Fr. James' Letters

September 17, 2023

Saint Francis of Assisi supposedly used to carry a skull with him. It served as a reminder of his frailty. Memento mori.

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September 10, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Our Gospel this weekend is taken from Matthew chapter 18, verses 15-20. Reading the preceding verses of the chapter actually gives us an interesting insight into our Lord’s words on forgiveness.

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September 3, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Jeremiah spoke of God as a fire burning within his heart. When his ministry of being a prophet became difficult and he contemplated quitting, here is what he said: “But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah was too in love with God to quit. He was a man of fire and could not cool down. We all benefited from this.

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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