Many may be shocked to find, When the Day of Judgment nears,
That there's a special place in Heaven set aside for Volunteers.
Furnished with big recliners, Satin couches and footstools;
When there's no committee chairman, No group leaders or car pools.
No eager team that needs a coach, No bazaar and no bake sale;
there will be nothing to staple, Not one thing to fold or mail. Telephone lists will be outlawed,
But a finger-snap will bring, cool drinks and gourmet dinners And rare treats fit for a King.
You ask, who'll serve these privileged few and work for all they're worth?
All those who reaped the benefits, And not once volunteered on Earth
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Reason for the Programme and these Guidelines

Since the earliest days of the Church, we have come together to worship and to live out our faith. As followers of Jesus we are called to show love to one another and to the world as well as to share our gifts and resources. We continue that tradition today. We reach out to those in need; we counsel, help and teach. Each of us brings unique gifts to share.

Volunteers are the lifelines of our parishes. Without the time, effort and gifts of our volunteers, the Church would not be able to fulfill its ministry to help those in need. We recognize and appreciate the invaluable contribution of our many volunteers. Given the importance of our call through the Sacrament of Baptism to share our gifts with one another and with the world, it is essential that we, as a community, do all we can to ensure that the right gifts are shared in the right way, at the right time, by the right people. We fulfill our mission more effectively when we make every effort to foster a richer, stronger, more vibrant and safer community of faith.

Through Screening in Faith, we can provide support and protection to our volunteers. Screening in Faith is simply a process designed to create and maintain a safe environment in our parishes. The goal at all times is the protection of our vulnerable people, our volunteers, our paid staff and our Church resources. The programme also ensures that the most appropriate match is made between the volunteer and the position.

Thus, it is now a permanent policy of the Archdiocese of Kingston to screen all parish volunteer ministry positions. Our actions as volunteers and as a Church should be guided at all times by our goal: the protection and safety of our vulnerable people, our volunteers and our Church. The “Screening in Faith, Guidelines for Parish Volunteers” is designed to assist you in performing your ministry. Have you ever thought of prison ministry as a call?

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Matt. 25:36, 37

“We intend to do what is right not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of others.”
2 Cor 8:21

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:27

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8