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Following the recent directive from the Governor, the Archdiocese has instructed all parishes to keep their churches and adoration chapels closed until April 7th. We know that our faith is the source of comfort and strength during this time of struggle. We regret that we have to do this. If someone is at the point of death and needs last rites, please call 847-321-5286 to contact a priest. For other reasons, please call the parish office at 847-825-7605 and your call will be returned within 24 hours.

Come, Lord Jesus

We are well into the season of Advent. I don’t know about you, but this season always makes me smile. If Advent is here, then Christmas cannot be far away. I somehow turn into a little boy once again. There is a sense of expectation in the air. We are hopeful because the Lord is coming. The Season of Lent is a time of penitence when we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. On the other hand, the Season of Advent is a time for hope and expectation when we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord.

If there is one word that keeps recurring during this season’s liturgies, it is the word “come.” Almost every reading, and every antiphon and song celebrate that word. Even though the historical coming of Jesus as a baby is over and done, the Lord still comes to us. That is why being a Christian in a certain sense is inextricably tied to the Lord Who comes to us. The foundation of the Church occurred when the first disciples did not know what to expect or where the Risen Lord would show up. The Early Christians lived in the expectation of the Second Coming. The last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, ends with this plea: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

The Scriptures give us two images of waiting with expectation – a pregnant woman and the farmer. While the pregnant woman awaits the birth of her child, the farmer is eager to gather in the harvest. Both of them are filled with hope and because of that hope they are ready to wait, as long as it takes. Some Early Christians were disappointed because the Lord did not return during their lifetime. Even after two millennia we are still waiting.

We, Americans, are not good at waiting. Waiting often makes us impatient. We are a people of action who like to get things done as soon as possible. We are not called upon to wait as we wait for a bus or a train. We are not asked to wait as we anxiously wait for test results. We are asked to wait with hope. Just like Mary and Joseph, we await the coming of the Savior knowing that His arrival brought about a new era.

We need to live this sense of expectancy during this season. We should live it also all through the year. We should keep our hearts and minds open to the Lord Who comes to us in various ways and different contexts. However, there are certain avenues that are more privileged than others. From the earliest times, Christians knew that the coming of the Lord in the Eucharist holds a special place in our faith and life. It is to the Eucharist that we come. It is from the Eucharist that we go back into the world to transform it and make it holy. The life of the parish centers around the Sunday Eucharist. As a pastor, my fervent prayer every Sunday is that all members of our faith community gather around the altar to be nourished by God’s Word and filled with the Body and Blood of the Lord. That is why in my talks to parents and children, whether they are in our school or in religious education, I try to encourage them to come to Sunday Mass regularly.

I encourage you to come to the Eucharist especially during this Advent season. The bulletin contains our Christmas schedule. Please invite your family, neighbors and friends to come to St Paul’s. Perhaps there is someone in your neighborhood who hasn’t been to Church in a while. Here is a great opportunity to invite him/her to celebrate the Eucharist with us. Ask them to be a part of your family as you participate in the Eucharist. Very often people need a little nudge or a kind invitation.

As we engage in “expectant waiting,” let us slow down a bit. Let us take time for things that matter: our faith, our family and our friends. Let us set aside time for prayer – individually and as a family. Let us open the Scriptures and read the story of Jesus’ birth. Let us recount the story to our children. Let us prepare gifts that come from the heart. Let us take time to write love notes to all those we love.

Come, Lord Jesus! We wait expectantly.

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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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