15 Mar

Temples are in our Hearts and Souls

Letters from a Pastor to His People- March 15, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

When Christ traveled north to Galilee to begin his ministry, he intentionally took the route that passed through Samaria, a route most Jews avoided.  Samaritans were despised by Israelite Jews.  When the Assyrians invaded several centuries earlier, they married with Israelites, creating this mixed Samaritan race.  For seven hundred years Samaria was occupied by a foreign ruler that implemented the worship of foreign gods or baals.  The Samaritans thus accepted the first five books of the Torah, but they rejected the historical books and believed the true temple was located on Mount Gerizim and not in Jerusalem. 

15 Mar

Prayers and Preachers

To be great preachers—and everyone, not just priests, are called to preach—we must be great prayers.  Only from our prayer life and our intimate communion with God does the conviction to follow the Gospel proceed.  Read how often our Lord "went off to a deserted place to pray."  He feeds the multitude, he delivers his sermons, he amazes the crowds, and still he retreats to his cave to be alone with God the Father.  The more we pray and the more quiet time we spend with God, the more we become like God and the more attractive our words and our witness become to others.  Then we preach effectively and make disciples.

15 Mar

Gospel March 15, 2020


In the First Reading from the Book of Exodus, the ungrateful Israelites are grumbling about the lack of fresh water. They threaten Moses with stoning and even want to go back to Egypt. They still complain rather than praying with patience and expectation for the Lord to continue to help them. In the face of their grumbling, mistrust, and lack of gratitude Moses, the great intercessor and mediator, lifts up his hands in prayer and places his trust in God’s power to save his people, even his rebellious people. God does provide the necessary water in abundance and in a miraculous way.

15 Mar

Mater Dolorosa



Mater Dolorosa is a title for Our Lady; it is Latin for Mother of Sorrow. Moving further into Lent, we will soon come into Holy Week when we will walk with Our Lord through the darkest moments of His life on earth. I offer this aid to help intensify our prayer in preparation for and during Holy Week: the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

13 Mar


  • 15 August 2020 |
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MARCH 13, 2020


Per directive from Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, all Sunday and daily Masses are hereby suspended at Saint Juliana Parish.  This mandate is applicable to all parishes throughout the Archdiocese, consisting of Cook and Lake Counties.

Saint Juliana School and the Religious Education program will also be closed until further notice.  Parents should monitor communications from Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Collins for further details.

The parish office will be open weekdays from 9am-noon.  Please call the parish office (773-631-4127) regarding the status of particular meetings and events. 

The church (7201 N. Oketo) will be open Sunday mornings from 7:30am-noon, for those who wish to pray privately.  Communion will not be distributed during this time and communion/prayer services will not occur. 

The parish website and Facebook page will contain updates, as well as information regarding a possible Sunday Mass recording.

These directives are without doubt a spiritual burden upon all of us.  Know I will be offering private Masses with all of you in my heart, as well as for the scheduled intentions.  May the Heavenly Father keep us safe and healthy, and may our love for God deepen during this time.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. James Wallace

Dear Parents,
Dr. Rigg, Superintendent of the Office of Catholic Schools, has recently announced the closure of all Archdiocesan schools, including St. Juliana School, beginning Monday, March 16th. Please see his letter below for more information on this decision. The length of the closure has not yet been determined, but please make childcare arrangements for next week and we will continue to communicate with you as we receive additional information. Throughout the closure, all extracurricular activities will be canceled or postponed, including athletics and fine arts. I will work with the Fine Arts Association to discuss the future of Xanadu when we have more information about when school will re-open.
Our students will participate in e-learning throughout the closure. E-learning looks different at every grade level, and the teachers are currently working on creating e-learning plans for next week. The classroom teachers will share specifics of what e-learning will look like for their students on Monday morning via the blogs. We understand that not every child has access to a personal electronic device while at home, and we will make accommodations in our e-learning expectations as needed.
Fr. James and I will continue to monitor the spread of this virus and make decisions, in conjunction with the Archdiocese, that ensure the safety of our students and school community. The school office will be closed until further notice, but I will share updates via e-mail and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any questions or concerns. 
Thank you,
Margie Marshall



08 Mar

Bear Your Hardship for the Gospel

Letters from a Pastor to His People- March 8, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The Transfiguration is an interesting event in the life of Christ.  It's significant, certainly, but not that significant.  Or, I should say, it's not as significant as the Crucifixion or the Resurrection or the Last Supper or, even, the Sermon on the Mount.  It didn't really "do" anything, the way those other events "did" something, like redeem us or teach us a new way of living.  I suppose we could argue the Transfiguration deepened our appreciation that Jesus is divine.  Or maybe we could also say that it transfigured human nature, making it possible for us to be transfigured.

08 Mar

Lenten Disciplines

Lenten disciplines require mindfulness. We need to attune our brains to work whenever we feel the urge to do a certain thing: drink, check email, bite our nails.  We feel the urge, we are mindful of what sensation that particular habit gives us, we wonder if this sensation is really actually helpful (we realize biting nails does not relieve stress and is painful), and we begin to rewire the neural firing patterns of our brain so we do not fall automatically into that habit.

The same goes for feelings of shame, anxiety or even distractions in our prayer.  If we can be mindful of why are feeling shame, we will begin to see that the shame is not rooted in reality (God is not ashamed of us) and reject that negative way of thinking.

08 Mar

Gospel March 8, 2020

In the First Reading, from the Book of Genesis, we listen to the call of Abram (later changed to Abraham to signify his new relationship with God) to pick up all of his belongings and family and move to a land he didn't know. His obedience to God’s call is a model for all believers.  Abraham became the father of many nations and the Father of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.

08 Mar

Deacon Cook What?


Missing meat on Fridays? That classic Catholic crisis when we realize it is meal time and it is Friday and it is during Lent…"Oh shoot, that is right it is Lent…ugh". Classic. Friday meals can be creative and strangely more delicious than maybe we first thought. One of my favorite recipes to cook during Lent is close to something like a burger. It is not a tofu burger, or what not. It is very filling. Try making Quinoa patties. I highly recommend them.


01 Mar

Persevere. Be Disappointing.


Letters from a Pastor to His People- March 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

You are a disappointment.

If you're still reading...I am a disappointment.

Yes, disappointments.  This is what Catholics are called to be, especially during the season of Lent.  We follow after the who first disappointed—Jesus Christ.