Religious Education Formation Volunteers
Our St. Damian Religious Education Formation is looking for volunteers to assist in our program. We gather for class approximately three Mondays a month. The hours for volunteering are from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Our program will begin on Monday, September 11, 2023 to May 1, 2024.
Volunteer Catechist: We are looking for faithful, reliable, and responsible adults 18 years or over to teach our faith to our students in levels 1st to 8th. You will be responsible for teaching every Monday night session. You will work with the CRE on additional material for your class. If you are interested and wants to share your faith with our students, we are asking for you to join us.
Office Aides: Aides will help the RE Assistant in our office. This will consist of distributing letters or notes to teachers, picking up our attendance, and helping with sorting materials that are needed for our classrooms.
Hall Monitors: You will be stationed at designated areas in the school. Monitors will assist in keeping the halls clear and quiet. This also includes watching our entrances/exits so that no child or stranger enters or exits while classes are in session.
Teacher’s Aide: You will be responsible for helping the teachers in their classrooms. As an aide, you may take attendance, help with crafts, or help with other activities in the classroom.
Drop off/Pick Up Assistants: We will need your assistance in guiding the safety of the entrance and exiting of our RE students and families. You will be located outside during drop off and pickup times. We need your help with making sure everyone follows the entering, exiting, and parking requirements.
All these positions are very gratifying and will help our program to continue to be strong. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above positions, please contact Mrs. Cheryl Plesha at 708-687-7778 or [email protected]
Need a little nudge? Read this reflection from catechist Sandy Katula:
All Volunteers must create an account on Virtus.org and complete all the Archdiocesan and State of Illinois compliance requirements before being in the presence of children.
For assistance please contact Compliance Site Administrator, Connie Swidergal at 708-342-8527, [email protected]
Go to First-Time Registrant and it will walk you through all the steps that you will need to complete to volunteer for our program. For location, choose Archdiocese of Chicago first, then find St. Damian Parish. If you are already certified on virtus.org please let us know.
- Protecting God's Children video training module.
- Continuing on-line training bulletins.
- State of Illinois Mandated Reporter Training - https://mr.dcfstraining.org/UserAuth/Login!loginPage.action
- A completed on-line name based Criminal Background Check (through virtus.org).
- Code of Conduct is signed electronically on the virtus.org website.
- Complete State of Illinois DCFS CANTS form, to be signed at our RE office.