Marriage & Family Life

Marriage & Family Life

Wedding Ministry

Wedding Coordinators are a group of volunteers who coordinate rehearsals and assist at wedding ceremonies. Usually two ministers team up to help with one wedding. They contact the couple to obtain information about the ceremony to help the rehearsal run smoothly. On the day of the wedding, ministers set up the church (kneelers, Unity Candle, etc.) and help everyone get organized and down the aisle.

Respect Life Committee

Contact: Mary Jo DiRe or Cecilia Klein

Mission Statement:

Every person is a precious gift, created out of love by God and made in His image and likeness. Therefore, each human life deserves profound reverence and dignity from conception until natural death. We seek to promote this truth through prayer, education, advocacy and ministry in our parish and community.

Marriage Enrichment Ministry

Contact: Deacon Bob Bulger

St. Paul of the Cross Parish is committed to helping couples build strong, healthy, and loving marriages. Periodically, various programs and sessions are offered to married and engaged couples concerning topics related to the challenges that they face in trying to create lasting marriages. Information often includes techniques that can strengthen relationships through better communication, active listening, conflict resolution, etc. Please watch parish communications for announcements about Marriage Enrichment events.

Faith, Fun, & Music

Faith, Fun, & Music

St. Paul of the Cross Department of Religious Education offers a music class for children from infants through 5 years old, twice a year. There is a Fall Session that begins in September and a Winter Session that begins in January. You come to class with your little ones for weekly music of classics and of songs celebrating God’s love all while making new friendships with other families in the parish! The course includes a CD. For more information For more information contact Anna Mae Parkhill.

Class Information

When: Classes usually begin on the third Wednesday in September, and on the second Wednesday in January

Time: 9:30 - 10 a.m., with some extra time after class for visiting

Where: St. Paul of the Cross Kinane Center 215 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 

Cost: $30 (checks payable to St. Paul of the Cross) $20 for each additional child. Please include:

Child’s Name & Age

Best Phone #

Email Address

Parent(s') Name

Name of Adult who will bring the child to class 

Baptismal Preparation Class

Contact: Deacon Andy Cameron

The Baptismal Preparation Class is required for all parents who wish to have their first child baptized at St. Paul of the Cross. The program describes the history, theology, and the meaning behind the symbols and rituals of the Sacrament, as well as the Rite itself, and the roles and responsibilities of the parents and Godparents. Additional reading material is provided. The sessions are typically held on the fourth Thursday of every month via Zoom at 7 p.m. Please know that the class needs to be completed before the baptism occurs.

Read more: Baptismal Preparation Class

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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