Child Protection & Safety
New Catechist/Church Volunteer Forms
All church volunteers who have substantial contact with children need to comply with the Diocesan Office of Child Protection and Safety. New catechists/volunteers should complete the necessary forms and attend a VIRTUS Training.
Forms are available from the Parish and RE Offices, but can also be downloaded from the Diocesan link above or by clicking here.
VIRTUS Training is available at different parish locations throughout the year. The Forms and attendance at VIRTUS should be done within 45 days of each other. (Read this Addendum for an overview).
Formation in Christian Chastity
and Called to Protect
During the first part of the RE Year, our parish completes a diocesan required program in class for additional compliance for child safety. For Monday RE, the program is called Formation in Christian Chastity. For Sunday RE, the program is Called to Protect.
Parents are sent a letter about the program prior to its start date. They are also given the opportunity to Opt-Out. Should they opt their children out, the children still come to RE on Sundays or Mondays and an alternate class activity will be given to them in a separate room.
The Parent Opt-Out Form is available here. (A parent or student must give this form to the Catechist or Jay Cuasay prior to the program start date in order to Opt-Out of this required class).