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

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)

A Reflection on God’s Love and Faithfulness
Meeting ID: 914 9480 7452
Password: 192771
If you would like to call into this meeting, please email Kelly Henderschedt for more information. 

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:
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:
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:
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

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 

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:



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 Catechesis
860-242-5573 ext. 2663