Safe Environment

 

 

St. Valentine Church
Office of Safe Environment
2709 Mesta Street
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102

 

Maryann Wellinger, Safe Environment Coordinator
412-835-3780
mwellinger@stvals.org

 

As a critical part of our safe environment policy for young people, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has created a centralized electronic database of those that work and minister in the Church who have contact with children and young people. To create this secured Diocesan database, any person 18 years of age and older, is required to create an electronic file by completing the Safe Environment Policy.  This policy process is required by all ADULT SERVERS, BINGO VOLUNTEERS, CATECHISTS & AIDES, CHOIR & HANDBELL GROUPS, CLERGY, EMPLOYEES, EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, FISH FRY VOLUNTEERS, LECTORS, PRESCHOOL VOLUNTEERS, RELIGIOUS, SANTA BREAKFAST VOLUNTEERS, USHERS, VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS, YOUTH GROUP VOLUNTEERS, OR VOLUNTEERS AND MINISTERS IN ANY CAPACITY in any church in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

 

Therefore, this packet includes all pertinent information and forms that MUST be completed before ministering/volunteering at St. Valentine Church:

 

  • Centralized Diocesan Database Application
    Please fill out and return the Worksheet enclosed, OR follow the directions on the Electric File Card to personally add you information in the Database.

 

  • Code of Pastoral Conduct & Reporting Laws
    Please read and fill out the LAST page of these two booklets.

 

  • Child Abuse Clearance & Release of Information – Social Security Number is OPTIONAL.
    Please fill out the two forms enclosed.  The parish will mail your form to the State of Pennsylvania.  There is no charge for volunteers, and YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A MONEY ORDER ISSUED.  The CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE APPROVAL form will be mailed directly to St. Valentine Parish from the State when complete

 

  • Protecting God’s Children Class
    This class is now available online at www.diopitt.org.  You can print out a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE once the class is completed.  Please make sure you return this certificate for your file in the church office.  Classes are also available at different sites as listed on this website.

 

  • Fingerprinting and Waiver Request
    Fingerprinting must be done at an available site for anyone who has not lived in the State of Pennsylvania for 10 years and/or has been convicted of crimes under Title 18.  A Waiver Request form can be signed by anyone who has lived in the State of Pennsylvania for 10 years, and has never been convicted of crimes under Title 18 as listed on the Waiver form.

 

  • Mandated Reporting
    For Clergy, Employees, Catechists & Aides, Preschool Volunteers, Sunday Bible School, Vacation Bible School ONLY (please see enclosed list for Appendix D).

 

  • Cardinal Clause
    For Catechists & Aides ONLY.

 

Thank you for your cooperation with this process.  Please call 412-835-3780 with any questions.

When you have completed ALL the forms listed above, please mail or deliver them to:

 

St. Valentine SEC (School Building)
2709 Mesta Street
Bethel Park, PA 15102

 

Maryann Wellinger
Safe Environment Coordinator
St. Valentine Church