Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
April 9, 2021
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To all who are involved in faith formation,

Unfortunately, the email server for the Archdiocese of Hartford has been down since Saturday, April 3, 2021.
We sincerely apologize if you have reached out to the OEEC and have not received a response. Until this issue is resolved please feel free to reach out to the alternative email addresses listed below:  



 “Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” 

~Laura Ingalls Wilder


In what ways can I connect with the Divine through the wonder and awe of God’s creation this week?


Lord of all creation, you designed this universe with everything I need to live and thrive and flourish. Help me to always be in complete wonder at your creative design of this world. Allow me to feel your presence when I gaze at blooming flowers, hear the birds in flight or feel a gentle breeze on my face. May I always be grateful for the beauty of your creation. Amen.

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Upcoming Offerings from Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford

Vacation Bible Camp - Rocky Railway!
June 28 - July 2, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. After a year of many ups and downs, this Vacation Bible Camp is bound to be a great experience for your children! This five-day camp is open to children entering grades K – 6. We will follow all social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines at the time of the camp. Our cohorts will be limited to 10 students per group. Most of our activities will be held outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Holy Family Retreat Center. If you have any further questions, please contact Liza Peters at
or 860-760-9712. 
Offering: $50 
Confirmation Retreats and Teen Retreats
The retreat team at Holy Family are happy to announce the availability of in-person Confirmation retreats AND our annual Teen Retreat, scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 2021.
Some Confirmation Coordinators have reached out regarding scheduling an in-person retreat. If your group would like to attend a Confirmation retreat at Holy Family Retreat Center, utilizing our 48 acres of beautiful grounds (including our outdoor Stations of the Cross, Grotto and Labyrinth), please contact me directly. We are scheduling half-day retreats for individual groups. Social distancing and masks are required. We also have ample indoor space that can accommodate a group of up to 40 students/leaders.
Secondly, please mark your calendar for our annual Teen Retreat! We usually welcome a group of high school teens for an entire weekend; however this year, we have decided to host our high school students for a full-day retreat on Saturday, June 26, 2021. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end with an outdoor, family mass at 5:00 p.m.  Please spread the word to your interested high school teens. 
We are looking forward to welcoming students and leaders back to our campus this spring and summer! Please consider joining us!

Seasonal Resources

We continue to encourage families to celebrate the entire Easter season while still thinking ahead to Pentecost, celebrated on May 23, 2021. Check out these resources to help families continue to grow faith in their homes.

Interested in the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)? 

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.The conference this year will be held on November 18 - 21, 2021 and this year, there will be three options to participate: 

  • In-Person in Indianapolis
  • Virtual Participation
  • Streaming Participation

Want more information? Fill out this simple survey. We look forward to hearing from you! 


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.

Catholic Scouting - Religious Emblems Deadline Extended!

On Behalf of the Catholic Committee on Scouting we would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for your patience and unfailing commitment to Catholic Scouting during these unprecedented times. 
With the COVID vaccine becoming available and the warmer weather coming, the Committee hopes to be able hold their annual scouting award ceremony this summer. 
If you have sent in your paperwork, thank you! Your family will be receiving a letter outlining the details of the award ceremony when those plans are definite.
If you have not handed in your paperwork or are still working on your program, please be sure to send your application as well as the fee into the Office of Education Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) by May 1, 2021. Please send it to: 
Office of Education, Education and Evangelization
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Attention: Jennifer McClintock 
If you find that you need more time to work on your programs just let us know by emailing Jennifer at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 


Arise, my friend, my beautiful one, and come!
For see, the winter is past
The rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth…
And the song of the turtledove is heard in our land. (Song of Songs 2:10-12)
Easter Week is a time to celebrate Jesus, the love of our life, who has conquered death and who invites us to marry our lives with His (and so rise ourselves to new life). This week, CBS 300 students enter into the Bible’s love poetry that proclaims God’s passionate desire to be with us, His own people. We invite you also to pray this week by imagining God speaking to you, personally, the inspired words of The Song of Songs. Allow yourself to bask in God’s unfailing love for you! (You’ll find this brief biblical book immediately following the Book of  Ecclesiastes.)

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

The CBS Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will open to the public beginning next week. If you are a CBS student, alum, former student, or faculty member, get your registration in asap, so you are not left behind! You can find all the information and a link to the registration pdf here:
CBS Satellite Site in Winsted!
We are delighted to announce that CBS 100 (Year One) will be available in northern Litchfield County beginning Fall 2021. Students will meet at the Franciscan Center, 31 Oak Street, Winsted, CT and will connect with a virtual class each week. Details to follow.
Alumni Volunteers Wanted
If you are a CBS alum and would like to host a CBS Satellite Site (no tech savvy required), please contact BJ at
Notes on the CBS Class Schedule 2021-2022
We plan to hold at least one virtual class and one in-person class for each CBS course offered next year (CBS 100, 200, 400). Days and locations will be announced when they are available, both here and on the STSRegistrar Notification Board. The website will be updated by June 1, 2021. There are also a few additional changes required to adapt to new situations next year:
  • Fall courses will begin a week later than in previous years.
  • With virtual classes making “snow days” unnecessary, we will eliminate one of the winter break weeks, and still finish up in mid-May. (We will continue to have all other break weeks, including a full two weeks off for Christmas.)
  • Courses with a low enrollment (six or fewer) will be eliminated. As always, we will be as creative as possible and will work with students affected to find a solution that allows them to continue their studies.
  • Satellite sites will be extended to include all virtual classes at all levels, to allow distance learners to gather in person if they wish. These will be organized once the course schedule is finalized.
  • In-person classes will be 100% in person, except in inclement weather situations, and will follow all CDC and archdiocesan directives.

Weekly Highlights

Song of the Week: 

As we reflect upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ, please enjoy this song which summarizes the Good News so beautifully. We Believe by the Newsboys

This Week’s Must Read Article:

There are many ways that we, as Catholics, can evangelize, especially during the Easter season. Read this article by Julianne Stanz for some great ideas. 

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