Fr. James' Letters

November 6, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I received some feedback from my bulletin letter a few weeks back about the “5-Tool Catholic” and “5-Tool Priest.” But before I explain, let me first explain the picture below. It was from Halloween last week. Our principal, Dr. M, was a Carebear and I was wearing something very scary that made my skin crawl. I dressed up as a Packers fan. Ugh!

Read more: November 6, 2022

October 30, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

A friend recently sent me this prayer-poem…

Read more: October 30, 2022

October 23, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

When you go to Confession, after you’ve said your sins and the priest has given you a penance, and perhaps some counsel, he will ask you to say the Act of Contrition. Ah, the dreaded moment!

Read more: October 23, 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