June Newsletter.pub - Office of Religious Education


June Newsletter.pub - Office of Religious Education

From the Director’s desk…

“Call No One On Earth Father”

Many of us Catholics have

been intimidated by the challenge of

Evangelicals who quote the Scripture

passage of the Bible that says: “Call no

one on earth your father, only one is

your father in heaven.” I think that we

are intimidated because we feel that

our knowledge of the Bible is limited.

We also have a tradition of calling our

priests Father and our leader Pope or

“Papa” (Holy Father). We also use the

terms for religious - sisters, brothers

and Mother Superior. Where does

that tradition come from?

It comes from the Scriptures

actually, especially from the letters of

St. Paul. This became very clear to me

last August when the first reading was

taken from St. Paul’s first letter to the

Thessalonians. One day Paul referred

to himself as “gentle as a nursing

mother” and the next day he said that

he “treated each of you as a father

treats his children.” (Thes. 2: 1-8)

To understand the initial

passage call no one father, (Thes. 2: 9-

15) we have to understand that the

meaning of the passage is not to look

for titles of authority. All authority on

earth stems from God.. You would

have no authority unless it came from

God. - (Pilate) To be an authentic

disciple of Christ is one of service and

sacrifice on behalf of our neighbors

and family as good fathers/mothers.

Using familial terms of

endearment emphasizes that we are

members of one family in Christ.

These terms of endearment help us to

gain a better understanding of God.

Our religious education never

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ORE Connections

ends because there is always something

new to learn about the mysteries of our

faith. One of the great gifts of the

Archdiocese of Hartford is the Catholic

Biblical School. Tell your friends about it.

Happy Father’s Day.

~Monsignor Michael J. Motta




Lay Ministry Commissioning

On Friday, May 7, 2010,

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell commissioned

26 lay ministers. We offer our

congratulations to these men and women

who completed the 2 year lay ministry

program: John Albert, St. Pius X, Wolcott;

Larry Barile, St. Margaret Mary, South

Windsor; Maria Berman, St. Elizabeth Seton,

Rocky Hill; Marlene Carrier, Torrington

Cluster of Roman Catholic Churches; Dr.

Frederick Conard, Cathedral of St. Joseph,

Hartford; Joan Delaney, St. Mark the

Evangelist, West Hartford; Ann Eden, St.

Ann, Milford; Kim Green, St. Peter Claver.

West Hartford; Karin Kaczynski, St.

Stanislaus, Bristol; Chantal Laliberte, St.

Laurent, Meriden; Lisa Kean, St. Joseph,

Bristol; Lisa Kelsey, Torrington Cluster of

Roman Catholic Parishes; Dominic LaRosa,

St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford;

Martin McKay, St. Joseph, Canaan; Kathleen

McKay, St. Joseph, Canaan; Linda

Mickiewicz, St. Joseph, Bristol; Janet

Mulcahy, St. Ann, Bristol; Eugenia Nowik,

St. Christopher, East Hartford; Joel Pelletier,

Assumption, Manchester; Nicholas Pettinico,

St. Maria Goretti, Wolcott; Curtis Reid, St.

Bridget, Manchester; Beverly Sesko,

Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic

Parishes; Joseph Soja, St. James, Rocky Hill;

Maria Tomasetti, St. Ann, Milford; Nancy

Valente, St. Thomas, Southington; Kathy

Young, St. Joseph, Bristol.

Archdiocese of Hartford

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.

Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min. Ext. 13

Director of ORE,

Catholic Scouting Chaplain


Ms. Patricia Keck, M.A. Ext. 16

Assistant Director, Religious Education,

Catechetical Leader Training,

Catechesis, Sacramental Preparation, Catechist

Formation, Generations of Faith,

Resource Library


Mr. Carlos Aedo, M.A. Ext. 15

Coordinator for Catechesis for Hispanics


Mrs. Shawnee Baldwin, M.A. Ext. 20

Coordinator of Youth and Youth Adults

Ministry, Confirmation (Youth), CYO Sports



Ms. Shannon Perzan Ext. 18

Coordinator of Catholic Scouting,

Video Library, CYO Sports (Cheerleading)


Ms. Barbara Jean Daly Horell, MTS. Ext. 11

Coordinator of Catholic Biblical School


Mrs. Mary Marsan, M.Div. Ext. 14

Coordinator of R.C.I.A., Adult

Confirmation, Adult Formation,

Lay Ministry


Mrs. Jill Costa Ext. 19


Mrs. Shirley Morris Ext. 12


Specialized Youth Ministry

Catholic Boy Scouting Chairperson

John Meakin, Jr. (860) 688-7440

Catholic Girl Scouting Chairperson

Dina Garafola (860) 742-1465

CYO Basketball Program

John Egan (203) 596-9610


CYO Cheerleading Program

Robin Norko (203) 281-9663

(cheercoachRC@aol.com) www.ctspirit.com

Lay Ministry Formation Program

What dreams do you have for your parish? Imagine

how our parishes could be transformed if more adults

received a theological and spiritual education. How can we

empower more of the laity to accept their baptismal call to

participate more fully in the life and ministry of the church?

The Lay Ministry Program can help. Our next class

will begin in September 2010. This training is a 2 year

process which includes classes in theology, scripture,

spiritual development and pastoral skills as well as a parish

internship. For more information check our website,

www.lm.orehartford.org or contact Mary Marsan.

New England Adult Faith Formation

Symposium 2010

New Technologies, New Relationships Connecting

with Young Adults, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel,

5400 Computer Dr., Westborough, MA, August 11-12. Mike

Hayes, co-founder of Bustedhalo.com and Tim Welch will

present keynote workshops. The cost for the Symposium is

$135 per person, plus $96 for the hotel. The conference

begins at 1 pm on Wednesday and ends at 3 pm on

Thursday. For more information, see the enclosed

registration form or call Mary Marsan.

RCIA: Mystagogy A Catholic Approach to

Living the Christian Life

Online Webinar with North American Forum:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2pm ET, 1pm CT, 12 noon MT,

11am PT (1hour). The Vigil is long over, the newly initiated

have dried off, a great euphoric (and often exhausted) sigh

was heard across the land…So now what? Mystagogical

catechesis! But is this just a rarified ancient practice only to

be used with the newly baptized and only during the Easter

Season? Let’s explore the varied ways this catechetical

process can be used in various parish ministries, including

initiation ministry. Presented by Rev. Ron Oakham,

O.Carm, who currently serves as pastor of St. Cyril of

Alexandria Parish in Tucson, AZ., Forum team member and

the author of One at the Table: The Reception of Baptized


Program Fee: $25 for 1 registration $10 for each

additional person if listening/watching from the same

computer. To register go to www.naforum.org.

Adult Confirmation

Adult Confirmation was celebrated on May 18,

2010 with Archbishop Mansell at The Cathedral of St.

Joseph in Hartford. We congratulate the 90 adults who were

confirmed. The next adult confirmation classes will begin in

September. Please check our web site, www.orehartford.org


Application and Enrollment Information

Are you or is someone you know ready to explore

the Bible? Registrations for the next class of the

Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School are already coming in.

Interviews must be scheduled by August 15.

Check out the Catholic Biblical School’s

New First Year Location

Christ the Redeemer Parish in Milford!

CBS Meeting Schedules:

Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm Cheshire: Epiphany Parish


Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm Bloomfield: Sacred Heart

Parish Center

Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm Milford: Christ the Redeemer


Thursday mornings, 10:00-noon West Hartford: St. Mark the

Evangelist Parish

(For a schedule of Year 2 and Advanced Classes, go to

www.orehartford.org/cbs.htm )

CBS Online

There are so many ways to find out about all that the

Biblical School has to offer—YouTube videos, Bible Blogs; pages

of “frequently asked questions”—and you can access them all on

our website at www.orehartford.org. Contact Ms. Jill Costa at

(860) 243-9465 for assistance in finding the CBS material you’re

looking for.

CBS Scholarships

Worried about the cost of attending the Catholic Biblical

School? The Sr. Jewel Renna, CND Scholarship Fund is accepting

applications for first-year students through August 1, 2010.

(Returning students need to apply by June 15—extended from

June 1.) Awards are applied directly toward CBS tuition. To find

out more or to apply, go to www.orehartford.org/cbs.htm, or call

Ms. Jill Costa for an application form.

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CBS Continuing Student Registration

Registration for next year’s Biblical School is happening

now! Forms and enrollment fees ($125) are due by June 1, 2010.

If you need another copy of the form, call or email Jill Costa at the


Certificates Awarded

Congratulations to the members of the Archdiocesan

Catholic Biblical School Class of 2010! Having studied all the

books of the Bible in four years, the following graduates will

receive their certificates at St. Thomas Seminary on June 13,


Thomas Avis

Marie Beaulier

Natalie Biasucci

Daniel Cadaret

Martina Caspersson

Jill Costa

Sheila Cronin

Eleanor Cruess

Patricia Emons

Kenneth Foisie

Matthew Galarneau

Linda Garrity

Katherine Gaudreau

Deacon Bill Gilles

Sandra Gingras

Stella Heyl

Richard Irwin

Cathleen Johnson

Deborah Kellogg

Marion Kingsbury

Joseph Lapointe

Lynette Lindner

Thomas McNulty

Thomas Melesky

Grace Nunes

Beatrice Roy

Cecelia Stevens

Jerome Walker

John Webster

Lorraine Webster

Certificates of Basic Biblical Studies

The Archdiocese is also proud to

announce that Certificates of Basic Biblical

Studies were awarded to the following CBS

students at the Office of Religious Education

Award Ceremony on May 26, 2010:

Louise Arsenault

Kathryn Behrens

Clare Bernard

Santiago Berrios-Bones

Greg Bond

Linda Bond

Kathleen Bosse

Maureen Broulliard

Madalyn Caputo

Marie Connors

Margaret Dawson

Thomas Eysmans

Helen Finateri

Mary Elizabeth Hackett

Gail Hill

Judith Hines

Judith Keenan

Marie Listro

Anne Mackiewicz

Linda Markiewicz

JoAnn Masi

Thomas McCabe

Dianne McIlrath

Nadine Merancy

Maryrose Mistieri Pasco

Deacon Kevin Monahan

Lori Monahan

Kathleen O’Neill

Maura Pauli

Jay Pershing

JoAnn Pospisil

Mary Quinlan

Mary Ruddat

Jeanne Smith

Gary Tatro

Katherine Thornburg, ASCJ

Laurent Yergeau

Especially for CBS Grads

Graduates who would like to meet the 2010 graduates are welcome to

join us for lunch on Nebo Day and to stay for a “How To” workshop, led by

Barbara Gawle. She will be sharing insights from her own parish ministries, with

reflections about discernment for ministry and practical advice for beginning

Bible-based ministries. There will be a $10 charge to cover lunch. Graduates

should call Jill Costa to register no later than June 1, 2010.

The CBS “Bible Blog”

Publishing Contest Continues

Open to the Public: Go online to http://bjdhorehartford.blogspot.com/

for contest details and to read winning entries for January through May.

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Save the Date!

The Archdiocese of Hartford Cheerleading Competition will be held on March 5,

2011. Mark your calendars now!


Technology &

Catholic Scouting and Camp Fire

In trying to keep up with today’s young people, busy Catholic Scout and Camp

Fire Leaders as well as parents, we have finally found another way to bring

Catholic Scouting and Camp Fire to your house...on your computer. Not only are

we in the process of updating our Catholic Scouting handbook on our

website but we are also blogging and Facebooking! They are great ways to get

connected to other scouts and scout leaders as well as keep up to date on the latest

and greatest in Catholic Scouting and Camp Fire. Check it out!

Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting Website:


National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Website:


National Catholic Committee on Scouting: http://www.nccs-bsa.org/

Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scouting & Camp Fire Blog:


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128360974678&ref=ts

Upcoming Catholic Scouting Events

September 9, 2010: 6:00 p.m.: Next Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Scout

Committee dinner meeting: Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary,


September 12, 2010: Catholic Youth Spectacular, Archdiocesan Center at St.

Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield

September 18, 2010: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic

Boy Scout Counselors Training

October 8-10, 2010: Catholic Boy Scout Retreat & Chaplain Aide Training at

Camp Strang, Goshen.

October 22-24, 2010: NCCS Region I Conference, Bridgeport.

November 2010: Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Girl Scouts and Camp Fire

Retreat & Counselors Training. Exact date and location to be determined.

November 7, 2010: Adult Boy Scout Banquet at the Archdiocesan Center at St.

Thomas Seminary in Alumni Lounge!

Please post these events in parish bulletins, websites and email. Contact

Shannon Perzan for more information.

Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Boy Scout

Recognition Sunday

The Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Boy Scout

Recognition Sunday Ceremony was held on May 16, 2010 at the

Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Benediction was celebrated

by Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta. The 2009 Quality Diocesan

Award: Pope Paul VI, was presented to Msgr. Motta, Scout

Chaplain and John V. Meakin, Jr., Scout Chairman by David

Moskal. The National Catholic Quality Unit Award was given to

pack 20 and troop 20 from St. Matthew in Forestville. Religious

Emblems awarded this year: 17 Light of Christ, 53 Parvuli Dei,

45 Ad Altare Dei and 18 Pope Pius XII. Thank you to all of the

readers, honor guard, flag bearers, musicians, the deacon and

committee members who did a great job pulling the ceremony

together and making it possible. As part of an extra service

project, each guest and recipient was asked to bring a nonperishable

food item that was donated to the Cathedral Food

Pantry. We appreciate all of your efforts!


Catechesis for the 21st Century

Reminder: We are blogging. Subscribe to the blog in order to

get up-to-date information. It’s free and easy. We get

information about various workshops and publisher information

that is often too late for the newsletter. Go to www.oreblogs.info

and click on Pat’s picture. Enter your email address to

subscribe. Every time there is a new entry, you will receive an

email. That’s all it takes.

Interesting Web Site

Catholic Faith Education Newsletter and blog – go to

www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm. The newsletter contains lesson

plans, clip art, posters, prayers, Catholic games, Bible search,

etc. Check it out!

Religious Education Congress

Save the date: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. Paul Catholic

High School in Bristol.

Workshop from Pflaum

Parish Faith Formation Leaders are invited to a Pflaum

Publishing Group Luncheon on Thursday, June 10 at Holy

Angels Parish Center in Meriden. Dr. Ernie Collamati will

present “Our Children are Leading Us to God!!”. The day begins

with Registration at 9:30 am and concludes after lunch. There

will also be time for an introduction to Pflaum’s newest

catechetical series: Pflaum Gospel Weeklies: What the Church

Believes and Teaches. Come join Pflaum, be inspired, listen and

share faith and programming topics with colleagues who seek to

enrich their catechetical ministry. Please RSVP to Chris Adams,

Pflaum Publishing Group at 1-866-532-2608 (toll free) or


Theology of the Body

The National Theology of the Body Institute announces the

National Theology of the Body Congress which is scheduled for

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July 28-30 in the Philadelphia area (Normandy Farm, Blue

Bell, PA). It will be the most expansive and comprehensive

gathering of Theology of the Body experts ever assembled.

The three-day event includes more than 35 seminars,

roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses

featuring leading experts discussing a wide array of Theology

of the Body-related themes and topics. For more information

and registration details, visit: www.TOBCongress.com or call


“Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love”

The United States Bishops have launched a new web site –

www.foryourmarriage.org – in support of this year’s

Catechetical Sunday theme and a major activity under the

Bishops’ priority goal to strengthen marriage. The site offers

practical information and resources to engaged and married

couples. Originally launched in 2007, it has attracted over

850,000 visitors to date. The redesigned site features a news

magazine format, updated graphics and easier navigation. It

retains such popular features as About Catholic Marriage,

Daily Marriage Tips, Must-Have Conversations, and

Marriage Quizzes. It also provides a link so that people can

find Catholic marriage information locally. Earlier this year,

the bishops also launched Por Tu Matrimonio

(www.portumatrimonio.org) to encourage Spanish-speaking

couples to live their marriage more fully. The Web site offers

information, resources, videos and testimonials in Spanish.

Check it out for some helpful tips for catechesis on the

sacrament of marriage.

First Communion Stories

This website was launched last year as part of a reader

competition to invite people to contribute inspirational stories

about a first communion – their own, a relative’s, or friend’s.

The site now has a large archive of uplifting stories, perfect

for dipping in and out of, depending on how much time you

have: http://firstcommunionstories.com.

Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on September 19 th .

The theme for this year is “Matrimony: Sacrament of

Enduring Love” to coincide with the release of the Bishops’

Pastoral Letter on Marriage. Catechetical Sunday materials

on the theme of marriage are available, online, at

www.usccb.org. The USCCB Committee on Evangelization

and Catechesis approved for Catechetical Sunday 2011 the

theme of the revised Roman Missal.

Catechetical Resources for the Roman Missal

The following Catechetical Resources, are just a few of the

resources available in English on the USCCB website -

www.usccb.org/romanmissal. The site notes that “the

catechetical materials on the forthcoming changes in the

Roman Missal are not as urgent in Spanish as in

English. Since Spanish is a Romance language derived from

Latin, the present Mass texts in Spanish more easily follow

the Latin typical edition with a literal translation and a closer

grammatical structure.” Two examples are provided on the

USCCB website. Topics include: Questions on the revised

translation of the Order of Mass Changes in the Parts

of the Priest in the revised Order of Mass Changes in

the Parts of the People in the revised Order of Mass

Resources on the Eucharistic Prayer.

Boston College Offerings

The M.Ed. in Religious Education from the

School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston

College is a program designed to teach people how

to hand on the faith in an innovative and successful

way. Within the M.Ed. in Religious Education,

Boston College offers a concentration in parish

catechetical leadership (PCL), which prepares

ministers and educators to create and implement lifelong,

intergenerational faith formation programs for

the whole parish community. If you work full time

and feel that you have more flexibility to earn a

degree during the summer, the STM also offers the

option to complete the M.Ed. after five summers of

study at the Summer Institute. Note that there are

significant fellowships and scholarship grants

available. Check it out at www.bc.ed./stm or

www.bc.edu/schools/stm/summer.html or call (617)


Fashion Me A People

The fifth international gathering for

Fashion Me a People – “Proclaim the Good News: a

Message of Hope” – is scheduled for January 6-8,

2011at the Hilton Disney Hotel, Orlando Florida.

This gathering is inspired by the work of Maria

Harris in promoting a vision for lifelong faith

formation that is rooted in the curriculum of the faith

community. It is sponsored by the Center for

Ministry Development in partnership with Twenty-

Third Publications, Catholic Relief Services, Oregon

Catholic Press and Our Sunday Visitor – Curriculum

Division (formerly Harcourt Religion Publishers).

For more details, go to



New Middle School Resource

Faith Fusion: Knowing, Loving, Serving

Christ is a new resource from Our Sunday Visitor

Catholic Publishing – Curriculum Division (formerly

Harcourt Religion). It is designed for middle school

students, grades 6-8, and provides a complete review

of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. At the

heart of every lesson is a clear and consistent focus

on Scripture and Tradition, connected to the

students’ lives through prayer, reflections, activities,

and stories of faith lived in the example of saints and

other holy people. Good for Confirmation

preparation, RCIA, and junior high or high school

review programs. Found by USCCB to be in

conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic

Church. For information or samples, contact Amy

Alfaro at OSV at 800-348-2440, ext. 3018 or


Annual Awards Ceremony

Over 300 people attended the annual awards ceremony held at St.

Mark the Evangelist Parish in West Hartford. Thirty-nine students received

their Catholic Biblical School Certificate in Basic Biblical Studies; twentyseven

people received years of service awards (for those who contributed 10

or more years of service in the field of religious education); 32 people

received a certificate in the Youth Ministry Basics Program; fifty-eight

young people received the Discipleship Award and 5 adults received the

youth ministry Light of the World Award. Congratulations to all!


Ten years

Diane Belanger St. Thomas, Thomaston

Susie Carlone Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Catherine A. Cook St. Therese, Granby

Linda Connolly Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Dorothy B. Fontana St. Thomas, Southington

Ed Godbout Assumption, Manchester

Eileen Portelance Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Leigh Tompsen St. Ann, Milford

Fifteen years

Juanita Ayala St. Aedan/St. Brendan, New Haven

Daniel Dunn St. Therese, Granby

Patricia D. Dunn St. Thomas, Thomaston

Mary Lonergan St. Thomas, Thomaston

Patricia Richards St. Aedan/St. Brendan, New Haven

Twenty years

Angela N. Baldi St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford

Barbara Bowen St. Therese, Granby

Sandra A. Ingriselli St. Thomas, Southington

Vickianne Palma St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford

Twenty Five years

Laurie Boyd St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Christine D. Flugrad Immaculate Conception, Southington

Claudette Grondin St. Martha, Enfield

Patricia Pritchard St. Gabriel, Milford

Phyllis Ann Rookey St. Martha, Enfield

Judy Telesmanick Immaculate Conception, Southington

Thirty Five

Diane Dow St. Aedan/St. Brendan, New Haven


Linda Couden St. Aedan/St. Brendan, New Haven

Teresa Marcella MacDonald Assumption, Manchester


June O’Donnell St. Patrick, Enfield


Susan Ashborn St. Gregory the Great, Bristol

Lawrence J. Barile St. Margaret, Enfield

Ann Blair St. Matthew, Tolland

Maryellen Brennan St. Francis of Assisi, South Windsor

Debbie Brinkman St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Carmelina Calabrese St. Anthony, Prospect

Rev. James P. Carini St. Matthew, Tolland

Patricia Carreiro St. Joseph, Brookfield

Tom Charla St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Cinthia Cotto Sacred Heart, Hartford

Noreen Fanella St. Francis Xavier, New Milford

Bryan Fenton St. Joseph, Brookfield

Christine Grenier St. Francis Xavier, New Milford

Rene Hellmann St. Gregory, Danbury

Michael Krawczyk St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Karen Malsky St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Jo McCarthy St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Marsha Monroe Immaculate Conception, Terryville

John Murphy St. Francis Xavier, New Milford

Marysol Negron Sacred Heart, Hartford

Maria Oliveria Our Lady of Fatima, Hartford

Gina V. Raymond St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

José Alberto Robles Most Holy Trinity, Wallingford

Amy L. Rubino St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Michael Joseph Smith St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Brian Steeves St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Jim Tabor St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

George W. Tomlinson Immaculate/Conception, Terryville

Mary Vannucci St. Francis Xavier, New Milford

Patricia J. Wasicki St. Francis Xavier, New Milford

Dianna Wilson St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Dianne Wojcik St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Teresa Yacavone St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

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Sarah Aubuchon St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Alyssa F. Bacay St. Bartholomew, Manchester

Christopher Paul Beauvais St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Camille Bilodeau St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford

Nicholas Stephen Bosco St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Daniel Bouffard St. Barnabas, North Haven

Lauren Buckley St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Christopher Cannici St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford

Christopher Carlone Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Joseph Cignarale St. Mary, Unionville

Kara Clark Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Delanie Cook St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Nicholas Cook St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

David Corriveau Jr. Our Lady of Fatima, Wallingford

Chelsea Ann Cronin St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Eric Thomas DeAngelis St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Marissa Deloge St. Joseph, Bristol

Rebecca DiPinto Immaculate Heart of Mary, Harwinton

Christopher Dwyer St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Carrie Fritter St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford

Richard Henry Hegeman St. Maria Goretti, Wolcott

Kelsey W. Herbert St. Mary, Unionville

Ralph T. Iadarola IV St. Barnabas, North Haven

Jennifer Mary Johnson St. Bartholomew, Manchester

Graham Kelley Our Lady of Fatima, Wallingford

Spencer J. Kelly Our Lady of Fatima, Wallingford

Kevin Michael Leslie St. Margaret Mary, South Windsor

Mary Magee St. Margaret Mary, South Windsor

Sarah Macone St. Ann, Milford

Kailey Malone Our Lady of Fatima, Wallingford

Lena Marecki Our Lady of Grace, Bantam

Emily McCarthy Our Lady of Fatima, Wallingford

Ryan McDonald St. Maria Goretti, Wolcott

Melissa McLain St. Joseph, Bristol

Emily McLean Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Aaron Montiel Our Lady of Grace, Bantam

Olivia Navickis Our Lady of Fatima, Yalesville

Makenzie Nelson Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Jordan Elizabeth Otero St. Dominic, Southington

Amy Pandolfi St. Barnabas, North Haven

Alana Pedron St. Ann, Milford

Michael Perfetto St. Barnabas, North Haven

Lily Perrera Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Gregory M. Pfeiffer St. Francis of Assisi, South Windsor

Joshua David Piggott St. Bartholomew, Manchester

Marissa Poplawski Our Lady of Fatima, Yalesville

Matt Prado St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford

Timothy Pranaitis St. Bernard, Tariffville

Daniel A. Pullara Our Lady of the Lakes, New Milford

Nevin Anthony Rainone St. Maria Goretti, Wolcott

Jason Riggs St. Barnabas, North Haven

Abigail Rosenberger St. James, Rocky Hill

Joseph J. Schifferdecker St. Margaret Mary, South Windsor

Joseph Schipani St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Devin Shaheen St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford

Mary Simms St. John of the Cross, Middlebury

Kristen Rose Sullivan St. Bartholomew, Manchester

Sarah Thomson Immaculate Conception, Southington

Andrew F. Toth St. Ann, Milford

Marissa Carly Vincenzi Our Lady of Grace, Bantam

Nicole C. Vitello Our Lady of Fatima, Wallingford

Ashley Michelle Volkens St. Ann, Milford

Benjamin F. Yacavone St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford


Steve Bilodeau St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford

Joseph A. Cappa St. Dunstan, Glastonbury

Bill Ney St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford

Stephen Potyra St. Bartholomew, Manchester

David J. Silversey St. Thomas the Apostle, Oxford


Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept 12, 2010

Join us for the 5 th annual Catholic Youth Spectacular.

Opening prayer includes group delegates marching in

with the Saints (posters we are borrowing from Notre

Dame’s vision’s leadership program), carrying shoes and

socks (Walking with the Saints – to be donated to Haiti

and St Gerard Center), and flower bulbs to be planted on the grounds

of the Seminary. When they bloom in the spring they will be a visible

reminder of the gift and growth of young people in and to the church.

Jesse Manibusan will offer a message of love, challenge, and

discipleship. A number of creative walking rosaries will be available

for prayer (painted on the tennis courts, hula hoop/ or mowed into the

grass, paver stones) along with Reconciliation and Adoration. Young

people will share their talent on the main stage. It all culminates with

Mass with Archbishop Mansell.

We have received 38 “intent forms” with at least 10 more

groups who are interested (we are now over 1000 participants)

including other dioceses!! Make sure that your church or Catholic

school is represented through our “Bring 5” challenge (could be one

family, a group of catechists, a leadership group). Visit

www.youthspectacular.net for forms, updates, and promotional

materials. Cost is $30.00 but the first EARLY BIRD DEADLINE is

June 18 th - on my desk by 4:30. $20 (with food- Hamburgers, Hot

dogs, Mac & cheese, baked beans, chips, fruit) $17.00 (bring your

own food).

Youth Christian Leadership Institute (YCLI) 2010

10:00am, Monday, June 28 th to 3:00pm, Friday July 2,

3:00. Fr Marot CYO Center - Woonsocket, RI. The YCLI is

designed for young people between the ages of 15 to 19 (or at least

entering 10th grade fall 2010) who are now or who will be in parish,

school, or diocesan leadership roles - parish youth groups, student

council representatives, class officers, athletic team captains, etc.

YCLI includes: Skills Workshops dealing with leadership skills and

styles, communication & planning skills, group dynamics and

consensus seeking; Support Groups offering opportunities to grow

in personal faith and awareness including: Christian Leadership,

prayer, call to ministry and affirmation; Prayer and Worship

through candidate-planned experiences and liturgies; Practice or

"learning by doing" - candidates take responsibility for planning

and leading different parts of the program.

Cost is $190.00 per person with a $10.00 discount for four or more

youth from the same parish (or sent as a group from the same

Catholic School). Space is limited to 56 persons. $90.00 deposit

(NON-REFUNDABLE -but transferable) due by Friday, June 11th.

Upon receipt of your deposit, a complete information packet with

medical and permission slips will be sent. Balance ($100.00) is due

June 25 th . For more information see attached flyer (for e-mail

subscribers) or go to www.ymcyoprov.org

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LAST CALL for Kujenga-Viongozi (July 23-25, 2010)

registrations at $75.00. Registration: All applications received by

the Office of Cultural Diversity in Boston after June 4, 2010, must be

accompanied by a check for $100 per participant. No applications

after June 18, 2010. Contact Shawnee Baldwin or see the ORE

website for more information. Contact Lorna Desroses at

ldesroses@rcab.org 617-746-5810 if you have any questions.

Youth Speak at Bishop Rosazza Social Justice


Still time to sign up for “Rooted in Faith: Cultivating the

Common Good” Saturday, June 12 th . 9:00-3:00 (Registration 8:30) at

St Paul High School, Bristol. Choose from 11 English and 3 Spanish

workshops in addition to the Keynote with Rev. J.

Bryan Hehir. There is a special workshop with youth

from various parishes who will talk about their

experiences in Justice Walking, Cardboard City, Young

Neighbors in Action, Food Fast, and Justice Club for

Kids. Cost is $40.00 for the whole conference

(Scholarships Available). Contact the Office for

Catholic Social Justice Ministry (former OUA) at 203-

777-7279 or www.catholicsocialjustice.org

CRS and NFCYM Invite Catholic Youth

Ministers to Travel to Bolivia with the 2010

Called To Witness Program

Called to Witness, an overseas program cosponsored

by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the

NFCYM, is designed to provide a short-term, firsthand

experience of the developing world for adults serving

and working in Catholic youth ministry. Applications

are now being accepted for the August 2010 experience.

More information is available at www.nfcym.org/

programs/ctw/index.htm or http://education.crs.org

March Toward NCCYM 2010

The 2010 NCCYM video, flyer, and schedule

are available for download at the NCCYM website.

Registration begins in June. Go to http://

nccym.nfcym.org or www.facebook.com/nccym2010?


Advanced Conversations: Youth and Young

Adults and Mental Illness - Webinar with Robert

McCarty, DMin and Paul Myers, PhD June 10, 2010

between 1:00 and 2:00 pm ET Go to: http://


Institute for New Youth Ministers 2010 –

July 27-30, 2010

Co-sponsored by the NACYML and

Cultivation Ministries, the Institute for New Youth

Ministers (INYM) will help new youth ministers focus

on developing the right vision, the right lifestyle, the

right relationships, and the right practical

methodologies for disciple-making youth ministries.

For more information, or to register, go to:


Goodness Reigns Film Contest

Sponsored by Outside da Box: Make a movie

on the Catholic faith and win a trip to World Youth Day

2011 in Madrid, Spain. Go to: http:goodnessreigns.com/


Busted Halo Offers Free Widgets for

Ministry Websites and Blogs

The Busted Halo Widget delivers fresh, new,

and dynamic content everyday to your parish, campus

ministry or diocesan website/blog for free. To find out

how Busted Halo can help your ministry, go to:


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CREDO: Web site www.geocities.com/credocath Get a newsletter

by writing to P.O. Box 1236, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Calendar:

Sunday, June 6th Planning Meeting: after 10:30 Mass at St.

Christopher's Parish Center

Saturday, June 12th St. Anthony Feast at the Our Lady

of Fatima in Hartford

Saturday, June 12th 6:00PM Boardwalk at Savin Rock

Sunday, June 27th Alex's Lemonade Stand at the New Britain

Rock Cats

Saturday, July 17th Savin Rock Beach Party at 5:00

Saturday, July 24th 4:00 Mass Holy Trinity / Gouvieau

Vineyard for bring your own picnic

Saturday, August 14th Dinner Night Out at the Glenwood

Diner 5:00pm

Saturday, August 28th Lenny and Joe's in Westbrook/Mini

golf in Old Saybrook

Sunday, September 5th Port Jefferson at Noon in Bridgeport

our hostess is Carol

Saturday, September 18th Gay city State Park in Hebron meet

at 11:00AM for hike/

Saturday, September 25th Science Museum in

Hartford at noon.

St. Patrick, Enfield: Saturdays 7:00-8:30. Contact: Michael

LaBarre: (203) 803-0790.

St. Rose, New Haven (Spanish): Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

Contact: German Hernandez: 203-865-6149

St. Mary, New Haven: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Contact: John

Alvaro 203-562-6193 John.alvaro@yale.edu

Rock Group Holy Hour: Fridays: 7:15 pm: 1 st Friday: Our Lady

of Mt. Carmel, Waterbury; 2 nd Friday: Holy Spirit, Newington; 3rd

Friday: St. Bartholomew, Manchester. 4 th Friday: Our Lady of Mt.

Carmel, Meriden; www.therockgroup.org

Bustedhalo.com A website to surprise, challenge & support you

in making meaningful faith connections.

Catholic Underground: Saturdays 7:30pm - 10:30pm. St.

James Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. See

www.catholicundergroundct.com for more information.

Catholic Underground CT

Find Young Adult groups, Eucharistic Adoration, Latin

Mass, Bible Study, Retreats, Speakers, and more in your area at

www.ConnecticutUnderground.com. You never know when a new

group or event will pop up, so check out the Latest News section

and the Event Calendar regularly. New items on the

agenda: Frassati Fellowship Retreat in Stamford, and a

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (Both require a prompt response.) If

you would like your Young Adult Group or Young Adult oriented

event listed on ConnecticutUnderground.com, email

info@catholicundergroundct.com and include your event/group

title, description, date/time, address, contact email or website,

target audience, and host agency.


Social Justice Conference

Save the date for the first annual Bishop Peter Rosazza

Social Justice Conference on June 12 at St. Paul High School in

Bristol. Make plans now for your entire Parish Social Ministry

team, Parish Council, and other parish leaders to attend. Go to

www.catholicsocialjustice.org for more information.

Earthquake in Haiti

There are many people in the archdiocese who are

willing to offer presentations to your parish about Haiti – its

history, its richness, its poverty, and the ways that we, as

Catholics can be in solidarity with a suffering people. For

information, contact the Office for Catholic Social Justice

Ministry at ocsjm@catholicsocialjustice.org or (203)777-7279.

Conference on Effective Liturgy

Celebration Publications 2 nd Annual Conference on

Effective Liturgy, “A Knock at Midnight: Celebrating Christ in

Urgent Times”, will be held July 21-23, 2010 at the Hotel

InterContinental Chicago O’Hare. The Celebration conference

will examine the essential elements of worship and preaching,

asking what invites an assembly to hear Good News, to entrust

itself to God’s promises and to pray with confidence that its

mission will be blessed, especially on behalf of peace and

justice. Go to www.celebrationpublications.org.

Pro-Life Mass

Save the date! The annual pro-life Mass will be

celebrated with Archbishop Henry Mansell on Sunday, October

3, 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. A great

event for all – bring your teens, especially!

Hearts on Fire: New Beginnings; New Challenges

This national conference, sponsored by the Sacred

Heart Communities, will be at the Immaculata Retreat House in

Willimantic from June 18-20. The speakers are Rev. James

Kubicki, SJ, Director of the Apostleship of Prayer on “Wells of

Love: Our 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, MSC, Superior General of the

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, on “A New Reparation: Our

Vision of

the Sacred Heart Put into Practice”. For more information, go to


“Twinning” Parishes in Haiti

Catholic Relief Services has released a new resources

designed to assist parishes involved in “twinning” relationships

with parishes in Haiti. This new resource – http://

parishsolidarity.crs.org – provides a resource for these parishes

to communicate with each other, exchange ideas, share

information received about sister parishes and contribute to a

map where parishes will be featured along with their partnered


Social Action Summer Institute

The Diocese of San Jose in California will host the

National Annual Social Action Summer Institute, August 1-4

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at Santa Clara University. The Institute is co-sponsored by the

Roundtable Association of the USCCB/Department of Justice, Peace

and Human Development and CCHD, Catholic Charities USA,

Catholic Relief Services, and JustFaith Ministries. The Institute

provides a prayerful, intensive education and advocacy training that

covers the foundations of Catholic social teaching. For more

information or to register, visit www.catholicroundtable.org.

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center

Check their website for upcoming events and other offerings –

www.holyfamilyretreat.org. Music Ministers Evening Retreat with Fr.

David Cinquegrani, June 8 and June 9; Christian Zen Weekend or

Weeklong Retreat for Men and Women, June 4-6 or June 4-10; 10 th

Annual Gerald J. Kristofak Memorial Golf Tournament, June 17.

Caritas Christi Center

Check out www.caritaschristicenter.org for upcoming

workshops and events: Mother Clelia Merlonei: Footprints and

Fingerprints, June 3; Sacred Heart Spirituality, June 8; Film Fest: The

Blind Side, June 9.

Parish Catechetical Leader Job Opening

Sacred Heart Parish in Southbury Connecticut is seeking a full

-time Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation to oversee and direct the

parish intergenerational faith formation. The successful candidate will


Masters degree or the equivalent in religious education, pastoral

ministry or a related field;

Training and experience in and a commitment to intergenerational


Experience in and commitment to collaborative pastoral leadership;

Good organizational and communication skills;

An ability to work well with others.

Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.

Please send application, resume and three letters of recommendation

from people with whom you have worked in a parish setting to: Search

Committee, Sacred Heart Parish, 910 Main Street South, Southbury CT

06488 by June 3.

Job Opening – Parish Formation Director

St. Anthony Church in Prospect Connecticut is seeking a part

time Parish Formation Director. The Parish Formation Director will be

responsible for the spiritual life of our community, acting as a resource

for our parishioners in the development of a healthy mature spiritual

life. As a resource, the Parish Formation Director will be responsible

for conducting parish retreats, educational opportunities, days of

reflection and assisting parishioners in their search for deeper more

fulfilling relationships with God. Masters in Theology, Spirituality,

Divinity or Pastoral Studies recommended. For more details and salary

information, please contact Fr. Mark Suslenko at 203-748-4056.

Courage Conference 2010

A spiritual conference for members and friends of Courage

and EnCourage will be held on Thursday July 29 th -Sunday August 1 st ,

2010 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein,

Illinois. Speakers include Suzanne Baars, a licensed professional

counselor; Rev. Paul Check, a priest with the Diocese of Bridgeport;

Rev. John F. Harvey, the Founding Director of the Courage movement,;

and Fr. Thomas J. Loya, pastor and host of two internet radio

programs. For more information or to register, go to

www.Couragerc.net, or call 847-566-8290.


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2010 Calendar

Reminder: Go to www.orehartford.org and click on

calendar. All of our events for Religious Education,

Youth and Young Adult Ministry, RCIA, Adult

Confirmation, Biblical School, Catholic Scouting, Lay

Ministry, and CYO Sports are included. You can list

the events by date, print the calendar, click on an event/

workshop to get all of the information regarding times

and locations or you can search for an event.

If you have any questions, contact Pat Keck.

Remember to check often.

New events will be added and others updated.


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