Parish News & Information

Parish News & Information

Welcome Back, SPC Gardeners!

Our parish vegetable garden to feed the hungry is planted and growing!

Last month, we reopened registration for parishioners after a two-year hiatus per the pandemic. We received a robust response by individuals, families, empty nesters, senior citizens, Girl Scouts and more. Some for service hours requirements and others for the sheer joy of growing fresh vegetables for the food insecure households and individuals who look to our parish for assistance.

Fr. Nick attended the orientation as he has adopted a raised bed himself. He blessed the gardeners and their beds, asking God for bountiful crops of radishes, carrots, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash beans, and herbs as they were being planted.

Covid-19 prohibited parishioners and parish groups from adopting raised beds in 2020 and 2021 as they have done since 2011. Our skeletal crew of committed garden team members led by master gardener, Mike Polley, planted and maintained 40 raised beds themselves. They planted, watered and harvested their own crops. They staggered their visits to the garden to comply with social distancing and managed to grow hundreds of pounds of produce both years. Our clients happily received fresh vegetables through the pandemic.

If you are interested in adopting a raised bed, it is not too late. A few more boxes will become available soon after the spring crops are harvested. Please contact Adrienne Timm, Director of Social Service Ministry, for more information: 

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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

Mass Schedule

UC = Upper Church

HFC = Holy Family Chapel

Monday - Friday

6:25 am (UC)

8:30 am (UC)


8:30 am (UC) - weekday Mass

4:30 pm (UC) - vigil


7:30 am (UC)

9:00 am (UC)

10:30 am (UC)

12:00 pm (HFC)