Involvement Opportunities for Women

Apostolate of Women

Contacts: Key Schenfeld  and  Therese Cuitino

Apostolate of Women is Catholic laywomen working together with their pastor to make the Kingdom of God come alive in their community. The Apostolate is an organization of over 375 women comprised of 14 guilds in our parish that work to grow spiritually, to plan fundraising events for the AOW and parishioners as well as donate time, food, clothing, and funds for great causes and community needs.

About AOW

The Apostolate of Women, which originated in 1914, is an organization that provides spiritual, social, and service opportunities for all women of the parish. It is composed of over 375 guild and non-guild members and 14 active guilds. An AOW member can participate and volunteer as a member-at-large or join a guild. To join a guild contact Nina Greiber


Our spiritual activities include Masses and Evenings/Mornings of Reflection. We also provide an Honor Guard at funeral masses for deceased members (past and present) of the AOW, with the approval of the families.


Social activities include the annual St. Nicholas Party for children in December, retreats, and several educational programs throughout the year. Individual guilds sponsor “Labors of Love” fundraisers where the proceeds are donated to many causes including St. Paul Social Services.


Each Guild has service projects. The Guilds also come together for others such as the St. Nicholas Party which generates donations of presents for the Marillac House, Blood Drives, support for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Sunday Suppers, Christmas hams for our sister parish, St. Benedict the African, and when need arises we help those who are less fortunate in the community and the surrounding area. We are also responsible for cleaning and decorating the Sanctuary weekly.


The AOW hosts three business meetings/programs during the year: Fall, Winter and Spring. We welcome all women of the parish to join us. For scheduled AOW meeting times, dates and events, please refer to the weekly parish bulletins or the AOW newsletter. You may also call any member of the Executive Board.


Money collected from dues and fundraisers is used to assist in the maintenance of the parish. We are also responsible for the cost of replacing altar linens and vestments, and contribute $1,000 annually toward Christmas and Easter flowers for the altar.

AOW Registration

AOW Deposit Form

E-Newsletter Signup!

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