Bulletin Announcement: Oil City


Transitions: A Peer Support Group
Use this in your 12/08/2019 bulletin

Transitions, a monthly support group for Separated, Divorced and Widowed persons will meet on Sunday December 15th,  from 2 – 4 pm at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. Program includes a short presentation, discussion, followed by refreshments. This month’s topic is:“Giving Back during the Holidays.”   For more information call 814 – 824-1265 or email at: familylife@erieRCD.org. Visit us at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html



Surviving Divorce Healing Program
Use this in your 12/08/2019 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, a 12 -week group to help those who are separated or divorced, will run on Wednesdays from February 12 – May 6, 2020 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie (Cost - $15 for book/journal).  Many topics to begin healing will be addressed through DVDs with experienced presenters and real men and women who have felt the pain of divorce.  Please call the Family Life Office, (814) 824-1261, or email:  familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register. 



Give your loved ones the gift of Engagement Encounter
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What better way to show your support of an upcoming marriage than with a gift that lasts a lifetime: Engagement Encounter.  The next EE will be held on for January 24th through 26th in Erie at St. Mark Catholic Center. Space is limited and early registrations are encouraged.  Call the Family Life Office for details at 814-824-1261 or by email at: familylife@erieRCD.org . Remember, “A wedding is one day, but marriage is for a lifetime.”



Sign Interpreted Mass – Erie, PA
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A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of life Community Church, 147 West 24th Street, Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email ddministry@eriercd.org.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Keeping God’s Children Protected and Safe: To know that we are children of God is to live in complete love, with deep abiding security and the ability to dream, to sing, to create, to laugh, and to play without worry. As we grow older, we face a new reality – we cannot approach all God’s creation with the same trust and confidence. We learn, through sometimes hurtful and damaging experiences, that some people reject the ability that God gave them to love and respect others – they ignore God’s call. The diocesan program to safeguard children helps remind us of these very facts. With the help of this program, the faithful are guided and educated about the responsibility of how to keep God’s children protected and safe. To see what the Diocese of Erie is doing to help maintain safe environments, visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



Marriage Moments 12-8-2019
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"Think in harmony with one another." (Rom. 15:5) In any marriage spouses will have disagreements. That's because we are independent individuals - and that is good. But today, celebrate one quality that you wholeheartedly agree upon.



Divorced?
Use this in your 12/15/2019 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, 12-week group begins  on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie.  Cost of $15 per person includes book/journal and all materials for 12 weeks.  Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings. Call the Family Life Office, (814)824-1261, or email familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register.



Transitions Support Group This Weekend
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Transitions, a monthly support group for Separated, Divorced and Widowed persons will meet on Sunday, December 15th, from 2 – 4 pm at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. RSVP’s not necessary. Visit our website at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html  Come as you are; you are always welcome. This month’s topic is: “Giving Back during the Holidays.”



Sign Interpreted Mass – Erie, PA
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A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of life Community Church, 147 West 24th Street, Erie. For more information, call Michele Inter, Director of Spiritual Ministry for the Disabled and Deaf/Hard of Hearing, at 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@eriercd.org.



Make an Investment in Your Future
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A wedding is one day; but your marriage is for a lifetime! Invest in your marriage by attending Engagement Encounter.   Spend a weekend away from the stress of planning for the wedding, and enjoy the special moments of creating your future marriage together.   Call the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or familylife@erieRCD.org to register!  All couples are welcome; scholarships are available for those in need. The next EE weekend is scheduled for for January 24th through 26th at St. Mark’s Catholic Center in Erie.   Call today.



Marriage Moments 12-15-2019
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As we approach Christmas, it's easy to become "busy-holics" and race to prepare decorations, presents, and food. When feeling stressed with yourself or your beloved, pause, take a deep breath, and "Be patient." (James 5:7)

Sign Interpreted Mass – Erie, PA
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A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of life Community Church, 147 West 24th Street, Erie. For more information, call Michele Inter, Director of Spiritual Ministry for the Disabled and Deaf/Hard of Hearing, at 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@eriercd.org.



Surviving Divorce Healing Program
Use this in your 12/22/2019 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, a 12 -week group to help those who are separated or divorced, will run on Wednesdays from February 12 – May 6, 2020 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie (Cost - $15 for book/journal).  Many topics to begin healing will be addressed through DVDs with experienced presenters and real men and women who have felt the pain of divorce.  Please call the Family Life Office, (814) 824-1261, or email:  familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register. 



Planning Your Wedding?
Use this in your 12/22/2019 bulletin

An Engagement Encounter weekend is scheduled for for January 24th through 26th at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie.   EE satisfies diocesan requirements for marriage in the Church. Catholic and interfaith couples are encouraged to attend.   Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify.   Contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261, or by email at familylife@erieRCD.org  or visit our Web site at https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice for more information.   Remember, “A wedding is one day, marriage is for a lifetime”.



Marriage Moments 12-22-2019
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In the northern hemisphere, Christmas coincides with the longest nights of the year. Let darkness be your friend. Pause with your honey amidst your busy preparations to go outside (even in the cold) and look at the sky. Ponder your smallness in this universe, but also the warmth of your love for each other.

Divorced?
Use this in your 12/29/2019 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, 12-week group begins  on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie.  Cost of $15 per person includes book/journal and all materials for 12 weeks.  Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings. Call the Family Life Office, (814)824-1261, or email familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register.



Sign Interpreted Mass – Erie, PA
Use this in your 12/29/2019 bulletin

A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of life Community Church, 147 West 24th Street, Erie. For more information, call Michele Inter, Director of Spiritual Ministry for the Disabled and Deaf/Hard of Hearing, at 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@eriercd.org.



Openings Remain for Engagement Encounter
Use this in your 12/29/2019 bulletin

Next to your own wedding day, Engagement Encounter is a weekend you will never forget!  EE still has a few openings for its for January 24th through 26th weekend at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie. Call the Family Life Office at 814.824.1261 to register.    Space is limited; register today! Interfaith couples are encouraged to apply.



Marriage Moments 12-29-2019
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The year is almost over. Of course this is an arbitrary division of time, but let it serve your love by thinking of the top way your beloved served you this past year. Write it down. Put it under each other's pillow tonight. (If one forgets - forgive. Give another chance.)

Surviving Divorce Healing Program
Use this in your 01/05/2020 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, a 12 -week group to help those who are separated or divorced, will run on Wednesdays from February 12 – May 6, 2020 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie (Cost - $15 for book/journal).  Many topics to begin healing will be addressed through DVDs with experienced presenters and real men and women who have felt the pain of divorce.  Please call the Family Life Office, (814) 824-1261, or email:  familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register. 



START YOUR MARRIAGE WITH ENGAGEMENT ENCOUNTER
Use this in your 01/05/2020 bulletin

Engagement Encounter still has openings for its for January 24th through 26th weekend at St. Mark’s Catholic Center in Erie.   Prepare for your marriage with a weekend you’ll never forget.  For information or registration please call  814-824-1261 or by email at: familylife@erieRCD.org Remember, “A wedding is one day, marriage is for a lifetime”.  Space is limited; call today to secure your place.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 01/05/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Trafficking of youth is a form of modern slavery. It includes both sex trafficking and forced labor. Any child under age 18 engaged in commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking, even if the youth’s participation is not forced or coerced. Be aware of recruiting tactics. Traffickers target victims through social media sites, telephone chat lines, afterschool programs, at shopping malls, bus depots, clubs/bars or through friends and acquaintances. To help protect your child, ask questions about your child’s friends, monitor their computer use and know where he/she hangs out. For more information on protecting our youth from human trafficking or to report suspected trafficking visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trafficking_ts_2019.pdf  Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments for children and youth.



Divorced?
Use this in your 01/12/2020 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, 12-week group begins  on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie.  Cost of $15 per person includes book/journal and all materials for 12 weeks.  Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings. Call the Family Life Office, (814)824-1261, or email familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register.



Surviving Divorce Healing Program
Use this in your 01/19/2020 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, a 12 -week group to help those who are separated or divorced, will run on Wednesdays from February 12 – May 6, 2020 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie (Cost - $15 for book/journal).  Many topics to begin healing will be addressed through DVDs with experienced presenters and real men and women who have felt the pain of divorce.  Please call the Family Life Office, (814) 824-1261, or email:  familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register. 



Divorced?
Use this in your 01/26/2020 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, 12-week group begins  on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie.  Cost of $15 per person includes book/journal and all materials for 12 weeks.  Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings. Call the Family Life Office, (814)824-1261, or email familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register.



Surviving Divorce Healing Program
Use this in your 02/02/2020 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, a 12 -week group to help those who are separated or divorced, will run on Wednesdays from February 12 – May 6, 2020 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie (Cost - $15 for book/journal).  Many topics to begin healing will be addressed through DVDs with experienced presenters and real men and women who have felt the pain of divorce.  Please call the Family Life Office, (814) 824-1261, or email:  familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register. 



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 02/02/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Teen dating violence is a serious problem in the United States. One in three high school students experience either physical or sexual violence, or both, that is perpetrated by someone they are dating or going out with. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional or sexual. Teen dating violence can be prevented through empowering teens to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships. Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality and compromise. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/  to see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments for children and youth.



Divorced?
Use this in your 02/09/2020 bulletin

Surviving Divorce Ministry, 12-week group begins  on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie.  Cost of $15 per person includes book/journal and all materials for 12 weeks.  Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings. Call the Family Life Office, (814)824-1261, or email familylife@eriercd.org for more information and/or to register.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 03/01/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Pledge to Heal: The Diocese of Erie remains committed to helping victims of clergy sexual abuse heal and recover. Counseling assistance is available for victims and/or their families through the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, VAC for short, Dr. Gerard Tobin, who can be reached at 814-451-1521.The diocese encourages anyone who has experienced abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy or any employee or volunteer of the church to contact law enforcement. To report abuse to the independent investigators retained by the diocese, email ErieRCD@KLGates.com. Victims or concerned individuals can contact the diocese directly to report abuse at 814-451-1543. For additional information visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 04/05/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Child Abuse Prevention Month- Reporting Suspected Child Abuse is Everyone’s Responsibility: It is every adult’s moral responsibility to report suspected abuse or neglect of a minor to the responsible authorities. Sexual abuse of minors is a pervasive societal problem, and only concerted and sustained efforts by all adults in every segment of society can help to protect children and youth.  In the 2019 state report there were 5,102 substantiated reports of child abuse in Pennsylvania in 2018. 47.4% of the substantiated reports were for sexual abuse. To report suspected abuse of a minor, call Childline at 1-800-932-0323 (anytime 24/7). Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to learn how mandated reporters in the Erie diocese are required report suspected child abuse.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 04/12/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Child Abuse Prevention Month:
Be Vigilant- It is vitally important that we are constantly vigilant concerning the behaviors of those who interact with children. And we must always communicate our concerns to the appropriate parties. Sometimes this means communicating our safety concerns to our children. And sometimes this means communicating our concerns about seemingly inappropriate behavior to those who are in a position to intervene. Parents must also listen carefully to their children and observe both their children’s activities and the behavior of older children and adults who interact with them. When children exhibit dramatic behavioral changes, adults must find out what caused the changes. Being aware of what’s happening with our children means talking to, listening to, and observing them - at every opportunity. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments for children and youth.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 04/19/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Child Abuse Prevention Month: The “Creating A Safe Environment” training program is an integral component to the prevention effort in our diocese. The mandated program trains employees and volunteers in the warning signs of abuse and how to report suspected abuse of a minor. Since 2003 over 59,000 adults in the diocese have received the training to recognize and report child abuse. With the help of the safe environment training program, the faithful are guided and educated about the responsibility to keep God’s children protected and safe. Visit  https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/  to take the training program or learn what is required for employees and volunteers to work with children in diocesan parishes/schools/agencies.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 04/26/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Child Abuse Prevention Month: Mandated Reporters in the Diocese of Erie are people who hold positions of trust in our schools, parishes, agencies and institutions and are mandated by Pennsylvania law and the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children to report suspected abuse of a minor. All employees and volunteers working/serving for the Diocese of Erie, in our parishes, schools or agencies are considered mandated reporters both legally and morally obligated to report any reasonable suspected child abuse to ChildLine, the local police, or other appropriate agency. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to read the specific reporting procedures required by the diocese.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 05/03/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- National CyberTipline: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. Anyone can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking (includes prostitution), child sextortion and unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child. Misleading domain names, misleading words or digital images on the internet can also be reported to the CyberTipline. NCMEC staff review each tip and work to find a potential location for the incident reported so that it may be made available to the appropriate law-enforcement agency for possible investigation.  NCMEC provides resources/help in removing an online image. Reports can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at www.cybertipline.org or by calling (800) 843-5678. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/  to see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments for children and youth.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 06/07/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Listen to your children: This summer, when your children are out of school and on different schedules, meeting new people and going to new places, make sure that you talk to them often about their experiences and the people they’ve met. Listen carefully to your children. If possible, observe and get to know the other children and adults who are part of your children’s summertime fun. Above all, communicate your safety concerns to your children. Make sure they know that they can come to you with any concerns they may have about the people they interact with. And if you hear of or observe behaviors that may be inappropriate, make sure to communicate your feelings to people who are in a position to intervene. Communications is key to creating and maintaining a safe environment all year round. For additional resources visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 07/05/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Know the Warning Signs of Abuse: Those who abuse children look like everyone else. They don’t look like scary people that we should know to avoid. Rather, most abusers are known to the child, such as the parent, sibling, parent’s paramour, parent’s spouse, other relative or babysitter. One of the most important ways to ensure the safety of children in our environments is to know the warning signs of adults who present a risk of harm to children. Among these signs are when the person (1) always wants to be alone with children in areas where no one can monitor the interactions, (2) allows children to do things their parents would not permit, (3) is always more excited to be with children than with adults, and (4) discourages others from participating in activities involving kids. For more information and resources visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 08/02/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Documentation for Safety: Working alongside the Bishop, the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth reinforces the ongoing implementation of policies and procedures that protect children. All employees, volunteers and clergy in the Diocese of Erie who work with children must undergo criminal record checks. The diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth screening guidelines and abuse prevention training programs emphasize the importance of knowing the employees and volunteers who have access to children in our schools and parishes. Parents should remain vigilant in insisting that those with access to their children have gone through an application process and obtained the required clearances and trainings before being granted access to their children. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to see what documentation and training is required for those who work with children and youth in our parishes/schools/agencies.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 09/06/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Diocesan Child Protection Policies: The Diocese of Erie, along with all other dioceses in the United States, has policies and procedures in place to address the national problem of child abuse and to aid in maintaining safe environments. The three main components of the Policy for the Protection of Children are: screening of all employees and volunteers who work with minors, training of all youth, parents, employees and volunteers, and reporting all suspected child abuse. The diocese is committed to promptly reporting any suspected child abuse directly to ChildLine or law enforcement. The diocese requires on-going screening and training of all personnel, paid or unpaid, who have regular contact with our children and youth under the age of 18. The diocese also requires yearly safe environment training of our children, youth and parents regarding touching-safety and safe environments. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to read the policy and learn what the diocese requires for all personnel who work with children and youth in parishes/schools/agencies.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 10/04/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Diocesan Code of Conduct: The Diocese of Erie is committed to protecting the children and youth who are entrusted to its care and to ensuring that those in ministry with our young people are in right relationship with the children/youth receiving services. To share in the ministry of Christ is a great privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility. The privilege is the joy of sharing in the mission of Jesus Himself. The responsibility is acting in a way that conforms to the attitude and actions of Christ. In this spirit, the diocese has issued a ministerial Code of Conduct. The code is included in the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children. To read the Code of Conduct, go to: https://www.eriercd.org/images/sections/childprotection/pdf/CURRENTPolicy.pdf  For more information, contact Mrs. Cindy Zemcik, in the diocesan Office for the Protection of Children at 814-824-1195.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 10/11/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Bullying Prevention Month: Relational bullying is unwarranted, persistent, unwelcome behavior in the form of criticism, isolation, or fabricated allegations that can damage relationships. Examples include social exclusion (“You can’t be with us”), spreading rumors (“Did you hear…?”), and withholding friendship (“I won’t be your friend if you…”). Though relational bullying can often seem ambiguous to outside observers and often garners less attention than physical bullying or verbal bullying, it should not be discounted simply as normal, adolescent behavior. In fact, several recent studies suggest relational bullying is more strongly related to emotional distress and teen depression than any other form of bullying. To see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments, visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 11/01/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month:  We consider our homes to be safe places for our children, but up to 2.5 million US youth experience homelessness every year. 50,000 youth sleep on the streets for six months or more each year. One of the main causes of youth homelessness is family instability, which includes child abuse and/or neglect, domestic violence, parental substance abuse and family conflict. The website of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (www.nctsn.org)  offers information on a range of child safety topics. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/  for additional resources on recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments 12/06/2020
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Keeping God’s Children Protected and Safe: The safe environment training of our children and youth is a key component in the Policy for the Protection of Children. Each year our schools and parishes are mandated to provide this training to all youth in catholic school and parish programs. Since 2003 over 200,000 children have received age-appropriate abuse prevention education. The Diocese maintains a working relationship with agencies in each of our 13 counties to provide training for our youth in schools and parishes. In addition, the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth maintains a media library containing videos for schools and parishes to provide child abuse prevention education. From 2016-19 over 31,000 parents have also received child abuse prevention education. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/ to see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments for children and youth.