Volunteers/Safe Environment Policy

Bringing the children closer to Jesus

In today’s world, what is of value?

What are the choices that satisfy the heart’s longing, that bring meaning to life?

Tough questions that some ask openly and others simply live out.

All of us live and act out of a foundation of beliefs and values.

Our children too will grow up and live their beliefs and values.

Coming to know Jesus and growing in the friendship of God within a supportive community is the foundation and the framework that brings life to ourselves and gives life to others.

 

BECOME A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION VOLUNTEER

Religious Education catechists teach children the Catholic beliefs, teach them how to pray,

introducing them to a friendship with God that proves itself in love and service to others.

In teaching Jesus as the foundation of life, Religious Education catechists make a difference in the lives of children and find that in return their own lives have been enriched.

 

The only requirements are

a desire to share the Faith,

a love of children,

and a willingness to learn.

Ample training, teaching materials and support are all provided.

 

Volunteers are needed as:

Catechists

Co-catechists (team teaching)

Classroom Assistants

Substitute Catechists

 

Religious Education classes are held on Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:30 (grades 1-5)

and on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 (grades 6-8) starting in September and ending in April.

 

Please take some time and listen to your heart – is God calling you to this ministry?

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child by Teaching Christ?

A difference that brings goodness and life?

 

To further explore this ministry, please complete the information below.

God Bless You!

 

Contact Judy Konopka at jlkccd@yahoo.com or 412-464-9530 to discuss volunteer opportunities.

 

Catechists and all volunteers age 18 or older are required to follow the steps outlined below to be in full compliance with the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Safe Environment Policy.

 

  1. Register on the Pittsburgh Diocese Safe Environment Database at www.diopitt.org (one time only).  Scroll down to the “Safe Environment Database Application” in the left column.   Click on “If you don’t have a user ID and password”. The site will ask for an “access code”. The access code is “protect”. Complete the required information. The Criminal Record Clearance will automatically be generated with registration on the Database. You will also sign the Code of Pastoral Conduct and the Child Protective Service Training Law.  Please notify Judy Konopka when you have completed this step.

 

  1. The PA Child Abuse Clearance, Release form and Fingerprint Waiver will be sent home with your child. Please complete them and return them to CCD. There is no longer a fee to obtain your Child Abuse Clearances.  The CCD office will mail your completed Child Abuse History Clearance Form and the Release to the Department of Public Welfare.

 

  1. Take the Protecting God’s Children Workshop.  It is available on-line.  Go to www.virtus.org and click on “Registration”.  You will fill out the registration information and then be able to choose your session.  The on-line session is at the bottom of the list and is available in English and in Spanish.  Please print out the certificate and send a copy into CCD.

 

  1. The final step is to complete the Mandated Reporter Training.  This is available at www.diopitt.org.  Click on the “On-line Training for Mandated Reporters” tab.  Follow the prompts and begin the session.  Once complete, please print out the certificate and return to CCD. This is a Pennsylvania state mandated requirement.

 

Once all of the above steps are complete, you will be in compliance with the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Safe Environment Policy and will be permitted to volunteer