Saturday, October 31, 2009


A focus group meeting has been set up for Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30, followed by lunch. The event will take place at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish Center in West Hartford. John Roberto, now with LifelongFaith Associates will be the presenter. The focus group meeting will be an opportunity to hear about the Working Paper on Faith Formation in 2020, explore the forces affecting faith formation today and in the future, and envision directions for the future of faith formation. It will be an opportunity for you to have input into the development of Version 2.0 of the Working Paper – to share your ideas and strategies for the future of faith formation. There is no fee. For more information or to register, contact Pat Keck or check out the website –

Celebrate Religious Education

Check out our website for additional suggestions for celebrating New England Religious Education. You can also download color or bland-and-white logos to put in your parish bulletin and other correspondence. Also included on the website is a lesson plan using the poster and copies of articles which are appearing in the November issue of The Catholic Transcript. Go to:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Religious Education Congress - 2009

Religious Education Congress - 2009
Join us on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at St. Paul Catholic High School for our annual Religious Education Congress.
The event is open to catechetical leaders - DREs/CREs, Catechists, RCIA Coordinators, Coordinators of Youth Ministry, Coordinators of Adult Faith Formation - and anyone interested in the catechetical ministry.
Registration is from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. We begin with opening prayer and proceed to our keynote address from Dr. Adele Gonzalez, noted national speaker. She will speak about how the Living Word of God among us can help us in or call to be light to the world and signs of God's love and forgiveness even as we face today's crises. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will then celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy.
After lunch, there will be two rounds of workshops - topics include: Servant Leadership in the Classroom, How to Foster in Children a Lifelong Devotion to the Bible, Passing On Our Faith From Generation to Generation, Christian Moral Formation in a Complex World, Spirituality of the Young Child, Service Hours: Penance or Privilege?, Tools to Live Our Faith in a Globalized World, Ministerity to the Minister, and an update on the Child Lures Prevention Program. Workshops in Spanish are also available.
For more information or to register, go to our website -