Fr. James' Letters

January 23, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I didn't have much religious formation prior to entering seminary immediately upon graduating college. So, when I first heard about the priest Ezra in our introduction to the Old Testament course, I immediately shouted out, interrupting the professor, "Better than Ezra! Uh, wahha, it's good, oh oh oh, wahha!" The professor, a priest in his 70s, looked at me from his glasses perched on the end of his nose, and continued lecturing.

Read more: January 23, 2022

January 16, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

"Don't spoil your dinner." That was something I often heard growing up. Dinner starts in about half an hour, there's a pack of frozen White Castle sliders in the fridge, Mrs. Wallace sees her impetuous second son making what he thinks is a clandestine move to the fridge, and resounding through the kitchen comes, "James, dinner is almost ready. Please wait."

Read more: January 16, 2022

January 9, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

"He shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street" (Isaiah 42:1-2).

Read more: January 9, 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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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