Archdiocese of Hartford
January 2009 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 fourth grade. I loved it. Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min. Ext. 13
During this Year for the Priest, Director of ORE,
After graduating from high school, I attended Catholic Scouting Chaplain
we will be sharing stories of some of the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and con-
priests and seminarians from the Arch- firstname.lastname@example.org
tinued at Our Lady of Angels Seminary in
diocese of Hartford. We ask that you Albany. When it closed, I finished my prepa- Ms. Patricia Keck, M.A. Ext. 16
keep all of our priests in your prayers in a ration for the priesthood at the American Col- Assistant Director, Religious Education,
special way. lege in Louvain, a short distance from Brus- Catechetical Leader Training,
Year for Priests sels. That experience was transformational. Catechesis, Sacramental Preparation, Catechist
June 19, 2009 - June 19, 2010 Attending lectures of professors whose books Formation, Generations of Faith,
I had read in Albany greatly inspired me in Resource Library
We thank you, email@example.com
God our Father, the study of theology that has remained a life-
for those who long passion. Living in the heart of Europe Mr. Carlos Aedo, M.A. Ext. 15
have responded was an expansive experience. Following ordi- Coordinator for Catechesis for Hispanics
to your call to nation in 1973 in my home parish of St. Mar- firstname.lastname@example.org
garet Church in Madison, I was assigned to St.
priestly ministry. Mrs. Shawnee Baldwin, M.A. Ext. 20
Ann Church in New Britain. I then returned
Accept the sure Coordinator of Youth and Youth Adults
to the American College as Director of Pas-
knowledge of Ministry, Confirmation (Youth), CYO Sports
toral Formation and completed my Ph.D.
your love. Open (Basketball)
during that five year term. I returned to the
their hearts to the email@example.com
power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Archdiocese and was appointed a co-pastor at
Lead them to new depths of union with St. Barnabas Church in North Haven where I Ms. Shannon Perzan Ext. 18
your Son. Increase in them profound remained for ten years. Coordinator of Catholic Scouting,
faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as Video Library, CYO Sports (Cheerleading)
they nourish, strengthen and heal us. The context of my ministry completely firstname.lastname@example.org
changed when I was assigned to Yale’s cam- Ms. Barbara Jean Daly Horell, MTS. Ext. 11
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your pus fifteen years ago. I had no particular in-
priests, may inspire us to strive for holi- Coordinator of Catholic Biblical School
terest in campus ministry but when I came email@example.com
ness by the power of their example, as here I started to wonder ‘what could a Catho-
men of prayer who ponder your word lic center be like at one of the great universi- Mrs. Mary Marsan, M.Div. Ext. 14
and follow your will. ties of the world?’ I gradually came to realize Coordinator of R.C.I.A., Adult
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our that in addition to a dynamic ministry engag- Confirmation, Adult Formation,
mother, guard with your maternal care ing very bright undergraduate and graduate Lay Ministry
these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart students as well as gifted faculty, a great re- firstname.lastname@example.org
of your Son. Intercede for our priests source could be found in the Catholic alumni Mrs. Jill Costa Ext. 19
that, offering the Sacrifice of your Son, who could bring their experience and financial email@example.com
they may be conformed more each day to resources to expanding a Catholic ministry at
the image of your Son, our Lord and Yale. Mrs. Shirley Morris Ext. 12
Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. firstname.lastname@example.org
Years ago, a friend advised me to “follow the Specialized Youth Ministry
St. John Vianney, universal patron of vibrancy” and I have found a great vibrancy in
priests, pray for us and our priests. Catholic Boy Scouting Chairperson
campus ministry. Helping students and faculty John Meakin, Jr. (860) 688-7440
see the relevance of Catholic faith to their
personal lives and how to bring their faith to Catholic Girl Scouting Chairperson
Father Robert Beloin inform their decisions is a constant focus and Dina Garafola (860) 742-1465
From my earliest childhood I challenge. Promoting a rigorous Catholic CYO Basketball Program
was in awe at the ministry of the priest as intellectual life at the level of university dis- John Egan (203) 596-9610
an important part of people’s lives as he course is an exciting opportunity. It is a privi- (email@example.com)
helped them find God. My parents at- lege to minister here and one that I cherish. CYO Cheerleading Program
tended Mass every morning and I was Robin Norko (203) 281-9663
encouraged to be an altar server in the (cheercoachRC@aol.com) www.ctspirit.com
treasure because they want to make a positive impact on the world.
They want to leave the world a better place after they are gone.
From the Director’s desk… Wise guys d not share what they have with others and
could care less about the little people.
Wise Men Vs. Wise Guys Wise people will be remembered with affection by us and
I am sure that they will enjoy their eternal reward.
Over the years, the men in the Gospel for the Feast of The
Epiphany have been called by different names. Some have called Wise guys will go down in history but probably will leave
them Magi, others astrologers, still others Kings. For my purposes, I the earth without many friends.
will cal them Wise Men. ~Monsignor Michael J. Motta
What does it take to be wise? What accounts for true wis-
dom? Can true wisdom be equated with being intellectual? Perhaps
not. I know many people who have studied for many years and have ADULT FORMATION/
a great deal of book knowledge but do not have common sense. I
am sure that you also know people who have advanced university
degrees but do not have ordinary wisdom. RCIA Workshop
Where does wisdom come from? Is it based on life’s ex- Our third RCIA In-Service Workshop will be held on
periences? Can you learn it from other people? These are good Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at the
questions. Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. The topic will be
What is the difference between wise people and wise guys? the period of Purification and Enlightenment; Celebrating Rites
and Scrutinies. Our presenter will be Ms. Lisa Orchen. To regis-
Here are some of my observations. Wise people set out to ter call Mary Marsan at the Archdiocesan Office of Religious
learn things. Wise guys seem to know it all. Education, 860- 243-9465, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Some time ago I was watching a CNN news program as or return the enclosed flyer by January 9, 2010.
newscasters made their observations about what went wrong in
2009. The segment was entitled “Who Dropped the Ball?” The Looking Ahead: Adult Confirmation
commentators were quick to point their fingers at other people. The Our next Adult Confirmation Program will begin in
problem with that is that every time you point a finger at someone April 2010. We have added a third location. Classes will now be
else, there are 3 other fingers pointing back at you. held in West Hartford, Hamden and Waterbury. There will be
A wise person is someone who realized that when things classes in Spanish too. Adult Confirmation will be celebrated on
go wrong that he too might be a part of the problem. Realizing that May18, 2010 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. For more details
will help you to be part of the solution. and the registration forms go to our web site,
Wise guys already have their minds made up and just look
for bits of information to prove their own point of view. Lay Ministry
It is difficult to find a different point of view on the news, Do you know any lay people who are active in your
no matter how many stations you watch on television. There are not church in various ministries, but need some training? Our next
enough wise people prepared to changes their minds after studying Lay Ministry classes will begin in September 2010. The Lay
the facts. But, let’s face it. It is very difficult to get the facts. It is very Ministry Program could enhance your parish life by providing
difficult to learn something new. training for the lay volunteer. The Lay Ministry program is an
Wise people realize that they do not know it all. In fact, 18 month formation program that includes classes in theology,
the more they read and study, the more they are humbled by the spiritual development and pastoral skills as well as a parish in-
fact that they still have a lot to learn. ternship. For more information check our website,
www.lm.orehartford.org or call Mary Marsan at 860-243-9465
People in the Archdiocesan Biblical School tell me that or email email@example.com.
after studying all of the Books of the Bible, they still have much to
learn about the Scriptures. They will need to study the Holy Book RCIA Upcoming events
for the rest of their lives because it is so profound. The Archdiocesan Celebration of the Rite of Election
Wise people like the wise men in the Gospel are searching and Call to Continuing Conversion will take place on Sunday,
for the star that will give their lives purpose and meaning. Wise peo- February 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. A
ple recognize their dependency upon a higher power. Religious separate mailing will be sent to each parish with registration
people call the higher power God. forms and instructions. If you do not receive the mailing and
wish to bring catechumens/candidates to the celebration, call
Wise guys think that the world centers around
Mary Marsan at 860-243-9465 or email at mmarsan@adh-
them. Consequently, they live for themselves and are oftentimes
greedy and selfish. Wise guys think that they are smarter than the
rest of us and will take advantage of other people for their own Proclaim Christ 2009
benefit. We are all suffering the consequences of the wise guys
We have purchased for our library the two-disc set of
CD’s which include all 19 presentations from Proclaiming
Christ 2009 from the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization
Wise people are generous with their time, talent and
Association. Sessions include the 3 keynote presentations:
Building Dynamic Communities of Faith, Reaching Celebration of Sacred Scripture
Every People and Culture, Sacraments: Powerful Signs Enrich your Lenten journey with our annual Celebra-
of God’s Love. Also included are the 16 focus sessions: tion of Sacred Scripture on March 21, 2010 from 12:30-4:30
Evangelization in Times of Grief: Ministries of Bereave- p.m. Sr. Mary Boys, professor at Union Theological Seminary,
ment and Consolation, When Families and Children will walk us through some important but often misunderstood
Don’t Go to Church, Laity: Building a More Human or misused passages in the gospels on the Passion and Death of
World, A Developmental Model of Conversion: What Jesus. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.
Happens When You Commit to Christ?, St. Monica Min-
istry: Praying for Children Who Are Not in Church, This event is a good way to get to know the Archdioc-
Making Connections: Evangelization as the Glue for All esan Biblical School, if you have ever thought about enrolling.
Ministry, Small Christian Communities: Moving Faith Registration required.
Outward, Good News or Good Information, Parish Pres- A big CBS Reunion celebration is being planned for
sure Points, Gospel Values and the Common Good, Ab- October, 2010. Details to follow. Registration required.
sent Generations: Connecting with Today’s Young
Adults in their 20s and 30s, Communicating Christ with On November 20, Leif Kehrwald and the Center for
Internet Video: Fast, Free, Effective, Catholic Websites: Ministry Development will present a program on Families and
Tools for More Effective Evangelization, Helping People the Bible. Registration required.
Encounter Jesus: Personal and Parish Evangelization, If
Evangelization is the Mission, Initiation is the Job De- CBS Students and Grads—Put That Homework
scription, and The Language of Liturgy: Praying and
to Good Use!
If you have a homework reflection that connects a Bible pas-
sage with your faith, why not submit it to the Fifteenth Anniver-
CATHOLIC BIBLICAL sary Publishing Contest? Winners will be published on our Bi-
ble Blog and can remain anonymous, if they choose.
We’re blogging! Sign up to subscribe to BJ’s Bible Upcoming Biblical School Events for Graduates:
Blog—get the latest news from the Catholic Biblical Mark Your Calendar:
School sent directly to your email. Go to: www.ore- March 6, 2010—Sr. Barbara Bozak, Called to Be a Priestly
blogs.info and click on BJ’s photo, then enter your email People
address in the field provided. March 21, 2010—Sr. Mary Boys, The Passion and Death of
Celebrate the Catholic Biblical School’s Fif- April 24, 2010—Sr. Jewel Renna, Prayer and the Bible
teenth Anniversary in 2010! November 20, 2010—Leif Kehrwald, Families and the Bible
Our fifteenth anniversary celebration will last all year
long, with special events for CBS students, grads,
friends, and others interested in centering their lives on
God’s Word made flesh, Jesus the Christ.
Beginning in January and for the entire CBS fifteenth-
anniversary year (2010), the Catholic Biblical School The Complete Catholic Biblical School Calen-
will be accepting entries for our Fifteenth Anniversary dar is now ONLINE!
Open to anyone in the Archdiocese of Hartford,
we are looking for brief (one to three paragraph) writings For instructions on how to access the online
that invite readers to reflect on a biblical text or theme. calendar, type this URL (http://
Winning entries will show how the contestant’s faith and calendar.orehartford.org) into your browser
way of living have been influenced by their reading of and in the white menu bar scroll down from
Scripture or their understanding of the biblical theme. “ORE Hartford” to “Catholic Biblical School.”
For more information, log on to http:// For more information contact Ms. Jill Costa in
bjdhorehartford.blogspot.com/ and click on the an- the Office of Religious Education (243-9465,
nouncement on November 18, 2009, “CBS Announces ext. 10).
Publishing Contest.” Or call BJ Daly Horell at the Office
of Religious Education.
CATHOLIC SCOUTING Catechetical Leader Retreat
Save the Date!!! Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at Enders Island
Technology & in Mystic.
Catholic Scouting and Camp Fire
Generations of Faith Training
In trying to keep up with today’s young people, busy
Catholic Scout and Camp Fire Leaders as well as parents, we Several parishes have asked about upcoming training
have finally found another way to bring Catholic Scouting and sessions. One session will be in Orlando right before the
Camp Fire to your house...in your computer. Not only are we in Fashion Me A People Conference. If we can get several par-
the process of updating our Catholic Scouting handbook on our ishes together, we could offer a program locally (the cost may
website but we are also blogging and Facebooking! They are be prohibitive for individual parishes). If you are interested,
great ways to get connected to other scouts and scout leaders as please contact Pat Keck.
well as keep up to date on the latest and greatest in Catholic
Scouting and Camp Fire. Check it out! Interactive Connections
Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting Website: Would you like to join those whose goal is to pio-
http://orehartford.org/catholicscouts.htm neer in the area of Digital Catechesis? If yes…join those who
National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire will be attending INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS for the
Website: www.nccgscf.org first ever faith-based education technology conference in
National Catholic Committee on Scouting: January 2010. Why attend? The conference will include an
http://www.nccsbsa.org/ E-approach to catechetical ministry, best practices and inspi-
Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting & Camp Fire ration, nonstop networking opportunities and a collegial envi-
Blog: ronment. The theme of the conference is “Catechesis in the
http://catholicscoutsandcampfire.blogspot.com/ 21st Century: Ministering in a Digital World”. It will take
Facebook: place on January 12-15, 2010 at the Doubletree Resort Or-
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128360974678&ref=ts lando, Florida. For more information or to register, email Sr.
Carolyn Cerveny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 13, 2010: 7:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic NCCL 2010 Annual Conference
Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Meeting at the Office Save the date! The National Conference for Cate-
of Religious Education, Bloomfield. chetical Leadership annual conference is scheduled for April
February 4, 2010: 7:30 p.m.: Next Catholic Boy Scout Com- 18-22, 2010 at Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned
mittee Meeting: Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, for more details regarding speakers, workshops, etc.
March 15, 2010: All applications and fees due from activity NPCD 2010 Convocation
books from all Catholic Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. The annual National Association of Parish Catechet-
All applications due from activity books from Catholic Girl ical Directors convocation is scheduled for April 6-8, 2010 at
Scouts and Camp Fire. the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.
April 25, 2010: 3:00 pm.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Workshops for Religious Education include: “Worship, Sac-
Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Recognition Sunday: raments and Catechesis”; “Connecting Parents and the Cate-
Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. chetical Program”; “Lifelong Catechesis – Junior High Spe-
May 16, 2010: 2:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Boy cific”; “Using Technology for Catechesis”; “Making Scrip-
Scout Recognition Sunday: Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford. ture Come Alive”: “Spiritual Life: A Priority for Teachers
September 18, 2010: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hart- and Catechists”; “Evangelizing and Catechizing Young
ford Catholic Boy Scout Counselors Training Adults”: “Of One Heart: Integrating USCCB Doctrinal Ele-
October 2010: Catholic Boy Scout Retreat & Chaplain Aide ments with Pedagogical Design” and many more. For more
Training at Camp Strang. information or to register, go to www.ncea.org.
November 2010: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Girl Scouts
and Camp Fire Retreat & Counselors Training. Exact date and The Catholic Faith & Family Bible
location to be determined.
The Center for Ministry Development, in partnership
November 7, 2010: Save the date for the Adult Boy Scout Ban-
with Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division, has developed
quet!! Location is to be determined.
a new resource for intergenerational faith formation – The
Please post these events in parish bulletins, websites and
Catholic Faith & Family Bible. If your parish is engaged in
email. Contact Shannon Perzan for more information.
whole community catechesis, Generations of Faith, and/or
intergenerational faith formation, the Catholic Faith & Family
Bible is a resource for both the gathered learning setting and
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION the home. Text articles explore all aspects of Catholic faith
Religious Education Congress and practice. There are more than 85 text articles addressing
all aspects of Catholic faith and practice. To order or for
Save the date: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. Paul more information, go to
Catholic High School in Bristol. www.catholicfaithandfamilybible.org.
Amazing Catechists Faith Formation 2020 – Focus Group
For Catechists, Parents, Youth Ministers and those in If you were unable to attend the focus group meeting
Adult Formation Ministries: Another free site…they are just with John Roberto on December 2, copies of his handouts and
getting started, but the services will include: A point-and-click powerpoint presentation are available. To receive a copy, con-
archive of tips from readers and fellow catechists, arranged by tact Pat Keck.
grade level or program, called “Tips and Insights”, Forums for
sharing and connecting with other catechists in both English and Lenten Morning of Reflection
Spanish, Columns in English and Spanish, Bible stories retold A Lenten morning of reflection is scheduled for Mon-
for use in your homes and classrooms, Children’s religious art- day, March 22, 10:00-Noon, followed by lunch at Holy Family
work, Videos, photos and audio contributions from readers on Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford. Brandon Nappi, a
absolutely anything that relates to teaching and enjoying our member of the retreat team there, will be the presenter. The
faith together. Go to www.amazingcatechists.com. event is open to all catechetical leaders (DREs/CREs, Youth
Ministers, Lay Ministers, RCIA Coordinators, Pastoral Associ-
Celebration of Sacred Scripture ates, deacons, and Catholic Biblical School graduates and stu-
Open to everyone! Workshop on March 21, 2010 – dents.) For more information, contact Pat Keck. The brochure
see description under CATHOLIC BIBLICAL SCHOOL sec- will be mailed shortly.
tion of this newsletter. The brochure will be mailed shortly.
Creating A Catechetical Plan
A new resource from Rev. Robert D. Duggan, Creating
A Catechetical Plan: A How-To-Do-It Resource, is available Youth Ministry Basics
from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Great training for ALL your catechists and youth vol-
The manual contains a practical guide to the planning process unteers. $100.00 pp. Discounts for additional persons from the
(organize the planning process, form the core team, assess your same parish.
current reality, write the plan, implement the plan, and evaluate January 8-10th –at St Francis Xavier, New Milford. Starts with
continually. It contains planning worksheets (goals, objectives dinner at 6:00 Friday. Goes to @10:00 pm. Saturday is a full
and strategies), a sample plan, and resources for core team for- day 8:30am-10:00pm with breaks for food and Mass. Sunday
mation. Available at www.ncea.org. is 8:30-2:30. Bring your stamina and @$50.00 for shared
New Resource from Pflaum meals. Register your interest by Jan 4th. Commute or stay at
The nearest Bed and Breakfast (literally next door) is the
New for 2010-2011! Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Homestead Inn. (not included in the price) Phone number:860
Formation Program - up-to-date faith formation handbook plus -354-4080. Their address is 5 Elm Street (the Parish Center is
32 weekly lessons in five age-appropriate editions. Works 1 Elm Street).
along with the traditional gospel weeklies. There is a student
booklet and a teaching guide for each of the age groups – What Youth In-Service
the Church Believes and Teaches - based on the Catechism of
“How to Develop a Parish Youth Program” Sunday
the Catholic Church. The Subcommittee on the Catechism,
March 14th 2:00-5:00 at the Caritas Christi Center, 295 Ben-
United Sates Conference of Catholic Bishops, has found this
ham St. Hamden – minutes off exit 60 of the Merritt! Partici-
catechetical series, copyright 2010, to be in conformity with the
pants learn how to initiate and continue a relevant and mean-
Catechism of the Catholic Church. In addition to the catechet-
ingful high school youth program for and by teens. $25.00.
ical experiences found in the weekly lessons, each child re-
Presenter is Sr. Lany Jo Smith ASCJ – Director of Campus
ceives What the Church Believes and Teaches. Each lesson is a
separate booklet. The complete Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith
Formation Program costs under $9 per child. For more infor- Confirmation or Class Retreats
mation, contact Christopher Adams at 1-866-532-2608 or
CAdams@pflaum.com. Caritas Christi Center conducts retreats for youth on
their campus or yours. Campus retreats are generally Saturdays
A Catechist’s Journey 9:00-2:00 or 10:00-3:00 and include icebreakers, presentations,
Check out Joe Paprocki’s blog, sponsored by Loyola teaching activities aimed at all kinds of learners and prayer
Press. In addition to being a national speaker and noted author, times. Participants are actively engaged in each phase of the
Joe is an 8th grade catechist in his own parish. Follow his meth- retreat. Recommended donation is $15.00 pp. Contact Sr Lany
ods for teaching, wonderful resources for all age groups. This Jo Smith at 203-606-9102
can be a wonderful resource for any catechist or catechetical Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept 12, 2010
leader. The blog is free – to subscribe, just go to http://
catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com. Note: Joe Paprocki is our VISIT www.youthspectacular.net and avail yourself
keynoter for the annual Religious Education Congress – of the posters and other publicity for the CYS 2010. Of special
Saturday, November 6, 2010. note is the INTENT TO PARTICIPATE FORM. Send this in
ASAP especially if you have youth (or other adults) who want
to be on the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC). First planning
meeting for the DYC is Feb 20th 10:00-2:00 at
the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. email@example.com to register your group and get GREAT
Next meeting for the Management committee is Jan 13th at 1:30 resources or e-mail Shawnee for 3 informational flyers. You
at the ORE office. COMING SOON - CYS 2010 promo with can also invite a Global Fellow to speak to your youth or
Jesse’s songs and pictures from CYS 2009! church community by calling Mikaele Sansone at 410-951-
7336 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgical Taste of Hartford
Jan 18 MLK Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral 9:00 Just5Days - Summer Mission Opportunity
Feb 14th Black History Month Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral(140 The Center for Ministry Development has designed a
Farmington Ave) 2:00 p.m. new program, Just5Days, to help teams of middle schoolers
Feb 21st Black History Month Mass at St. Michael, Hartford (7 and their adult leaders grow in their Catholic faith while serv-
Clark St) 9:00 a.m. ing their brothers and sisters in need. Just5Days will be in
Feb 28th Black History Month Mass at St. Martin de Porres, New Springfield, MA the week of July 12-16, 2010. Find out about
Haven(136 Dixwell Ave) 10:00 a.m. CMD’s vision for service learning and how it will benefit the
young people you work with from the comfort of your com-
Disciple Project puter on January 14, 11 AM-12:15 PM (EST). Register for
Prepare and serve a meal for 100 men at the Immaculate this “Come and See” by contacting Nancy at 253-853-5422 or
Shelter in Hartford- Corner of Park and Hungerford Street. nancy@CMDnet.org.
OPEN DATES: Jan 17 . Feb 14, 21, 28. April 4, 18. May 8, 9.
Summer Liturgical Leadership Conference
Pantry Project One Bread, One Cup. For High School youth, Cam-
Come to the Helen Cooper Food Pantry at St Michael’s pus and Youth Ministers - Word, Sacrament, Mission rooted
Church in Hartford any Saturday (8:00-10:15) - except for after in the Benedictine tradition to nurture and deepen Catholic
Christmas and Thanksgiving - to help sort and distribute food to Faith. Sessions for 2010: June 14-18, June 25-29, July 6-10.
the people in the neighborhood. Call Shawnee to register your Sessions for 2011: June 13-17, June 27-July 1, July 6-10.
group. Held at Saint Meinrad School of Theology 200 Hill Drive.
St Meinrad, Indiana, 47577. Call 800-634-6723 or
Hunger 101 oboc.saintmeinrad.edu or Fr Godfrey Mullen, OSB Provost-
Hunger 101 is a role-play and discussion activity de- Vice Rector at St Meinrad School of Theology 800-334-6821
signed to increase awareness and understanding of hunger and its or email@example.com
many causes in our community. The program simulates the chal-
Christian Leadership Retreat
lenges of feeding a family on a limited budget. It's an interactive
approach to learning about hunger in our towns. Book a Hunger Select some youth to attend this weekend to learn
101 session to prepare youth for the Disciple or Pantry projects. leadership skills in a Christ-like manner with other like
If you would like to become a facilitator of this program, please minded peers from across Connecticut. $175.00 per person.
contact John Phillips-Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Holy Family for a flyer and register by May 26th -
call (860) 286-9999 x101. 860-521-0440 ext 112. www.holyfamilyretreat.org or holy-
Souper Bowl of Caring
Youth Charity Dance
Feb 7, 2010. Register your group at www.souperbowl.org.
January 16, 2010 (snow date Jan 23rd) 7:30-10:30 for
Standing as One Human Family the ever popular fun(d) youth charity dance in its 11th year!!
“Training of Trainers” opportunity on Friday, February Sponsored and held at the parish center at St James Church,
26th or Saturday, February 27th 10:00-4:00 at the Archdiocesan Rocky Hill, coordinated by Sharon Gagne. 860-712-5245 or
Center at St. Thomas Seminary. Learn how to do this retreat at email@example.com. The theme of the dance is “Barnyard
your parish or school. Registration begins at 9:30. Cost is only Boogie for the Hartford Catholic Worker”. The proceeds will
$20.00 per person - includes lunch and all materials. Early bird go to Hartford Catholic Worker http://
registration is January 29th. See ORE website for flyer. www.hartfordcatholicworker.org/ Admission to the dance is
$8.00. Deadline to register is Jan10th
A Social Justice day on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the
Archdiocesan Center at St Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Regis- Adoration at St Bartholomew, Manchester every
tration begins at 9:30. Cost is $15.00 pp - includes lunch and a third Friday at 7:15. Contact Vicky Rispoli at 860-646-1613
light snack. Discounted registration by February 29th. Registra- for more information
tion flyer on ORE website.
Youth Ministry Awards
Food Fast Yes, it is time to think of youth and adults who are
The season of Lent is a great time for youth groups to deserving of recognition for their contributions to youth min-
participate in the Food Fast program to experience the issue of istry. Packets with application forms will be mailed or e-
hunger and food insecurity around the globe. E-mail mailed out in February and will be due in early April. The
Discipleship Award is given in recognition of a parish/school
recommendation to confer upon Catholic youth who have exercised
their baptismal call, served as role models in terms of Mass atten-
dance and Catholic Social teachings, and selflessly served their peers OTHER
with unwavering commitment and dedication. To be considered, the
candidate must have been involved in Comprehensive Youth Ministry Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
for four years of high school and made a significant contribution to Go to www.ourladyofcalvary.com for the program
the spiritual welfare of their peers and Youth ministry. guide for December, 2009 – February, 2010.
The Light of the World Award is given in recognition of a parish/
school recommendation to confer upon Catholic adults (21 and over) Caritas Christi Center
who have faithfully lived out their baptismal call through dedication Check out the workshops offered for January-March,
and service to Youth and Comprehensive Youth Ministry. To be con- 2010 on their website: www.caritaschristicenter.org. Upcom-
sidered for this award the candidate must: strive to be an exemplary ing events: Eucharist as Meal, Sacrifice and Real Presence
role model in terms of Mass attendance and Catholic Social Teach- (Part 3) – January 7, 7:00-8:30 pm; Prayer in Secret – January
ing; have given FIVE full years of service to youth through Compre- 8, 7:00-9:00 pm and January 9, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Film Fest:
hensive Youth Ministry; have made a significant contribution to the Gran Torino – January 13, 6:30-9:00 pm; Too Blessed to Be
spiritual welfare of youth and/or their families and have a letter of Stressed – January 25, 10:00-11:30 am or January 27, 7:00-8:30
recommendation written by a youth (s) impacted by the ministry of pm; Ongoing Centering Prayer – 1:30-3:00 pm; Prayerful
the candidate. Meditation & Movement with the Prayer of St. Francis – seven
Hockey Faith and Family Night Wednesdays from February 3 – March 24, 10:30 am–noon or
6:30-8:00 pm; Spiritual Book Club: The Saints’ Guide to Hap-
The Hartford Wolf Pack Hockey team is sponsoring a Faith piness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Sprit, seven Wednes-
and Family Night on Jan. 16, 2010 at 7:00pm at the XL Center. The days from February 3 to March 24, 10:00-11:30 am; Preparing
Wolf Pack will play the Providence Bruins and there will be a Chris- for Lent with the Beatitudes – February 8, 7:00-8:30 pm; Film
tian rock band playing throughout the game as well as at the end of Fest: Secondhand Lions – February 10, 6:30-9:00 pm.
the game, and there will be Christian speaker who will be speaking at
the end of the game. Hockey Ministries International Northeast Divi- Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
sion is offering a great deal, $14.00 for individual tickets and $10.00 Check out their website – www.holyfamilyretreat.org.
each for groups of 10 or larger. It will be a great family night of great Upcoming events: A Contemplative in Action: The Extraordi-
entertainment. If you are interested in more info and/or tickets, nary Gift of Saint Teresa of Avila – January 27, 10:00 am-2:00
please contact Joe Silverio at 860-747-1649 . pm or 6:00-9:00 pm with Sr. Sally Hodgdon, CSJ; A Shawl
Knitting Retreat Day – March 20, 10:00 am-5:00 pm with Sr.
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YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY available from the Passionists.
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