Safe Environment Program

Safe Environment Program

Mary, Mother of the Church adheres to the Safe Environment policies of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities,
are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance.
Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:

Deacon Phil Hengen, Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
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Missouri Department of Social Services
Children's Division Child Abuse & Neglect
Hotline Number: 1-800-392-3738

For additional information on reporting incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to

Archdiocese's Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect Reports



Protecting God's Children: Employee/Volunteer Requirements

In accord with the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program Office, Mary, Mother of the Church participates in the Protecting God's Children program.  This program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community.  This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries that serve youth and/or vulnerable adults.

Participation in ministries and activities involving youth, the elderly and other vulnerable persons include, but are not limited to, tutors, classroom volunteers, PSR teachers, coaches, scout leaders, youth group leaders and chaperones, drivers for the elderly or shut-ins, visitors and communion call ministers for the sick and elderly confined to hospitals, nursing homes, or the homebound, and the like.

Anyone who seeks employment at Mary Mother or who wants to volunteer in a ministry or activity in which they will work with minor children, the elderly, or otherwise vulnerable persons must participate in the Protecting God's Children workshop.  To register for a workshop, please consult the Protecting God's Children Workshop Schedule.

Applicants and prospective volunteers must also fill out a Missouri Worker's Registration form.  If the applicant or prospective volunteer has lived outside the State of Missouri within the last five years, he or she also needs to fill out an American Checked Release form.  

Adult applicants and prospective adult volunteers should read the Code of Ethical Conduct for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers Working with Minors for information regarding expected ethical conduct and must complete and sign the Commitment to Ethical Conduct form at the end of that document.

Youth volunteers (those under 18) who wish to work with younger children, the elderly, or otherwise vulnerable persons are also required to review, sign and submit a commitment to an Ethical Code of Conduct for Youth.  In most cases it is the responsibility of the adult youth leader/supervisor to review this code of conduct with young volunteers and to submit the signed forms.

All completed documentation should be submitted to Linda Licata or Ann Garavaglia in the parish office.  Linda or Ann can also assist you with any questions about the process.  The office phone number is (314) 894-1373.

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Mary, Mother of the Church

5901 Kerth Road
Saint Louis, MO  63128

314.894.1373 (phone)
314.894.3801 (FAX)

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Mon-Thurs      9 am-7 pm
Fri                 9 am-4 pm
Sat                9 am-12:30 pm

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