First Holy Communion

The life of the parish is just like the life of a family. We rejoice when babies are born and we grieve when someone passes on. Every milestone our children cross becomes an occasion to gather together and celebrate. For our parish community, the high points of our collective life are the celebrations of the sacraments. Over three weekends in May, more than 200 children are making their First Holy Communion and the family of the parish is coming together to celebrate our oneness. Every one of these liturgies is joyful and gives us hope that the Church of God will continue to flourish in this corner of the Lord’s garden.

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Mary, Our Mother

In a few days, we will celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. After Jesus completed His mission, He ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Before He said good-bye to His disciples, Jesus assured them: “I will not leave you orphans.” He gave them the gift of His presence in the Holy Eucharist so that they would not feel alone. He promised to send them the Consoler, the Holy Spirit, who would teach them everything. He gave them also another precious gift – His own mother.

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Need for Good Shepherds

You might have heard about this undertaking in the archdiocese called “Renew My Church”. It is an attempt to prepare the Church in Chicago for the future, taking into account the growing shortage of priests. Several parishes have already been closed or merged. Our ordination classes are getting smaller while the number of priests retiring each year is growing. We just celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday when we focused our attention on Jesus Who lays down His life for us. Just like Jesus, we need good shepherds to take care of Catholics here in the US.

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Standing up for our Beliefs

Historically we have been a religious nation. Among the industrialized countries, the US always stood out as the most religious. The latest Gallup poll, however, revealed that only 49% of Americans belong to a church, temple, or mosque. The majority does not identify itself as part of any organized religion. People professing faith in institutional religion have become a minority.

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Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier

Over the last weekend as well as during the coming weekends, our young men and women will be receiving their confirmation. Due to the pandemic, the bishops are not conferring the sacrament this year. Instead they have given the faculty to pastors to confirm their candidates. I feel privileged to celebrate confirmation for our young men and women to whom I had the fortune of giving First Holy Communion six years ago. As we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish, I invite all of us to reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity Who is our sanctifier.

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Doubt in Faith

On the Second Sunday of Easter every year we hear the same gospel story that speaks of Thomas who doubted.  The apostle, who according to an ancient tradition went to India to preach the gospel, is identified with his doubts even though he laid down his life for the Faith. We are grateful that he refused to believe without hard evidence, because his refusal has made our faith stronger. By asking to touch His wounds and to put his hand into His side, Thomas ensured for all of us that the Crucified Lord was truly risen. 

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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.

Liturgical Schedule


   Monday through Friday

   8:30 am - Upper Church


   4:30 pm - Upper Church


   7:30 am - Upper Church

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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