Policies & Forms

A parish faith formation program requires much planning, as well as attention to a variety of guidelines. Some guidelines are governed by Canon Law, some by our local bishop, others by the state of New York, and still others are governed by our own common sense.  Provided here are a summary of the most important policies, guidelines and procedures parish faith formation programs, involving children and young people, must follow at parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Safe Environment Mandates for Children's Training

Every year, in order to comply with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Charter to Protect Children and Young People, the Diocese requires each parish to complete a report indicating that they have provided training to all children / youth that are part of parish faith formation programs by November 1st of each yearClick here to view the full Training Policy StatementThe following are resources to assist faith formation leaders and catechists in discussing these topics.

1. Learning Objectives and Curriculum Connections: This document includes the learning objectives that must be communicated to children in faith formation programs by November 1 of each year.  Below each objective are the corresponding curriculum connections that provide a lens for parish leaders and catechists to discuss these topics.

2. Report Form for Children / Youth Training: The parish compliance form for the safe environment training with children and youth to be submitted ONLINE through the VIRTUS site by November 1 of each year. 

3. Safe Environment Resources: This document points faith formation leaders and catechists to resources that may be of assistance in discussing safe environment topics with children, adolescents and families.


Other Forms

      Volunteer Questionnaire

      Driver Information Form (required from all who drive youth)

      Incident Report (document all injuries / property damage)

      Permission Slip (template)

      Publicity / Media Release 

      Sacramental Record Keeping