11 Nov

The Best Story in the World

Dear Parishioners,

We have two more weeks left of the Gospel of Mark.  November 25th is the Feast of Christ the King, the end of the liturgical season, and we will read from the Gospel of John that day.  It's been a fascinating journey the last several months.  Labor Day weekend we were in the 7th chapter of Mark.  Jesus was ministering and preaching around the Sea of Galilee.  Around the middle of October, Jesus left Galilee and set out for a journey to Jerusalem.  On this journey the rich young man approaches the Lord with the question about what he must do to inherit eternal life (October 14th).  James and John make the request to sit on the Lord's right and left when he enters into power in Jerusalem (October 21st).  Jesus heals the blind beggar, Bartimaeus (October 28th), and at last makes it to Jerusalem. 

08 Nov

Joanna Wozniak

When I was eight years old my dad passed away. I had several conversations with the nuns at St. Ladislaus School about Jesus needing my dad, how he will look out for me and be my guardian angel. I was sad, confused, angry, and felt abandoned by God. I gave God the silent treatment. I continued to attend Catholic School, prayed my bedtime prayers, and attended Mass regularly under direct motherly supervision. In my heart I was silent with God. I even recall slyly sticking my tongue out towards the crucifix while attending Mass.

            I stayed angry and silent with the Lord for many years.  In 5th grade, as we were learning about the rosary something changed. Our teacher shared a story of a person who feverishly prayed the rosary, and upon her death, each rosary bead she prayed became a flowered step leading her to heaven. That story resonated with me. I decided to take out the rosary I received on my First Communion and pray it at bedtime. I did so every night for a year.

In 6th grade, we received our first Bible. I was told that this was the word of God speaking to me directly. I would allow the pages to fall randomly to an open page and read what I believed was meant for me. It is then that I started listening, reflecting, talking to the Lord.  I added favorite hymns and verses to my devotional artillery as I completed my Confirmation. The Spirit came alive within me!

During my teen years I was blessed with meeting several adults who continued to help me adore the Father, communicate with the Son, and work for the faith through the Holy Spirit. Father Steve Kanonik was one of those people! I ministered throughout my high school, college years, up until I had my first child.

When Father Steve left St. Ladislaus, my family & I followed him to St. Juliana. My husband and I have been blessed with 3 miracles ages 11, 8, and 8. I share with them my faith journey & how it develops daily. I share with them that the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin, and the Saints are our heavenly family to be reached out to and communicated with. God is our Father, our exceptional parent. Just as I protect my children, nurture them, and provide for them, so does the Father above. He does not coddle nor spoil.  The goal is for us to become capable, collaborative, and strong. God bestows blessings and graces as HE sees fit. I teach my children, “If God closes one door, pray in the hallway until He opens the next, and the blessings will fall upon you as a cleansing rain nourishes the earth.”

Joanna Wozniak is a teacher, mother of three, and has been a parishioner of Saint Juliana for fifteen years. 

 

04 Nov

Exercising Patience

An old eastern legend tells the story of a stranger who sought shelter for the night in another's tent. He awoke in the middle of the night and blasphemed God because he could not fall back to sleep. Awakened by the stranger's profanity, the scandalized tent owner drove the man from his home. In the morning, an angel appeared to the owner, exclaiming: "I sent a stranger to you for shelter. Where is he?" "I would not let him stay," explained the owner, "because he blasphemed God." "For forty years," replied the Angel, "God has been patient with that man. For one single night could you not bear with him?"

04 Nov

I Love You Lord, My Strength!

Dear Parishioners,

I was struck two weekends ago at the 11am Family Mass by the post-communion reflection, read by one of the children.  I did not compose this reflection (Patty Collins, a teacher in the school and CCD head, along with the Family Liturgy team composed it), and I must confess I did not read it ahead of time either.  That Mass after communion was the first I heard it.  It was beautiful, and hearing it from a child made it ever more moving.  Here it is:

Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to me. Thank you, for giving yourself to me. Make me strong to show your love wherever I may be. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. I’m ready now, Lord Jesus, to show how much I care. I’m ready now to give your love at home and everywhere. Amen.

29 Oct

The Greatness Of Sunday In and Sunday Out

Dear Parishioners,

We have two more weeks left of the Gospel of Mark.  November 25th is the Feast of Christ the King, the end of the liturgical season, and we will read from the Gospel of John.  It's been a fascinating journey the last several months.  Labor Day weekend we were in the 7th chapter of Mark.  Jesus was ministering and preaching around the Sea of Galilee.  Around the middle of October, Jesus left Galilee and set out for a journey to Jerusalem.  On this journey the rich young man approaches the Lord with the question about what he must do to inherit eternal life (October 14th).  James and John make the request to sit on the Lord's right and left when he enters into power in Jerusalem (October 21st).  Jesus heals the blind beggar, Bartimaeus (October 28th), and at last makes it to Jerusalem. 

28 Oct

Janie Lidgus

My parents (Kennis and Mary Brannock) moved our family from Rogers Park to Edison Park in 1952. Dad was a Chicago police officer and Edison Park was becoming the “place to be” for many police officers to live as it still is today. My three older siblings were enrolled in St. Juliana School in the Fall of 1952. I followed them when I entered 1st grade in 1955. Part of our graduation ceremony in 1963 was the groundbreaking for our “new church”. After graduating from St. Scholastica Academy, I left for college in Winona, Minnesota at the College of Saint Teresa, which was run by the same Order of nuns that were here at St. Juliana.  I began my teaching career upon graduation from St. Teresa’s. I married my husband Andy, who was the music director for ten years here, in 1975 at St. Juliana and our daughter, Anne, was born in 1980. She, too, is an alumna of SJS.

I have been teaching here for many years and still love every minute of it. I am the religion teacher for our junior high students and am now teaching many of the next generation. Besides teaching our Catholic faith to my students, my passion is instilling in them a love of service to others. Students are required to do a service project in 7th grade for Confirmation but I offer them as many service opportunities as possible in all three grades. We might know all the “right” answers about our religion, but we must put our words into action.

God, family, and friends—in that order—are the most important things in our lives. I tell my students that if we remember that, everything else will fall into place.

When my mom died 8 years ago, I gave the eulogy at her funeral. One thing that I said was, “Thank you, Mom, for raising us in Edison Park and sending us to St. Juliana. How lucky we are.”  

Life has been good—a career I love, a fantastic family (which now includes two grandchildren), unbelievable friends, and a wonderful home here at St. Juliana.

Janie Lidgus is a teacher at Saint Juliana School, an alumna of SJS, a parent of an alumna, and has been a parishioner for 66 years.

28 Oct

Our Lady of Breezy Point

Hurricane season, which also happens to coincide with a month dedicated to the Blessed Mother, should cause us to ponder upon and pray with "Our Lady of Breezy Point."  This statue of Mary, in a neighborhood in Queens, New York, was made famous by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Striking Cuba first, this monumental storm made its way up the eastern seaboard and landed in New York City. 

28 Oct

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.

26 Oct

Friday Night Bingo at St. Juliana

  • 19 March 2019 |
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Bingo is open! Join us on for fun and games.

Please Note:  Must be 18 years or older to play, other restrictions may apply.

Progressives

  • SuperStrip: $3,000
  • Jackpot 7s: $1,377
  • Hotball: $130
  • Pony Express: $1,500
  • Triple Crown: $250

Non Progressives

  • Odd/ Even: $1,007

Plus regular bingo, raffle games and progressive pull-tab raffles for thousands more!

Every Friday afternoon at 4:30pm our doors open for an exciting evening of all your favorite games. Progressive jackpot raffles, attendance prizes, frequent-player VIP points, holiday themes and giveaways are just more ways we like to keep our players happy.

Tablet computers

There are various combinations of paper and computer card packages and thousands of dollars in prize money awarded every week! The all-paper Rookie Pack for $20 is perfect for beginners and provides you with paper cards for each of our 14 bingo and raffle games; dabbers (or do you say dauber?) are available for $1.50 from our concessions stand.




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Brand new to bingo?

We have first-time player specials and we'll help you get started. Our all-new tablet touchscreen handheld computer cards are state-of-the-art and simple to use. Have fun dabbing your paper cards while let the computer tracks dozens—even hundreds—of cards for you! You can view, print or download our monthly program guide right here, and email us with any questions in advance so you'll be all ready to play when you come!

Program Guide

Illinois law prohibits the use of credit/debit cards for gaming-related purchases so we can CASH (preferred) or CHECKS ONLY.

Concessions

The grill kitchen opens at 5:30 and last call is at 7:15 around intermission. Selections include burgers, hot dogs, chicken and fish sandwiches, tuna salad, grilled cheese, fries, onion rings, popcorn, pastries, and a weekly special, too. During Lent we highlight fish specials for our Catholic friends! Coffee is free. Soft drinks and water are available for purchase; BYOB for 21 and over.

Getting to St. Juliana Bingo

Bingo is played in our handicap-accessible Ahearn Activity Center, located on the corner of Oketo and Touhy Avenues

Parking is available in our lot north of the building as well as on the street. From the Blue Line El station at Harlem Avenue, a CTA bus runs north on Harlem to Touhy, where it turns west and there's a stop right in front of our building! The Metra Northwest line stops in Edison Park and we are just a short 10-minute walk or $5 Uber from the station.

Cash and checks are accepted. Bingo proceeds benefit the children and families of St. Juliana Parish and your patronage is greatly appreciated! Email us or call the bingo hotline with any questions: 773.631.4127 x40

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Illinois license B-4431.
Must be 18 years or older. Operator reserves right to reduce prizes without notice due to low attendance caused by weather-related or unforseen emergencies.

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