There are many opportunities to participate in the enrichment of St. Patricia Parish.
You can do so through your time, talent, and treasures.
St. Patricia Parish hosts a number of events throughout the year to support the community and fellowship within among its parishioners. All are welcome to attend any of our events, or consider volunteering to help with these events. You can volunteer to help at a single event or to be part of the committee that sponsors any number of events throughout the year.
You can enrich St. Patricia Parish through your talents. Whether your talent is in arts and environment, crafts, knitting or sewing, cooking, music, working with children or so many other things, St. Patricia Parish could benefit from your help.
Fulfilling our mission is possible primarily through the generosity of our parishioners. Donating to St. Patricia Parish may be part of your weekly offering, a one-time gift, or even included in estate plans. Giving perpetuates the goodness of our individual existence once we are no longer here. As our Catholic faith teaches us, our spirit will live on. An investment in St. Patricia Parish is a personal commitment to help ensure the long-term operation of the parish and its mission.
Requirements to Volunteer with Minors
All Employees and Volunteers who have contact with minors (under 18) must meet the requirements of the Protecting God’s Children Program as set forth by the Chicago Archdiocese. If all requirements are not met, that individual will not be allowed to work or volunteer in any program at St. Patricia Parish. All Parish Employees and Contractors, School Coaches, Youth Ministers and Religious Education Volunteers are required to participate in this training.
A four-step process, ALL completed forms should be returned to Julie Villegas-Suarez at the rectory office. If you have questions, need help registering for all criminal background check or the workshops, need forms or any other assistance, please contact Julie Villegas-Suarez at (708) 598-8200.
Individuals must attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop. A listing of these workshops can be found at www.virtus.org. Pre-registration is necessary for these workshops and this can be done also at that website. Click on “registration” and the process is self-explanatory. You will also need to assign a User ID and Password for this process. If you attended a workshop already, please forward a copy of your Certification of Attendance or let us know the location and date you attended so this can be verified through the Archdiocese database. You will receive an attendance certificate at the class and a copy must be turned into the rectory office.
Online Background Check
Individuals must register for a Criminal Background Check using this link. You do need to assign yourself a User ID and Password. Complete everything listed with the red “x” and make sure you submit your application after it is complete.
DCFS (C.A.N.T.S.) Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System
An authorization form (referred to as a CANTS form) for the Department of Children and Family Services must be completed each year. You may download the form here.
Code of Conduct
Individuals should receive a Code of Conduct form and within that form is an acknowledgement which must be signed and returned to the rectory office to Gloria Werner’s attention. You may download the form here.