Fr. James' Letters

June 5, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

At my last Monday Evening of Prayer talk a few weeks ago, I meditated on the Veni, Sancte Spiritus. Here are the words from the hymn, also known as the “Pentecost Sequence”:

Read more: June 5, 2022

May 29, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I have a vivid memory of my dad waking me up as a child very early one morning. That almost never happened. Something was wrong. I was eight years old. It was 1993. My dad came to my bedside, gently shook me awake, and, in a very serious and somber tone said, “James, Michael Jordan retired.”

Read more: May 29, 2022

May 22, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

This image I recently came across is titled “The Coronation of the Virgin with Six Angels.” It was painted by Agnolo Gaddi in 1390 and is currently held in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Though the feast of Mary’s coronation is in August, it’s a fitting image to pray with during this month of May – think of May crowning – and with these readings.

Read more: May 22, 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)

12:00 pm (HFC)