Fr. James' Letters

January 29, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I owe everything to my priesthood. I remember as a kid how Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs slugger, would always say when interviewed, “baseball has been very, very good to me.” Well, I would repeat that: “God has been very, very good to me.” Hopefully you would say that too.

Read more: January 29, 2023

January 22, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I love walking. I know many of you do too. Maybe not so much in this weather, but, in general, walking is an activity I enjoy. I prefer walking much more to running, and yet I run more than I walk. Oh well, maybe I’ll figure that out some day.

Read more: January 22, 2023

January 15, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

“I saw the spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him,” says John the Baptist when describing Jesus whom he had baptized. Very interesting. One of the signs of the Messiah was that the spirit remained upon the man.

Read more: January 15, 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