Fr. James' Letters

March 10, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

Why do you think Christ chose to suffer and die on the cross?

There are many answers to this question. You could take the strictly theological approach and say Jesus was atoning for our sins by making the ultimate sacrifice and greatest act of love to God the Father. You could take the spiritual approach and say Jesus was showing us what it means to really live. Let me take that second, “spiritual approach” right now.

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March 03, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

When Jesus had finished cleansing the temple, which would have been an incredibly dramatic scene, the people standing around asked him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” I could imagine Jesus catching his breath amidst fluttering birds with hay, coins, and broken tables scattered on the ground. It would be like a parent walking into the bedroom of two children having a pillow-fight. A total mess.

Read more: March 03, 2024

February 25, 2024

Dear Parishioners,


Have you ever had the experience where you were the outsider in a conversation? Where you were “out of your league”? I remember when I first met the pope (Benedict XVI at the time) when I was a seminarian. I was with Cardinal Francis George, who was the Archbishop of Chicago at the time. The Cardinal and the Pope were standing there talking about something in the papal palace, and I was just hanging there. Should I say something or keep silent? I wondered agonizingly to myself. Should I contribute to the conversation, should I make a joke, should I nod like I’m following along?

Read more: February 25, 2024

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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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