Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Free Webinar!!!

Loyola Press is offering a free webinar, hosted by Joe Paprocki, D.Min. The "7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness" webinar, featuring principles from Paprocki's new book, will explore 7 ways in which we can be renewed by the grace of the risen Christ. Paprocki's keys to spiritual renewal include the following:
  • See Yourself as You Really Are
  • Actively Seeking the Good of Others
  • Thinking Before Acting
  • Holding on Loosely
  • Recognizing and Setting Limits
  • Channeling, Nor Repressing, Your Desires
  • Unleashing Your Imagination

As we anticipate the celebration of Pentecost, this webinar will be an opportunity to truly renew our baptism and open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit who guides us in all we do. If you are a catechist, catechetical leader, pastoral minister, or someone simply looking for spiritual renewal, don't miss this opportunity be become more spiritually alive in the risen Christ.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

8-9 pm (EST)

To register, go to (look for April 2nd posting).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Generations of Faith Workshop

For Parish Teams: priests, deacons, DREs, youth ministers, etc.
For parishes interested in GOF, just beginning, or "refresher" for those parishes who have already implemented GOF.
Note: this will be the only opportunity for this training in the near future.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
9:30 - 3:00 (includes lunch)
at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish Center, West Hartford
with John Roberto
To register, contact me at 860-243-9465, 860-243-9690 (FAX), or

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Upcoming Evangelization Webinars

Paulist Evangelization Ministries is offering two online courses in April:
Faith That Engages: Why Do You Believe? April 16 - May 13 (4 sessions)
This four-session course, with Fr. Tony Krisak, explains why we need to develop new ways to talk about our faith and to explain to others why we believe. You mak know the faith, but can you explain it so others understand? The course also offers practical suggestions for how parishes can shape their current programs to reach seekers, those who have questions about human life. You will learn a way of sharing and explaining faith (often called apologetics) in a way that will help others see the enefit of faith and in a way that touches upon the longings of people in our culture.
Keys to Reaching Inactive Catholics April 16 - May 27
Over this six-week course, John and Therese Bocher will discuss ways to reach today's inactive, marginal and unchurched Catholics. They will explore six keys for develping a new model of everyday missionary outreach that goes beyond programs and relies on God's presence in each person's journey of faith.
For more information, or to register, go to

Friday, February 24, 2012

Finding God Video Contest

Loyola Press is inviting schools and parishes to enter the Finding God Video Contest by submitting short videos answering the question: Where do you find God? Online voting will determine the winners, who will be announced at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership on May 8th.
The contest encourages children to see God's presence in their everyday lives. Gather your students to create a short video.
  • First prize: Parish-wide adoption of the new edition of Finding God: Our Response to God's Gifts (grades 1-6)
  • Second prize: $1,000 Loyola Press product gift certificate
  • Third prize: $500 Loyola Press product gift certificate

Videos must be at least thirty seconds in length and no longer than 2 minutes. Parish staff members must upload entries at by April 20.

For more information about the contest, you can check out the website,

Monday, October 17, 2011

Celebrate Religious Education Month

November is Celebrate Religious Education Month for all of New England. Look for a special section of the Catholic Transcript's November publication for articles and stories.
For clip art, suggestions on how to celebrate, go to and

Monday, August 29, 2011

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children

The Archdiocese of Hartford is participating in the Family Day Dinner, initiated by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Statistics show that children and adolescents are much less likely to abuse alcohol, drugs and tobacco when their families regularly share meals together.

This is an opportunity for families throughout the Archdiocese to come together for a meal on Monday, September 26, 2011. We are encouraging every family in the Archdiocese to take the time to be together, share a meal, and enjoy each other's company.

Check out our website - - which includes suggestions for parish religious education programs (in English and Spanish) and copies of a poster (8 1/2 by 11) (also in English and Spanish). The Archdiocesan website - - contains copies of Archbishop Mansell's letter to parishes, prayers, bulletin notices, homily hints, and other helpful articles.

Let us know how it is implemented in your parish. We would like to feature some families in the various publications of the Archdiocese. Contact Pat Keck - or 860-243-9465 - with the names of families who would be interested in sharing their experiences of Family Day.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Early Childhood Religion Readiness Webinar

A webinar for kindergarten teachers, pre-school catechists, teachers, principals and catechetical leaders on early childhood religious education will be presented Wednesday, September 21, 3:30-5 pm (EST) and repeating Saturday, September 24, 11 am-12:30 pm (EST).

The event is the first in a series hosted by RCL Benzier.

The webinar will be offered by faculty from the University of Dayton's early childhood program and from the university's early childhood demonstration school, the Bombeck Family Learning Center.

Each webinar session is limited to 100 computers. Catechists, DREs, parents, teachers and pastors are encouraged to gather in locales to view the webinar as a group.

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The deadline for registration is September 16. If interested, send an email to Dan Mulhall,, to receive a webinar invitation and access code. Participants will need access to a computer with speakers and be able to receive downloads in a timely manner.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday is being celebrated across the country on September 18, 2011.

The theme this year is "Do This in Memory of Me".

Free downloadable resources (clipart, poster, commissioning ceremony, homily hints, bulletin notices, articles, in-services for catechists/teachers, prayers, intergenerational retreat, etc.) are available at and look for "Catechetical Sunday" in the right column.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honor your catechists and better catechize the whole parish on The Eucharist.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Getting Started as a Catechist - Free Webinars

As the new catechetical year approaches, catechists are focusing their attention on how to best engage their students in faith formation. In the United States alone, roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year! With that in mind, Joe Paprocki (remember him? - he was our keynoter at last year's Congress) will once again be hosting a series of free Webinars through Loyola Press called "Getting Started as a Catechist."

He will be hosting four webinars in the series, each focused on teaching a different age group. All will air from 8 pm to 9 pm, EST.

  • August 17 (teaching primary age children, grades 1-3)

  • August 24 (teaching intermediate age children, grades 4-7)

  • August 30 (teaching junior high and high school)

  • September 6 (teaching adult faith formation)

In these webinars, you will look at the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics, all tailored to the specific age group you are preparing to teach.

These webinars are free and give catechists, and those interested in becoming catechists, the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful vocation from the comfort of your own computer.

For more information or to register, or to see what else Joe has to offer, go to his blog -

Getting Started as a Catechist - Free Webinars!