Youth & Young Adults

Involvement Opportunities for Young Adults

Protecting God's Children

All St. Paul of the Cross volunteers over the age of 18 must complete training that is mandated by the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.


Virtus Training

All volunteers must attend Virtus Training. New volunteers need to register for a class. If you have already attended a class you must continue to read the training bulletins that are provided. To register for class and to read training bulletins go to www.virtusonline.orgInstructions on how to register for Virtus can be found here.



The CANTS form for the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services needs to be completed each fall and turned in to the program administrator or your Ministry Leader.


Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct form needs to be completed when you first volunteer.  The form needs to be turned in to the program administrator or Ministry Leader for your program. 


Mandated Reporter Training

Catechists, coaches, scout leaders and volunteers as well as anyone volunteering for Youth Ministry programs need to complete this training.  You will need to complete an online course that takes about 25 minutes: The completion certificate will need to be turned in to the program administrator or Ministry Leader for your program.


Background Check

If you interact with minors you will need to complete a background check.  Your background check will be completed through your Virtus account. You can download instructions here.


Please direct questions and concerns to the program administrators:

Parish: Monika McGavin 

School: Linda Foy


For additional information, please visit the following Archdiocesan resources:

Office for the Protection of Children and Youth

Office of Assistance Ministry

Youth Group

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill

The main focus of our youth group is to engage young people to take ownership of their faith through various service, liturgical, and social activities and to also work on becoming witnesses to Christ’s mission.Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities to get young people involved in the parish as well as the surrounding community.

The Youth Group is committed to fostering fellowship, spirituality, and service with the teens of St. Paul of the Cross in building the kingdom of God in our world. We meet two Sundays a month throughout the school year for formation and team building. Additional Saturdays and Sundays are dedicated toward teens’ participation in service projects throughout the Suburbs and Chicago. Throughout the year, the youth group participates in retreats, service trips, and many other fun events. Registration is always open! Young adult leaders and chaperones are needed to volunteer for this important ministry!

Teen Band

Contact: Ed Eicker

The Teen Band consists of several young singers, guitarists, and instrumentalists. The band leads the assembly in song at two Sunday Masses each month. The group is led by Ed Eicker and Valerie Halston and is open to anyone in grades 8 - 12 who can sing or play an instrument. The Teen Band rehearses on Saturday afternoons from 3 - 4 p.m. in Holy Family Chapel.

Young Adult Ministry

Contact: Beshar Bahjat

The Young Adults Ministry nourishes and supports the spiritual growth and personal balance of people in their 20s and 30s (married or single) by fostering relationships, serving God and others, and exploring their faith journey.

The Young Adult group meets virtually every Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

If you would like to join, please email and for a link to the virtual meeting.

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Contact Information

St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605

Mass Schedule

UC = Upper Church

HFC = Holy Family Chapel

Monday - Friday

6:25 am (UC)

8:30 am (UC)


8:00 am (UC) - weekday Mass

4:30 pm (UC and HFC) - vigil


7:30 am (UC)

9:00 am (UC)

10:30 am (UC and HFC)

12:00 pm (UC)