of Baker is committed to promoting a safe environment
for all children and young people in our care.
Safe Environment and Ministerial Requirement
is required for all adults,
all employees and
ages 18 AND older who would like to be involved in:
Youth Ministry, Vacation Bible School;
Camps or Retreats as Helpers/Teacher’s Aids, Team Leaders, and
Sacristans if regularly working with altar servers under the
age of 18 and instituted Liturgical Ministers (Acolytes/Lectors
instituted by the bishop as a permanent office).
Safe Environment-Ministerial Requirements Check List
The Affirmation of Faith is
required for all Catechists
(those who teach children, youth, and adults)
and Liturgical Ministers (Acolytes, Adult Altar Servers,
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Sacristans).
Affirmation of Personal Faith
Pursuant to the USCCB’s
Charter for the Protection of Children
and Young People,
the Diocese of Baker commits itself to the following
Bishop Cary’s letter to Priests, Principals
and Directors of
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1. The Diocese will see to it that all diocesan, parish, and
parish school employees and all volunteers who work with
minors more than three times a year.
and sign the
Code of Conduct for Ministry with
Children and Youth;
and agree to the Diocesan Internet Policies and
Darkness to Light training;
review with your Pastor the
Affirmation of Personal Faith
2. The Diocese will see to it that all volunteers who work even
once with minors undergo a criminal background check.
3. The Diocese will see to it that parish school teachers and
religious education catechists are trained to teach the Called to Protect program through the 12th grade.
4. The Diocese will see to it that all teachers and catechists
teach the three mandatory Called to Protect lessons
to their students each year.
5. The Diocese will see to it that parishes and schools inform
parents well in advance of the dates when the Called to
Protect lessons will be taught to their children and
strongly encourage parents to attend the parent training
sessions that must be offered each year.
6. The Diocese will see to it that parishes and schools offer
parents forms with which they may
opt out in writing if they do not wish their children to
participate in the Called to Protect lessons.
ensure respect for the rights of parents as the primary
educators of their children, the following Pastoral Guidelines
are to be followed throughout the diocese. These guidelines
govern three possible scenarios for parental involvement in the
Called to Protect training.
attend the parents’ training session, and their children
receive the three Called to Protect lessons as part
of the normal school or religious education schedule.
2. Parents decline to have their children participate by filling out
the Diocese of Baker “Opt Out” form. From this decision two
school principal or the pastor provides the parents with
Called to Protect lesson materials and invites them to
present them to their children at home.
children do not attend the classes when the Called to
Protect training is given.
do not attend and do not fill out an "opt out" form. Since
been informed of and invited to the parents’
training session, their non-response is presumed to mean
that they wish their children to receive the three Called
to Protect classes as part of the normal school or
religious education schedule.