Fr. James' Letters

July 2, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

“And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple — amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."

Read more: July 2, 2023

June 25, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I went through a phase in high school where I loved watching westerns: John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and so forth. The music theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and particularly that scene at the end when the three are about to draw (which lasts an unnecessarily long amount of time), is often in my mind when I pray. Not that me and God are eyeing each other. Rather, me and the devil are eyeing each other. My guardian angel helps me and I’m able to pop the devil off with a quick draw.

Read more: June 25, 2023

June 18, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

God has a very proud moment as father over the nation of Israel in our first reading from Exodus. He tells the people in the desert they are very special to him. Then he gives them a gift. He says, “you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.” The Israelites might have been a little disappointed when they heard that. They might have been expecting something a little fancier. Priesthood is great, sure, but how about you make us great warriors? Or make us rich? Or at least give us some decent food, like those pork sandwiches we were able to eat back in Egypt? It’s like the kid in the 1940s receiving a war bond from his dad on his birthday instead of a bicycle.

Read more: June 18, 2023

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