Fr. James' Letters

February 6, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I mentioned in my Sunday homily last weekend how our continuous second reading from Saint Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is oddly interrupted between the 4th and 5th Sundays in Ordinary Time. Last week we read chapter 13: the hymn on love. This week we read chapter 15: the kerygma (basic outline of Christ's life: how he died, rose, established Peter and Paul as apostles in the Church). What about chapter 14?

Read more: February 6, 2022

January 30, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

"They also asked, 'Isn’t this the son of Joseph?'" (Luke 4:22).

Read more: January 30, 2022

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

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)