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Circle of Grace

Safe Environment Training Program

Kindergarten through Grade 12

Implemented by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis beginning in the 2012-13 School Year


What is the Circle of Grace?


Circle of Grace is the love and goodness of God that surrounds us and all others. It is the recognition that God is with us always and is there to help us in difficult situations. Through the Circle of Grace Program, adults assist children and youth to recognize God’s love by understanding that each of us lives and moves within a Circle of Grace. Your Circle of Grace holds your very essence in body, mind, heart, soul, and sexuality.

Because this holistic concept includes all senses it allows children and young people to identify uncomfortable situations long before inappropriate touch may occur. The Circle of Grace program teaches children and young people to seek help from a trusted adult, reinforcing God’s presence in their real life struggles.

Goal of the Circle of Grace Program - Grades K-12

The goal of the Circle of Grace program is to
educate and empower children and young people
to actively participate in a safe environment for
themselves and others.



Objectives of the Circle of Grace Program - Grades K-12

• Children and young people will understand they
are created by God and live in the love of the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.

• Children and young people will be able to
describe the Circle of Grace which God gives each
of us.

• Children and young people will be able to identify
and maintain appropriate physical,emotional,
spiritual, and sexual boundaries.

• Children and young people will be able to identify
all types of boundary violations.

• Children and young people will demonstrate how
to take action if any boundary is threatened or
violated

Circle of Grace is set apart from other programs by teaching:

• God’s presence and assistance in difficult and
confusing situations as an essential component
in its K‐12 curriculum

• a philosophy that can be used at all times as a
concept that reinforces God’s real presence in our
lives, respect for self
and others, and skills for good decision making.

• the sacredness of each person and how
relationships are called to be experiences of
divine love.

• beyond the “good touch‐bad touch” models by
addressing the whole person. Thus it is able to
teach how boundary violations can occur through

all of our senses.

• a holistic approach giving children and youth the
skills to identify uncomfortable situations long
before inappropriate touch occurs.

• children and young people to identify the “trusted
adults” in their lives in addition to their parents.

• parents by informative letters, lesson handouts,
and educational material.

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The Aquinas Center - which is inclusive of: Catechetical Ministry & the Aquinas Center Resource Library - was founded in 1973 by the New Albany Deanery Board of Total Catholic Education for the purpose of providing personnel and material resources as well as generating opportunities for continuing education in the faith for the Catholics of the New Albany Deanery.

 

We invite you to call us or visit us for resources to assist you with your programs or for your own personal faith formation.  We are located at the St. Joe Hill Campus of St. John Paul Ii Parish in the School Building.


Hours:  Monday-Thursday 9:00 - 3:00 & Friday 9:00 - 1:00


Other Hours by Appointment

NEW ALBANY DEANERY


AQUINAS CENTER


2609 St. Joe Rd West


Sellersburg, IN  47172


812-246-5044


aquinasctr@sbcglobal.net

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