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16 May

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Pilgrimage May 16, 2020

  • 27 February 2020 |
  • Published in Events

This is where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in the United States. It is a humble, quiet place of refuge, noble in simplicity, located at the core of a  tri-county region in the heart of agricultural country in Northeast Wisconsin. In America, The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion covers the peace-filled holy ground deemed ‘worthy of belief’ by authority of the Catholic Church, that Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared. Identifying herself as ‘The Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners,’ Mary appeared in October 1859 to a Belgian immigrant woman, Adele Brise, on the grounds of Champion Shrine, when the town was known as Robinsonville.

In December 2010, after a period of prayerful discernment during which he reviewed years of research and investigation by expert Mariologists, The Most Rev. David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, determined it to be ‘worthy of belief’ that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Adele Brise.

On August 15, 2016,  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared Champion a ‘National Shrine,’ by formal decree, distinguishing ‘The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help’ as the first and only Catholic Shrine in America with a Church-approved Marian Apparition Site. 

Join us on our pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on May 16th, 2020.  The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion, Wisconsin, USA - America's First and Only Church-Approved Marian Apparition Site: Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe and Champion all are part of a select group of places worldwide where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared.  

Our Itinerary will include a presentation by Father Edward Looney the leading expert on the Apparition of Our Lady of Good Help and Maureen Pratt award-winning, bestselling author.

Father Edward Looney and Our Lady of Good Help.

Maureen Pratt award-winning, bestselling author.

May 16th, 2020 Itinerary

Champion Shrine grounds include a new prayer and events center, Mother of Mercy Hall, a welcome center, chapel and apparition oratory in the lower level of the oratory, outdoor rosary walk and stations of the cross, a welcome center with Shrine history, a gift shop and the original historic schoolhouse building (where Adele Brise once taught containing meeting gathering rooms and onsite cafe.)

Cost is $48 per person which includes - chartered bus, refreshments, entrance to the National Shrine and all grounds, Mass, lunch, two presentations by renowned speakers, book signing by Father Edward Looney and Maureen Pratt. Here are the book selections by Father Looney. Here are the book selections by Maureen Pratt.


Time Event
6:30am Depart from St Juliana Church 
9:30am Arrival & Welcome
9:45am History Talk – Father Edward Looney (Leading Expert on the Apparition of Our Lady of Good Help)
10:30am  Rosary
11:00am Mass
12:15pm  Lunch
1:00pm  Presentation - Maureen Pratt 
2:00pm Visit the grounds, places of prayer and gift shop
3:00pm Depart From Champion, WI
6:30pm Return to St. Juliana Church

If you are interested in going, please contact Anastasia Jakubow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 773-979-2830 to reserve your spot now.  Limited seats available. Payment will be required by May 8th. Payment can be dropped off or mailed to the Parish Office . Cash or checks are accepted. Please make checks payable to St Juliana Parish.

07 Mar

St Juliana Book Club

I'm starting a new Saint Juliana Book Club. The goal is to read a book every month or so.

February 2020 Selection

Our inaugural book will be The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West.  A novel written in 1959, the story follows a dying English priest sent by the Vatican to investigate an individual being proposed for sainthood.  The book sold over three million copies, received several awards, and was staged on Broadway.  The New York Times called it “a reading experience of real emotional intensity.”Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, February 1st at 9:30am in the parish center.

March 2020 Selection

Our next book will be The Road  by Cormac McCarthy, to be discussed on Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am in the parish center.

A national bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Road is a post-apocalyptic story of father and son. The book, according to a review on Amazon, "boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, ‘each the other's world entire,’ are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself. For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago. If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

Save the Date: Our next book will be The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, to be discussed on April 4th. And, if you missed it, last month’s book was The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West.

01 Mar

Persevere. Be Disappointing.


Letters from a Pastor to His People- March 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

You are a disappointment.

If you're still reading...I am a disappointment.

Yes, disappointments.  This is what Catholics are called to be, especially during the season of Lent.  We follow after the who first disappointed—Jesus Christ. 

01 Mar

In Our Suffering We Are Never Alone

There are two portraits fascinating to compare.  The first is Ecce Homo by Philippe de Champaigne.  It is also titled, "Christ Mocked," and, of course, is a depiction of the scene when our Lord is clothed in scarlet and given a reed and crown of thorns by the Roman soldiers.  The second painting is Napoleon at Fontainebleau, 31 March 1814 by Paul Delaroche, depicting the emperor after his first abdication following the surrender of Paris to the Allies.

Both figures appear to be at their low-points.  (Napoleon looks like me after a Bears game.) But there is a profound difference between the two.  Napoleon is alone.  Christ is not. 

01 Mar

Gospel March 01, 2020



The First Reading, taken from the Book of Genesis describes the “Original Temptation” – “You will be like gods, knowing what is good and what is evil.” Adam and Eve were given the possibility of making a choice to live for God, dependent upon and obedient to His will, or to say no to God. The temptation to evil led Adam and Eve to an act of faithlessness and sin. In this case they did not love God enough to be faithful. That is what sin is!

23 Feb

You Are the Temple of God

Back by popular demand! Fr. James with his niece Addy (2) and nephew Sebbie (3)

Letters from a Pastor to His People- February 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Paul's letter is pure gold.  First, he gives the monumental line: "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16).

This is key for the spiritual life.  This reality—that we are temples—is the foundation for all prayer. 

I'm big into prayer, as you know.  To me, it's the center of a priest's life.  If a priest isn't praying, his life is meaningless.  It's a train wreck.  Why?  Because prayer is relationship with God.  Think of being married and never communicating with your spouse.  Your life would be a contradiction.  Same with a priest.

23 Feb

Conscience is a Gift - Vox Dei

The conscience is connected with the Vox Dei, the voice of God, within us all. Victor Hugo recognizes this connection in his great novel, Les Miserables. St. John Henry Newman wrote essays on this wonderful truth of our being. Conscience is a gift. It directs our Will to what is truly good, beautiful, true, lovely and excellent for our flourishing. We know all too well, however, from our lives that we can have some serious wrestling matches with our conscience. This too is part of the human experience: our inner deliberations over what is good and what is evil.

23 Feb


Anyone who has been in a position of authority—parent, manager, pastor—can relate to Saint Peter in this 17th Century painting from the School of Rubens.  The Fisherman, grasping firmly but gently the keys given to him by Christ, looks upward to God.  He is not 'white-knuckling' the keys, nor is he loosely holding them, about to let them slip out of his hands.   They are part of his identity. 

Peter's countenance entails anguish and pain.  But there is also hope and trust in his eyes.  He desires relief; relief not for himself, but for his flock.  He knows this relief will come, even if it is on the other side of eternity.

23 Feb

Gospel February 23, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of Leviticus. In this brief passage, the writer reminds his fellow Israelites of their call to live a holy life. This is the command given to us by God through Moses: “Be holy, for I the Lord, your God, am holy.” A life of holiness is manifested through acts of love, mercy and kindness, particularly towards those who have hurt us. It also shows us the way to share in God’s holiness: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

16 Feb

New Tabernacle, New Location

A New and Relocated Tabernacle for the Church


I would like to propose for the parish obtaining a new tabernacle and relocating it to the center of the church, behind the altar and recessed into the wall.

First, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The tabernacle is to be situated ‘in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor.’ The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar” (CCC 1183).  

Has a bright beam of sunlight ever drawn your eye to our stained glass windows, and you found yourself wondering what story they tell? They really do tell a story; we share it with our virtual tour.

Church Windows