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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.

Trust in the Lord

Through a clear directive, Cardinal Blase Cupich informed all the parishes in the archdiocese that weekend Masses and daily Masses will be canceled until further notice. Following the lead of our civic authorities, the Church is taking the necessary steps to mitigate the spread of this virus. There are far too many unknowns. It is better to be safe than sorry.

As of today, all meetings and events in the parish are cancelled until further notice. However, baptisms, weddings and funerals will continue to take place as long as the people attending can maintain the social distance recommended by the CDC. The church will be open for personal prayer on weekdays from 6:30 am until 1 pm and again from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Saturdays from 7 am until 9:30 am, and on Sundays from 7 am until 1 pm. Please enter through the side doors from the parking lot. Our adoration chapel and parish office are closed. If you have any questions, please call the office at 847-825-7605. Your call will be returned within 24 hours. We are strongly urging our senior citizens to seclude themselves since they are the most vulnerable. Before the end of each day, we will post a video of the Mass of the day. The celebrant will pray for all the Mass intentions of that day. Please check our website for updates.

This may come to some of you as a shock even though you see the reasonableness of the step. Some have already said to me, “It is in these times that we need the Lord more!” I do agree. Feel free to stop by the church to pray. The letter from the archdiocese encourages priests to celebrate Mass in private for the good of the People of God, the Church and the intentions of the day. Accordingly, we priests will be offering private Masses (without a congregation) and pray for the intentions of those Masses and also pray for all of you. We will plead with the Lord that this will pass over us soon.

Through all this the Lord may be sending us a message. Without the distraction of sports and other entertainment, we may be asked to focus on two important aspects of our lives that sometimes get pushed to the side. I am talking about our spiritual life and our families. First of all, can we spend a little time working on our relationship with the Lord? Perhaps we can gather as a family and pray together. We can read the Sunday Scriptures together and share our reflections. We can recite the rosary. We can always go to Formed.org and watch some of those great religious videos. That way we will be strengthening our faith and growing in our relationship with the Lord.

Second, we can make some quality family time. We can all put down our phones and devices and look into each other’s eyes and have some great conversation. Perhaps we can plan some great family meals, cook together and dine together. Spouses can also strengthen their marriages by focusing on each other. We can use this time to catch up with family projects. That way we will emerge from this period of forced seclusion as stronger families and couples.

We also need to look out for each other, especially the elderly and those living alone. I saw a news story that moved me. A young woman was walking into a grocery store when an elderly couple waved her down. They said that they were afraid to enter the store and catch the virus. They had been waiting for someone for over 45 minutes to help them with their grocery shopping. They handed her a hundred dollar bill and their grocery list. The young woman helped them with their groceries and the elderly couple was deeply grateful. A simple gesture that meant so much to that couple!

It is in these times of pain and uncertainty that we need to come together as a nation. During this election cycle, politicians and the political discourse attempt to divide and polarize us. Let us set aside our differences and work together. We have a common purpose – to weather this storm and rise as a stronger country. Let us demonstrate to the world that we Americans are united in fighting this virus. Challenges such as this virus always bring out the best in us.

Amidst our fears and anxiety, let us remind ourselves that God is in control. We need to do our part to protect ourselves. At the same time we need to place our trust in God. He is watching over us. As Robert Browning said, “God is in His heaven; all is right with the world.” My favorite quote is from Victor Hugo who said, “Go to sleep; God is awake!” Let us not give in to fear. Let us trust in the Lord Who will not abandon us.

I recommend a prayer for this time of uncertainty. Here it is.

Lord Jesus, You traveled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness among the people.
At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now in this health challenge so that we may know your healing love.
Heal those who are sick: may they regain their health and strength.
Heal us from our fear which prevents us from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride which makes us certain of our health and life apart from you.
Bless our health care professionals with strength and compassion as they selflessly respond to our needs.
We make this prayer in your strong and holy name,You, who with the Father and Spirit, live and reign forever and ever.
Amen.

May the Good Lord watch over us! Let us keep the parish and all our families and individuals in our prayer.

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