Child and Youth Protection

Dear Parishioners and Guests of Sts. Simon & Jude Parish:

Providing a safe and welcoming environment for our children and youth is a top priority at Sts. Simon & Jude Parish.  A safe environment protects our children from harm, including sexual abuse and child molestation. It allows them to feel confident and secure in the classroom and at church.

To address this need, Sts. Simon & Jude Parish has responded by being fully compliant with the following policies for the prevention of the abuse of children and young people:

Michael Medeiros, a musician, who worked at several of our parishes and one school (listed below) was arrested on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 on child molestation charges. Posted on behalf of the Diocese of Orange.  Michael Medeiros never worked at SSJ.

Bishop Vann Reflects on Recent Abuse Scandals (August 15, 2018)  The reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.

Adult Volunteer Training is completed through an online safe environment training course prior to commencement of service and repeated every three years for employees and volunteers over the age of 18. The training is completed through Catholic Mutual Group (CMG) CONNECT.  CMG Connect instructions can be found here.\

Franciscans from the Province of St. Barbara Releases Names of Friars Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Since 1950 (May 31, 2019)

An Important Message in Response to Recent Media Reports (December 11, 2018) from Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, Vicar General, Diocese of Orange.

The Covenant With The Faithful, a letter from the Most Reverend Tod David Brown, Bishop of the Diocese of Orange regarding this crisis of the Catholic Church in America and the Diocese of Orange.  The Covenant was adopted by Bishop Vann in 2013.

The National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, revised Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Essential Norms, Statement of Episcopal Commitment (June 2011) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

2013 Annual Report, Findings and Recommendations on the Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Respecting Boundaries: Keeping Ministerial Relationships Healthy and Holy (Revised April 2014) , a pamphlet regarding the complaints or allegations of sexual misconduct handled in the Diocese of Orange.

Boundaries: A Guide for Teens developed by the Diocese of Orange

Breaking the Silence:  Protecting Our Youth from Sexual Abuse, a Diocese of Orange pamphlet on a program created especially for students attending the Diocese of Orange high schools and those youth who participate in the Diocese’s religious education classes.

A Response to Complaints of Sexual Misconduct from the Diocese of Orange.

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men 25 National Standards

This was a past bulletin article by Shirl Giacomi that gives a testimony of her experience with the sexual abuse crisis.

Contact list for sending letters to Cardinals and Bishops

Letter from Pope Francis to the US Bishops giving his direction for their discernment regarding the sexual abuse crisis in the U.S.

In addition to being available on this website, these documents are available in hard copy in the gathering space of the church, the parish office, the faith formation office and the parish school.

As we have encouraged in the past, those with knowledge of inappropriate behavior – whether past or present – should come forward with this information so that innocent victims may be spared from further harm:

  • Diocese of Orange: A complaint against a Diocesan priest, deacon, religious personnel assigned in the Diocese of Orange, Catholic school personnel, or other Diocesan employee may be initiated by calling 1-800-364-3064.  All complaints will be answered by the Diocese of Orange Assistance Ministry Coordinator who will respond to and assist the caller in directing the complaint to the proper authority.
  • Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara: A complaint against a Franciscan Friar can also be initiated by contacting the Province Independent Response Team by calling (800) 770-8013, mailing a letter to Independent Response Team, PO Box 90638, Santa Barbara, CA 93139, or visiting their website at www.responseteam.org.

May the Lord give you peace.

Rev. Daniel Barica, ofm
Pastor, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church