Safe Environment


Thank you... for volunteering to assist the people of St Jude Catholic Parish as part of our ministry team.  Please, know that we are grateful for your offering of your Time and Talents for the greater glory of God. 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40

What is my role in the Protecting God’s Children program?

All adults are protectors of children. That’s why you are a part of this awareness program. As an adult, it is our role in the faith community, to keep our eyes and ears open, and to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities and church officials. "See something, say something." Read more...

As part of volunteering, you are asked and required to be Safe Environment compliant. The process is outlined below. You may find more comprehensive information on this program by following the Fort Worth Diocese Safe Environment Home Page.

Are you interested in volunteering here at St. Jude?

The 1st step: 
Please, complete these required Safe Environment Forms:

The 2nd step: 
Attend a Safe Environment Training Session. Safe Environment Training for employees and adult volunteers are REQUIRED PRIOR TO SERVING in Ministry and MUST BE RENEWED EVERY TWO YEARS. You may register for a session of your choosing by following the Fort Worth Diocese Safe Environment Training Page link below.  If you do not already have a Virtus User ID and Password, you will have to select the “I Need A Virtus Profile” button.  Once you have set up your profile, you will then select Register to select a session to attend. If you already have a User ID and Password, you my select the "I Have a Virtus Profile" button.If you already have a ID and Password, you may select the “I Have a Virtus Profile” button. 

  • Initial training: Protecting God's Children (3 hours).
  • Renewal Training: A Plan to Protect (1 1/2 hours).

The 3rd step:                                                                                                                                                        All volunteers need to  be registered in  St. Jude Parish.

After you have completed the Safe Environment Session, you will have a criminal background check done, which is through CoreScreening. This includes a National Criminal Search and Sex Offender background check.

The Safe Environment Coordinator will notify you if there are any questions or needed information. After all of the requirements are met, the coordinator will send you a Certifictaion Letter notifying that you can start serving. This letter certifies you from the date of the training class forward to two years, when you are due to renew your training. After you receive the Certification Letter, please contact the leaders of the ministries that you are interested of vlunteering.

For assistance or information, contact Mercedes Vivoni, our Safe Environment Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 817-473-6709 ext. 2102.

If you are a Teen:
If you are a teen and interested in volunteering, you will need to complete the Teen Leadership Training Program.  This is required for volunteers ages 13-17.  Please contact Anna Biran at a.biran@stjudemansfieldtx.org


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updated 10/21/2022