Faith Formation

Faith Formation

Catechesis (Religious Education)

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Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill

The Office for Catechesis is devoted to helping children of our parish become fully initiated into the community of Catholic faith. We organize the religious formation for the children in our parish attending public school in grades pre-school through eighth grade. It is also our pleasure to direct and organize the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation for both the Catechesis Program and St. Paul of the Cross School All of our programs are approved by the diocese and are aimed towards leading the children to fulfillment in God through Christ and Church. We have many choices and ways of accomplishing the initiation of our children into the Catholic faith.

Catholic Bible Studies

Contact: George Kirkland

The Great Adventure Catholic Bible studies provide the easiest way to understand the Bible and experience the life-changing power and love of God’s Word. Join our friendly study groups to discuss the readings and share your understanding. Then watch a video and discover in a simple way the rich story woven through Scripture so that you can make truthful sense of it. Many of our Parishioners, as well as hundreds of thousands of people, have found their lives enriched spiritually and socially. No prior Biblical experience necessary. Bible studies meet weekly at St. Paul of the Cross in the morning and evening and refreshments are provided.

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Family Holy Hour

On the first Sunday of each month from 2 - 3 p.m. all families are invited to participate in a spiritual hour of Adoration with vocal prayer, meditation, rosary, and singing. This Holy Hour gives families the opportunity to give thanks for the gift of time together and to be in the presence of Jesus. Please arrive by 1:45 p.m., use the back entrance of the Kinane Center, and bring a rosary. Please use the Prayer Graden entrance is you arrive late. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for this ministry please contact Christine Maszka.

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Lighthouse Catholic Media

Contact: Tom Collins

Lighthouse Catholic Media offers professionally-recorded presentations from leading Catholic clergy, theologians, and lay speakers on high-quality audio CDs to provide inspiration and spiritual growth for local parishes. The displays can be found at the back of church at the Northwest Highway entrance, or the main parking lot entrance of Holy Family Chapel. The cost for each CD is $3. You can listen in the car or at home then pass them on to friends and family.

Men's Fellowship

Contact: Jim McCambridge

This group meets on the third Friday of each month to pray about and discuss a topic supported by scripture readings. Meetings are 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. in the Kinane Center. There are approximately 35 men on the email mailing list and about 12 participate at each meeting. Topics vary from biblical scripture to forgiveness, leadership, etc.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Contact: Bob Maszka or Vince Ross

With Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, we have a place where prayer never ceases before the Real Presence through the commitment of adorers, who wish to make a dedicated effort of spiritual growth in their life by way of a consistent Holy Hour before the Eucharistic Presence to gain sustenance and direction for their life through meditation and prayers of adoration, forgiveness, thanksgiving, and petition. A Holy Hour of Reparation with benediction is held on the first Saturday of each month. Prayer programs for healing of the ill, spiritual and physical, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory are available for participation by adorers. 

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Praying with Scripture (Lectio Divina)

Contact: Beshar Bahjat

The Praying with Scripture group reflects on The Sacred Scripture through meditation using the Lectio Divina form of prayer that taps into the “spiritual sense” of scripture. Lectio Divina means holy/divine reading. The purpose is to see how the scripture is addressed to me, as an individual, at this moment of my life: How is God touching my life today through these passages? This enables the Bible to become a means of closer union with God. No prior experience necessary. Praying with Scripture meets weekly on Thursdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Kinane Center.

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Advancing Your Relationship with the Catholic Church

Contact: Deacon Bob Bulger

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process for adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church or complete their Sacraments of initiation and is designed for the following:

1) those who have never been baptized

2) those who have been baptized in another Christian faith

3) those who have been baptized Catholic but never prepared for and received First Communion and/or Confirmation.

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St. Paul of the Cross School

Contact: Lorelei Bobroff

Our school is committed to educating our children academically and spiritually. In this supportive atmosphere, students are encouraged and challenged by the partnership of parents and teachers to use their unique abilities to be lifelong, active Catholic Christians.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill

VBS is offered for one week each June through the Religious Education program. This program provides fun, fellowship, and faith for all children in the parish entering 4-year-old pre-school through fifth grade.

Where Work Meets Faith

Contact: Mary Ann and Jeff Liautaud 

This seminar series is about using the gifts that God gave you to build up community. Each meeting speakers tell real life stories of how their faith has played an important role and answers questions from the audience at the end of their presentation.

 

The seminar series takes place one Wednesday each month September through May at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Family Chapel

Three presenters, 20 minutes per presenter, one hour “Where Work Meets Faith.”

In an evening we hear from three presenters. Each presenter will talk about their own profession and where their work meets their faith, then answer questions from the audience. Hearing many different stories in our Seminar Series may increase connections among us that will bring us all closer together increasing our sense of community. Knowing the presenters provides an insight into what they may bring to their group and to our community. Supporting another begins with hearing each other's story. The event’s social benefit is getting to know each other better. The more we know about each other, the more opportunity we have for being connected. Go to Loquate.TV to watch the archives of these inspiring and practical talks. Better yet, come in person.

Women's Night of Recollection

Contact: Shirley Jacksack

The evenings of recollection are conducted by a priest of Opus Dei. They consist of meditations, spiritual readings, time for silent personal reflection, and Benediction.There is also opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This event is held in the upper church on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:45 p.m.

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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

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