Saint Paul's Parish

Riverside, Illinois

We are...


We are a community of followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We share in his life and seek to grow continually in love of God and love of neighbor.


We share in the universal faith, teaching, and sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church established by Jesus himself, and carried throughout the world and across the centuries by his followers.


We are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a family of churches around the world whose heritage is more than sixteen centuries of English Catholic Christianity. We are committed to remaining in communion with the ancient See of Canterbury.


We are part of the Episcopal Church as a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, the national and local embodiment of Anglicanism.

Weekly Schedule


9:00 AM Adult Bible Study

10:30 Solemn Mass (Rite II)
Childcare available for children 5 and under. Mass is followed by Coffee Hour.


5:30 PM, Evening Prayer (Rite II) on Zoom

Children's Formation

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Levels 1 & 2)
Ages 3-8, Sundays, 4:00-6:00 PM

Encountering Salvation History
Ages 9-12, Sundays, 9:30-10:20 AM


We offer the Mass in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer and the best of the renewed Western Catholic tradition. Chant, incense, and bells engage all the senses in the worship of God.

Our People

Saint Paul's parishioners come from all over Chicagoland, from right around the corner in Riverside, from Naperville, Hyde Park, and in between for our sublime Mass, intimate community, and commitment to formation.

Our Priest

Father Luke Wetzel was called to be the Rector of Saint Paul's Parish and moved to Riverside with his family in 2018. He is passionate about calling, equipping and walking with people of all ages to grow in the practical love of God and neighbor.

The Church

Built in 1883, Saint Paul's Parish church was designed by the noted architect William LeBaron Jenney. With various additions and renovations over the years it is both an architectural treasure and a beautiful place to worship God. 


Saint Paul's offers formation opportunities for all ages including regular classes for adults and the renowned Montessori-based Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children.

Building Blocks

Since 1979 Saint Paul's Building Blocks Preschool has provided quality, affordable pre-school education based around experiential learning in a nurturing environment. 

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Visit us...

Saint Paul's Parish is located in the heart the historic village of Riverside, Illinois  near the intersection of Akenside Road and Longcommon Road.

Questions about:

Faith, Life, Sacraments, church teaching?

Email Fr. Luke

Need to know about:

Schedule, building use, preschool, anything else?

Email the Parish Office

Saint Paul's Parish

60 Akenside Road, Riverside, Illinois 60546

(708) 447-1604

Saint Paul’s parish mission is evangelization, that is, the life-long process of helping people grow into their God-given ministry. We this by being a Catholic religious community centered in the Eucharist, providing educational and spiritual development and ongoing support so that people, through their unique ministries, can in turn reach out to others.