Welcome to St. Paul Catholic Church
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)
- Reverend Pat Jakel, Pastor
- Reverend David L. Peters, Retired Pastor
- Deacon Dave Bohnenstiehl, Permanent Deacon
- Mr. Rafal Pyrchla, Seminarian/Acolyte
- Mrs. Lorraine Senci, Pastoral Associate for Pastoral Care and Spirituality
- Mr. Michael Durbin, Executive Manager & Spiritual Direction Ministry
- Mr. Ron Knapp, Pastoral Associate for Youth and Catechist Formation
- Ms. Laurie Scott, Administrative Assistant
- Mrs. Jennifer Hilling, Parish Secretary
- Mr. Collin Korte, Weekend Secretary
- Mr. Nolan Scott, Weekend Secretary
- Mrs. Jean Nolte, Finance/Bookkeeping
- Mrs. Connie Knebel, Coordinator of Protecting God's Children
- Mrs. Deanna Harlan, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
- Mrs. Mary Lou Meridith, Procurator Advocate
- Mr. Dale Triplett, Maintenance Superintendent
- Mr. Dan Halloran, Maintenance
- Mrs. LuAnn Halloran, Maintenance
- Mr. Steve Waller, Maintenance
- Mrs. Dineen Czar, Liturgical Music Coordinator
- Mr. Sam Schwarztrauber, Adult Choir
- Mrs. Andrea Henze, Contemporary Choir
- Mrs. Joan Riffel, Liturgical Art & Environment
- Mr. Terry Zeisset, Pastoral Council, Chair
- Mr. Howard Held, Finance Council, Chair
- Mr. Jerry Rehkemper, Property Committee, Chair
- Mr. Art Timmermann, Cemetery Board, Chair
St. Paul Parish Life
7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am
7:00 am -- Monday thru Thursday
7:00 am -- Wednesday at Hospital Chapel
8:20 am -- Friday (throughout entire year)
7:00 am, 8:20 am, 7:00 pm (Check Bulletin)
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.
(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
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
American Catholic - Saint of Day
07/28/16 1:00 pm
Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers.
A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many ...Read More
07/27/16 1:00 pm
Antonio studied with and was a friend of St. Francesco Antonio Fasani, who after Antonio Lucci’s death testified at the diocesan hearings regarding the holiness of Lucci.
Born in Agnone in southern Italy, a city famous for manufacturing bells and copper crafts, he was given the name Angelo at Baptism. He ...Read More
07/26/16 1:00 pm
In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names Joachim and Anne come from ...Read More
07/28/16 5:03 pm
Young people on Thursday evening chanted and sang songs awaiting Pope Francis to come to the window of the Archbishop’s residence in Krakow and when he came out, the Square below erupted with cheers.
This evening’s remarks were directed at newly married couples and the Pope joked, they say today there is a good group here, in this square, newlyweds.”Read More
07/28/16 3:39 pm
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reached out to over a million young people gathered at Krakow's Blonia Park on Thursday urging them to share God's merciful love.
He was speaking during a welcome ceremony for young people attending the 31st World Youth Day in a giant park near Krakow.Read More
07/28/16 3:27 pm
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis paid an unscheduled call on Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, Archbishop-emeritus of Krakow.
Cardinal Macharski was Pope St. John Paul II’s immediate successor on the See of St. Stanislaus, which he held from 1978 until 2005.Read More