The success of our program is solely dependent on the willingness of parishioners to volunteer. We ask you to help the parish grow and succeed by volunteering your time and talents.
You might say, “I have no gifts to offer!”
Here are a few things you may have over-looked within yourself.
The ability to smile and make people feel welcomed.
A good clear reading voice.
The habit of being punctual and reliable.
The patience to listen and try to understand.
The wisdom to see your limitations and accept advice.
The ability to be organized.
The knack of affirming children in their efforts.
The willingness to learn how to tell stories.
If you decide to volunteer anywhere within the Diocese of Trenton, you will need to have your fingerprints taken for a federal and state background check and take a “Safe Environment” workshop called “Virtus.” You must be cleared by the state prior to joining ministry. (This includes all clergy, staff, and volunteers. Fingerprints are good for four years before needing to be renewed.
Once you’ve obtained the application, you must fill it out prior to going online to register for an appointment. Included in the application are locations and office hours of local sites. Our parish does reimburse the fee once fingerprinting has been done and the application has been returned to our office with IdentoGO receipt attached. It is very important to arrive on time for your appointment and to bring the completed application form with you otherwise you will be turned away and charged a new fee NOT refundable by the parish.
VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children”
To attend a VIRTUS workshop, you will need to register online at www.virtus.org. This program was put in place by the Diocese of Trenton and is necessary for all volunteers who help out more than a few hours a year at our parish and who are in contact with children, young adults, homebound and elderly. No children may attend this workshop. FIRST TIME REGISTRANTS must attend the 3 hour workshop. You cannot be late; the doors close and lock 5 minutes after the program starting time. Registration must be done online, no walk-ins. You must choose Diocese of Trenton. You’re welcome to attend any location other than Mary, Mother of the Church Parish. If you do visit an outside Parish, be sure to hand in your certificate to Margaret Zola for full credit of the workshop. For those attending the retraining, 1 ½ hour session, you will need to register with your previous account. Helpful hints are available if you’ve forgotten your original email or password.
Thank you all for your time, energy and willingness to share your faith! You are all gifts to the parish. Any questions should be directed towards Margaret Zola, Safe Environment Coordinator and Coordinator of Religious Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your time, energy and willingness to share your faith! You are all gifts to the parish and this office. Any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the RE Office.
Coordinator of Religious Education
(609) 291-8281 x18