Fr. James' Letters

November 27, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Please find inside this week’s bulletin our Parish Annual Report. I am grateful to the Parish Finance Council, along with Sandy Labouvie, our Director of Operations, for both overseeing our finances and helping put this report together.

Read more: November 27, 2022

November 20, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

King David was anointed three times as a king. This was the custom in ancient Israel.

Read more: November 20, 2022

November 13, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Last Friday was Veterans Day, and I thought I’d include a reflection on the Folds of the American Flag that I recently read while retyping an old journal of mine (I can’t remember where I came across this, but I wrote it down). This is supposedly the background for when honor guards present the American flag at the funeral of a veteran…

Read more: November 13, 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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Contact Information

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