September 21, 2023

Dear SPC Families,


Our 2023 Tiger Fun Run is TOMORROW, September 22nd. THANK YOU to all the families that have pledged so generously! It does appear that I should start practicing my “TikTok” dance, as we are very close to the $150,000 mark! Keep those pledges coming. We will be accepting online pledges through midnight of Fun Run Day at Family Login Page | Pledgestar


I want to extend a very special thank you to Mrs. Renee Taraseievich, our amazing Fun Run Chair, for the past three years! While this is her last year as chair, she has truly left her mark on this event and SPC. Her efforts have helped raise over $450,000 for the SPC Fun Run these past few years and made multiple school improvements possible. She is also the mastermind behind the fabulous Dr. M challenges–kissing the pig, the chicken costume, and now the TikTok video! If you see her tomorrow, please take a moment to thank her. 

Some helpful reminders for the big day:

  • The big lot will be closed at 7:30 am. Please be patient and use caution as we utilize Washington Avenue for the UGC “kiss-and-go.”
  • Please do not park in the FM Global Lot at any time during the school day. 
  • Please do not bring dogs to the Fun Run.
  • Be sure to send your student in his/her Fun Run t-shirt, comfortable bottoms, gym shoes, and a full water bottle!
  • Come cheer the students on! Make a sign, wear your grass skirt, or just come as you are and cheer on the students as they run laps (schedule below).

Fun Run Schedule – Friday, September 22:

  • Multi-Age Early Childhood: 8:30–8:55 am
  • Kindergarten: 9:10-9:35 am
  • 1st Grade: 9:40-10:05 am
  •  2nd Grade: 10:10-10:35 am
  •  3rd Grade: 10:40-11:05 am
  •  4th Grade: 11:10–11:35 am
  • LUNCH: 11:40 am -12:20 pm
  • 5th Grade: 12:20–12:45 pm
  • 6th Grade: 12:50–1:15 pm
  • 7th Grade: 1:20–1:45 pm
  • 8th Grade: 1:50–2:15 pm

Save the Dates

Friday, October 6th -No School Professional Development Day

October 19th- Noon Dismissal NO EDP Parent Teacher Conferences (in person)

October 20th- No School Zoom Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 27th SPC Annual Fun Fair

Friday, October 27th, 7th and 8th Grade Halloween Dance!

Friday, November 3- Endowment Trivia Night!

May 8, 2024, 6 & 7th graders go to Springfield (this is an all-day field trip; leave at 6:30 am and return at 9:00 pm)


Family Masses are Back! Save the Dates

Once a month, in collaboration with Religious Education, we will host grade-level family Masses at 10:30 am in the Holy Family Chapel! Our students will assist with reading. I hope you join us in prayer and community!

  • September 10th – 5th grade
  • October 8th – 7th grade
  • November 12th – 4th grade
  • December 10th – 6th grade
  • January 14th – 8th grade
  • February 11th – 2nd grade
  • March 10th – Kindergarten
  • April 14th – 3rd grade
  • May 12th – 1st grade  

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

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Keep it going strong, SPC students! We are thrilled to see the all of the pledges climbing! Looks like Dr. M is already starting to practice her TikTok dance! We can get there... stretch goal of $150,000!!!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors!
TikTok DR.M

More SPC Updates and Happenings

Trivia Night 23 website

St. Paul of the Cross School Athletics is offering a spirit wear store. 
Please click the link below to view all available options. The store will close Sept 29th, but reopen again throughout the school year. 
SPC Athletics Spirit Wear Store


SPC 2023-24 Yearbook Pre-order and Save!

With all the back-to-school chaos still whirling around, you may have yet to hear...It's an early bird sale on St. Paul of the Cross, IL yearbooks!
Take 10% OFF the best moments of the school year!
We'll even package them up in a beautifully bound yearbook and deliver it.
Go ahead. Check it off your to-do list.
Click here to download the information and order form.


We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections

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Women's Group Upcoming Pillar Meetings

The Apostolate of Women (AOW), the women's group of St. Paul of the Cross church, has three Pillars (Service, Spiritual and Social). Each pillar has an upcoming meeting to generate ideas, discuss opportunities to get involved and enjoy each other's fellowship. All women of the parish are welcome to attend one or all of these meetings:
  • Spiritual Pillar: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. via Zoom (Pillar lead: Michelle Arnold)
  • Social Pillar: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at 425 South Clifton Avenue in Park Ridge (Pillar lead: Chrissy Romano)
  • Service Pillar:  Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom (Pillar lead: Jennifer Brooks)
There is no need to RSVP to these meetings. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to connecting with you!

Are you, or do you know someone who is not Catholic and is interested in exploring the Catholic faith? Or are you an adult Catholic who has not yet completed receiving the Sacraments? We invite you to consider joining the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program to help you prepare to receive the Sacraments and learn more about Catholicism in an open and welcoming environment.

The RCIA sessions also provide opportunities for you to ask the questions you may have about the Catholic Church. You will be able to learn what the Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.

For more information, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also call the St. Paul of the Cross parish office at (847) 825-7605 and ask about the RCIA program.



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Annual Men's Club Golf Outing Friday, September 22, 2023!
Please click here for the details and sign-up information.


From our Catholic High Schools 
Regina Dominican Shadow Days 2023
Regina Girls Night In 6th-8th Girls September 29, 2023

Regina Volleyball Clinic 6th-8th Girls
 October 14, 2023

Shadow a Shamrock 6

Other Community Events


Edison Park 2023/2024 Youth Basketball 
Please click here for the all of the details and registration information.