Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CBS Times SEVEN this Spring

We know seven is the "perfect" biblical number. So I'm happy to announce that, so far this spring, CBS 075 Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition will be offered in at least seven locations: Bloomfield (two), Hartford, Middlebury, Prospect, West Simsbury and Bradenton, Florida. (That last one might be a little hard to get to.)

Some of these classes are open to any individual who wants to enroll. Here are three possibilities you might check out:
Cathedral of St. Joseph, the Mother Parish of the Archdiocese began with Suzanne Berwick, CBS Class of 2016, on Saturday, February 17 and will continue through all the Saturdays of Lent. Call the Cathedral and ask Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis, CND to find out if you can still join: 860-249-8431.
St. John of the Cross, Middlebury will start bi-weekly sessions with instructor Mary Ann Kelly, CBS Class of 2016, on Tuesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 at 1263 West St., Middlebury. Call the parish for details: 203-758-2659. 
St. Anthony, Prospect will start weekly sessions with instructor Pat Wilkin, CBS Class of 2016, on March 7 in the "Hope" Room of the parish center. Contact Katie Blinstrubas, Parish Catechetical Leader, at stanthonyre@comcast.net for more information or to find out about joining the class.
Some parishes are adapting the course to meet the needs of specific audiences, such as parents of children in religious education and catechists.

CBS 075 is adaptable to your needs and  follows the proven methods of the Catholic Biblical School. It is also an effective process for empowering adults to read the Bible with intelligence and reverence. Contact BJ to get some ideas about how you might run Making Sense of the Bible in your faith community: catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org.

PS: Class of 2016, stand tall!



Monday, February 19, 2018

Changes to Class Schedules This Week

The following classes only will meet this week to make up for missed classes this Unit:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CBS 100 will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Caritas Christi Center in Hamden.

CBS 400 will meet at 6:30 p.m. St. Pio of Petrielcina parish rectory at Our Lady of Pompeii Campus. (Note the change in location.)

(No CBS 400 classes will meet in Manchester or Waterbury that day.)

Prepare to Be Inspired by God's Word!

Our annual Celebration of Sacred Scripture is free of charge and open to the public. On Saturday, March 3, 12:30-4:30 pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman of Providence College will lead us through Matthew's legitimization of Jesus as Messiah, making connections between the Old and New Testaments. Here's what to expect:

  • Bible study at its best, led by a top-tier teacher and scholar
  • Lively conversation and refreshments
  • Bible-based prayer
  • Premiere of the CBS promotional video (God willing and the tech complies)
  • Information about many Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis adult formation opportunities.
  • Survey to determine course scheduling for the Advanced Year
  • Registration information for students entering CBS 200 (Year 2)
  • Announcement of the 2018 Boadt Memorial Medal Winner from CBS Class of 2010

Bring your Bible!

Important Notes: We have a new registration system that can be tricky to navigate, at first. Click here for in-depth instructions.

To go directly to the online registration page, click here: www.bit.ly/CBSCSS18.

Please register by February 28th (deadline extended) to ensure we have seating and refreshments for all. If you need assistance do not hesitate to call us in the OEEC, and ask for technical help getting signed up for the Celebration of Sacred Scripture on March 3rd.





Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Celebration of Sacred Scripture

A day of prayer, Bible study and fellowship free of charge and open to the public, March 3, 2018 at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT.


The Gospel of Matthew opens with a long genealogy of Jesus that we stumble over once a year at the Christmas Vigil Mass. This genealogy serves as the link between the Hebrew Scriptures and the legitimation of Jesus the Messiah. There is perhaps no better time to enter into this genealogy than during the Lenten season, as we reflect upon the cycle of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Session 1 (12:30-2:15) will explore the background to Matthew’s Gospel and examine Matthew’s genealogy, focusing in particular on the theological value of four women included in the line of Jesus.

Session 2 (2:45-4:30) will engage deeply with the story of one of these women, Ruth, as told in the story that bears her name.

Our presenter is Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in the Theology Department at Providence College (Providence, RI). Previously a member of the faculty at the University of Scranton, Dr. Leonard-Fleckman has also been a favorite instructor in the Hartford Catholic Biblical School. She is the author of two books, including the recent Book of Ruth for the Wisdom Biblical Commentary Series (Liturgical Press), and a regular contributor for Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic (Liturgical Press).

To register, click here. For more information contact the Catholic Biblical School at 860-242-5573 or email us at catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org.