19 Apr

Gospel April 19, 2020

In this second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy, the First Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. Four characteristics that a community filled with the Spirit should live: the teaching of the apostles, table-fellowship, prayer, and sharing all things in common. The community life of the early Christians expressed their agápe love and mercy by sharing what they had with everyone in need: “All who believed were together and had all things in common.” Some of them even sold their property and entrusted the money to the Church so that the poor might be helped and supported. They were strengthened by their punctual and active participation in the “Breaking of the Bread”– the Eucharistic Liturgy.

19 Apr

An Infinity of Little Hours

An infinity of little hours. No, I’m not trying to describe how I feel about beginning another week of self-quarantine. Though, it does feel rather apt as a description for all this time at hand. An Infinity of Little Hours is a book about the life of Carthusian monks who live in Parkminster, England. It would not be far off to describe the Carthusian Order, started by St. Bruno in 1084, as the marines of Catholicism.

12 Apr

Be Recollected like the Wise Little Bee

Letters from a Pastor to His People- April 12, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Do you remember last year what we were mourning during Holy Week?  What the great tragedy of our world was?  It was the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 

Though It doesn't seem as bad now, since the entire church wasn't destroyed, and particularly in light of our current calamity with the Coronavirus, the burning of Notre Dame is still, in my mind, one of the great calamities of mankind. 

As I preached last year on Good Friday, a church building's fundamental purpose is to worship and glorify God.  Thus, a church—something we produce through our own skills—is humanity's gift to God. 

Notre Dame, the most beautiful church in the world, was humanity's greatest gift to God.  Our gift to God, the best we could do, burned.  It was incredibly sad, both for us and for God.

Interestingly, I read in the subsequent months of that tragedy, as life continued forward, about a small miracle associated with the fire. 

12 Apr

On the Way to Emmaus

Caryll Houselander once wrote,

It seems that this is Christ's favorite way of being recognized, that He prefers to be known, not by His own human features, but by the quickening of His own life in the heart, which is the response to His coming. When John recognized Him, he was hidden in his mother's womb. After the Resurrection He was known, not by his familiar features, but by the love in Magdalene's heart, the fire in the hearts of the travelers to Emmaus, and the wound in His own heart handled by Thomas.

Yes, we can know Christ through the meditation of theological truths, the unpacking of Sacred Scripture, and the sacraments, just to name a few.  But when our hearts are moved in a particular way to the good—which is to say, to God—then we are in the midst of knowing Christ. 

12 Apr

Gospel April 12, 2020

In the celebration of Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord, the first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. In this sermon, we hear about the spread of the Gospel. The story of Jesus’ baptism, his public ministry anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, death and Resurrection has been reported all over the land. Peter lists himself as a witness to all these wondrous events, and he believes that all people who have faith and repent now have access to the salvation that Jesus has come to bring.   

12 Apr

Psalm 84

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,

In [c]whose heart are the highways to Zion!

Passing through the valley of [d]Baca they make it a [e]spring;

The early rain also covers it with blessings.

They go from strength to strength,

[f]Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

 

05 Apr

A Note From The Pastor of St Juliana

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A Note From Father James Week Four - April 5, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Well, I think it’s safe to say this will be the most unique Holy Week and Easter of our lives. We can do this!

In case you missed it, please check out our Palm Sunday virtual Mass online, either on our website or on Facebook

Here are the times the other Virtual Holy Week Liturgies will be released:

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 4pm

Good Friday
Children Stations of the Cross 10am
Passion of the Lord Service Noon

Holy Saturday
Easter Basket Blessing 11am

Easter Sunday
Easter Mass 5am

Just a reminder, these are not “live,” so you can watch them whenever you want, and not necessarily at the time they are released.

Additionally, I continue to release my daily podcast with the Mass readings and reflection, called “The Daily,” and Deacon Hank Lyon and I have begun a casual podcast called “Chi-Bro.” 

Thank you to all who continue to volunteer to those in need.  We haven’t had many folks reach out who need help, so, please, if you know of anyone who needs assistance, let me know.  Even if it is someone who just needs to talk on the phone, we can arrange for that as well.

Also, please continue to send me your prayer requests, and we will stay united to one another through the Masses we offer privately.

I also want to express my thanks to those who continue their Sunday offering.  God love you. Our collections are still down from our average Sunday intake, but we have increased the number of people who are donating online on GiveCentral. Another donating feature you can use is text-to-give.  Please text Sunday or Easter to 773-358-2471.  This can help us with our Easter collection, which is a significant part of our operating budget.  

Saint Juliana School goes on Easter Break this upcoming Friday.  Sadly, we’ve had to postpone the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.  But, for some good news: we have hired our new principal for the upcoming school year and beyond: Ms. Catherine Scotkovsky!  

I hope you are keeping well.  I am very confident the seed of grace is being planted by Jesus deep into our souls, and when COVID-19 eventually clears, we will be well on our way to the new Garden of Eden.  God bless you during this most sacred time of year.  I remain,

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James Wallace

05 Apr

A Flower Sprouted From That Ash

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

Dear Parishioners,

Do you remember what we heard nearly six weeks ago? 

Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.

My God Ash Wednesday seems like an eternity ago.  The church was packed, people were coming in and out of the office and parish center, and the school and other groups were humming along.

And then the Coronavirus hit.

05 Apr

Nikolaus Gross

Nikolaus Gross worked as coal miner in Germany before becoming editor of the union newspaper.  Married with seven children, he actively resisted the Nazi movement, which led to the paper's suppression.

Gross was imprisoned in August 1944 and hanged on January 23, 1945.  It was reported about the execution: "Gross bowed his head silently during the blessing. His face already seemed illuminated by the glory into which he was getting ready to enter."  Nikolaus Gross was beatified in 2001.

05 Apr

Gospel April 5, 2020

In the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, the First Reading is from the Book of the prophet Isaiah. This is the third of four ‘suffering servant songs’ found in the book of Isaiah. The servant is entrusted with a special mission on behalf of God’s people. The servant is portrayed as a disciple who listens to God. Morning after morning, the Lord ‘opens’ the ear of the servant that he may hear God’s Word. Because of his faithfulness to God, the servant undergoes all kinds of humiliations and sufferings. In the midst of his sufferings, the servant displays great trust in God. As the early Christians read these passages, they see in them images of Jesus, the suffering servant of God.