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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Come Let Us Adore Him

We are excited that the planning for reopening our Adoration Chapel is well underway. As we prepare to reopen, we will need to begin filling slots to ensure that our Eucharistic Lord is never left alone. If you are interested in signing up for an hour time slot, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating the time slot you prefer to fill. We will not be able to open up the chapel until all slots are filled. Thank you for your support of this wonderful opportunity at our parish.

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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: Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

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.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Advancing Your Relationship with the Catholic Church

Contact: Beshar Bahjat

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) 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)

Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Kinane Center

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Catechesis (Religious Education)

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill, Director of Catechesis

The Office for Catechesis is devoted to helping children of our parish become closer to God by becoming fully initiated into this community of Catholic faith. Our office directs and organizes the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation for the children of both the School and Catechesis program.

We also direct the religious formation for the children in our parish attending public school. Our primary goal is to provide parents with the support to raise your children in the Catholic faith and build a family life which is built upon and completely intertwined with that faith. It is an honor and a privilege to serve and support your family!  

At St. Paul, we believe we should offer our families choices, making their Catholic faith as accessible as possible! Each year we offer several options to choose from including a class for special needs children!

To read about all of our current options please go to the Catechesis website to read more details.




In Catechesis, our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participate in service each year to prepare for Confirmation. Some of the Service projects our students have completed are: helping out in the lower grade Catechesis classes; making shoeboxes for shut-ins; working on the Centennial Garden; altar serving; participating in Feed Our Starving Children; visiting senior facilities with homemade cards or singing for them; SPC Food Pantry collections; garden work at the front of the Kinane Center; helping out at various festivals at St. Paul and PR elementary schools. The list goes on and on!

Sacraments and Retreats

The Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation for grade school students in both Catechesis and SPC School are organized and run through the Office for Catechesis. Each year, retreats are held for students preparing to receive First Communion and Confirmation.
Please feel free to email or call if you have questions!
Anna Mae Parkhill
Director of Catechesis
Office for Catechesis

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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 and HFC

12:00 pm UC