Fr. James' Letters

October 10, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast we celebrated last week, lived out this Gospel (and the Gospel, in general). He was a rich young man. He gave it all away to follow the Lord. I wonder if Jesus, when the rich young man in this passage approached him, saw in his mind's eye Francesco Bernardone eleven centuries later.  

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October 3, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

We say in marriage preparation to couples that the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is not the capstone of their relationship, but the cornerstone. Married life and love is just beginning on the day of the wedding. Married couples should expect to grow, be challenged, and experience a deepening of their self-awareness and knowledge of their spouse as their married life continues.

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September 26, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

"It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire" (Mark 9:43).

Read more: September 26, 2021

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)