Fr. James' Letters

October 24, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

My office at Mundelein Seminary, where I teach, is located in the library, and outside my office door is this icon (see image below). It is named "Virgin of Tenderness II." When I'm waiting for appointments — spiritual directees or students to torture — I will gaze upon this beautiful image of the Blessed Mother.

Read more: October 24, 2021

October 17, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Several years ago, when I was an associate at Mary Seat of Wisdom, my good priest friend, Fr. Tim Monahan, introduced me to "juicing." No, not steroids. Fruit juicing. Though I will say he and I together as associate pastors were a better duo than Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.

Read more: October 17, 2021

October 10, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast we celebrated last week, lived out this Gospel (and the Gospel, in general). He was a rich young man. He gave it all away to follow the Lord. I wonder if Jesus, when the rich young man in this passage approached him, saw in his mind's eye Francesco Bernardone eleven centuries later.  

Read more: October 10, 2021

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)


8:00 am (UC) - weekday Mass

4:30 pm (UC and HFC) - vigil


7:30 am (UC)

9:00 am (UC)

10:30 am (UC and HFC)

12:00 pm (UC)