CATECHIST TRAINING (PATHWAYS)
The Diocese of Richmond implements the need expressed by the Catholic Church to sufficiently train and support her catechists by offering a catechist training program called Pathways. All parish catechists in our diocese are invited to attend this one-day, instructor-led, interactive program of prayer, learning, and reflection. This training is for all who lend a helping hand on the faith to adults, youth, and children in our parishes. Locations and offering vary, but are available on the diocesan website at
SAFE ENVIRONMENT POLICY (VIRTUS)
The protection of minors and the provision of a safe environment for all programs of the Catholic Church in which minors are present, is the utmost concern of the Diocese of Richmond and our parish. In pursuing this goal, all who are 18 years or older who serve in programs which involve children or youth, are provided training in safe environment issues through VIRTUS, a national training program. These sessions are held at Blessed Sacrament as well as other various locations around the Diocese. It is a free program.
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ABOUT THE 2020-21 MINSTRY YEAR
What a whirlwind of a year 2020 has been! We are so pleased to finally be able to extend this invitation for another year of Religious Education (RE)/Youth Ministry(YM) for your family. Please make sure to read all the informationin the registration forms above, as we want you to feel informed of all the changes that may affect you and your family for this RE/YM school year. Our year will officially begin Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Due to elements beyond our control, our offerings for religious formation are going to be very different, and dependent on you, The Domestic Church! You as parents, are the primary catechists for the Catholic faith with your children. We are asking you to go deeper with your children this year, by helping them grow in love and faith as you work together on their continuing Catholic formation. We also acknowledge the added pressure you are under as parents this year, so our options intentionally offer a lot of flexibility.
**Parent meetings will be held in the sanctuary of BSCCVA on October 13th and 18th, as well as a virtual parent meeting through Zoom on October 19th. Please attend just one. On all dates, 6:00 pm will be held in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish. Contact Hope or Valerie to get the information for the virtual meeting.