Your children are a precious gift from God and deserve to be protected and loved for the gift they are. We commit to doing all we can to support you in educating them, protecting them and preparing them to flourish in the world in which we live.

Unfortunately, ours is a culture which often fails to uphold the inherent dignity of all people by truly reverencing God’s gift of life. At times, we might be silent or struggle with how to talk about the topic of sexuality and the human body. It is important that the gift of God’s love through sexuality is understood and communicated in a way that is consistent with our moral teachings. We are glad to recommend the following resources which you may find helpful in teaching your children what is appropriate, reliable and loving.

Books for Children

God Made All of Me

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures

The Story of Me

Before I was Me

What’s the Big Deal

Facing the Facts: The Truth about Sex and You

ARTICLE: 9 Ways to Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

ARTICLE: Everyday Actions To Keep Kids Safe

As a Parish, we promise to do all we can to provide your child with a safe, healthy and holy experience of Christian community. Our employees and volunteers are required to take part in the Virtus Protecting Youth Program, complete background checks and adhere to the Diocese of Toledo policies and procedures.

To report any suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, immediate contact should be made with local civil authorities, and with the Toledo Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mr. Frank DiLallo.  He can be reached at 419-214-4880 (private line) or 419-244-6711, ext. 4880 in the Toledo calling area, or 1-800-926-8277, ext. 4880 (Outside Toledo, Within Ohio).

For more information: http://toledodiocese.org/page/protecting-youth-victim-assistance

FAQ’S

Children need to know they are free to talk with their parents about sexual abuse and come to them if they ever feel unsafe or unsure. The best advice we can give to parents about this conversation is to have it. You won’t get it perfect. You’ll forget something you wanted to say or say something maybe you didn’t think you should, but this is not a one-and-done talk. It’s many conversations, over time. As you have these conversations, vital trust deepens between parent and child. It’s helpful always to be mindful of the specific personality and developmental level of your child.

We do all in our power to provide a safe, healthy and holy environment for all of our parishioners, especially our children.

All parish employees and those volunteers who are in contact with minors are required to take part in the Virtus Protecting Youth Program and also must complete a background check as required by the Diocese of Toledo. These requirements are to be renewed every five years.