05 Jul

The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius

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.

05 Jul

Gospel July 5, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah. These verses are chosen for this Sunday because they describe a meek –not easily provoked- and humble Messiah, which Jesus is. Zechariah preached about the great battle that would take place between the forces of God and forces of evil. Rather than the machine of war (chariots and horses), this king of peace will come riding on a donkey, a sign of the reign of peace. This king of peace will reunite the northern kingdom, Israel and the southern kingdom, Judah. The rule of this just king is to extend to all nations, including that of the gentiles.

28 Jun

My Modus Vivendi

Letters from a Pastor to His People- June 28, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

As a priest, I have taken to heart the Lord's words from the Gospel, "whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matthew 10:39). This is my modus vivendi, if you will; my philosophy, my operating procedure, my ethic. I love God more than anything in the world and have been called by him to completely follow him, abandoning everything for him. I seek to lose my life, so I can live for God. As John the Baptist said, "I must decrease, he must increase" (John 3:30). Or, in the words of Saint Paul, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).

28 Jun

Luigi and Marie Beltrame Quattrocchi

Retreat is a term we do not like. We think of it as failing or quitting, with an accompanying sense of shame. Surrender, which of course is linked to retreat, is also very difficult.

But it is to the ideal of surrender that we are called in the spiritual life. We are called to retreat. We are not to be like Ulysses S. Grant, who famously wrote in May 1864 to the War Department of his plans to do anything but retreat against Lee's army. "I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer," he said. Christ surrender on the cross. So too are we.

28 Jun

Gospel June 28, 2020

The First Reading is from the Second Book of Kings. This reading is about the hospitality scripture par excellence. The woman in today’s reading is incredible. As a wealthy and influential woman from Shunem offers the prophet Elisha the hospitality of meals, a bed, a lamp, and a chair on a regular basis. It seems that the prophet has a special place in the home and heart of this woman since Elijah is a man of God. A man who speaks the Word of God. Hospitality in the scripture is a sacred duty. Therefore, her hospitality to the prophet is rewarded by the promise of a son she and her husband have been longing for.

28 Jun

THE FINAL Deacon Say What?

Elijah and Elisha, Sts. Peter and Paul, the saints come in twos sometimes: St. Francis and St. Claire, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. That last one is extra special, because Sts. Benedict and Scholastica were actually siblings. With a selfish motive, I want to highlight Saints Peter and Paul, because I, along with my classmates, will be ordained priests on their solemnity.

25 Jun

Welcome Our New Principal

  • 08 July 2020 |
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Welcome, Cathie Scotkovsky, Saint Juliana School's New Principal!

Dear Families and Friends of Saint Juliana,

It is my pleasure to announce Ms. Catherine Scotkovsky as our new principal for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year and beyond. Ms. Scotkovsky has been a principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago for 8 years, and not only brings experience but also a tremendous passion and commitment to Catholic education. An SJS alumna herself, we are blessed to have her once again part of the Saint Juliana Family.

21 Jun

"Fear no one and fear no thing", says Jesus

Letters from a Pastor to His People- June 21, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Wow, another incredibly fitting set of readings this weekend.  Amazing how the Spirit of God is moving in a particular way with our Liturgy and the Lectionary, providing for us great words to meditate upon in these times and encourage us.  There are times when I need to do a little digging and use my creativity to find a relevant message from the Mass readings.  Not this weekend!

I'm focusing, in particular, on the Gospel.  Our Lord provides a great, laconic exhortation: "Fear no one" (Matthew 10:26).  Go ahead and tape that one up on your bathroom mirror.

21 Jun

Angel of Auschwitz

It is in the midst of terrible suffering that God brings forth tremendous graces.  It was seen in the year 261, when a plague broke out in Alexandria and a group of Christians tended to the sick and dying when no one else would.  They were executed for this heroic deed and later canonized.  The Martyrs of the Plague of Alexandria, as they are called, have been praying for us.

21 Jun

Gospel June 21, 2020

The First Reading is from the Prophet Jeremiah who has often been called a “reluctant” prophet. He was always trying to run away from God because he did not want to be a prophet. Once Jeremiah says ‘Yes’ to God’s call, he speaks what he feels God wants him to say. His message is about repentance of infidelity to their covenant with God. His preaching angers the religious and civil leaders and his own people. Therefore, today’s reading is an excerpt from what is called the “Confessions of Jeremiah” – a revelation of the personal anguish the prophet experiences in his soul as he carries out his ministry. “But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.”