Safe Environment (Protecting God's Children)

St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church follows the requirements of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God's Children). The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peg Murphy, Child Safety Coordinator at (314) 531-6443 or

Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:

Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child and Youth Protection
(314) 792-7271

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-0210

All volunteers and employees who work with children at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church must be in full compliance with the Safe Environment Program. This includes:

Please return all forms to Peg Murphy, Child Safety Coordinator, in the St. Matthew parish office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peg Murphy at (314) 531-6443 or