The Office of Child Protection and Safety has updated and revised the Code of Conduct for the Diocese of Arlington. All church staff and volunteers who have substantial contact with children will need to read the document and sign the last page.
The new code goes into effect on November 15th.
Please return the signed last page to the RE Office so that we can send it as one package to the Diocese.
A brief overview of the rationale for the new code is provided here.
If you have questions, please feel free to comment on this link so that everyone can benefit from the discussion. (You can also comment anonymously if you wish).
Click the Button to download the new Code of Conduct.
Just a reminder, there are no Religious Education Classes today, Monday October 8th. Enjoy the holiday. See you next week.
To my Catechists getting ready to teach the Grade 7 & 8 components of the Formation in Christian Chastity program, you might want to take a moment to consider this short article that appeared in THINK PROGRESS.
It should give you and your class something to think about in terms of fashion images and the appropriateness of sexualizing swimwear for girls.
Take note that it isn't just that there is an industry or a famous actress that promotes this type of fashion without seeing its potential problematics, but that there are also parents who make the choices for their children that put them on display in such a manner.
This means that it is not only or even up to the child initially to know what is appropriate, but rather how children are raised to understand and appreciate their bodies within a familial and faith community image, even if that is counter to what other people or even a lot of people seem to be doing.
Worth a talking point in your classes if nothing else.
PDF Files went out earlier today to several catechist groups. These emails contained the Class Lists for RE 2012-2013 for Grades 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, The Bible Elective and the two One Faith, One Lord classes.
We still have two more weeks to go before the start of classes and last minute, walk-in registrations will add to these lists. But for now, these lists should give you catechists an idea of what your classes shaping up to look like.
Remember, MONDAY CLASSES START MON SEP 17th and
SUNDAY CLASSES START SUN SEP 23.
Check your emails and check your classes out.
Just to let you know what you probably already heard through emails or at Sunday mass: We lost two catechists at the Monday 430-530 period this past week, due to conflicts in work schedules.
I am in immediate need of a Grade 7 and Grade 8 catechist, particularly for the first few weeks when we have the FCC classes to handle.
Please spread the word and help all of us find at least two more people to join our team!
I have pressed the parents and have given them the alternatives of moving their child to the Monday 6PM time slot where I have more room or even to the Sunday 600-700PM time slot for those in Grade 8.
Say your prayers and help me find these last, but not least, members for this coming year.
This will enable me to produce your class lists in a timely manner as well, which I am sure everyone here would appreciate. Thanks!
Mr. Boo in Sterling Park
Milo, our Burman cat, has been with my wife and me since we moved to Gainesville, FL after our first year of marriage. He travelled with us to Atlanta, GA (where I began my theology studies) and then to Annandale (when we returned to the DC area) and eventually to Sterling VA. He's been with us a long time, but sadly, because of that long time, he is beginning to wind down.
A few months ago we moved from Sterling Park to Countryside. Milo had been limping a little during the move. But it has really been in the last month that he started dropping a lot of weight, stopped grooming himself, and started to become more and more immobile.
Blogs are nothing new, but not everyone uses them. However, in my job, I meet and need to stay in contact with a lot of people: catechists, parents, families, adults seeking to celebrate sacraments, youth representatives, social outreach groups, etc.
Everyone uses a phone. Everyone uses email. But not everyone can gather and share their ideas and thoughts at the same time. Not everyone gets a chance to weigh in or get heard at meetings. Blogs can help.
For now, just think of it as an interactive Bulletin Board where you can gather information and learn about activities related to you as a parishioner, parent, or adult faith learner. You will be able to comment, offer feedback, network and dialogue with others like you. The more people get involved, the more we can get a sense of where the community or particular group is on a given subject.
For example, we might float the idea of getting youth involved in social justice projects over the summer. A blog could help get the word out to decide who to talk to, when to meet, and who the potential volunteers might be.
Or it might just be a reminder and RSVP for an upcoming Parent Meeting, followed by post about the meeting with several comments by those who attended.
There's a lot that could happen. At the very least, I hope that more parishioners will take the chance to reflect upon their lives as mature adults in faith, especially in light of our responsibilities to raise children in the Catholic faith or provide examples for others wishing to become Catholic and join our parish.
Let's see what happens.