St. Mary's Safety Program

The child safety lessons previously taught through the Religious Education Program were very effective and well received.  Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic halted this program, but we are excited to finally offer it again.

This program focuses on helping children realize what a wonderful gift from God they are to their parents and the world.  As such, they need to do everything they can to take care of themselves so they can grow to be happy and healthy individuals.  Age-appropriate handouts provide children with concepts and ideas of how to best recognize a situation that may make them feel uncomfortable and how best to deal with it.

All sessions lay the initial foundation to begin to empower your child with the necessary skills to recognize potential predatory behaviors without overwhelming them or instilling unnecessary fears.

The Archdiocese of Boston has transitioned to a new program called, Empowering God’s Children Safe Environment Program.  This program continues with what we have been doing in the past.

Empowering God’s Children Safe Environment Program Information

“A program for children presented by Lesson Leaders, each lesson includes a grade-appropriate video component along with learning activities.  The material is designed to better equip your child to know their safety rights, recognize their boundaries, and to empower them to protect themselves when safe adults are not immediately available—and ultimately be safer from people who might want to harm them.”

This year Safety Classes will be taught this year during the In-Person classes.  Barbara Brunelli, M.Ed (or Karen Ackles) will continue to teach these classes.  As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Religious Education Office.


*All of these classes will be held in the modular classrooms that we use for all of our classes.

Grade Dates
Grade 1 To be determined
Grade 2 Mon, Mar 13 & Tue, Mar 14
Grades 3 & 4 Wed, Mar 8 & Thu, Mar 9
Grades 5 & 6 Wed, Mar 15 & Thu, Mar 16
Grades 7 & 8 Wed, Apr 12 & Thu, Apr 13
Grades 9 & 10 (Confirmation 1 & 2) To be determined