Protecting God's Children
All ADULT persons, 18 years of age and older, who wish to be approved volunteers in any program of Maternity BVM parish that in any way includes or affects children and/or young people must:
Complete the necessary forms to undergo a background check.
- Attend the three hour workshop/seminar on "Protecting God's Children" as mandated by the Diocese of Joliet.
- Provide written acknowledgement that the person has read and understood the Pastoral Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors and the Standards of Behaviors of Those Working with Minors.
All persons WHO ARE MINORS who wish to be approved volunteers in any program of Maternity BVM parish that in any way includes or affects children and/or young people and are under the age of 18 are considered to be Volunteer Leaders and must comply with the parish "Regulations: Minors Who Are Volunteers". These regulations include but are not limited to having the diocesan form signed by their parents and having two letters of recommendation. Minors DO NOT have to attend the 3 hour seminar.
If you are volunteering in the following capacity, then you must complete this program. The following are examples of volunteer work...but not limited to:
School Lunchroom Volunteers
School field trip volunteers
Schoolclassroom party volunteers
school learning center volunteers
Market Day volunteers
Religious education catechists/teachers aides
Youth Ministry Leaders
Youth Ministry Retreat volunteers
Kairos Adult and Youth Leaders
To register for a seminar, please visit the Virtus website
"Joliet, IL (diocese)"
to view seminars offered in our diocese
For further information, please contact Teresa Culver at the Parish office at 815-933-8285 ext. 110
Reporting Sexual Abuse
Anyone with reason to believe that a child has been abused or is being abused should report their suspicions to civil authorities. Contact: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) or the local authorities.
The Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help victims/survivors of child sexual abuse by a cleric, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church. The Victim Assistance Coordinator will report to Bishop Conlon and coordinate efforts of pastoral support and outreach to assist in the healing process. The Victim Assistance Coordinator can also assist in making a report to civil authorities. Contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 815-263-6467.