The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary :: A Roman Catholic Community in the Heart of the Hamptons

Forms and Resources for Volunteer Registration


Volunteer Registration and Background Screening
The Office for the Protection of Children and Young People:

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (The Charter) promulgated by the Bishops of the United States in 2002 outlines specific practices and guidelines providing standards of safety in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States.  As directed in The Charter, the Diocese of Rockville Centre requires all employees, clergy, and volunteers to complete three requirements within thirty days of employment or volunteering:

  1. Attend Protecting God’s Children Program (Virtus)
  2. Sign the Codes of Conduct;
  3. Complete a background screen application.  The Diocese requires all those who remain in active ministry be rescreened at 5 yr. intervals. volunteers/employees.

 A Word on Background Screening of Volunteers:
The Office for the Protection of Children and Young People (OFPCYP) has streamlined the volunteer application process enabling volunteers to complete the three safe environment requirements in one step.   Individuals wishing to volunteer in a parish or school:

  1. Register to attend a Protecting God’s Children class and create a Virtus account on the Virtus website:
  2. Electronically acknowledge the Diocesan Code of Conduct- provided during the Virtus registration process.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the Sterling Volunteers background screening application background offered during the Virtus registration process.



For Sacred Hearts Employees