Thanksgiving 2019

Just a few days ago we celebrated the dedication of St John Lateran Basilica which is the cathedral of our Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome. If you have been there you know that the beauty of that church lies especially in its ornate floor. When I walked into that basilica for the first time I was awed by the intricacy and colorful details of the artwork on the pavement. Then a thought occurred to me. Many men and women artisans and artists spent their entire lifetime decorating one piece of that huge floor. No one knows their names and no one will ever celebrate their memory. Yet they gave their all so that millions could enjoy the fruit of their labors for centuries to come.

These unknown individuals stand for so many others who plant trees whose fruits they will never enjoy. They contribute to society and Church without counting the cost and without expecting any personal gain. Most of them remain anonymous. Yet, thanks to their selfless generosity many lives are constantly enriched. In our own community we have numerous individuals and families that give of their time, talent and treasure to build up God’s Kingdom here in Park Ridge and beyond. I think of our many, many volunteers who keep our ministries running – our priests and deacons, our wonderful Catholic school teachers, our generous catechists, liturgical ministers, choir members, bereavement ministers, ministers of care, those who serve in the food pantry, our gardeners who provide fresh produce for our guests, our parish companions in our RCIA program, our sacristans… The list goes on and on. I thank each and every one of you because you make our parish what it is. You are our true treasure.

In this bulletin, we are providing highlights of our ministries as well as our annual finance report. Unlike in previous years, we are abbreviating our report. However, all the important numbers are presented here. You can get a very accurate and reliable picture of where the parish stands. I am proud to say – thanks to your generosity – we are strong, not only fiscally but also faith-wise.

As we approach Thanksgiving I would like to give thanks for each and every one of you, for all that you contribute to our parish – your time, your gifts, your treasure, your presence and your faith. As a parish let us give thanks for this faith community and for the many ways it uplifts and makes us grow. Let us thank God for our families and all the gifts they pour into our lives. Let us thank God for the many parishioners who have gone before us and have raised up an edifice to God made of living stones. In a special way I would like to thank our parish staff for their dedication and their generous ministry. I consider myself fortunate to minister with a team of competent and committed women and men who love what they do and love this parish community.

Have a heart-warming Thanksgiving holiday! Do enjoy your family and friends. May God bless you today and everyday!

Mission Statement: As children of God, living in a Catholic community of faith, we are united by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Aware that all we have is gift and grace from our Heavenly Father, we strive to give of our time, talent and treasure to build His kingdom on earth. We live this mission, challenged by the Word, nurtured by the Sacraments, and enlivened by the Spirit, to serve our brothers and sisters in peace, justice and dignity. All are welcome on this journey.

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   7:30 am - Upper Church

   9:00 am - HFC

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   10:30 am - Upper Church

   12:00 pm - Gym


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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605

Mass Schedule

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - Upper Church


4:30 pm (vigil) - Upper Church


7:30 am - Upper Church

9:00 am - Holy Family Chapel

9:30 am - Gym

10:30 am - Upper Church

12:00 pm - Gym