Letters From A Pastor to His People January 13, 2018
And the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove (Lk 3:22).What is the significance of the dove?
We know now that the dove is one of the forms or images of the Holy Spirit. But for the crowd witnessing Jesus baptism in the Jordan, they would not have picked up on this. They simply would have seen a bird flying in the sky that happened to hover above this young adult.The Old Testament made no mention of God being a bird.But there are, however, some Old Testament references to the dove, and Id like to use these to unpack the doves significance in the Baptism of our Lord.
Noah releases a dove during the flood to determine if dry land has appeared; if the flood waters have begun to recede (cf. Gen 8:8).It first returns with an olive branch and then, at last, it never returns, indicating to Noah that the land is once again habitable, as the dove is able to settle on it.
Saint Juliana Parish hosts a monthly gathering for teens and invites all current high school students to attend and join our Teen Ministry.
Our next session is January 13th when we meet in church for 5pm Mass then head over to the Ahearn Activity Center for prayerful conversation, food (usually pizza or something equally good) and open gym immediately afterwards.
Bring your friends and spread the word! Students from all high schools are welcome and theres no cost. This is a great chance to reconnect with grammar school friends you havent seen in a while, and make new friends!
Every Friday morning when Saint Juliana School is in session we host a casual gathering for tots (age 03) and their caregivers in the Ahearn Activity Center from8:15 to 10am.
Tots & Company is free and open to everyone, parishioner or nonparishioner. All you need to do is show up! Its 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.
Join us for a spectacular Dynamic Catholic event on the Passion and Purpose for Marriage. This event has been enriching marriages across the country. Hear live music from George Lower, an awardwinning singersongwriter. Hear Dr. Allen Hunt, a nationally known speaker and bestselling Catholic author on Marriage. As quoted by Dr. Allen Hunt, Marriage is a partnership and a friendship more than anything else. As spouses building a life together you will mutually influence one another in all kinds of ways. Please join us for this enriching and inspiring event on April 6th10am2pm in the Church.
We will be selling tickets at the back of Church. January 26/27 (great idea as Valentine presents)February 23/24; March 23/24; March 30/31.Cash, Check and Credit Card are accepted.Tickets can also be purchased online.
This 5week training will take place on Tuesday evenings 79pm from January 29th through February 26th at Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 6930 West Touhy Avenue, Niles.Per Archdiocesan guidelines it is important that new Ministers of Care attend all 5 training sessions to be mandated.
This course is designed with the person in mind who is new to parish ministry. Each session will focus on a particular aspect of the Ministry of Care; however, the unifying thread woven through all is a commitment to helping you develop the skills and confidence needed to be a source of comfort to those who are sick. Completion of this course qualifies you to receive the Archdiocesan mandate to bring Communion to the sick, homebound and hospitalized of your parish. Sessions will run two hours and will include a talk given by an experienced facilitator accompanied by group discussion and/or an exercise to help you practice a particular skill.
If you are interested in attending please contact Deacon Ed Dolan @ 773.443.0560 or Deacon Bob Ryan @ 773.631.4127. Only those who have the endorsement of the parish will be admitted.The form must be signed by a Deacon so please RSVP early.
We will need LOTS of help for Big Night Out. A SignUp Genius will be live soon. Were looking for donations, toogift cards, themed baskets, etc. And wed love some food donations to help offset costs. If you or anyone you know is associated with a restaurant that would like to donate, wed love it! Please let us know! Email Clare
Lou Malnatis orders are due this Monday, January 14. Please see our blog for the order form.
If youve been collecting Box Tops, please turn them in ASAP.
Our next meeting is on Monday, January 14 in the school hall. Well serve pizza and refreshments. Save the date for our annual chili cookoff, which will be held on February 11. Bring your best chili to share with all of us! Well provide the condiments!
Boy Scout Sock Drive on Jan 26/27 and February 2/3. We will be collecting at all of the masses in the back of the church. Please consider donating brand NEW socks which will be distributed to organizations providing emergency support to families and individuals in crisis. One very pressing need is warm new socks.
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 optin 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!
Happy Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
9:30am Scout Mass
5:00pm Teen Ministry and Mass
Monday 1/14 6:30pm: Holy Hour
7:00pm Boy Scouts Troop Meeting
7:30pm Mens Club Tuesday 1/15
7:00pm Baptismal Prep Wednesday 1/16
6:45pm: CCD Thursday 1/17
7:00 Mothers Club Meeting
9:00pmQueen of Hearts Raffle Drawing at Firewater Saloon Friday 1/18
8:15am Tots & Company
8:30am School Mass
4:30pm Bingo Saturday 1/19 10:00am SJS White (4th girls) @ St. Barts 11:00am SJS Green vs White (4th boys) @ SJS
11:00am KofC Free Throw Champ
12:00pm SJS Green (4th girls) @ St. Barts Sunday 1/20 11:00am Family Mass
Save These Dates 1/21 NO SCHOOL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1/27 Catholic Schools Week 2/03 3Cs in Christ with Father Emanuel 2/04 NO SCHOOL 2/09 Mothers Club Big Night Out 2/11 Mens Club Chili CookOf 2/18 NO SCHOOL Presidents Day 2/26 First Reconciliation 3/03 Cub Scout Pancake Breakfast 3/05 Father James Tuesday Theology Talk 3/06 Ash Wednesday 3/29 Spring Musical Opening Night 4/06 Dynamic Catholic Passion and Purpose in Marriage