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Dear member of the St. Jude Parish and Catholic School community:

The Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, by directive from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2003 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, requires us to implement an application and screening (background check) process for all employees and volunteers, particularly those whose duties regularly bring them into contact with minors.  Please review the general guidelines and forms that volunteers and employees must submit:

Volunteers—people who serve in the following capacities:
• religious education teachers, youth group leaders, youth ministry trainers
• room parents, tutors, classroom or school volunteers
• field trip chaperones or drivers
• athletic coaches, extracurricular club leaders, choir/music directors
• scout/organizational leaders (for events hosted on St. Jude property)
• any person who maintains a position of regular interaction with our children
* persons aged 14-17 (complete the “Young Person” form and the Handbook/Video form)

Employees—people who serve in the following capacities:
• parish employees
• teachers/faculty members
• substitute teachers, specialty subject teachers, aides, resource, librarians
• secretaries, maintenance, cleaning, and other support staff
• recess supervisors and lunch servers/coordinators
• any position for which you receive compensation from St. Jude School, St. Jude Parish, or the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend

***To complete the process, please follow ALL of the steps listed below, according to your position. All paperwork must be turned in, signed, and complete prior to the beginning of your service or ministry.

Required item
Links to resources or forms




Available from the Diocesan Youth Protection website

(note there is a different form for youth under 18 years old)

Background Check (including reexamination every 5 years)

Required for volunteers 18 or older


Must request an email from the Safe Environment Coordinator which contains a link to the background check application page

Training Manual

Required - Print the booklet, read, and sign the verification form at the end


Available from the Diocesan Youth Protection website

(note there are different manuals/verification forms for employees and volunteers)

Bishop's Video

Required - View the video then sign the verification form


Available from the Diocesan Youth Protection website