Fr. James' Letters

November 26, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I remember a couple years ago seeing a guy wearing a tee-shirt with a picture of Jesus and the word “GOAT.” At first I was taken aback. I didn’t know GOAT was an acronym (I’m an old, out of touch soul). I thought it was a reference to the sheep and goats parable we have today, where the goats are bad. A student in school explained to me that GOAT means “Greatest of All Time.” Once I knew that, I thought the tee-shirt was kinda cool and funny. Good thing I didn’t confront that guy on the street.

We celebrate Christ the King this weekend. Yes, Jesus is the real and original and only GOAT. He will never be replaced. We will never grow tired of him.

As a kid I used to have posters of the Chicago GOATS in my bedroom: Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Ryne Sandberg. I also had a crucifix. The posters are now gone. The crucifix remains. And I am happy for it. I pray you may have the same experience with the GOAT.

Inside the bulletin this weekend you will find our Parish’s Annual Report. You can see the strength not just of our numbers, but of our ministries. We offer many opportunities here for people to know, love, and serve the Lord and one another. I want to offer a special thank you to the parish staff, the council and ministry heads, the many volunteers, and all of you for making this parish special. The GOAT is very proud of you all, and I am privileged to serve as your pastor.

Who is Fr. James?

Father James Wallace grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and attended Sts. Faith Hope and Charity grammar school, New Trier High School, and then The George Washington University in Washington DC, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 2007. He attended seminary at The Pontifical North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest in 2012 for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to being the pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, he serves as a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese, a dean in Vicariate II, and a professor of canon law and spiritual director at Mundelein Seminary. He is also one of the featured Mercy Home Sunday Mass celebrants, airing Sundays at 9:30am on WGN.

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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605

Mass Schedule

UC = Upper Church
HFC = Holy Family Chapel 

Monday - Friday

6:25 am UC

8:30 am UC


8:30 am UC - weekday Mass

4:30 pm UC - vigil


7:30 am UC

9:00 am UC

10:30 am UC and HFC

12:00 pm UC