Jesus, Mary & Music

Experience Jesus This Week at Saint Juliana Parish
25 May 2018
Saint Juliana Parish News
Jesus Shock!

Jesus Shock!

Ever find it awkward or embarrassing to acknowledge your Catholic faith—your belief in Jesus? Why does the name Jesus evoke controversy? Our gift to you, the book Jesus Shock! directly asks and answers that question and others, and aims to help us strengthen our faith in Jesus. If you haven't picked up your free copy, they're available in the back of church and the parish office. Our new 3 Cs in Christ—coffee, conversation and contemplation—book discussion group will convene in January and February about Jesus Shock! All are invited!


Mary and Jesus

Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 8 we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation which honors that Mary's own conception was free from sin. Did you know that Mary's parents, Saints Joachim and Anne, are not directly mentioned in the Bible? The Catholic tradition leans on early Christian writers for an outline of Mary's childhood and parents.

All Masses are in church, at 7 and 8am and 7pm. Please join us!

Parish Christmas Concert

Sweet & Sacred Sounds of the Season

A reminder to join us in church Sunday, December 10 at 3:30pm for our annual parish Christmas concert. Our adult, family and children's choirs—vocal and handbell—have been diligently rehearsing and it's sure to be a beautiful and inspirational homage to the season of Advent and Christmas. Here's a video from last year presentation of the stirring spiritual "Sing Noel."

As you may have heard, our long-time music director Margie Shiel is retiring next summer. Let's all put on a great "audience" show and be there for Margie's last parish Christmas concert.


RE PJ Drive

Do you say pa·JAM·a or pa·JOM·a?

(We like to avoid conflict and just call them PJs.) Whichever you prefer, our SJS and RE students are combining to share some warmth by collecting and distributing brand-new pajamas to children in need. They're welcoming donations of new, winter-weather pajamas in kids' sizes 2T to 12, and if you would add a book suitable for a bedtime story, all the better. They'll be donated to children of St. Angela Parish.

You can drop the PJs and book–wrapped in Christmas paper and tagged on the outside for size/gender—in the collection bins in the back of church this weekend, or at the parish office to the attention of Patty Collins, our religious ed coordinator

SJS Open House

SJS Open House

Our next admissions event is Tuesday, December 12 from 9–10:30am. Observe classes while they're in session as you take a guided tour of our school with our principal, Margie Marshall.

We have more scheduled events coming up, as well as our annual kick-off to Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 28. More information to follow!


MST visits FMSC


Amid that alphabet-soup of a headline is the savory story of our Missionary Spirit Team and their recent visit to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville.

Let's add some numbers to those letters: On November 18, our volunteers packed more than 54,000 meals (and that is not a misprint) that will feed 149 children for a year! Since the first visit to FMSC in 2014 our helping hands have fed more than 500 children for an entire year. Anyone is welcome to join the MST in their zeal to find opportunities to serve.

Take Them a Meal

Mmmm, thanks!

Many thanks to the parishioner-cooks who have delivered an evening meal to our priests. Your culinary efforts not only delight our clergy but also save the parish money on grocery bills.

There are spots available to bring a Monday-night meal to the guys; just visit the link below to register. If you have trouble delivering to the rectory please let us know and we'll arrange a pick-up.

When you visit the Take Them a Meal site you'll need our location and password:
Recipient Last Name: rectory
Password: 4127

Men's Club holiday party

Men's Club Holiday Party

All men of the parish (and their friends!) are invited to join us at 7:30pm on Monday, December 11 for our Christmas party. We gather in the school hall and have plenty of pizza and refreshments. Park in the lot, enter through door #3 and head downstairs. Hope to see you!

Read weekly letter


From Father James, highlighting parish news as well as his Sunday message.

Events Calendar

Looking Ahead

Here's what's coming next week. Visit our full calendar online for details, more activities and up-to-the-minute events.

  • Friday 12.8
    Tots & Company · 8:15–10am
    Bingo · 4:30pm
  • Saturday 12.9
    Crèche Walk ·4–6:30pm
    SJS Christmas Craft/Santa's Workshop
  • Sunday 12.10
    Scout Mass · 9:30am
    Crèche Walk · 7am–1:30pm
  • Monday 12.11
    Holy Hour · 6:30pm
    Bible Study · 6:30pm
    Men's Club Meeting · 7:30pm
    Boy Scouts · 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 12.12
    SJS Open House · 9-11am
    Basketball vs. QAS & St. Ed's · 4:15–9pm
    Adult Choirs Rehearsal · 7pm
    Cancer Support Group · 7pm
    SPRED · 7pm
  • Wednesday 12.13
    Children's Choir Rehearsal · 2:50pm
    Adult Handbell Rehearsal · 4:30pm
    SJS Junior Band Rehearsal · 4:30pm
    SJS Senior Band Rehearsal · 5:30pm
    Family Choir Rehearsal · 6pm
    Religious Ed · 6:45pm
  • Thursday 12.14
    Sit & Knit · 9:30am
    SPRED Christmas Party· 7pm
    SJS Band Concert · 7pm at Notre Dame CP

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