Religious Education

Religious Education

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill, Director of Catechesis

The Office for Catechesis is devoted to helping children of our parish become closer to God by becoming fully initiated into this community of Catholic faith. Our office directs and organizes the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation for the children of both the School and Catechesis program.

We also direct the religious formation for the children in our parish attending public school. Our primary goal is to provide parents with the support to raise your children in the Catholic faith and build a family life which is built upon and completely intertwined with that faith. It is an honor and a privilege to serve and support your family!  

At St. Paul, we believe we should offer our families choices, making their Catholic faith as accessible as possible! Each year we offer several options to choose from including a class for special needs children!

To read about all of our current options please go to the Catechesis website to read more details.




In Catechesis, our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participate in service each year to prepare for Confirmation. Some of the Service projects our students have completed are: helping out in the lower grade Catechesis classes; making shoeboxes for shut-ins; working on the Centennial Garden; altar serving; participating in Feed Our Starving Children; visiting senior facilities with homemade cards or singing for them; SPC Food Pantry collections; garden work at the front of the Kinane Center; helping out at various festivals at St. Paul and PR elementary schools. The list goes on and on!

Sacraments and Retreats

The Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation for grade school students in both Catechesis and SPC School are organized and run through the Office for Catechesis. Each year, retreats are held for students preparing to receive First Communion and Confirmation.
Please feel free to email or call if you have questions!
Anna Mae Parkhill
Director of Catechesis
Office for Catechesis

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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

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