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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
Virtus training Dates-
Finger printing:

VIRTUS Recertification - All adults who completed the three-hour VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children Workshop must attend a LIVE RECERTIFICATION four years after their initial training.


VIRTUS Recertification
VIRTUS Training
Sunday, JULY 27 
 All Catholic school personnel are screened, trained to detect child abuse

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

Jeana Chavez

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.

Emergency Bin – 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.

Funerals & 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. Berisano-

More 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.

Teachers 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.

Reported Broken

Hall Door- Exterior Door by the restrooms is broken and needs to be repaired.


Vandalism 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.

Meeting Dismissed: 8:10 pm

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 For particular help, you may call Victim’s Assistance Ministry at (213) 637-7650.


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.
VIRTUS® Online
visit the following for more information: “Summer Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse,” or contact the Office of Safeguard the Children email
The 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 Catholic
Church. 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 help.

-Please make sure you have registered online after you attended your Virtus class

Virtus facilitators 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?

-Information is posted on Church website, bulletin and a mass email with a reminder was sent out.

Reminder: 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

New Business/Comment/Recommendations


Next 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.

Reported Broken

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 at

First Lutheran Church of Carson School

Revised 8/2007 1/
27/10 – 6/8/2010
(Replace 8/2007 Guidelines for Adults Interacting with Minors in Article 6)
Adults acting in a staff, faculty, ministerial or other paid or volunteer * position in the Archdiocese are role models who are called to treat each
minor with respect and care. Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers serving either in a paid or volunteer position need to maintain
professional relationships with minors whether on or off the parish or parish school locations. Please review the following guidelines and
sign the “Acknowledgement of Receipt” for the file at the parish or school where you work or volunteer.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers will ensure that minors are properly supervised at all times, thus providing them a safe
environment. Minors must be viewed as “restricted individuals” because they are not adults and are not independent.
§ If clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers who are supervising minors observe a situation where civil law, parish and/or school rules are
being violated, they must take appropriate action immediately.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers should always be aware they have considerable personal power because of their ministerial
positions. Therefore, they will maintain respectful ministerial relationships, avoiding manipulation and other abuses of power.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers must avoid assuming the role of a “father or mother figure,” which may create an excessive
emotional attachment for all parties.
§ Attraction between adults and minors is possible, and care and caution should be taken in all interactions. The parish/school
administration should be informed immediately if such an attraction exists. Dating or sexual relationships between a clergy/staff
member/faculty/volunteer and a minor are inappropriate and unethical. Dating or sexual relationships between a clergy/staff
member/faculty/volunteer and a minor are unlawful.
§ Communications with minors (e.g., notes, letters, email
and Internet exchanges, telephone calls) must be for professional reasons only.
§ Discussions of a sexual nature must always take place in an appropriate educational context. Sexual jokes, slang or innuendo are
inappropriate when interacting with minors.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers will respect confidential information concerning minors or confidential information of a personal
nature shared by a minor. However, if a minor shares confidential information that could pose a threat to the minor or to others, the
clergy/staff member/faculty/volunteer has an obligation to notify the proper authorities.
§ When clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers are supervising minors or young adults at parish or parish schoolsponsored
activities, they
may not be under the influence of alcohol, may not consume alcohol in the presence of persons under age 21, nor offer alcohol to them.
§ When a clergy/staff member/faculty/volunteer is alone in a room with a minor, the door must be open, or there must be clear visibility
through windows.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers are to engage in games or sports activities with minors only in the presence of other adults, or in
a place openly accessible/visible to others.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers planning parish/school events in their homes with minors must have the permission of the
parish/school administration. In addition, clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers may not have any minors in their homes without the
knowledge of the minor’s parent or guardian.
§ Clergy/staff members/faculty/volunteers may not drive minors unless it is to or from a parish/parish schoolsponsored
activity and may
never drive alone with a minor. Driving minors requires parental permission slips that indicate the transportation is by personal vehicle.
The parish/parish school administration must approve any use of personal vehicles. Trips involving minors must have a sufficient number
of adult chaperones and minors to preclude the appearance of inappropriate personal involvement with minors.
§ Parent/guardian written permission is required for the publication of a picture of a minor.
§ Adults are permitted to interact alone with minor/minors only after complying with Archdiocesan policies regarding fingerprinting and safe
environment training. They may work with minors only as part of a team if they have not met those requirements.