Friday, February 17, 2017

i phone fast

For the first time ever, the Archdiocese of Hartford is inviting people to fast from using cell phones on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in an initiative called: “I Phone Fast!”
Silencing our busy phones, gives God a chance to call our hearts. Please consider including this practice in addition to fasting from food, almsgiving and prayer, which are traditional disciplines by which the Church observes Lent.

Best of Barron

Sunday, February 12, 2017
MARK 8:11-13

Bishop Robert Barron writes,
Friends, in today’s Gospel ... I’d like to draw your attention to the final line in the passage: “He left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.”

Whose boat was this? Well, ... it belonged to his disciples.... Without warning, without asking permission, Jesus got into [their] boat. Now the boat was everything for Peter; it was his livelihood, his security. But Jesus just got in and began giving orders.

So it goes in the order of grace. The true God cannot be manipulated, determined by us, or controlled through our efforts.... Do what the disciples did and let Jesus enter your boat.
For Bishop Barron's reflection in its entirety, click here:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Making Sense of the Bible Schedule

At present, there are four locations that are committed to providing CBS 075 Making Sense of the Bible over the next few months. They are:
Resurrection, Wallingford--instructors, Linda and Steve Ward, CBS Class of 2015
Our Lady of Pompeii, East Hartford--instructor, Kimberly Petrillo, Class of 2014
St. Bridget, Manchester--instructors, Dcn. Bill Gilles, Class of 2009 and John Ryan
St. Mary, New Britain (in process)--instructor, Jill Costa, Class of 2010
Contact those parishes to inquire about scheduling details and registration. Contact information is available at (click on "Quick Links" "Find a Parish" and search by parish name or town).

Class size is limited.
CBS Alumnae Leaders: Cee Cee Johnson, Jill Costa, and Jean Moriarty

Monday, February 13, 2017

Making Sense of the Bible ~ Early Feedback

St. Francis Xavier, New Milford 
Ten parishioners of St. Francis Xavier parish in New Milford are the first to complete the newest Hartford Catholic Biblical School (CBS) program, Making Sense of the Bible (CBS 075). Led by CBS alumna, Maura Pauli, the students unanimously rated all aspects of the course as "excellent" and had this to say about their experience:
The course was wonderful.... I feel it will open my mind and my heart. 
I enjoyed learning about the Bible. I feel I grew a lot in my faith.
Of most value to me was learning to navigate through the Bible.
Of most value to me was the need for a more comprehensive attitude and context when reading Scripture.
It was a great introductory class. I still would like more classes!
In addition to CBS 075 and the four-year intensive CBS program, there are also dozens of CBS alums who are providing biblical ministries in their parishes and schools. Contact the Biblical School at to find ideas about how your community might come to know Jesus personally through Bible Study.