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Keeping Children Safe (KCS) Training (for Adults)

Having current KCS Training Certification is required for all clergy, religious, employees, and persons wishing to serve as lay ministers or volunteers in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

"Initial Training" is provided for persons who have not previously attended KCS training, or for persons whose 3-year KCS Training Certification has expired.  This course focuses on recognizing how perpetrators of abuse gain access to children, signs of boundary violations and abuse, and how to take action if abuse is suspected.  Texas requirements for reporting abuse and the Diocesan Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards for Ministry are thorougly reviewed.

"Renewal Training" must be completed prior to your KCS Training Certification expiration date.  Two options are available: 1) Attend a live Retraining Session, or 2) complete the Online Retraining Course through the Armatus Program.  The online course can only be taken "every other cycle" -- i.e., if your last Renewal Training was done Online, you must attend a Live Retraining Session for your next renewal.

 

Upcoming Training Sessions:

All training sessions will be held in the Holy Spirit Center unless otherwise indicated and are open to all adults.

Initial Training - (none scheduled at this time)

Renewal Training - (none scheduled at this time)

 

Watch the church bulletin for future training sessions and sign up by sending an email to Ray.Carr.7264@gmail.com with the names of all persons planning to attend.  You may also add your name(s) to the sign-up sheets posted in the Holy Spirit Center.

Weatherford Texas Holy Spirit Council 7264 Visits Weatherford Healthcare Center

The Holy Spirit Council 7264 adopted the Weatherford Healthcare Center for Christmas. With the help of St. Stephen parishioners they collected items that the nursing home said the residents were in need of from tooth brushes to fleece blankets and some candy as well. On the 20th of December the Knights went to the nursing home and set up a shopping spree area. Which then the residents took a Christmas bag and picked out want they wanted. After gathering their items they were then given a choice of a gift card to either Walmart or The City of Lights Movie Theater. Many happy faces were seen this day and the Knights had a few smiles as well.

Council Appreciation Dinner April 25th. 2014

April 27, 2014

Knights of Columbus appreciation ceremony

AnonymousWeatherford DemocratThe Weatherford DemocratSun Apr 27, 2014, 12:44 PM CDT

By BRIAN SMITH

A number of nonprofit groups were honored for their service to the community during the Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council 7264 Appreciation Dinner Friday evening.

About 90 representatives from 10 organizations, along with Knights and their families, attended the dinner where checks were presented and each group had a speaker talk about the group’s function in the community. Council Grand Knight John Achtyl said what the local council is doing is based on the Knights’ philosophy from the very start.

“The KCs were founded in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut by Father John McGiveney to help the poor of the city,” Achtyl said. “This council is going into its 35th year of supporting the church and community with money and volunteerism.”

Achtyl said the council uses a golf tourney and Tootsie Roll drive as its two major fundraisers every year to help fund the donations to deserving charities.

Paula Robinson with Center of Hope said its organization works to get people back on their feet with food and job training classes. The center provides assistance to people of all ages, but its largest group is for ages 50 to 64.

“We also work with area schools so those that need to get their GED can do so,” Robinson said. “We also work with a number of neighborhood churches during the summer on Camp Hope, so children who depend on the meal the school provides during the school year can still get it.”

Dana Blankenship with Grace House Ministries said the organization offers free pregnancy and ultrasound tests but also parenting classes as well as classes to keep pregnancy from happening in the first place.

Tracey Hass, Meals on Wheels Director at the Parker County Senior Center, said not only does the center provide meals for homebound and other seniors, low cost rides are available to the store and appointments as well as prescription and utility assistance are offered.

American Legion Post 163 Commander Bill Mallory said the legion provides support to the veterans in the area, giving back 11,000 volunteer hours last year alone and making $49,000 in donations itself back to the community.

Other organizations that received donations include CASA of Parker/Palo Pinto County, Parker County REACT, Weatherford Freedom House, Weatherford Citizen Police Academy, Pythian Home and Weatherford VFW Post 4746.