Protecting God's Children
All volunteers and Employees that work or volunteer with around children must be in Full Compliance and meet the requirements for the Safe Environment Program.
There are three components to be in compliance:
Attend a Protecting God's Children Workshop. View a listing of all Protecting God's Children Workshops and register today .
Complete a Criminal Records check from the family Care Registry.
Read and Commit to the Code of Ethical Conduct. The last sheet of the Code must be signed and turned into the office.
The required paperwork to fulfill #2 and #3 above is available at the Parish Office (1210 Paddock, Florissant, MO 63033). For more information please contact Mariellyn Hays at 314-837-3410 or send Mariellyn an email.
For school families, please contact Ann McKay at the School Office (3500 St. Catherine Street, Florissant, MO 63033) - send an e-mail or call 314-921-3023.
More information can be found at www.archstl.org.
Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:
Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
Missouri Department of Social Services
Children’s Division Hotline Reporting Number:
From the Pastor's Pen - August 11, 2019
Fr. Nickolai and I both addressed the painful area of clergy abuse of children (see below for link to a brief summary), after Archbishop Carlson published a list of any priests with “credible allegations” going back 50 years. This was in advance of a list soon to come out by the Missouri Attorney General. While this is a broad societal problem, with similar percentages of offenders among all groups, special harm is done to those who are victimized by someone in a position of great trust and faith. The Church continues efforts of screening applicants at every stage, and monitoring all in ministry, ordained or not.
Click here to read notes from Fr. Tom and Fr. Nickolai, which they each shared in recent homilies.
Read a recent article from Psychology Today Top 10 Myths about Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church