04 Mar

Passion

Dear Parishioners,

The one thing in Scripture we are told Jesus ever made, though he was a carpenter, was a “whip out of cords” (Jn 2:15). It's in our Gospel this Sunday: the scourging of the temple. It's amazing to think that this simple weapon could drive out the dozens and dozens of moneychangers, animals, and other traffickers. And though Jesus was a strong man (years of carpentry would have made him so), he was not that big and strong, such that he would intimidate people. It wasn't as if Dwane "the Rock" Johnson were cleansing the temple. How was Jesus able to disperse all these sellers and animals, and avoid arrest by the temple police and Sadducees? Author Frank Sheed writes, “there must have been something in the personality they could not stand against, in the blaze of the eyes or the icy condemnation in them; otherwise Jesus would have been beaten to the ground in the first few minutes, and the money-changing and the animal-selling would have gone on with hardly an interruption.”

25 Feb

Reverence

I gave a talk to the Boy Scouts recently on the virtue of reverence. The 12th and final point of the Scout Law reads, “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

25 Feb

Silenzio!

Dear Parishioners,

I spent a decent amount of time in the Sistine Chapel during my six years in Rome studying to be a priest at the Pontifical North American College. The Sistine Chapel, of course, contains perhaps the most famous works of art in human history: Michelangelo's painting of the Last Judgement. It is also where the papal conclave is held. I must confess, though, that I usually smirked at least once on each visit to this sacred place. As noticeable as the works of art were the Vatican Security Guards yelling, “Shush! Silenzio! No foto!” Upon this command, the throng of people would stop, silence their conversation, and put away their cameras...for about a minute. Then, after a minute, would come the, “Shush! Silenzio! No foto!” This tennis match between the tourists and security guards went on all day.

24 Feb

St Patrick's Party

  • 21 August 2018 |
  • Published in Events

Get ready to get your green on with us at another fabulous night of Irish-American fun and frivolity in the aptly-named Ahearn Activity Center!

Advance ticket sales are now closed but you can buy tickets at the door tonight. Tickets are $50 per person and include full buffet dinner (ch,oice of corned beef or chicken, sides and dessert,) open bar all evening (beer, wine and pop) and the finest in Irish and American music and dancing entertainment!

February 24, 2018
6:00pm–midnight
Ahearn Activity Center
7210 N. Oketo Ave, Chicago
Dinner buffet from 6:30–8:00pm
Open bar from 6:00pm–midnight

23 Feb

Parts of the Mass (5)

4. Concluding Rites

Announcements: The announcements are to be brief and cover only significant events since all other information is contained in the weekly bulletin.

Greeting: "The Lord be with you" is the greeting of the priest before the blessing. If there is a solemn blessing, the deacon or the priest will ask the assembly to bow their heads and pray for God’s blessing.

18 Feb

Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

  • 21 August 2018 |
  • Published in Events

Thank you for your interest in being a sponsor of the Saint Juliana Emerald City Gala on September 15, 2018.

The main fundraising priority for the Emerald City Gala is to build a STEM lab and curriculum for our students. STEM offers an interdisciplinary approach to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We would appreciate your support to help us raise the $200,000 necessary to build a STEM lab for our students.

Our community includes 1,700 registered parishioners supported by a K-8 school that earned the 2016 National Blue Ribbon for Excellence in Education, a vibrant religious education program and an active alumni organization.

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Sponsorship Levels

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  • The Grand Oz · $20,000

    • Logo prominently displayed on electronic and hard copy invitation
    • Logo prominently positioned on gala website
    • Sponsorship will be recognized on social media
    • Logo will be visible to all guests during event check-in
    • Logo will be highlighted throughout the event on electronic sponsorship screens
    • Logo on a tabletop display on each bar (there are 4-5 total)
    • Logo prominently displayed on the stage
    • Sponsorship will appear in the St. Juliana Church Bulletin
    • A special section will be designated to sponsor in four publications of the Gala Gazette
    • Sponsorship will be included during back to school promotion
    • Special recognition during gala ceremony
    • Full page ad on back page of gala program book (offered to first confirmed sponsor)
    • Includes VIP table of 10 to the Gala
  • Emerald City · $10,000

    • Logo prominently displayed on electronic invitation
    • Logo prominently positioned on gala website
    • Sponsorship will be recognized on social media
    • Logo will be visible to all guests during event check-in
    • Logo will be highlighted throughout the event on electronic sponsorship screens
    • Logo displayed on the stage
    • Sponsorship will appear in the St. Juliana Church Bulletin
    • Sponsorship will appear in the Gala Gazette
    • Sponsorship will be included during back to school promotion
    • Special recognition during gala ceremony
    • Full page ad on back inside cover of program book (offered to first confirmed sponsor)
    • Includes VIP seating for 10 to the Gala
  • Yellow Brick Road · $5,000

    • Logo on electronic invitation
    • Logo on gala website
    • Sponsorship will be recognized on social media
    • Logo will appear on electronic sponsorship screens
    • Logo displayed on the stage
    • Sponsorship will appear in the St. Juliana Church Bulletin
    • Sponsorship will appear in the Gala Gazette
    • Sponsorship will be included during back to school promotion
    • Recognition in gala program book
    • Includes 4 tickets to the gala
  • Over the Rainbow · $2,500

    • Logo on electronic invitation
    • Logo on gala website
    • Logo will appear on electronic sponsorship screen
    • Recognition in gala program book
    • Includes 2 tickets to the gala
  • Medal of Courage · $1,000

    • Company name listed on the website
    • Recognition in the gala program book
  • There's No Place Like St. Juliana · $500

    • Name listed on the gala website
    • Recognition in gala program book
  • If I Only Had a Heart · $200

    • Name listed on the gala website
    • Recognition in gala program book
  • Donate a Raffle or Auction Prize

    Contribute a raffle item for our live or silent auction. Do you have a vacation home or access to a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Gift cards, airline tickets, sports memorabilia, jewelry—the list goes on! Provide the details here or contact us and we'll make arrangements to pick it up.

Saint Juliana Parish is a 501(c)3 organization and your contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction to the extent allowed by the IRS. One hundred percent of the event's net proceeds will go towards much needed capital improvement projects on our campus. Please contact us if you would like to customize your sponsorship. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of Saint Juliana.

Checks and printed sponsorship forms should be directed here:

Saint Juliana Parish Gala
7200 N. Osceola Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

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18 Feb

An Ordinary Lent

Lent is a time when we are conscientious of growing in holiness. We give something up or we do something positive. While these activities are all good, I think it might be helpful to hear some words from St. John Henry Newman's on perfection (another way of saying holiness):

18 Feb

Chicken McNuggets and Chuck. E Cheese

Dear Parishioners,

We all know how Chuck-E-Cheese works: you play games, earn tickets, and then, at the end of your time, use those tickets to redeem a prize. It's a fun place, but hopefully the concept is not something we maintain in our spiritual lives. That is, hopefully we don't see our spiritual endeavors as simply means to an end.

During this season of Lent, the Church proposes to us three special devotions: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These are like the games at Chuck-E-Cheese. The temptation is to "do" these "things"—or anything in our faith lives, i.e., going to Mass, Confession, etc.—so we can get enough tickets to get to heaven. What a strenuous proposition! Does that mean if we eat a chicken McNugget on Friday we go to Hell?

14 Feb

Abe's Ash Wednesday

From a Homily on Ash Wednesday

Abraham Lincoln never took himself or his faith too seriously. He once told the story about how he slept during a sermon. The pastor, seeing Lincoln asleep, asked the congregation to stand if they desired to go to heaven. Everyone rose except Lincoln. The pastor then asked those who wanted to go to hell to stand. Lincoln awoke at the very moment the pastor yelled ‘stand up!’ When the pastor asked Lincoln what he had to say for himself, the future president responded, “Preacher, I don't know what you're voting on, but you and I seem to be the only two for it.”

12 Feb

Men's Club Meeting

  • 21 August 2018 |
  • Published in Events

It's our annual chili cook-off! Bring a pot of your best chili to share, and we'll supply bowls, condiments and beverages to cool the fire.

Dues for 2018 ($35) will continue to be accepted, and we'll have some advance games available for our upcoming NCAA Final Four (Elite 8) basketball party on March 24 in the school hall.

All men of the parish (and their friends) are welcome to join us.