Parish Volunteer Clearances at Saint Paul of the Cross Parish

Saint Paul of the Cross Parish is committed to providing a safe environment for all. 

Saint Paul of the Cross Parish Volunteer Clearances

Parish Volunteer Clearances

Saint Paul of the Cross Parish is committed to providing a safe environment for all. 

We do that by complying with the Safe Environment Policy developed by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This is an aggressive effort to make Catholic parishes and schools as safe as possible for young and old people from the threat of abuse.

Adult employees and volunteers (age 18 and older)  must complete a five-step process in which they undergo a background check to receive clearances, register in the diocese’s database and complete the Protecting God’s Children training program.

Register with the Diocesan Database

To expedite this process, please have the following information on hand before starting the application:

  • Residential history for the past 7 years;
  • Employment history for the past 5 years;
  • Educational history starting with high school;
  • Volunteer history of your four most recent volunteer activities; and 
  • References: one professional, one personal and one family member.
How to Register
  1. Log onto the website for the Diocese of Pittsburgh at
  2. Select “Parish Volunteer."
  3. A series of 5 steps will appear. Use your cursor to highlight the linked fields and complete each step in order.
Database Enrollment (Step 1)
  1. When you select the first step, you will be taken to a “New User Registration” screen. All fields require entry except for the email address, which is optional.
  2. In the “Primary Parish / School / Agency” field, select the entity where you do the majority of your work or ministry. Our parish is listed under Pittsburgh: Saint Paul of the Cross Parish.
  3. The “Type of Application” requires you to check whether you are an employee or volunteer.
  4. The “User ID” field requires you to enter your own password for access to your application. The bottom of this screen explains the requirements of a User ID. The “Password” field is similar; you will be asked to type the password twice. (Be sure to write down your User ID and Password in a secure place for future reference.)
  5. In the “access code” field, enter the password “Protect”.
  6. Click the “Submit Registration” button. You should receive a message that you have been successfully registered in the system.
  7. Then, click on the underlined link where it says, “Please click here to log in and continue your application.”
  8. At the Log-in Page enter your User ID and Password, and click “Log-in”.  This will take you to the “Application Screen” for you to fill out your application. 
  9. When you get to the Documents page, read the provided online copies of the Code of Pastoral Conduct (CPC) and Child Protective Service Law (CPSL) documents and verify by entering the date for each.
After completing step one, complete steps 2-5, and follow the directions in each field. Give us a call should you have any additional questions at (412) 531-5964. 

Pennsylvania Criminal & Child Abuse History Clearance

This form may be obtained from your site administrator or online by clicking here and scrolling down to:

Please return the completed form to the site administrator. DO NOT FILE IT. The site administrator will do this on your behalf and the $10 fee will be paid by the parish or school.

EXCEPTION: The clearance will be sent directly to Saint Paul of the Cross Parish if you sign a form provided by the parish/school that is titled “Consent/Release of Information Authorization Form for the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.”

Protecting God's Children Workshop

This workshop promotes awareness of how to protect our youth from sexual predators. Workshops are available throughout the Pittsburgh Diocese at numerous locations and times.

To see a schedule and/or register, click here. You must also call the number provided.

You may also contact the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People at (412) 456-5633.

Volunteers and Employees

All volunteers and employees are asked to complete several steps, set up and required by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, before beginning to serve in their ministries.

Diocesan Database
All volunteers and paid staff must register with the Diocese. You can complete this process by visiting the website and clicking here. Diocese of Pittsburgh Website  (The diocesan password, when asked, is 'protect') 

Signed Documents
It is also required that all volunteers please read the Code of Pastoral Conduct, The Child Protective Service Law, and the F.B.I. Disclosure Statement  (Referred to as an F.B.I. waiver, this replaces the need for fingerprinting of volunteers only. Paid employees of the Diocese must still register their fingerprints with the F.B.I.)   Those documents are available in the Parish office and can be mailed to you upon request.  Please sign these pages and drop them off at the rectory or mail it to

Saint Paul of the Cross Parish
Attention Sue Novelli
400 Hoodridge Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Online Training
The Diocese has set up online video training called Protecting God's Children Maltreatment 3.2 & Vulnerable Adults Combined. This workshop is designed to help all adults who volunteer or work for the Catholic Church understand appropriate interactions with children and the elderly, and help volunteers identify signs of possible abuse or neglect when working with these groups. 

Some volunteers and all employees are also expected to complete the Mandated Reporter training.  If your volunteer position is listed here, please complete this training as well. 

All adults who volunteer or work for the Church are required to complete this online training.  RETURNING VOLUNTEERS
The Diocese reserves the right to add online courses to their list of volunteer requirements.  Additionally, PA State background checks, Child Abuse History Clearances, and the FBI Disclosure Statement must be resubmitted every 5 years.  Please visit VIRTUS online to view your status.  If you have troubles logging into your account, or you do not remember your log in information, please contact the parish office for help.


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