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Welcome to St. Paul Catholic Church

Dear Visitors,

Welcome to our St. Paul Parish Website!  Since 1844 the Catholic Community of St. Paul Parish has worshiped and followed the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in Highland, Illinois. From our humble beginnings, when Highland was a village of 60 families, we have become a parish family of over 5300 members and 1800 families.

I have been privileged to be a part of Highland’s history for 57 years, having been born and raised in this community.  I grew up on a dairy farm 6 miles north of Highland in rural route Pocahontas, near Grantfork, and as a member of St. Gertrude Church, Grantfork, received my sacraments of initiation there.  My father attended St. Paul Grade School and my mother attended Immaculate Conception Grade School in Pierron.  I never dreamed that I would return to become pastor and shepherd of the Catholic community in which I was raised. 

Being one of 10 children I know firsthand what family is all about.  Since my arrival as pastor of St. Paul’s on July 1, 2015, devoted parishioners have demonstrated to me how closely knit this parish is as a family.  This is exactly what I am accustomed to.

Parishioners of St. Paul’s love Highland and are proud to be a part of the community and invite you to be a part of our community of faith.  Please take some time to check out this website and always feel free to visit us anytime. Our doors are always open and our welcome is always extended to you to visit us and worship with us. Perhaps you have been here before, coming for our annual “Kirchenfest” in August, or maybe for a wedding, baptism, or even a funeral.

Come see us and catch the Spirit which inflames our hearts daily to be faithful servants and authentic worshipers of Jesus.  Please come and journey with us!

With great humility, Fr. Pat Jakel

Parish Staff (Click on staff member name for photo and contact information)

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Parish News & Events (Calendar)

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Interpreter for Hearing Impaired

Did you know.... We have an interpreter at every Saturday night Mass at 5:00 pm for the hearing impaired. 

 

St. Paul Parish Life

  • St. Paul Church front view
  • St. Paul School - front view
  • 2015 Kirchenfest Chairs - Past & Present. 45 years of leadership ...
  • Sausage cooking in Bavarian Skillet at Kirchenfest
  • Fr. Pat is installed pastor at St. Paul
  • Such JOY!!! Fr. Pat w/Matthew Arneaud
  • St. Paul School 8th Grade Graduates 2014
  • St. Paul Parish 2016 First Holy Eucharist
  • Confirmation Disciples 2015 - Spent the day playing bingo and visiting ...
  • St Paul Parish 2016 Confirmation Candidates
  • Youth Ministry group at Sts. Peter & Paul men's shelter 3/16
  • Jen Walter was confirmed by +Bishop Paprocki
  • Prayer for our leaders and military
  • Honoring our Veterans
  • Making rosaries at school
  • A warm welcome for Fr. Pat.
  • CYO youth helping out at Christian Activity Center in East St. ...
  • St. Paul school celebrates Veterans Day at Mass
  • Baptismal Font in front of Sanctuary
  • St. Paul Parish at Christmas Vigil Mass
  • St. Paul Church Sanctuary during Ordinary Time
  • St. Paul Church view from balcony at Easter
  • St. Paul School front entrance

Mass Times

Saturday:
5:00 pm

Sunday:
7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am

Weekdays:
7:00 am -- Monday thru Thursday
7:00 am -- Wednesday at Hospital Chapel
8:20 am -- Friday (throughout entire year)

Holy Days:
7:00 am, 8:20 am, 7:00 pm (Check Bulletin)

Reconciliation:
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
(Or By Appointment)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
(closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00)
Saturday 9:00 am-- 1:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am--1:00 pm

School Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

St. Paul School Staff & Faculty

  • Mrs. Kathy Sherman, Principal
  • Mrs. Renee Mitchell, Vice Principal/Religion
  • Mrs. Debbie Furlow, Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Cami Gramlich, Pre3/Learning Center
  • Mrs. Shandra McPherson, Jr. Kindergarten
  • Mrs. Shelly Litzenburg, Jr. Kindergarten
  • Mrs. Sherri Schomaker, Kindergarten
  • Mrs. Jayme Lytle, First Grade
  • Mrs. Amber Tallman, Second Grade
  • Mrs. Lisa Strieker, Third Grade
  • Mrs. Angela Nuxoll, Third Grade
  • Mrs. Tiffany Abert, Fourth Grade
  • Mrs. Kathlene Lutostanski, Fifth Grade
  • Mrs. Nancy Barth, Jr. High Science
  • Mrs. Christina Harisberger, Language Arts/ 8th Gr. Religion
  • Mr. Aaron Hopfinger, Jr. High Social Studies
  • Mrs. Stephanie Iberg, Math/Educational Technologist
  • Mrs. Staci LaPorta, Athletic Director
  • Mrs. Andrea Henze, Chorus/Band
  • Ms. Leigh Janes, Art
  • Mrs. Judy Richter, Librarian
  • Mrs. Lori Lucia, Viking Kid Care Director/Classroom Aide
  • Ms. Katelyn Lucia, Viking Kid Care
  • Ms. Abby Yann, Viking Kid Care/Classroom Aide
  • Mrs. Diane Hoyt, Viking Kid Care/Classroom Aide
  • Mrs. Phyllis Cagle, PreSchool Aide and Lunch Supervisor
  • Mrs. Janet Vogelbacher, Classroom Aide

School News & Events

             BY OUR WORKS WE SHOW OUR FAITH  2016-2017

August 26 & 29 - No School

August 26 - 28  Kirchenfest

September 1 - Trash bag sales kick-off

September 6 - School Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

                                        

Parish Bulletins


  • Sun, Aug 21st

  • Sun, Aug 14th
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American Catholic - Saint of Day

St. Monica

The circumstances of St. Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her hometown ...

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St. Joseph Calasanz

From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled and frowned on the work of Joseph Calasanz. A priest with university training in canon law and theology, respected for his wisdom and administrative expertise, he put aside his career because he ...

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St. Louis of France

At his coronation as king of France, Louis IX bound himself by oath to behave as God’s anointed, as the father of his people and feudal lord of the King of Peace. Other kings had done the same, of course. Louis was different in that he actually interpreted his kingly duties ...

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Vatican News

Card. Parolin recalls ‘bridge builder’ between China and Holy See

(Vatican Radio)  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, expressed his ‘hopes and expectations for new developments and a new season in relations between the Apostolic See and China’ in a speech on Saturday at the diocesan seminary in Pordenone, Italy.

The speech – laden with the history of diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See – focused on the figure of Cardinal Celso Costantini as a bridge builder.

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Pope thanks Ventimiglia diocese for care of migrants, refugees

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to the bishop of the northern Italian city of Ventimiglia, where scores of migrants and refugees have congregated in the hopes of crossing the nearby border into France.

Listen to Ann Schneible's report:

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Pope to Secular Institutes: Bring heaven to today’s people

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis urged members of Secular Institutes to work for a renewed charism that unites the lay and consecrated aspects of their lives and mission. His remarks came in a message sent on his behalf by the Secretary, of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to participants attending the World Conference of members of Secular Institutes held in Rome this week. 

The Pope wrote that they are both lay and consecrated people and both aspects are on the same level and equally important.  He encouraged the members of the Secular Institutes to live an intense life of prayer, saying their greatest challenge is to be schools of sainthood here on earth, living normal lives but always at the service of others and bearing witness to the values of brotherhood and friendship.   

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