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Parish News & Information

2021 Lenten Almsgiving

Help the Purepecha Indigenous Community in Mecca, CA  Build a Church



This Lent, St. Paul of the Cross is partnering with Catholic Extension to continue to help build a chapel for our brothers and sisters in the North Shore Community in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. Your efforts will assist and sustain this parish so that they can continue their spiritual works of mercy and serve this growing community.

We started fundraising for this project last year. Our efforts to help our brothers and sisters in Mecca, CA, came to an abrupt halt when Coronavirus forced our church doors shut. We did raise $44,000 and sent the amount to Catholic Extension. However, we would like to redouble our efforts this Lent to help this indigenous community to have a church of their own.

You can donate either by using the special envelopes at the entrances of our Church or by going to our online Give Central page by clicking here

Catholic Extension works in solidarity with people in America’s poorest regions to build up vibrant and transformative Catholic faith communities. They seek to deepen and expand their commitment to Catholic faith communities by providing resources to develop leaders, ministries, and facilities, while inviting more people across our country to invest in this work.

Catholic Extension is a papal society that is answering Pope Francis’ call to go out to America’s “peripheries.” Since its founding, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $1.2 billion in today’s dollars to dioceses that cannot support themselves.

“These communities are the future of our Church. These are the places where our Church is at its most inspiring. It is our responsibility, as fellow Catholics, to nurture these places of hope. Come join us on this journey and help us to build up Catholic faith communities and watch what happens.”  - Father Jack Wall, President, Catholic Extension


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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