Social Service

Social Service

Sunday Night Supper

Contact: Adrienne Timm

In conjunction with the Park Ridge Ministerial Association, volunteers prepare and serve meals to the hungry and homeless on Sunday evenings at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

Sharing Parish - St. Benedict the African East

Contact: Adrienne Timm

Every parish in the Archdiocese is assigned a sister parish. Since the inception of this ministry over 45 years ago, our sister parish has been St. Benedict the African East. We provide monthly monetary support and resources and hold an annual clothing drive to assist the parish.

Servants of St. Francis

 Contact: Jennifer Brooks

The Servants of St. Francis is a ministry that provides numerous, diverse opportunities to serve those in need and bring the gospel to life. We invite all members of the St. Paul of the Cross Community to participate as families or individuals in the spirit of service. 

Read more: Servants of St. Francis

Our Lady of the Angels Mission

Contact: Adrienne Timm

Volunteers go to Our Lady of the Angels Mission on the first Saturday of every month to help distribute food to the neighborhood with The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Our volunteers have helped clean and renovate the rectory, Kelly Hall, the newly-rededicated convent, and now the actual church. Our Holy Family Guild works to maintain the food pantry there.

Lenten Almsgiving

Contact: Adrienne Timm

The season of Lent tells us to pray, fast, and give sacrifice. In accordance with that, each year our staff chooses a not-for-profit ministry or organization to benefit from our parish almsgiving. To qualify as one of our recipients, the not-for-profit's mission must be aligned with the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Our school and religious education programs also participate in our parish Lenten almsgiving.

Information and Refferal

Contact: Adrienne Timm

The Social Service Ministry office provides comprehensive information and referrals to St. Paul of the Cross parishioners and to all who come in need. Our extensive network includes, but is not limited to, Northwest Suburban Catholic Charities, Park Ridge Human Needs Task Force, Park Ridge Ministerial Association, Maine Center for Mental Health, Maine Township, The Center of Concern, P.A.D.S., Hope Center, Marillac House, The Women’s Center, Rainbow Hospice, Infant, Inc., W.I.N.G.S., Avenues to Independence, Advocate Health Systems, Park Ridge Police Department, School Districts 64 and 207.

Holiday Outreach

Contact: Adrienne Timm

Each year special Thanksgiving food boxes and turkeys are distributed to our food pantry patrons. This distribution is possible through our annual parish-wide Thanksgiving food drive during the second weekend of November. We also distribute special Christmas food boxes with hams each year as well as organize an adopt-a-family program to provide Christmas gifts to the needy in our area.

General Assistance

Contact: Adrienne Timm

Through the goodness of parishioners, Social Service Ministry is often able to offer temporary housing, rental assistance, help with utilities, medications, eye glasses, clothes, coats, boots, etc., where there is proven need. This is determined by an extensive intake which includes picture identification, legal documents, and cross-checking information.

Food Pantry

Contact: Adrienne Timm

Our food pantry serves 75 - 90 area households in need each month. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations come from our parishioners and the Park Ridge community. The Mother Teresa Guild maintains and staffs the pantry and provides ground beef each month. Parishioners from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church frequently volunteer and make donations. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off in church, at the rectory, or through the drop box outside the pantry. Monetary donations are also welcome so volunteers can purchase additional items that are needed.   

Pantry Hours and Location

The food pantry is open from 8 - 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month, except in November and December when it is open on the third Saturday to accommodate our holiday outreach. The food pantry is located on campus in the southeast corner of the Kinane Center with its own outside entry.

Requirements: Name, address, and identification are requested when patrons register

Centennial Garden

Contact: Adrienne Timm

As part of the celebration of the Parish Centennial, we began a vegetable garden to provide fresh, organic produce to the patrons of our food pantry. It is maintained by parish volunteers who sponsor and tend to a raised bed throughout the growing season.

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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


7:30 a.m. - Upper Church
9 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
10:30 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
12 p.m. - Upper Church
5:30 p.m. - Upper Church

Monday - Friday

6:25 a.m. - Upper Church
8:30 a.m. - Upper Church


8 a.m. - Upper Church
4:30 p.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel