Volunteer Requirements

Saint Joseph Parish and School must adhere to the following requirements concerning volunteers. These safeguards have been set up by civil and Church authorities to protect our children and youth, as well as the elderly and disabled. We hope that this process doesn’t dampen your desire and willingness to volunteer. We need you! Your collective efforts make this Parish a vibrant, caring community and we are grateful that you give so generously of your time and talents. 

CORI (Annual)

It is mandated by Massachusetts state law that all Parish staff, Parish volunteers, school staff, school volunteers, religious education teachers, and religious education volunteers submit a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check each year to ensure the safety of children, youth, elderly, and the disabled. If any questionable information is obtained through the CORI, the Archdiocese contacts the Pastor solely and he then takes any appropriate measures. Since it is necessary for you to show a photo identification (license), CORI forms have to be filled out in person at the Parish Office or at the School office. 

Protecting God's Children Training (One Time Only)

The Archdiocese requires that all Parish staff, Parish volunteers, school staff, school volunteers, religious education teachers, and religious education volunteers attend a PGC Training session (Protecting God's Children, also referred to as Child Abuse Prevention). These informative sessions, which include videos and group discussion, are approximately 2 to 2.5 hours long.

Our Parish usually has sessions in the spring and fall. Be sure to sign the roster sheet for the session you attend. You may register for a CAP Training session online by submitting the registration form, please click here!

If you attend a CAP session at St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham or any other place, send a copy of your Certificate of Attendance with a note to: Mario Clavell, Saint Joseph Parish, 1382 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492. 

Code of Conduct and Sexual Harassment Policies (Annual)

In 2021 the Archdiocese of Boston issued two new codes of conduct, one for clergy and staff and a second one for volunteers. These new codes supersede the Code of Ministerial Conduct, and are applicable to all clergy, religious, lay staff, and volunteers serving the Archdiocese of Boston. The codes of conduct, along with the sexual harassment policy, will be distibuted to all applicable individuals once per year.  Recipients are expected to read and comply with these policies. 

 

 
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