Safe Environment Program

Safe Environment Program (Protecting God's Children)

"Certainly children are a gift from the LORD..."
--Psalm 127:3

St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church follows the requirements of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God's Children). The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. All volunteers and employees who work with children at St. Mary of Victories Chapel must be in full compliance with the program.  This includes:

  • Attending a Protecting God’s Children workshop - click for the Program Schedule,
  • Register for a background check at the State of Missouri Web Site or fill out the form (click here) and return to Mary in the Parish Office.  Those self-registering, go to the Registration tab and click on the subheading "Register."  The site will require you to pay $13.25 for the registration.  Submit your receipt of payment to Mary and the parish will reimburse you.
  • Undergoing a background check updated in even-numbered years,
  • Having an FBI fingerprint check if you have lived outside of Missouri within the past five years, and
  • Signing the Code of Ethical Conduct.

These requirements are mandated by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and are followed by every diocese in the country.  The policies are the Church’s attempt to ensure the suitability of all adults who work or volunteer around your children.

If you have any questions, or have taken these steps at another Parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, please contact Mary Brende (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at the Parish Office.  Phone Number 314-231-8101.



Safe Environment Program Office (Archdiocese)
Program Schedule


 Important Documents

Code of Ethics for Employees & Volunteers
Code of Ethics for Vendors
Code of Ethics for Youth
DHSS Worker Registration Form
Release Form for Background Check
Third-party Contractor Packet



A Prayer for St. Mary of Victories

Our heavenly Father, / long ago you inspired our German forefathers in the Faith / to raise this beautiful house of prayer and sacrifice / in honor of your Son's most holy Mother, / Our Lady of Victories. Your Providence then brought many Hungarians here / under the co-patronage of the holy King, Saint Stephen. / We humbly place before you today / the spiritual and temporal needs of our historic church / and its present-day community. / Grant us the grace to discern your holy will, / and to fulfill  it zealously as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, / here in the old heart of our city, / for as long as it may please your Divine Majesty.

Saint Mary of Victories, pray for us!
 Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us!


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Our Lady of Victories, Pray for Us!  St. Stephen of Hungary, Pray for Us!
 Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam