Children Are a Gift of God

Psalm 127:3

Since 2002, the Church in the United States has experienced a crisis without precedent in our times. The sexual abuse of children and young people by some deacons, priests, and bishops and how these crimes and sins were addressed, have caused enormous pain, anger, and confusion. As bishops, we have acknowledged our mistakes and roles in that suffering. We apologize and retake responsibility for failing victims and the Catholic people in the past too often. From the depths of our hearts, we bishops express great sorrow and profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured.

The 2011 revision of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People re-affirmed our deep commitment to creating a safe environment within the Church for children and youth. We have listened to the profound pain and suffering of those victimized by sexual abuse and will continue to respond to their cries.

Each year, dioceses in the United States undergo an external audit by Stonebridge Business Partners, an independent auditing firm. The audit is designed to measure each diocese's compliance with the guidelines of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The results of the external audits are published by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection every year.

All volunteers who come in contact with children must register on VIRTUS Online and attend an awareness session.

PGC awareness sessions are held on the first Tuesday of each month from June - to November or as needed. All sessions are stored in the Fr. John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) at 6:30 pm. Classes are determined by enrollment. All who wish to take this session must register online.

Please register on VIRTUS Online,   If you have any question or help in registering please contact Jan Roman-Gonzales your parish PGC coordinator at or text (530) 307-0148

From the Reno Diocese:

Safe Environment Program

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Child & Youth Protection

From the National Catholic Risk Retention Group:


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