The Religious Education fees partially offset the costs of administering our Religious Education program. The total cost per student is greater than what we charge – the remaining balance is paid for by the parishoners of St. Andrew, St. Mary and St. Theresa. The Church’s mission is to evangelize and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others, which includes our Religious Education program. However, it would not be fair to expect the parishoner-in-pew to completely support religious education, as participating families should also contribute to the faith formation of their children.
The fees we change offset the costs of supplies (books, materials, technology), overhead (heat/lights), and salaries.
While most of the Catechists, Aides, Small Group Leaders, Hall Monitors and other helpers are volunteers, they are supported, trained, and led by a dedicated team of paid staff. Billerica has, for many years, been able to offer religious education with a variety of part-time Religious Education professionals.
Billerica Catholic Religious Education (BCRE) operates as a collaborative ministry of the Catholic Community of Billerica, which is St. Andrew, St. Mary, and St. Theresa parishes in Billerica. Payments given to BCRE must be in the name of one of the three parishes, and is credited back to each of those parishes respectively.