Religious Education

Office of Religious Education

Saint Augustine Parish

16 Barre St. Montpelier, VT 05602

Telephone: 223-5285

Email: rel_ed [at] comcast.net

Director of Religious Education: Ms. Clara Luna

 

Information on religious education classes for the 2017-2018 school year:

Classes are getting ready start up! Registration forms should be submitted ASAP! They can be found here, at the church entrances, or via email. Classes begin on September 10 and will be held on Sundays. Grades 1-8 will meet from 9:00 to 9:55 a.m., and grades 9-10 will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

General Information on the Office of Religious Education:

The Office of Religious Education at Saint Augustine Parish serves the parish community through programming designed to further and challenge the faith of our children and teens.  The Church tells us that one of the goals of catechesis is to “better proclaim the faith and, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, lead individual Christians and the community to maturity of faith, a richer living of the fullness of the gospel message”(Sharing the Light of Faith, no.37).  With this in mind St. Augustine’s strives to continue the important work of handing on the living Christian Tradition in an authentic and meaningful way, using the many gifts and talents of our volunteers.

Sacraments:  Students in first grade enter into a two-year course of preparation to celebrate two important sacraments: Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.  These sacraments are celebrated in the second grade year.  Students must be baptized (or show proof of baptism) prior to receiving these sacraments.  Students who enter our program after grade two but have not received Reconciliation and Eucharist prepare for the sacraments in addition to attending regular classes with their peers. 

Students in grades 9 and 10 are in a two-year program preparing them to participate in the sacrament of Confirmation, which takes place during the tenth grade year.  Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist must be received prior to being Confirmed.

Volunteers: As with any parish, St. Augustine’s relies on volunteers to teach religious education classes and minister to our youth.  We are always interested in strengthening our volunteer pool.  No prior experience is necessary, just the willingness and desire to walk with the youth of our parish on this part of their faith journey.  God invites us all to share our gifts and talents with our community—is God asking you to bear witness to the gospel as a catechist or youth minister?  Call 223-5285 to find out more about the challenges and rewards of this vital parish ministry!

Safe Environment: St. Augustine's is committed to the safety and wellbeing of everyone who participates in our religious education program.  Religious ed. volunteers at St. Augustine's submit to background screening and complete diocesan abuse prevention training through a program entitled "Safe and Sacred." For more information about this program, please click here. Employees, volunteers and personnel must also follow the diocesan Code of Conduct, which appears in the diocesan Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry.  For information about our diocese's policies related to the Charter For the Protection of Children and Young People please visit our diocesan website and follow the links for "Child Safety" at the top of the home page. Documents are also linked below:

1.  Charter For the Protection of Children and Young People.

2.  Diocese of Burlington Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry.

3.  Diocesan Code of Conduct.