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The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization
- focuses on the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ and His Church in proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God
- exists to assist the Archbishop in carrying out his catechetical responsibilities as Chief Catechist of the Archdiocese
- is charged with the ministry of training, enabling, supporting and guiding parish catechetical leaders in their ministry of life-long Catholic faith formation.
What the Office Does
The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization is responsible for parish-based religious education/ catechetical programs (CCD). These programs are for all ages – religious education is life-long learning. Catechesis includes sacramental preparation (Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation), religious education programs for pre-school, K-6, junior high, senior high, and adults. The responsibility of the Office is to train, assist and support parish catechetical leaders. Various workshops/in-service days, certificate programs, on-site training, and an annual Congress are offered. Training is also available for Spanish-speaking catechetical leaders.
The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization provides training for volunteer catechists (both English and Spanish speaking).
The Office of Youth Ministry works with Coordinators of Youth Ministry who run programs for youth (junior and senior high school age) in parishes. Youth Ministry includes evangelization, catechetics, community building, social justice, advocacy, prayer and worship, etc. The Office provides ongoing training for Youth Ministers. Archdiocesan and regional youth gatherings are also provided.
Included within the scope of Youth Ministry is Catholic Scouting for boys and girls. Religious training for adult leaders and scouts is made available.
Young Adult Ministry
Young adults are those in their 20’s and 30’s; they are single, married, divorced, they are with children and without children. The Office of Religious Education is responsible for ministry to Catholics in this age group.
Catholic Biblical School
The Catholic Biblical School is a four-year training/formation program for Catholic adults interested in learning more about the Bible. Every book of the Bible is studied. Training is also provided for graduates so that they are able to offer parish-based Bible study programs.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for initiation into the Catholic Church for those people (adults and children) who have not been baptized, have been baptized in a different Christian tradition, or who have been baptized Catholic and have not received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization provides training for parish RCIA Coordinators and also coordinates Archdiocesan ceremonies (Rite of Election). The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization provides a preparation program for those adults who have not been confirmed.
The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization provides a 2-year training program for lay men and women interested in volunteer ministry within their parishes. Areas of ministry include Liturgy, Bereavement, RCIA, Social Justice and many others. Continuing education workshops are also provided for commissioned lay ministers.
Read “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord – A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry,” a statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved in November 2005.
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002-2999
Telephone: 860-242-5573 ext 2670