St. Paul Parish Life

  • Welcome, Fr. Pat Jakel!
  • A warm welcome for Fr. Pat.
  • St. Paul Church front view
  • Prayer for our leaders and military
  • 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 - front view
  • 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!
  • St. Paul School front entrance
  • St. Paul School students - Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • St. Paul School 8th Grade Graduates 2014
  • Father Chuck with newly baptized baby!!
  • St. Paul school celebrates Veterans Day at Mass
  • Kirchenfest Past Chairmen 2013 photo
  • Sausage cooking in Bavarian Skillet at Kirchenfest
  • St. Paul CYO at Catholic Heart Work Camp Denver 2014


Welcome to St. Paul Catholic Church

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

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

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  • Sun, Jul 19th
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School News & Events

                  Have a safe and blessed summer!
Please call the school office for details  (654-7525)
  • Back to School Swim Party, Highland Pool -- August 5th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Cardinal Game Night, St. Paul Students to Sing! -- August 12th
  • Meet Your Teacher Night -- August 13th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Back to School! -- August 17th

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
  • Mrs. Gina Lipski, 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. Jamie Beer, VPA President

Online Giving

American Catholic - Saint of Day

St. Leopold Mandic

Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers.

A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many ...

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Blessed Antonio Lucci

Antonio studied with and was a friend of St. Francesco Antonio Fasani, who after Antonio Lucci’s death testified at the diocesan hearings regarding the holiness of Lucci.

Born in Agnone in southern Italy, a city famous for manufacturing bells and copper crafts, he was given the name Angelo at Baptism. He ...

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Sts. Joachim and Anne

In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names Joachim and Anne come from ...

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Vatican News

A blessing to one another: John Paul II and the Jewish People

Vatican City, 28 July 2015 (VIS) – “A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” is the title of an exhibition opening today in the Vatican (Charlemagne Wing, 29 July to 17 September), previously displayed in a number of state capitals in the U.S.A., where it received more than a million visitors. The exhibition, presented as a gift to John Paul II for his 85th birthday, was inaugurated at the Xavier University of Cincinnati, Ohio, on 18 May 2005, just a month after the Pope's death. It then arrived in Rome, and while in Europe its organisers wanted it to visit Krakow, the Polish city where Karol Wojtyla was archbishop.

“A blessing to one another” describes the steps the Pontiff took to improve the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and reflects the continuing relevance of the conciliar declaration “Nostra Aetate”, issued fifty years ago, in which the Catholic Church expresses her appreciation for other religions and reaffirms the principals of universal fraternity, love and non-discrimination.

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Cardinal Rylko sends message for Krakow World Youth Day 2016

(Vatican Radio) Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, has sent a message looking ahead to the next World Youth Day which will take place in Krakow from July 26th to 31st 2016. Pope Francis is scheduled to attend the event that will be focused on the theme from the Beatitudes: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’. Philippa Hitchen reports…


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Forty-five thousand sign up for WYD only a few hours after Pope Francis - Meeting on the field of mercy

Less than 24 hours

after registration opened for next year's World Youth Day (WYD), 45,000 people

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