Catechetical Leaders

“On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: "Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you… nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation."

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

Directives for Returning to In-Person Instruction

Please click here for information about returning to in-person catechesis this fall. Click here for Directivies for Return to In-Person Faith Formation and click here to access the template for completing your parish action plan if you are choosing to gather children in person this fall.

Resources for Talking to Children About Racism

The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer last week has the nation recognizing that racial injustices still exist in our country and need to be addressed. The Catholic Church stands in solidarity against all forms of injustice. Children easily become aware of what is happening in our world and can become confused, frightened and upset. 

Coronavirus Response: For Parish Catechetical Leaders 

With the growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the changes to scheduled faith formation classes, it is necessary to think of alternative ways to help children and their families continue to grow in faith as religious education classes may be suspended during this time of caution.

There is an abundance of evidence to support the importance of involving families in the faith formation of their children, so this time away from classes can actually be a rich opportunity to resource parents so they can develop faith practices in the home. We as catechetical leaders can use this situation to take advantage of the abundance of digital resources that are available to families to help facilitate encounters with Jesus.

First, the OEEC has issued a guidance document for matters of faith formation in these times. We recommend reviewing this document. 

Additionally, please feel free to pass on the below resources to those in your programs with encouragement that now more than ever, we need to lean into the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ for prayers of peace and comfort.

For Catechists/PCLs:  

Looking for more resources to use during this time of at-home and virtual formation? 

Click the links below for resources for: 

Catholic School Teachers
... Coronavirus-Specific Issues 
Families, Children, and Teens at Home 
Everyone (Prayers, Libraries, etc.) 
RCIA Teams
Youth Ministry 

Now that the Archdiocese of Hartford Pastoral Planning changes have been set into motion, many of you will be restructuring your parish Religious Education programs. Whether your need is evaluating curriculum, utilizing new resources, redesigning new programs, or planning a retreat for catechists from your newly merged programs, the OEEC is available to assist your efforts. Below is a list of things we hope you will find helpful: If you are looking for new textbooks for your program, you can click here to see a list of the current texts approved by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
  • The Archdiocesan Religious Education Standards were revised and approved by Archbishop Blair in 2011 and are available here for you to use as a resource and guide.

Resources for Times of Tragedy

It is so very difficult to talk with children and youth about tragedies and violence in our world, especially violence against young people. Below are resources which will help you in having these conversations with those you minister to. It is during these tragic times that we are called to bring the light of Christ to those who are saddened and faced with hopelessness. To see a list of resources, check out the Catechist Resources page.


Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation
860-242-5573 ext. 2663