Fr. James' Letters

March 12, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I always pictured in my mind the scene of Moses striking the rock to produce water (our first reading) as a downward blow. That is, the rock was on the ground, like a boulder, and Moses plunged his staff to the earth. The rock then burst water like a geyser or a fire hydrant. But then I looked recently at a painting of the scene by the famous Italian painter, Jacopo Tintoretto, from 1563 (see image below). The rock in this illustration is more like a cliff hanging above and Moses is striking upward. The rock wall bursts turns into, more or less, a waterfall. People collect the water pouring down from bowls, as opposed to scooping it up from the geyser scenario.

Read more: March 12, 2023

March 5, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Peter generally gets a bad rap in the Gospel accounts, especially in the season of Lent. No such things will ever happen to you... get behind me Satan. I will die with you… you will deny me three times. No one will arrest you… sheathe your sword!

Read more: March 5, 2023

February 26, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

I find the temptation in the desert so interesting and insightful. It is a great guide for the spiritual life.

Read more: February 26, 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

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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


7:30 am UC

9:00 am UC

10:30 am UC and HFC

12:00 pm UC