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MASSES IN THE CHURCH SATURDAYS @ 5PM
SUNDAYS @ 730am, 930am, 1100am
DAILY ROSARY MS @ 800am
ROSARY During ADORATION Mondays @ 630pm
Letters from a Pastor to His People December 13, 2020
I have noticed since being here at Saint Juliana that there are certain times of the year when the Saint Vincent de Paul clothing bins in the alley by the parish center become full. Right now is one of those times. In fact, the bins are overflowing. Perhaps people are clearing out their closets and drawers to make space for new clothes they will receive from Santa. Perhaps people respond specifically to our own SVDPs annual coat drive. Perhaps after Thanksgiving and the stress eating during Bears games we give away those pants that dont quite fit anymore.
The readings this week bear a certain similarity to those of last week we hear a prophecy from Isaiah that is reiterated by John the Baptist in Marks Gospel but today the focus is different. Last week John told us to repent. Today he is the light leading us to God.
Today is also known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, as the reading from First Thessalonians commands us to Rejoice in the Lord always. We are to rejoice. Right now. Combined with last Sunday, this seems like a mixed message. Which is it? Repenting or Rejoicing? But John is telling us that one leads to the other. As we prepare for the coming of our Savior we must first repent and then rejoice.
A LITTLE GOOD NEWS Many years ago, Canadian singer Ann Murray had a hit song that spoke of her frustrations as she listened to the radio and read the headlines. She sang that we sure could use a little good news today. It strikes me that this is the message that the readings want us to leave with this week. The Gospel Antiphon proclaims, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor (from Isaiah 611 and Luke 4 18). John the Baptist is here to testify to the light, to the Good News.
WILL THE REAL MESSIAH PLEASE STAND UP? The Jewish people were waiting for their messiah, they were waiting for a hero. They prodded John several times trying to figure out what his role actually was, and to see what he knew. It became a guessing game. He tried to say nothing, but finally answered in a humble fashion, I am not he. He baptized with water as a means of leading people to the coming Christ and helping them to prepare. He somehow avoided the trappings of success that would turn his light on himself. Today he remains a road sign for us, pointing out Christ our Light.
We all want someone to rescue us, and most likely to fix the mistakes and errors that we continue to make as individuals and as nations. Much of that is human nature. Would there be as much fascination with superheroes if this were not the case? How many times do you as an adult turn to your folks for advice, or wish you could talk to a deceased parent? Some need help emotionally, others spiritually, others financially. The reality is that it is tough to get your ducks in a row and always has been.
Todays encouraging message is for us to always look to the Light for our help. May we always be like John the Baptist and testify how Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, has been our Savior.
There are thousands of depictions in art of the Annunciation. My guess is that, if we were given a lineup of paintings, we would not choose the more traditional images. Think of Fra Angelicos fresco (1438, Museum of San Marco, Florence), Caravaggios (1608, Musée des BeauxArts de Nancy), or Leonardo da Vincis (1472, Uffizi, Florence).
Given the current trajectories of the Bears, Cubs, and Blackhawks, I have decided to make golf my sport of viewing choice. Yes, I know these teams will be competitive at some point, but I dont need to sit and be frustrated with them. Maybe Im just inspired by the first Masters Tournament in November and getting to watch the majority of the rounds with some of my fellow seminarians.
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Our next book will beThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, December 19 @ 915am The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
Saturday December 19th at 4pm, a group will parishioners will meet to go Christmas Caroling to any homebound parishioners to help brighten up their day. If you would like to sing, or know of a neighbor or anyone whos house we should stop by to sing in front of, please let us know. Please contact Jen at 773‐ 895‐1765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loss of a Child Service
The Elizabeth Ministry participates in the Worldwide Candle Lighting and Prayer Service organized by the Compassionate Friends organization. Join us December 13 at 645 p.m. in the Basilica we light candles, along with others around the world, to honor the memory of a child gone too soon. The service will be livestreamed on the parish website. All are welcome.
CHIBRO is hosted by Father James, St Juliana Parish,and NEWLY ORDAINED Father Hank, St Emily Parish, Mount Prospect, IL. The podcast intends to show a peek behind the curtain of rectory life while providing an informal commentary on faith life under our current uncertain circumstances.
The NEW CHI BRO Podcasts with be posted on TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
Rosary 800am Daily Mass 830am Third Sunday of Advent Vigil Mass 500pm (reserve your spot here)
SUNDAY 12/13 Third Sunday in Advent + Saint Lucy Third Sunday of Advent Mass 730am 930am 1100am (reserve your spot here) Reconciliation after the 930am Mass until 11am
MONDAY 12/14 + Saint John the Baptist Rosary 800am Daily Mass 830am (reserve your spot here) Monday Evening of Prayer (reserve your spot here) Eucharistic Adoration 600pm800pm Rosary 630pm Reconciliation 630pm730pm
Father James Talk on Prayer 730pm followed by Night Prayer and Benediction