St. Paul Parish Life

  • Confirmation Disciples 2015 - Spent the day playing bingo and visiting ...
  • Youth Ministry group at Sts. Peter & Paul men's shelter 3/16
  • 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 view from balcony at Easter
  • St. Paul School front entrance
  • St. Paul School 8th Grade Graduates 2014
  • 44 years of Kirchenfest leadership!
  • Sausage cooking in Bavarian Skillet at Kirchenfest

Welcome Lorraine Senci

 Lorraine Senci

We welcome Lorraine Senci to St. Paul Parish Staff.  She is our Pastoral Associate for Pastoral Care and Spirituality. 

She will be working closely with the parish staff, and more specifically the parish priest. The pastoral care minister will do funeral planning, preside at prayer services, and offer pastoral counseling to those undergoing transitions or difficulties in life and various other duties.

Lorraine will also work with spiritual development in our parish, providing resources, liturgies and opportunities for renewal. She will facilitate faith-sharing and study groups, and assist with retreats for children, youth and adults. She will also provide spiritual direction, along with Michael Durbin and Fr. Pat.

If you see her around, please introduce yourself and give her a warm welcome.




Please pray for our Candidates & Catechumens who are a part of our RCIA team. 

We ask God to bless them as they move forward into fullness of faith in You and full Communion in the life of our Catholic Family.  Be with them in their journey.  Let them feel your love and the Holy Spirit. 

Let us all pray for their Journey of Faith.





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)

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

Interpreter for Hearing Impaired

Did you know.... We have an interpreter at every Saturday night Mass at 5:00 pm for the hearing impaired. 


Congrations Monsignor David Peters

Congratulations to Monsignor David Peters, who was honored with the title “Monsignor” by Pope Francis in December and was officially installed with his new title by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki in Carlinville on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Monsignor Peters was ordained May 24, 1958, and served as Pastor of St. Paul from 1987-2007. Monsignor Peters continues to serve our community and near-by parishes in his retirement. Congratulations, Monsignor! We are thankful for and blessed by your lifetime of generous and humble servant-leadership. God bless you!


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)
(8:20 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)

Parish Bulletins

  • Sun, May 1st

  • Sun, Apr 24th
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St. Paul School Staff & Faculty

  • Mrs. Kathy Sherman, Principal
  • Mrs. Renee Mitchell, Vice Principal/Religion
  • Mrs. Jan Abbott, Development Director
  • Mrs. Debbie Furlow, Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Cheryl Kirchhoff, Secretary
  • Ms. Cami Gramlich, Pre3/Learning Center
  • 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. Nancy Barth, Jr. High Science
  • Mrs. Christina Harisberger, Language Arts/ 8th Gr. Religion
  • Mr. Aaron Hopfinger, Jr. High Social Studies
  • Mrs. Stephanie Iberg, Math/Educational Technologist
  • Mrs. Staci LaPorta, Athletic Director
  • Mrs. Andrea Henze, Chorus/Band
  • Ms. Leigh Janes, Art
  • Mrs. Judy Richter, Librarian
  • Mrs. Lori Lucia, Viking Kid Care Director/Classroom Aide
  • Ms. Katelyn Lucia, Viking Kid Care
  • Ms. Abby Yann, Viking Kid Care/Classroom Aide
  • Mrs. Diane Hoyt, Viking Kid Care/Classroom Aide
  • Mrs. Phyllis Cagle, PreSchool Aide and Lunch Supervisor
  • Mrs. Janet Vogelbacher, Classroom Aide

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School News & Events

             Walking in His Footsteps  - 2015-2016 School Year


May 5 - 11:35 Dismissal

May 10 - Vocal Spring Concert in Church at 7:00

May 12 - Band Spring Concert in the gym at 7:00

May 19 - 8th Grade Graduation Mass at 7:00

May 24 - Student Appreciation Day and last day of school with a 2:30 dismissal





Parish News & Events (Calendar)



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American Catholic - Saint of Day

St. Hilary of Arles

It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. In some ways, that was true for today’s saint.

Born in France in the early fifth century, Hilary came from an aristocratic family. In the course of his education he encountered his relative, Honoratus, who encouraged the young man to join ...

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Blessed Michael Giedroyc

A life of physical pain and mental torment didn’t prevent Michael Giedroyc from achieving holiness.

Born near Vilnius, Lithuania, Michael suffered from physical and permanent handicaps from birth. He was a dwarf who had the use of only one foot. Because of his delicate physical condition, his formal education was frequently ...

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St. James the Lesser (Philip and James)

James, Son of Alphaeus: We know nothing of this man but his name, and of course the fact that Jesus chose him to be one of the 12 pillars of the New Israel, his Church. He is not the James of Acts, son of Clopas, “brother” of Jesus and later bishop ...

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Vatican News

Pope Francis presides over Prayer Vigil “To Dry the Tears”

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Thursday (the Feast of the Ascension) presided over a prayer vigil “To Dry the Tears” in St Peter’s Basilica dedicated to all those who are suffering and who seek consolation. Members of one family and two individuals who have undergone different types of suffering in their lives testified to the gathering about their painful experience and how they were helped to recover from it. During the vigil the reliquary of Our Lady of Tears of Syracuse were on display inside the basilica for the veneration of the faithful. This reliquary is linked to the extraordinary phenomenon that occurred in 1953, when a small plaster picture depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary that was hanging above the bed of a young Italian married couple shed human tears. The reliquary contains part of the tears that flowed miraculously from the image of Our Lady.

Please find below a translation into English of Pope Francis’ prepared meditation during the Prayer Vigil.

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Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal on Vatican visit

(Vatican Radio)  “Citizenship is a question of pluralism, a question of recognizing the identity of the other on the basis of respect:” That’s what Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has told Vatican Radio following an interfaith meeting in the Vatican on the theme “Shared values in Social and Political Life.”

Listen to Tracey McClure's full-length interview with HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal:

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Pope Francis encourages cooperatives to build solidarity

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday evening sent a video message to the 39th National Assembly of the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives.

In his remarks, the Holy Father recalled the advice he first gave them during a meeting on February 28, 2015, in the Paul VI Audience Hall.

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