Please refer to our St. Andrew Religious Education Program Calendars for a schedule of all classes for each program.
Traditional Program – Classes meet Sundays, beginning Sunday, September 23rd; 10 to 11 AM:
• Grade 2 (First Communion)
• Grades 7 and 8 (combined class)
• Grades 9 and 10 (two year/Confirmation)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program – Classes meet Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 26; 3:30 to 5:30 PM:
Students from both Thatcher Brook Primary and Crossett Brook Middle School may take the bus from school (with parent permission); drop-off at St. Andrew Church from 2:45 to 2:55 PM, – followed by prayers, snack and settling. Classes are arranged by age – not grade.
• Level I includes ages 3 to 6 (preschool/kindergarten);
• Level II includes ages 6 to 9 (Grades 1, 2, 3)
• Level III includes ages 9 to 12 (grades 4, 5, 6).
Message From Father Jerry
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The beginning of another year of religious education for our children is upon us!
This year will be the 1st year of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. For months now we have been preparing our parishes to introduce this internationally acclaimed religious instruction for children (ages 3 to 12 years old). Gena Callan, Amy Miller, Sile Torres and I have taken courses on implementing this program. We have visited parishes in Vermont and outside the state that already have the program in place. St. Andrew Parish has made a great investment in starting this new program; even to the extent of completely refurbishing the downstairs of St. Leo Hall.
It has been a very busy summer, but I believe in the program and have been impressedwith the approach and the effects it has had to educate children and, therefore, the family. I would caution us to be patient with the program as it will take a while for us to realize its fruits. I thank the above mentioned parishioners for their generous giving of their time and talentsand, also our current Catechists and Volunteers in the Traditional Program – Maggie Grow, Sophia Buonomo, Kevin Nadzam, Jim and Diana Whitney and Katrina Burks – as well as our past teachers and classroom volunteers in religious education.
May the Good Shepherd lead us!
Traditional Program – Coordinator: Rev. Jerome Mercure
• Grade 2: Maggie Grow (802-999-9332); Sophia Buonomo, Student Aide
• Grades 7/8: Jim Whitney (802-363-1213); Diana Whitney (802-324-3848)
• Grades 9/10 : Kevin Nadzam (272-9988); David White (839-9896); Josette White Metayer (793-9794)
• Hall Monitor on Sundays: Katrina Burks (244-7416)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program – Coordinator: Amy Miller
• Level I – Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3 to 6); Sile Torres (802-922-0190); Gerry Callan (244-6406)
• Level II – Grades 1, 2, 3 (ages 6 to 9); Amy Miller (802-249-8888); Father Jerry (244-7734)
• Level III – Grades 4, 5, 6 (ages 9 to 12); Gena Callan (244-5619; Diana Whitney (802-324-3848)
High School Religious Education
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 21st (details to be provided at a later date), 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 invited. We encourage you to attend these special services together as a family. Scheduled Children’s Masses are included in our Class Schedule. Thank you to Sile and Sergio Torres for providing music for our Children’s Masses again 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/youth. Teachers will be presenting this program in grades 1 through 10 over a two week period in February. Feel free to talk with your child’s teacher if you have questions concerning this program.
Protecting God Children – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
“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
Parent/Parishioner Suggestions/Involvement Welcome!
Parents and Parishioners in general are welcome to sit in on a class – an extra pair of hands in the classroom is always helpful – just talk with your child’s teacher ahead of time and she/he will work you in! If you have a special art or music talent that you would like to share with your child’s class, let the teacher know. If you have an idea that you think would help to improve our program, we welcome your input. We thank you for your support.