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

Where Work Meets Faith

Wednesday, April 26  •   7:30 - 9 p.m.   •   Holy Family Chapel

Our Presenters:

Louis A. Riccio, Charismatic Renewal Deacon, a receiver of gifts from the Holy Spirit, will share his conversion story from married dad to National Charismatic Renewal Representative from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Understand the highlights of his 42 year journey of charismatic renewal as part of the Catholic Church. Hear his faith journey centered on his most powerful conversion experience.

Robert F. Gilligan, Executive Director of Catholic Conference of Illinois, largely does lobbying in Springfield on behalf of the Catholic Church.  Hear Robert share a Medjugorje story that helped him in his work and life.  Hear his perspective of society today and the Church’s truth. Hear tips we all can use.


Learn more about this seminar series.

Garden Sale

God's Great Green Earth Garden Sale

Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Parish Life Center




Questions? Contact Barb Mazukelli or Peggy Crowley

Pilgrimage to Italy

Have you ever wanted to visit Italy sometime in your life?

Would you like to walk the streets of Rome? 

Do you want to gaze on the frescoes of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel?

Would you like to pray at the tomb of Peter and the Basilica of St. Francis?

Would you like to eat great pasta and drink some fabulous wines?


Here is your great opportunity. Fr. Britto, who lived in Italy for five years and speaks Italian, is leading a pilgrimage-cum-trip to Italy October 1 - 9, 2017. The package includes airfare, breakfast and dinner (with wine), local English-speaking guides, and all admissions to museums and other attractions. We will visit the Eternal City, take a day trip to Florence to enjoy the famous Uffizi art gallery, go on pilgrimage to Assisi, and ride through the magnificent Amalfi Coast. We will be staying at 4-star hotels in Rome and Sorrento. 

If you are interested and would like to find out more please come to our information meeting

Wednesday, April 5  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Holy Family Chapel


Visit the pilgrimage wbsite to learn more

Pipe Organ Dedicatory Events

Sunday, June 11, 2017  •  10:30 a.m.

Organ Dedication Liturgy

Most Revered Bishop Kane & Pastor Britto Berchmans


Sunday, June 11, 2017  •  2:30 p.m.

Organ Dedication Concert

Dr. David Schrader


Saturday, September 30, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.

Parish Organists Recital

Edward Eicker and Andrea Bartolomeo


Friday, October 27, 2017  •  6 - 8 p.m.

Trunk or Treat (in church parking lot) & Pizza Party

Mini Halloween-themed organ recital with rising young organists, Gwendolyn Wolski and Charlie Carpenter, students of Dr. Dennis Northway


Monday, November 13, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.

St. Cecelia Festival

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (Chicago Chapter) 


Saturday, March 4, 2018  •  3 p.m.

St. Paul of the Cross Choir Lenten Choral Reflection

Edward Eicker, director, & Andrea Bartolomeo, organist


Sunday, May 20. 2018  •  2:30 p.m.

Organist Friends Recital

An organ program presented by fellow organists friends, who serve in the Chicago area


Radio Interview About Our Pipe Organ

Listen to an interview with our Music Director, Ed Eicker about the installation of our pipe organ.

Visit our Google Plus page for the most up to date information: Opus 1279 St. Paul Google Plus

A Biblical Walk Through Mass

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

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

Read more: A Biblical Walk Through Mass

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

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