A Note from Fr. Derek

A Note from Fr. Derek

Dear Friends,

Last weekend I made a request at the weekend Masses for volunteers to assist us with our weekend Masses (checking people in / helping to seat / cleaning after each Mass).  As part of that I mentioned that all of our volunteers are required to have a criminal background check (CORI) an to go through Protecting God’s Children (PGC) training.  The requirement of PGC training arose after the sexual abuse crisis erupted in the Church in 2002.  While it is required of all volunteers, there is nothing to prevent those who are not actively volunteering to complete the training, which takes about two hours.  In fact, the more people who participate in the training, the safer an environment we will be able to have for our children.  If you would like to participate in the PGC training, which is free, there are two options for you:

OPTION ONE: Complete BOTH 1. VIRTUS online PGC training and 2. Massachusetts online Mandated Reporter training.

To complete the online PGC training, volunteers should go to www.virtusonline.org

    1.  Click on “First time registrant
    2.  On the next page click on “Begin the registration process”
    3. Select “Boston, MA (Archdiocese)” from the drop-down list of dioceses
    4. Complete the registration process (choose “protecting God’s Children for Adults (online training)” at the top of the list)

Once registration is complete you will be directed to an online PGC training through VIRTUS.  Upon completion of that training, individuals will be directed to a link to an additional online training on mandated reporting in Massachusetts.  

OPTION TWO: Participate in a live training on Zoom.  This will be offered through St. Bart’s on Wed. October 14 from 6-8pm, or on other various dates from other parishes / the Archdiocese.   To register, please go to www.virtusonline.org

    1.  Click on “First time registrant
    2.  On the next page click on “Begin the registration process”
    3. Select “Boston, MA (Archdiocese)” from the drop-down list of dioceses
    4. Complete the registration process (choose the one at St. Bartholomew…or any other option that works for you).  A zoom link will be emailed to you. 

Fr. Derek