Parish News & Information

Parish News & Information

Annual Blood Drive: April 2nd


Sunday, April 2nd from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm in the Morello Parish Life Center


The Holy Family Guild will be coordinating the parish’s Blood Drive on Palm Sunday. This year, we are again working with Vitalant (formerly LifeSource). 



Basic requirements to donate blood:
  1. Must be at least 16 years old (16 year-olds and some 17 year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian)
  2. Weigh at least 110 pounds
  3. Be in good general health (no symptoms of COVID or other illness)
  4. You must wait 8 weeks between whole blood donations
  5. Bring ID with name, DOB, donor ID or photo


Each year we encounter donors, both veteran and brand new, who for various reasons are “deferred” from donating. Reasons for deferral include some health conditions, low iron, some medications, travel to areas with malaria, recent tattoos, etc. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please call the Vitalant help line at 877-258-4825 (877-25VITAL) and choose option 1. Or visit the vitalant website to check additional information and guidelines for donations. If you have never been a donor, please consider it since your donation will save three lives! 


If you have an account with Vitalant, or if you are a new donor, you will need to register under their new online system. Visit and click Make an Appointment and then Create New Account. Follow the easy directions so you can make your own appointment. Choose St. Paul’s drive on April 2nd - our group code is ORD0RG08.  If you can’t donate April 2nd, you can still help with our blood drive. Please donate at any of  the Vitalant Donor Centers within 2 weeks. Mention St. Paul of the Cross and code ORD0RG08 and your donation will count toward our unit total!   


Appointments are available and highly recommended! Why are appointments important?

  • When you have an appointment, your donation experience is faster.
  • We will get appropriate staffing based upon our number of appointments.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, however, you may have a longer wait time.


If you have any questions about this information or would like to make an appointment, please contact the Blood Drive Coordinators below or visit and use code ORDORG08 for St. Paul of the Cross.

Christine Perille: (847) 494-5150

Eileen Kaczmarek: (847) 533-7952

Our goal is to ensure that all donors have a smooth and pleasant donation experience.


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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

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All in Upper Church

Monday - Friday

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8:30 am


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4:30 pm - vigil


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