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.
MASSES IN THE CHURCH
SUNDAY@ 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:00am
DAILY ROSARY MS @ 8:00am
ROSARY During ADORATION Mondays @ 6:30pm
Letters from a Pastor to His People December 20, 2020
I am going to call 2020 the Year of the House. All of us have probably spent more time in our houses this year than any previous year. Weve worked from home, attended school from home, exercised at home, prayed at home, watched movies at home, and celebrated holidays at home.
Here I am living in a house of cedar, says King David, while the ark of God dwells in a tent! (2 Samuel 71). (It must have been nice to be King of Israel and live in a walkin humidor.)
Where does God dwell? is a question on the minds of many as we continue to adjust to the pandemic. David wanted to build an ornate dwelling for the Ark of the Covenant, but God said, No, thats not what I had in mind! The reading from Romans teaches us that God is present in the Word, and in Lukes Gospel passage today, Jesus is residing in the womb of Mary. We know that Jesus is present in the assembly gathered, the Koinonia, as well as within the Eucharistic species. But no matter how one experiences the presence of Jesus, these days are challenging. In many places, only limited numbers continue to be allowed in church, while others are only able to worship via live stream. None of the pat answers to where God dwells really fit. We need to try and answer this with new eyes and ears and heart.
We are currently creating a new memorial plaque for the back of the church for all who have donated to the recent church projects the Mary statue, the new tabernacle, the bells, the ceiling, etc. If you would like to make a donation and be remembered in perpetuity, please contact Father James (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also make a donation in memory of a loved one.
PLEASE NOTE On December 21 and January 4, there will be Monday Night Prayer Service as scheduled from 68pm, however, Father James will not present at 730pm.
Tassel of the Cloak
When Mary and Joseph arrived at Bethlehem, they were really arriving at Calvary. Bethlehem in Hebrew means house of bread, and Christ, the grain of wheat, was beginning his journey to fall to the ground and die so he could produce fruit. The cross overshadowed the crib.
We see this lovely shadow in several Christmas saints. The Christmas tree originated with Saint Boniface, the apostle to Germany, who was cut down like that oak tree he felled that the pagans had been worshipping.
It has been a tremendous privilege to assist with the 3rd through 6th grade religious education classes this semester led by Patty Collins as part of the Tolton Teaching Parish Program. Practicing some teaching skills via Zoom has brought back unique memories of helping with Insect Biology classes (yes, that is really a thing!) in Wyoming. Now, instead of setting up quizzes including praying mantids, butterflies, and grasshoppers of all sorts, I find myself aiding with lesson plans that aim to pass along the Catholic Faith to others, which has been a decent upgrade (no offense to our six legged friends).
St. Juliana 4th Grade Girl Scouts are selling cookies! Ask your favorite Girl Scout for details, or purchase cookies virtually by visiting our troop cookie website to place your order, pay with a credit card, and have your cookies shipped directly to your door! Shipping charges apply and the online order minimum is 4 boxes. You can also order cookies for our Gift of Caring service project which donates cookies to military personnel and essential workers. Our website is available now through March 21, 2021.
Did you know that the Invest in Kids Act helps children from low income households in Illinois access scholarships that cover up to 100 percent of a Catholic schools tuition? Thousands of students are gaining knowledge and building on their faith in Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools thanks to this program. Your support during these challenging times would help educate the next generation in Catholic students while building on a brighter future for all.
Our next book for discussion on January 30 @ 915amwill be Come Rack! Come Rope! by Robert Hugh Benson. This bookis the most vivid and gripping novel ever written about how the Reformation happened. In this book, the appalling events come to life. This novel tells of the struggles and sufferings of Catholic Recusants under Queen Elizabeth I of England. One such Recusant, Robin Audrey, is shocked to learn his father has decided to leave the Catholic Church for the safety of the Church of England.
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
Chrismas Caroling 400pm Fourth Sunday of Advent Vigil Mass 500pm (reserve your spot here)
SUNDAY 12/20 Fourth Sunday in Advent + Saint Dominic of Silos Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass 730am 930am 1100am (reserve your spot here)
Reconciliation after the 930am Mass until 11am
MONDAY 12/21 + Saint Peter Canisius Rosary 800am Daily Mass 830am (reserve your spot here) Monday Evening of Prayer (reserve your spot here) Eucharistic Adoration 600pm-800pm
Father James Talk on Prayer 730pm followed by Night Prayer and Benediction