Registration is Now Open for Route20Catholic Family Catechesis & Sacramental Prep! In an effort to make Family Catechesis more accessible, we decided to host the K-8 program on two campuses on two different Sundays each month. That way, children from all four parishes can register for our PCA Route20Catholic Family Catechesis program, and then attend any meeting on any campus on any month, and receive the same Faith Formation with the same curriculum from the same team. For example, Family Catechesis will typically take place every second Sunday of the month at 10am in Waterville immediately following the 9am Sunday Mass, and Family Catechesis will typically take place every third Sunday of the month at 10am in Hamilton immediately before the 11am Sunday Mass. Families will have access to two sessions on both the East side and the West side of the PCA each month, and they are welcome to participate in the session that is most convenient for them on any given month. We will also be adapting the Family Catechesis model this year by reintroducing break out sessions by age, so children can be with their peers and engage in age appropriate content.

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.