3 Cs 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.

Our inaugural discussion focused on the book Jesus Shock! by Peter Kreeft. Our February discussion will center on the book Broken Mary and the third, 33 Days to Morning Glory. Complimentary copies of all books will be offered to interested parishioners.


Advent Resources

The Season of Hope

If you find yourself looking to recapture the true spirit of the season amid all the glitter, hustle and bustle of the "happy holidays" we have some suggestions that will help center your spirit, including an early gift from us to you, the book Jesus Shock!.

We're posting daily Advent messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but knowing that not everyone is "social" we've also sourced a free e-book filled with daily Advent meditations and reflections, that you can download.


Sunday School

On the third 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

December 2017

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. The 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.

Vacation Bible School

Every summer we build a foundation of faith with a fun-filled Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. VBS is a great way for your children to make new friends while enjoying an epic adventure of games, incredible music, Bible stories and healthy snacks!

This Catholic summer program is offered to children ages 4–9 on weekdays in June in the Ahearn Activity Center.

Watch for information about our 2018 program to be announced soon!

Past themes include:

  • Let Your Light Shine 2017
  • Mercy Mania 2016
  • Kids 4 Jesus 2015
  • Jesus is My Superhero 2014
  • Kingdom Rock 2013
  • Sky 2012
  • PandaMania 2011
  • High Seas Expedition 2010
  • Crocodile Dock 2009
  • Rainforest Adventure 2008
  • Son & Sand 2007

Jesus is My Superhero!

VBS 2014 Photo Gallery

SPRED · Special Religious Development

Special Religious Development (SPRED) is a very active ministry which provides spiritual guidance and encouragement to the developmentally challenged teens and adults of our parish. Through bi-weekly meetings they are able to learn about their faith, socialize and feel an integral part of the parish. Once each month SPRED members serve at mass, allowing them to contribute to the parish community.

Each year, the SPRED program focuses on a different spiritual theme and in 2016 the team is answering Pope Francis' invitation to perform works of mercy. They have made care packages for children who are in long-term hospital care; their similar project last year was a big hit and they're very grateful for parishioner donations of items for the packages.

Our Knights of Columbus council supports SPRED through their annual Tootsie Roll sale in October. Your purchase of Tootsie Rolls—cash donations accepted, too!—provides funding for SPRED's activities through out the upcoming year and is greatly appreciated.


Our parish is committed to providing a safe environment for all members and we include the members of SPRED in our policies and practices regarding the Protection of Children and Youth. To join or volunteer for SPRED, please contact Ann Kelly (773.631.4127) through the parish office.

Protecting Children & Youth

Before becoming involved with any ministry, all church/school employees and volunteers age 18 and older must successfully complete the following requirements. Anyone under age 18 is prohibited from working with children or vulnerable adults without the presence and direct supervision of an authorized adult.

Volunteers who work with children present and all employees must additionally complete the following:

  • Attend a Protecting God's Children workshop sponsored by VIRTUS. A PGC session will be held at St. Juliana School in September of each year; additional locations can be found online at virtusonline.org. Pursuant to the PGC workshop, attendees agree to receive and comply with monthly safe-environment email bulletins from VIRTUS. No one under age 18 is allowed in a VIRTUS session so please make child-care arrangements as necessary. (PGC)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System application; this is an annual requirement for all who work with children. (CANTS)

Certain employees and volunteers are also required by the State of Illinois to complete:

Our parish follows the policies and procedures established by the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, a department of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Together we share knowledge about child protection to make a difference in the lives of children and society at large. Parents and caregivers of children and vulnerable adults are encouraged to consult prevention resources at the Children Matter Network.

Anyone suspecting abuse or neglect of a child should immediately contact the DCFS hotline at 800-25ABUSE (800.252.2373). More information is also provided in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth created by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB.)

Parish History

The First Mass

On June 13, 1927, George Cardinal Mundelein transferred Father Thomas Hogan to Edison Park to be the founding pastor of the newly-created Saint Juliana Parish. The first mass was celebrated in the auditorium of the new Ebinger School on June 19, 1927, feast day of its patroness. For two months, Father Hogan served 91 families from an improvised altar in the auditorium while the parishioners built a temporary church at the northeast corner of Osceola and Touhy Avenues. Mrs. Albert Dehlinger gave her sewing basket for the first collection box, and Mrs. Henry Oelrich made the altar linens. The temporary church later served as a parish hall and then classrooms until 1954, when it was demolished to make way for a second addition to the school.

Work began on a permanent church and school in the spring of 1928. It was the first diocesan attempt at constructing a combination structure designed with two separate units, lending more dignity to the church and privacy to the school. The Franciscan Sisters, led by Sr. Mary Camille, principal, moved from their apartment at Pratt and Ottawa avenues into the convent above the four-room school in time for the opening of the new classrooms in September of 1928.

The New Parish Grows

A short time later, Cardinal Mundelein made his first visit to St. Juliana. At the dedication of the church-school building, he said, "This beautiful little church is the ... culmination of a special hope of my own. Years ago, when I passed through Edison Park and learned to know this region as one of the only towns in all Cook County without a Catholic church, I began to look forward to the day when we could erect an edifice here–a church just like this: beautiful, dignified, practical for every purpose–which would exemplify all that we preach and believe." Richard Turk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Turk, Edison Park residents since 1917, was the first child baptized in the new church.

In October of 1929, the nation's prosperity came to a shattering crash with an economic depression that was to cripple the entire country and leave its scars well into the next decade. Father Hogan's fine beginning was a fortunate preparation for the times ahead. Card parties, dances, picnics, raffles and other means of raising money were explored and exploited to maintain the youthful parish. In the late 1930s, the renewed expansion in Edison Park was again stalled as both men and building materials were devoted to World War II. After guiding St. Juliana Parish through the years of financial crisis, Father Hogan died suddenly on August 24, 1940. He was deeply mourned by the people for whom he had labored so willingly and tirelessly for 13 years.

Father Young Arrives

Samuel Cardinal Stritch appointed Rev. Francis C. Young pastor of St. Juliana in October, promoting him from his assistant pastor position at St. Philomena Church. Father Young was a lecturer and pioneer in Christian radio broadcasting. The 19 years of Father Young's pastorate saw great changes in the composition and complexity of the world, the community and the parish. Hovering war clouds burst into grim reality. Young men of the parish were called to serve their country. Reflecting the spirit of the time, Father Young wrote "Our Nation's Prayer," a poem and hymn of religious patriotism.

Baby Boom Years

With the end of the war a marked expansion took place in the parish. Prior to the war, 37 babies had been baptized in one year. By 1950 this figure rose to 104; in 1956 it was 203. In the early '50s school enrollment increased until it was necessary to convert the original "temporary" church from a parish hall into two classrooms. The nuns moved from their quarters on the second floor of the school to a rooming house at Touhy and Ottawa Avenues–the "Maggie and Jigs House"–freeing their former convent space for four additional classrooms. Early parish leaders had planned for the eventuality so the conversion was an easy one.

Although St. Juliana was divided by the formation of St. John Brebeuf in Niles, still more classrooms were needed. Six classrooms were housed in rented storefronts on Touhy Avenue. In 1954, the original temporary church structure was demolished and in its place an addition to the school was built, adding twelve classrooms, a library, parish hall and principal's office. The name of Father Young is synonomous with youth to all who knew him. He had a deep concern for the children of the parish, and worked to provide them with a good Christian foundation. St. Juliana graduates remember how he urged them to "Build Big." He encouraged the generosity of the people during the expansion years so that more young people could benefit from Catholic education. Father Young died on June 30, 1958; much of the traditions of St. Juliana Parish can be attributed to his years as its leader.

More Expansion

For six months, assistant pastor Rev. Andrew Coneglio served as administrator, spearheading the fundraising drive for a new convent during his tenure. In December of 1958, Albert Cardinal Meyer named Rev. Michael Kilbride as pastor. Under his guidance, the new convent was built and an additional eight classrooms were added to the school. In June of 1963, the now-Monsignor Kilbride broke ground for a new church, and one year later, Bishop Cletus O'Donnell joined Monsignor Kilbride in dedicating the splendid new house of worship at the corner of Touhy and Oketo Avenues. Noteworthy is the extraordinary generosity of parishioners throughout those expansion years. Between 1960-1965 nearly $1.5 million dollars had been spent on construction projects and by 1969 the parish debt was fully retired. Tribute also belongs to Msgr. Kilbride for his tireless leadership.

New Leaders for a New Church

Monsignor Kilbride's retirement in 1969 led to the arrival of Monsignor James M. Lawler, along with the call of Vatican II. The time had come for new forms of lay involvement in parochial activities. Msgr. Lawler drew upon his long experience as director of the Archdiocesan Propagation of the Faith office and fostered the developement of a school board and religious education board. All parish organizations were invited to become part of a coordinating group known as the Combined Clubs Committee, and groundwork was laid for a strong and efficient parish council. Msgr. Lawler's gentle spirit and warmth were quickly appreciated by his people. Unfortunately, ill health cut short Msgr. Lawler's stay at St. Juliana. He resigned his pastorate in the fall of 1972.

St. Juliana's next pastor, Msgr. Martin Howard, had been rector of the Archdiocesan minor seminary for many years and had also served as pastor of St. Basil Parish on the south side of Chicago. The parishioners would know his quick wit and kind heart for far too short a time; death claimed Msgr. Howard on June 12, 1975. The burden of his loss was a heavy one for the people of St. Juliana.

Decades of Service

In September of 1975, Father Donald J. Ahearn arrived as the new pastor of St. Juliana. In a very short time he proved himself to rank with his predecessors as a dedicated and energetic priest in the service of his people. Fr. Ahearn spent twenty years as pastor, retiring in June, 1995 to become Pastor Emeritus. During his 20 years our parish grew in size and love for one another; Fr. Ahearn possessed a wonderful quality of always making people feel wanted, welcomed and loved. His Irish wit and warmth were true gifts for our parish. At the time of his passing at age 91 on January 1, 2017, Father Ahearn had lived among the parishioners of St. Juliana for nearly 42 years.

A Dressler Decade

Rev. Philip J. Dressler became the new pastor of St. Juliana in July, 1995 and with him came many new ideas. He developed a parish pastoral council, appointed a full finance council, and introduced the Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) program. Father Phil officially retired in June of 2004 after 44 years of active priesthood. He served as parish administrator until November 2005, when a new pastor was appointed. Father Phil joined Father Don Ahearn as fellow Pastor Emeritus, resided at the rectory and continued to celebrate masses and funerals until he passed away in May of 2016.

A Term Cut Short

Rev. Stephen F. Kanonik was appointed pastor in November 2005 and served our parish for ten years. His tenure marked an era of many necessary infrastructure repairs and projects. Replacement of roofs on the church, school and parish center, major masonry repairs and reconstruction, all new doors, concrete replacement and landscaping upgrades for the church, technology upgrades, abatement and replacement of many asbestos flooring areas in the school and wide-scale renovation of the chapel–to name just a few. A very visible and popular legacy of his time here is our new electronic sign. In June 2015, Father Steve was appointed by Archbishop Cupich to serve as Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Chicago and left our parish two years earlier than anticipated. We were sad to see him leave but gratified that his gifts and talents will now benefit all parishes and agencies across the archdiocese.

Brief But Busy

While we awaited the appointment of our next pastor, Rev. Robert Beaven left behind a comfortable retirement (and winter in a warmer climate) to serve as parish administrator for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. He took his return to the workforce quite literally and spent a very busy year helping us prepare for the arrival our next leader. We were grateful for Father Bob's sure hand, and energetic and benevolent guidance until June of 2016, when he once again returned to official retirement.

A New Era

On July 1, 2016, we welcomed our new pastor, Rev. James Wallace. Most recently associate pastor at Mary, Seat of Wisdom in Park Ridge, Father James brings to our parish boundless energy and a new vision for the future, both in our parish and in the community, as the Renew My Church initiative moves forward.

About our Church

The Collect of the Mass on the feast day of Juliana Falconieri reads: "O God, You wonderfully refreshed blessed Juliana, Your virgin, on her deathbed, with the precious Body of Your Son..." This simple statement of the theme of St. Juliana Parish–Christ in the Blessed Sacrament through the sacrifice of the Mass–is represented through the simplicity of modern design in our church, an expression of the devotion of our patroness to the Blessed Sacrament.

Tree of Life

The tree of life is the nucleus. All dominant architectural features within the church emanate from it or emphasize its primacy. Executed in graduated tones of cleavage marble and gold and copper Venetian glass tesserae forming the reredos, the tree holds the body of Christ, a corpus of sculptured brass repoussé. Symbolizing the cross, the tree signifies the eternal cycle of life, death and resurrection. The Christian tree of life stands on Golgotha, the place of suffering; and on this tree, the cross. Christ heals the disobedience wrought by Adam and Eve at the tree in paradise.

The tree of life amplifies the moment of the cross, and in a way, the tree parallels the Church's movement from tradition to modernity.

A trace of red tile in the mosaic compels attention to the candlesticks of flame-colored bronze resting on a black marble altar and white marble steps. Eighteen semi-precious Carnelian gems set in the tabernacle door represent the blood and water shed from Christ's side. In anticipation of the liturgical changes of Vatican II, the altar–almost stark in its resemblance to a sacrifice table–is projected from the raredos to facilitate the priests' offering of Mass while facing the congregation. Relics of the martyrs, Sts. Dilectus and Candidas, are sealed into both the main and side altars.

The free-hanging contemporary treatment of a bronze canopy lends of feeling of space to the part of the sanctuary above the tree. Complementing this weightless effect is the dark marble, stressing the importance of the altar, pulpit and communion rail. Even the gold carpeting in the aisles and the graduation of light through red and purple windows in the back of the church to the orange, grey and yellow of the raredos, emphasize and enrich the tree.

The tree is my eternal salvation. It is my nourishment and my banquet. Amidst its roots I cast my own roots deep; beneath its boughs I grow and expand, reveling in its sigh as the wind itself. Flying from the burning heat, I have pitched my tent in its shadow, and have found a resting place of dewy freshness.

An early homily on the Passion.

Raredos and altar