06 Dec

Ministries of Care & Bereavement

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving

Ministers of Care

These are lay extraordinary ministers who visit the homebound and ill to distribute Holy Communion. Our extraordinary ministers have received training and are officially recognized by the Church as “another of Christ's faithful deputed.” In addition to Communion, ministers of care provide spiritual comfort and prayer.

How do I become a Minister of Care?

Special training is provided to help you develop the skills and confidence to be a source of comfort and support to those who are sick. The course is offered over five weeks at Presence Saint Benedict Home on Touhy in Niles and there is no cost to you. Each weekly session is two hours long and completion of the course qualifies you to receive the Archdiocesan mandate to bring Communion to the sick, homebound and hospitalized of our parish. To register for the next session, download, print and complete the form below and return it in to the parish office. To find out when the next scheduled course takes place, contact our office at 773.631.4127.

Minister of Care Registration

Bereavement Ministry

When a member of our parish reaches the end of their life, sympathies to a bereaved family are extended through our Bereavement Ministry. This ministry provides support to families in planning the Mass of the Resurrection for the deceased, and serve to bring Christ's light into a situation that is difficult and painful.

Another way the Bereavement Ministry reaches out to our parish is through the Mass of Hope and Healing. Each year this Mass is said for parents who have lost children, any age, through accident, illness, abortion, suicide and for children who are stillborn. If you will be attending this Mass we encourage you to bring pictures as they will be placed on a table and blessed during Mass. We know these situations are devastating and that the pain does not go away; this mass serves to help with the healing process.

Heartache to Healing

A faith-filled support group that helps those who have lost a spouse come to a place of comfort and peace. Members come together to celebrate life while moving through the pain and sorrow. Regular gatherings include socializing, guest speakers and discussions. All widows and widowers of the parish are welcome.

Pro-Life Ministry

Promoting social awareness in affirming with the Church that we must respect and safeguard the precious gift of human life from natural conception to natural death. Activities which support their efforts include the Mothers' Day flower sale, baby bottle collection and Christmas Wreath sale.

06 Dec

Cancer Support Group

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving
The Cancer Support group offers spiritual and emotional support for parishioners who are dealing with cancer (patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends) and gives them a safe, healing place to be heard and understood by people walking the same road. Members are encouraged to share their feelings, seek guidance, receive resource information and most importantly, hope. Issues such as how to access volunteer services, request companionship during treatments or at home, ask for rides or other forms of support are also covered. The group gathers in the parish center at 7:00pm on the second Tuesday of every month. For questions, contact Tina Pusateri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish office at 773.631.4127.
06 Dec

Mission & Outreach

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving

Our Missionary Spirit Team came together during our Parish Transformation in late 2013. Their first outreach was the addition of Uncle Pete's Ministry, a program for distributing sack lunches to the less fortunate.

Who is Uncle Pete?

Fondly called the "ultimate volunteer," Pete Zonsius was a long-time parishioner at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. Uncle Pete started a ministry to feed people he called "less fortunate" not "poor& He felt it important to recognize the dignity of all people.

Uncle Pete would load a van with bagged lunches and personally distribute them on the west side of Chicago; when he passed away at age 90, St. John Brebeuf parishioners continued his ministry. Other parishes, including St. Juliana, have joined the effort.

How does it work?

Empty lunch sacks and directions for the meals are available in the back of church on designated weekends. Return one or more filled sacks on Tuesday mornings from 6–9am, to volunteers stationed in our parking lot. Later that day, the sacks will be distributed by our Missionary Spirit Team volunteers. Past recipients have included:

  • Our Lady of the Angels, serving seniors, the after-school program and food pantry
  • St. Martin de Porres food pantry
  • St. Augustine Center for homeless
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Soup Kitchen
  • Mother Theresa Sisters of Charity, serving homeless under the viaducts
  • St. Sylvester Parish food pantry in Humboldt Park

Watch the bulletin, e-newsletter and marquee for news of the next Uncle Pete's Ministry collection!

Feed My Starving Children

Another outreach for the MST is outings to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyille. Their most recent visit was on November 18, when the group packed more than 54,000 meals! From their visit in 2014 through today, our Saint Juliana volunteers have packed enough meals to feed more than 500 children for an entire year! They have great fun while doing great work and invite everyone to join them!

Christmas Sharing Program

Thank you, St. Juliana parishioners, for your generosity in our Christmas Sharing Program this year. The truck was packed and your gifts were delivered to Sister Joellen Tumas and her volunteers at Casa Catalina. They humbly and appreciatively accepted nearly 700 gifts, 15 boxes of food, and $640 in gift cards. The Missionary Spirit Team is so grateful for your continued support of this annual program. A special thanks is extended to Mrs. Lidgus and the St. Juliana School junior high student volunteers who help collect and pack the gifts.

06 Dec

Recovery Programs

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving

Our parish center is home to weekly meetings of groups focused on supporting men and women who share the common goal of facing and recovering from substance addictions or experiences of abuse.

The meetings are open to all individuals, whether or not they belong to St. Juliana Parish or are of the Catholic faith. The parish calendar lists the dates and times each of the following groups gathers:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous–AA (Friends of Bill W.)
  • No Cop Out AA–For current/retired law enforcement
  • Recovery Inc.–A community mental health organization that offers a self-help method of will training for individuals who suffer from nervous symptoms and fears. Open to anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, obsessions, phobias, fears and anger.

Feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the meeting schedule or to be put in touch with a meeting leader.

06 Dec

SFO · Secular Franciscan Order

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving
This group of lay volunteers comes together to promote living the gospel much in the way St. Francis did. Members attend mass daily when possible and continuously look for ways to serve God's poor throughout the world. Through monthly meetings decisions are made how to best raise funds and reach those who need it most. Please contact this group through the parish office (773.631.4127).
06 Dec

SVDP · St. Vincent DePaul Society

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving

Our parish is home to a very active St. Vincent de Paul Society, whose volunteer members come together regularly to enhance their personal spiritual growth and development. An outgrowth of this spirituality is the acting out of their faith commitment to serve others, including the needy of our immediate community, the greater Chicago community and the Church throughout Chicago. Our SVDP society sponsors several food drives throughout the calendar year, such as the popular SOUPer Bowl Sunday, held every year on NFL Super Bowl Sunday.

This organization's efforts are supported through the generosity of St. Juliana parishioners; and new members are always welcome! Contact the group here to become involved.

Food Drives

Looking for suggestions on the types of items that are needed? Here's a list. Monetary donations are always welcome, too.

  • Canned Goods: Tuna, Chicken, Soups, Fruit & Juice
  • Sugar
  • Pasta Sauce & Pasta
  • Rice, Crackers Instant Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter Granola & Cereal
  • Evaporated or Dry Milk
  • Tea, Coffee
  • Mayonnaise & Salad Dressings
  • Infant Formula, Baby & Toddler Foods Diapers
  • Bath Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant
  • Laundry & Dish Detergent
  • Kleenex. Paper Towel, Toilet Tissue
  • Cleaning Products
06 Dec

Uncle Pete's Ministry

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Serving

Our Missionary Spirit Team came together during our Parish Transformation in late 2013. Their first outreach was the addition of Uncle Pete's Ministry, a program for distributing sack lunches to the less fortunate.

Who is Uncle Pete?

Fondly called the "ultimate volunteer," Pete Zonsius was a long-time parishioner at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. Uncle Pete started a ministry to feed people he called "less fortunate" not "poor& He felt it important to recognize the dignity of all people.

Uncle Pete would load a van with bagged lunches and personally distribute them on the west side of Chicago; when he passed away at age 90, St. John Brebeuf parishioners continued his ministry. Other parishes, including St. Juliana, have joined the effort.

How does it work?

Empty lunch sacks and directions for the meals are available in the back of church on designated weekends. Return one or more filled sacks on Tuesday mornings from 6–9am, to volunteers stationed in our parking lot. Later that day, the sacks will be distributed by our Missionary Spirit Team volunteers. Past recipients have included:

  • Our Lady of the Angels, serving seniors, the after-school program and food pantry
  • St. Martin de Porres food pantry
  • St. Augustine Center for homeless
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Sout Kitchen
  • Mother Theresa Sisters of Charity, serving homeless under the viaducts
  • St. Sylvester Parish food pantry in Humboldt Park

Watch the bulletin, e-newsletter and marquee for news of the next Uncle Pete's Ministry collection!

06 Dec

Academics

Saint Juliana School provides an excellent, award-winning program of academic and extracurricular activities that combine to prepare students both intellectually and spiritually for a life-long love of learning. We serve students in preschool (age 3) through eighth grade, grouped into four instructional units:

SJS student

  • Early Childhood : preschool and pre-kindergarten
  • Primary : kindergarten, first and second grade
  • Intermediate : third through fifth grade
  • Junior High : sixth, seventh and eighth grade

At all grade levels our core curriculum consists of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Religion and sacramental preparation, physical education, technology, art and music supplement our fundamental academic instruction. Experienced learning resource specialists support children who benefit from additional assistance.

Our curriculum is based on guidelines from the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools. We, along with all archdiocesan schools, are transitioning to Illinois Common Core State Standards in the subjects of Mathematics and Language Arts (ELA).

Saint Juliana was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Curriculum Overview

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Instructional Units

Preschool

Preschool

Children age 3 by September 1

  • Full-day and half-day programs
  • Three or five days per week
  • Weekly themed learning units
  • Faith-building activities
  • Nurturing environment
  • Morning and after-school care

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Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten

Children age 4 by September 1

  • Five days per week
  • Full-day and half-day programs
  • Developing the mind, body and spirit
  • Core and supplemental curriculum
  • Faith-building activities
  • Morning and after-school care

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Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Children age 5 by September 1

  • Weekly Mass plus faith-building activities
  • Building foundation for life-long learning
  • Full-day core curriculum
  • Weekly art, computer, gym, music and Spanish
  • Morning and after-school care

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Primary

Primary

Grades 1 and 2

  • Weekly Mass attendance plus faith-building activities
  • Reconciliation and First Eucharist reception in second grade
  • Core subjects plus weekly art, computer, gym, music and Spanish
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Wide array of extracurriculars
  • Morning and after-school care

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Intermediate

Intermediate

Grades 3 through 5

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Junior High

Junior High

Grades 6 through 8

  • Weekly Mass attendance plus faith-building activities
  • Confirmation preparation and reception in seventh grade
  • Leadership development
  • Learning-resource support
  • High school preparedness
  • Wide array of extracurriculars

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