St. Paul Parish Life

  • Fr. Pat is installed pastor at St. Paul
  • Jen Walter was confirmed by +Bishop Paprocki
  • St. Paul Church front view
  • St. Paul School - front view
  • A warm welcome for Fr. Pat.
  • CYO youth helping out at Christian Activity Center in East St. ...
  • Prayer for our leaders and military
  • St. Paul school celebrates Veterans Day at Mass
  • Fr. Pat w/newly baptized Benjamin Kloss. Who is happier?!
  • Baptismal Font in front of Sanctuary
  • St. Paul Parish at Christmas Vigil Mass
  • St. Paul Church Sanctuary during Ordinary Time
  • St. Paul School students in class
  • St. Francis Feast Day - Blessing of pets
  • St. Paul Church - front northeast corner view
  • St. Paul Church view from balcony at Easter
  • St. Paul School front entrance
  • St. Paul School students - Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • St. Paul School 8th Grade Graduates 2014
  • 44 years of Kirchenfest leadership!
  • Sausage cooking in Bavarian Skillet at Kirchenfest


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



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

Mass Times

5:00 pm

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 (All School Mass)
(7:00 am When No School)

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

Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
(Or By Appointment)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
(closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00)
Saturday 10:00 am-- 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am--2:00 pm

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

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. 


Parish Bulletins

  • Sun, Oct 4th

  • Sun, Sep 27th
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School News & Events

             Walking in His Footsteps  - 2015-2016 School Year 
  • October 7-9 - 7th Grade to Space Camp
  • October 12 - No School
  • October 22 and 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. Paul School Staff & Faculty

  • Mrs. Kathy Sherman, Principal
  • Mrs. Renee Mitchell, Vice Principal and Religion Teacher
  • Mrs. Jan Abbott, Development Director
  • Mrs. Debbie Furlow, Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Cheryl Kirchhoff, Secretary
  • 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. Christina Harisberger, Jr. High Language Arts/8th Grade Religion
  • Mr. Aaron Hopfinger, Jr. High Social Studies
  • Mrs. Stephanie Iberg, Jr. High Math/Educational Technology
  • Mrs. Staci LaPorta, Athletic Director
  • Mrs. Judy Richter, Librarian
  • Ms. Leigh Janes, Art
  • Mrs. Andrea Henze, Music and Band
  • Mrs. Lori Lucia, Viking Kid Care Director/Classroom Aide
  • Mrs. Diane Hoyt, Classroom Aide
  • Ms. Abby Yann, Classroom Aide
  • Mrs. Phyllis Cagle, PreSchool Aide and Lunch Supervisor
  • Ms. Paulette Langhauser, School Cafeteria
  • Ms. Ruth Langhauser, School Cafeteria
  • Mr. Don Johannes, Educational Foundation
  • Ms. Pat Stern, Educational Foundation
  • Mrs. Crista Decker, School Board President
  • Mrs. Jamie Beer, VPA President

Online Giving

American Catholic - Saint of Day

Our Lady of the Rosary

St. Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.

The development of the rosary has a long history. ...

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St. Bruno

This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the members would reject such high praise, but it is an indication of the saint's intense love of ...

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St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

St. Faustina's name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy (celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter), the divine mercy chaplet and the divine mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many people.

Born in what is now west-central Poland (part of Germany before World War ...

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Vatican News

Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 3

(Vatican Radio) At the press briefing today the Holy See Press Office announced that the Synod Fathers had elected chairpersons and moderators for their “circuli minores” (small groups). The thirteen groups were determined by language. The groups began to work on Wednesday morning on the first part of  Instrumentum Laboris which outlines the context in which contemporary family life is lived.

Listen to the report by Fr. Russell Pollitt SJ:

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Cardinal Wuerl: Synod off to a good start

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., says the opening days of the Synod of Bishops are going smoothly. “I think we’re moving along very well. We’ve had very good discussions in the Aula. Many, many of the points that were raised contribute positively to trying to find a better way to say what we want to say. The rest of them reinforced what’s already there. So far, this has been a very positive meeting.”

In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Bernd Hagenkord, S.J., Cardinal Wuerl spoke about the atmosphere in the small groups, which began their discussions on Tuesday. “Now we’re in the small language groups. We’re just beginning. And I think we’re already beginning to sense, in our small group, a sense of solidarity around what it is we want to say, and a consensus where are the major points to be underlined. We’re just beginning, but we’re off to a good start.”

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Pope Francis at Audience: 'family spirit' a constitution for Church

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square – the first of three Wednesday Audiences scheduled to take place during the course of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to reflecting on the family in the life of the Church and of society.

“During this period,” explained Pope Francis, “the catecheses will be reflections inspired by some aspects of the relationship – which we may certainly define as indissoluble – between the Church and the family, with a view to the common good of the whole Christian community.”

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