Our Pipe Organ

A Word From Our Pastor

For me this is a difficult column to write. Over the last six years I have tried to be transparent and in that spirit I want to share with you some unpleasant news. Our pipe organ is in serious trouble and we have to replace it. This news was a total surprise to me. Around last Christmas our organist, Andrea, alerted me that the organ was not working properly. It has had problems in the past, and I thought that we would be able to fix it. When our music ministry called in Mr Jeff Weiler of the Weiler Organ Company, to look at our organ, he discovered that the problems were rather serious. We commissioned him to carry out a thorough examination of the organ and to produce a report of his professional opinion.

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A Year of Dedicatory Events


Help us celebrate the installation and dedication of our restored Casavant Opus 1279


June 11, 2017  •  10:30 a.m.
Organ Dedication Mass

The Most Reverend Bishop Francis J. Kane


June 11, 2017  •  2:30 p.m.
Organ Dedication Concert

Dr. David Schrader


September 30, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.
Parish Organist Recital

Edward Eicker & Andrea Bartolomeo


October 27, 2017  •   6 - 8 p.m.
Pedals, Pipes, & Pizza Youth Event (with Trunk or Treat)

Gwendolyn Wolski & Charlie Carpenter, Students of Dr. Dennis Northway


November 13, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.
St. Cecilia Festival

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (Chicago Chapter) 


March 4, 2018  •  3 p.m.
Lenten Choral Reflections

St. Paul of the Cross Choir


May 20, 2087  •  2:30 p.m.
Organist Friends Recital

Organist Friends Who Serve the Chicago Area


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Organ Lesson #1

The scientist Ctesibius of Alexandria, an engineer in the 3rd century BC is credited with inventing the Hydraulis, and early type of pipe organ. The hydraulis was powered by converting the power of water into wind pressure which sounded the pipes. The organ was later adopted by the Romans and Byzantines. Byzantine and Arab inventors developed automatic hydraulic organs which according to historical accounts could be heard from as far as sixty miles away.

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Organ Lesson #2

In my first position as director at St. Aloysius in Bowling Green, OH, I spear-headed a five-year organ search project, which resulted in the installation and dedication of a beautiful Letourneau trackeraction pipe organ. As a result of that experience, I then consulted with other parishes undergoing the same process in the Diocese of Toledo, OH. I am thankful that I can use my past experience to benefit St. Paul of the Cross.

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Organ Lesson #3

This organ lesson continues illustrating the issues of our ailing organ.

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Organ Lesson #4

We have a very promising opportunity, which has been presented as a solution to our organ situation. Since it is still evolving, several upcoming articles will detail general options and respective advantages and disadvantages of each.

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The Friends of St. Cecilia Fund

Now that we have fully restored Casavant Opus 1279, it is essential that we maintain the fine quality of this instrument. Our Pastor, in cooperation with the Parish Finance Council, has agreed to provide seed money to create "The Friends of St. Cecilia Fund." This fund will be used to protect our investment and will fund long –term maintenance needs as well as scholarships and educational opportunities for organ students and future pastoral musicians from our parish. 


There are many ways to donate to this fund:


Cash or Check Donations

Cash or check donations may be sent to the parish office. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul of the Cross with FOSC Fund in the memo line. Please drop off or mail donations to:

Attn: FOSC
St. Paul of the Cross
320 S Washington
Park Ridge, Il 60068


Online Donations

You may make an online donation using a credit card or check. You may checkout as a guest or create a donor ID that can be used for future donations

Click here to make your online donation


Stock Donations

Stock donations may be made and are greatly appreciated. Be sure to complete and send the Stock Donation Letter of Intention and to indicate that the stock donation is for the benefit of “St. Paul of the Cross FOSC Fund.”

Stock Donation Letter of Intention

Stock/Mutual Fund Donation Procedures 

Time Lapse Removal of Pipe Organ

In November 2016 St. Paul of the Cross began the demolition and removal of their old pipe organ and began preparations for installing a refurbished Casavant Opus 1279 that will be delivered in February 2017. This time lapse video captures the removal of the pipes, wind chests, and casement. Watch for updates on the installation coming up in February 2017!


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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