The goal of the Circle of Grace program is to educate and empower children and young people to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others.
Children/young people will understand they are created by God and live in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God is “present” in everyone’s Circle of Grace.
Children/young people will be able to describe the Circle of Grace which God gives each of us.
- God is “present” because He desires a relationship with us.
Children/young people will be able to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries.
- God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace.
Children/young people will be able to identify all types of boundary violations.
- God helps us know what does not belong in our Circle of Grace.
Children/young people will demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated.
- God helps us know when to as for help from someone we trust.
Circle of Grace is a copyrighted program of the Archdiocese of Omaha. It was developed by a committee of experts comprised of clergy, school principals, school counselors, teachers, directors of religious education, youth ministers and mental health professionals. Circle of Grace was first promulgated and received an imprimatur from Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss; a nihil obstat from the Archdiocese of Omaha censor Librium the Rev. Joseph C. Taphorn, JCL; and was confirmed by Archbishop George J. Lucas. Circle of Grace is endorsed by Catholic Mutual Group and Project Harmony, a community-based child protection center.