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Lenten Resources 2019

 

Adoration Video 2017 from St. John Neumann on Vimeo.

Eucharistic Adoration will take place every Friday of Lent in the church starting after the 8:30am Mass and ending with Benediction at 5:45 pm. Please consider stopping by to spend some time with Jesus.

Volunteer adorers needed so that the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus) is never left alone. Please sign up as a volunteer adorer. At least one adorer needed for each 1/2 hour time slot. Sign-up book at the back of church. Your time for Jesus and St. Juliana Parish is greatly appreciated. 

 

Lenten Retreat 2019

St. Juliana Missionary Spirit Team will be hosting a day of "Faith, Fellowship, Prayer and Reflection"

Please join us on March 9th 8:30am-1:00pm at St. Juliana Church as Fr. James Wallace, the pastor of St. Juliana Parish, presents "Come and See, Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Christ
 
No registration is necessary.  Everyone is welcome.  The day will begin with Mass at 8:30a.m. and conclude at 1:00p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 
 
For additional information, please contact Diana Laske  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Learn what prayer is and how to pray!

Fr. James Wallace, the pastor of Saint Juliana Parish, will be offering a four-week series on “Prayer and the Spiritual Life.” He will discuss the different styles and methods of prayer, including Lectio Divina, contemplation, devotional prayer like the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, centering prayer, and more. The various “schools” of spirituality (Benedictine, Carmelite, Ignatian) will be presented, along with a history of prayer. The goal is not simply to teach about prayer, but to teach how to pray. In each session there will be a demonstration of prayer and a chance to pray, as well as the opportunity to share personal experiences of prayer and ask questions. People of all levels, from beginners to mystics, are welcome!

  • Session 1: Tuesday, March 5th
  • Session 2: Tuesday, March 12th
  • Session 3: Tuesday, March 19th
  • Session 4: Tuesday, March 26th

All sessions will last one hour, from 7pm to 8pm at the Saint Juliana Parish Center Chapel, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago IL 60631. The sessions are independent—if you miss one you can still attend the others—and there is no charge. The only expectation of participants is that they themselves engage in private prayer throughout the week between sessions!We hope you can join and experience a deepening of your prayer and your relationship with God, not to mention a greater sense of peace and fulfillment in your life!

Marriage Enrichment

The St. Juliana Marriage Enrichment Ministry strives to encourage married couples to grow in love with each other and remain in God’s love. Married couples from St. Juliana Parish and neighboring parishes are invited to attend liturgies, workshops, speakers and fun events to encourage and enrich their marriages.

If a married couple can form a habit of looking at each other in a sacramental way - seeing the beauty of God in each other's souls - seeking to enhance that beauty by upbuilding each other- mutually growing in the image of Jesus - then that Sacrament of Matrimony bears the stamp of the living God.

Interested in joining the ministry or learning more? Please contact the Marriage Enrichment Team.
Marriage Enrichment Team

 

Dynamic Catholic Passion and Purpose for Marriage

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 award-winning singer-songwriter. 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 6th - 10am-2pm in the Church.
 
We will be selling tickets at the back of Church  the last weekend of January 26/27 (great idea as Valentine presents),the last weekend in February 23/24 and the last two weekends in March 23/24 and March 30/31. Cash, Check and Credit Card are accepted.  Tickets can also be purchased online.

Purchase Tickets Online

 
If you are interested in helping out with the event before, during , or after, please email Anastasia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 773-979-2830. Your time will be greatly appreciated. 

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Kevin Matthews & Broken Mary

Thanks to everyone who joined us on March 4 for a conversation with Chicago radio legend Kevin Matthews, as he discussed his legendary career and his spiritual journey that led to his book Broken Mary. We had nearly 800 visitors from all around Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Indiana and a great crowd from our own parish. For those who missed the event. the program was recorded and will be posted here soon. We are very grateful for all of our volunteers, including the members of the Saint Juliana Pastoral Council, for making this event possible.

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Teen Ministry

Saint Juliana Parish hosts a monthly gathering for teens and invites all current high school students to attend and join our Teen Ministry.

On the second Sunday of every month, 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 there's no cost. This is a great chance to reconnect with grammar school friends you haven't seen in a while, and make new friends!

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3 Cs in Christ Discussion Group

 

Our 3 Cs in Christ are coffee, conversation and contemplation as we gather for monthly discussions centered around faith, formation, growth and inspiration.

Here is a previous 3Cs session with legendary radio and talk show host KEVIN MATTHEWS the author of Broken Mary.

 

Here is a previous 3Cs session with Dr. Melanie Barrett on Holiness in Today’s World:  Discussing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation

 

Sunday, October 7: Guest speaker Pat McCaskey led a discussion on Faith and Sports

 

Pat McCaskey vice president and co-owner of the Chicago Bears was the featured speaker for our discussion on Sunday, October 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Church. An active member of his own parish, Pat focused on his five books about faith and sports. He was an excellent and entertaining speaker.


Sunday, November 4: Guest speaker Dr. Melanie Barrett (USML) led a discussion on "Holiness in Today’s World:  Discussing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation

What does it mean to be Holy? "To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. " (Pope Francis Gaudete et Exsultate 14)  Dr. Melanie Barrett the Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Moral Theology at the University of St Mary of the Lake and Mundelein Seminary joined us on Sunday November 4th from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Church for a presentation and discussion on "Holiness in Today’s World:  Discussing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation

Click here and start your reading of this wonderful Apostolic Exhortation to see how you can be holy in today's world.


First Week in December: Release of our Parish Advent Book Matthew Kelly's The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. 


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 it's possible to be happier than you have ever been before? Not for fleeting moments, but consistently? Bestselling author Matthew Kelly believes it is possible--and 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 isn't found in the world's 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, we've 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 world--and experience more happiness than you thought possible. Together we can change the course of history--with humility, generosity, kindness, and joy, one Holy Moment at a time.

Sunday, January 6: Join us for the discussion on Matthew Kelly's The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity from 3:30-4:30pm in the Church  to hear and share insights and perspectives on this inspirational and thought-provoking book.


Sunday, February 3: Father Emanuel leads the discussion on Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love), Sunday February 3rd from 3:30-4:30pm in the Church

As stated by Pope Benedict XVI, "Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should ... have eternal life” (3:16)Father Emanuel Torres, Associate Pastor of St. Juliana Parish, will lead a discussion on Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love). Join us on Sunday February 3 from 3:30-4:30pm in the Church.

Click here and start reading Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love) to know the love God lavishes on us and how to share this love with others in today's world.


Sunday, March 6: Distribution of Parish Lent Book


Sunday, April 7: Guest speaker Dr. Christina Zaker (CTU) leads the Discussion on how the parables in the Gospel can help us even in today's world.

Dr. Christina Zaker, professor at the Chicago Theological Union, is a practical theologian with a focus on cultivating reflective practitioners in a variety of settings. Her doctoral work focused on the development of parable as a lens for theological reflection and she continues to do research in the area of theological reflection as it intersects with justice. Please join us on Sunday April 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm for a reflective look at our own spirituality and Catholic faith communities.

Click here and start reading how the parables in the Gospel can help you with your life today - Parable As A Lens to Theological Reflection 


Sunday, May 5: Father James leads the discussion on 33 Days of Morning Glory and Marian Consecration 

Friday, May 31: Father James leads a public consecration to Jesus through Mary in the church

To facilitate ongoing discussion of topics raised during 3Cs sessions, we've created an online discussion forum, which you can access here. You may also email the 3Cs team leaders directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3Cs Discussion Forum

Discussion Schedule

All gatherings take place in church from 3:30 to 4:30pm and we encourage you to stay with us for 5:00pm Mass immediately following.

Family Mass and Sunday School

 


  

 FAMILY MASS 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY

 

 

 

  

 SUNDAY SCHOOL - 4TH SUNDAY

 

 

 

On the fourth Sunday of every month during the 9:30am Mass we offer Sunday School for children age 3-6. 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. The activity center entrance is directly across the street from the church, facing Oketo Avenue, and is identified as door #5.

We spread the Gospel message to our youngest worshipers in a comprehensive way through age-appropriate stories, discussion, and hands-on activities.

There is no cost for our Sunday School program, and all children of preschool to kindergarten age (3-6) are welcome, parishioners and non-parishioners alike. Our adult volunteer moderators are parishioners and school parents who are fully cleared and in compliance with Archdiocesan guidelines for the protection of children and youth.

Photo Gallery

The children listened to a nativity story and God's greatest gift to us, and how we can all shine like stars with our own special gifts. They decorated a paper star with a word or picture describing their gift.

Father James Wallace

Father James is from Winnetka, Illinois. He attended Sts. Faith Hope and Charity grade school, New Trier High School and The George Washington University in Washington DC, where he obtained his degree in polical science in 2007. While in college he heard the call to become a priest and decided to enter seminary immediately upon graduation. After completing a year of pre-theology at Mundelein Seminary, he continued his priestly studies and formation at the Pontifical North American College, America's seminary in Rome, and in 2016 earned a license in canon law (JCL). Father James served as associate pastor at nearby Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish from 2012-2016.

Father James is a huge sports fan, particularly of the Bears, and an avid reader of spirituality, theology, and history. He also loves to teach and work with youth and young adults. He's very active and you can expect to see him shooting hoops in the gym, riding his bike in the neighborhood, or on the rectory lawn enjoying a cigar. Stop by and say hello!

Saint Juliana, Our Patroness

Saint JulianaSaint Juliana (b. Giuliana Falconieri) was one of the two glories of the noble Falconieri Family, the other being her uncle, Alexis. Her parents, Chiarissimo and Riguardata, were devout people of great wealth who had built at their own expense the magnificent church of the Annunziata in Florence. They were childless and already well advanced in years when, in 1270, Giuliana was born—the answer to prayer. After the death of her father when she was still a child, her uncle Alexis shared with Riguardata the direction of her upbringing.

Giuliana never cared for the amusements and occupations which interested other girls, but loved to spend her time in prayer in church. Sometimes her mother would remonstrate her, reminding her that unless she applied herself to the spinning wheel and the needle, she would never find a husband. This was no threat to the fifteen-year old Giuliana who had already made her decision never to marry but rather to consecrate herself to God and to renounce the world. Her uncle Alexis, one of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, instructed her carefully and when he considered her ready, had her invested with the Servite habit of Philip Benizi. Despite her mother's protest, she was professed as a tertiary of the Order a year later.

As a tertiary, Giuliana continued to live at home where she gradually gained her mother's complete approval for her profession. After the death of her mother in 1304, Giuliana moved to another house where she led a community life with a number of women who devoted themselves to prayer and works of mercy. Their habit resembled that of the men of the Servite Order.

Saint JulianaUpon the urging of her contemporaries, although with great reluctance, Giuliana accepted the position of superior. Those who were privileged to live under her guidance testified that she outstripped tem all in her zeal, charity and austerities. Her sympathies extended to all with whom she came into contact and she was especially compassionate and helpful when it was a question of reconciling enemies, reclaiming sinners and relieving the sick.

Saint JulianaShe showed great devotion to the Eucharist in which she found her strength. According to tradition, on the day of her death, being unable to take food, she was deprived of Holy Communion. At her request a Host was place on her chest; it miraculously penetrated her body, enabling her to be nourished with the Sacrament of Christ's body. After she died a short time later the image of the cross that had been on the Host was found on her breast. There is a reference to this in the collect recited on her feast, June 19.

Giuliana Falconieri died in Florence in 1341 in her seventy-first year and was canonized in 1737. Because she authored a code of regulations for the order that was later formally adopted, she is honored as the foundress of the Servants of Mary of the Servite Order. The Servite Sisters look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as their mother in faith and sister in discipleship, and remain active in educational, healing, social and pastoral ministries today.