As part of our continued Screening in Faith policies, we need to continually update our volunteer files and implement all Diocesan Policy and Procedures when it comes to maintaining current files. As an update to your existing file, we need all of our volunteers to verify that they have read a new Code of Conduct document issued by the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.
Please remember that screening procedures and following a code of conduct is not new to our parish. As a volunteer you have already completed Volunteer Information Forms when you became a new volunteer and some of you in high-risk ministries have already gone through a screening process.
Volunteer screening is a standard Ontario practice at most companies, churches, and volunteer organizations. When we complete a screening process and keep our records current, we are able to reduce our insurance fees in the parish and diocese. Also, by completing a screening process, we let our parish family know that we endeavour to create, maintain, and promote a safe environment for all those to whom we minister. It shows we support our parish volunteers and preserve their safety, integrity and reputation and ensures that we fulfill our duty and obligations as a faith and caring community.
We ask that you read the Code of Conduct found here:
“Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Employees & Volunteers engaged in ministries and services in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.”
Please print the last page. Print your name on the “acknowledgement” portion indicating you have read the Code of Conduct and return it to the parish office. You can do this by dropping it into the collection basket in an envelope marked “Return to Parish Office”; you can drop it off in the Sacristy anytime you attend mass, or you can drop it off to the parish office (we have a mail slot to the left of the door at 480 McIntyre Street West).
For those who do not have a printer and would prefer a paper copy of this document – copies are available at the parish office, in the sacristy and on the bookcases behind the last pews in the Cathedral.
Thank you for the time it takes do this. If you need any assistance, please call the parish office.