Child Abuse Prevention Team
St. Mary’s maintains a safe environment program which is connected to the Archdiocese of Boston’s Office for Child Advocacy Program. CAP teams provide training to support mandated and non-mandated reports in their parishes, provide guidance concerning reporting procedures, and act as liaisons from each parish to the Office for Child Advocacy.
Trained CAP team members are Stephen May, Barbara Brunelli, Sheila St. Sauveur.
Examples of activities or ministry’s work:
- Provides VIRTUS (Protecting God’s Children) training in fall and as needed
- Process and manage record keeping for CORI Authorization Forms and Code of Ministerial Behavior Forms
Child Abuse Prevention Resources
If you are a volunteer of any kind at St. Mary, you must submit a CORI authorization form ANNUALLY. Please download this year’s CORI file here and print it out DOUBLE-SIDED, please. Alternatively, we can supply you one at the parish rectory. You CANNOT mail this form in; it MUST be completed in person. For more information, please contact Stephen May.
Code of Ministerial Behavior
All volunteers must sign a Code of Ministerial Behavior ONCE before starting as a volunteer. If you wish to start as a volunteer in any ministry, please download the “Code of Conduct” document here, print it out at home, print name, sign and date the last page in the space provided and return only the last page to Stephen May at the parish by mail or in person. DO NOT complete the field for Witness Signature/Date.
All volunteers (regardless of their proximity to children) must attend a two-hour workshop that teaches them how to protect children from those who would do them harm and to understand the signs of a child in danger. A record of attendance is kept at the Archdiocese of Boston and the workshop does NOT need to be repeated. To sign up for a workshop at St. Mary’s or at another place in the Archdiocese, click the VIRTUS link above and then the box entitled “FIRST-TIME REGISTRANT.” To find a workshop that meets your schedule, follow the prompts and sign up. Your organization is “Boston, MA (Archdiocese).”
During Time of Covid-19 Restrictions
St. Mary’s will be holding monthly Zoom workshops until at least the end of 2020. All workshops begin PROMPTLY at 7:00pm and have a hard stop by 9:00pm. Attendance is limited to 8 participants per workshop. Additional workshops will be added, if necessary. The current schedule is as follows:
- August 25
- September 24
- October 27
- November 24
- December 29
You MUST register in order to attend. Please contact Stephen May for more information or to register.