Youth Protection and Safe Environment Protections
The diocese and the parish work with parents, civil authorities, educators, employees and volunteers to establish and maintain a safe environment for minors. The parish undergoes a document audit each year to ensure that our records are current.
Our parish fulfills the diocesan requirements to satisfy the Safe Environment Program with the following required of parish employees and volunteers that interact with children and youth: background checks, Protecting God’s Children workshop attendance, student education in our PREP program, and a parish Safe Environment Coordinator (Brenda Cordier).
Contact information: St. Mary Safe Environment Coordinator Brenda Cordier: StMarySafe@aol.com
The Diocesan Charter Compliance Officer Contact Information: Phone: 610-871-5200 (ext 203); Fax: 610-871-5211
The Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator’s Contact Information: Phone: 610.332.0442 (ext 19); Fax: 610.332.0444
Most secondary schools require service hours for their students. There are various ongoing needs at the parish that could be used as a project. Contact Fr. Don with your ideas or to discuss needs around the parish.
Due to the large expanse of the area of the parish, students attend a number of area Catholic schools. These include: St. Margaret and Holy Guardian Angels (Reading), St. Ambrose (Schuylkill Haven), Assumption BVM (Pottsville), St. Joseph the Worker (Orefield), Lebanon Catholic, and Berks Catholic HS (Reading) and Nativity BVM HS (Pottsville).
PARISH POLICY FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: Our parish assists families through a parish subsidy for students attending Catholic elementary schools. The subsidy is paid only for actively participating families and those that regularly the support the parish. A copy of this policy is available upon request.
Parish Religious Education Program
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