WHO WE ARE :: CHILD AND YOUTH PROTECTION

We as an Individual Parish, as well as Catholics sharing in the larger Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, are committed to maintain a safe environment for children and youth. Our mission is to ensure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs by implementing the USCCB's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This includes criminal background check screening and training in recognizing and reporting child abuse to appropriate civil and church authorities. 

 

Safe Environment Programs :: VIRTUS 

VIRTUS is a prevention and awareness training at the parish and school level for adults. The training consists of classroom presentations, printed materials and dvds that will focus on the prevention of abuse and the protection of children. "Protecting God's Children's" is the program selected by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to educate clergy, staff, and volunteers who work with children and youth about child sexual abuse and the ways to create a safe environment for children. The 3-hour live session includes videos and facilitated discussions that focus on the prevention of abuse and the protection of children. Adults learn how to recognize the warning signs of sexual abuse and to respond appropriately. You will learn about steps that the faith community can take to create a safe environment for all God's children and how to respond when adults behave in a way that raises concerns.