This, to me, is our Lord's hardest teaching, or at least one of the hardest. "Love your enemies...turn the other cheek...stop judging."
I once heard a priest say, "We love God as much as we love our least favorite person." Ouch!
Yes, it's a hard saying, but "with God all things are possible." That could be a simple prayer of yours this week. Think of a person with whom you struggle and simply offer a Hail Mary (or some other prayer) for that person each day this week. How powerful that could be!
This is the Commitment Weekend for the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. We are called to answer Jesus' call to follow Him and share the word by providing the necessary contribution to fund ministries and services to share God's love with many others in our parish and our Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Chicago does so much for the City of Chicago and for the universal Church, and we all know how important St. Juliana is to the lives of so many. Your contribution to the ACA allows us to continue to function and make a difference. Please remember that the ACA is not a one-time special collection, but rather a pledge campaign where you can make a more generous gift payable in installments. Cardinal Cupich and I are deeply grateful for your generosity.
In case you missed last week's bulletin, here is a little facilities update. We have had an interesting couple months with the infrastructure of the parish. In early December, one of our six school boilers failed, leaving a significant part of the school without heat for several weeks. We were able to remove the old boiler and install a new one over Christmas break, and we only had to miss one day of school that first week of January. Then, as you recall, the pipes froze in the back of the church the epically cold week of January 28th and we had major flooding in the church on Saturday, February 2nd. We were fortunately able to remove the water that Saturday afternoon without any major disruption or permanent damage. A pipe also burst in my office in the parish center that weekend.Now, the good news. The new elevator has been successfully installed in the school and is operational. The school courtyard is also accessible with our new playground. We are looking to complete the courtyard this spring, making it a nice social and prayer space for parishioners, in addition, of course, to recreational space for the children. The back of the church is nearly complete, with the two new restroom facilities, cry room, hospitality room, and usher's closet. We just need to install now the handicap accessible doors into the church.
Over the summer we will be installing our new STEAM lab for the school on the second floor, as well as renovating the school hall (the lunchroom) on the lower-level. With elevator accessibility now, this can be a tremendous new space for the entire parish. Thank you for your continue support and patience with all of these projects!
Tuesday, February 26th is First Reconciliation for our 2nd graders in school and CCD. Please keep these little ones in your prayers. Next Sunday, March 3rd is the Scout Pancake Breakfast. And (save the date), on Tuesday, March 5th, I will resume my Tuesday Theology Talks. The first four sessions, however, will be slightly different, as it will be a series on Prayer. See more information on this in the bulletin.
Bishop Bartosic has asked every parish to host a small listening session regarding the abuse crisis in the church. The point of this session is not to defend the church’s response to the crisis, but to give parishioners an opportunity to voice their concerns and simply to be heard. The bishop has also required the pastor to ‘moderate’ the session. Ours will be Sunday, March 3rd at 4pm in the church.
Yours in Christ,