Since parental involvement is vital and primary in catechesis, it is recommended there be at least two parental meetings in preparation for each sacrament received. This gives parents the opportunity to explore the sacrament in their own lives as well as its importance for their child. Many parishes face the reality of people returning to the Church and bringing non-baptized children of catechetical age with them. In these cases, it is optimal if the children could participate in an RCIA adapted for Children. This may involve different age levels, so age-appropriate materials are needed. Many publishers have good materials available for such groups: please contact the Diocesan Office if assistance in finding these materials is needed.
All volunteers and paid employees who work with youth in any capacity must meet Safe Environment Requirements:
Teaching Touching Safety must be offered annually in all parish faith formation programs for every student. DRE/CREs must obtain the lesson plans every year by clicking on the Educator Tab of the VIRTUS website after you have logged in. If you are unable to access your VIRTUS page or do not have an Educator Tab, please contact Joan Altmeyer at (912) 201-4074.
More information about VIRTUS and Safe Environment Compliance can be found by visiting the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People.
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