Saint Juliana Parish is here to help people experience Jesus. We believe when you experience Jesus, you become the best version of yourself. You experience happiness. Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome to our Catholic parish.
Letters From A Pastor to His People December 8, 2019
John the Baptist was a man who was anything but superficial. He wasnt into appearances or externals. He lived in his Cousins shadow his whole life, and it didnt bother him one bit. John was a nononsense kinda guy. If youre a person who struggles with appearances and keeping up with the Joneses, then perhaps you could think of praying with John.
In the Second Sunday of Advent the First Reading comes from the Prophet Isaiah. The prophet has just announced the imminent destruction of the kingdom of Judah and its center, Jerusalem, with its temple. Disillusioned with King Ahaz, a contemporary of Isaiah, the prophet assures his people that God will raise up a faithful King who will rule his people with the mind and heart of God. With the help of the divine gifts, the future King will rule in a way that is pleasing to God. This new King will come from the stump of Jesse (Davids father). This prophesy could only be filled by the Anointed One of God, Jesus Christ.
Just before Thanksgiving Break kickedoff for St. Julianas School, seminarian Kevin and I popped over to the school Monday and Tuesday to say hi to the students. On one of our visits in the classrooms, one student asked Kevin and I what kind of book we were each carrying. That day we were carrying around our Breviaries. I opened up my Breviary for the whole class to see the creamcolored pages, black and red font, the assorted colored ribbons throughout the little book. I explained how priests, religious brothers and sisters, monks, nuns, deacons, seminarians and some lay people who choose to, pray from the Breviary daily.
Whether you are single, a busy parent with kids, or emptynesters, you can celebrate Advent like you are actually anticipating the coming of Christ—which is the whole point. Its a spiritual journey!
When you know what the season is meant to be, you will more likely do the kinds of things that emphasize that purpose. Please visit our Advent 2019 page to explore the various opportunities to help you deepen your spiritual experience this Advent season.
Advent Penance Services December 16 @ 700pm in the Church.
Womens Center Christmas Wreath Sale
Please support the womens center wreath sale this weekend and purchase a wreath or other Christmas favorites to decorate your home or give as gifts. Sale is this weekend before and after all masses.
Christmas Project for Saint Benedict Nursing Center. For many years, the junior high students have done a Christmas project for residents of a nearby nursing home. This year, once again, the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will make gift boxes for the 140 residents of Saint Benedict Nursing Center in Niles.
Each of these boxes will contain a craft item (made by a student), a pair of socks (purchased by the student), and other donated items for the residents to enjoy. This is where we need your help!
Please donate any of these items to help us fill our gift boxes for the nursing home residents Individually wrapped candies; · Small stuffed animals (such as Beanie Babies); · Toiletries such as tooth paste, lotions, etc.; · Decks of playing cards; · Individually wrapped packs of cookies or snacks or anything that you think the elderly would enjoy in their a gift boxes from the junior high students.
If you are able to help us, please send your donation to school with one of our students, drop it off at school, or drop it off at the parish business office and they will make sure that I receive it. I need these donations by Monday, December 9th.
Thank you so much for your help.
Mrs. Jane Lidgus, Junior High Teacher
Sr. Remy Schaul Service Award
The Saint 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 stjuliana.org/remyor in writing to the school or parish office c/o Mike Kelly, School Board President, by January 3, 2020.
Advent is a time, Pope Benedict XVI once said, to retrace the paths of old and make the light that illuminated the stable in Bethlehem shine anew in our lives. The world was in a dark place during Marys pregnancy 2,000 years ago, but God reentered the world and gave it hope. So too can God reenter our world and our lives, despite the darkness, to give us light and hope.
A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.
In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.
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