Faith Formation

Faith Formation


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Catholic Bible Studies

Contact: George Kirkland

The Great Adventure Catholic Bible studies provide the easiest way to understand the Bible and experience the life-changing power and love of God’s Word. Join our friendly study groups to discuss the readings and share your understanding. Then watch a video and discover in a simple way the rich story woven through Scripture so that you can make truthful sense of it. Many of our Parishioners, as well as hundreds of thousands of people, have found their lives enriched spiritually and socially. No prior Biblical experience necessary. Bible studies meet weekly at St. Paul of the Cross in the morning and evening and refreshments are provided.

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Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill

VBS is offered for one week each June through the Religious Education program. This program provides fun, fellowship, and faith for all children in the parish entering 4-year-old pre-school through fifth grade.

St. Paul of the Cross School

Contact: Lorelei Bobroff

Our school is committed to educating our children academically and spiritually. In this supportive atmosphere, students are encouraged and challenged by the partnership of parents and teachers to use their unique abilities to be lifelong, active Catholic Christians.

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Advancing Your Relationship with the Catholic Church

Contact: Beshar Bahjat

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process for adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church or complete their Sacraments of initiation and is designed for the following:

1) those who have never been baptized

2) those who have been baptized in another Christian faith

3) those who have been baptized Catholic but never prepared for and received First Communion and/or Confirmation.

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Praying with Scripture (Lectio Divina)

The Praying with Scripture group reflects on The Sacred Scripture through meditation using the Lectio Divina form of prayer that taps into the “spiritual sense” of scripture.

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Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Contact: Bob Maszka or Vince Ross

With Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, we have a place where prayer never ceases before the Real Presence through the commitment of adorers, who wish to make a dedicated effort of spiritual growth in their life by way of a consistent Holy Hour before the Eucharistic Presence to gain sustenance and direction for their life through meditation and prayers of adoration, forgiveness, thanksgiving, and petition. A Holy Hour of Reparation with benediction is held on the first Saturday of each month. Prayer programs for healing of the ill, spiritual and physical, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory are available for participation by adorers. 

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Catechesis (Religious Education)

Visit the Office for Catechesis Website

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill

The Office for Catechesis is devoted to helping children of our parish become fully initiated into the community of Catholic faith. We organize the religious formation for the children in our parish attending public school in grades pre-school through eighth grade. It is also our pleasure to direct and organize the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation for both the Catechesis Program and St. Paul of the Cross School All of our programs are approved by the diocese and are aimed towards leading the children to fulfillment in God through Christ and Church. We have many choices and ways of accomplishing the initiation of our children into the Catholic faith.

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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

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - Upper Church


4:30 pm vigil - Upper Church


7:30 am - Upper Church
9:00 am - Holy Family Chapel
10:30 am - Upper Church