If an individual refuses to do the Police Record Check, disregard it for the moment. Strongly encourage them to attend the 2 hour training session being offered in the deanery. After the training session they may have a change of heart.
If there are any questions please call the Diocesan Centre and speak with Christine Taylor at 922-4747 ext. 227 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Fournier ext. 0 or email@example.com . (Please note Christine will be unavailable the last week of July and from Aug 5-30.
Dear Fellow Parishioner,
You may have heard that the Diocese has launched a Responsible Ministry Protocol, a protection plan for those working with children, youth and vulnerable adults. The purpose of this plan is five-fold:
- to prevent the abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults;
- to protect the most vulnerable among us;
- to train and support our clergy, employees and volunteers;
- to provide a process for reporting all incidents of abuse, neglect and harm;
- to protect clergy, employees and volunteers against false allegations of abuse.
It is obvious that no protocol will prevent abuse or false allegations of abuse from happening. The intention of the Diocese is to exercise due diligence in narrowing the opportunity for either of these to occur.
This fall, all Ministry Personnel (pastors, employees and volunteers) in the Diocese of Prince Albert who work in High Risk Ministry Positions (those who minister to children, youth and vulnerable adults in positions of trust) will need to attend a two-hour session, which will inform them about the Responsible Ministry Protocol and how the procedures will effect them. The schedule of training dates, places and times is:
Deanery 1: Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert September 14 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Deanery 1: Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert September 14 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Deanery 2: Immaculate Heart Parish in Tisdale September 12 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Deanery 3: St. Odilon Parish in Rosthern September 13 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Deanery 4: St. Agatha Parish in Shellbrook September 13 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Deanery 5: St. Joseph Calasanctius in North Battleford September 11 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Deanery 5: St. Joseph Calasanctius in North Battleford September 12 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Deanery 6: Our Lady of Peace Parish in MeadowLake September 11 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
If you are not able to attend the session offered in your deanery, you are welcome to attend one in another deanery.
This fall all persons in the Diocese of Prince Albert working with children, youth and vulnerable adults in positions of trust will need to be screened. They will be required to fill out a Ministry Application Form, sign a Covenant of Care and Declaration of Intent, complete a Police Records Check, and be interviewed by a member of the Parish Responsible Ministry Committee tasked with implementing the Protocol.
We are asking those in High Risk Ministries (those ministering to children, youth and vulnerable adults) to get a Police Records Check done as soon as they are able. The application form needed to present to your local police or RCMP detachment is included with this letter. The process is quite simple. Fill out the enclosed form and bring it and two pieces of I.D. (the enclosed form lists the type of I.D. required) to your local police detachment. The officer receiving your application will photocopy your I.D. and give you a form to fill out. If there is a cost for the Police Records Check, bring the receipt back to the parish office for a refund. If your gender and date of birth matches anyone with a criminal record in Canada you will need to have a further clearance, requiring a fingerprint check and an additional $25 fee. Again, this fee will be reimbursed by the parish that will then be reimbursed by the Diocese.
For those who volunteer in organizations such as Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, children/youth sport leagues, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, etc., these procedures are the norm for employment or volunteer positions. Some of us may feel that due to the number of scandals in the Church over the last number of years it is about time that the Diocese initiates such a plan. For others who have had no previous encounter with such screening processes, you may feel affronted when asked to enter into this process. We hope that all will enter into this process focused on the purpose of our ministry…the mission of Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ,
The Parish Responsible Ministry Committee