Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Father James with his five friends from seminary: Fr. Pat (Mobile). Fr. Adam (Kansas City), Fr. Victor (Mobile), Fr. Alex (Scranton), Fr. Anthony (Harrisburg).

    Letters from a Pastor to His People- July 21, 2019

    Dear Parishioners,

    A wise person once told me that true love doesn't consist in saying 'I love you'.  Think about when you're with your spouse, or your brother or sister, or your best friend.  When you're watching TV together, or fishing together, or having dinner, you may be sitting in silence, but love is being expressed.  Love is a reception of the other person's presence.  That is the ultimate goal for prayer.  That is what we call contemplation, and that's the point I want to make from the Martha-Mary Gospel.


Lenten Resources 2019


Ash Wednesday Services, Wednesday March 6th, 7:00am, 8:30am, 12:30pm Prayer Service with Ashes and 7:00pm

Fridays March 8th - April 12th: Eucharistic Adoration 9:00am to Benediction at 5:45pm.

Fridays March 8th - April 12th: Stations of the Cross 9:00am and 6:00am

  • Parish Lenten Retreat - March 9th - 8:30am to 1:00pm
  • Palm Sunday Vigil - April 13th - 5pm
  • Palm Sunday - April 14th - 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm
  • Parish Penance Service - April 15th - 7:00pm
  • Holy Thursday - April 18th
    • Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7:00pm
    • Adoration - 8:30-11:00pm
  • Good Friday - April 19th
    • Morning Prayer - 9:00am
    • Stations of the Cross - 11:30am
    • Confessions - 12:00 - 1:00pm
    • Passion of Our Lord Service - 3:00pm
    • Stations of the Cross - 7:00pm
  • Holy Saturday - April 20th
    • Morning Prayer - 9:00am
    • Blessing of the Baskets - 11:00am
    • Easter Vigil Service - 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday - April 21st
    • Masses - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:00am
  • Divine Mercy Sunday April 28th @ 3:00pm

Lenten Family Calendar

Ash Wednesday


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal which helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ, his passion, death and resurrection.


The ashes we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our earthly mortality and a call to repentance.  The ashes are made by burning the palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday. The ashes are blessed by the priest, who then dips his thumb in them and makes the Sign of the Cross on each person’s forehead, while saying these words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19) or "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."


Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and a day of abstinence from meat. Fasting applies to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 and means you should only eat one full meal and two smaller meals if needed.  All Catholics age 14 and above should abstain from eating meat on the day. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, but Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass to begin their Lenten journey. Please join us for Mass in the Church: 7:00am; 8:30am; 12:30pm Prayer Service with Ashes; 7:00pm

Distribution of our Lenten Parish Book

On Ash Wednesday, March 6th, please pick up your free copy of Scott Hahn's, "Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots." This is our gift to you to help you deepen your Lenten experience and relationship with Jesus.

In Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots, Dr. Scott Hahn guides readers through the Catholic Church's rites, customs, and traditional prayers. From the Rosary to the use of Holy Water -- from infant Baptism to praying with icons -- Dr. Hahn helps you to discover the deep biblical and historical roots of each practice. Each chapter covers a single topic, beginning with the basic facts from Church teaching and tradition, and then proceeds to answer common objections to and misconceptions about the practice. Each chapter concludes with advice for everyday application.

Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration Video 2017 from St. John Neumann on Vimeo.


Eucharistic Adoration  will take place every Friday of Lent in the church starting after the 8:30am Mass and ending with Benediction at 5:45pm. Please consider stopping by to spend some time with Jesus.

Volunteer adorers needed so that the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus) is never left alone. Please sign up as a volunteer adorer. At least one adorer needed for each 1/2 hour time slot. Sign-up book at the back of church. Your time for Jesus and St. Juliana Parish is greatly appreciated.  Learn More

The Stations of the Cross.


The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. They are a Lenten devotion that offer witness to Jesus’"Passion and Death."


The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. We use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ’s love for us. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.


Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday in Lent in Church at 9am and 6pm. Via Dolorosa will be performed by Steve and Lee Baggio at all 6pm Stations of the Cross sessions.

Lenten Retreat 2019


St. Juliana Missionary Spirit Team will be hosting a day of "Faith, Fellowship, Prayer and Reflection" Please join us on March 9th 8:30am-1:00pm at St. Juliana Church as Fr. James Wallace, the pastor of St. Juliana Parish, presents Come and See, Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Christ"


No registration is necessary.  Everyone is welcome.  The day will begin with Mass at 8:30am and concludes at 1:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, please contact Diana Laske  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prayer and the Spiritual Life

Learn what prayer is and how to pray!

Fr. James Wallace, the pastor of Saint Juliana Parish, will be offering a four-week series on “Prayer and the Spiritual Life.” He will discuss the different styles and methods of prayer, including Lectio Divina, contemplation, devotional prayer like the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, centering prayer, and more. The various “schools” of spirituality (Benedictine, Carmelite, Ignatian) will be presented, along with a history of prayer. The goal is not simply to teach about prayer, but to teach how to pray. In each session there will be a demonstration of prayer and a chance to pray, as well as the opportunity to share personal experiences of prayer and ask questions. People of all levels, from beginners to mystics, are welcome!

All sessions will last one hour, from 7pm to 8pm at the Saint Juliana Parish Center Chapel, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago IL 60631. The sessions are independent—if you miss one you can still attend the others—and there is no charge. The only expectation of participants is that they themselves engage in private prayer throughout the week between sessions! We hope you can join and experience a deepening of your prayer and your relationship with God, not to mention a greater sense of peace and fulfillment in your life!

Additional Resources

Dynamic Catholic - Best Lent Ever

Arts and Faith: Lent Ignatian Spirituality

Archbishop Barron on Lent

Venerable Fulton Sheen on Good Friday

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