Parish News & Information

Parish News & Information


Mass Times


Regular Mass Schedule


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

8 a.m.  

  Upper Church

(Vigil) 4:30 p.m.  

  Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel

A Biblical Walk Through Mass

Wednesdays, Beginning April 19, 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.

Thursdays, Begining April 20, 9:30 - 11 a.m.


Do you understand the meaning behind the parts of the Mass? In his video-based study A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, Dr. Edward Sri explores the roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. In A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, you will come to know and understand the Mass like never before. You will discover the rich meanings behind why we say what we say and do during the Liturgy. The words and gestures of the Mass will be seen in a new light, leading you to a more meaningful, more fruitful worship experience.

The cost of this five week course is $30 and includes the study’s 165 page textbook "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass" and the 36 page Student Workbook, which corresponds to the DVD presentation.

Register below. For more information contact George Kirkland.

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Hire Helping Hands

Saturday, April 22

Hire experienced teens from Vicariate II to get your to-do list done.

St. Paul along with other youth groups in the area will be working together to help provide much needed service for our communities!


From cleaning the garage or staining the deck, to organizing playrooms, and washing windows, the possibilities are endless!! And so is the energy of our teens! In order to raise funds for this summer’s service trips, they’re willing to work for you. You supply the project and materials, and let the teens and parents supply the labor! All proceeds will benefit St. Paul of the Cross and their three mission trips. Any additional funds raised from the goal of $10,000 will be allocated out to each participating parish.

Mass will be held in the morning at 8:30 a.m. at Mary, Seat of Wisdom. All crews will be provided lunch at noon time at St. Paul of the Cross. Event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please register by April 15, 2017 to reserve a crew for the morning, afternoon, or all day! 

For more information download a form or contact Caroline Hopkinson


Volunteer to help with Workday 2017


Download a reservation form

Reconciliation Service

Monday, April 3   •   7:30 p.m.   •   Upper Church

Read more: Reconciliation Service

Lenten Fish Fry

Friday, April 7  •  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus & the St. Mary's Guild

Meal includes fresh hand-battered cod (fried in trans fat-free canola oil), coleslaw, french fries, dinner rolls, and dessert. Shrimp available for purchase. We’ll have cheese pizza for the kids and free lemonade and coffee. Soda, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Take out, too! 


  • Adults $15
  • Seniors: $12
  • Children: $6 (children under 3 are free)
  • Add $3 to any ticket to add 3 pieces of shrimp to your meal


Tickets can be purchased by April 3 or at the door. Please make checks payable to the Apostolate of Women. Questions? Contact Margaret Coyle

¬Proceeds to benefit Seminarian education and parish and school families in need

¬Download a registration form

Annual Blood Drive

Sunday, April 9   •   8 a.m. - 2 p.m.   •   Parish Life Center

Did you know that every two seconds someone in America receives a blood transfusion? And that five million patients will need blood this year? You can help! Just one pint of your blood can help save up to three lives!

Read more: Annual Blood Drive

2017 Lenten Almsgiving


This Lent our sacrifice will go to St. John Paul ll Catholic Mission, in Rutledge, TN. The parishioners there have grown out of their current space and are hoping to build a larger, more permanent multi-purpose facility where they can celebrate Mass and have meals.  

Read more: 2017 Lenten Almsgiving

Stations of the Cross

Fridays during Lent   •   Upper Church

7 p.m. - Exposition and Benediction

7:30 p.m. - Stations of the Cross

Fasting and Abstinence

During this holy season of prayer and penance Catholics offer a small sacrifice to God to remind ourselves of our complete dependance on His mercy and goodness. This brief outline of the Church's guidelines is here to help you discern your obligation as a Catholic.

Read more: Fasting and Abstinence

Where Work Meets Faith

Wednesday, March 22   •  7:30 - 9 p.m.   •   Holy Family Chapel

Read more: Where Work Meets Faith

Grief Share Spring Sessions

Tuesdays, April 4 - June 27  •  7 - 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $25 for 13 Sessions (scholarships available)

Read more: Grief Share Spring Sessions

SPC App Now Available

Staying connected to your faith and your parish is easier than ever with our new mobile app!

  • Podcasts
  • Schedules
  • Notes
  • Trivia
  • Prayers
  • Multimedia
  • Notifications

Download today in the app store!


All the best Catholic Content. All in one place.

We are pleased to offer, which provides parishioners free access to catechism programs, feature films, Catholic ebooks, audio presentations, and much more! 

  • Access the truth, beauty, and meaning of the Catholic faith
  • Use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Catechesis certification will soon be available!

Read more: FORMED

Brick Dedication

Have you, your children, or even your grandchildren celebrated a spiritual milestone here at St. Paul of the Cross? Perhaps it was(or soon will be) a wedding, or a baptism, or first Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or a graduation from our wonderful parish school?

Read more: Brick Dedication

Our Pipe Organ

From Ed Eicker, Our Music Director:

I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is, the organ still works. The bad news is that much of the organ doesn’t work, and the portions that do work could soon fail and result in an organ that’s completely unusable. Last fall, Andrea and I began seeking a new maintenance company to service St. Paul’s pipe organ. The company we had been using for 15+ years was becoming increasingly unreliable and it was time to sever ties with them and find one that could better suit or needs. Through research and several recommendations we began working with J.L. Weiler, Inc., a company that not only maintains but also restores pipe organs.

Read more: Our Pipe Organ

Lector and E.M. Schedules

We are pleased to provide our Liturgical Ministry Schedules in electronic format for your convenience. If you are interested in volunteering for these ministries please contact Fr. Matthew Kowalski


December 2016 - February 2017

 Upper Church Lector Schedule

Holy Family Chapel Lector Schedule

Extraordinary Minister Schedule (upper church)


March - May 2017

Upper Church Lector Schedule

Holy Family Chapel Lector Schedule

Extraordinary Minister Schedule (upper church)

Built on the Rock

Hosted by Fr. Britto and Deacon Bob, this 30-minute radio show attempts to help listeners fashion their marriages and romantic relationships using the best insights of marriage experts while leading them to build solidly on the Rock that is Christ. The show uses wisdom from psychology, the well-tested insights of experts, real life experiences of couples, and the well-considered observations of priests. There is healthy doses of humor and at all times all our discussions are firmly rooted in our faith. Built on the Rock airs on Relevant Radio the first Thursday of each month 9:30 - 10 a.m. Listen to show archives now!

Parish Educational Endowment

About our Endowment

In 2000, under the leadership of Pastor Fr. Carl Morello, St. Paul established the Parish Educational Endowment Fund.  The goal of the fund is to help keep tuition as low as possible making Catholic education available to all families and to provide scholarships to well deserving and students in need and to assist with other educational needs of the parish. The fund began with a $10,000 donation from the school  walk-a-thon fundraiser.  The fund’s initial goal was to reach 1 million dollars and, until that goal was met, no monies were spent. 

Read more: Parish Educational Endowment

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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
Fax: (847) 825-5186

Mass Schedule


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


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