This parish church is dedicated to Saint Paul and Our Lady of Roses (in remembrance of the abbey which disappeared in 1795). The ancient abbey had a statue of Our Lady of Roses which is now in the church of Herdersem.
A larger copy of it stands in Saint Paul’s church. Saint Paul is the most recent parish in Aalst, created from the newest quarters of the town in 1980.
Thanks to savings campaigns the temporary building was replaced by the present church in 1994.The organ was installed in 2005.
The building, in which the church is a part, is multifunctional. As it is at different levels it was possible to set the church at street level while the lower part, under the church, has the conference and meeting rooms.