Now is that time of the year when a brand-new school year is already upon us and one of the things that goes along with that is the creating of a safe environment for our children and young people. We don’t need to go over the terrible tragedy – and sin – of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. While this certainly is a black eye for the Church, one of the good things to come out of this in recent years is the realization that we all – both church and society in general – must learn to prevent abuse, to recognize abuse and to report it. The United States Conference of Bishops established in 2002, a Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People which directed action in a number of areas to create a safe environment for the children in our care. This includes Safe Environment Training for all those who have contact with children, which includes priests and deacons, teachers and counselors and aids, PREP teachers, youth leaders, Scout leaders, and so on. Our Archdiocese offers a lot of opportunities to get this training and he certification is good for three years. The Salesians also require their own version of training which must be renewed each year. St. Rosalie School offers this training as part of the faculty-in-service days before the school year and most of our youth leaders receive the training at that time. For those who miss this opportunity, St. John Bosco Church will offer the Salesian training with Bro. Jerry from Archbishop Shaw on August 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Bro Jerry will offer the Archdiocesan component of this training on August 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Archbishop Shaw. Again, this is required for all persons who have contact with children in their activities here at St. Rosalie. Be sure to save the date – and God bless!
Following the WORD OF GOD
Created: July 23, 2004 St. Rosalie Catholic Church