CIRCLE OF GRACE PROGRAM

The Safe Environment curriculum will include information on teaching children how to be safe, protect themselves, and communicate any potential danger of physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse.  The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has mandated that The Circle of Grace curriculum be taught in all grades, Pre-K through 12th Grade. 

Parents are able to view all Safe Environment curriculum material before it is taught in the classroom.  The curriculum is available in the office of the Director of Religious Education.  A waiver form must be signed if parents do not want their children to participate in any activity sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Parish.  Safe Environment policies will be strictly followed and enforced. 

CIRCLE OF GRACE PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Program Goal

The goal of the Circle of Grace program is to educate and empower children and young people to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others.

Program Objectives

Children/young people will understand they are created by God and live in the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • God is “present” in everyone’s Circle of Grace,

Children/young people will be able to describe the Circle of Grace which God gives each of us.

  • God helps us to know what belongs in our Circle of Grace.

Children/young people will be able to identify all types of boundary violations.  

  • God helps us know what does not belong in our Circle of Grace.

Children/young people will demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated. 

  •  God helps us know when to ask for help from someone who we trust

Safe Environment

In November 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Charter”) to assure a safer environment for children and young people and to express the responsibility of all to care for and reach out to the victims of sexual abuse and their families.  In 2011, the Charter was revised to emphasis the deep commitment of the Bishops to creating a safe environment and preventing the sexual abuse of minors.  Within the framework of the Charter, the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program was developed. 
 We, the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, share responsibility for the life and mission of the Church.  Each of us is called to celebrate, promote and when necessary to defend the life and dignity of every person.  This responsibility requires that together and individually we treat everyone with respect, do what we can to see that harm is never brought to others, especially minors and vulnerable adults, and seek to bring healing for those who have been harmed.  To help achieve this, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has taken the following steps:
•    Appointed a Victims Assistance Coordinator to offer immediate assistance to victims.
•    Adopted a Code of Conduct.
•    Adopted and implemented age appropriate safe environment programs for the education of children, youth and adults.
•    Established a policy requiring criminal background checks of all clergy and religious, those in formation for the priesthood or permanent diaconate, all church employees and volunteers who have regular contact with minors.
 
Ensuring a safe environment for children and young people is a continuous effort.  The Diocese of Orlando and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church pledges to continue its efforts and work toward identifying areas where we can be more effective.

USCCB

USCCB Child and Youth Protection