Fr. James' Letters

July 23, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

“For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved” (Wisdom 12:17).

Read more: July 23, 2023

July 16, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I’ve always loved Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 painting of the Sower (see below). It seems almost elementary, with the big sun and its rays and what not, but it is quite deep.

Read more: July 16, 2023

July 9, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Do you remember over ten years ago when the NBA superstar Lebron James announced that he was leaving Cleveland to go play for the Miami Heat? There was a special, hour-long show called “The Decision” where he announced “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” No offense to Lebron, but it was really pathetic. I remember having a really bad taste in my mouth from that (I was in seminary at the time and was still somewhat obsessed with sports… I also had a vain hope he would choose the Bulls).

Read more: July 9, 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