Fr. James' Letters

April 14, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

We read in this Sunday’s Gospel about the scene following the encounter at Emmaus. The two disciples who traveled with Jesus, though they didn’t recog­nize him until Jesus broke the bread at their dinner table, returned immediate­ly to Jerusalem to tell the apostles what had trans­pired. Now, the apostles and even the two Emmaus disciples had already heard that Jesus had risen from the dead, from Mary and the women, but they didn’t believe. The two Emmaus disciples come to belief be­cause they’ve seen Jesus themselves, but the eleven apostles still doubt. So, that’s three times the apostles don’t believe.

Read more: April 14, 2024

April 07, 2024

Dear Parishioners,


About a month or so ago I attended an event on criminal justice reform. I randomly (and providentially) sat next to one of the featured speakers of the evening, a woman named Jeanne Bishop.

Read more: April 07, 2024

March 31, 2024

Dear Parishioners, 


I heard a song the other day that I hadn’t heard since I was a kid: Michael Bolton’s How Can We Be Lovers If We Can’t Be Friends? 

How about that for starting an Easter letter? Michael Bolton? Wow, Father James, it looks like your fast over the Triduum has messed with your head. Hear me out. The title of the song is true and totally applicable to our relationship with God. We can’t really love God if we’re not friends with him. 

Read more: March 31, 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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320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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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