2016 is St. John Vianney’s Year to Retrain in Safe Environment for Children!!
Calling all parish volunteers! Our Diocese and all dioceses in the United States requires that all volunteers retrain for Safe Environment for Children when they begin their ministry and then on their rotation year which is every 3 years. It is our parish’s year to retrain on Safe Environment for Children Procedures. This year we have a new training program for our Diocese! It is called Virtus and it is a Catholic based training system that provides wonderful material for both in-person and online trainings.
All parish employees and volunteers must update their training by attending a Safe Environment for Children training class or taking the training online. Whether you take the online class or sign-up, you must register through the Virtus system by going to http://www.oakdiocese.org/offices/safe-environment. You will see a place to click for all the training classes including the July ones listed below. If you prefer to do the online class that is fine, your registration through the system will be all the proof that you need. The parishes are paying a fixed fee for the use of this system, so we are no longer being charged a per person fee.
We plan to hold a number of trainings in September and we will be publishing those dates. We are planning to hold two trainings in Mullen Commons Vista on Wednesday, July 27th. One will be at 9am after morning Mass and the other will be at 6pm. We also have a 6pm training on Monday, August, 29th and a 9am session on Wednesday, August 31st. They have asked us to a lot 3 hours, but we believe they will finish up earlier. The trainings include 2 powerful videos that we think will be very helpful.
The purpose of this training is to make sure that all our volunteers are knowledgeable about the facts and indications of child abuse so that we can protect our children here in our parish, at home and in our neighborhoods. Even if you are not currently a parish volunteer, we welcome you to be trained. We have trained over 300 volunteers over the past few years and we are committed to doing all we can to keep St. John Vianney a safe environment for our children.
To get started please register through the Oakland Diocese website
A list of other training dates is also available Virtus Living Trainings in Oakland Diocese
Training should be completed by ALL parish volunteers by the end of October.
Thank you all for your commitment to serve and to keeping our children safe here in the St. John Vianney Community!!!