Become a Volunteer

Are you looking for simple ways to volunteer in the parish or local community? Check out our Parish Volunteer Ministries list HERE or click on the various bubbles at the bottom of the page. For volunteer and service opportunities in the local community, check out this booklet compiled by our Justice, Peace, and Outreach Commission – Volunteer/Service Opportunities Booklet. Contact Nathan Schuster at [email protected] to sign up to volunteer or with questions.

Adult Requirements 

All clergy and parish, school and Archdiocesan employees, as well as all volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors or vulnerable adults, must complete the Essential 3 (E3) requirements: 

  • Background Check 
  • Code of Conduct 
  • Safe Environment Training 

To ensure completion of the requirements before working or volunteering, or to confirm your status, contact the Safe Environment Coordinator, Ali Chalupsky, at [email protected] or 651-429-7771, option 1.  

Further Explanation of the Essential 3 (E3) for new employees and volunteers: 

  • Background Check – The background check is run by an Archdiocese-approved agency and provides a criminal history. This is an important step to screen out individuals who might present a danger to children and youth. 
  • Code of Conduct – A person must acknowledge that he or she understands and agrees to the principles and standards outlined in the code of conduct appropriate to his or her employment or ministry.  
  • Safe Environment Training – VIRTUS Online Protecting God’s Children and Saint Paul-Minneapolis Reporting Suspected Child Abuse is a 75-minute online awareness training that provides information on the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Specific training is included on how to report suspected abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. 

E3 Re-credentialing is required every three years, and consists of: 

  • Background Check – Submitting to a re-check 
  • Code of Conduct – Signing a new copy 
  • Safe Environment Training – Completing a re-training module, including specific training on how to report suspected abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. 


St. Mary of the Lake is devoted to creating safe environments for all to feel welcome. Protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults is of the highest importance. If you suspect abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult, your first call should be to law enforcement. If danger is imminent, call 911.