Please contact Kathy Boyer at 344-9814 or kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org for more information about the Catechetical ministry at St. Andrew's. 
"We want a laity…who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand,
who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it,
who know so much history that they can defend it
." - John Henry Cardinal Newman

Per the Diocese of Richmond, all volunteers who work with youth under the age of 18 must complete Safe Environment requirements.
Diocesan Requirements
Register for a VIRTUS training session - Register yourself online. Contact Kathy Boyer with questions.
ScreeningONE form - Form is to be returned to the St. Andrew's Parish Office, not the Diocese.

2016-17 Christian Formation Calendar

DIOCESAN LINKS AND MAGISTERIAL DOCUMENTS - Use the links below for information or resources:

The Holy See - Vatican Website 

Misericordiae Vultus - Pope Francis 

The Joy of the Gospel - Pope Francis

USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catholic Diocese of Richmond
The Catholic Virginian
Confronting a Culture of Violence  (from the USCCB website)
Helping Children Cope with Terrorism - Tips for Families and Educators  (from the NASP website)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis  (from the NASP website)

RESOURCES - Use the links below for information on:

Halloween Info Resource     Halloween: Witches, Ghosts & Magic      Halloween: All Saints & All Souls

"How do Catholics Elect the Pope?"          

Regulations for Fast and Abstinence     "Giving Something Up for Lent"       JESUS prayer for Lent

Holy Days of Obligation     The Liturgical Year        Advent - Wreath and Colors     The Meaning of the Candy Cane

Thanksgiving - "I am thankful for"       Thanksgiving Prayer 1        Thanksgiving Prayer 2



Example of a "Textbook Scavenger Hunt" for the first day of class




K  Nancy Pry & Ana Boush, Morgan Douglass

1  Jennifer Bleecker & Jared Grinde / Quang Tran

2  Molly Westerhold & Katherine Nguyen

3A  Eraina Conner & Rani Wood

3B  Anna Pham & Dawson Le/Drake Tran

4  Megan Potter 

5  Tina Shapach & Misa Nguyen

6  Barb & Pat McGrath

7A  Sonia Stone & Isabelle Webb

7B  Ali Shail & Riley Whalen / Allison Hudson

8  Jason Sandzimier & Brian McGrath

9  Frank Giannini & Marcella Allison



NEW! A list of all DVD and VHS recordings in our Christian Formation VIDEO LIBRARY  for use in your classes.

Please use the following links to access the Parent Pages and grade level curriculum from the Diocese of Richmond.  Scroll down each page to see the "Background for Catechists" including faith, physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development.
Kindergarten   1st Grade   2nd Grade   3rd Grade   4th Grade
5th Grade   6th Grade   7th Grade   8th Grade   Prayers & Concepts
CLICK for the Grade level prayers to be used as part of your Christian Formation class.
Dates to look forward to:

August 10 - VIRTUS training at St. Gerard's - 6pm

August 15 - VIRTUS training at Our Lady of Nazareth - 6pm

September 18 - Catechetical Sunday - Commissioning of catechists at the 9:00 Mass

September 20 - Catechist Workshop 5:00-7:30PM in the Social Hall

September 25 - FIRST DAY OF CLASS

October 22 - PATHWAYS Catechist Training - Our Lady of Nazareth - Roanoke

November 27 - No classes - Thanksgiving break

December 25 & January 1 - No Classes - Christmas Break

January 8 - Classes resume

April 9 - Palm Sunday - an abbreviated class session follows the 9:00 Mass

April 16 & 23 - No classes - Easter break

May 21 - Closing sessions for Christian Formation

TBA - Catechist Appreciation Dinner

May 21 - Catechist closing session


Register for Pathways HERE.
Check out the Diocesan "Pathways" page for more information on obtaining your Pathways Catechist certification.  It also has great information on exactly what Pathways is, who it is for, and how it can help you in your catechetical ministry.