Safe Environment

Safe Environment

working together to keep our parish children safe

Our Lady of the Assumption Church is deeply committed to being a welcoming and safe place for children to grow in knowledge and love of God. To this end our community works in collaboration with the Office of Safe Environments of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

This page is offered as a resource to all who wish to be a part of this collaboration.

Protecting All Children™ for Adults

Every member of church staff, every pariish volunteer and every contractor hired by us to work on our premises, even those not in direct contact with minors, undergo a background check and receive Virtus training from the diocese of Bridgeport.

Parents, while not required are encouraged to take advantage of the training. There are two great reasons to do so:

  1. You will learn how to recognize if someone who works with your child is behaving suspiciously. You will leave feeling empowered to protect your children anywhere.
  2. As more people in our Diocese receive this training we will have increased numbers of eyes and ears that can spot problems and know when and how to alert the proper authorities. This will not only possibly alleviate a child’s suffering it may even prevent it.

The class is free. It is offered frequently throughout the Diocese. (remote learning is currently offered) You can find out more about when there are classes and how to go about registering for one by visiting the Diocese of Bridgeport website where you will also find other resources for parents. DO take a look.https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/safe-environments/virtus/

Teaching Safety

Furthermore the diocese offers training for children. This training is carefully created to be developmentally appropriate. Age specifiic videos are an integral part of the presentations. Parents will be notifiied ahead of time whenever this training is scheduled to be offered to their child in a classroom setting. Parents are encouraged to watch the videos and are always offered the choice to opt out of classroom presentation to their children.

Link to videos: https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/safe-environments/safe-environment-for-parents-and-children/

Upcoming Events

Dec
8
Wed
all-day Feast of the Immaculate Concepti...
Feast of the Immaculate Concepti...
Dec 8 all-day
Wednesday, December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated on: 5:30 PM Vigil (12/7) 7:30 AM 12:10 PM 5:30 PM
Dec
12
Sun
12:00 pm Sandy Hook 9th Anniversary
Sandy Hook 9th Anniversary
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sandy Hook 9th Anniversary You, your family and friends are invited to attend this special Mass on Sunday, December 12 at 12:00 PM to pray, honor and pay tribute to the 20...
Dec
19
Sun
4:00 pm Eighth Annual Lessons and Carols
Eighth Annual Lessons and Carols
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come gather as a parish family on Sunday, December 19th at 4:00 PM for our Eighth Annual Lessons and Carols. This unique service of scripture and music is presented by your music ministry,...