"It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving." Mother Teresa
Sharon and I have now completed audits for 90 of the 148 rural parishes in the Archdiocese of Regina. That is 60.81 percent.
The purpose of the audits is to make sure that committees are 'on the right track' and completing all the necessary checklists and paperwork. The intent is so that committees do not have to redo anything. The other reason is to make sure we "pass with flying colours" the audit from the insurance carriers.
We still have not heard as to whether it will be a paper audit or a face to face audit or a combination of both. Whatever it is we want to be ready and ready we are. The large majority of the committes are only waiting for one or two pieces of paperwork to come in and then they will be finished.
After that the committee can move into a maintenance role. This will require an update of the Criminal Record Check in five years and screening of any new parishioners. That is it. Very easy.
We do not want to do anything that might nullify our insurance. There are many moral and human reasons why we should protect our vulnerable and the majority of parishoners understand these reasons. It is also required by the insurance companies. Thus it is not optional as to whether a parish participates in completing the protocols. Our decisions can affect others, so we should act prudently. It is 2014. Our societies have changed and we have to adapt our practices to reflect the change in society.
Thank you to everyone who has complied with the requirements for High Security. In some communities, obtaining a criminal record check can be challenging. We appreciate the efforts made to set a good example and to ensure that our children, our youth, our seniors and our vulnerable parishioners are protected.