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Religious Education Program: 2016-2017
Rev. Jerome A. Mercure, Pastor (244-7734); firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Badeau, Coordinator (244-7734); email@example.com; St. Andrew Parish
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 Parents, Students, and Teachers,
I am inviting you to a new year of Religious Education here at St. Andrew Parish. On Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 AM in St. Leo Hall there will be a special Welcome and Orientation presentation. I count on your participation. This meeting will take the place of the first Class day that would normally begin the program. I would like to use this time to introduce the teachers, speak about the program, and answer any questions. There will be refreshments for both the adults and youth.
I really need to stress how important it is to have us participate in the program. I also encourage you, parents and teachers, to reach out to other parents who have not been involved in our program in the past. For my part, I will be contacting parents who have had their children baptized here, inviting them to our program (fulfilling the promise they made to raise their children in the Catholic faith).
A few weeks ago Scripture readings at Mass spoke about the need for “discipline.” A “disciple” of the Lord Jesus, which each one of us is, is formed (disciplined) in the teaching of Christ. The religious education program requires this discipline of time and energy that our teachers have so generously given. It also requires the parents to enroll their children in the program and participate themselves, especially with attendance at Mass.
Hoping that your summer was pleasant and looking forward very much to this year of religious education, and especially our meeting on September 11th.
God Bless Us All!
St. Andrew Parish Teaching Staff
Grade/Teacher(s) and Classroom Aides 1 - Sile Torres, classroom aide needed
2 - Maggie Grow, Laurie Flaherty
3 and 4 – Mimi Clark Kristin Geoghegan
5 and 6 -Gena Callan, Gerry Callan
7 & 8 - Jim and Diana Whitney, classroom adult volunteer(s) needed
9 - David White, Josette Metayer White classroom adult volunteers needed(year 1 of a two-year Confirmation program)
10 - Kevin Nadzam, Classroom adult volunteer(s)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.
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!
High School Religious Education
The 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, October 23, 2016 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.
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. 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.
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.