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Religious Education Program: 2017-2018
Rev. Jerome A. Mercure, Pastor (244-7734); email@example.com
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Classes at St. Andrew Parish for Grades 1 through 10 are held on Sundays at 10 AM (immediately following the 9 AM Mass).
Please refer to our St. Andrew Religious Education Program Calendar for a schedule of all classes.
Message From Father Jerry
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After a long and hopefully pleasant summer break, religious education classes will soon begin again. The return of our youth faith education does give greater life to our parish community. We look forward to an increased Mass attendance, teachers and their aides will begin to prepare lesson plans and teach our young people in the ways of faith. Our students themselves will be active with our musicians to celebrate monthly Youth Masses. We look forward to the special celebrations of the Sacraments: First Penance and First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.
The Religious Education Program is so important to the vitality and future of the parish. But this vitality does not happen automatically without the generous giving of time, energy and faith by teachers, staff and committed parents.
Parents are encouraged to sit in on at least one class with their child this year – when you sign up to bring a snack for class, why not also sign up to remain in the classroom that Sunday and help serve your snack to the children! It has been our experience that when Parents participate, our program grows stronger. Our teachers are eager to welcome you into the classroom!
Many thanks to all of you who have either participated in our program in the past or are currently involved. Also, please, let us be reminded to encourage those who are not involved and invite them to enroll their children in our program.
Peace, Love and Joy of Christ Be With You!!
St. Andrew Parish Teaching Staff
Grade/Teacher(s) and Classroom Aides 1 - Sile Torres; Student Aide – Amaris Callan; Adult Aide needed
2 - Maggie Grow, Student Aide – Sophia Buonomo; Adult Aide needed
3 and 4 – Mimi Clark adult classroom aide needed
5 and 6 -Gena Callan, Gerry Callan
7 & 8 - Jim and Diana Whitney,
9 - David White, Josette Metayer White (year 1 of a two-year Confirmation program)
10 - Kevin Nadzam, Adult Aide needed; (year 2 of a two-year Confirmation program)
Hall Monitor - Katrina Burks
Our program is open to students from both St. Andrew Parish and Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish.
Home Schooling Option (not an option for preparation of First Communion and Confirmation.)
If you cannot enroll your child in religious education classes due to scheduling conflicts, you have the option of teaching your child at home. This will involve registering your child, picking up the materials you will need to teach at home, and keeping in contact with us regarding lesson plans, assignments and handouts. We will gladly work with you and provide you with guidelines, expectations and suggestions to help you teach your child at home. Call the Rectory (244-7734) to register to home school your child.
High School Religious EducationThe high school program is very important, not only because it prepares our young people for Confirmation - for many, it will be the last of their formal religious education. Attendance at Mass is the most important part of the preparation for Confirmation. Class discussions are often based on the weekend readings and homily. Also, Confirmation is the last of the Initiation Sacraments and the young people’s first duty of full membership is the celebration of the Eucharist. In addition to weekly Mass, students are expected to attend classes, attend a retreat (Grade 10) scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2017 at St. Monica Church, Barre, and perform some type of community service. Parents: We rely on you to support and reinforce our efforts with regard to these expectations.
Sign-up Sheets in each Classroom
Please stop by your child’s classroom and sign up to bring a snack - All students look forward to their snacks! Providing a healthy snack is a great way to help your child’s teacher! We also welcome and strongly encourage you to sign up to attend at least one class with your child during the year – it’s a great way to support and encourage your child and also provides an opportunity for you to keep up with what your child is learning in class. Teachers also appreciate your support!
Children’s Masses at St. Andrew Church
Children's Masses provide an opportunity for students to participate in the liturgy and reinforce the theme of “service” to their parish. We have found that once they give it a try, children enjoy the opportunity to be involved in the various roles of the Mass that they usually see performed by adults. Please encourage your children to actively participate at the Children’s Masses when asked, and we encourage you to attend these special services together as a family. Scheduled Children’s Masses are included in the Schedule of Classes. Thank you to Sile and Sergio Torres for providing music for our Children’s Masses again this year!
The $25 registration fee per student (maximum of $50 per family) helps us to cover some of the cost for textbooks and other resource materials (please make check out to St. Andrew Parish). Parents are encouraged to stop in the classrooms to meet the teachers and check out the materials your child will be working with this year.
Safe Environment Program for Children and Youth – Circle of Grace
This program, mandated by the Diocese of Burlington is steeped in the truths of the Catholic faith and provides a holistic approach to the safety, well-being and spiritual formation of children and youth. Teachers will be presenting this program in grades 1 through 10 over a two week period in February. Additional information on this program will be provided to parents at a later date.
Protecting God Children – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
Child Safety Policy at Our Parishes
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is comprised of the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States. In June 2002, the USCCB approved The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People as they committed themselves to providing a “safe environment” for all children and youth in Church-sponsored activities.
This defining document is comprised of seventeen articles, which outline the American Roman Catholic bishops’ pledge to respond to allegations of victims of sexual abuse by clergy, promote healing and reconciliation, ensure accountability in procedures, and protect children and youth in the future.
The USCCB also established the Office of Child and Youth Protection to assist dioceses and eparchies in the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This Office assists dioceses as they ensure the consistent application of the Charter’s guidelines and procedures to prevent abuse and to properly deal with allegations of sexual abuse by priests and deacons.”(taken from Diocese of Burlington website)
In September 2015, the Diocese of Burlington's Office of Safe Environment Programs introduced a new child safety training program for adults called Safe and Sacred, which replaces VIRTUS and Shield the Vulnerable. As a completely online program, Safe and Sacred is designed to make training accessible and convenient for both the program user and the administrators. Visit the Diocesan website: www.vermontcatholic.org for more information on Safe and Sacred.
All volunteers in our Religious Education Program are required to take the Safe and Sacred training. It is also strongly recommended for all other volunteers in our parish to take this training as well.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please call 1-800-649.5285 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Policies on Ethics and Integrity
The Diocese of Burlington is publishing a revised 2017 edition of the Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry, which comes out of the Office of Safe Environment Programs. These policies outline the standards that Church personnel (as defined in the policy) must follow to comply with diocesan child safety guidelines relating to child abuse training, background checks, reporting procedures, and more. This policy revision also includes updated versions of the two Codes of Conduct. These new policies and Codes of Conduct are incorporated into all Safe and Sacred training courses. You can find the revised policies, including the updated Codes of Conduct, and Bishop Coyne’s Letter of Promulgation on the diocesan website: http://vermontcatholic.org/index.php?sid=5&pid=252&subnav_id=40A
Parents are welcome to sit in on a class at any time – an extra pair of hands in the classroom is always helpful! Also, if you have a special art or music talent that you would like to share with your child’s class, please let the teacher know.