St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Protecting God’s Children

This page is to help our volunteers and employees to maintain their compliance of state laws and the Diocese of Rockford’s requirements for Protecting God’s Children.

The Diocese of Rockford requires nearly all volunteers to complete a new Safe Environment Program. Volunteers for the prayer tree and money counters are not required to take this program. There are basically two parts to this program:
1. Conduct the Virtus training course to obtain the Protecting God’s Children Certificate. You can connect to this training through a link on the front page of the Rockford Diocesan Website or go to Upon completion, please print out the certificate. If you have already taken this in the past, you do not need to do it again but please inform the office of when and where you completed the training.
If access to the web is difficult for you or prefer to do it in person, St Thomas parish is having a Virtus training program on Wednesday June 28 at 1pm till 4pm. Please register in advance. Click here to find other available times and locations in the diocese of Rockford. There is no cost.
2. Click on the corresponding documents and then print out and sign the following forms. These forms will need to be renewed every year:

Please return all signed forms and your Protecting God’s Children certificate to the church office. Please call if you have any questions at 815-232-8271. Thank you for your cooperation with this program and for all that you do for St. Joseph Parish.