Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
May 9, 2019
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Blessed expressed by Matthew 5:1-12

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

During this Easter season we all are blessed with many graces: freedom to serve the underserved; mercy to forgive those with whom we struggle; opportunity to work, to study, to achieve, to fail, to grow, to acquire wealth and help those in need; to be free, (free to practice our faith openly and to serve as lay people, priests, and religious); to honor life (at all stages); and to love and be loved (honoring family, children including orphans, and the abandoned). In Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians he instructs us that we have the blessings of faith, hope, and love. Yet the greatest of these is love - for others, for the earth, and for ourselves. All of these blessings are the result of God’s abiding love, manifested by His death and Resurrection.

Maria Maynard
Deputy Superintendent

This month’s blogs, introduced so beautifully by the Beatitudes, approach the concept of Blessed from different, though equally important perspectives. In one we explore the modern, frequently used hashtag #Blessed, which for Christians indicates those who “embody the most authentic qualities of divine favor,” something we all seek. The other blog discusses the long-held and cherished tradition by which children in Spanish speaking countries express their love for Mary, Our Lady – and who is more blessed than the Blessed Mother? In this Marian month, we encourage each reader to embrace the concept of Blessed as it is manifested in your life, and to give ongoing thanks to our good and gracious God for the blessings we experience daily.



The OEEC is looking to add technology videos from the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford to the OEEC website. These videos could include coding, robotics, engineering activities, and STREAM projects. Please send the video links to Laura McCaffrey.



Does your school have old technology devices that are no longer being used? The Tech Trade Up Program is a great way to dispose of old technology equipment and receive money that can be used for new technology devices. Download a flyer here. Questions? Contact Laura McCaffrey.


  • 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. Guests please RSVP to
  • 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 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, following Mass at 4:00 p.m. 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 Certificate.


  • July 13: RCIA 101 (Location TBD) – more information coming soon.  
  • August 14 - 15: New Teacher Orientation - more details to come.
  • August 16 - 19: Catholic Scouting Retreat: Canoeing with the Rosary, open to all Boy Scouts and leaders, $30.00 per person, includes meals. Canoe rentals available. Visit the Upcoming Events page on our website for up-to-date information.
  • August 24: Catholic Biblical School Opening Scripture Formation Day for Returning Students, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield; time TDB.

Upcoming Events - A Look Ahead


  • September 7: Catholic Biblical School Opening Scripture Formation Day for First-Year Students. Time and location TBD.
  • September 14: RCIA Workshop: Catechesis Through the Period of the Catechumenate featuring Liturgy Training Publications, Saint John Bosco (Saint Mary Campus), Branford, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration coming soon.
  • September 14: Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems Training, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., for more information, click here.
  • September 14: Catholic Scouting Chaplain Aide Training for All Faiths, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., for more information, click here.
  • September 24: HOPES Dinner, Aqua Turf, Southington, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., for more information contact Laura McCaffrey.


  • October 1: Deadline for ELM Leadership Formation applications


  • November 9: Archdiocesan Women’s Conference, Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration opening June 2019

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