15 Sep

St. Juliana Emerald City Gala

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A grand dinner-dance event to benefit our parish and school returns! Visit the Gala website to buy tickets and learn more!

Gala Website

 

September 15, 2018
Donald Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois

18 Aug

Men's Club Golf Outing

  • 23 July 2018 |
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Bus leaves St. Juliana at 11:30am
  • Lunch will be served at White Pines
  • Shotgun start at 1:00pm
  • Contests for hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin!
  • Split-the-Pot and Raffles

White Pines Golf Course
500 W Jefferson Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
630.766.0304

22 Jul

Please Pray for Priests, the Good Shepherds

Dear Parishioners,

Jeremiah was a prophet in Ancient Israel when Babylon destroyed Israel.  He was a shepherd trying to help his confused flock.  Unfortunately, there were fake shepherds competing with him: bad influences who led the people astray.  "Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture" (Jer 23:1).

When Jesus Christ came around 600 years later, there were no shepherds, good or bad.  "When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things" (Mk 6:34).

Are there shepherds 2000 years later?  Yes.  They are the Catholic priests. 

22 Jul

The Routine of Love

Do you have daily routines that ground you in something you consider important?  A ritual of sorts that makes you recall your motivating factor or your original desire for something or someone?  I, for instance, try each morning as soon as I wake up to make a sign of the cross and then nod in the direction of the only picture I have in my bedroom: that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  It reminds me of why I am a priest: because I love Jesus Christ more than anything in the world. 

15 Jul

The Twelve Apostles

Dear Parishioners,

 

The Twelve must have felt a mix of fear and exhilaration.  Here they are, relatively new to Jesus and his mission, sent out to preach repentance, drive out demons, and anoint those who were sick (cf. Mark 6: 7-13). This is quite a tall order.  It would be difficult for someone who knew the faith inside and out and had a great experience of ministry from which to draw.  Yet the apostles barely know Christ and are still very uninformed about his message.  We can be certain the apostles were nervous, to say the least.  Would they be able to answer questions?  Would they know what they were doing?  Would they make mistakes?

 

15 Jul

Little Li

Little Li grew up in communist China in the 1950s. Taught by nuns in her local parochial school, the ten-year-old once asked the nuns why Jesus didn't instead say, "Give us this day our daily rice?" One day communist soldiers came into the village and, after ransacking the school, ordered everyone into the church.  The commandant blasphemed Christ and had his soldiers fire at the tabernacle.  He then proceeded to take the ciborium out of the broken door and fling all the consecrated hosts over the church.  After locking Father Luke, the pastor, inside a coal bin in the church, he threatened that anyone who went into the church would be shot. 

11 Jul

Queen of Hearts Raffle

  • 23 July 2018 |
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Chicago’s First Northwest-Side Queen of Hearts Raffle. 

St. Juliana Parish partners with Emerald Isle, Edison Park 

for the Queen of Hearts Raffle

Ticket sales will start in July. More information to come!

 

08 Jul

Doing Good Can Be A Fight

Dear Parishioners,

Things weren't always easy for Jesus.  We know this.  We are familiar with all of our Lord's struggles in the Gospel, culminating in his crucifixion. The Pharisees argued with him, the crowds tried to stone him and throw him off a cliff, his apostles didn't understand him and left and betrayed him, his family thought he was out of his mind, and his hometown rejected him.  This last one is from our Gospel this Sunday (cf. Mk 6:1-6).  "Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house'."

Doing good can be a fight.  We live in a fallen world.  The world resists goodness.

08 Jul

The Balanced Community

Some people crave privacy, others the company of others.  Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who spent three years in Nazi concentration camps, yearned for solitude.  Crowded in barracks and observed constantly by guards, prisoners were never alone.  Frankl wrote:  "It is well known that an enforced community life, in which attention is paid to everything one does at all times, may result in an irresistible urge to get away, at least for a short while. The prisoner craved to be alone with himself and his thoughts." (Man's Search for Meaning, 61).