Great thanks to our Religious Education Advisory Board for their tireless care and efforts on behalf of the children in Religious Formation. We have fortunately just hired a new 7-8th grade Coordinator, and are able to begin classes for those grades on time. However, we do not yet have a Director of Religious Education (K-6). In response, our Advisory Board members came together and responded most generously with their time, talent, and service!
The Advisory Board was able to put together a team of volunteer grade level coordinators for grades K-6; this team will meet with the catechists in the next few weeks, and the catechists will contact parents with information about class assignments. The children will receive their textbooks from their teachers on the first day of class.
Religious Education classes for grades K-6 will begin the week of Nov. 5th this year. Classes will be on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. We had to eliminate Wednesday classes because very few requested that day. They will be reassigned to another day, after consultation with parents.
Reasons for delaying the start of classes
(1) To give our new volunteer grade level coordinators time to schedule and meet with the catechists before classes begin.
(2) To recruit some still needed catechists, and prepare their student lists and assignments.
(3) To reassign children into another class when their preferred day or time had no catechist availability, and to notify parents of changes.
(4) To allow the coordinators and catechists time to revise class calendars where needed.
Fr. Joe Rossi and I are most grateful for the leadership and response the Advisory Board is offering in this transition time in our parish. May the loving kindness of the Lord Jesus continue to guide and sustain us.
Fr. Peter Quinn
Advisory Board Members: Laurie Moore, Val Farley, Paula Perrone, Dawn Brooks, Sherri Couillard, Ann Czado, Kate Small, Kirsten Mahony, Michele Bonenfant, Nicky Lowney, Suzann Pillion, Walter Carey, Peg Hicks, Mary Collins, Clare O’Brien, Kathy Mancini
Wanted: Director/or/Coordinator of Religious Education for St. Catherine of Alexandria. Westford, MA
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish seeks a part time (25-30 hours) benefits eligible Director or Coordinator of Religious Education for grades K-6. Manages and leads a team of 7 volunteer grade level coordinators who work with 100+ catechists to provide sacramental prep. and catechesis for K-6 students. Ideally, candidate would have experience teaching young children, have a good understanding of child safety procedures, and be a certified D.R.E. or C.R.E. or willing to work toward certification. Candidate should have excellent pastoral and communication skills, work well as part of a pastoral team, be technologically proficient, and a practicing Catholic.
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God Love, Fr Peter, Fr Joe, and the entire St Catherine staff
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The Final Draft of the St. Anne/St. Catherine Pastoral Plan is now available!
On May 31, 2016 we submitted to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) the final version of the five-year Parish Pastoral Plan for the future mission of St. Anne's and St. Catherine's.
This is the product of many months of work from a large list of individuals who deeply care about the future of our Collaborative.
We will now be moving on to the next phase of this process, which includes executing on the priorities, goals and tasks outlined in the plan. St. Anne and St. Catherine Parishes are tremendously grateful to all those involved in making sure this plan was completed on time, and reflected the Mission and Vision of the Collaborative.
The pastoral plan as completed reads as follows: pastoral plan document
Saint Catherine Parish seeks your time and talents for the benefit of our parish community. Even a modest contribution of your time and talent will promote the mission of the parish and strengthen our community. Everyone has something to share!
How Saint Catherine Parish is Keeping God’s Children Protected and Safe
To know that we are children of God is to live in complete love, with deep abiding security and the ability to dream, to sing, to create, to laugh, and to play without worry. As we grow older, we learn, through sometimes hurtful and damaging experiences, that some people reject the ability that God gave them to love and respect others—they ignore God’s call.
At Saint Catherine Parish, we strive to ensure the safety of our children, youth, elderly and disabled brothers and sisters. Below are some of the ways in which we carry out this critical task.
Protecting God’s Children Workshops (PGC)
All volunteers, age 18 and above, are required to participate in a one-time Protecting God’s Children (PGC) awareness training – regardless of whether or not you work directly with children. If you have attended a workshop elsewhere, please provide us with a copy of your certificate of attendance. If you have questions regarding PGC training please call the Parish Office /978-692-6353.
If you need to attend a session soon, please go to PGC Training Schedule (PGC training schedule) to find a workshop at another parish. (If you attend elsewhere, please make sure to provide a copy of your certificate of attendance to St. Catherine's parish office.)
Annual Background Checks
It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston that all staff and volunteers (age 17 and above) have an annual background check (CORI). All CORI forms must be verified, in person, using a government issued photo ID. You can do this at the Parish Office during regular office hours (Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
Guidelines for Staff & Volunteers
It is expected that the staff and volunteers who work with children and youth adhere to specific procedures.
Ensure that all staff & volunteers comply with PGC and CORI requirements.
Never work alone with children and young people.
If an adult needs to speak with a young person on a one-to-one basis, another adult must be made aware of the meeting and be available until the meeting ends.
Ensure that the ratio of adults to children is adequate to ensure safety and to ensure that children are supervised at all times.
Plan for extra help for special activities that may require more supervision.
Know who is in attendance at any activity; retain emergency contact information for every child.
Have a cell phone available.
Consent forms should be completed, if applicable, for children under 18.
Establish regular communication with a parent or guardian.
Communicate to parents the logistics for safe, supervised drop-off & pick-up points and times.
If cancelation of a class, activity or practice is necessary, every effort must be made to notify parents in advance. If a family is unaware of a cancelation and a child is dropped off, a parent must be contacted immediately.
Children are never to be left unattended while waiting for a parent, or person designated by the parent, to pick-up the child.
It is our belief that if parents are involved in parish programs and events, they will be in the best position to protect their own children as well as all the children in the parish community. Involvement and communication are important factors in helping to ensure safe environments for all of our children.