05 Apr

How Lovely are Your Dwelling Places

 

84 How lovely are Your dwelling places,

O Lord of hosts!

My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;

My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

The bird also has found a house,

And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,

Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,

My King and my God.

How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!

They are ever praising You. 

 

04 Apr

St Juliana Book Club

I'm starting a new Saint Juliana Book Club. The goal is to read a book every month or so.


 

April 2020 Selection

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Called by John Updike, “Graham Greene’s masterpiece,” The Power and the Glory, tells the story of an early 20th Century rural Mexico where Catholicism has been outlawed.  The last priest, known as ‘the whiskey priest,’ seeks to bring the faith to a suppressed people while eluding authorities who seek to capture and kill him.  Written in 1941, the novel received the Hawthornden Prize in British literature and was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century. 

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, April 4th at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago.  If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

Save the Date: Our next book will be A Man Called Ove by Frederick  to be discussed on May 2nd.

May 2020 Selection

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

Written in 2012 by Swedish author Frederick Backman, A Man Called Ove was the #1 New York Times Bestseller, remaining on the list for 42 weeks.  Ove, a severe curmudgeon, finds his world and personality changed by the arrival of new neighbors.  This delightful, charming story will not only uplift the reader, but will provide, according to a review, “a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.”

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, May 2nd at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago.  If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

 

March 2020 Selection

Our next book will be The Road  by Cormac McCarthy, to be discussed on Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am in the parish center.

A national bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Road is a post-apocalyptic story of father and son. The book, according to a review on Amazon, "boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, ‘each the other's world entire,’ are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself. For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago. If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

February 2020 Selection

Our inaugural book will be The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West.  A novel written in 1959, the story follows a dying English priest sent by the Vatican to investigate an individual being proposed for sainthood.  The book sold over three million copies, received several awards, and was staged on Broadway.  The New York Times called it “a reading experience of real emotional intensity.”Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, February 1st at 9:30am in the parish center.


 

 

29 Mar

Death from the Sky

A string of tornadoes ripped through Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania on May 31, 1985, killing eighty-nine, injuring over one thousand, and causing more than $600 million worth of damage.  "Death from the Sky" read the headline of the Erie Times newspaper the following day. 

Albion in Pennsylvania was particularly devastated by this storm.  An F5 tornado cut a two-block wide path through the town, killing twelve and injuring dozens more.  The local Catholic parish, St. Lawrence, was literally sliced in half.  The pastor, Father Robert Reilly, survived by holding on to a window frame as the rest of the rectory was blown away. 

29 Mar

Death from the Sky

A string of tornadoes ripped through Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania on May 31, 1985, killing eighty-nine, injuring over one thousand, and causing more than $600 million worth of damage.  "Death from the Sky" read the headline of the Erie Times newspaper the following day. 

Albion in Pennsylvania was particularly devastated by this storm.  An F5 tornado cut a two-block wide path through the town, killing twelve and injuring dozens more.  The local Catholic parish, St. Lawrence, was literally sliced in half.  The pastor, Father Robert Reilly, survived by holding on to a window frame as the rest of the rectory was blown away. 

29 Mar

Jesus Wept

 

Letters from a Pastor to His People- March 29, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The raising of Lazarus is one of my favorite Gospels.  There is so much to pray with in the account.  On my private retreat I make every year, whenever it is, I spend at least one afternoon meditating and reflecting upon this powerful scene.  In last year's parish mission, I offered an extended meditation on the passage.  There is so much to glean from Jesus' encounter at Bethany that I encourage you to pray with this yourself.  You have time!

29 Mar

Gospel March 29, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. At the time of this story, the people of Israel are captives in Babylon, living in physical exile from their homeland and in spiritual exile from God. They feel God has abandoned them. But Ezekiel bears witness to the reanimation of the dead Israel in preparation for her return to the Promised Land. He guarantees his community in exile that the Lord will one day bring them back to live in the freedom of the Promised Land. The Lord states, “I will open your graves, have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel.” 

29 Mar

In the Face of a Fragile World

Boy, a lot has certainly changed in our lives and rather quickly too. It’s all too much at some moments to really fathom the effects the virus has had on the entire world. Sports! Sports are gone. I never would have seen that one coming. Taking sports as an example, it is always the guaranteed entertainment that would be around. Perhaps here and there a rain delay occurred or a game is postponed, but the entire sporting enterprise is cancelled. Unreal.

22 Mar

Rise to the Top like David and the Blind Man

Fr. James with the Friendship Club during its Saint Patrick's Day Party (prior to the Coronavirus) in the newly renovated parish center.

Letters from a Pastor to His People- March 22, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

As of the submission of this bulletin for publication, the Archdiocesan mandate canceling all Masses and parish activities, including school and religious education, is still in effect. 

Once again, there will be no daily Masses and no Sunday Masses this weekend and upcoming week.  Because of Governor Pritzker’s shelter-in-place mandate, the church and parish office will be closed. We will not be able to open the Church on Sunday morning for individual prayer, nor will the office be open to receive any calls. In the event of an emergency and you need to contact a priest, such as for Anointing of the Sick, please call the emergency number: 847-507-2585.

You will find online a virtual Mass we recorded for this weekend, for you to prayerfully watch at your convenience.  Please consider also praying An Act of Spiritual Communion:

22 Mar

Courage to Walk the Road with God

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy is a very Lenten book.  In a post-apocalyptic world, a father and son journey through a desolate landscape in which ash inexorably falls, seeking food, shelter, and survival from cannibals.  The world is completely evil and fallen, and yet the love between father and son, and the innate goodness within the boy--the "fire within"--provides hope.

22 Mar

Gospel March 22, 2020

In the First Reading, from the First Book of Samuel, Samuel, a special servant of the God of Israel, is sent on a mission of great importance, to anoint a new king to replace Saul. Samuel thinks that God’s choice is surely one of Jesse’s seven sons who are present when he arrives, but he is mistaken. God chose the most unlikely candidate, namely, David, the shepherd boy, the youngest son of Jesse. Now Samuels sees what God had in mind, a young man with the confidence and character needed to fill a large role in God's Plan of Salvation.