Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Best of Barron 4 July 17

Tuesday, 13th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
MT 8:23-27

Bishop Barron writes:

Out of the depths, I have cried to you, O Lord.

Psalm 130 is "the prayer offered at the darkest times of life, when we feel utterly incapable of helping ourselves.

"During the storm, Jesus' disciples cried out to the Lord in desperation: 'O Lord, we are drowning; don't you care?' Perhaps there are some people reading this right now who feel themselves in this precise situation....

"If that's you, then pray as the disciples did. Awaken someone who can help. Jesus sleeping in the midst of the storm" shows that God has supreme power "over even the darkest and most difficult trials that life throws at us."

Teaching Ministry for CBS Alums

Cathy deSimas, Class of 2004
Would you like to be considered for a new teaching ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford? Are you a Catholic Biblical School (CBS) graduate?

You may have heard that CBS has a new, introductory program called Making Sense of the Bible. This six-week introduction to reading the Bible was piloted in five parishes throughout the Archdiocese in 2016-17 and has met with enthusiastic success. An updated version will be ready for wider use beginning in Fall 2017.

The program is modeled on the CBS core program and was designed by two Hartford Biblical School faculty members, Amy Ekeh and BJ Daly Horell. This short course is less intense than the four-year program, but it contains most of the educational practices of the CBS Core Program. Homework is minimal and, though strongly encouraged, is not mandatory.

The next teacher training is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 1:00-4:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield in Conference Room C (second floor). Interested CBS graduates should contact BJ Daly Horell in the OEEC at (860) 242-5573, ext. 2679, to get more information and to indicate your desire to become a candidate in this ministry. At that time, we can talk at more length to discern mutually whether this might be a good “fit” for you at this time.

CBS 2017 Grads and Basic Certificate Holders at Cathedral

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CBS Registration for Continuing Students

All CBS students who anticipate continuing with their studies in the Fall of 2017 must submit a registration form this week. If you are unable to register at this time, you need to email BJ by Monday to let her know your intention to continue. Email:

Registration materials can be downloaded online at

If you've already registered, thank you! Have a relaxing and refreshing summer, enjoy your summer reading (, and I'll see you at your Opening Scripture Day (OSD) on August 26! For OSD details check the online calendar at

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Leslie Roncari Marconi, CBS Class of 2015

"Do no harm ever to the earth, to the air, to the water, to the soil" says Leslie Marconi on  Talk of Connecticut, the Dan and Brad Show yesterday.

Leslie is a woman of deep faith and a parishioner of the (newly renamed) Catholic community in Windsor Locks: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She owns DiRonco Lawn and Garden Care, and has made it her mission "to always treat out soils, air and waterways with reverence and nurturing care."

Listen to the podcast about creating an ecosystem in your lawn, and learn how to give true worship to God (my words) by caring for Creation Then check out Laudato Si, for the connection between care of the earth, care of neighbor, and the love of God for all of us.

A "shout out" to Leslie's classmates, Barbara Kaminsky and Beth Polio, for alerting us to Leslie's wonderful, unique "lawn and garden" ministry!