St. Barbara Church gratefully benefits from the efforts of our
many volunteers. The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that any person volunteering
his or her services at St. Barbara Church and has contact with the youth of
the parish must complete steps mandated by the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops in the Charter
for the Protections of Children and Young People, by diocesan policy,
and by state and federal law. Examples of such volunteer positions requiring
completion of these steps include: Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Body and
Blood, Lectors, Ushers, Cantors, CCD Catechists and Aides, Youth Group Volunteers
and Ladies Guild members. We thank all our volunteers for their cooperation
as we seek to not only fulfill these mandates but also be community standard-bearers
for the protection of young people.
Steps for Volunteers
- Complete a Diocese
of Pittsburgh Application for Employees & Volunteers (PDF). When
complete, please return this to the parish office.
- Attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop. The
National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. offers ongoing Protecting
God's Children courses at Virtus
Online. Information about upcoming workshops in and around Pittsburgh
can be obtained from the parish office.
- Register with the Safe
Environment Database. The Diocese of Pittsburgh utilizes a centralized
Safe Environment Database to ensure that the Church, locally and nationally,
fulfills all requirements. The database is vital in sustaining a safe environment
for our children.
1) Read the Instruction
Card for the Safe Environment Database.
2) Visit the Safe
3) Create your user name and password.
4) Fill out and complete the database registration. Once completed, the
diocese will automatically perform a Pennsylvania
State Police Request for Criminal Record Check (PDF).
- Receive, complete, and return a Consent/Release
of Information Authorization Form for the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History
Clearance (PDF) and a Pennsylvania
Child Abuse History Clearance (PDF). St. Barbara Church will provide
you with hardcopies with your approved Criminal Record Check. Once your
Release of Information and Child Abuse History Clearance are approved and
completed, please mail these to the parish office.
- Read and sign the Code
of Pastoral Conduct (PDF). Once signed, return this to the parish office.
- (For CCD Teachers, Aides & Volunteers)
Read and sign the Acknowledgement of Cardinal's Clause
(PDF). Once signed, return this to the parish office.
For assistance or further information, please contact the parish
Additional Safe Environment Resources
Department for the Protection of Children
and Young People
2900 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4227
Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline
PA Child Abuse Protection Services
Safe Environments for Children (PDF)
of Child Abuse and The Child Protective Services Law of Pennsylvania (PDF)