We continue to actively prepare for youth faith formation in St. Matthew the Evangelist parish, serving the Catholic Community of Billerica.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
And there shall be no more death…
The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

-Revelation 21:4-5

 

Latest Updates from Billerica Catholic Religious Education (BCRE)

  • Registration emails were sent out on Friday, October 2 (afternoon).
  • Grades 1-8 (Seekers, Explorers, Pathfinders, Navigators) are delaying their start dates until Oct. 20 & 22 or Oct. 27 & 29, to give the team more time to prepare for a good start.
  • Materials need to be picked up this week – see the registration confirmation email for the dates and link to sign up.

 

As a reminder…

  • All BCRE programs through December will happen virtually through Zoom to compliment home-based materials.
  • If you have not yet registered for the upcoming year, please click here to complete your registration. We would be grateful for your registration ASAP, so that we can prepare materials for your family to pick up.
  • Each faith formation program will use Community Zoom Sessions, to compliment the home-based learning done with age-specific resources available in both printed and online formats. These Zoom sessions will be offered on the following days and times (note: no sessions Nov. 23-29 for Thanksgiving):

Classes

    • Seekers (Gr. 1-2) – Tuesdays and Thursdays, every other week, at 4pm, starting Oct. 27 & 29 (four scheduled zoom meetings until Christmas)
    • Explorers (Gr. 3-4) – Tuesdays and Thursdays, every other week, at 4pm, starting Oct. 20 & 22 (four scheduled zoom meetings until Christmas)
    • Pathfinders (Gr. 5-6) – Tuesdays and Thursdays, every other week, at 7pm, starting Oct. 27 & 29 (five scheduled zoom meetings until Christmas)
    • Navigators (Gr. 7-8) – Tuesdays and Thursdays, every other week, at 7pm, starting Oct. 20 & 22 (five scheduled zoom meetings until Christmas)
    • High School 1 – parent & teen zoom meeting on October 4 at 2pm, then eight weekly zoom meetings starting Oct. 18 (except Nov. 29) through Dec. 13, at 12:30 or 2:30pm
    • Confirmation 2 (for those enrolled in Confirmation 1 during the 2019-2020 year) – parent & teen zoom meeting on September 27 at 2pm, then eight weekly zoom meetings starting Oct. 18 (except Nov. 29) through Dec. 13, at 1:30 or 3:30pm

Additionally, we are offering:

    • Teen Leadership Community – open to all teens in grades 9-12, Sundays at 11:30am, starting September 13. No registration required.
    • Compass (TLC for Navigators) – open to all teens in grades 7-8, Mondays at 7:30pm, starting September 14. No registration required.

Please see our website for more information about the TLC and Compass.

 

Additional Information

1. Even if we are able to offer on-site faith formation later in the school year, at no time will a family or child be required to attend on-site.

2. Since only one program will use the BCRE zoom account at a time, you no longer need to align multiple children to attend BCRE at the same day/time.

3. We need many volunteers to facilitate the zoom sessions. This is especially true in Navigators and our High School programs, where we need two adults for each small group breakout. We also need Presenters and Catechists for the whole-group pieces. Since our Coordinators will be setting up the online zoom experiences, you do not need to be a computer expert. Teenagers may assist as well – click here for more information.

4. If we are able to return to programs on site, no volunteers would be required to come on site unless they choose to do so.

5. We hope to have our “after-December” schedule and vision available to you by Thanksgiving.

6. The physical BCRE Office will remain closed as we continue to serve you remotely. Please contact us by email, and know that messages left on our voicemail will be responded to as quickly as possible.

 

We hope that your families remain healthy and safe during this continued time of pandemic.

St. Matthew the Evangelist, pray for us!

 

Carol Wemmit, Office Manager

Melissa Gozzo, Coordinator of Seekers and Explorers

Deb Fergus, Coordinator of Pathfinders and Navigators

Dustin Batista, Assistant Coordinator of Teen Ministries

Tony Carbrello, Director & Coordinator of Teen Ministries