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

Reconciliation Service

Monday, March 19   •   7:30 p.m.   •   Upper Church

Read more: Reconciliation Service

Stations of the Cross

Fridays during Lent   •   Upper Church

7 p.m. - Exposition and Benediction

7:30 p.m. - Stations of the Cross

2018 Lenten Almsgiving

We are partnering with Catholic Extension for our Lenten Almsgiving Project to help our

brothers and sisters in need at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in the Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Read more: 2018 Lenten Almsgiving

Fasting and Abstinence

During this holy season of prayer and penance Catholics offer a small sacrifice to God to remind ourselves of our complete dependance on His mercy and goodness. This brief outline of the Church's guidelines is here to help you discern your obligation as a Catholic.

Read more: Fasting and Abstinence

Annual Blood Drive

Sunday, March 25   •   8 a.m. - 2 p.m.   •   Parish Life Center

Did you know that every two seconds someone in America receives a blood transfusion? And that five million patients will need blood this year? You can help! Just one pint of your blood can help save up to three lives!

Read more: Annual Blood Drive

Lenten Series: Jerusalem, My Destiny

Jerusalem: My Destiny

February 26, March 5, March 12, & March 19

9:30 a.m.  &  7:30 p.m. (evening session will repeat morning session)

Kinane Center

Read more: Lenten Series: Jerusalem, My Destiny

Electronics Recycling Event

Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11

9  - 11 a.m.

Parish Life Center

The Servants of St. Francis suburban outreach will be partnering with Recycling Avenue which is a free service that recycles small electronics while providing employment opportunities for adults with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities. Bring your electronics to St. Paul of the Cross to be recycled!

Items Accepted:

  • House phones
  • Cell phones
  • MP3 players
  • Cameras 
  • Video equipment 
  • LCD Flat monitors 
  • Name brand ink (new or used)
  • All types of computers (laptops, notebooks, towers) 
  • GPS systems
  • Routers and monitors 
  • Video games, video game remotes, consoles 
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • All computers
  • Apple products


Items NOT Accepted: No TVs, CRT monitors, single use batteries, light bulbs, or generic ink


Questions? Contact Cristina Heidersbach

Lenten Fish Fry

Friday, February 23  •  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus & St. Mary's Guild

Join us for a delicious meal of fresh hand-battered cod (we use trans fat-free canola oil), coleslaw, french fries, dinner rolls, and dessert. Shrimp available for purchase. Cheese pizza for the kids and free lemonade and coffee. Soda, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Carry out, too (no shrimp). There will be raffle prizes and split the pot.

Please bring paper towels, hearty canned soups, or cookies for our food pantry.

Read more: Lenten Fish Fry

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.

Through this program:

  • An individual or corporation will receive a 75 percent credit on donations to an SGO. For example, if a person donates $100,000, they will receive a state tax credit of $75,000.
  • Individual donors can designate their donations to Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.
  • The credit can be rolled over for five years.
  • Donors are prohibited from receiving a federal tax deduction for these donations.
  • The program is capped at $100 million in donations, resulting in $75 million in total tax credits issued.


To Donate

Beginning on January 2, 2018, individual and corporate donors will be able to reserve tax credits through  Visit for more information. 


To Apply for a Scholarship

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-income households who want to attend private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year*. Visit for more information.

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

2017 Annual Report

In our 2017 Annual Report we have highlighted all that we do to come to the aid of our needy brothers and sisters. Our financial year follows the fiscal year and goes from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. We have also highlighted accomplishments and special events from the previous year.  A profit and loss statement from the parish, religious education and school is included along with our end of year account balances. We are grateful for your stewardship of St. Paul of the Cross. If you would like additional information on any of the items in our report please contact the parish office.

Read more: 2017 Annual Report


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Read more: FORMED

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

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Mass Schedule


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



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

Park Ridge is 15 miles Northwest of Chicago and 10 minutes from O’Hare Airport.

We are two blocks from the Union Pacific Northwest Metra Stop and one block from Downtown Park Ridge shops and restaurants.

Plenty of Parking on Site



The main parking lot entrance is off of Washington Avenue & Northwest Highway.

Additional parking is available in the small lot on Ridge Terrace next to our Kinane Center.

There is a handicap accessible ramp and elevator that is easily accessible from our small parking lot.

The entrance to our small parking lot is through the alley, off of Summit Avenue.


Please see our campus map for details

Perpetual Adoration Chapel


The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is open to everyone seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
The main entrance to the Adoration Chapel is located at 215 Ridge Terrace off of Northwest Highway.
After 9 p.m. a code is required to enter.

For more information please contact the parish office 

For the locaton of the chapel and its entrances please see our campus map

Brick Dedication

Have you, your children, or even your grandchildren celebrated a spiritual milestone here at St. Paul of the Cross? Perhaps it was(or soon will be) a wedding, or a baptism, or first Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or a graduation from our wonderful parish school?

Read more: Brick Dedication

Lector & E.M. Schedules

We are pleased to provide our Liturgical Ministry Schedules in electronic format for your convenience. If you are interested in volunteering for these ministries please contact Fr. Matthew Kowalski


December 2017 - February 2018

Upper Church Lector Schedule

Holy Family Chapel Lector Schedule

Extraordinary Minister Schedule (upper church)

Built on the Rock

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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