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  • Saturday, August 01, 2020 9:30 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    It is now easier to keep up to date with the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Catholic Committee for Youth Organizations:

  • Monday, June 01, 2020 10:00 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)
    Happy New GHACCYO Year!The GHACCYO officially began on June 1st and we are excited to introduce you to this year's committee members! See them all, and how to contact them, at ABOUT US > 2020-21 COMMITTEE.

    Interested in serving on the committee? We'd love to have you join us! Send us a note at

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 8:31 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    We will be hosting another Marian Series Patch Day on April 25. All youth (grades 1-12) and adults are welcome to attend.These patches are different, but in the same series, as the patch day we held in November. Details and registration.

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 7:24 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    We are so happy to let you know that we can now take credit card payments for award applications! When you submit the Award Submission Summary, the Registrar will send you an when the applications are processed. There will be a link to pay the invoice online.

  • Monday, September 30, 2019 5:41 PM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    Come spend a few hours learning more about your faith, Catholic role models, and become more aware of the faith community and cultures around the world.

    Our Lady of Good Help Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Guadalupe

    All youth in 1st thru 12th grades are welcome and will earn all 4 of these patches
    Our Lady of Good Help * Our Lady of Miraculous Medal * Immaculate Conception * Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Cost is $20 and includes 4 patches. Adults interested in helping out please contact Emily Tarco at

    Host Your Own Patch Day

    Interested in hosting a Patch Day of your own? Contact us and we will help you get it set up with registrations and publicity.

  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:31 PM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    Starting an award this year? Get a jump-start by attending

    Launch Day

    Youth can attend a workshop and get started on the requirements of their award.
    Adults can attend with youth OR take the Adult Advisor Training.


  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:21 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    Dates for Adult Advisor training have been posted for May - August. They can be found on the Adult Advisor page and you can use the links to register. All training is done online.

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 9:01 PM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    Effective January 1, 2019, the VIRTUS training has been replaced with the new Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Safe Environment Online Program, SAFE HAVEN: It's Up to You. The online training consists of a 3-part video series and will include a criminal background check. There will no longer be in classroom instruction; all training will be online (First, Refresher and all future trainings).

    These online trainings are available in English and Spanish. The VIRTUS database will no longer be accessible.

    If your VIRTUS was current - it will transfer over to SAFE HAVEN. Your renewal date will be the same.

    Individuals with Previous VIRTUS training

    The 5-year anniversary date is still in place for refreshers. To complete Re-certification training as your 5-year anniversary date is met, please follow the steps below:

    1. To access the CMGConnect website go to We strongly recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser for optimal performance.
    2. Choose Galveston-Houston Diocese - hit "Go"
    3. lick on "Sign-In Here" box at the top right corner. You will need to log in using your previous VIRTUS user id or the email address on file and 1234 as the password. (Once you login, you can always change your password.) Please do NOT Register for a New Account. Once you have signed in, you will be able to view your certification expiration.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2019 10:55 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    In order to be consistent with the application forms in the NFCYM award books, the term Moderator has been replaced with Adult Advisor for the GHACCYO.

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 8:56 AM | Tracy Rijken (Administrator)

    The 2018-19 GHACCYO award ceremony has been set for Saturday, April 27th. We are still looking for a church to host. If you would like the ceremony at your home parish, please contact us.

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