Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
April 9, 2019
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A frequently pondered question in our modern world is, "What is faith?"
 
In a recent popular movie entitled “A Star is Born” two singers, one on the way to stardom and one fearing the end of a career, sing the featured song “Shallow”. A few of the stanzas follow;
Tell me somethin', girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?
 
I'm falling
In all the good times I find myself
Longin' for change
And in the bad times I fear myself.
 
By the success of the film, one would draw the conclusion that we have a generation of people who are searching for meaning in their lives.
 
If only they could find the meaning and comfort of faith, and that begs the question, "What is faith?"
 
Pope Francis points us to the Word of God found in the gospel that invites us to live in the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection: “Jesus is the Lord, Jesus has power over evil and over death, and wants to take us to the Father's house, where life reigns. And there we will all meet… in the Father's house.”
 
In this profound season of Lent we prepare to celebrate the central belief of our faith:  Jesus died for us in reparation for our sins, and rose again overcoming evil and death. His promise to us is life everlasting, Amen!
 
Maria Maynard
Deputy Superintendent


 
During April we continue our Lenten journey towards Holy Week and Easter. Celebrating Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday remind us of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us. This month's blog talks about Life Lessons Learned on Holy Thursday.
 

 

The Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis wishes a lifetime of joy and blessings to our Director of Adult Faith Formation, Nicole M. Perone, and her fiancé, John T. Grosso, Director of Digital Media for the Diocese of Bridgeport who will be married on Easter Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Please join us in praying for them in the coming weeks! Since many of those reading this newsletter interact regularly with Nicole, please note that she will be retaining her maiden name professionally.

April

  • April 13: Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems Training, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., for more information, click here.
  • April 13: Catholic Scouting Chaplain Aide Training for All Faiths, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., for more information, click here.
  • April 13: CBS 100 Lenten Scripture Day and Seder Meal, Saint Pio, East Haven, (Our Lady of Pompeii campus), 2:20 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Seder will begin at 5:00 p.m. 
  • April 16: Chrism Mass, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, 11:00 a.m.
  • April 23 - 25: NCEA Convention, Chicago, IL
  • April 30: Summa Scholar Award & Reception, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 3:00 p.m.

Catholic Religious Emblems Training for Cub, Boy, Venture and Sea Scout Leaders:

When: April 13, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pastoral Center, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield
Cost: $15.00 includes materials and refreshments
Please make checks payable to OEEC. To register, click here.
For more information contact Jennifer at Jennifer.McClintock@aohct.org

All Faiths Chaplain Aide Training

Pastors and Unit Leaders are encouraged to have at least one scout from every unit trained as a chaplain aide.
When: April 13, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pastoral Center, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield
Cost: $10.00 includes materials and refreshments
Please make checks payable to OEEC. Click here to register.
For more information contact Jennifer at jennifer.mcclintock@aohct.org
For more information on the chaplain aide duties, go to www.scouting.org site.

May

  • May 1: Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Registration Opens, for CBS 100 (Year 1); for details go to https://catholicedaohct.org/basic-information/applying-to-cbs.
  • May 4: Suffering, Humor and Extravagant Generosity: Timely Lessons from Ruth and Boaz, led by Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Free of charge and open to the public. To download a flyer click here. To register click here.
  • May 8: Asbestos Awareness Training for Custodians, Southington Catholic School, Southington, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Email Laura McCaffrey to register or with questions. 
  • May 30: Elementary and Secondary Administrators Day, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield; more information to follow. (This meeting is rescheduled from May 23 at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.)

June

  • June 1: Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Graduation, Church of Saint Dominic, Southington, 2:30 p.m., led by Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV, reception to follow. RSVP to catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org.
  • June 4: Saint Paul Catholic High School Graduation, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 5: Northwest Catholic High School Graduation, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 5: Catechetical Leader Retreat, Mercy by the Sea, Madison, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Download a flyer here. To register, click here. Questions? Contact Kelly Henderschedt.
  • June 6: East Catholic High School Graduation, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 6: *New Date* Everyone Can Create Apple Workshop, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Laura McCaffrey. Register here.
  • June 7: Sacred Heart High School Graduation, The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 15: Catholic Scouting Religious Emblem Ceremony, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, after the 4:00 p.m. Mass. Recipients will receive a letter in the mail with all the information needed to participate.
  • June 18: Liturgy in Recognition of Archdiocesan Adult Formation Achievements, Saint Katharine Drexel - Saint Jerome campus, New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Honoring those who have successfully completed ELM Leadership Formation, ELM Parish Accompaniment, and CBS Basic Certificates.
 

Workshop - Preventing School Attacks

Partnering to Prevent School Attacks is a full day training event being held on April 30, 2019 at Yale West Campus in West Haven, CT.  This training event is FREE. 

The topics listed below will be taught by FBI Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, and Community Outreach Specialists:
  • Behavioral Indicators of Violent Actors presented by the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit
  • Countering Violent Extremism in Schools
  • Crisis Management
  • Public Information Officer Training
  • Viewing of the FBI Video: Echoes of Columbine
  • Social Media Exploitation
The target audience for this event is:
  • School Resource Officers - State and Local
  • High School Superintendents, Principals, and Administrators
  • Threat Assessment Team Members for High Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • College and University Campus Security / Law Enforcement
  • High School Campus Security / Law Enforcement
Register soon using the following link: https://forms.fbi.gov/new-haven-ppsa-outreach; space is limited.
 
If you have any questions, or need help with registration, please contact ctoutreach@fbi.gov for more assistance.

Resources

Save the Date

Save the Date:  October 18, 2019
Connecting Families to Sacramental Ministries Workshop 


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