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29 Jan

Lenten Resources 2019

Events

Ash Wednesday Services, Wednesday March 6th, 7:00am, 8:30am, 12:30pm Prayer Service with Ashes and 7:00pm

Fridays March 8th - April 12th: Eucharistic Adoration 9:00am to Benediction at 5:45pm.

Fridays March 8th - April 12th: Stations of the Cross 9:00am and 6:00am

  • Parish Lenten Retreat - March 9th - 8:30am to 1:00pm
  • Palm Sunday Vigil - April 13th - 5pm
  • Palm Sunday - April 14th - 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm
  • Parish Penance Service - April 15th - 7:00pm
  • Holy Thursday - April 18th
    • Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7:00pm
    • Adoration - 8:30-11:00pm
  • Good Friday - April 19th
    • Morning Prayer - 9:00am
    • Stations of the Cross - 11:30am
    • Confessions - 12:00 - 1:00pm
    • Passion of Our Lord Service - 3:00pm
    • Stations of the Cross - 7:00pm
  • Holy Saturday - April 20th
    • Morning Prayer - 9:00am
    • Blessing of the Baskets - 11:00am
    • Easter Vigil Service - 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday - April 21st
    • Masses - 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:00am
  • Divine Mercy Sunday April 28th @ 3:00pm

Lenten Family Calendar

Ash Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal which helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ, his passion, death and resurrection.

 

The ashes we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our earthly mortality and a call to repentance.  The ashes are made by burning the palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday. The ashes are blessed by the priest, who then dips his thumb in them and makes the Sign of the Cross on each person’s forehead, while saying these words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19) or "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

 

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and a day of abstinence from meat. Fasting applies to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 and means you should only eat one full meal and two smaller meals if needed.  All Catholics age 14 and above should abstain from eating meat on the day. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, but Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass to begin their Lenten journey. Please join us for Mass in the Church: 7:00am; 8:30am; 12:30pm Prayer Service with Ashes; 7:00pm

Distribution of our Lenten Parish Book

On Ash Wednesday, March 6th, please pick up your free copy of Scott Hahn's, "Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots." This is our gift to you to help you deepen your Lenten experience and relationship with Jesus.

In Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots, Dr. Scott Hahn guides readers through the Catholic Church's rites, customs, and traditional prayers. From the Rosary to the use of Holy Water -- from infant Baptism to praying with icons -- Dr. Hahn helps you to discover the deep biblical and historical roots of each practice. Each chapter covers a single topic, beginning with the basic facts from Church teaching and tradition, and then proceeds to answer common objections to and misconceptions about the practice. Each chapter concludes with advice for everyday application.

Eucharistic Adoration

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 5:45pm. 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.  Learn More

The Stations of the Cross.

 

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. They are a Lenten devotion that offer witness to Jesus’"Passion and Death."

 

The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. We use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ’s love for us. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

 

Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday in Lent in Church at 9am and 6pm. Via Dolorosa will be performed by Steve and Lee Baggio at all 6pm Stations of the Cross sessions.

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 8:30am and concludes at 1:00pm. 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.

Prayer and the Spiritual Life

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!

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!

Additional Resources

Dynamic Catholic - Best Lent Ever

Arts and Faith: Lent Ignatian Spirituality

Archbishop Barron on Lent

Venerable Fulton Sheen on Good Friday

27 Jan

St Juliana School Open House

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Interested in attending the Open House? Please call (773) 631-2256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or schedule a tour.

Interested in helping as a volunteer? Please click here to sign up.

 

 

27 Jan

Ezra, Man of Law

Dear Parishioners,

I have to mention Ezra from our first reading, being the canon lawyer that I am.  Because, you see, Ezra is connected to the law and quite significant when it comes to establishing the foundation for church law.

Ezra lives about 450 BC during the Diaspora, or when the Jews were dispersed throughout the Middle East.  Jerusalem had been destroyed and many of the Jews taken into captivity in Babylon.  He is a scribe and priest (remember how Jesus confronts the scribes?).  He is sent by Artaxerxes, the King of Persia, who has conquered the area, back to Jerusalem to reestablish the Torah or the law to the Jews who were now living back in Israel. 

Ezra was commissioned for this project because he was a man of the law.  He had introduced to Jewish communities living outside of Israel to the customs of the faith.  These weren't just haphazard practices created by Ezra, but practices outlined in the law.  Following the law, therefore, connected these scattered Jewish peoples to the true faith.  They couldn't physically worship in Jerusalem.  But this didn't mean they still couldn't be Hebrews.  If they followed the law, their identity was established.  So, it wasn't political nationality, ethnic background, or even regular participation in the Jerusalem temple cult, but following the law that made them God's chosen people. 

27 Jan

School Open House

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Interested in attending the Open House? Please call (773) 631-2256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or schedule a tour.

Interested in helping as a volunteer? Please click here to sign up.

 

 

27 Jan

Father Emil Kapaun

Father Emil Kapaun quickly enrolled as military chaplain following his ordination in 1940.  After serving in WWII, he found himself in Korea as a Captain with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army.  When his group was overrun by the Chinese on November 2, 1950, Kapaun ran from foxhole to foxhole, lifting men out so they could retreat, giving Last Rites to others who had been mortally wounded, hearing confessions over gunfire, and, in several cases, dragging men to safety at the casualty collection point.  He ran back and forth across 'no-man's land' and at last determined to stay behind with the wounded men who could not be transported.  He used his preaching skills to negotiate the removal of a few more soldiers and was finally forced to a POW camp, though not before stepping in front of Sergeant First Class Herbert Miller, who was about to be executed by a Chinese soldier.  Miller was spared and Father Kapaun began the 87-mile death march to prison.

Kapaun carried men on his back during the march and when the depleted group arrived, the chaplain did not rest, but set about building fires, purifying drinking water, obtaining scraps of food, and tending to the sick and dying.  He rallied the whole group, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, to pray the rosary together.  He prayed individually with men, baptizing a few into the Catholic faith, and gave homilies to the group.  The Chinese guards ordered him to stop and, when he refused, he was stripped naked and forced to stand on a block of ice for several hours.  Worn down, he was left to die alone, which he did on May 23, 1951.  His body was thrown into a mass grave.  This Medal of Honor recipient is an icon of the priesthood and hero in the Catholic Church and United States.

20 Jan

A Thousand Bottles of Wine

Dear Parishioners,

There is so much to reflect upon with the Wedding Feast of Cana.  This is our Gospel reading this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.  Yes, we are officially back in Ordinary Time.  We will climb all the way up to the 8th week in Ordinary Time before switching to Lent at the beginning of March.

The water is symbolic of the Old Covenant.  Notice the water is specifically mentioned to be in "six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings." The relationship of the Jews to God in the Old Testament was not as vibrant as it could be.  Jesus transforms the water into wine; he transforms the faith.  Our relationship with God in the New Covenant is now something totally exhilarating and fulfilling.  This is the power of the Holy Spirit.  Notice our second reading is a description of all the gifts or charisms of the Holy Spirit. 

20 Jan

The Gates of the Netherworld

The Holy Spirit moved mysteriously over the "waters" of the Piedmont region in Northern Italy over several decades in the 19th Century.  This was a tumultuous time for the church.  The pope had been imprisoned, the Papal States were confiscated by the new king of Italy, and the rise of nationalism led to the outright persecution of the clergy, parishes, and Catholic schools.  This was particularly the case in Germany with Otto von Bismarck.  The heresy of Jansenism had a negative impact on people, and there were still lingering anti-Catholic sentiments from the French Revolution.  The general population was skeptical of Catholicism.  God thus responded, producing a number of saints.  Never has there been so many saints from one area (around Turin) during one period of time.  Pope Francis has referred to them as the 'social saints.'  We have Saints John Bosco, Joseph Cafasso, Leonardo Murialdo, Luigi Orione, and Joseph Cottolengo.  There are others on their way to sainthood, such as Bruno Lanteri, Francis Faa di Bruno, and the 24-year-old Pier Giorgio Frassati..

Saint John Bosco, the "apostle to the youth" and founder of the Salesian Order was known for his great smile and exceptional love for all people.  Saint Joseph Cafasso was Bosco's close friend and the one who inspired Bosco with his pastoral visits to the suffering.  Saint Murialdo founded the Society of Saint Joseph, which looked after delinquent children, and Saint Orione, who was an apprentice to Bosco, founded the Hermits of Divine Providence, which tended to the poor and sick.  Saint Cottolengo likewise opened a home for the sick and orphans.   These holy priests won back the people's hearts to Catholicism and proved true Christ's claim that "the gates of the netherworld shall never prevail against the Church."

14 Jan

Divine Mercy Sunday

Please visit our Divine Mercy Presentation in the back of the Church. This presentation includes a painting of the (original) Divine Mercy on loan from our parishioners Agniezska Hanusiak and her husband. This will be on display until Divine Mercy Sunday.

Additional resources will be added including a Divine Mercy Novena booklet for those who wish to join us in the Divine Mercy Novena which starts on Good Friday and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Please join us on Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday After Easter) in Church for the Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. During this service we will sing and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in this web site and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.

 

Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.

 

Events in the life and mission of St. Faustina


August 25, 1905

Helena Kowalska was born in Glogowiec, Poland; the third of ten children living off a small farm and her father's carpentry work.

August 27, 1905

Helena is baptized at St. Casimirís church in Swinice Warckie.

1912

At the age of seven, Helena hears a voice calling her to religious life.

1914

Helena receives first Holy Communion.

1917

Helena begins her primary education, which lasts only two and a half years.

1920

At age 15, Helena begins domestic work to support her large family.

1922

Helena returns home, announces a desire to enter convent; her parents oppose; she works two years to help support her family.

July 1924

Helena sees a vision of the scourged Christ who calls her to religious life.

Helena goes to Warsaw to search for a convent, and she works to support herself.

August 1925

Helena is accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy; one month later she wants to leave for a stricter order.

April 30, 1926

Helena receives habit and her religious name Maria Faustina.

April 3, 1927

Sr. Faustina experiences spiritual dark night during novitiate.

April 16, 1928

On Good Friday, she is engulfed by the flame of Divine Love.

April 30, 1928

Sr. Faustina makes her first profession of temporary vows.

December 1928

Newly elected Mother General Michaela Moraczewska is source of help and comfort to Sr. Faustina during her religious life.

October 1928-30

Easily adaptable, Sr. Faustina is sent to work at various houses.

February 22, 1931

Sr. Faustina sees a vision of Jesus who tells her to paint His image.

May 1, 1933

Sr. Faustina takes her perpetual vows.

May 25, 1933

Sr. Faustina goes to Vilnius where she receives many mystical experiences and is assisted by Fr. Michael Sopocko, a wise spiritual director.

January 2, 1934

Sr. Faustina visits the artist Kazimirowski, who is to paint the image.

March 29, 1934

Sr. Faustina offers herself for sinners, especially those who lack trust.

June 1934

The painting of Divine Mercy is completed, but Sr. Faustina does not like it.

July 1934

Beginning of Sr. Faustina's illness; she begins writing the Diary under obedience.

April 28, 1935

(Feast of Mercy) Divine Mercy image is publicly venerated in Vilnius for the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Redemption: January 8, 1936. Sr. Faustina informs the Bishop that Jesus requests the founding of an order.

May 11, 1936

Sr. Faustina goes to Krakow; guided by Fr. Andrasz SJ; her health deteriorates.

September 1937

Holy cards with the Divine Mercy image printed for first time.

September 1938

Sr. Faustina prepares herself for death, and she asks pardon of the Congregation.

October 5, 1938

Sr. Faustina makes final confession, and dies late in the evening.

October 7, 1938

Funeral of Sr. Faustina, burial at the convent cemetery.

1940-1941

Divine Mercy message spreads first among the victims of WWII.

April 1941

Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski, MIC, brings the Divine Mercy message to the USA and the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception begins to spread the message in Polish.

1942-1959

The Divine Mercy message spreads worldwide through the efforts of the Marians, who publish images and literature in many languages.

March 6, 1959

Holy Office issues a notification banning Divine Mercy devotion.

October 21, 1965

Informative Process of Sr. Faustina's life and virtues is opened by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow, encouraged by Cardinal Ottaviani, the Prefect of the Holy Office.

September 1967

Informative Process closes; Cardinal Wojtyla sends acts to Rome, January 31, 1968. The process of Beatification of Sr. Faustina is inaugurated.

April 15, 1978

Prefect of Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declares the Notification ban no longer binding.

October 16, 1978

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II.

July 12, 1979

Marians receive an authoritative explanation of the Notification issued by the Prefect for the Doctrine of Faith stating that no impediments exist in the spread of the message and devotion to the Divine Mercy in the forms proposed by Sr. Faustina.

May 1980

Marians publish critical edition of Sr. Faustina's Diary in Polish.

November 30, 1980

Pope John Paul II issues encyclical on the Divine Mercy.

November 22, 1981

Pope John Paul II visits the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza near Todi, Italy, stating that, "Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter's See in Rome, I considered this message (of Divine Mercy) my special task."

1986

Marians publish critical edition of Sr. Faustina's Diary in English.

April 10, 1991

Pope John Paul II links the encyclical's message to Sr. Faustina.

March 7, 1992

Decree of Heroic Virtues of Sr. Faustina is promulgated.

December 1992

Miracle through intercession of Sr. Faustina is accepted.

April 18, 1993

Sr. Faustina beatified in Rome on Second Sunday of Easter.

January 2000

Second miracle through Bl. Faustina intercession is accepted.

April 30, 2000

Bl. Faustina is canonized in Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday is proclaimed.

May 5, 2000

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issues a Decree proclaiming the Second Sunday of Easter also as Divine Mercy Sunday.

December 2000

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments listed the Devotion to the Divine Mercy in its Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines.

April 22, 2001

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated officially for the first time by the universal Church.

May 13, 2001

Congregation For The Clergy issues a document: "Priest of God, you embody the Mystery of Mercy."

August 18, 2002

John Paul II consecrates the whole world to the Divine Mercy from The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow-Lagiewniki, the site of St. Faustina's tomb.

August 21, 2002

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued on Indulgences attached to devotions in honor of Divine Mercy.

 

How To Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 
Optional Opening Prayers:

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls,
and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostle's Creed

For each of the five decades (On each “Our Father” bead of the rosary, pray)

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

(On each of the 10 “Hail Mary” beads, pray)
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Concluding prayer (Repeat 3 times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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