I have discussed the meaning of the Christmas Tree before. Its origins go back to St. Boniface, who chopped down a giant oak tree that pagans in Germany were worshiping. He proved to them that the Christian God was more powerful than the fake, pagan gods confined to a tree. If the local people needed a tree to facilitate their worship of the one, true God, then they should look to an evergreen tree. Triangular in shape, like an image of the Trinity, the tree points upward to heaven and its evergreen leaves, which are everlasting, represent the eternity of God.
Im sure most of your Christmas trees are up already in your homes. Traditionally, however, the tree was put up right before Christmas and remained in place until the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th.
Please be sure to pick up your free copy of The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly. This is our Advent/Christmas gift to you.
Do you believe its possible to be happier than you have ever been before? Not for fleeting moments, but consistently? Bestselling author Matthew Kelly believes it is possibleand in his latest book, The Biggest Lie, he explains how.
We all want to be happy and live life to the fullest, but the answer isnt found in the worlds definition of happiness. Modern culture is constantly feeding us lies, and these lies affect you more than you know. The lies that affect you the most, however, are the ones you tell yourself. These lies steal your joy, sap your energy, and cause you to lose hope. They prevent you from discovering the kind of vibrant faith the first Christians experienced.
But as Kelly shows, weve arrived at a crucial moment in history. People are disillusioned with what the world offers. The world is in desperate need of change, and no one is in a better position to effect that change than Christians. We have an incredible opportunity to dispel the lies and cut through the confusion and false promises around us.
This book provides the practical tools necessary to help you regain your fervor and leave your mark on the worldand experience more happiness than you thought possible. Together we can change the course of historywith humility, generosity, kindness, and joy, one Holy Moment at a time.
Please join usat our next 3Cs in Christ discussion on January 6 3:30pm to 4:30pm to hear and share insights and perspectives on this inspirational and thoughtprovoking book.
On the fourth Sunday of every month during the 9:30am Mass we offer Sunday School for children age 36. Parents are invited to enter the school through the Ahearn Activity Center (gym) doors before going to 9:30 Mass.Our helpers will guide you to room 12, where you may drop off and retrieve your child immediately following Mass. We spread the Gospel message to our youngest worshipers in a comprehensive way through ageappropriate stories, discussion, and handson activities. There is no cost for our Sunday School program, and all children of preschool to kindergarten age (36) are welcome, parishioners and nonparishioners alike. Please join us this SundayDecember 23rd @ 9:30am
The St. Juliana School Board needs your nominations for the annual
Sr. Remy Schaul Service Award! The award recognizes an individual who has volunteered his/her time, talent, and/or resources to better the school whether by maintaining the physical quality of the building/grounds or improving the educational opportunities for our students.The award is open to all parishioners, though school/parish employees are not eligible for services required as part of their employment responsibilities. Registered parishioners may submit nominations online at www.stjuliana.org/remy or in writing* to the school or parish office c/o Mike Kelly, School Board President, by January 6, 2019.
*Please include your name and contact information, the name and contact info of your nominee, and your specific reasons for nominating this person.
Come join fellow Lectors from Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Ransom, St. Juliana, and St. Paul of the Cross parishes for a morning of reflection and renewal on Saturday, January 12 from 9:00am12:30pm.
The retreat will start with a Celebration of the Eucharist and feature a reflection on how scripture can help us during difficult times in our lives by Fr Tim Anastos from MSW Parish. Scripture scholar and Institute for Diaconal Studies instructor, Fr. James McIlhone, will speak on the Gospel of Luke. The retreat will be held on the MSW Parish campus in Park Ridge.
12/211/06 Winter Break
Saturday 12/22 5:00pm Vigil Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday 12/23
JOY Fourth Sunday in Advent Monday 12/24
Christmas Eve Masses 3pm; 5pm; 10pm Tuesday 12/25
Christmas Day Masses 7:30am; 9:30am; 11:00am Wednesday 12/26 Thursday 12/27
9:00pmQueen of Hearts Raffle Drawing at Firewater Saloon Friday 12/28
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Save These Dates 12/31 Holy Day of Obligation Mary Mother of God New Years Eve Mass Vigil 5:00pm 1/01Holy Day of Obligation Mary Mother of God New Years Day Masses 7:30am; 9:30am 1/04 Eucharistic Adoration 1/06 3Cs in Christ Matthew Kellys The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity 1/07 School Resumes 1/21 NO SCHOOL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2/3 3Cs in Christ with Father Emanuel 2/09 Mothers Club Big Night Out 1/27 Catholic Schools Week 4/06 Dynamic Catholic Passion and Purpose in Marriage