Fr. James' Letters

September 11, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

The event of the golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai (the scene from our first reading this weekend) is, to me, one of the most significant events in all of Scripture. You’re familiar with the scene. Moses is up on Mount Sinai for forty days, praying with God and receiving the Ten Commandments. The Israelites at the bottom of the mountain panic and create a new god to worship, and then sin with each other as part of their “worship.” It’s wrong on so many levels. Doubt, distrust, idolatry, impurity, greed, power, and so many other sins are on display in the people.

Read more: September 11, 2022

September 4, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

At this point in the Scripture narrative Jesus has finished his Galilean ministry and is making his way to Jerusalem for his Passion. The Galilean ministry, we could say, was a time of consolation — healings, miracles, teachings, etc. Huge crowds, thus, are following Christ (see the opening line of today’s Gospel). Jerusalem, on the other hand, will be desolation: rejection, betrayal, death. As Jesus is entering this desolation, it's like he wants to warn the crowd. He turns to them and says, effectively, "if you want to be my disciple, you've got to hate your mother and father, renounce your possessions, and take up your cross." Being a disciple is not all roses and sunshine. It’s not always consolation.

Read more: September 4, 2022

August 28, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

“Sacrifices and offerings you desire not, but an open ear” (Psalm 40:6).

Read more: August 28, 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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320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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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


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9:00 am UC

10:30 am UC and HFC

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