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A PRAYER FOR HEALING -
Victims of abuse
God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only son to save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to our own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people's wounds and
transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
Minutes of the St. Luke Safeguard Committee Meeting
January 30, 2013 at 7:00 am
In the Msgr. Birch Hall
In attendance: Eddie Melendrez Ben Garcia Barbara Hansen
Joseph Perez Sherri Keelin Jim Keelin
The meeting was
opened with a prayer prepared and led by Ben Garcia & Eddie Melendrez. The meeting began at 7:08 pm
Committee Reports/ Old business: Volunteers needed to assist at the following events – Ben and Eddie, presented sign up sheets for volunteers for time
frames for May 4th Fingerprinting
check in, with 3 time slots beginning at 9:30 am and one person each time slot. Virtus class February 5, at 6:30-9:30pm for
check in and assisting to turn away people who are 15 minutes late as per the requirements of the Archdiocese. Volunteer would
need to arrive no later than 6:15 pm to assist with check in. Also for assistance at closing of the evening. One volunteer
needed. –Barbara took both forms after meeting.
– Barbara reported the
Bin has been updated, and keys have been issued to key people who are in charge of Youth and school. Thank you to a Boy Scout
who took it on as his Eagle Scout project. Visitors Check in- Eddie as of last meeting all people coming on campus during school hours
are now checking in the Parish Administration office and the School. Signs are up for visitors to come to the Parish Administration
office or the School to check in.
Barricades- Eddie and Ben as of last meeting barricades are guarding the staff parking
and school parents no longer come into the Staff parking or block the drive ways.
New Business/Comment/Recommendations Visitors Check In-It has been noticed that people are still propping gates open during school events,
to let others in and leave the gate unattended. Bunco, Bingo. Particularly on Mondays.
-It has been noticed that ICF does have some ladies at the gate with
sign in forms.
-Suggestion to talk to Joan Sutton-Robledo about
some of the ladies propping gate open.
Hall Rentals during School hours:
A school parent brought to the attention of the committee
that there have been 2 occasions when Adults from funerals/Hall reception have been found in the restroom in the Lower building
during school hours.
It was also reported smoking has taken place
at these events during school hours in between the breeze way and play ground, and between Upper building/Parish Administration
building and fountain area. Action taken for Reception Out door monitoring-A parent is contacted to assist with policing the grounds during receptions. Two parents
are on the list to be called only when the hall is in use for receptions, currently being contacted by the school.
Salvador Martinez & Oneida Harapecian
Suggestion to be discussed with Fr. Mark & Mrs.
parent involvement needed to assist with covering for these occasions. Once a reception is booked committee of school parents
is called, to avoid day off or day before calls. Others suggested an Aide; monitor the school hallways during these events
to ensure safety.
Gate monitor with sign in sheets, at both doors.
Sherri, suggested that a list of guidelines and expectations for rentals during these occasions.
Eddie, suggested a contract be drafted to go with the rental agreement.
Maybe seek options or other avenues.
need to be aware of who is on the grounds and report anything immediately.
Note: It is understood the family is grieving, and also the safety of all on the grounds is important.
Virtus Class Instructors- Sherrie suggested that all giving the class need to be pleasant and not rude. People coming to the
class one are volunteers and doing it from the kindness of their heart, and reminded that people attending the class are not
only from our Parish. Volunteers need to be treated with respect, as our Parish is known for not being friendly and we need
to get rid of that image.
Plan of action- All giving the class
on the grounds will be reminded.
Door- Exterior Door by the restrooms is broken
and needs to be repaired.
at other Churches- We need to be aware that two local churches Holy Angels and The Good Shepherd were broken into and vandalized.
Please be vigilant of surroundings. Report any strange activity immediately.
Reminder of Next meeting: St. Luke Safeguard Committee
Meeting May 30, 2013 at 7 pm.
Dismissed: 8:10 pm
DID YOU KNOW? Recognizing signs of child
abuse and neglect
A key to reporting child abuse
and neglect is being able to recognize common indicators. In children, the following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect: Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance. Has not received
help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention.
Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen. Is overly
compliant, passive or withdrawn. Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home. To learn
more about child abuse prevention, visit http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/default.aspx.
For particular help, you may call Victim’s Assistance Ministry at (213)
When any of these people
know of or have reasonable suspicion of abuse, they report it to the appropriate police or protective agency. This is true
for those ministering in facilities owned and operated by the Archdiocese, as well as Catholic institutions owned and operated
privately by religious communities. For information, call (213) 637-7650. To contact the Archdiocese’s Safeguard the Children Program Office,
call (213) 637-7227. visit
the following for
more information: http://archla.org/safeguard “Summer Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Child Sexual
Abuse,” or contact the Office of Safeguard the Children email firstname.lastname@example.org.
first obligation of the Church with regard to victims is for healing and reconciliation. The Archdiocese continues to reach
out to every person who has been a victim of sexual abuse as a minor by anyone in church service, whether that abuse is recent or occurred in the past. The Archdiocese’s Victims Assistance Ministry helps victims/survivors who have been victims of sexual abuse by priests, deacons, or individuals
representing the CatholicChurch. The Victim Assistance Coordinator,
Suzanne Healy, is available to help victims/survivors make a formal complaint of abuse to the archdiocese, and to obtain support for the needs of the individual and
families. Ms. Healy can be reached by calling (213) 637-7650.|
Minutes of the St. Luke Safeguard Committee Meeting
May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm
In Room 404
In attendance: Eddie Melendrez, Ben Garcia,
Barbara Hansen, Cyl Rudar, Maria Garcia, Rich Martinez
Sherri Keelin, Carmen Gee, Maureen Bustamante,
Ivonne Melendrez, Sarah Abraham, Jeana Chavez.
The meeting was opened with a prayer prepared and led by Ben Garcia. The
meeting began at 7:05 pm
Committee Reports/ Old business:
Hand out- Ben passed out "Summer Safety Tips can help prevent Sexual Abuse" from
the Virtus online
-He reminded us of children playing outside
-The importance of children knowing who
safe adults are
-Children hurting other children
-Adult interaction with children
Fingerprinting-May 4th, it seems some people are being
called back to re-take fingerprints, there was a problem with the machines.
-Question about fingerprints:
If I work for a Government agency, Unified School District etc. Why can’t you request them? The DOJ does not allow for
us to share or retrieve your information each other’s information. Each entity holds its own ID number and is given
your information based on that ID number.
-Any information that is returned as a red flag, is reported to the pastor
only and he passes on only needed that
cannot access their bulletins online from Virtus- please let us know or simply have not registered online and need a little
-Please make sure you have registered online after you attended your Virtus class
needed- please contact Barbara if interested
Fingerprinting- Live Scan as per Ben he was informed that people are needed
to assist with this in the Archdiocese.
Questions of why not all ministries are represented?
is posted on Church website, bulletin and a mass email with a reminder was sent out.
That safeguard is not only for the Children we protect, but to protect our volunteers and our Elderly. Also to bring
awareness to all.
Ratio of Volunteers vs. teens
This is determined depending on the event.
Some only require 1 adult per 10.
Drivers carrying teens must be over the age of 25 and show proper insurance and DL#
Edler Abuse-Ben informed
that a County Speaker is willing to come and speak to Elders and anyone interested.
Barbara also informed
that Tracy Webb will be returning to give a Cyber bully awareness
Virtus Class- August 23rd @ 6:30 pm with Eddie Melendrez
RE-certification class- will be announced as Jackie
Di Peppe and Sue McConnell give us available dates.
Fingerprinting- Barbara shared that we are applying
for another date to be on our campus.
Hall Door- 2nd reminder Exterior Door by the restrooms is broken
and needs to be repaired.
If door is pushed and pulled it can be forced open from the outside.
Room 402 Jorge Rudar
said the East door close to the Youth room is not closing correctly
Youth room East door, is also having problems shutting.
Children can assault other children- Ben reminded us of the case in on February 2013
California Preschool, Rocked by Sex Scandal, Is Closing Its Doors. A 5 year old girl performing oral sex on 4 year old boys
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