Faith Formation

Safe Environment Policy

We want our children to experience healthy relationships in the image of God as they participate in our Children’s Ministry. All staff and volunteers who have access to children are expected to complete a Safe Environment training and complete a Level II background check.

The United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has indicated that the mandated child protection/safe environment training of children and youth has resulted in more children coming forward to report cases of inappropriate behavior on the part of adults. More importantly, the children coming forward no longer feel a sense of shame about incidents; they know that the abuse was not their fault. With this information and experience in mind, the diocese requires that all children and youth in a parish or Catholic school be presented age-appropriate programs each year and that documentation is maintained by the parish or school. How to speak to your children about difficult subjects, etc. For more information: https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/policyupdatenotice.html 

Please complete and return to the Faith Formation Office with your Registration Form the “Parental Option Form for the Protection of Children In-Servicing for Faith Formation Students” and “Authorization Form for Photographs/Video of Children” This form can be found here:

If you are unable to download forms, please contact the Faith Formation Office for copies.

Questions? Call us, we are happy to serve you and your families!

Faith Formation Coordinator: (814) 864-0622 

Mike Palmer

Director, Rel. Ed.