Fr. James' Letters

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

October 16, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

When I left Saint Juliana I was given from a parishioner one of the more unique gifts I have ever received: a signed Mickey Mantle baseball. Thank you, Tom and Debbie. Debbie, about a year earlier, had given me a baseball signed by the 1971 Chicago Cubs (and I think Tom, her husband, wanted to “one-up” her… just kidding). Both are pictured below. They also gave me the book, Mickey Mantle: America’s Prodigal Son. It is a provocative title, and a claim for which many Americans could compete.

Read more: October 16, 2022

October 9, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

The Gospel passage of the ten lepers being healed but only one returning to give thanks to God always reminds me of Thanksgiving, as this is often the Gospel we have at Mass on Thanksgiving Day. And I love Thanksgiving. Food, faith, family, football, food coma, fall weather, founding fathers, friends, food (did I mention food already?).

Read more: October 9, 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