Faith Formation News
Faith Formation – Classes have started, but it is never to late to register. Registration Form is in the Tab below.
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ABVM FAITH, FOOD, AND FRIENDS NIGHT a.k.a. Parish Night
Welcome back to another year, beginning with Faith, Food & Friends Night. It will be Wednesday, November 6th from 6:00—7:30 PM. Topic to be announced at a later date! A dinner will be served. Most of the Catechists will be there so you can seek out your child’s Catechist during dinner and introduce yourself. I will be there to point them out.
The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids requires any and all volunteers working with children to take a one-time course entitled Protecting God’s Children: Virtus. This class must be taken before you may volunteer.
To sign up go to: www.virtus.org
VIRTUS TRAINING and Now an Online training option
If you plan on volunteering in the parish for any event that involves children (I.E. Boy Scouts, Vacation Bible Camp, etc., you need to be Virtus trained and have a background check.
Attendance is required for all who:
1. Are engaged in jobs, ministries or programs that involve regular contact with children or young people
2. Have oversight or administrative responsibility for programs or ministries involving children or young people
3. As required by their parish or school administrator
4. Any interested parents may also attend
Volunteers who need to take Virtus have two options now. They can do it at the formal classes like in the past or take the online course for their convenience.
The presentation is intended for mature audiences only – persons under age 18 may attend only in accordance with established policy for Protecting God’s Children
Online training can be accessed via the VIRTUS.org website. You will need to register and create an account before you will be given the options for either online training or the traditional class at a specific site.
To register click the following link: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list.cfm?theme=0