Thank you for showing an interest in volunteering at St. Catharine Church and/or the Academy of Our Lady school. The Archdiocese of Newark’s Safe Environment Policy has THREE requirements for all volunteers and employees (18 years and older) who work with children in any programs sponsored by our parish or school. This includes CCD teachers and aides, CYO chaperones, HSA members, coaches, classroom, lunch & library volunteers, class parents, Scout leaders, and any others working with children.
For the safety of our children, all volunteers must meet the three requirements listed below:
Details on each is provided below:Attend a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) Workshop
Complete a Volunteer Application and Read/Sign Archdiocesan Code of Conduct
These two required forms are available at the rectory or online here. Please fill out the Volunteer Application in its entirety – especially pages 4-5 with appropriate initials and signatures. This form must be returned to the Rectory or may be scanned and emailed back to Maryann King (see contact information below). The Volunteer Application may be downloaded here. The Archdiocesan Code of Conduct form may be downloaded here. Please note that only the last page needs to be printed (and signed/returned).
Complete a Criminal Background Check
Please provide your email address to Maryann King at the Rectory (see confact information below) She will then instruct Verified Volunteers (our background check company) to email you a link to perform your background check. You will do this on your own and then will receive an email notification once it is complete - there is no cost to you for this. Background checks are valid for five years. After five years, you must run another background check.
Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring that we always provide a safe environment for all children in our church and school.
If you have any questions, please contact Maryann King, our Local Safe Environment Coordinator (contact information shown below).