Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Letters from a Pastor to His People- July 5, 2020


    Dear Parishioners,

    If you missed my bulletin letter from last week, I explained how I am away currently and will be for the entire month of July making a 30-Day Retreat.  Just a reminder, I will not respond to any messages, so if there is an emergency, please contact the parish office or Father Emanuel. I wrote this week’s letter, and the upcoming letters, ahead of time, just to offer a little spiritual reflection on the readings.  I would also, however, like to provide some wisdom from St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Perhaps you could do a little "30-Day Retreat" with me.

30 Dec

Seminarian Ankit Jose Mathews (Joseph)

Dear St. Juliana family

I’m writing this note to inform the St. Juliana family that I will be moving to another parish starting this January. I’ll be transitioning to St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Knanaya Catholic Parish, Morton Grove to continue my pastoral formation, starting with my internship.

It has been a pleasure to be part of this great family. I’ll be making this transition so that I can take part in the Syro-Malabar Liturgy and be formed in that tradition. The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the 22 Eastern Catholic Church groups that is in full communion with the Pope.

It was truly a blessing to work with our pastor, Fr. James Wallace, who is a great mentor for all seminarians who come to St. Juliana Parish. I am also thankful to Fr. Laurent who guided me when I was assisting the RCIA program last year, and it was an immense joy to co-teach CCD at St. Juliana with Fr. Emmanuel. I am also thankful to Fr. Roger for his words of wisdom and encouragement.

I would also like to show my gratitude to all my fellow seminarians who are also part of St. Juliana Parish, and who were a great support for me personally. I am also remembering the Teaching Parish Program Committee members who were always encouraging toward me. I would like to thank everyone at the St. Juliana family for their care and concern. Please continue to pray for me as I’m making this transition. I will also continue to pray for all of you.

Ankit Jose Mathews (Joseph)

Second Theology

09 Dec

Linda Moylan

As far as I can remember, God was always a part of my life.

Growing up on the southwest side of Chicago, my siblings and I were raised with a Catholic education. Here, as well as at home, I was taught about God and the importance of having Him in my life.

I must admit though, by the influence of some of the nuns who taught me during my younger years, I first feared Him. I believed, in order for God to love and accept me into heaven when I died, I must be perfect. By ‘being perfect’ I mean obeying the Ten Commandments at all times. However, as I started to get a little older, I realized we are all human and weak. And because of this we are not perfect and will fail at times throughout our lives. But no matter what, God will always love us.

God has always been the center of my life. So much so, that He is a part of everything I do. I talk to Him daily about everything that’s going on in my life.

When my Mother became seriously ill, and was enduring a lot of suffering through the final years of her life, I turned to God, as well as the Blessed Mother, always praying to them both; asking them to help me through this difficult time in my life.

When it was inevitable that my Mother was dying, and we needed to put her in a nursing home, I was overwhelmed with such grief. It consumed my every thought, I worried constantly on how she would adapt to being in a nursing home.

One night, after coming home from work, I laid across my bed, and asked God to carry this burden for me, trusting Him that all will be well. I immediately felt a sense of peace.

Two and a half days later my mother died in the hospital, never making it to the nursing home. I believe now, more than ever, God will never give me more than I can handle….He walks beside me always.

Linda Moylan works for Lurie Children’s Hospital. She and her husband Chet have been Parishioners for 26 years.