A Letter to St. Juliana Parish

My dear friends of St. Juliana,

I want to first of all say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the years we have come to know each other. I could not have asked for a better community to learn from and share in the joy that is the vocation to serve you in Our Lord’s Name as His priest-to-be.

None of us thought the days leading up to my ordination and first Mass were going to turn out the way that they did. It has been a great sacrifice to be separated from our usual summertime joys together. Yet, looking ahead to what is to come, I am convinced in our faith that God has great things in store, and this will not be a good-bye, but a “see you around.”

My ordination will be on Monday, June 29th at 10:00am at St. John Brebeuf in Niles. It is a special day in the Church as it is the great solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, commemorating their martyrdom. Given the health guidelines concerning COVID-19, attendance to the ordination is very limited. Good news though, it will be livestreamed. Once I receive more information on how to access the livestream, I will pass that along to you. So please, enjoy the ordination from your homes and clink your glasses in celebration.

I am blessed and excited to announce that my first assignment will be at St. Emily’s Parish in Mount Prospect with Fr. Jim Presta. This means that I will be close by. To that end, because Fr. James will be on retreat through July, I will be coordinating with Fr. Emanuel to help cover some of the Sunday Masses in July.

I am working right now to organize my first Mass at St. Juliana for Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00pm. Once again, due to the health guidelines concerning COVID-19 attendance will be limited. Registration for my First Mass here. 

My time at St. Juliana will be forever a treasure in my heart. Thank you for the many laughs, celebrations, block parties, and memorable moments together. Thank you all for your faith and love for Our Lord, His Church, and His special abode here in Edison Park.

God bless!

Yours in Christ,

Dcn. Hank Lyon

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