Fr. James' Letters

September 19, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

I was texted a video the other day of my four-year-old nephew Sebastian explaining what a crucifix was and why the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. Sebbie is very intrigued by the Catholic faith and apparently, like his uncle, enjoys teaching it to others.

Read more: September 19, 2021

September 12, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Do you have "thick skin"? Are you able to take criticisms, complaints, and setbacks well? Or are you sensitive and bothered when you don't please someone?

Read more: September 12, 2021

September 5, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

I'm sure there are many who need to hear the opening lines from Isaiah in our first reading: "Thus says the LORD: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you" (Isaiah 35:4).

Read more: September 5, 2021

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