Fr. James' Letters

January 8, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

“The mystery was made known to me by revelation,” says Saint Paul, “that the Gentiles are coheirs.”

Read more: January 8, 2023

January 1, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I can’t believe I’m going to invoke this artist/song, but here goes nothing (gulp)…

Read more: January 1, 2023

December 25, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

The patron of our parish, Saint Paul of the Cross, wrote this to a confrere in a letter dated December 24, 1767:

Read more: December 25, 2022

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