Both the diocese and our parish insist that all adults who work or volunteer even on a limited basis with children complete the Virtus program. It does take effort on our part, but we owe it to our children. This whole program is free and is a valuable way to help protect our children. The process involves several steps:
Participate in a “Protecting God’s Children” training session. The sessions take place at various locations in the diocese usually on a Saturday morning or a weekday evening. Register at virtus.org.
Complete the background check form.
Read the diocesan “Policies and Procedures for Addressing Sexual Misconduct”. Complete and sign the acceptance form for this policy.
Read the required monthly training bulletins at virtus.org to continue the education process. By e-mail, you will be notified to complete the monthly assignment. The status of your online training is shown on the website.
It is necessary to complete all of these steps in order to work with children. If you have not yet signed up for the program, please do so soon so that you can be involved in the various activities here at St. Mary Parish.
For more information or to check on your status, please contact the parish office (635-4188).