The past several months have been quite busy around Saint Juliana. Several committees have been formed and are currently meeting with architects and contractors for both the back of the church and the courtyard. I hope to have these plans to show you in the next month or so. For the back of the church, we desire not merely to improve our restroom facilities and accessibility, but to create a gathering space. This space, added to the exterior of the church towards Oketo, would allow folks to meet and socialize before and after Mass without disrupting the liturgy, as well as give us the space to hold a Children’s Liturgy of the Word and other functions. The courtyard in the school would give our children a playground and a place for recess when the parking lot is unavailable. It would serve also as overflow for events in the Ahearn Center. A prayer garden, alongside additional green space, will make this a very attractive feature of our growing parish and school. Finally, we are in the process of putting an elevator in the building.
The Parish Pastoral Council has also been hard at work. We have rebranded our school (see our new logo and all the work the Parent Ambassador Organization has been doing), redesigned the bulletin, created a hospitality ministry (you should see greeters at Christmas Masses this weekend), formed a sacristan team, started a parish book club (3 Cs in Christ—pick up your free copy of Jesus Shock! if you haven’t done so already), and are about to launch a teen group (January 14th at 5pm). There is much more to report, but I’ll save it for further installments. We’re on our way to experiencing Jesus!