Saint Ann’s offers age/grade specific programs for youth, as well as a full Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) journey for adults.
Early childhood Religious Education classes for children in preschool and kindergarten are held during the 10:15 liturgy. Contact Karen McMahon 682-5181 ext 20 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade 1 – Grade 6
Religious Education classes for children from grade 1-grade 6 are held on Sunday mornings. Sessions for grades 1-6: Session I: 9:15-10:00; Grade 1: during 10:15 Mass; Session II: 11:30-12:15. Contact Jim and Ellen McDowell at 682-5181 ext. 21 or email stanns email@example.com.
Classes are held on the first Sunday of every month. The evening begins with a “Teen Mass ” followed by dinner, classroom instruction, and ends with an activity. Contact Julie Hagan at 682-5181 ext. 22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Confirmation Program is a two-year program beginning in 9th grade with Confirmation celebrated in the spring of the 10th grade. It is composed of classroom teaching, retreats, and service projects.
Safe Environment Program Child & Youth Protection (Virtus)
A Guide for Employees & Volunteers
DIOCESE OF SYRACUSE
All children have the right to be safe and protected from harm in all environments ~ home, school, religious institutions, neighborhoods and communities.
St. Ann’s and The Diocese of Syracuse embrace this right to safety and are dedicated to promoting the protection of children and young people. We will continue to take steps to create a safe environment, to prevent child sexual abuse, and to bring the healing ministry of the diocese to bear wherever possible.
Any questions pertaining to the St. Ann’s Virtus program should be directed to Julie Hagan. Her contact information is below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” training?
This adult awareness program is nationally recognized. The sessions, which are 3 hours in length, cover the warning signs of child sexual abuse. The facilitator also leads the group through a 5-part plan that builds the full barrier system between children and those who would do them harm. There is also a mandatory criminal background check required by participants in order to be in contact with children and youth.
When do I need to attend?
Employees and volunteers must complete a training session within 60 days from the start of their duties.
Who needs to attend the VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” Safe Environment training?
All employees and
Any volunteer who has contact with children and youth.
Can youth attend a “Protecting God’s Children” session?
Yes ~ youths between the ages of 16 and 18 years may attend with pre~approval by their parent or guardian.
Where are sessions held?
“Protecting God’s Children” session are held regularly throughout our diocese. View the schedules and pre-register here.
How often do I need to recertify?
Every five (5) years.
Where do I find training for recertification?
“Keeping the Promise Alive” sessions are offered throughout the diocese. View the schedules and pre-register here.
Who can I call with a report or a concern of abuse?
The diocese is committed to the protection of all children and young people. If an individual believes he/she may have been harmed or knows of someone who has been harmed by a member of the clergy or other diocesan personnel, please contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, immediately (Contact information below).