Fr. James' Letters

June 4, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Saint Paul tells us “to greet one another with a holy kiss” in our second reading (2 Corinthians 13:12). Sort of an interesting command, no?

Read more: June 4, 2023

May 28, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim,” we read in our first reading from Acts of the Apostles. As the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Read more: May 28, 2023

May 21, 2023

I find curious the little dialogue that occurred at the moment of Christ’s ascension. “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?,” the apostles ask Jesus as he’s on the mountain about to take off. Jesus’ response: “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority.”

Read more: May 21, 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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Contact Information

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