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Mission Statement: As children of God, living in a Catholic community of faith, we are united by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Aware that all we have is gift and grace from our Heavenly Father, we strive to give of our time, talent and treasure to build His kingdom on earth. We live this mission, challenged by the Word, nurtured by the Sacraments, and enlivened by the Spirit, to serve our brothers and sisters in peace, justice and dignity. All are welcome on this journey.

Kickoff Meeting

At the request of Archbishop Cupich, St Paul of the Cross parish will be undertaking the Parish Transformation initiative. We are one of many parishes that will complete this process. As of today more than 180 parishes have gone through this program.

Through Parish Transformation, we will evaluate how we are living out Christ’s mission in our parish community. Participation is open to all members of the parish. Here is a brief preview of the questions and topics we will reflect on:

 

  • How is Christ’s mission at the heart of our parish life?
  • What are our “Pearls of Great Price?” In other words, what is special about our parish that we should celebrate and build upon?
  • Who are we as a parish? What are the gifts our parish has been blessed to have? What do we appear to value the most?
  • How are we living out the 7 “Building Blocks for Mission?” We will learn more about each Building Block in future weeks, but the 7 Building Blocks are:

◊ Missionary Spirit

◊ Evangelization

◊ Catechesis

◊ Prayer & Worship

◊ Communion

◊ Call to Holiness

◊ Spiritual Stewardship

After these reflections, we will articulate a “Parish Narrative.” This Parish Narrative is not a mission statement nor does it replace our mission statement. Rather, it is meant to articulate a vision of how we are called to carry out Christ’s mission based on what gifts we have as a parish, what we value, and what inspires us. This will set the foundation for developing an action plan that will include specific goals and actions for how we will live out Christ’s mission even more vibrantly in our parish community.

We will then break into smaller groups to develop unified specific plans for our parish with our ministries, finances, and St Paul of the Cross School.

The final product of our efforts will be a parish vision that expresses how we aspire to more fully live out Christ’s mission in our parish and how we plan to support this vision financially. Our team will present the final plan to Bishop Francis Kane, our Episcopal Vicar, as a celebration of our efforts and to kick off the implementation of the plan.

We will meet at 7 pm over next 8 Wednesdays. Our kickoff meeting is this Wednesday, September 21st, at 7 pm in the Holy Family Chapel and I would like to extend an invitation to each of you to attend. Even if you are unsure if you can commit to the meetings throughout the upcoming months, I encourage you to attend the kickoff meeting to learn more so that you can make an informed and prayerful decision about participating in the subsequent meetings. Attend the meetings that you can make because your contribution to our discussions is crucial.

I would like to remind you that Parish Transformation will be our opportunity to:

  • Evaluate and reflect upon how our parish community is called to live out the mission of Christ;
  • Grow spiritually as individuals and as a parish;
  • Gain ideas from the more than180 other parishes in the Archdiocese that have already participated in Parish Transformation;
  • Grow closer together as a parish community; and
  • Develop an action plan that will provide the roadmap for how we will live out Christ’s mission even more vibrantly.

I hope to see many of you this Wednesday, September 21st, at our kickoff meeting as we begin this exciting journey of Parish Transformation. No doubt we are a great parish. Hopefully this process will help make us holier and more efficacious.

Let us make this journey together in prayer and reflection. Do keep the parish in your daily prayers. Let us place our Parish Transformation under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of the Church, and St Joseph, the Protector of the Holy Family.

God bless each and every one of our parishioners!

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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068


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Phone: (847) 825-7605
Fax: (847) 825-5186

Mass Schedule

Sunday

7:30 a.m. - Upper Church
9 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
10:30 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
12 p.m. - Upper Church
5:30 p.m. - Upper Church

Monday - Friday

6:25 a.m. - Upper Church
8:30 a.m. - Upper Church

Saturday

8 a.m. - Upper Church
4:30 p.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel