Protecting God's Children

Another important element of creating a safe environment for our children is the "Protecting God"s Children" workshop. This workshop is required for all parish volunteers. During the three-hour session, volunteers learn how to recognize and prevent child abuse. The session is free of charge. A complete listing of workshops scheduled throughout the diocese is available here.

In accordance with the Diocese of Pittsburgh Safe Environment Policy ALL volunteers must be compliant in order to volunteer in ANY capacity within ANY group in the parish. Compliancy consists of completing the Diocesan Database (which will include a PA State Background Clearance, electronically reading and signing Pastoral Code of Conduct and Child Protection Service Law), having a PA Department of Welfare Child Abuse Clearance completed, and attending a Protecting God’s Children Workshop.


If you are a NEW volunteer, and if you have not already done so, take a yellow volunteer envelope which can be found in the main vestibule of the church, the entrance of the school and outside of DeLuca Hall.  Complete and return the necessary forms. Clearances for current volunteers are updated every 5 years and you will receive the necessary paperwork in the mail with instructions for completion.


Once you have attended a Protecting God’s Children Workshop, you are not required at this time by the Diocese of Pittsburgh to update or attend the workshop again. As always we are so very Blessed to have such dedicated and wonderful volunteers here at North American Martyrs Parish and we appreciate you sharing your faith, time and talents to make our Parish Community strong and vibrant.

Three Protecting God’s Children Workshops will be held this fall:

  • St. Bernadette
    Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 AM,
    contact Marlene Kopper at 412-373-1797 to register.


  • North American Martyrs
    Thursdays, October 2 & November 13 at 7:00 PM.
    Donna Lew-Buechel at 412-349-0942 to register.

If you have already taken this workshop you need not attend again. As always you can go to and view a listing of all the Protecting God’s Children Workshops offered throughout the Diocese. If you attend the workshop at another location you MUST supply Donna with a copy of the Certificate of Attendance.

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