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

Harmony, Hope, & Healing

Saturday, October 27 •  4:30 p.m.

Upper Church

Harmony, Hope & Healing’s (HHH) mission is to create a safe environment where vulnerable individuals and families heal and rebuild through the restorative power of music. Harmony, Hope & Healing provides on-site music programs at shelters, residential facilities, and community centers located in Chicago’s under served neighborhoods.  Since becoming a non-profit in 2003, Harmony, Hope & Healing has served over 10,000 individuals. Supporting women, men and children as they heal from traumas associated with homelessness, addiction, incarceration and isolation, Harmony, Hope & Healing strives to improve the quality of participants’ lives. The programs foster the development of key life skills, build a sense of community and nurture hope for a better future through the transformative power of music. In addition to on-site programming, Harmony, Hope & Healing also presents workshops and concerts throughout the city. These community engagements allow Harmony, Hope & Healing to share its mission with a wider audience; positively impacting the public's perception of marginalized individuals and bearing witness to the healing power of music. 

Please join us at 4:30 Mass to welcome this wonderful ministry to our parish as we unite hearts and voices!

Fair Trade Market

Sunday, November 4 •  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Parish Life Center

Making Fair Trade purchases, allows us to have a hand in changing the lives of God’s children across the world! 

Products from Columbia, Kenya, U.S., Ghana, Mozambique, Peru, Mexico, Nepal, Bali, and elsewhere include:

Baskets, Jewelry, Ornaments, Scarves, Coffee, Chocolate, Christmas Gifts, and so much more!

Read more: Fair Trade Market

Galatians Bible Study

Eight Week Bible study by Jeff Cavins & Gaylee Somers

Wednesdays 7 - 9 p.m. beginnig November 14   -  OR  -   Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. beginning November 15

Read more: Galatians Bible Study

43rd Annual Clothing Drive

Saturday, November 10: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 11: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Summit Avenue Entrance of the Parish Life Center


For 43 consecutive years our parish has sponsored a clothing drive to help the poor and disadvantaged in the Englewood Community of Chicago in partnership with our sharing parish, St. Benedict the African – East. It is never too early to start looking for and saving those items you wish to donate to our clothing drive. All donations should be dropped off at the Summit Avenue entrance to the Morello Parish Life Center (by the large truck).

Items accepted: Clothing of all types, gently used kitchen and household items, jewelry (nothing larger than what one person can carry.) It is preferred that all donations be in boxes for easy loading and stacking.

Please place all your donated clothing in boxes. Small household items will also be accepted. Nothing larger than one person can carry by themself. For more information, contact Deacon Bob Bulger.

Treat Our Priests Tuesdays

In response to some of the difficult news Catholics everywhere have been dealing with recently, 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.


Sign up now to provide a delicious,home-cooked meal and dessert as a treat for our priests on any Tuesday.A few notes:

  • Meals should feed 3 adult men and should include dessert.

  • Meals should be homemade rather than take out or restaurant purchased. Desserts, however, may be store/restaurantbought.

  • Meals are to be delivered already cooked and hot to the rectory between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on your scheduled day. It isbest to use disposable cartons, but if you do use any of your own serving ware, please be sure your name is on it sothat you may pick it up later that week.

  • If you'd like, include a little note to Fr. Britto, Fr. Matthew, and Fr. Peter, letting them know who it is that hasprepared the lovely meal for them!

Here’s how to sign up:

1. Go to

2. In the yellow box entitled FIND, Next to recipient last name box, enter SPC Rectory,Next to the password box, enter 5917

3. Scroll down to the list of all Tuesdays for the next 12 months and find the date(s) you would like to choose.Click on the word TAKE for that date.

4. Enter your name, email address, phone number, and what you will be making for dinner and dessert.

5. Click SIGN UP.

6. You will then receive an email with the subject line “Thanks for Signing Up!,” confirming that you’re all set.


Please know that the priests are also happy to come to your home to share the meal with your family or your family is invited to join the priests at the rectory to enjoy the great meal that you're providing. If you'd like to arrange one of these options or have any questions about this project? Contact Lisa Muench

From Darkness Into Light

October 22, 2018  •  7 p.m.  •  Parish Life Center Lower Level


Join us for a panel presentation to raise awareness of local Domestic violence issue focusing on impactful ways for victims to move forward.


Read more: From Darkness Into Light

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

Divorce Support Ministry

Beginning September 10, 2018  •  7 p.m.

This series is meant to help those dealing or surviving divorce to face and cope with some of the most difficult aspects involved. Some of the topics covered include denial, rejection, grief, guilt, shame, anger, loneliness and forgiveness. The goal of this program is to help bring healing from the divorce, move on, and grow closer to God.  Registration and a small fee are required.  

We will be meeting in the Holy Family Chapel kitchen located downstairs from the main church. If you have been involved previously, please bring your “Divorce and Beyond “ book and encourage those that are going through divorce, or who are already divorced, to join us. Through our church community and the Lord may He guide us through this healing process together. Registration and a small fee are required.

Questions ? Concerns? Contact Karen Benson 

Read more: Divorce Support Ministry

Brick Dedication

Have you, your children, or even your grandchildren celebrated a spiritual milestone here at St. Paul of the Cross? Perhaps it was(or soon will be) a wedding, or a baptism, or first Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or a graduation from our wonderful parish school?

Read more: Brick Dedication

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.

Through this program:

  • An individual or corporation will receive a 75 percent credit on donations to an SGO. For example, if a person donates $100,000, they will receive a state tax credit of $75,000.
  • Individual donors can designate their donations to Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.
  • The credit can be rolled over for five years.
  • Donors are prohibited from receiving a federal tax deduction for these donations.
  • The program is capped at $100 million in donations, resulting in $75 million in total tax credits issued.


To Donate

Beginning on January 2, 2018, individual and corporate donors will be able to reserve tax credits through  Visit for more information. 


To Apply for a Scholarship

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-income households who want to attend private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year*. Visit for more information.

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

2017 Annual Report

In our 2017 Annual Report we have highlighted all that we do to come to the aid of our needy brothers and sisters. Our financial year follows the fiscal year and goes from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. We have also highlighted accomplishments and special events from the previous year.  A profit and loss statement from the parish, religious education and school is included along with our end of year account balances. We are grateful for your stewardship of St. Paul of the Cross. If you would like additional information on any of the items in our report please contact the parish office.

Read more: 2017 Annual Report


All the best Catholic Content. All in one place.

We are pleased to offer, which provides parishioners free access to catechism programs, feature films, Catholic ebooks, audio presentations, and much more! 

  • Access the truth, beauty, and meaning of the Catholic faith
  • Use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Catechesis certification will soon be available!

Read more: FORMED

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

SPC App Now Available

Staying connected to your faith and your parish is easier than ever with our new mobile app!

  • Podcasts
  • Schedules
  • Notes
  • Trivia
  • Prayers
  • Multimedia
  • Notifications

Download today in the app store!

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

Lector & E.M. Schedules

We are pleased to provide our Liturgical Ministry Schedules in electronic format for your convenience. If you are interested in volunteering for these ministries please contact Fr. Matthew Kowalski


December 2017 - February 2018

Upper Church Lector Schedule

Holy Family Chapel Lector Schedule

Extraordinary Minister Schedule (upper church)

March - May 2018

Upper Church Lector Schedule

Holy Family Chapel Lector Schedule

Extraordinary Minister Schedule (upper church)

Built on the Rock

Hosted by Fr. Britto and Deacon Bob, this 30-minute radio show attempts to help listeners fashion their marriages and romantic relationships using the best insights of marriage experts while leading them to build solidly on the Rock that is Christ. The show uses wisdom from psychology, the well-tested insights of experts, real life experiences of couples, and the well-considered observations of priests. There is healthy doses of humor and at all times all our discussions are firmly rooted in our faith. Built on the Rock airs on Relevant Radio the first Thursday of each month 9:30 - 10 a.m. Listen to show archives now!

E-Newsletter Signup!

Contact Information

St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

View Larger Map

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