Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
February 6, 2018
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We would like to welcome all new members to our monthly newsletter! We hope you find the information helpful. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jennifer McClintock.


Our February blogs feature appropriate seasonal topics: Lent and Valentine’s Day! We offer some suggestions for engaging in Lenten practices as an adult, and showcase a collaboration between two of our Catholic schools, Notre Dame High School and St. Francis - St. Rose of Lima, to feed those in need. For those who are feeling romantic, we also look toward Valentine’s Day with our #RelationshipGoals blog on dating tips for millennials. We hope these put you in the mindset of loving God and your neighbor!

p-2605-cc0296-400x400.jpgThe OEEC would like to share that Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, is currently recuperating from ankle surgery and will be out of the office for a time. She is most grateful for your good wishes and prayers as she heals.

February Dates and Events

  • February 7: Deanery 6 Lay Minister Meeting, Saint Bridget of Sweden, Cheshire, Alumni of the Lay Ministry Program, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • February 8: Deanery 3 Lay Minister Meeting, Incarnation, Wethersfield, Alumni of the Lay Ministry Program, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • February 12: Deanery 2 Lay Minister Meeting, Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Alumni of the Lay Ministry Program, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • February 15: Deanery 1 Lay Minister Meeting, Saint Louis de Monfort, Goshen, Alumni of the Lay Ministry Program, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • February 16 - 18: Metanoia Retreat, for Youth, Trinita, New Hartford, registration required.
  • February 18: Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, 3:00 p.m.
  • February 20: Deanery 5 Lay Minister Meeting, Saint Vincent Ferrer, Naugatuck, Alumni of the Lay Ministry Program, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • February 21: Deanery 4 Lay Minister Meeting, Our Lady of Mercy, Plainville, Alumni of the Lay Ministry Program, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • February 28: New Elementary Administrators Meeting, Archdiocesan Center, Bloomfield, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

March Dates and Events

  • March 1: Secondary and Elementary Administrators Meeting Strategic Planning, Part 2, Archdiocesan Center, Alumni Lounge 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • March 3: Celebration of Sacred Scripture: Ruth and the Mother of Jesus, Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, public/CBS event, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., registration is required.
  • March 3: Hispanic Catechists Breakfast and Lent Reflection with Aida Hidalgo/OSV, Saint Mary, East Hartford, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • March 7: Everyone Can Code, East Hall, Archdiocesan Center, Bloomfield, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., registration required, contact: Laura McCaffrey
  • March 10 - 11: Archdiocesan Basketball Tournament (1 of 2)
  • March 15: ACAAP (Assoc. of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals) Spring Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Questions? Contact: Anne Clubb.
  • March 16: Archbishop's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, sponsored by FACS, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., registration required
  • March 17 - 18: Archdiocesan Basketball Tournanment (2 of 2)
  • March 22: Transform Your Website Into a Powerful Marketing Tool with Emily Cretella, Archdiocesan Center, Bloomfield, Alumni Lounge, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., registration required, contact: Anne Clubb.
  • March 27: Smartboard Training, Part II, Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., registration required, by contacting Laura McCaffrey

April Dates and Events

  • April 3 - 5: NCEA Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • April 6 - 8: New England Basketball Tournament, Waterbury (location TBA)
  • April 7: Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems Training, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., registration required
  • April 7: Archdiocesan Mini-Youth Rally/Easter Retreat, New Haven County, Youth of New Haven, contact Miriam for more information.
  • April 7: Catholic Scouting Chaplain Aide Training for All Faiths, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., registration required
  • April 7: Paul, Baptism and the Easter Mysteries, Caritas Christi Center, CBS/public event
  • April 10: Spring Adult Confirmation Ceremony, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, 7:00 p.m.
  • April 13 - 15: Metanoia Retreat for Youth (Spanish), Trinita Retreat Center, New Hartford, registration required
  • April 21: ELM Parish Accompaniment Vibrant Faith Workshop, Part 2, Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield
  • April 23: Summa Scholar Award & Reception, Archdiocesan Center, Auditorium/Alumni Lounge, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • April 25: IOWA Assessments begin
  • April 28: Bereavement Workshop w/Office of Diaconate Formation, St. Peter Claver, West Hartford, 9:00 a.m.

Special Invitation

AcAAP.gifWe encourage you to attend the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP), scheduled for Thursday, March 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. This is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, learn best practices in your field, and enjoy the keynote presentation offered by Dr. Mario Enzeler, Finance Professor and M.E.A.M. Program Director, Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. who will speak on being “Energized by the Journey” from Swiss Guard to Christian Educator. For more information or to register, click here.

Preparing for the Lenten Season - with Lisa Orchen

lent.jpgWe would like to share some resources and opportunities for you as you seek to “live” Lent.

  • Here is a list with links to numerous Lent resources, ideas, videos and articles. I continue to add excellent items as I discover them, and it is certainly well worth exploring these items.
  • I hope that you enjoy another excellent short article titled, “Forty Lenten Ideas”.
  • If you are interested in downloading a beautiful resource highlighting February Saints, click here.
  • Last, you might want to join us for the annual Celebration of Sacred Scripture hosted by our Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School. This year’s lecture will be fabulous and could serve as an enriching faith formation opportunity.

There will be more to come! If you have something to share, or have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Orchen.

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