Blessing of St. Therese of Lisieux

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are
exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite
possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you
have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you
are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your
bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise
and love.

It is there for each and every one
of us.


Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection

The Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection requires all employees and regular volunteers to have a criminal background check and attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session for the Decree on Child Protection before he or she works with or interacts with children. 

The Child Protection Decree defines a “regular volunteer” as an adult who is not a cleric or employee (for example, a catechist, scout leader, coach, server coordinator, etc.) who functions in a regular relationship having contact with children. This includes interns, student teachers and others in similar capacities.
For example, a regular volunteer is one who has contact with children:
♦ on any overnight event;
♦ on at least a monthly basis; or
♦ in a multi-day program (e.g. Vacation Bible School).
A regular volunteer has contact with children at least once a month, or participates in any overnight event with children. It does not include the occasional volunteer such as a driver or chaperone whose contact with children is less than one hour per month for activities that are not overnight.

VIRTUS® Child Awareness Sessions are held at various locations around the Archdiocese. You must pre-register for the session. For information on dates, times and locations, go to Click on the “Registration” link on the left. Select the arrow “View list of sessions”. From the list, select “Cincinnati OH Archdiocese of Cincinnati”. Then Click on “SELECT” and choose the session you wish to attend. Then click on the blue “Start Registration” box and complete your registration.

After completing the VIRTUS session, it is the volunteer’s responsibility to read the monthly VIRTUS bulletins and answer the questions, whether or not a reminder email is sent. 
A background check is required for all volunteers whose fingerprints are not current (older than 5 years). It is done online through on the volunteer’s VIRTUS account. There is a $25 charge for the background check. Anyone previously approved, but their fingerprints are older than 5 years, will not be approved until they do the background check through their VIRTUS account. 

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