1. Archdiocese of Hartford
April 2010 Office of Religious Education
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 243-9465 Phone
(860) 243-9690 Fax
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Year for Priests Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min. Ext. 13
June 19, 2009 - June 19, 2010 Director of ORE,
Catholic Scouting Chaplain
We thank you, God our Father, CONGRATULATIONS!!! email@example.com
for those who have responded to your
call to priestly ministry. Accept the sure Monsignor Michael Ms. Patricia Keck, M.A. Ext. 16
knowledge of your love. Open their Assistant Director, Religious Education,
Motta will receive the Catechetical Leader Training,
hearts to the power and consolation of
the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new depths Sapienta et Doctrina Catechesis, Sacramental Preparation, Catechist
of union with your Son. Increase in them award for Leadership Formation, Generations of Faith,
profound faith in the Sacraments they in Religious Education Resource Library
celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and from Fordham firstname.lastname@example.org
heal us. Mr. Carlos Aedo, M.A. Ext. 15
University. The official
celebration will take Coordinator for Catechesis for Hispanics
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that email@example.com
these, your priests, may inspire us to place on October 29 at
strive for holiness by the power of their Mrs. Shawnee Baldwin, M.A. Ext. 20
Fordham’s Rose Hill
example, as men of prayer who ponder Coordinator of Youth and Youth Adults
campus. Sapientia et Ministry, Confirmation (Youth), CYO Sports
your word and follow your will.
Doctrina is the (Basketball)
O Mary, Mother of Christ and Fordham motto – firstname.lastname@example.org
our mother, guard with your maternal “Wisdom and Ms. Shannon Perzan Ext. 18
care these chosen ones, so dear to the Understanding”. Coordinator of Catholic Scouting,
Heart of your Son. Intercede for our Video Library, CYO Sports (Cheerleading)
priests that, offering the Sacrifice of your email@example.com
Son, they may be conformed more each Well done, good and
day to the image of your Son, our Lord faithful servant! Ms. Barbara Jean Daly Horell, MTS. Ext. 11
and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Coordinator of Catholic Biblical School
St. John Vianney, universal Mrs. Mary Marsan, M.Div. Ext. 14
patron of priests, pray for us and our Coordinator of R.C.I.A., Adult
priests. Confirmation, Adult Formation,
Congratulations to Carlos Aedo Lay Ministry
and his wife Laura Marcucio, a firstname.lastname@example.org
teacher at East Catholic High Mrs. Jill Costa Ext. 19
School, on the birth of their email@example.com
second child. Francesca was Mrs. Shirley Morris Ext. 12
born on March 21st and joins firstname.lastname@example.org
two-year old Maria José. Specialized Youth Ministry
Catholic Boy Scouting Chairperson
John Meakin, Jr. (860) 688-7440
The Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Girl Scouting Chairperson
Dina Garafola (860) 742-1465
Catholic Committee for Girl
Scouts and Camp Fire CYO Basketball Program
John Egan (203) 596-9610
congratulates Kitty Wicks for (email@example.com)
50 years in Girl Scouting this
CYO Cheerleading Program
year on her 90th birthday! Robin Norko (203) 281-9663
2. “The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, going twice - SOLD
From the Director’s desk… for $100!” Immediately, a man sitting on the second row shouted,
“Now let’s get on with the real collection!”
Some time ago, I came across this parable and I wanted to But the auctioneer laid down his gavel. “I’m sorry, but the auctions is
share it with you. The original author is unknown. over.” he said. “But what about the paintings? The great masters?” the
An Easter Parable audience roared in one voice. “I am very sorry. But when I was called
to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret codicil in the will. I was
A billionaire and his only son loved to collect rare works not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. According to the
of art. They had everything in their collection, from rare Egyptian terms of the will, only the painting of the son would be auctioned.
vases to Raphaels and works by modern masters, including Picasso Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate valued at
and Monet. They would often sit together and admire the great $2.3 billion, including the properties in Europe, the South Pacific, the
works of art. When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went ranch lands in Montana—and of course, all of the paintings. The man
to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing who took the son gets everything!”
another soldier. The father was duly notified and grieved deeply for
his only son. The secret codicil in God’s will, you see, is the same: Whoever takes
the Son, inherits everything.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at
the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his ~Monsignor Michael J. Motta
hands. He said “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for
whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he
was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and ADULT FORMATION/
he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.”
The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m EVANGELIZATION/RCIA
not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you Looking Ahead—Adult Confirmation
to have this.” The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his
son, painted by the young man whose life his son had saved. Our next Adult Confirmation Program will begin in April
in three locations. Tuesday April 6th classes will begin at St. Mark
The father stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the
the Evangelist in West Hartford: Wednesday, April 7th at Our
personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to
Lady of Loreto in Waterbury and Thursday, April 8th at St. Joan
the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the
of Arc in Hamden. Classes run for 6 weeks and are held from 7 to 9
young man and offered to pay him for the picture. “Oh, no sir, I
pm. The classes in West Hartford will be in English and in Spanish.
could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.” The father
Adult Confirmation will be celebrated on May 18th at the
proudly hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came
Cathedral of St. Joseph. For more details check our website,
to his home, he took them to see the portrait of his son before he
showed them any of the other great works he had collected . The
old man died a few months later. Keys to Reaching
After his will was read, there was to be a great auction of his entire The Paulist Evangelization Training Institute (PETI) at
collection of master paintings. Many influential people gathered,
www.pncea.org will offer its online course Keys to Reaching
excited about seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity
Inactive Catholics from April 19 - May 30, 2010. Over the six-
to purchase one for their collections. On the platform sat the crude,
week course, John and Therese Boucher will discuss ways to reach
but soulful painting of the old man’s son. The auctioneer pounded
today's inactive, marginal and unchurched Catholics. They will
his gavel. “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son.
explore six keys for developing a new model of everyday
Who will bid for this picture?”
missionary outreach that goes beyond programs and relies on God's
There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, presence in each person's journey of faith. The instructors are John
“We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this amateur piece of and Therese Boucher of the Diocese of Trenton. John and Therese
trash.” But the auctioneer persisted. “Will someone...anyone...bid hold Master's Degrees in Religious Education and have been
for this painting? Who will start the bidding? Do I hear $100? involved in catechist training, adult faith formation, and
$200?” evangelization for more than thirty-five years. They are co-authors
Another voice shouted angrily, “We didn’t come to see this of, When You Notice the Empty Pews: Simple Ways to Share Our
painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on Faith, Engage Inactive Catholics: An E-Workbook, and Christmas
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Catholics. For more information regarding fees, required texts,
But still the auctioneer continued. “Who wants this portrait of the registration please go to www.pncea.org.
son? Who’ll take the son?”
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the Lay Ministry Program
longtime gardener of the old man and his son. “I’ll give $100 for the Applications are now being accepted for the Lay Ministry
painting.” he said quietly. Being a poor man, it was all he could class 2010-2012.
afford. “We have $100!” the auctioneer bellowed. “Who will bid Do you know any lay people who are active in your church in
$200? various ministries, but need some training? Our next Lay Ministry
Give it to him for $100.” screamed out a rich man in the classes will begin in September 2010. The Lay Ministry Program
audience. “Let’s see the masters.” “$100 is the bid,” the auctioneer could enhance your parish life by providing training for the lay
replied calmly. “Won’t someone bid $200?” The crowd was volunteer. The Lay Ministry program is an 18 month formation
becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the old man’s son. program that includes classes in theology, spiritual development
They wanted the more worthy paintings for their collections.
3. and pastoral skills as well as a parish internship. For more The Catholic Biblical School’s Fifteenth
information check our website, www.lm.orehartford.org or Anniversary!
call Mary Marsan.
Our fifteenth anniversary celebration will last all year
Save the Date long, with special events for CBS students, grads, friends, and
The New England Adult Faith Formation others interested in centering their lives on God’s Word made
flesh, Jesus the Christ. Call BJ Daly Horell for more details.
Symposium- August 11-12, 2010
New Technologies, New Relationships, “Bible Blog” Monthly Publishing Contest
Oct 21, 2010 CBS Reunion & Anniversary Dinner with the
Connecting with Young Adults Archbishop and Dr. Harold Attridge, the first Catholic Dean of
Mark your calendars and save the date for the Yale Divinity School
Adult Faith Symposium which will be held at the Crowne Nov 20, 2010 Families in the Bible, with Leif Kehrwald of the
Plaza Hotel, in Worcester, MA. There will be two well Center for Ministry Development
known keynote speakers for this event which will explore
using new technology in ministry, especially with young Upcoming Events at the Catholic Biblical School:
adults. Mike Hayes, co-founder of bustedhalo.com and Basic Certificates in Biblical Studies will be awarded at the ORE
author of Googling God will speak on Wednesday. Tim Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening, May 26th, 2010, at
Welch, author of Technology Tools for Your Ministry will 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford
speak on Thursday. The cost for the symposium is $135.00
and this includes dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and Mount Nebo Retreat Day for 2010 Graduates of the Biblical
lunch on Thursday. Hotel rooms are $96.00 per night. School, June 5, 2010, 8:30-2:00 (registration required)
Registrations forms will be available at the end of April. Catholic Biblical School Graduation 2010, Sunday, June 13, 3:00
For more information, call Mary Marsan. pm (registration required)
CATHOLIC BIBLICAL SCHOOL CATHOLIC SCOUTING
The Catholic Biblical School presents Technology &
A “Biblical Reflections” Seminar Catholic Scouting and Camp Fire
Prayer and the Bible
with Sr. Jewel Renna, CND, MA, MA In trying to keep up with today’s young people, busy
Catholic Scout and Camp Fire Leaders as well as parents, we
Saturday, April 24, 2010 have finally found another way to bring Catholic Scouting and
Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield Camp Fire to your house...in your computer. Not only are we in
“Coffee and” begins at 9:00; Welcome and Prayer at 9:30 the process of updating our Catholic Scouting handbook on our
website but we are also blogging and Facebooking! They are
Pre-registration form included with this mailing; Forms great ways to get connected to other scouts and scout leaders as
must be received in the Office of Religious Education by well as keep up to date on the latest and greatest in Catholic
April 12, 2010. Contact BJ Daly Horell or Jill Costa at Scouting and Camp Fire. Check it out!
(860) 243-9465 for more details. Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting Website:
Thinking of beginning the Catholic Biblical National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire
School? Worried about the cost? Website: www.nccgscf.org
The Sr. Jewel Renna, CND Scholarship Fund will National Catholic Committee on Scouting:
begin accepting applications beginning May 1. http://www.nccsbsa.org/
Applications will be available beginning April 1: Please Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting & Camp Fire Blog:
contact the Office of Religious Education http://catholicscoutsandcampfire.blogspot.com/
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-243-9465) after April 1. Facebook:
Celebration 2010 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128360974678&ref=ts
Are you or is someone you know ready to April 8, 2010: 7:30 p.m.: Next Catholic Boy Scout Committee
explore the Bible? Registrations for the next Meeting: Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary,
class of the Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School Bloomfield.
are already coming in. For more information about April 12-17, 2010: NCCS Biennial Conference, Richmond, VA
all that the Biblical School has to offer, check out April 25, 2010: 3:00 pm.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic
our videos on YouTube, our blog, or contact Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Recognition Sunday:
Barbara Jean (BJ) Daly Horell Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.
email@example.com or (860) 243-9465, ext. 11. May 16, 2010: 2:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Boy
Scout Recognition Sunday: Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford.
4. September 12, 2010: Catholic Youth Spectacular, MA. Ms. Caron has an ongoing program that addresses the needs
Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield of children who have autism. Her presentation could be helpful as
September 18, 2010: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of you plan your religious education program at your parish. Make
Hartford Catholic Boy Scout Counselors Training plans to attend now. Call the Office for People with Disabilities
October 8-10, 2010: Catholic Boy Scout Retreat & with any questions: 860-761-7444.
Chaplain Aide Training at Camp Strang, Goshen.
October 22-24, 2010: NCCS Region I Conference, Catechetical Leader Retreat Day
Bridgeport. Parish Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education and
November 2010: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Girl parish Youth Ministers – join us for a day of reflection at the shore!
Scouts and Camp Fire Retreat & Counselors Training. Exact Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, 9:30-3:30 at Enders Island in Mystic.
date and location to be determined. Registration and coffee “and” is at 9:30, retreat begins at 10:00,
November 7, 2010: Save the date for the Adult Boy Scout liturgy at 3:00. Ms. Barbara Smith, former Director of the Office
Banquet!! Location is to be determined. of Catechetics and Initiation from the Diocese of Portland, Maine
Please post these events in parish bulletins, websites and will be our presenter. For more information or to register, go to
email. Contact Shannon Perzan for more information. www.orehartford.org or contact Pat Keck.
Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on September 19th.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION The theme for this year is “Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring
Catechesis for the 21st Century Love” to coincide with the release of the Bishops’ Pastoral on
Marriage. Catechetical Sunday materials on the theme of marriage
Reminder: We are blogging. Subscribe to the blog will be made available, online, by April 2010. The USCCB
in order to get up-to-date information. It’s free and Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis approved for
easy. We get information about various workshops and Catechetical Sunday 20111 the theme of the revised Roman Missal.
publisher information that is often too late for the
newsletter. Go to www.ore-blogs.info and click on Pat’s Challenge of Lifelong Catechesis/Appreciation Day
picture. Enter your email address to subscribe. Every time William H. Sadlier is hosting a presentation by Kenneth
there is a new entry, you will receive an email. That’s all it Doran, Sadlier National Religion Consultation for all parish
takes. catechetical leaders (DREs/CREs) on Wednesday, April 28 from
NCCL 2010 Annual Conference 10:30 am – lunch at Noon, at Saint Clements Castle in Portland,
CT. The event will also include an introduction to Sadlier’s New
Save the date! The National Conference for Catechetical Series, We Believe with Project Disciple (parish,
Catechetical Leadership annual conference is scheduled for school, and bilingual editions). For more information or to register,
April 18-22, 2010 at Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. contact Geri Poulos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-569-6004. The
Stay tuned for details regarding speakers, workshops, etc. flyer is on the website – www.orehartford.org.
New High School Resource Awards Ceremony
Ave Maria Press has announced a new high school The annual Religious Education awards ceremony will
textbook, Jesus Christ: God’s Revelation to the World. This take place on Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark the
book, and two additional titles that will soon follow it, Evangelist Church in West Hartford. We will celebrate: catechist
constitute an exciting and challenging new approach to the certificates, basic Catholic Biblical School certificates (2 years),
catechesis of Catholic teens. The book has been found to be youth ministry certificates, years of service awards, and youth/adult
in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, awards. Make sure you get your paperwork in soon. All forms are
and is based on the new USCCB Curriculum Framework for on the website: www.orehartford.org.
the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young
People of High School Age. Check out University of Dayton
www.avemariapress.com for more information about high The next cycle of courses for 2010 is April 11-May 15.
school resources and check out http://www.usccb.org/ Registration starts March 2. Sign up now for online formation
catechism/document/Currentlist.pdf for other approved courses for catechists, catechetical leaders, youth ministers, or any
resources. interested adults. Remember that Hartford is a partnering diocese,
Religious Education Congress so course prices are reduced from $90 to $40. For more
information, contact Pat Keck or go to http://vlc.udayton.edu.
Save the date: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St.
Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
The Religion Teacher
Workshop on Autism Here again is a wonderful free blog – “The Religion
Mark your calendar for an informative workshop on Teacher. Begun in March of 2009, the author is concentrating on
Autism. The Office for People with Disabilities is pedagogy and practical reasons. Recent examples include: “How
sponsoring a workshop on April 20 at St. Thomas Seminary Catechesis and Religious Instruction Differ”, “Review Games – All
in Bloomfield, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon. The speaker will be Play and No Work?”, “6 Reasons for Teaching Children the
Nicole Caron, the Program Director of Jericho, the Ministry Rosary”, “Scripture-Based Classroom Rules”. The author is Jared
for Persons with Disabilities in the Diocese of Springfield, Dees, is the Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press.
To subscribe, go to http://thereligionteacher.blogspot.com.
5. Early Childhood Catechetical Resources for the Roman Missal
Our Sunday Visitor has announced an new early childhood The following Catechetical Resources, are just a few of
curriculum for ages 4-5. “Allelu! Growing and Celebrating with the resources available in English on the USCCB website
Jesus” is based on multisensory learning, is Christ-centered, includes – www.usccb.org/romanmissal. The site notes that “the
comprehensive catechist support and family activities and catechetical materials on the forthcoming changes in the
involvement. It leads into any Basal program. For more Roman Missal are not as urgent in Spanish as in
information, call 1-800-348-2440, x 2173 or go to www.osv.com to English. Since Spanish is a Romance language derived
order your introductory starter kit. from Latin, the present Mass texts in Spanish more easily
follow the Latin typical edition with a literal translation
Free Webinar: Catechizing Digital Natives and a closer grammatical structure.” Two examples are
Jonathan Sullivan, Director of Catechetical Ministries for provided on the USCCB website. Topics include:
the Diocese of Springfield, IL, will be offering another webinar on Questions on the revised translation of the Order of Mass
technology and catechesis. Today’s generation gap seems larger Changes in the Parts of the Priest in the revised Order of
than ever. The students in our parishes and schools are comfortable Mass Changes in the Parts of the People in the revised
with technologies that seemed like science fiction when many of us Order of Mass Resources on the Eucharistic Prayer.
were growing up. Given the radically different way that “digital
natives” use technology to take in and process knowledge, what are
the implications for the catechetical ministry of the Church? How YOUTH MINISTRY
can we reach out to them without compromising the Gospel? And
who do teachers and catechists need to know about this “brave new Youth Ministry Basics Class
world?”. To register for this free webinar choose one of the four April 16th (Community Building, Understanding
sessions (Tuesday, April 6 – 3:30-4:30; Tuesday April 6, 7:30 – Youth Ministry)
8:30, Wednesday, April 7, 3:30-4:30 or Thursday, April 8, 7:30-8:30 April 17th (Understanding Youth, Growing in Youth
– NOTE: all times are Central time. Just go to Ministry)
www.jonathanfsullivan.com/2010/03/upcoming-free-webinar- April 30th (Evangelizing Youth, Working with
catechizing-digital-natives. You can also watch a recording of his Groups)
last webinar, Social Networking: A Primer for Catholic Teachers May 1st (Liturgy, Working with Families/Community)
and Catechists at www.mycatholicvoice.com. May 14th (Facilitating Learning/Catechesis w/Youth,
Passport to Success – Summer Institute and Retreat Praying w/Youth)
Save the date – June 25-27, 2010 at Immaculate Conception May 15th (Justice and Service, Planning Youth
Spiritual Renewal Center in Putnam, CT. This four-part journey for programs)
training and enrichment will be presented in a retreat-like format. Fridays 6:00-9:30 Saturdays 8:30-noon.
Sessions will include Part I (Preparing for the Journey), Part II Archdiocesan Center at St Thomas Seminary - 467
(Embarking on the Journey), Part III (Ports of Call) and Part IV Bloomfield Ave. Bloomfield. LEAR N HOW TO: (1)
(Extending your Journey). For more information, contact Pat Keck. Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ
in our world today. (2) Draw young people to responsible
News from Sadlier participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic
Sadlier is proud to announce the release of We Believe with Project faith community. (3) Foster the total personal and spiritual
Disciple (2011 edition). The newly revised program is now growth of each young person Cost is $100.00 per person
available and contains engaging activities that focus on discipleship, for all 12 session. Group discounts available. Class size
the six tasks of catechesis (from the National Directory for limited - Please RSVP your attendance by April 9th . For a
Catechesis), and Scripture. Feel free to preview sample pages at listing of all the classes go to www.orehartford.org. To
www.webelieveweb.com. For more information, contact Geri register contact Shawnee Baldwin 860-243-9465 x20
Poulos at (203)569-6004 or email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept 12, 2010
Ministry Training Workshop
for Catechetical Leaders Visit www.youthspectacular.net for all the forms
and updates. Great resources for groups that send in the
Joe Paprocki, noted author and catechist, will present Being, $50.00 deposit and Intent to participate form. Faith, Food,
Knowing, and Doing on Thursday, April 29 at St. Joseph Church, Friends, Fascination, Fun: Jesse Manibusan. Processing
Fairhaven, MA. Arrival is at 9:30 am; workshop begins at 10:30 am with the Saints. Mass with the Archbishop. Reconciliation.
and concludes with a hot Italian dinner at 1:00 pm. Sponsored by Stations of the Cross. Walking Rosaries. Giant Picnic (hot
Loyola Press and the Diocese of Fall River. The workshop will dogs/ hamburgers, baked beans, Mac and cheese, chips,
guide you through six mini-inservices that can be easily replicated dessert, fruit, beverage). Field activities and games.
for use in training your parish catechists. The workshop facilitator Adoration.. Posters and promo “postcards” are available.
will demonstrate how to creatively engage catechists and help them Cost is $30.00 pp – June 18th is the first Early Bird
discover, embrace, and proclaim their faith more effectively. No deadline for $20.00 tickets. Save the dates for 2011
fee. To register, contact Margie Copeland at (APEX Ministries/Joia Farmer -Sept 18th) and 2012 (Sept
MARYSYES@verizon.net or 508-245-8724 (between 10 am & 6 30th)
pm during the week).
6. Pre or Post CYS workshops Youth Speak at Bishop Rosazza Social Justice
Praying with the Saints Conference
The communion of saints is a long-revered tradition of the Catholic “Rooted in Faith: Cultivating the Common Good”
Faith. Who are these saints and how do their lives intersect with ours? Saturday, June 12th. 9:00-3:00 (Registration 8:30) at St Paul
This workshop will provide brief sketches of saints of our Church- High School, Bristol. Rev. J. Bryan Hehir is the keynote.
today and yesterday- and will offer suggestions for developing There is a special workshop with youth from various
relationships with them. Presented by Sr Virgina Herbers at the Caritas parishes who will talk about their experiences in Justice
Christi Center in Hamden. RSVP to Sr Patricia Cigrand 203-281-2569 Walking, Cardboard City, Young Neighbors in Action,
Morning session: Thursday April 15th 10:00-1:00 includes lunch. Food Fast, and Justice Club for Kids. Cost is $40.00 for the
($20.00 donation) whole conference (Scholarships Available). Contact the
Evening session: April 19th 7:00-8:30 ($10.00 donation). 203-606- Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (former OUA)
9102. at 203-777-7279
Laughing with the Saints
Just 5 Days Scholarship
September 17th 9:00-4:00. Wisdom House, Litchfield. Details to
follow. We have received a donation for scholarships for
those who might want to send entering 7th, 8th or 9th graders
Kujenga to a week of service sponsored by the Center for Ministry
Kujenga-Viongozi – a leadership retreat targeting Black Development in Springfield, MA July 12th-16th. The cost is
Catholic youth but open to all high school students regardless of race - $250.00 per person but if you apply for this scholarship you
will be held July 23rd-25th at Salve Regina College in Newport, RI. can reduce it by $50-100.00. These won’t last long so
Cost is $75.00 by June 1st. $100 by June 18th. Contact Shawnee for express your interest to Shawnee by the end of April.
registration materials email@example.com 860-243-9465 ext 20.
Sex Trafficking in the United States The 2010-2011 calendar is open to select dates to
A follow-up activity to Solidarity Saturday. If you were bring a group of youth to cook and serve 100 men at the
unable to attend our fantastic eye-opening Solidarity Saturday, come Immaculate Shelter in Hartford on Park St. Many choice
hear more about Human Trafficking at a forum Friday evening , April dates have already been snapped up so RSVP ASAP to
16th 6:30-9:00 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville, Ct. Shawnee if you want your youth group or confirmation
145 Main Street Unionville Ct. 06085. Ms. Jamee Herbert, the classes to participate in this life transforming ministry. Or
Connecticut Coordinator for “Not for Sale” will start off the evening’s you can contact Katie directly at 860-724-4823 x12.
presentations. Ms. Kathleen Liner, FBI Victim Specialist with the
New Haven office will provide a presentation on law enforcement and Looking ahead – Non-violence training
human trafficking. Ms. Theresa Flores will speak about her personal Save the dates – October 22-23rd for a 2 day
story and about the about the healing process for those who have been workshop co-sponsored by the Office for Black Catholic
rescued. There is no fee for the presentation however a ‘free will Ministries on utilizing non-violence principles in your
offering” will be taken and the proceeds will be split between “Not for comprehensive youth ministry programs. It will be held at
Sale – Connecticut” and “Gracehaven”. For more information contact the Archdiocesan Center at St Thomas Seminary.
Karen Herbert firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Ministry Awards
Standing as One Human Family
Last call for nominees. Honor your youth and
We got great coverage for this February program on “young at heart” leaders at the diocesan ceremony on
Crossroads/ Office of Radio and Television. It was aired on March 27th Wednesday, May 26th at 7:30 at St Mark’s church in West
and 28th on WTXX-CW20 and WCTX My-TV9. Check out the Hartford. Applications were due March 26th.
Summer Corporal Works of Mercy
The Institute for New Youth Ministers (INYM)
July 27-30th. Techny Towers, Chicago. Designed to prepare Tabor House is looking for volunteers July 12th
new youth ministers with 0-4 years experience by addressing “all the through July 17th to help setup for the 16th annual GIANT
things I wished someone told me before I started in youth ministry”. Tag sale/auction fundraiser at the Convent of the Sisters of
Co-sponsored by National Association of Catholic Youth Ministers St Joseph, 27 Park Rd, West Hartford. This significant
Leaders (NACYML) and Cultivation Ministries, the INYM will help community event benefits Tabor House which serves
new youth ministers focus on discerning your call, learning to build a formerly homeless men living with HIV/AIDS as well as
inspiring vision, practical skills and networking designed to build immigrant and poor population of the inner city who need
disciple-making youth ministries. You will find more information on to outfit their residences with affordable items.
the schedule, speakers, location and costs at the following link: http:// To get your youth group involved, contact David Dyson -
www.cultivationministries.com/INYM1.html If you have any email@example.com
questions, please feel free to contact Frank Mercadante via email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone: 630 513-8222.
7. YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY Free Slide Shows – Catholic Art
CREDO: Web site www.geocities.com/credocath Get a newsletter The National Museum of Catholic Art and History
by writing to P.O. Box 1236, Glastonbury, CT 06033. contains a wealth of fabulous images, exhibits and slide
St. Patrick, Enfield: Saturdays 7:00-8:30. Contact: John Miller shows. Although the content comes from an American
(413) 786-3023 collection, it is accessible to everyone, with Cubist Angels
St. Rose, New Haven (Spanish): Sundays at 6:00 p.m. sculpted by Dali, documents from Columbus’s Santa Mara
Contact: German Hernandez: 203-865-6149 and a Traveling Sisterhood exhibition. Check it out at
St. Mary, New Haven: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Contact: John www.nmcah.org and click on the Art and Artist Slide Show.
Alvaro 203-562-6193 John.email@example.com
Rock Group Holy Hour: Fridays: 7:15 pm: 1st Friday: Our Lady of Conference on Effective Liturgy
Mt. Carmel, Waterbury; 2nd Friday: Holy Spirit, Newington; 3rd Celebration Publications 2nd Annual Conference on
Friday: St. Bartholomew, Manchester. 4th Friday: Our Lady of Mt. Effective Liturgy, “A Knock at Midnight: Celebrating Christ
Carmel, Meriden; www.therockgroup.org in Urgent Times”, will be held July 21-23, 2010 at the Hotel
Bustedhalo.com A website to surprise, challenge & support you in InterContinental Chicago O’Hare. The Celebration
making meaningful faith connections. conference will examine the essential elements of worship
Catholic Underground: Saturdays 7:30pm - 10:30pm. St. James and preaching, asking what invites an assembly to hear
Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. See Good News, to entrust itself to God’s promises and to pray
www.catholicundergroundct.com for more information. with confidence that its mission will be blessed, especially
on behalf of peace and justice. For more information, go to
Catholic Underground www.celebrationpublications.org.
Saturdays 7:30pm - 10:30pm. St. James Church, 896 Main Street,
Manchester. For more information go to: “Born to be Good”
In contrast to “every man for himself”
Catholic Dinner Club (for ages 18+) interpretation of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by
natural selection, Dacher Keltner, a UC Berkeley
Prayer 6:00. Dinner 6:45. Speaker 8:00. Members pay $20.00 pp.
psychologist and author of “Born to be Good: The Science
Non-members pay $25.00 pp
of a Meaningful Life, “ and his fellow social scientists are
Make reservations by the first Friday of the month. Come @7:30 for
building the case that humans are successful as a species
the speaker only ($10.00pp). Questions? Contact Keith
precisely because of our nurturing, altruistic and
Lombardo 860-747-3513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
compassionate traits. They call it “survival of the kindest.”
Theology on Tap, New Haven “Because of our very vulnerable offspring, the fundamental
task for human survival and gene replication is to take care
Held on Mondays in the back room of BAR, 254 Crown Street, of others,” said Kelnter. “Human beings have survived as a
New Haven. www.theologyontapnh.com species because we have evolved the capacities to care for
those in need and to cooperate. The full article can be
Charis Ministries found at http://www.alternet.org/story/145888/?
Charis Ministries is a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s, -daily-rss&utm_medium=email. (Thank you to Lee Nagel,
founded ten years ago by Fr. Michael Sparough SJ and Executive Director of NCCL, for this update)
headquartered in Chicago. For more information about their retreat
programs, social justice ministries and others, go to Earth Day
www.charisministries.org. April 18-24 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth
Day/Week in the United States. Pope Benedict XVI set the
pace for this year’s celebration with his World Day of Peace
OTHER Message, “If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect
Creation.” His message can be found at http://
Social Justice Conference www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/peace/
Save the date for the first annual Bishop Peter Rosazza documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20091208_xliii-world-day-
Social Justice Conference on June 12 at St. Paul High School in peace_en.html. Earth Day network is at www.earthday.net/
Bristol. Make plans now for your entire Parish Social Ministry team, earthday2010.
Parish Council, and other parish leaders to attend. Go to
www.catholicsocialjustice.org to get updates and registration forms
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
as available. Check out their website:
www.holyfamilyretreat.org. Upcoming events: Paschal
Earthquake in Haiti Triduum Retreat, April 1-3; Retreat Day of Mindfulness and
There are many people in the archdiocese who are willing to Self-Care for Women, April 10; Retreat Day for Men and
offer presentations to your parish about Haiti – its history, its Women, “Another World is Possible”, April 14; Retreat
richness, its poverty, and the ways that we, as Catholics can be in Evening For Women, “Another World is Possible, Even for
solidarity with a suffering people. For information, contact the Women and Girls”, April 14; Music and Prayer for the
Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry at Easter Season, April 24.
email@example.com or (203)777-7279.
8. Caritas Christi Center
Check out www.caritaschristicenter.org for the workshops and events offered in
April. Film Fest : A Beautiful Life, April 7; Prayerful Meditation and Movement with the Reminder: Go to www.orehartford.org
Prayer of St. Francis, Wednesdays from April 7 – May 26; Day Spiritual Book Club: The and click on calendar. All of our events for
Signature of Jesus, Mondays from April 12 – June 7; The Sacred You: An Introductory Religious Education, Youth and Young
Course to True Self-Discovery, three Wednesdays from April 14-28; Morning of Adult Ministry, RCIA, Adult
Reflection: Praying with the Saints, April 15; Evening Spiritual Book Club: The Signature Confirmation, Biblical School, Catholic
of Jesus, Thursdays April 15 – May 27; Afternoon of Reflection for the Separated and Scouting, Lay Ministry, and CYO Sports
Divorced, April 18; Praying with the Saints, April 19; Pilgrimage to Divine Mercy are included. You can list the events by
Shrine, April 24; Raising Children of Divorce, May 4; Film Fest: Romero, May 12. date, print the calendar, click on an event/
Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center workshop to get all of the information
regarding times and locations or you can
Upcoming events: Praying Our Quilts, April 14; Celebrating the Mystery of search for an event.
Friendship, April 14; Parish Secretary Day, April 12; Ladies’ Night Out, May 11 at the If you have any questions, contact Pat
Aqua Turf. Go to www.ourladyofcalvary.com for more information or to register. Keck.
Remember to check often.
Hearts on Fire: New Beginnings; New Challenges New events will be added and others
This national conference, sponsored by the Sacred Heart Communities, will be at updated.
the Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic from June 18-20. The speakers are Rev.
James Kubicki, SJ, Director of the Aposteship of Prayer on “Wells of Love: Our EMPLOYMENT
Covenant Relationship with the Father Through Jesus”; Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski,
MHSH, Director, Institute of Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton on “The
Transformation of Hearts in Communion: A New Consecration”; Rev. Mark McDonald, Visit our website at:
MSC, Superior General of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, on “A New Reparation: http://orehartford.org/employment.htm
Our Vision of the Sacred Heart Put into Practice”. For more information, go to
www.immaculataretreat.org. INTERNET DIRECTORY
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On Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m., St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford
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Tediscovering Eucharist with a small “e”. There is also a Book Discussion with
columnist Susan Campbell on Dating Jesus on April 14, 6:30-8:30. Sr. Elissa Rinere,
C.P. will present Praying the Parables on Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-8:30. For more
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