Fr. James' Letters

May 05, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

As we start the month of May, Mary’s month, I can’t help but notice the presence of the Blessed Mother in our readings this Sunday. But wait, you say, Mary is never mentioned once in any of the three readings! Settle down, my friend. Mary doesn’t need to be explicitly mentioned in the text. Her influence is clear. 

Read more: May 05, 2024

April 28, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

If you remember last week’s Gospel, Jesus said “I am the Good Shepherd.” Today he says “I am the true vine.” He gives other “I am…” sayings, in fact, throughout the Gospel of John: I am the Bread of Life; I am the light of the world; I am the door; I am the way, the truth, and the life; I am the Resurrection and the Life.

Read more: April 28, 2024

April 21, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

A friend shared with me the other day this quote from the poet Rainer Marie Rilke:

“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love… Life always says Yes and No simultaneously. Death (I implore you to believe) is the true Yea-sayer. It stands before eternity and says only: Yes.”

Read more: April 21, 2024

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