Beginning July 1st, the Diocese of Toledo implemented a new on-line, one-stop registration program so that any adult who volunteers with our youth (at St. Michael School and through all parish activities) can complete their needed Protecting Youth requirements through an on-line system called VIRTUS. This requirement pertains to, but is not limited to, adults who volunteer with children in the lunchroom, Discipleship/FROGS, youth group, field trips, classroom helper, coaching, retreats, 8th grade trip, Scouts, nursery, prayer groups, choirs, festival, servers etc.
Effective immediately, any and all adults whose ministry includes any contact with children are expected to complete three (3) on-line components of Protecting Youth registration at VIRTUS which remain on-file for 5 years.
(1) reading and signing an electronic expectation form,
(2) completing a social security number based background check ($25) (through Fastrax) – which replaces fingerprinting (and was previously $50-$60). The parish has generously offered to cover the $25 fee for volunteers if that is necessary.
(3) completing Protecting God’s Children Online Awareness Session 3.0 (also available in Spanish) at no charge, which will take about 75 minutes (formerly the Shield the Vulnerable course was $6).
(If you had fingerprints and/or the Protecting Youth course completed within the last five years, those should still be on file, and should not need to be repeated for 5 years but you will still need to register on the VIRTUS system.)
Please contact Susan Campbell our St. Michael Compliance Officer as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org if your service in our parish includes ministry with children to learn all you need to complete your registration.
We'd like to have all this on file by December 31, 2016.
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Our middle school ministry, "arise" is open to all 7th and 8th grade students looking to engage in the Catholic teachings through fun, fellowship, and faith-filled activities. This program uses themes from Dynamic Catholic's "Decision Point" series to spark enthusiasm for the Catholic faith within the youth. One Friday night a month from 7:00PM - 10:00PM, these youth meet to grow and experience the love of God with their peers in a community effort to support their journey with Christ.
5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to challenge each other more through the study and practice of virtues. One Friday night every other month the youth are invited from 6:00PM-8:00PM to engage in fun activities to come together as a Catholic community.
Refuge is for all high school students. Ecumenical in nature, meetings are held the 1st, 3rd and sometimes 5th Sunday of every month to find out what it means to live out the Word of God in daily life; specifically, through this year’s theme, “Alive,” youth will be delving into the lives of the Saints to discover what it means to truly live life to the fullest. High school ministry is the most inclusive ministry offered. The parish community is encouraged to lift the program up in prayers and participate in youth group as Ydisciple small group facilitators.
For more information contact Alyssa Brown