Children's Ministry Volunteers

To help with any of the below needs, please contact John Sweet [email protected] as soon as possible.

Elementary Catechists Needed for the following grades:

Sundays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
  • Kindergarten (Co-Catechist needed)
  • 1st Grade (Co-Catechist needed)
  • 4th Grade (Catechist or Co-Catechists)
  • 5th Grade (Catechist or Co-Catechists)
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  •         Kindergarten (Co-Catechist needed)
  •         5th Grade (Catechist or Co-Catechists)

Who is a Catechist?
Simply put … a Catechist is an adult who teaches our faith to a group of people in this case, elementary aged children.

What does a Catechist do?
Following the prescribed curriculum, a catechist plans, prepares, and leads a one-hour class each week for a group of students.   Lesson planning guides are provided which follow a curriculum approved by the Diocese of Richmond.

What is the commitment?
This varies depending on the individual, but generally about one hour of preparation time during the week and 1 hour of class time, with a few more minutes before and after class to set up and clean up classroom.

Co-Catechists (two adults who share the class) share the above responsibilities and commitment.  Having two adults who work together is always a great idea since the class will have consistency throughout the year.

What options do I have?
Time:  Choose either Sundays, 12:30—1:30 pm or Wednesdays, 4:30—5:30 pm.  Each sessions runs for 25 weeks, October—April.

Children's Liturgy of the Word Prayer Leaders

We are in need of many adults to help with the 11:00 am Sunday 

Who is a Prayer Leader? 
A Prayer Leader is the adult who facilitates the Children’s Liturgy of the Word ritual.

What does a Prayer Leader do?
A Prayer Leader proclaims the Word of God to the children and provides an interactive reflection to help the children understand what God is saying to them.  In Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we follow the same format as in Church—readings, reflection, prayers.

What is the commitment?
Adults are scheduled every 4-6 weeks and commit to preparing during the week (1/2 hour) and leading the 20 minute session during Mass.  Adults leave with the children and return with the children, so they are “attending” Mass. 

What options do I have?
Mass time:  choose between the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.
Ages:  choose to lead the younger group (4 year olds—1st grade) or the older group (2nd grade—4th grade).

Safe Environment Program

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is committed to ensuring that diocesan institutions and ministries provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, young people and vulnerable individuals. The mission of the diocesan Safe Environment Program is to create a safe environment incorporating the standards as outlined in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

What is required?
All employees, clergy and those volunteers working with minors in our parishes and schools are required to complete a VIRTUS Training program and complete a background screening form.  (18 and over)

Background Screening of Volunteers

  1. Volunteer background screenings are completed via the VIRTUS system. After registering for a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults training session, volunteers will be prompted to complete a background screening application in ScreeningOne.
  2. During the registration process new registrants are required to acknowledge the Diocesan Code of Conduct and Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations.
  3. Background checks are renewed through the VIRTUS system every 5 years.

Visit the Richmond Diocese Safe Environment web page for more information and to Sign up for VIRTUS Training and complete the background screening form...

Contact John Sweet at the parish office for more information …[email protected] | 804-740-4044