“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
Here are some ministry resources for helping those we serve understand the grave social sin of racism.
Here are some resources for you to share with the families you serve so that parents can initiate conversations about racism with their children.
Coronavirus Response: For Parish Catechetical Leaders
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.
- A guide (written and video) for moving faith formation online by VibrantFaith
- RCL Benziger and Blest Are We have family faith formation resources available online
- Pflaum’s Gospel Weeklies are available in digital version at this link, supplemented by videos to share with families.
- The Sophia Institute is offering access to their Spirit of Truth workbooks free online.
- The Pastoral Center (not affiliated with the Archdiocese of Hartford) provides a library of resources for ministry in this time.
- Busted Halo has archived all of their ministry resources for use in this time, including videos, blogs, podcasts, and more.
- Check out these webinars on on Simple and Effective Home Based Faith Formation and Simple and Effective Home Based Sacrament Preparation from OSV.
Looking for more resources to use during this time of at-home and virtual formation?
Click the links below for resources for:
- 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.
Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis
860-242-5573 ext. 2663