Parish News & Information

Parish News & Information


Mass Times


Regular 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

(Vigil) 4:30 p.m.  

  Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel

Advent 2019

Birth of the Messiah

Come and join us for a journey into the early life of the Master. With the help of the movie, Jesus of Nazareth, by Franco Zeffirelli and drawing from Raymond E. Brown’s scholarly work, The Birth of the Messiah, we will study the annunciation, the visitation, the nativity, the visit of the Magi, the slaughter of the innocents and the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Dedicate ninety minutes each week for two weeks and be better prepared to celebrate the birth of the Savior.

Presenter: Fr. Britto M. Berchmans
Place: Kinane Center

Session I
Preparing the Way
The betrothal, visitation, the wedding, the census
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
9:15 am & 7:30 pm

Session II
The Birth of the Messiah
The birth, the Shepherds, the Magi, the Holy Innocents
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
9:15 am & 7:30 pm

Advent Reconciliation Service Monday, December 16 7:30p.m. ∙ UpperChurch

Additional Confession Times Saturday,December 21 ∙ 2-4p.m.

Monday,December23∙ 6 - 8p.m

Mariology 101

Fr. Britto will present Mariology 101
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
9:15 am & 7:30 pm
Place: Kinane Center

What do Catholics believe about Mary? As we honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we will discover what we believe as Catholics about the Mother of God.  Fr. Britto presents, drawing both from the Scriptures and from Church teaching.


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St. Nick Party

Sunday, December 8 •  10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  •  Parish Life Center

What makes this party unique is that children have a chance to give something to Santa at Christmas, rather than get something from him. Each child who visits with Santa brings an unwrapped gift (for ages pre-school through eighth grade) of approximately $10 in value. The gifts are then gathered and sent to local charities for needy families. Please don’t forget your camera to capture your child’s visit with Santa. 

At Santa’s Secret Workshop, children can purchase gifts for Mom, Dad or other family members and have them wrapped at the party, so the gift will be a surprise on Christmas morning. The majority of gifts are less than $5.

 Please join us for the St. Nicholas Party and get into the spirit of Christmas!

Calling All Bakers! 

Your help is needed to make our Bake Sale a success! Favorite items include cookies of all kinds, brownies, fruit pies, cakes, lemon squares, breads, candy, fudge, jams and jellies. Please bring a list of the ingredients - just the ingredients, not the amounts (Park Ridge Health Regulations). If baked from a mix, bring the ingredient panel from the box. Use disposable containers or plastic or paper plates and wrap in plastic wrap (usebows if desired). Put the name of the item only on the label. We will price the items so leave room for the price on the label.

Baked goods can be delivered to the Morello Parish Life Center on Saturday, December 7th, between 2 and 4:30 p.m. or on the morning of the sale, before 10 a.m.

Service Opportunity - St Nicholas Party - 6th Grade and older

Looking for student volunteers to help with the St. Nicholas Party. Set up is Saturday, December 7th and the actual event and clean up is Sunday, December 8 in the Morello Parish Life Center - Gym.

We will need volunteers for:

Set up - Saturday December 7 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Event - Sunday, December 8 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Clean up - Sunday, December 8 - 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Volunteers should sign up for a shift via
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register an account on
3. Choose your spot - will send you an automated confirmation and reminder.

Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact Kay Schenfeld at or 847-204-2798

Revelation Bible Study

Eleven Week Bible study by Jeff Cavins & Thomas Smith

Wednesdays 7 - 9 p.m. beginnig January 8   -  OR  -   Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. beginning January 9

Read more: Revelation Bible Study


Wish lists are available for 1 more family and 27 individuals in need of Christmas Gifts. We are responding to their basic wishes for clothing, household items, books, toys, etc. Your generosity will make the season brighter for so many who would otherwise go without Christmas gifts this year. Your compassion will bring hope to the hopeless.


How much do you have to spend?

We ask that you spend $50 per family member to help make Christmas wishes come true. Families range from three to six members, usually with a mix of a mom, dad, and children.  You may select the size family that you would like to shop for, or we can split larger families between two to three people. 


When are gifts due?

Drop off for gifts will take place on Friday, December 20 from 9 a.m. - Noon.  We cannot accommodate early drop offs. Unfortunately, storage is not available. Wrap all gifts individually and put nametags on them. Include gift receipts, especially for clothes. Put the wrapped gifts in a big bag (s), tie with a bow, and tape the family number on the outside.


How do I sign up?  

Please fill out the form below. You will be contacted with more details about your adopted family.


If you have questions please contact Adrienne Timm.



Treat Our Priests Tuesdays

The parishioners of SPC want to show our priests how much this community loves and appreciates all that they do and the good shepherds that they are to our parish family. 

Read more: Treat Our Priests Tuesdays

Sing 4 Him Choir Documentary

You can watch the full Sing4Him documentary about St. Paul of the Cross' Adult Choir on Shalom World's Youtube Channel. This documentary features interviews with Ed Eicker, Andrea Bartolomeo as well as many members of our choir.

A Call for an Increase in Giving

On the weekend of October 14, 2018, Parish Finance Council presented a renewed effort to increase regular Sunday giving for St. Paul of the Cross. The goal being better fiscal management by lessening our reliance on unplanned items such as bequests to balance annual results. St. Paul of the Cross is a thriving parish by several measures. We have a long and diverse list of parish ministries, our Religious Education program has over 1,200 students. Our school’s enrollment is currently above 550 students and our preschool and kindergarten are continuing to grow. During Fr. Britto Berchman’s tenure, 1,500 new families have joined and we are one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese. We have a large, well-maintained campus and facilities. 

Read more: A Call for an Increase in Giving

Protecting God's Children

All St. Paul of the Cross volunteers over the age of 18 must complete training that is mandated by the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

Read more: Protecting God's Children

Tax Credit Scholarships

Invest in Kids

The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, “Invest in Kids,” provides a 75 percent Illinois state income tax credit to individuals and corporations that contribute money to a non-profit Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The SGOs award scholarships to eligible students from low-income families. Donors will use money already owed to the state (taxes) and donate it to a needs-based scholarships instead, all while receiving a 75 percent state tax credit.

Read more: Tax Credit Scholarships

Parish Educational Endowment

About our Endowment

In 2000, under the leadership of Pastor Fr. Carl Morello, St. Paul established the Parish Educational Endowment Fund.  The goal of the fund is to help keep tuition as low as possible making Catholic education available to all families and to provide scholarships to well deserving and students in need and to assist with other educational needs of the parish. The fund began with a $10,000 donation from the school  walk-a-thon fundraiser.  The fund’s initial goal was to reach 1 million dollars and, until that goal was met, no monies were spent. 

Read more: Parish Educational Endowment

Join Us For Mass


The parish priest and staff at St. Paul of the Cross Church are committed to making a welcoming place for you and your family to worship.

St. Paul of the Cross is a vibrant Catholic Community located North of Chicago. We have two worship spaces that are used on weekends - the upper church & Holy Family Chapel.

Read more: Join Us For Mass

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Mass Schedule


Regular 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
(Vigil) 4:30 p.m.     Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel



Our church is located in Park Ridge, IL on the corner of Northwest Highway and Washington Avenue. 

Park Ridge is 15 miles Northwest of Chicago and 10 minutes from O’Hare Airport.

We are two blocks from the Union Pacific Northwest Metra Stop and one block from Downtown Park Ridge shops and restaurants.

Plenty of Parking on Site



The main parking lot entrance is off of Washington Avenue & Northwest Highway.

Additional parking is available in the small lot on Ridge Terrace next to our Kinane Center.

There is a handicap accessible ramp and elevator that is easily accessible from our small parking lot.

The entrance to our small parking lot is through the alley, off of Summit Avenue.


Please see our campus map for details

Perpetual Adoration Chapel


The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is open to everyone seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
The main entrance to the Adoration Chapel is located at 215 Ridge Terrace off of Northwest Highway.
After 9 p.m. a code is required to enter.

For more information please contact the parish office 

For the locaton of the chapel and its entrances please see our campus map

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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