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 now are 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
09/16/14 1:00 pm
There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of St. Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. St. Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope "by the judgment of God ...Read More
09/11/14 1:00 pm
Cyprian is important in the development of Christian thought and practice in the third century, especially in northern Africa.
Highly educated, a famous orator, he became a Christian as an adult. He distributed his goods to the poor, and amazed his fellow citizens by making a vow of chastity before his baptism. ...Read More
09/10/14 1:00 pm
St. Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there.
After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca he was ordained and resumed his teaching–despite a ...Read More
09/18/14 10:43 am
(Vatican Radio) Having the courage to acknowledge that we are sinners enables us to receive Christ’s caress, His forgiveness, said Pope Francis Thursday morning during Mass at Santa Marta.
Emer McCarthy reports, Listen:Read More
09/18/14 10:43 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday afternoon met with delegation of 40 world Jewish leaders at the Casa Santa Marta. The gathering was in honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Among those attending the event were World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder, Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins, WJC Treasurer Chella Safra and a number of Jewish community heads and senior WJC officials.
"We want to share with the pope our message of peace and prosperity for the New Year," said Claudio Epelman, executive director of the LAJC and theWJC official in charge of relations with the Vatican.Read More
09/18/14 9:55 am
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Delegation at the United Nations offices in Geneva on Wednesday said every attempt to marginalize indigenous peoples must be eliminated. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva, was addressing the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council.
“This means, first of all, respecting [indigenous peoples] territories and the pacts made with them; likewise, efforts must be made to satisfy their legitimate social, health and cultural requirements,” Archbishop Tomasi said. “We cannot overlook the need for reconciliation between the indigenous peoples and the societies in which they are living.”Read More