Fr. James' Letters

December 18, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

The image below of the Annunciation by Salvador Dali, painted in 1947, is one of my favorite depictions of the monumental scene.

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December 11, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I’ve been reading recently about Saint Francis of Assisi. He’s a saint I very much admire and one who I aspire to live like. First and foremost, Francis loved God. I want to love God as Francis did.

Read more: December 11, 2022

December 4, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

One of my favorite activities is chopping wood. I’ve mentioned this before, so I apologize if you have heard my defense of the primal pastime.

Read more: December 4, 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