Parish News & Information

Parish News & Information


Mass Times


Regular 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

(Vigil) 4:30 p.m.  

  Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel

Feast of the Assumption: 8/15

There is an old tradition that the Blessed Mother blesses the water each year on the Feast of the Assumption and the waters become healing and curative. The tradition includes a pilgrimage for people to "put their feet into the ocean" each year on the feast and to enjoy the healing power of the ocean.

Read more: Feast of the Assumption: 8/15

SPC in the News

Click the dates below for SPC news coverage

August 7, 2020While CPS pivots to remote learning, Catholic schools in Chicago and suburbs stand by plans to reopen fully as teachers and parents fret (Chicago Tribune)

August 6, 2020Catholic Schools prepare for start of the school year with full weeks of in-person learning (ABC 7)

April 15, 2020Pause In The Pews: How Area Churches Are Adapting To Coronavirus (Journal & Topics)

Reopening Info - updated 8/11

Here are resources related to our safe and cautious plan for reopening our church amid COVID-19 in accordance with Archidiocesan guidelines.

Read more: Reopening Info - updated 8/11

Mass Videos and More!



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First Communions Underway!

A Feast To Remember

On August 1st and 8th, we celebrated four of the six large group communion Masses that will be held throughout the month of August. We are also celebrating smaller communion Masses at our weekend services. Some families, for important reasons of their own, are waiting until a later date, yet we are all united in these First Communions and our deep need for Jesus.

Read more: First Communions Underway!

Welcome Fr. Nick Cavallari!

Dear St Paul of the Cross Parishioners,

My prayers have been answered. After anxiously waiting for more than two weeks, I welcome with open arms Fr Nick Cavallari as our associate pastor.  I firmly believe he is the perfect match for our parish and I know that he will bless us all in the coming years with his many gifts. I am sure you will make him feel welcome. Even though this virus is keeping us apart, my sincere hope is that you will get to meet him in person in the coming weeks and months.

God bless you, Fr Nick! We look forward to getting to know you.

Fr Britto

Read more: Welcome Fr. Nick Cavallari!

Food Pantry Needs

Food Pantry Update

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Centennial Garden

Although Covid 19 has eliminated many of our favorite past times and routines, our St. Paul of the Cross Centennial Vegetable Garden continues to grow strong! This season our master gardener, Mike Polley, is leading his team of dedicated and seasoned gardeners through it all while adhering to the masks, gloves and social distancing rules required by the State of Illinois. Mike altered the procedures from years past to be compliant, while fulfilling the mission to feed the hungry who depend on our food pantry each month, fresh vegetables. Our clients are grateful for the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, zucchini, potatoes, herbs, flowers, and more.

Read more: Centennial Garden

Domestic Violence Help

Covid-19 has increased the incidence and intensity of anxiety, depression, and domestic violence. Please be informed about available services for needed counseling or shelter.

Read more: Domestic Violence Help

We Have a New App!

The St. Paul of the Cross app has been updated!

Click here for information on how you can access it.

Why Your Donation is Important

Please read this letter from Fr. Britto regarding online giving during this challenging time. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Read more: Why Your Donation is Important

Spiritual Resources

We hope the resources found on this page may enrich your spiritual journey during this unprecedented time when we cannot come together as a community of faith in familiar ways. One thing we know for certain is that God has never left us. He is as present to us today as before. May this time of uncertainty and isolation draw us ever closer to Him.

Read more: Spiritual Resources

Easter Obligation

Please read the decree below issued by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, regarding the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season.

Read more: Easter Obligation

The Veil Removed

Enjoy this very moving short film produced in part by RJ Deldago, a parishioner at St. Therese.

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.

Read more: The Veil Removed

Pilgrimage to Italy and Sicily

Join Fr. Britto on a pilgrimage to Southern Italy and Sicily October 12-21, 2020

Read more: Pilgrimage to Italy and Sicily

Parish Educational Endowment

About our Endowment

In 2000, under the leadership of Pastor Fr. Carl Morello, St. Paul established the Parish Educational Endowment Fund.  The goal of the fund is to help keep tuition as low as possible making Catholic education available to all families and to provide scholarships to well deserving and students in need and to assist with other educational needs of the parish. The fund began with a $10,000 donation from the school  walk-a-thon fundraiser.  The fund’s initial goal was to reach 1 million dollars and, until that goal was met, no monies were spent. 

Read more: Parish Educational Endowment


All the best Catholic Content. All in one place.

We are pleased to offer, which provides parishioners free access to catechism programs, feature films, Catholic ebooks, audio presentations, and much more! 

  • Access the truth, beauty, and meaning of the Catholic faith
  • Use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Catechesis certification will soon be available!

Read more: FORMED

Treat Our Priests Tuesdays

The parishioners of SPC want to show our priests how much this community loves and appreciates all that they do and the good shepherds that they are to our parish family. 

Read more: Treat Our Priests Tuesdays

Sing 4 Him Choir Documentary

You can watch the full Sing4Him documentary about St. Paul of the Cross' Adult Choir on Shalom World's Youtube Channel. This documentary features interviews with Ed Eicker, Andrea Bartolomeo as well as many members of our choir.

A Call for an Increase in Giving

On the weekend of October 14, 2018, Parish Finance Council presented a renewed effort to increase regular Sunday giving for St. Paul of the Cross. The goal being better fiscal management by lessening our reliance on unplanned items such as bequests to balance annual results. St. Paul of the Cross is a thriving parish by several measures. We have a long and diverse list of parish ministries, our Religious Education program has over 1,200 students. Our school’s enrollment is currently above 550 students and our preschool and kindergarten are continuing to grow. During Fr. Britto Berchman’s tenure, 1,500 new families have joined and we are one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese. We have a large, well-maintained campus and facilities. 

Read more: A Call for an Increase in Giving

Protecting God's Children

All St. Paul of the Cross volunteers over the age of 18 must complete training that is mandated by the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

Read more: Protecting God's Children

Tax Credit Scholarships

Invest in Kids

The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, “Invest in Kids,” provides a 75 percent Illinois state income tax credit to individuals and corporations that contribute money to a non-profit Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The SGOs award scholarships to eligible students from low-income families. Donors will use money already owed to the state (taxes) and donate it to a needs-based scholarships instead, all while receiving a 75 percent state tax credit.

Read more: Tax Credit Scholarships

Join Us For Mass


The parish priest and staff at St. Paul of the Cross Church are committed to making a welcoming place for you and your family to worship.

St. Paul of the Cross is a vibrant Catholic Community located North of Chicago. We have two worship spaces that are used on weekends - the upper church & Holy Family Chapel.

Read more: Join Us For Mass

SPC App Now Available

Staying connected to your faith and your parish is easier than ever with our new mobile app!

  • Podcasts
  • Schedules
  • Notes
  • Prayers
  • Multimedia
  • Notifications

Download today in the app store!

Mass Schedule


Current LIturgical Schedule

  7:30 am    Upper Church
  9:00 am    Gyml
10:30 am    Upper Church
Monday - Friday  
  8:00 am   Upper Church
(vigil) 4:30 pm     Upper Church


Our church is located in Park Ridge, IL on the corner of Northwest Highway and Washington Avenue. 


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On-Site Parking

We have plenty of on-site parking available!


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Perpetual Adoration Chapel

The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is open to everyone seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. 

After 9 pm, a code is required to enter.


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Built on the Rock

Third Thursday Monthly: 8:00-8:30 am
WNDZ 750 AM 

Hosted by Fr. Britto M. Berchmans and Sandra Labouvie, this 30-minute show will attempt to help listeners fashion their marriages and romantic relationships using the best insights of marriage experts, leading people to build their relationships solidly on the Rock that is Christ. The show uses wisdom from psychology, the well-tested insights of experts, real life experiences of couples and the well-considered observations of priests. There are healthy doses of humor, and at all times all our discussions are firmly rooted in our 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 - Gym
10:30 am - Upper Church