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ORE Connections February 2010

  1. 1. Archdiocese of Hartford February 2010 Office of Religious Education 467 Bloomfield Avenue ORE Connections Bloomfield, CT 06002 (860) 243-9465 Phone (860) 243-9690 Fax Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Year for Priests I also learned what incremental change meant! Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min. Ext. 13 As a small boy the thought of priesthood Director of ORE, During this Year for the Priest, we was ever-present and well supported in my family, will be sharing stories of some of the priests and I regularly “celebrated” Mass in my living Catholic Scouting Chaplain and seminarians from the Archdiocese of room (with Necco Wafers for the hosts). However, Hartford. We ask that you keep all of our with college and an internship at the Connecticut Ms. Patricia Keck, M.A. Ext. 16 priests in your prayers in a special way. State Capitol came different ideas and priesthood Assistant Director, Religious Education, Year for Priests took a back seat. While working, I met a number Catechetical Leader Training, June 19, 2009 - June 19, 2010 of younger priests in the Archdiocese of Hartford— and certainly due to having, as a parochial vicar at Catechesis, Sacramental Preparation, Catechist We thank you, God our Fa- my home parish, Father Gerard Schmitz, I finally Formation, Generations of Faith, ther, for those who have re- decided to look into priesthood. Resource Library sponded to your call to My years in the seminary (1996-2003) priestly ministry. Accept the were personally rewarding. I learned so much more sure knowledge of your love. Mr. Carlos Aedo, M.A. Ext. 15 about my faith and my Church; met many great Open their hearts to the men in the seminary from all walks of life, and had Coordinator for Catechesis for Hispanics power and consolation of the a strong and supportive faculty who truly helped Holy Spirit. Lead them to new depths of un- me to discern priesthood within the realm of the Mrs. Shawnee Baldwin, M.A. Ext. 20 ion with your Son. Increase in them profound real rather than in that of the potential. Parish as- Coordinator of Youth and Youth Adults faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they signments, known as field education, were all very nourish, strengthen and heal us. rewarding. From Boston prisons and healthcare Ministry, Confirmation (Youth), CYO Sports facilities, to parish religious education program and (Basketball) Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holi- working at the Metropolitan Tribunal in Boston, to ness by the power of their example, as men of two wonderful diaconate assignments, I found work Ms. Shannon Perzan Ext. 18 in the Church very fulfilling. A common denomina- prayer who ponder your word and follow your tor wherever I have been assigned is that the peo- Coordinator of Catholic Scouting, will. Video Library, CYO Sports (Cheerleading) ple of God are very good people, kind and gener- O Mary, Mother of Christ and our ous to be sure. mother, guard with your maternal care these Since my ordination in ’03, I have had chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Ms. Barbara Jean Daly Horell, MTS. Ext. 11 two assignments: my first at Saint Mark the Evan- Son. Intercede for our priests that, offering Coordinator of Catholic Biblical School gelist, West Hartford, where Monsignor Michael the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be con- Motta is the pastor, was a great first assignment. I formed more each day to the image of your was afforded a great deal of freedom to work in all Mrs. Mary Marsan, M.Div. Ext. 14 Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. aspects of parish ministry and learned much about Coordinator of R.C.I.A., Adult Amen. the practical application of celebrating the liturgies Confirmation, Adult Formation, St. John Vianney, universal patron of the Church and in working with the laity. My Lay Ministry of priests, pray for us and our priests. second and current assignment is at Saint Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury, first as temporary admin- Father Michael Whyte istrator and now as pastor. I am in a wonderful Mrs. Jill Costa Ext. 19 place, in more ways than one. I entered Saint John Seminary Saint Catherine is a very active parish (Brighton, Massachusetts) in 1996 at 35 years with many young families and a large number of Mrs. Shirley Morris Ext. 12 of age and after earning a Bachelors (BA) in government and public policy and Masters in long-term parishioners, complete with more than 650 children in religious education; and a generous Public Affairs (MPA) in gerontology, and after and dedicated staff. It is a great place to experience Specialized Youth Ministry eight years of working in government and and live-out our Catholic faith. Very involved fami- Catholic Boy Scouting Chairperson public relations. lies and senior parishioners are able to practice John Meakin, Jr. (860) 688-7440 I lobbied for the American Auto- their faith well while working and living very hectic motive Industry’s trade group, Traffic Safety Catholic Girl Scouting Chairperson [family] lives. And there is a great desire to learn Now, Inc., seeking safety belt use legislation in more about the teachings and the Traditions and Dina Garafola (860) 742-1465 three New England States, as well as organiz- ing grassroots and direct legislative lobbying traditions of their faith; there is a natural and CYO Basketball Program wholesome partnership of faith, reason, and action. John Egan (203) 596-9610 and public information campaigns for various As a pastor, I am learning much from them each clients ranging from Miller Brewing Company, ( and every day. My hope is that I will be able to New England Energy, Educational Alterna- help them to recognize how truly applicable our CYO Cheerleading Program tives (EAS), and PHARMA (the Pharmaceuti- ancient faith is in our modern lives, so that it is Robin Norko (203) 281-9663 cal Manufactures Association). In college, I thought that government was the way to create easier to apply the Catholic faith to the daily activi- ( ties of life. change in the world. I was not only wrong, but
  2. 2. lose our lives in order to gain the world. We must die to self be- fore we can truly live a life of happiness and fulfillment. From the Director’s desk… ~Monsignor Michael J. Motta “No Greater Love” ADULT FORMATION/ I have always had some difficulty trying to understand the Abraham, Isaac story. Did God really ask Abraham to sacrifice his EVANGELIZATION/RCIA son and then did God relent and spare Isaac? Is that the way that it RCIA Rite of Election happened? Would God ask parents to sacrifice one of their chil- dren? The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Con- version will be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Sunday, Certainly, offering up a child to appease one of the gods February 21, 2010 at 3 pm. Registration forms were sent out by was happening in the primitive society in which Abraham lived. It the Office of Religious Education. If you did not receive these was not uncommon for people to offer up their first born child. forms please go to to download the forms Was Abraham prepared to do what they did? Did Abraham want to or call Mary Marsan at 860-243-9465. show God that he was as religious as his pagan neighbors? Save the Date - RCIA Retreat Day Or was Abraham mistaken about God’s intentions? Did RCIA Retreat Day will be on Saturday, March 20, Abraham know what God was saying to him and misinterpret God’s 2010. This retreat is offered for catechumens, godparents, can- words to him? Good questions. didates, sponsors and RCIA teams. We invite you to join us for prayer and reflection as we prepare for the upcoming Holy The Muslims tell the same story in the Koran. But their Week liturgies. To register call Mary Marsan at the Archdioce- story involves Abraham and Ishmael. Ishmael was Abraham’s child san Office of Religious Education, 860- 243-946, e-mail her at by the slave women named Hagar., or return the enclosed flyer by March 8, 2010. Muslims trace their ancestry back to Abraham and Hagar. Jews trace their history back to Abraham and Sarah. Both groups RCIA Workshop claim Abraham as their father in faith. And they have been fighting Our fourth RCIA In-Service Workshop on the period with each other ever since. of Mystagogy will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas But the bigger issue for me is this. These stories bear a Seminary. Mystagogy is the most misunderstood period of for- striking resemblance to our own Christian story. Did God ask for mation in the RCIA process. This workshop will focus on vari- the sacrifice of this only son? Did Jesus have to die for us? I wres- ous methods for shaping the period of postbaptismal catechesis. tled with the answer to that question for a long time. I still wrestle Our presenter will be Ms. Lisa Orchen. To register call Mary with it. What kind of God do we have who would ask for the life of Marsan at the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, 860- his own child? 243-946, e-mail her at, or return the enclosed flyer by February 26, 2010. Somehow, that mystery involves the Trinity. We believe in one God. We believe in three persons in one God.—not 3 separate Looking Ahead - Adult Confirmation entities. One God who came to earth as a human being. Our God, Our next Adult Confirmation Program (in English and the only God, offered up Himself for us—He offered up His very Spanish) will begin in April 2010. We have added a third loca- life for us. Let me repeat that. It is not that God offered up his Son tion. Classes will now be held in West Hartford, Hamden and as if his Son lived apart from him. God offered up Himself as flesh Waterbury. Adult Confirmation will be celebrated on May18, and blood. That flesh and blood we call Jesus Christ. To be true 2010 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. For more details and the followers of Jesus Christ we must do the same with our lives. registration forms go to our web site, adultconfirmation.htm I have seen it in the love that parents have for their chil- dren. So many parents sacrifice their lives for children who have Lay Ministry disabilities. I have seen it in people who sacrifice their lives for the poor in our own country and in distant lands. I have seen it in peo- Do you know any lay people who are active in your ple who lay down their lives for just causes in the world—for people church in various ministries, but need some training? Our next who fight for peace unselfishly and lose their lives in the process. Lay Ministry classes will begin in September 2010. The Lay Ministry Program could enhance your parish life by providing The story of Jesus Christ is the story of giving your life on training for the lay volunteer. The Lay Ministry program is an earth for the love of God and neighbor. It is the story of many of 18 month formation program that includes classes in theology, our saints—for example, Mother Theresa of Calcutta of recent spiritual development and pastoral skills as well as a parish in- memory. ternship. For more information check our website, or call Mary Marsan at 860-243-9465 And so these stories are not the stories of offering up or email someone else but they are the stories of offering to God what is most precious to us—our very own lives. We are told that we must Page 2
  3. 3. Awakening Faith Webinar On November 20, Leif Kehrwald and the Center for Min- istry Development will present a program on Families and the Bi- Join PNCEA for a free webinar discussion with Fr. ble. Registration required. Frank DeSiano, CSP, co-author of Awakening Faith. Par- ishes often want to reach those who are less-than-active in CBS Students and Grads—Put That Homework to their faith. But they are frustrated about how. Awakening Good Use! Faith is a comprehensive program with a methodology at- If you have a homework reflection that connects a Bible passage tuned to many inactive Catholics – those who are not mar- with your faith, why not submit it to the Fifteenth Anniversary ginalized or angry, but mostly on the edge and discon- Publishing Contest? Winners will be published on our Bible Blog nected. Awakening Faith gives the tools, the preparation and can remain anonymous, if they choose. and the follow-up to allow a parish to reach out. To regis- ter, go to Upcoming Biblical School Events for Graduates: Mark Your Calendar: March 6, 2010—Sr. Barbara Bozak, Called to Be a Priestly Peo- CATHOLIC BIBLICAL SCHOOL ple We’re blogging! Sign up to subscribe to BJ’s Bible Blog— March 21, 2010—Sr. Mary Boys, The Passion and Death of Jesus get the latest news from the Catholic Biblical School sent April 24, 2010—Sr. Jewel Renna, Prayer and the Bible directly to your email. Go to: and click November 20, 2010—Leif Kehrwald, Families and the Bible on BJ’s photo, then enter your email address in the field provided. The Complete Catholic Biblical School Calendar Celebrate the Catholic Biblical School’s Fif- is now ONLINE! teenth Anniversary in 2010! Our fifteenth anniversary celebration will last all year long, with special events for CBS students, grads, friends, and For instructions on how to access the online cal- others interested in centering their lives on God’s Word endar, type this URL (http:// made flesh, Jesus the Christ. into your browser and in the white menu bar scroll down from “ORE Beginning in January and for the entire CBS fifteenth- Hartford” to “Catholic Biblical School.” For anniversary year (2010), the Catholic Biblical School will more information contact Ms. Jill Costa in the be accepting entries for our Fifteenth Anniversary Pub- Office of Religious Education (860-243-9465, lishing Contest ext. 10). Open to anyone in the Archdiocese of Hartford, we are looking for brief (one to three paragraph) writings that invite readers to reflect on a biblical text or theme. Winning entries will show how the contestant’s faith and way of living have been influenced by their reading of CATHOLIC SCOUTING Scripture or their understanding of the biblical theme. Technology & For more information, log on to http:// Catholic Scouting and Camp Fire and click on the announce- In trying to keep up with today’s young people, busy ment on November 18, 2009, “CBS Announces Publishing Catholic Scout and Camp Fire Leaders as well as parents, we Contest.” Or call BJ Daly Horell at the Office of Religious have finally found another way to bring Catholic Scouting and Education. Camp Fire to your your computer. Not only are we in Celebration of Sacred Scripture the process of updating our Catholic Scouting handbook on our website but we are also blogging and Facebooking! They are Enrich your Lenten journey with our annual Cele- great ways to get connected to other scouts and scout leaders as bration of Sacred Scripture on March 21, 2010 from 12:30- well as keep up to date on the latest and greatest in Catholic 4:30 p.m. Sr. Mary Boys, professor at Union Theological Scouting and Camp Fire. Check it out! Seminary, will walk us through some important but often Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting Website: misunderstood or misused passages in the gospels on the Passion and Death of Jesus. This event is open to the public National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire and is free of charge. Website: This event is a good way to get to know the Arch- National Catholic Committee on Scouting: diocesan Biblical School, if you have ever thought about enrolling. Registration required. Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting & Camp Fire Blog: A big CBS Reunion celebration is being planned for October, 2010. Details to follow. Registration required. Facebook: Page 3
  4. 4. Upcoming Events Monsignor Sherman was invited to speak by the Office for Divine Worship. Information is available from Lucy Zocco at (860) 761- January 13, 2010: 7:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hartford 7442 or Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Meeting at the Office of Religious Education, Bloomfield. Religious Education Congress February 4, 2010: 7:30 p.m.: Next Catholic Boy Scout Save the date: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. Paul Committee Meeting: Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Catholic High School in Bristol. Seminary, Bloomfield. March 15, 2010: All applications and fees due from activity Catechetical Leader Retreat books from all Catholic Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Ventur- Save the Date!!! Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at Enders Island in ers. All applications due from activity books from Catholic Mystic. Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. April 12-17, 2010: NCCS Biennial Conference, Richmond, NCCL 2010 Annual Conference VA Save the date! The National Conference for Catechetical April 25, 2010: 3:00 pm.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Leadership annual conference is scheduled for April 18-22, 2010 Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Recognition Sun- at Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned for more details day: Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. regarding speakers, workshops, etc. May 16, 2010: 2:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Boy Scout Recognition Sunday: Cathedral of St. Joseph, NPCD 2010 Convocation Hartford. The annual National Association of Parish Catechetical September 12, 2010: Catholic Youth Spectacular, Archdi- Directors convocation is scheduled for April 6-8, 2010 at the Min- ocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield neapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. Workshops for September 18, 2010: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Religious Education include: “Worship, Sacraments and Cateche- Hartford Catholic Boy Scout Counselors Training sis”; “Connecting Parents and the Catechetical Program”; October 8-10, 2010: Catholic Boy Scout Retreat & Chap- “Lifelong Catechesis – Junior High Specific”; “Using Technology lain Aide Training at Camp Strang, Goshen. for Catechesis”; “Making Scripture Come Alive”: “Spiritual Life: October 22-24, 2010: NCCS Region I Conference, Bridge- A Priority for Teachers and Catechists”; “Evangelizing and Cate- port. chizing Young Adults”: “Of One Heart: Integrating USCCB Doc- November 2010: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Girl trinal Elements with Pedagogical Design” and many more. For Scouts and Camp Fire Retreat & Counselors Training. Exact more information or to register, go to date and location to be determined. November 7, 2010: Save the date for the Adult Boy Scout Celebration of Sacred Scripture Banquet!! Location is to be determined. Open to everyone! Workshop on March 21, 2010 – see description under CATHOLIC BIBLICAL SCHOOL section of Please post these events in parish bulletins, websites and this newsletter. The brochure will be mailed shortly. email. Contact Shannon Perzan for more information. New Resource from Pflaum New for 2010-2011! Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith For- mation Program - up-to-date faith formation handbook plus 32 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION weekly lessons in five age-appropriate editions. Works along with the traditional gospel weeklies. There is a student booklet and a Catechesis for the 21st Century teaching guide for each of the age groups – What the Church Be- Reminder: We are blogging. Subscribe to the blog lieves and Teaches - based on the Catechism of the Catholic in order to get up-to-date information. It’s free and Church. The Subcommittee on the Catechism, United Sates Con- easy. We get information about various workshops and pub- ference of Catholic Bishops, has found this catechetical series, lisher information that is often too late for the newslet- copyright 2010, to be in conformity with the Catechism of the ter. Go to and click on Pat’s pic- Catholic Church. In addition to the catechetical experiences ture. Enter your email address to subscribe. Every time found in the weekly lessons, each child receives What the Church there is a new entry, you will receive an email. That’s all it Believes and Teaches. Each lesson is a separate booklet. The takes. complete Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program costs under $9 per child. For more information, contact Christopher Save the Date: Revised Roman Missal Discus- Adams at 1-866-532-2608 or sion Slated RCL Benziger Monsignor Anthony F. Sherman, Executive Direc- tor, USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship, will discuss the Effective January 1, 2010, Jane Person will be our new forthcoming third edition of the Roman Missal on March sales representative, replacing Maureen Provencher, who will be 20th at St. James Church hall in Rocky Hill. Monsignor’s taking over the Eastern New England territory. Many of you will presentation will be of interest to anyone who is considering remember Jane from her over 25 years with the former Silver Bur- catechesis for the revised translation or is otherwise involved dett Ginn Religion. Jane can be reached at: 1-508-797-9027 or with Liturgy. Also, RCL Benziger is pleased to an- nounce the appointment of Peter Esposito as President, following the resignation of Maryann Nead as President Page 4
  5. 5. Free Lenten Webinar Catechetical Resources for the Roman Missal “Making Lent Simple, but Not Easy: Ideas for Practicing The following Catechetical Resources, are just a Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving” – Tuesday, February 9, 7:15-8:00 few of the resources available in English on the USCCB pm (CST). Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMIn. Brought to you by website – The site notes that Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry. We sometimes make Lent too “the catechetical materials on the forthcoming changes in complicated when, in reality, it calls us to do only three things: pay, the Roman Missal are not as urgent in Spanish as in Eng- fast, and give alms. Simply put, Lent is a time to renew our baptis- lish. Since Spanish is a Romance language derived from mal commitment to be a disciple of Jesus. This commitment is nur- Latin, the present Mass texts in Spanish more easily fol- tured by the practice of these three disciplines. In this Webinar, Joe low the Latin typical edition with a literal translation and a Paprocki will help catechists revisit the Lenten disciples of prayer, closer grammatical structure.” Two examples are provided fasting, and almsgiving to help them and those they teach to better on the USCCB website. Topics include: Questions on the understand how to approach the Lenten season is a way that will revised translation of the Order of Mass Changes in the lead to renewal of our baptismal commitment. To register or for Parts of the Priest in the revised Order of Mass Changes in more information, contact Carrie Freyer at the Parts of the People in the revised Order of Mass Re- sources on the Eucharistic Prayer. Passport to Success – Part 4 The Diocese of Springfield is hosting one of the part 4 Faith Formation 2020 – Focus Group Passport to Success Workshops – Scripture in the Catholic Tradi- If you were unable to attend the focus group tion. The program is presented by the New England Conference of meeting with John Roberto on December 2, copies of his Diocesan Directors of Religious Education and is based on the handouts and powerpoint presentation are available. To NCCL/Loyola Press “The Effective DRE” series on theological top- receive a copy, contact Pat Keck. ics. It will take place on February 23, from 9:30-2:15 and the Bishop Marshall Center in downtown Springfield. The price is $15. Lenten Morning of Reflection For more information, contact Pat Keck. A Lenten morning of reflection is scheduled for Monday, March 22, 10:00-Noon, followed by lunch at New High School Resource Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hart- Ave Maria Press has announced a new high school text- ford. Brandon Nappi, a member of the retreat team there, book, Jesus Christ: God’s Revelation to the World. This book, and will be the presenter. The event is open to all catechetical two additional titles that will soon follow it, constitute an exciting leaders (DREs/CREs, Youth Ministers, Lay Ministers, and challenging new approach to the catechesis of Catholic teens. RCIA Coordinators, Pastoral Associates, deacons, and The book has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of Catholic Biblical School graduates and students.) For the Catholic Church, and is based on the new USCCB Curriculum more information, contact Pat Keck. Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age. Check out for more information about high school resources and check out YOUTH MINISTRY Currentlist.pdf for other approved resources. Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept 12, 2010 Workshop on Autism VISIT and avail your- self of the posters and other publicity for the CYS 2010. Mark your calendar for an informative workshop on Au- Of special note is the INTENT TO PARTICIPATE tism. The Office for People with Disabilities is sponsoring a work- FORM. Send this in ASAP especially if you have youth shop on April 20 at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, 9:30 am – (or other adults) who want to be on the Diocesan Youth 12:00 noon. The speaker will be Nicole Caron, the Program Direc- Council (DYC). First planning meeting for the DYC is tor of Jericho, the Ministry for Persons with Disabilities in the Dio- Feb 20th 10:00-2:00 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Tho- cese of Springfield, MA. Ms. Caron has an ongoing program that mas Seminary, Bloomfield. Next meeting for the Manage- addresses the needs of children who have autism. Her presentation ment committee is Jan 13th at 1:30 at the ORE office. The could be helpful as you plan your religious education program at CYS 2010 promotional video can be viewed on the web- your parish. Make plans to attend now. Call the Office for People site. Share it with your youth! with Disabilities with any questions: 860-761-7444. Passport to Success – Summer Institute and Retreat Liturgical Taste of Hartford th Feb. 14 Black History Month Mass at St. Joseph Cathe- Save the date – June 25-27, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Spiri- dral (140 Farmington Ave.) 2:00 p.m. tual Renewal Center in Putnam, CT. This four-part journey for Feb. 21st Black History Month Mass at St. Michael, Hart- training and enrichment will be presented in a retreat-like format. ford (7 Clark St) 9:00 a.m. Sessions will include Part I (Preparing for the Journey), Part II Feb. 28th Black History Month Mass at St. Martin de Por- (Embarking on the Journey), Part III (Ports of Call) and Part IV res, New Haven(136 Dixwell Ave) 10:00 a.m. (Extending your Journey). Stay tuned for more information next month. Page 5
  6. 6. Disciple Project Christian Leadership Retreat Prepare and serve a meal for 100 men at the Immaculate Select some youth to attend this weekend to learn Shelter in Hartford- Corner of Park and Hungerford Street. leadership skills in a Christ-like manner with other like OPEN DATES: Feb 14, 21, 28. April 4, 18. May 8, 9. minded peers from across Connecticut. $175.00 per person. Contact Holy Family for a flyer and register by May 26th - Pantry Project 860-521-0440 ext 112. or holy- Come to the Helen Cooper Food Pantry at St. Michael’s Church in Hartford any Saturday (8:00-10:15) - except for after Christmas and Thanksgiving - to help sort and distribute food to Adoration the people in the neighborhood. Call Shawnee to register your Adoration at St. Bartholomew, Manchester every group. third Friday at 7:15. Contact Vicky Rispoli at 860-646-1613 for more information Hunger 101 Hunger 101 is a role-play and discussion activity de- Youth Ministry Awards signed to increase awareness and understanding of hunger and its Yes, it is time to think of youth and adults who are many causes in our community. The program simulates the chal- deserving of recognition for their contributions to youth min- lenges of feeding a family on a limited budget. It's an interactive istry. Packets with application forms will be mailed or e- approach to learning about hunger in our towns. Book a Hunger mailed out in February and will be due in early April. The 101 session to prepare youth for the Disciple or Pantry projects. Discipleship Award is given in recognition of a parish/school If you would like to become a facilitator of this program, please recommendation to confer upon Catholic youth who have contact John Phillips-Sandy at or exercised their baptismal call, served as role models in terms call (860) 286-9999 x101. of Mass attendance and Catholic Social teachings, and self- lessly served their peers with unwavering commitment and Standing as One Human Family dedication. To be considered, the candidate must have been “Training of Trainers” opportunity on Friday, February involved in Comprehensive Youth Ministry for four years of 26th or Saturday, February 27th 10:00-4:00 at the Archdiocesan high school and made a significant contribution to the spiri- Center at St. Thomas Seminary. Learn how to do this retreat at tual welfare of their peers and Youth ministry. your parish or school. Registration begins at 9:30. Cost is only The Light of the World Award is given in recognition of a $20.00 per person - includes lunch and all materials. See ORE parish/school recommendation to confer upon Catholic adults website for flyer. (21 and over) who have faithfully lived out their baptismal call through dedication and service to Youth and Comprehen- Solidarity Saturday sive Youth Ministry. To be considered for this award the can- A Social Justice day on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the didate must: strive to be an exemplary role model in terms of Archdiocesan Center at St Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Regis- Mass attendance and Catholic Social Teaching; have given tration begins at 9:30. Cost is $15.00 pp - includes lunch and a FIVE full years of service to youth through Comprehensive light snack. Discounted registration by February 29th. Registra- Youth Ministry; have made a significant contribution to the tion flyer on ORE website. spiritual welfare of youth and/or their families and have a letter of recommendation written by a youth (s) impacted by Food Fast the ministry of the candidate. The season of Lent is a great time for youth groups to participate in the Food Fast program to experience the issue of hunger and food insecurity around the globe. E-mail food- YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY to register your group and get GREAT resources or CREDO: Web site Get a e-mail Shawnee for 3 informational flyers. You can also invite a newsletter by writing to P.O. Box 1236, Glastonbury, CT Global Fellow to speak to your youth or church community by 06033. calling Mikaele Sansone at 410-951-7336 or St. Patrick, Enfield: Saturdays 7:00-8:30. Contact: John Summer Liturgical Leadership Conference Miller (413) 786-3023 St. Rose, New Haven (Spanish): Sundays at 6:00 p.m. One Bread, One Cup. For High School youth, Campus Contact: German Hernandez: 203-865-6149 and Youth Ministers - Word, Sacrament, Mission rooted in the St. Mary, New Haven: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Contact: John Benedictine tradition to nurture and deepen Catholic Faith. Ses- Alvaro 203-562-6193 sions for 2010: June 14-18, June 25-29, July 6-10. Sessions for Rock Group Holy Hour: Fridays: 7:15 pm: 1st Friday: Our 2011: June 13-17, June 27-July 1, July 6-10. Held at Saint Mein- Lady of Mt. Carmel, Waterbury; 2nd Friday: Holy Spirit, rad School of Theology 200 Hill Drive. St. Meinrad, Indiana, Newington; 3rd Friday: St. Bartholomew, Manchester. 4th 47577. Call 800-634-6723 or or Fr. God- Friday: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Meriden; frey Mullen, OSB Provost-Vice Rector at St Meinrad School of Theology 800-334-6821 or A website to surprise, challenge & support you in making meaningful faith connections. Catholic Underground: Saturdays 7:30pm - 10:30pm. St. Page 6
  7. 7. James Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. See Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center for more information. Check out their website: Catholic Dinner Club (for ages 18+) Upcoming events: Valentine’s Day Eucharist & Gourmet Wine Tasting Party, Saturday, February 13, 6:00 pm, Finding Prayer 6:00. Dinner 6:45. Speaker 8:00. Members pay God Again: A Lenten Exploration, with Fr. David Cinque- $20.00 pp. Non-members pay $25.00 pp grani, CP, on February 17 (daytime 10:00-2:00, evening 6:00- Make reservations by the first Friday of the month. Come @7:30 9:00 pm); A Shawl Knitting Retreat Day – March 20, 10:00 for the speaker only ( $10.00pp). Questions? Contact Keith 860 am-5:00 pm with Sr. Cathy Murtha, D.W. Note: Fairly -747-3513 or traded Organic coffee is now available from the Passionists. Theology on Tap, New Haven 2009-10 season Parish Social Ministry Held on Mondays in the back room of Bar, 254 Crown The Parish Social Ministry Program of the Office for Street, New Haven. Check out for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (formerly the Office of Ur- more information. ban Affairs) is sponsoring “Biblical Justice: The Roots and Wings of Social Ministry” – a day of prayer, fellowship and renewal. The event will take place on Saturday, March 13 2009 Calendar from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at St. James Parish in Rocky Hill. Refreshments and lunch provided. ($30 Registration fee – Reminder: Go to and click on financial assistance is available). The speaker is Tricia Hoyt, calendar. All of our events for Religious Education, Youth and the director of the Office of Parish and Community Engage- Young Adult Ministry, RCIA, Adult Confirmation, Biblical ment at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Phoenix, Ari- School, Catholic Scouting, Lay Ministry, and CYO Sports are zona. For more information or to register – go to included. You can list the events by date, print the calendar, or email at click on an event/workshop to get all of the information regarding times and locations or you can search for an event. Workshop on Centering Prayer If you have any questions, contact Pat Keck. Remember to check often. St. Mary Church in Windsor Locks is sponsoring a New events will be added and others updated. workshop – “An Introduction to Centering Prayer” on Satur- day, March 14, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. The speaker is Rev. William Sheehan, OMI. Suggested donation is $20 (family discounts available). Included are six follow-up ses- OTHER sions on Sunday evenings. Bring your own “brown bag” Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center lunch, beverages and breakfast pastries provided. For infor- mation and reservations, call Larry or Mary at 860-623-9132. An Evening for Prayer, Reflection and Sharing (on “The Shack” by William Young), February 9, 7:00-9:00 pm; The Art Women of Hope Ministry and Craft of Forgiving, February 23 (daytime, 9:00-1:00 or eve- St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford extends a ning 7:00-9:00) with The Reverend Eileen Epperson; Pysanky special invitation to participate in their ongoing series Vibrant Workshop (egg decorating) on March 3, 6:30-9:30 pm; Come Voices in the Church Today at the Franciscan Center for Ur- Follow Me: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, on March 11 ban Ministry. On Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 pm, Sr. (daytime 9:00-1:00 or evening, 7:00-9:00) with Shawnee Baldwin. Miriam Therese Winter from Hartford Seminary will present Go to for the program guide for De- Rediscovering Eucharist with a small “e”. “MT”, as she is cember, 2009 – February, 2010. affectionately called, is the founder and director of the Caritas Christi Center Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary. She is a professor of liturgy, worship, spirituality, and Feminist Stud- Check out the workshops offered for January-March, ies. For more information, contact Pat Curtis at 860-756- 2010 on their website: Upcoming 4034. events: Ongoing Centering Prayer – 1:30-3:00 pm; Prayerful Meditation & Movement with the Prayer of St. Francis – seven Free Slide Shows – Catholic Art Wednesdays from February 3 – March 24, 10:30 am–noon or 6:30 The National Museum of Catholic Art and History -8:00 pm; Spiritual Book Club: The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: contains a wealth of fabulous images, exhibits and slide Practical Lessons in the Life of the Sprit, seven Wednesdays from shows. Although the content comes from an American col- February 3 to March 24, 10:00-11:30 am; Preparing for Lent with lection, it is accessible to everyone, with Cubist Angels the Beatitudes – February 8, 7:00-8:30 pm; Film Fest: Second- sculpted by Dali, documents from Columbus’s Santa Mara hand Lions – February 10, 6:30-9:00 pm.; DVD Series by Fr. and a Traveling Sisterhood exhibition. Check it out at Robert Barron on Seven Great Spiritual Blocks, four Mondays and click on the Art and Artist Slide Show. from February 22 – March 15, 7:00-8:30 pm; Lenten Evening of Reflection, February 24, 6:00-9:00 pm; Lenten Reflection on Be- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ing Lost and Getting Found, March 3, 7:00-8:30 pm; Introduction Visit our website at to Centering Prayer as an “11th Step” Practice, March 6, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Page 7
  8. 8. For our brothers and sisters in Haiti af- fected by the Earthquake God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, con- sole us. In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us. Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti. Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice. With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice. Amen How to Help: Donate via phone:1-877-HELP-CRS Donate Write a check: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090 Memo portion of Check: Haiti Earthquake Archdiocese of Hartford NON-PROFIT Office of Religious Education U.S. POSTAGE PAID 467 Bloomfield Avenue PERMIT #4 Bloomfield, CT 06002 BLOOMFIELD CT Page 8