The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – This Feast Day takes place on Thursday, May 26th and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. This is also a diocesan holiday and, therefore, our parish offices will be closed. Our Holy Day PCA Mass times are as follows: 8am Mass at St. Mary’s in Hamilton and 5:30pm Mass at St. Bernard’s in Waterville. The 5:30pm Mass at St. Bernard’s will be live-streamed on our Facebook page @Route20Catholic.

SARP

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Team

St. Mary’s/St. Joan’s Roman Catholic Churches & Colgate Newman Community

WHO ARE WE? 

  • Parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Joan’s and the Colgate Newman Community with an interest and expertise in sexual abuse prevention:
    • Bud Ballinger — 315.380.7865; blueparsleybud@gmail.com
    • Michael Bischoff — 315.684.9628; mikebischoff@twc.com
    • Ray Douglas — 315.824.8382. rdouglas@colgate.edu
    • Jen Meyers — 315-824-1828; Cell 315-214-1408; jlaundy@gmail.com
    • Mark Shiner — 315.750.8685; mshiner@colgate.edu
    • Rebecca Shiner — 315.750.8687; rshiner@colgate.edu
    • Margaret Wehrer — 315.351.9981; wehrerklingamans@gmail.com
    • Maura Tumulty — 315.750.9537; mtumulty@colgate.edu 

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

  • To provide a robust parish and community response to sexual abuse, including (1) acknowledging past abuses in the church and in society at large, (2) ministering to victims of sexual abuse, and (3) creating a healthy and safe community for future generations.

HOW WILL WE ACHIEVE OUR GOAL?  

  • Provide resources / raise awareness to parishes and the local community on positive sexuality, respect for the body, and sexual abuse prevention.
  • Infuse all parish staff and structures with a sensitivity to past abuses and concrete steps to prevent future abuses. (For example, we are considering creating an outdoor memorial dedicated to victims of sexual abuse.)
  • Minister to victims of sexual abuse through prayers of the faithful, prayer services and educational and spiritual resources.
  • Educate parishioners and community members of all ages — children, teens, adults – and revise faith formation curriculum to better address this issue.
  • Collaborate with other local faith communities to create a safer and more healthy community. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Share helpful resources about sexual abuse prevention.
  • Collaborate with us to sponsor trainings, educational resources, or speakers.
  • Contact a team member to discuss your ideas.
  • Join our team.