Fr. James' Letters

April 30, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Peter does something that many of us, I think, wish we could do. He converts people. He gets them to change.

Read more: April 30, 2023

April 23, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

A running theme throughout all of the Resurrection appearances is the struggle of the disciples to accept the risen Lord. Saint Peter and the apostles don’t believe the account told them by the women. Saint Thomas doubts. And this Sunday we hear about Cleopas and the other disciple on the road to Emmaus. “Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him,” we read in the Gospel. Why were their eyes prevented from recognizing the Lord?

Read more: April 23, 2023

April 16, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Doubting Thomas. The classic story on the Second Sunday of Easter. “Have you believed because you have seen me, Thomas?” said our Lord in a seeming rebuke. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Read more: April 16, 2023

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