Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Anointing of the Sick

Contact: The Parish Office

About the Sacrament

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  


Annointing of the Sick at St. Paul of the Cross

This Sacrament is administered on the first Saturday of each month following the 8 a.m. Mass in the upper church. If you have a loved one who is gravely ill and would like to receive this Sacrament, please call the rectory (847) 825-7605, and a priest will visit as soon as possible.

Bereavement Ministry

Contact: Margaret Teich

This ministry was formed to comfort all who mourn. Trained bereavement ministers meet with families who have lost a loved one to plan and personalize the Funeral Mass. The ministers follow the survivors in the days, weeks, and months to follow. The Bereavement Ministers host the annual All Soul’s Mass each November, where the names of the deceased are read aloud.

Divorce Ministry

Contact: Deacon Bob Bulger


Monthly Divorce Recovery Meetings: Journeys

Journeys is a divorce recovery program that helps those who have been through a divorce so that they can cope, heal, move on and grow closer to God. Meetings include prayer, education and discussion. The group meets the second Monday of the month in the Kinane Center. The program utilizes “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” series as its primary resource. Men and women, who formerly were program participants, help facilitate the meetings and are available for support. Confidentiality is stressed. Journeys' meetings are open and you do not need to register or commit to attendance. Please come to whichever meetings are of interest to you.

Divorce Recovery

This program is offered in the Fall and is designed for those who are newly divorced. This is a self-help group where the sessions are structured to allow participants time to reflect on a chapter in a book and to share their feelings and experiences in a confidential and safe environment. Participants must make a commitment to attend all ten sessions. There is a charge of $20 to cover the cost of a book and other miscellaneous expenses.

Field Advocates Ministry (Annulments)

Contact: The Parish Office

This ministry provides assistance and guidance to those who need to go through the process of a formal Annulment within the Archdiocese. Field Advocates meet with individuals at the rectory to complete the necessary paperwork and explain the process. All information is held in strict confidence.

Parish Nurse

Contact: Linda Burk

Linda Burk, R.N.B.S., is our parish nurse and comes to us through the Resurrection Parish Nurse program. She is concerned with the prevention of disease and promoting good health and can be reached during her office hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Services include: hospital and nursing home visits, home visits and evaluations, nutritional counseling, and assistance with medicine management.

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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