Religious Education

Office of Religious Education

Saint Augustine Parish

16 Barre St. Montpelier, VT 05602

telephone: 223-5285

email: rel_ed [at] comcast.net

 

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.

 

Classes are getting ready to start up! I have attached a schedule that goes through December. Hard copies will be available on the first day of class. The First Reconciliation date, grades 9-10 retreat date, and First Communion date are still being determined. First Communion will NOT be on Sunday, May 7 as originally planned, as Msgr. Routhier will be away. Confirmation will be on the evening of Thursday, May 18.

 

The program for grades 7-10 will start on October 23. Their program will begin with Mass at 4:30pm (all are welcome at Mass) and will conclude at 7pm. There will be a snack; if you would be willing to contribute something, please respond to this email.

 

Classes for grades 1-6 will begin on October 30. They will be from 8:45am-9:45am in the church hall. Msgr. Routhier is more than happy to lead a program for the parents that would take place in the church at the same time if there is an interest in that. Please respond to this email if that would interest you.

 

If you have not filled out a registration form for this year yet, please contact me. I have attached the registration form that will need to be filled out as well.

 

The Knights of Columbus wanted me to inform you that they are running an essay contest for grades 8-12. I have attached the information and entry form for that. Submissions are due by November 6.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I would like to use this email (rel_ed@comcast.net) for all religious education-related messages. You can reach me at the rectory phone number (223-5285) as well.

 

In Christ,

 

Clara Luna

Director of Religious Education/Parish Secretary

 

Sacraments:  Students in Grade One 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.