Don't Quit Too Soon

Dear Parishioners,

If you have found yourself waiting recently at the DMV or the doctor's office, or waiting on hold for the cable, you can probably imagine well this scene from today's Gospel.  Bartimaeus, a blind man, has been sitting, begging for a long time.  He waits for something to change.  Nothing does. 

Until that monumental day when Jesus of Nazareth walks by.

Listen to what happens when Bartimaeus' name is at last called, and not just called by anyone, but by the Savior of the world: "He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus (Mk 10:50)."

It's kind of like what I do when my name is called. I bolt from my chair and run to the counter.  Or a child trick-or-treating who rings the bell and there is no immediate answer.  He waits a minute and rings again.  He looks around the side to peer through the windows.  The house is dark.  Is anyone home? Should the kid wait or move on to the next house? At last the door opens! Someone is home.  And they've given out a king-sized Butterfinger! Smart move by the kid waiting! It was worth it.

Bartimaeus' turn has come. He has waited patiently.  He did not quit.  He asks to have his blindness cured.  It is.       

Yes, we all can relate to Bartimaeus in waiting.  And not just trivial waiting, like for your new driver's license or Halloween candy.  I'm sure deep down in our heart there is a longing we all have for something, something genuine and good.  We have been waiting for it to be fulfilled.  Be patient.  God will deliver for you.

The Knights of Columbus will be present at all the Masses this weekend, recruiting new members for the council and selling tickets for the vocation raffle.  The funds from this go to support our seminarians, so thank you for your generosity, and thank you, Knights, for doing this.  Our KofC Council consists of men from St. Juliana, St. John Brebeuf, and St. Isaac Jogues, and Steve Baggio, our own parishioner, is the Grand Knight.  The Knights are a great organization and do great work for our church.  I encourage men in our parish to consider becoming a Knight if they aren't one.

This Sunday afternoon in the school parking lot from 1:30-3:30pm is the second annual Trunk or Treat hosted by the Parent Ambassadors. Everyone is welcome to come by!

Next Sunday, November 4th at 3:30pm in the church is a special talk by Dr. Melanie Barrett, which I highly encourage everyone to attend.  Dr. Barrett is a professor in moral theology at Mundelein Seminary and is fascinating to hear.  You will definitely learn about the faith and walk away fulfilled!  We are very privileged to have her come speak at St. Juliana.

This Thursday, November 1st is All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church.  All of our Masses (7am, 8:30am, and 7pm) will be in the church that day.  On this day we celebrate all the saints in heaven who pray for us.  The following day, Friday, November 2nd is All Souls Day.  Though this is not a holy day of obligation, it is another good day to attend Mass.  On this day we pray for all those who have died and for all the souls in Purgatory.  We will have a special 7pm Mass Friday in the church where all the souls who have died this past year will be recognized and a candle lit in their remembrance.  The 7am and 8:30am Mass that day will be in the chapel.  First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will also take place in the chapel that day, with benediction closing adoration at 5:45pm.  Please considering stopping by that day to spend some time with Jesus.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. James

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