Fr. James' Letters

May 15, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

The Lectionary will occasionally frustrate me. This is one of those Sundays of frustration. If you look at the Gospel selection, it reads: John 13:31-33a, 34-35. Ugh. If it was just 31-35, instead of this ‘a’ business, then Fr. James would have been a lot happier and a seminarian wouldn’t have been yelled at irrationally and forced to do push-ups in the rectory.

Read more: May 15, 2022

May 8, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

“The disciples were filled with joy” (Acts 13:52). One finds the concluding line of our first reading almost a non sequitur. Paul and Barnabas were rejected, persecuted, falsely accused, and kicked out of the city. And they’re filled with joy?

Read more: May 8, 2022

May 1, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Peter had to be experiencing a variety of emotions after the Resurrection. Will the Lord forgive me for my denial? Will my brothers accept me back into the group, let alone as their leader? Will I ever be rid of the heaviness I feel when I recall the memory of my transgression? Will my denial inhibit me in the future from leading the church and being an icon of Jesus?

Read more: May 1, 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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