St. Paul Parish Life

  • Welcome, Fr. Pat Jakel!
  • 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
  • Father Charles Edwards and Father Nicolas Victesse from Cathedral of St. ...
  • 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
  • Fr. Scott with newly baptized Minford and Armbruster babies! Such JOY!
  • 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, Aug 23rd

  • Sun, Aug 16th
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School News & Events

             Walking in His Footsteps  - 2015-2016 School Year 
  • Thursday, September 3rd - Spirit Wear Day
  • Thursday, September 3rd - 1st Reconciliation Meeting for 2nd grade students and parents, 7:00 pm in the cafeteria
  • Monday, September 7th - No School
  • Tuesday, September 8th - School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 9th - Trash Bag Sales Turn-in Day
  • Wednesday, September 9th - 4th Grade Band Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 9th - Confirmation Meeting for 8th grade students and parents, 7:30-8:30 pm in the cafeteria
  • Thursday, September 10th - No School

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. Christa Decker, School Board President
  • Mrs. Jamie Beer, VPA President

Online Giving

American Catholic - Saint of Day

St. Augustine of Hippo

A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience.

There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether ...

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St. Monica

The circumstances of St. Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her hometown ...

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St. Joseph Calasanz

From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled and frowned on the work of Joseph Calasanz. A priest with university training in canon law and theology, respected for his wisdom and administrative expertise, he put aside his career because he ...

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Vatican News

Card. Amato: martyred Syrian bishop a model of holiness

(Vatican Radio) On Saturday, August 29th, the venerable Servant of God, Flavyānus Mikhayil Melkī is to be beatified. Melkī was an Eastern Catholic prelate of the Brothers of Saint Ephrem, who became the Syrian Catholic eparch of Gazarta – or what is Cizre in modern-day Turkey, and was  was killed in Gazarta during the sayfo or "putting to the sword" of Syrians in 1915, after he refused to convert to Islam.

Earlier in August, Pope Francis approved Melkī’s beatification after he determined that Melkī  was killed in hatred of the faith. Thus, the beatification date of August 29th has been set to coincide with the centenary of his martyrdom.

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A proposal for a one-hour Eucharistic Adoration - On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a proposal to

encourage the faithful to organize in their particular Churches an hour of

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The changing role of women in the Catholic Church

(Vatican Radio) In his Wednesday general audiences throughout this year, Pope Francis has been reflecting on family life, ahead of the Synod of Bishops on the family, due to take place here in the Vatican from October 4th to 25th.

In these weekly reflections, the Pope has spoken extensively about the role of parents and particularly about the changing role of women in contemporary society. It is essential, he said, that “women not only be more listened to, but that her voice has real weight, a recognized authoritativeness” both in society and in the Church

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