"Protecting God's Children" or VIRTUS Training

This training program is required for those adults, both staff and volunteers, who have custodial care of or direct contact with children in the course of their service in the parish. The VIRTUS course only needs to be taken once—at St. Elizabeth’s or, with documentation, at another parish. The class is 2 1/2 hours in length and is offered on a monthly basis throughout the year. If you anticipate being involved with Children's Liturgy of the Word, chaperoning middle or high school youth ministry events, leading a Confirmation group, attending a mission trip, or being part of VBS, you must be Virtus certified.

Please sign up for Virtus training at least one week prior to each session. You may register by contacting Barbara Dane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling Barbara at 978 263-4305, ext. 16. Please leave your name, parish, the date you wish to attend and an email or cell phone number where you can be reached.

Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions:

Monday, June 3, 7:00 p.m., St. Elizabeth Parish Center

Monday, June 24, 7:00 p.m., St. Elizabeth Parish Center


Sessions include training in the signs and symptoms of child abuse, and suggestions on how to talk with children about these issues will also be included, as will training in mandated reporting and the archdiocese's policies and procedures for preventing child abuse. An online component called "VIRTUS On-Line" will provide continued training through monthly bulletins and annual recertification.

For more information about VIRTUS "Protecting God's Children,” see: virtusonline.org


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