Parish News & Information

Parish News & Information


Mass Times


Regular Mass Schedule


7:30 am  

  Upper Church

9:00 am  

  Holy Family Chapel

10:30 am  

  Upper Church
Monday - Friday  

8:30 am  

  Upper Church

(vigil) 4:30 pm  

  Upper Church

Virtual Advent Day of Reflection: Dec 1

As we prepare ourselves for the birth of the Lord, it is good to delve into the gospels. Bellarmine Retreat House is offering a virtual retreat that introduces us to the accounts of the birth of the Messiah as recounted by the evangelists, Matthew and Luke. This is unique opportunity to begin Advent with a beautiful spiritual reflection from the comfort of your home. Participating in this retreat may help us in making our advent season fruitful.

Read more: Virtual Advent Day of Reflection: Dec 1

Advent Reflections on FORMED

We are excited to offer you The Road to Bethlehem, an opt-in digital discipleship program designed to lead you into an encounter with Christ and his love throughout Advent. The Road to Bethlehem is completely free for FORMED parishes and users (that's us!)!

Read more: Advent Reflections on FORMED

Thanksgiving Day Masses: Nov 26

There will be no 8:30 am Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 26th

Read more: Thanksgiving Day Masses: Nov 26

Little Books

All these years, our parish has provided books of reflection during Advent, Lent and Easter. Because of Covid, we are not providing printed copies. You can get these directly from the publisher at

Read more: Little Books

CCHD Second Collection: Nov 22

The annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection will take place on the weekend of November 21/22.

Read more: CCHD Second Collection: Nov 22

SPC School Board Elections

The SPC School Board is holding an election to fill two vacancies for terms that run through May 2023. We are fortunate to have eleven candidates interested in serving on the Board. Please review their personal statements below.

Read more: SPC School Board Elections

Pray for Our Confirmandi

Please pray for our parish’s Confirmandi as they continue on their journey towards Confirmation. Over the next two weeks, our Confirmandi will be choosing one of four different dates to attend a Confirmation Retreat. A nationally recognized leader in Catholic retreats, NET Ministries, will run these retreats. NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.

Read more: Pray for Our Confirmandi

Renew My Church

A Call to Rebuild

Read more: Renew My Church

Adopt a Family for Christmas Gifts

Adopt a Family for Christmas Gifts has been canceled this year, but you can still help provide families with a Christmas blessing!

Read more: Adopt a Family for Christmas Gifts

New Mass and Mass Livestreams

Please watch Fr. Britto's video message below that contains two exciting announcements!

Read more: New Mass and Mass Livestreams

Edison Park Virtual Turkey Trot

Sign up to run the 2020 Edison Park Virtual Turkey Trot and support our Food Pantry!

Read more: Edison Park Virtual Turkey Trot

Frank Dopek Memorial Svc: Nov 3rd

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Dopek.

Read more: Frank Dopek Memorial Svc: Nov 3rd

Virtual Choir Performances

Our choir has created two virtual performances for your enjoyment!

Read more: Virtual Choir Performances

Watching Masses and Services


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No Stuff the Truck Event This Year

Due to the pandemic, our annual "Stuff the Truck" clothing drive that benefits our sister parish, St. Benedict the African, will not be taking place this year.

Project Hope

Catholic Charities Project Hope offers a hand up - instead of a hand out 

Read more: Project Hope

Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton

In Theaters October 9th - The Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge was chosen for opening weekend for this inspiring movie!

Go to for show times or contact Dino Vlahakis at (847) 825-5800 for group tickets.

Read more: Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton

SPC School: Blue Ribbon Award


Read more: SPC School: Blue Ribbon Award

Adoration Chapel Update

Dear St. Paul of the Cross Adorers,

Thank you for your desire and commitment to spend prayerful time in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord. I am sure He understands your anguish over not being able to adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament lately because of this virus. I would like to express my gratitude and that of the parish for your ministry of prayer whether in the chapel or at home. Although I am fully convinced that abundant blessings flow on the parish because of our adoration chapel, I also feel the Lord’s special grace even during this difficult time when we are unable to gather as before.

Read more: Adoration Chapel Update

Join Our RCIA Program


Do you know someone who is interested in exploring the Catholic faith? Or are you an adult Catholic who has not yet completed receiving the Sacraments? We invite you to consider joining the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program, which is currently forming, to help you prepare to receive the Sacraments and learn more about Catholicism in an open and welcoming environment.

Read more: Join Our RCIA Program

Sacred Heart Statue

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Welcomes Us All!

Read more: Sacred Heart Statue

Reopening Info - updated 10/28

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 10/28

Counseling and Shelter Services

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: Counseling and Shelter Services

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

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


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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

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    Holy Family Chapel
10:30 am    Upper Church
12:00 pm   Gym 
Monday - Friday  
  8:30 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. 


Read more: Location

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.


Read more: Perpetual Adoration Chapel

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.

Listen to show archives now!

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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 - Holy Family Chapel

10:30 am - Upper Church

12:00 pm - Gym