Fr. James' Letters

July 31, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I spoke about the saints in my bulletin letter last week, referencing specifically St. Mary Magdalene (July 22) and St. James (July 25). Well, today, July 31st, is the feast day of another monumental saint, and one to whom I also owe a great deal: Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Read more: July 31, 2022

July 24, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

One of these days when I sit down with you personally over perhaps an adult beverage and a cigar, you’ll tell me which saint you resonate with the most. Don’t worry, if no saint immediately comes to mind, we can still get together for that libation. Though I might suggest you take up one of the saints we’ve had, or will have, recently.

Read more: July 24, 2022

July 17, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Ah, Martha and Mary. The classic scene in the Gospel: Martha busy in the kitchen while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. Some of us smile at this passage; some of us cringe.

Read more: July 17, 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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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