Safe Environment Office
Did You Know?
Summertime, Safe Time
All teachers, staff, and volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. (Arch)diocesan guidelines and abuse prevention training programs currently in use emphasize the importance of parents’ knowing who has access to their children at school and other Church-sponsored activities.
Summertime is here, and parents should remain vigilant regarding who is granted access to their children. Make sure camp counselors have undergone criminal background checks. And make sure you know the camp’s daily routine. In particular, make sure that no camp activity results in a child being left alone with one adult.
All activities should be supervised by more than one adult, and the camp should be open to unannounced drop-in visits from parents.
For particular help you may call: Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.
Source: Sharon Womack Doty, “Summer Safety—Monitor All Programs!”, VIRTUS, July 17, 2006.
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Welcome Home Weekend Events at the Catholic Student Union at USF
The Catholic Student Union at USF is hosting its annual Welcome Home Weekend events to kick off the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Join us on Saturday, August 21st, for Mass at 5 PM followed by food, entertainment, fellowship, games, and raffle prizes. On Sunday, August 22, at 10 AM, join us for Mass. At that Mass, our newly appointed student leaders will be commissioned. All are welcome to join us in celebration and prayer.
Visit our website www.catholicusf.org.
St. Petersburg’s Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 53rd Annual Convention
Join us from Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15, 2021, at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore for our annual convention.
Keynote Speaker is Patricia Lorenz who is an internationally known, inspirational, art-of-living writer and speaker, and the author of fourteen books. The SPDCCW acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service.
For more information, please call Coleen Ward, Registration Chairman, at 813-997-1045 or visit us at www.spdccw.org.