“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
Upcoming Virtual Events
Attention Catechetical Leaders:
A Reflection on God’s Love and Faithfulness Virtual Meeting
We invite all catechetical leaders to join us Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. for a morning of prayer and learning. Sadlier is hosting a Virtual presentation with John Collins called “A Reflection on God’s Love and Faithfulness”. This will also be an opportunity to learn about Sadlier’s exciting new blended learning program, Christ in Us. Click here to join this event. (Zoom meeting)
Attention Parish Faith Formation Leaders: Virtual Deanery Meetings
Deanery 6 Meeting for All Parish Faith Formation Leaders
Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Click this link to join the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/523605805
You can also dial in using your phone: (+1 (408) 650-3123). Please use access code: 523-605-805
Deanery 2 Meeting for All Parish Faith Formation Leaders
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Click this link to join the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/950060309
You can also dial in using your phone: (+1 (571) 317-3122) Please use access code: 950-060-309
Deanery 5 Meeting for All Parish Faith Formation Leaders
Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Click this link to join the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/509429381
You can also dial in using your phone ( +1 (872) 240-3212) Please use access code: 509-429-381
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis at Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org.
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.
*New* The Religion Teacher offers an excellent compilation of activities and lessons for the Easter Season.
*New* Loyola Press offers ideas and lessons for the fifty days of Easter.
*New* The Liturgical Catechist offers great links, short videos and reflections for living the Easter season.
- 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:
Missio - March 2020
Out of an abundance of caution amid the Coronavirus concerns and after consultation with Connecticut officials it has been decided that Missio 2020 will not occur on March 28, 2020.
We are looking to reschedule Missio and the Catechists Years of Service Awards for September 2020.
Updates will be posted on our website: https://catholicedaohct.org/programs/missio
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.
Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis
860-242-5573 ext. 2663