Protecting Gods Children

Are you a coach, parish worker, or other volunteer working with children? We look forward to your presence here and wanted to let you know of the Archdiocesan Program called Safe Environment Program (SEP).

The Archdiocese of St. Louis, under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, requires that all who work (volunteers) with or around children (including parents, grandparents, etc.) be compliant with the Safe Environment Program. This letter will walk you through the process of becoming compliant. All steps must be complete before you may volunteer.  The Archdiocese uses the VIRTUS System.

For more information on the Safe Environment Program (SEP) click here to go the Archdiocese of St. Louis website.  If you have any questions, please call Barb Koch at the Rectory, 314-962-5955, x121 or email  The Missouri background check form is turned in to Barb Koch at the parish office.

To volunteer with children, the following steps are required by the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program (SEP):

  1. Attendance at a Protecting God's Children Workshop and a signed Code of Ethics.  Please log on to the VIRTUS System to sign up for the class and also to sign online the Code of Ethics. Click here to log in       If you would like for your files, a printed copy of the Code of Ethics, click here.  Make sure to list Annunciation as your parish.
  2. A completed background check from the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR). Download the FCSR background check form (click here for form). No money is required the parish pays the fee.

It sounds a little cumbersome in the beginning, but this is all you will need to do. Every even numbered year we will run a background check for you and you will receive a copy in the mail. There is no extra cost involved in this.  Remember if you move to call the Missouri FCSR to update your address (1-866-422-6872)

We want to make the process as easy as possible. If you have any questions or there is anything I can do to help you with this, please call me at 314-962-5955, x121.

Thank you for your willingness to serve our parish and keep our children safe. We appreciate all you do! Barb Koch

Children grades 12th and under who volunteer are required to fill out the Student Code of Ethics (click here for form) and return the form to the parish office. Anyone out of high school is considered an adult.

SEP NOTICE: All volunteers and employees who work with children at Annunciation Parish must be in full compliance with the Safe Environment Program (SEP). This includes attending a Protecting God's Children workshop, 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 about your compliance, please contact our Parish Child Safety Coordinator, Barb Koch, at the rectory, 314-962-5955, x121, or email at

In addition to contacting civil authorities (and/or the Missouri Children’s Division Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738) victims of sexual abuse are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance.  Reports of abuse by church personnel may be made to any pastor or to Sandra Price, the Executive Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection at (314) 792-7271