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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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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

Parish Bulletins


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St. Paul Parish Life

  • St. Paul Church front view
  • Fr. Pat w/Mara Jane Chapman
  • 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
  • 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, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am -- Wednesday at Hospital Chapel
8:20 am -- Friday

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.

School News & Events

WALKING IN MERCY - VISION TO SEE, FAITH TO BELIEVE, COURAGE TO DO
 
August 21 - Due to the late notice concerning the safety of our eclipse glasses, all St. Paul School students will remain in the building for Monday, Aug. 21.  Students who are not in attendance this day will receive an excused absence.

August 25 & 28 - No School

August 25 - 27 - Kirchenfest

September 4 - No School for Labor Day

 

Vatican News

XX Sunday - August 20, 2017

Is 56: 1, 6-7 : Rom 11: 13-15, 29-32:  Mt 15: 21-28

Anecdote: “Never give up!”:  Many years ago in Illinois, a young man with six months schooling to his credit ran for an office in the legislature. As might have been expected, he was beaten. Next, he entered business but failed in that too, and spent the next seventeen years paying the debts of his worthless partner. He fell in love with a charming lady, they became engaged – and she died. He had a nervous breakdown. He ran for Congress and was defeated. He then tried to obtain an appointment to the U.S. Land Office but didn’t succeed. He became a candidate for the Vice-Presidency and lost. Two years later he was defeated in a race for the Senate. He ran for President and finally was elected. That man was Abraham Lincoln.     Today’s Gospel episode of healing gives us the same message in a more powerful way.

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Pope Francis sends condolences for ‘cruel’ Barcelona terror attack

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Friday sent a telegram expressing his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack on Barcelona, in which at least 13 people died and more than a hundred were injured.

Listen to our report:

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Pope Francis prays Angelus for Solemnity of the Assumption

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reflected on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Angelus on Tuesday.

The feast of the Assumption, also known as Ferragosto, is an important religious and civil holiday in Italy, and thousands of faithful were present in St Peter’s Square to celebrate with the Holy Father.

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