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 are now a parish family of over 5300 members, over 1800 families.
We welcome you to our website and extend to you a personal welcome to come and visit us anytime. Our doors are always open and our welcome is always extended for you to visit us and worship with us. Perhaps you have been here before, coming for our wonderful “Kirchenfest” celebration at the end of every August, or maybe for a wedding, baptism, or even funeral.
I am proud to be the fifteenth pastor of St. Paul Parish in these 170 years. I share ministry with Fr. Scott Snider, Parochial Vicar, Fr. David Peters, retired pastor, & Deacon Dave Bohnenstiehl along with a staff of over 50 church personnel; we are St. Paul’s and offer various ministries to bless the faith journeys of our parish family.
Come see us and catch the Spirit which inflames our hearts daily to be faithful servants and authentic worshipers of Jesus.
Fr. Chuck Edwards
Did you know.... We have an interpreter at every Saturday night Mass at 5:00 pm for the hearing impaired.
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05/22/15 10:35 am
(Vatican Radio)Â An international conference entitled âWomen and the post-2015 development agenda â The Challenges of Sustainable Development Goalsâ got underway in Rome Friday.Â The May 22-24 event is jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, the World Union of Catholic Womenâs Organizations and the World Womenâs Alliance for Life and Family.
President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson said 2015 is a crucial year for the international community concerning development issues and said the new Sustainable Development Goals to be approved in September have many important implications for women and their role in society.Read More
05/22/15 8:10 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says each of us should ask Jesus to gaze at us and tell us what we need to do to change our hearts and repent for our sins. We should consider whether Jesus looks at us with a call, with a pardon or with a mission? The Popeâs remarks came during his homily at morning Mass on Friday (May 22nd) at the Santa Marta residence.
Taking his inspiration from the dayâs readings, Pope Francisâ homily was a reflection on the three different types of looks which Jesus gave to the Apostle Peter. He said these three different looks were one of choosing, one of forgiveness and one of mission.ÂRead More
05/22/15 3:52 am
(Vatican Radio)Â The 3 day conference 'Nostra Aetate - Celebrating 50 years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims'Â concluded yesterday at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.Â The President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity - and also responsible for the Churchâs dialogue with the Jewish people - Cardinal Kurt Koch, was there.Â He says the Nostra Aetate declaration was a landmark in relations between the Catholic Church and other faiths.Â
But, he notes that while the Church has ongoing bilateral talks with Jewish and Muslim religious leaders, it may be too early to engage in a âtrialogueâ among the three monotheistic faiths.Read More