Investigators (Grades 5-teen)
The Investigators program is for students in grades 5 and older – young adolescents and adolescents – who are beginning their religious education experience and have no prior religious education background.
The BCRE team has found that putting students of these ages directly into their grade-level peer groupings can be overwhelming, confusing, and not the best experiences for those involved. Investigators seeks to provide a means for students new to religious education to “catch up” to their peers.
Our goal is to strengthen each teen’s relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. We do this by discussing the bible readings from Mass coupled with an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Using a variety of materials, including a bible, video, and discussion, our aim is to provide a basic understanding of the Catholic faith.
Note: there is no scheduled time for Investigators. The time for this class will be set as a mutually agreeable time for all involved – students, staff, and volunteers. Most likely, Investigators will meet on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Sessions may be weekly or every-other-week.
Note: there is no class limit for Investigators. The group size will be determined by those who register for Investigators and in which grades they are.
Tony Carbrello is the Coordinator for Investigators (Gr. 5-teen) as well as being the Coordinator for Navigators (Gr. 7-8) and Assistant Director of Faith Formation. He may use volunteers and additional staff members as needed.
More information about the Coordinator, Tony Carbrello:
Although I have been blessed to serve the Church in a variety of occupational positions in different parts of the country, since 2008 I have worked for parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston. My wife (since 2009) and I, with our family, live nearby in Bedford and belong to St. Michael Parish, where we are active in Youth Ministry and I am a Lector. I attended St. Michael’s College in my home state of Vermont, focusing on high school education. In 2006, I earned a Masters of Theological Studies from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I have worked in retreat ministry, summer camp ministry, college campus ministry, teaching High School Religion, and for the Diocese of Burlington. My professional focus has frequently been concentrated on adolescent catechesis; my passion is to evangelize teenagers so they may enter into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Additionally, in the Catholic Community of Billerica, my responsibilities as Assistant Director of Faith Formation include a variety of roles and responsibilities: 1) member of the Pastoral Leadership Team; 2) head of the collaborative Child Abuse Prevention Team (Virtus trainings); 3) BCRE representative and member of the Facilities’ Safety Ministry; 4) some of the maintenance of the BCRE and CCB websites; 5) computer support around the collaborative.
Professionally, I am a co-moderator for a regional DRE/Youth Ministers Group named The Gathering, occasionally consult on matters of faith formation (working with Luke Hill Media among others), I belong to NCCL, and occasionally give retreats for teens.