Thanksgiving for Jesus, You and All Your Loved Ones
Saint Juliana Parish News
Letters From A Pastor to His People - November 18, 2018 Dear Parishioners,
As I have mentioned before, I teach 7th grade religion once a week in school, and I give time each class for the students to ask me questions. The questions are always fascinating and entertaining. In fact, I usually will mention their questions in some of my daily Mass homilies, so perceptive and thought-provoking are they. One student asked me this on her quiz the other week: "What do you do when God answers your prayers?"
I highlighted her question (I do that when the question is very good). I had never been asked that before.The answer I wrote on her quiz: "Thank him!"
It's a profound question.That's because we don't think too much about our prayers being answered.I usually hear more from people angry that God didn't answer their prayers.I usually don't hear the "success stories", though I know they are out there.
We don't hesitate to be religious beforehand.That is, we quickly pray and ask God for help.Afterwards, we become secular.That is, when something goes our way, we just move on to the next thing, or we chalk up the good outcome to our effort, the normal occurrence of events, or even luck.God doesn't enter our radar.
The 7th grade student's question was so striking because she demonstrated consistency and deep faitShe went to God beforehand and wants to go to God afterwardsShe has faithShe believes 'things went her way' because of God. His prayers were answered. So, what should she do? My response: thank him!
May God Bless You and Your Loved Ones as You Gather in Celebration of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.
Our Father in Heaven, we give thanks for the pleasure of gathering together for this occasion. We give thanks for this food prepared by loving hands. We give thanks for life, the freedom to enjoy it all and all other blessings. As we partake of this food, we pray for health and strength to carry on and try to live as You would have us. This, we ask in the name of Christ, our Heavenly Father.
Join Us for Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday at 8:00am.
Your Donation Matters
Thank you for your contribution to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, a collection the Archdiocese is taking up this weekend that goes to support low-income communities as they address root causes of poverty through community organizing and economic development.
On the first and third Sunday of every month during the 11:00am Mass we offer Family MassJoin us on November 18th at 11:00am for this celebratory way for family members at every age to participate in prayer and worship together.
The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is the center point of the life of any Catholic community. At St.Juliana we strive to celebrate Mass as best we can; but to do that, we need lots of help. In addition to maintaining our beautiful worship space, we have a great need for additional Eucharistic Ministers.
We formally invite you to become a Eucharistic Ministerto serve our parish and its visitors by assisting in the distribution of the Body and Blood of our Lord during Mass on the weekends, Holy Days, and other special days.
If you are interested in joining this most rewarding ministry, or have questions, please take a form in the back of the church or call the parish office. We will be in touch with you regarding the training program.Thank you for your consideration!
We are looking to expand our USHERS TEAMall men, women, and teens are invited to join! We are expanding our team of ushers, and we need YOU! Saint Juliana Parish ushers are called to be Ministers of Hospitality.
They are entrusted with welcoming everyone who enters our church for Mass each weekend. Our ushers are living representatives of the Parish Mission Statement to Experience Jesus.
As we are expanding the role of ushers in our Sunday experience, training will be scheduled for current and new ushers prior to the Advent season. If you are interested in joining the team,see our head usher Chet Moylan in the back of Church after most Masses.
INTERESTED IN HELPING OUR SUNDAY HOSPITALITY MINISTRY?
One of the Saint Juliana Pastoral Council initiatives this year is to engage all of Saint Juliana Ministries and School organizations in our Sunday Hospitality Ministry. Each Ministry will provide their members/volunteers to participate two weekends a year by overseeing and staffing the greeting and hospitality responsibilities at all Masses during the assigned weekend.
Hospitality Weekend 2018 Schedule - (November and December)
Ministry of Care November 17 & 18 (Family Mass will cover 11:00 mass) MothersClub November 24 & 25
Mens Club December 1 & 2 (Family Mass will cover 11:00 mass)
Eucharistic Ministers December 8 & 9 (Scouts will cover 9:30 mass)
Parent Ambassadors: December 15 & 16 (Family Mass will cover 11:00 mass)
Ushers: December 22 & 23
Pastoral Council: December 24 & 25 Christmas Masses
Music Ministry: December 29 & 30
In 1992 at the request of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Mercy Home launched its televised Sunday Mass that now allows 60,000 faithful viewers to share in the Eucharist every Sunday morning.
Sunday Mass at Mercy Home, which is filmed on location in the Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and broadcast on WGN in Chicago, is a source of spiritual nourishment for those who are unable to leave their homes because of age or ailment to attend Mass.
Mercy Home Mass is on WGN every Sunday at 9:30am with a variety of presiders including Father Scott Donahue and our own Pastor, Father James Wallace.. Father James is the presider for the Masses on December 2 and December 16 @ 9:30am on WGN.
If you or someone you know is unable to come to the parish, then please watch the Sunday Mass at Mercy Home Mass on WGN at 9:30am.
Every Friday morning when Saint Juliana School is in session we host a casual gathering for tots (age 0-3) and their caregivers in the Ahearn Activity Center from8:15 to 10am.
Tots & Company is free and open to everyone, parishioner or non-parishioner. All you need to do is show up! It's a great time to connect with other moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers to enjoy coffee, donuts and adult conversation while the little ones can have a playgroup of their own as they run (or crawl) around our spacious gym. We also have juice boxes and snacks for the kids.
Each week on Tuesday evening we offer a one-hour talk about a different theological topic. The presenter is our pastor, Father James Wallace, and we gather in the chapel, located in the ministry center building.
We hope you'll find the talks interesting and helpful in your faith formation. The talks are not interdependent of each other, so feel free to join us when you can. All are welcome!
11/20 - Angels & Demons
11/27 - St. Padre Pio 12/4- The Blessed Virgin Mary
If you've ever been interested in a more in-depth exploration of the Bible and its relevancy to us as faithful followers of Christ, please join us on Mondays @6:30pm in the Parish Center.This session we are exploring Women in the Old Testament.All are welcome.
Our annual Craft Fair and Cookie Walk will be taking place on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00am-3:00pm in the Ahearn Center. $3 entry fee includes a raffle ticket.
This is a great chance to get some Christmas shopping underway or to treat yourself! Vendors and crafters include: American Girl Doll clothing & accessories, Christmas ornaments, custom glassware, and much, much, more.
What's a Cookie Walk? The Cookie Walk is our cookie bake sale that happens within the Craft Fair. We collect thousands of cookies from volunteer bakers. These cookies are then displayed for sale by the box. Volunteers are always welcome! Visit the MothersClub blog or FB page to find out how you can help!
Join us at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Saturday, November 17th from 7-9 pm. Sign up online at www.fmsc.org with Join Our Group Code 1509269. Ride share will be available and service hours are granted. All are welcome, ages 5+
Drop off your gifts in the Ahearn Activity Center after 5 pm Mass on Saturday, December 1st and anytime Sunday morning, December 2nd before noon. All gifts are delivered to Casa Catalina, a Catholic Charities center.
The weekend of November 17/18, St. Vincent DePaul Society will be collecting non-perishable items in the back of the church after all Masses. The food donated will be given to St. Thomas of Canterbury food pantry in the uptown neighborhood. Following are some suggested items to donate: canned foods/soups/pasta/pasta sauces/macaroni and cheese/rice/instant potatoes/peanut butter/jelly/ granola/cereal/oatmeal/tuna/mayo. Monetary donations are also appreciated and welcomed. Please make checks payable to St. Vincent DePaul Society. Your generosity is, as always, greatly appreciated.
The Knights of Columbus 4338 cordially invite you to their annual Christmas fundraiser party on Saturday, December 8th in the St. John Brebeuf Parish May Ministry Center at 8305 N. Harlem Ave. in Niles. Social hour starts at 6:00pm, and dinner begins at 7:00pm. Join us for delicious food from Salernos di Lucca! Delight in music of the season provided by the St. Juliana Christmas Carolers! TICKETS ARE ONLY $27.00 per person, Widows $24.00 per person $14.00 for children under 12. RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY Monday, December 3. Visit www.kofc4338.org and print your invitation from the Formslist. Contact Steve Baggio at 773.315.1621 with questions.
The St. Juliana Friendship Club will have their annual Christmas Party onTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 6th at 1:00 p.m.This years festivities will be held at Fairway Banquets6676 W. Howard Ave., in Niles (behind Howard Street Inn at Tam OShanter golf course).Cost is $50 which includefamily style luncheon, self-serve wine & soda bar, basket raffles, and entertainmenalong with their usual Fun & Friendship!ALL St. Juliana Seniors (and guests) are welcomeplease join them for an enjoyable afternoon! For reservations call Roxanne no later than NOV. 26th (847-966-7365) and please drop-off your payment at the Parish Office as soon as possible.
This is the last event of the year for the Friendship Club.Their meetings will start again in March, and they will hold elections for new Officers in 2019.They are hoping to grow their membership, so please consider joining this congenial Senior group in the new year!
Grab your friends and join us for a great Friday night of games, food and fun at St. Juliana Bingo! Fun starts at 4:30 pm.
Halloween Bingowas a success. Thank you to all who joined us. Same place same time next year.Please Save the Date for the upcoming Ugly Sweater Contest December 14th.
BINGO FOOD DRIVE
Bring NonPerishable items to SJ BINGO for the St. Cornelius Food Pantry. ALL Non-Perishable Items Needed!! Ideas: Canned Meat, Canned Fruit and Veggies, Cereal, Coffee, Spaghetti Sauce, Soups, Pastas. Every donation earns 1 entry into a special drawing for SJ Bingo prizes! We will hold a drawing every Friday Night in November. Cant stay for Bingo? You can drop off donations anytime during Bingo hours 4:30pm-9:00pm.
Please Help Feed Our Priests and Seminarians Monday Rectory Meal Rotation. Please help feed our priests on Monday evenings. Volunteer cooks can select a date, enter (and edit) the meal you are planning to make, and even opt-in to receive email reminder notifications. And if you have trouble dropping the meal off at the rectory, please call the parish office and we will arrange to have the meal picked up. Thank You!
Saturday 11/17 Craft Fair and Cookie Walk
5:00pm SVDP Hejza Food Drive
5:00pm Christmas Sharing Slips
7:00pm Feed My Starving Children Sunday 11/18
All Masses SVDP Hejza Food Drive
All Masses Christmas Sharing Slips
9:30am Confirmation Acceptance Mass11:00amFamily Mass Monday 11/19
6:30pm Bible Study
6:30pm Holy Hour
7:00pm Boy Scouts Troop Meeting
7:00pm Pastoral Council Meeting Tuesday 11/20
7:00pm Tuesday Theology Talks with Father James - Angels and Demons Wednesday 11/21
6:45pm No CCD Thursday 11/22
8:00am Happy Thanksgiving Mass
9:00pmQueen of Hearts Raffle Drawing at Firewater Saloon Friday 11/23
8:15am Tots & Company
4:30pm Black Friday Bingo
Save These Dates 11/24 Sunday School 11/27 Tuesday Theology Talks with Father James - St. Padre Pio 12/01-12/02 Creche Walk 12/02 Father James Sunday Mass at Mercy Home 12/08 Knights of Columbus Christmas Fundraiser 12/08-12/09 Parish Advent Book Release 12/14 Ugly Christmas Sweater Bingo 12/16Father James Sunday Mass at Mercy Home 12/21 Winter Break Begins 1/06 3Cs in Christ with Father James 1/07 School Resumes 2/09 MothersClub Big Night Out