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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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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)

Interpreter for Hearing Impaired

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

 

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

             Walking in His Footsteps  - 2015-2016 School Year

 

August 5 - St. Paul School Night at Busch Stadium.  The school chorus and students in grades K-4 will perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."  Tickets are on sale in the school office until July 1st.

August 10th - Back to School Pool Party from 6:00 - 8:00

 

       

 

                                        

Parish Bulletins


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  • Sun, Jul 10th
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St. Bridget

From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors.

She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children (the second eldest was St. Catherine ...

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St. Mary Magdalene

Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in ...

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St. Lawrence of Brindisi

At first glance perhaps the most remarkable quality of Lawrence of Brindisi is his outstanding gift of languages. In addition to a thorough knowledge of his native Italian, he had complete reading and speaking ability in Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish and French.

He was born on July 22, 1559, and ...

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Vatican News

Pope to contemplative nuns: The Church needs you!

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Friday published a new Apostolic Constitution, Vultum Dei quaerere (Seeking the Face of God), On Women’s Contemplative Life.

Listen to Christopher Wells' report: 

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Pope's envoy in South Sudan in pursuit of peace-building

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a special envoy to South Sudan to urge for an end to violence in the country and to help establish dialogue and trust between the warring parties.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, travelled to the capital Juba this week to give support to the Archbishop and to meet with the country’s leaders.

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Schedule of Pope’s Assisi pilgrimage released

(Vatican Radio) More details have been released about Pope Francis’ upcoming pilgrimage for the eighth centenary of Franciscan feast of the “Pardon of Assisi.”

On 4 Aug, the Pope will make a private pilgrimage to Assisi, a small medieval town in the Italian region of Umbria known for being the birthplace of the Franciscan order. While there, he will pray in the Porziuncola chapel, where the feast of the “Pardon of Assisi” originated.

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