Providing A Safe Parish Campus

Over the past several years, the Diocese of Orange has established a written code of conduct for employees and volunteers who work with children and youth.  The parish has been proactive in making sure employees and volunteers are fingerprinted and receive safe environment training.  The parish has also posted materials relating to safe environment on the parish website at www.ssj.org under Parish Information/Protecting Children.  The information on the parish website includes safe environment materials provided by the Diocese of Orange (www.rcbo.org) and the Province of Saint Barbara (www.sbfranciscans.org).  Brochures can be found in the church gathering space and offices of the parish, school and catechetical center.

Along with the measures we have taken to keep our children safe, the parish has also taken steps to make sure the entire campus is safe for all who come to partake of liturgy and parish programs.  We will be implementing new signage at campus entry points to better communicate that the campus is privately owned property of the Diocese of Orange with the right to regulate its use.  Several private entry points onto the campus through the back walls will be sealed off as a way to heighten security and to better manage liability.

In addition, during the 2013-2014 school year, our children and youth in faith formation (Pre-School, Elementary and Jr. High) were introduced to a new safe environment program called Circle of Grace.  The Circle of Grace program includes teaching a culture of respect and faith that goes beyond mere protection.  The program helps children and young people understand their own sacredness, the sacredness of others, and how to seek help through their relationships with trusted adults.