Volunteering with Children

St. Catharine- St. Margaret Parish and St. Catharine School


St. Catharine- St. Margaret Parish including St. Catharine School complies with the Protecting God’s Children Safe Environment guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Trenton.

Our Promise to Protect

THE DIOCESE OF TRENTON is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and to its own policies and guidelines in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.
If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan  ABUSE HOTLINE: 1-888-296-2965 or via e-mail at  abuseline@dioceseoftrenton.org.
The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.

The Diocese of Trenton Department of Child and Youth Protection Reference Guide can be found HERE

For more information see the Diocese of Trenton Child Protection Efforts web page HERE

or The St. Catharine- St. Margaret Parish Promise to Protect webpage


Protecting God’s Children Background Check Process

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application
    • Volunteer applications can be found HERE
    • Please bring a copy to Lisa Cole at the rectory after completion or email to Lcole@stcatharine-stmargaret.org
  1. Attend a Virtus training session
    • A listing of the current sessions being offered can be found HERE
    • Please bring a copy of your certificate to Lisa Cole at the rectory after completion or email to Lcole@stcatharine-stmargaret.org
  1. Background Check
    • Volunteering at St. Catharine School (SCS)
      • Background checks are done through the Department of Education
        • New Applicants please use New Applicant Process HERE
        • Anyone that has been fingerprinted through DOE before should use the Archive Process. Please contact the rectory for instructions.
        • If you also volunteer for the parish and have already had a background check through that process please contact the rectory.
      • After approximately two weeks after your appointment, you can visit the following website https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/chrs16/?app-emp-history  to obtain your clearance information.
      • When you receive your clearance letter please bring a copy to Lisa Cole at the rectory, or email to LCole@stcatharine-stmargaret.org you will be notified when your badge is ready.
      • Background checks must be renewed every four years.
    • Volunteering in the Parish (CCD, Children’s Liturgy, Mass Ministers, Children’s Choir)
      • Background checks are done through the Diocesan process utilizing the NJ State Police.
        • Applications can be found HERE
        • To schedule an appointment with IdentoGO please click HERE
        • If you also volunteer for SCS and have already had a background check through that process please contact the rectory.
        • If you have already completed a background check through the Diocese of Trenton please contact the rectory for a “blue form”
      • Bring a copy of the form to Lisa Cole at the rectory after you have been fingerprinted or email to Lcole@stcatharine-stmargaret.org
      • You will be notified when your badge arrives.
      • Background checks must be renewed every four years, after the first background check you will be able to use the “blue form” and will not have to be physically printed again.
  1. Completed Packets
    • A complete packet will have the following documents. Once all documents are obtained and sent to the rectory you will receive your badge.
      • Application Form (3 pages)
      • IdentoGo Form with copy of receipt (copy)
      • Virtus Training certificate of attendance (copy)
      • Virtus Training online registration
      • Clearance letter from NJ State Police Or NJ Department of Education

Completed documents can be mailed to the following address or emailed to Lcole@stcatharine-stmargaret.org

St. Catharine Rectory
215 Essex Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
ATTN: Fingerprinting


If you have any questions please contact the rectory at 732-449-5765 x105 or x169

If you would like to be reimbursed for the cost of your fingerprinting please submit a request form with a receipt.