Safe Environment

USCCB mandates Churches, schools, and youth organizations must ensure that children and youth who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored by a parish can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible.

Parents and caretakers have the right to ask these institutions if they meet the requirements of the Charter before they allow their children to become involved with them.

An effective safe environment program will have the following components:

  • A code of conduct for clergy and for any other paid personnel and volunteers in positions of trust who have regular contact with children and young people.
  • Training for all adults who work with children that consists of:
    • Signs an adult may see in a child who is abused
    • Signs an adult may see in a person who abuses children
    • What actions an adult should take when they believe child abuse of any kind may be occurring
  • Background check for clergy and for any other paid personnel and volunteers in positions of trust who have regular contact with children and young people
  • A training program for children that includes age appropriate materials pertaining to personal safety that conforms to Catholic teachings
  • A Safe Environment awareness program for all church members

Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral implements Safe Environment program as mandated by USCCB & St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago Child Safety program.

All parish members are required to follow & practice the Safe Environment program guidelines. Please refer to Your Role in Creating Safe Environments

All parish volunteers must complete the following requirements:

  1. Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Form.pdf
  2. Volunteer Application.pdf
  3. Protecting God’s Children for Adults training
  4. Background check

As part of Cathedral Safe Environment program, all CCD students will be provided Teaching Safety - Empowering God's Children training. If you DO NOT WANT your children to receive Safe Environment instructions, please fill out the information Training Decline Form - For Parents.pdf and give to the CCD office.

 

Pastors

Vicar Fr. Thomas Kadukappillil
‭+1 (908) 235-8449‬
Asst. Vicar Fr. Kevin Mundackal
+1 (914) 648-8369
 

Trustees

Alwin Shikkore
+1 (630) 274-5424
George Ampalathumkal
+1 (312) 912-1762
Johny Vadukumcherry
+1 (847) 293-5600
Jose Kolenchery
+1 (847) 529-8993
Vivek Karot
+1 (312) 259-4578
 

Contact

5000 Saint Charles Rd, Bellwood, IL, USA, 60104

Phone: +1 (708) 665-5000
Phone: +1 (708) 544-7250
Fax :    +1 (708) 688-1040

Email: contact@smchicago.org

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