Volunteer Screening

The Diocese of Calgary is implementing a series of guidelines to ensure that the all of the members of our community can participate in parish-related activities in a safe and secure environment. At Holy Name we are working to ensure that we continue to provide this environment to all individuals, with a particular emphasis in ensuring those that are more vulnerable (all children, and those adults in vulnerable circumstances).

To this end, we have been asked to formalize our screening procedures for all of our volunteers. We are now asking that all volunteers complete:

Volunteer Information Form

Model Code of Conduct and Agreement

For those whose volunteer positions require closer contact with persons in vulnerable circumstances we are also required to have a police information check (PIC). This allows us to meet standards many existing volunteer associations have had in place for some time. To relieve volunteers from the need to go to the Police Station to complete a police check application a date at Holy Name Parish has been arranged where this can be done. In addition a number of neighbouring Parishes have also elected to facilitate this process and our volunteers can be accommodated at these times and locations as well. For volunteers completing their PIC Check at these times and locations will have the cost ($15) of the PIC covered by the Diocese.

Dates for Police Checks

You must bring two pieces of government-issued identification. One must have a photo (i.e. driver’s licence, passport, citizenship card). The other can be one of the following: social insurance card, healthcare card, birth certificate.

Sunday Oct. 23
St. James Parish after 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses (so at about 10:00 am and 12:15 pm)

Tuesday Oct. 25
St. Michael Parish at 7:00 pm

Sunday Oct. 30
St. Mary’s Cathedral after 10:00 am and Noon Masses (so at about 11:00 am and 1:00 pm)

Sunday Oct. 30
Holy Name Parish after 9:00 am and 11:00 am (so at about 10:00 am and 12:00 noon)

Sunday Oct. 30
St. James Parish after 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses (so at about 10:00 am and 12:15 pm)

Sunday Nov. 6
Sacred Heart Parish after 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses (so at about 10:00 am and Noon)

Diocese signers are willing to accommodate drop-ins during day office hours at St. Anthony’s parish (afternoons with Angela) or at St. Michael’s (by appointment).

Program Information

STRENGTHENING OUR PARISH COMMUNITIES is a core standard of care embraced by all clergy, religious orders of clerics, sisters and brothers, employees and volunteers working in the parishes and ministries of the Diocese of Calgary. The core standard of care involves policies and procedures designed to create and maintain a safe environment in our parishes and programs. It also includes a Model Code of Conduct that must be embraced by all those who make up the personnel of the Diocese. This core standard of care includes assessing all activities in parishes and ministries of the Diocese to identifying all positions especially those that could put children, youth or other vulnerable persons at risk of being harmed. The goal at all times is the protection and safety of our children, our vulnerable people, our volunteers, our clergy, religious, employees and our Church. Thus, it is a permanent policy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary that all positions are assessed, assigned appropriate risk levels and that appropriate screening and management practices are maintained consistently throughout the Diocese.

For more information, please visit the Diocese of Calgary website.