Protecting God's Children - Safe Environment

Immaculate Heart of Mary - New Melle follows The Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program, which is now called Prevent and Protect STL.  This program offers the Protecting God’s Children Workshop.  Prevent and Protect STL is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our parish community. This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries or employed at our parish.

Everyone (clergy, employees and volunteers) ministering to minors and vulnerable adults anywhere in the Archdiocese are required and asked to register in the new system. 

This includes those new to service and those who are currently in service. Click here for an instruction sheet. For those who have already attended a Protecting God’s Children your previous training date will transfer to this new system.  In addition to attending a live Protecting God’s Children workshop, all clergy, volunteers, and employees will register for an updated background screening, view two new online training modules on abuse reporting and the Code of Ethical Conduct, and agree to the updated Code of Ethical Conduct.  Please go to to register and contact your parish Child Safety Coordinator with any questions or for further assistance.  

Karen Wappelhorst
Child Safety Coordinator