Fr. James' Reflections on the Blessed Virgin Mary

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May God bless you!

We Are One Body Radio

For those of you looking to deepen your Catholic faith, you may want to consider listening to a 24/7 commercial free radio station called We Are One Body found on the internet at

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Bells Call to Prayer

Back in March, Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, asked Catholic parishes to ring their church bells five times a day between 9 am and 9 pm. Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic. Click here for the systematic method of praying.

Prayers Against Racism

Please see this document which includes prayers against racism from Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

Liturgy of the Hours

Click here to access the Liturgy of the Hours according to the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

Consecration of One's Family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Oh most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we come to you as a family and consecrate ourselves to Your Sacred Heart. Protect us through Your Most Precious Blood and keep us pure and holy.

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Birthday Prayers

Birthday Prayer #1

Heavenly Father, We praise You for all Your gifts to us. In a special way, We thank You for (name). Bless him (her) always in Your love. Bless us too, Holy Father, And this food with which we celebrate. Help us all to praise You and give You glory Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayers for Parents

Prayer for Mothers

O almighty and eternal God, Lord of both the living and the dead, Your tender mercy embraces all men foreknown to be Yours by faith and a good life. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, and of all the saints, grant Your merciful pardon to all mothers for whom we pray, whether they still are living in this world or have departed from this flesh into the world to come. Especially, dear Lord, grant the requests I now make of You for my own beloved mother.

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Prayers for Children

Parents' Prayer for Children

O Heavenly Father, I commend my children unto Thee. Be Thou their God and Father, and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in me through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, to resist all solicitations to evil, whether from within or without, and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. 

Pour Thy grace into their hearts, and confirm and multiply in them the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so, faithfully serving Thee here, may come to rejoice in Thy presence hereafter. Amen.

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Prayer for Our Leaders

We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God, Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

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USCCB Prayer During Pandemic

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

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The Rosary

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer summarizing the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. According to Catholic tradition, the Rosary was instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the 13th century when she is said to have appeared to St. Dominic and given him a Rosary. The repetition of the prayers of the Rosary is meant to lead one into contemplative prayer related to each mystery. The Rosary is ever new because the situations and mysteries we are pondering have an unlimited number of dimensions to consider.

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Fr. James' Marian Reflections


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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605

Mass Schedule

UC = Upper Church
HFC = Holy Family Chapel 

Monday - Friday

6:25 am UC

8:30 am UC


8:30 am UC - weekday Mass

4:30 pm UC - vigil


7:30 am UC

9:00 am UC

10:30 am UC and HFC

12:00 pm UC