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Diocesan Synod Survey

Bishop Paprocki has convened a diocesan synod to open on April 11th. The focus of the synod is to discern ways to help the faithful of the diocese, accept the teachings of Christ Jesus and his church, to encourage us in our walk with the Lord, to strengthen our unity in Christ, and to help us embrace a discipleship and a stewardship way of life. In other words...GROW!

As a preliminary and very necessary step in preparing for the synod, Bishop Paprocki has asked each member of the diocese to complete an anonymous survey. The survey was inserted in the bulletin two weeks ago. If you do not have a copy any longer, you may:

  • Pick up a copy from the parish office then, complete and drop in the collection basket, drop off at the office, or mail to: Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, ATTN:  Marlene Mulford, 1615 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL  62702. 
  • Complete on-line at http://www.dio.org/synod

Thank you for your prayerful and thoughtful response to the Bishop’s urgent request.

 

Welcome

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

Parish Staff (Click on staff member name for photo and contact information)

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St. Paul Parish Life

  • St. Paul Church front view
  • Fr. Pat w/Mara Jane Chapman
  • St. Paul School - front view
  • 2015 Kirchenfest Chairs - Past & Present. 45 years of leadership ...
  • Sausage cooking in Bavarian Skillet at Kirchenfest
  • Fr. Pat is installed pastor at St. Paul
  • St. Paul School 8th Grade Graduates 2014
  • St. Paul Parish 2016 First Holy Eucharist
  • Confirmation Disciples 2015 - Spent the day playing bingo and visiting ...
  • St Paul Parish 2016 Confirmation Candidates
  • Youth Ministry group at Sts. Peter & Paul men's shelter 3/16
  • Jen Walter was confirmed by +Bishop Paprocki
  • Prayer for our leaders and military
  • Honoring our Veterans
  • Making rosaries at school
  • A warm welcome for Fr. Pat.
  • CYO youth helping out at Christian Activity Center in East St. ...
  • St. Paul school celebrates Veterans Day at Mass
  • Baptismal Font in front of Sanctuary
  • St. Paul Parish at Christmas Vigil Mass
  • St. Paul Church Sanctuary during Ordinary Time
  • St. Paul Church view from balcony at Easter
  • St. Paul School front entrance

Mass Times

Saturday: 5:00 pm

Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am

Weekdays:
7:00 am -- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am -- Wednesday at Hospital Chapel
8:20 am -- Friday

Holy Days: 7:00 am, 8:20 am, 7:00 pm
(Check Bulletin)

Reconciliation: Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
(Or By Appointment)

Interpreter for Hearing Impaired

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

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
(closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00)
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

School Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Parish Bulletins


  • Sun, Apr 23rd

  • Sun, Apr 16th
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St. Paul School Staff & Faculty

  • Mrs. Kathy Sherman, Principal
  • Mrs. Renee Mitchell, Vice Principal/Religion
  • Mrs. Debbie Furlow, Administrative Assistant
  • 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

School News & Events

             BY OUR WORKS WE SHOW  OUR FAITH

April 23  - 1st Communion at 2:00

April 24 - 28    Book Week

May 5 - 11:35 Dismissal

May 6 - Confirmation at 5:00

May 18 - Graduation at 7:00

May 25 - Student Appreciation Day

May 26 - Last Day of School

 

Vatican News

Pope to Egypt's priests and religious: be sowers of hope and dialogue

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday told Egypt’s priests, religious and seminarians to be sowers of hope, builders of bridges and agents of dialogue, despite the many difficulties they face.

The pope’s words came during his final encounter, a prayer service at the seminary in Cairo at the end of his two day visit to the North African nation.

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Pope Francis at Cairo Mass: live lives ablaze with charity

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis was the principal celebrant and homilist at Mass for Egyptian Catholics in the “Air Defense Stadium” in Cairo on Saturday.

In his homily, focused on the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, which tells of Our Lord’s going to meet the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Holy Father said, “The encounter with the Risen Jesus transformed the lives of those two disciples because meeting the Risen One transforms every life, and makes fruitful what is barren.”

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Pope Francis in Cairo: full text of homily at Sat AM Mass

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis was the principal celebrant and homilist at Mass for Egyptian Catholics in the “Air Defense Stadium” in Cairo on Saturday. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks, in their official English translation.

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