTP is also hosting ongoing virtual conversations specific to The RCIA Adapted for Children.  Please consider being a part of those conversations to be better prepared to welcome children to the Sacraments of Initiation outside of the "usual" ages and times: 

On Behalf of the Faith Formation Directors:

Formation Opportunity for Parish, Catechetical and Youth Leaders:
Keeping Teens Connected to the Parish during COVID-19 - A FREE Conversation! 
This virtual conversation is geared toward those in youth ministry and/or liturgical ministry, but is truly open to anyone concerned with engaging young people.  What are the ways that we can keep teenagers involved in the life of the parish?  In what ways can they serve as liturgical ministers and leaders during this time?  This conversation will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register with Liturgy Training Publications.
 
Christus Vivit Virtual Study Group - Open To All Who Serve Young People! 
The OEEC will be breaking open Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God. This document challenges each of us to consider the ways we can serve young people enthusiastically and joyfully, and invites them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. 
 
All who have a heart for serving young people (both youth and young adults) and engaging them in the life of the Church are invited to attend!
 
We especially invite:
  • pastors and parochial vicars;
  • priest chaplains to high schools and colleges;
  • Catholic school teachers and campus ministers;
  • youth ministers;
  • leaders of young adult ministries;
  • parish catechetical leaders and catechists;
  • sacramental preparation coordinators;
  • and beyond!
If you have ever said “Where are all the young people??” or “I wish we had more young people engaged in our parish!”, you are welcome, too! 
 
These sessions will take place on two Wednesdays of each month from November 2020 through April 2021, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. They will be hosted on GoToMeeting with this recurring link, and we ask anyone interested in attending any session to please complete this simple registration form for our own record-keeping. 
 
Those dates are as follows:
  • November 11: Introduction and Overview
  • December 9: Theme 1 – The Holiness of the Young
  • December 16: Theme 2 – The Spirit of Synodality
  • January 13: Theme 3 – The Journey of Accompaniment
  • January 27: Theme 4 – The Now: Reality and Response
  • February 10: Theme 5 – The Gospel Message
  • February 24: Theme 6 – Pathways of Ministry
  • March 10: Theme 7 – The Wisdom of Generations
  • March 24: Theme 8 – The Call to Leadership
  • April 14: Theme 9 – An Invitation to Discernment
  • April 28: Theme 10 – Our Pathway to Mission
 
The Faith Formation directors will alternate serving as facilitators, using the NFCYM study guide Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment as a resource. (It is also expected that attendees will have read Christus Vivit itself, freely accessible by clicking.)  We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us!
 
Advent Evening of Reflection - Open to All Parish and School Ministers!
Save the date for an Advent Evening of Reflection on December 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the New England Faith Forum.  This evening of reflection will be facilitated by Colleen Moore, director of formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life and program director for ECHO (a two-year graduate service learning program that partners with dioceses across the country to train the next generation of leaders in faith formation and theological education in Catholic parishes and schools).  Stay tuned for more details, but save the date!

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