Safe Environment/Called to Protect

Children Are Our Most Precious Gifts

St. Matthew is blessed to have numerous ministries that work with children and youth. Our commitment to provide protection to the children and youth in our care necessitates that we comply with the Archdiocese’s safe environment regulations.  Therefore, all employees and volunteers working in our children’s ministries are required to do the following:

  1. Register on the database - cmgconnect.org;
  2. Complete archdiocesan safe environment training prior to and within three years of service (first time, in-person; renewals, online);
  3. Undergo a background check through the archdiocese prior to & within three years of service.

It is up to each volunteer to register, fulfill training requirements, and order a background check as necessary.  Click the Safe Environment link on our website for complete instructions:  www.stmatthewtheapostle.net.

Ministry coordinators are responsible for ensuring that their volunteers have been approved to work with minors – please contact the rectory office to ensure your volunteers are in compliance prior to placing volunteers with children.  Volunteers may also contact the rectory office to confirm compliance, 737-4537 or [email protected].  We are here to help!

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.  Your service to this parish and our children is invaluable and greatly appreciated!

If you suspect abuse or neglect by clergy or an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, please contact the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, Joseph Pistorius.  Call (504) 861-6253.  Your call will be returned within 24 hours if you leave a message.  You may also email [email protected]

Archdiocese of New Orleans Safe Environment information can be found at