Father James

A NOTE FROM THE ST JULIANA PASTOR - WEEK TWO - MARCH 23, 2020

As we embark upon another week in our surreal world, I want to let you know I am continually praying for you and offering Mass for each of you. Interestingly, I feel very much connected to you. That’s one of the beautiful powers of prayer!

If you have any specific prayer requests, please do not hesitate to email me and let me know. Father Emanuel and I will add these intentions to our daily Mass and prayers. And, again, if you are in need of the Sacraments of Anointing of the Sick or of Reconciliation, please email me. If you need to talk, I am happily available for that as well. You can call the parish office (773-631-4127) or the emergency number (847-507-2585) and I will respond to your message as soon as possible.

NEED ASSISTANCE OR LOOKING TO HELP?

If you need help for any reason, be it grocery shopping or picking up medication or whatever, please reach out to the parish. We want to help you and will coordinate getting the assistance you need. Please call and leave a message (773-631-4127) or email me.

Knowing that there are seniors who need help but might not receive this electronic message: if you have a neighbor or know of someone who needs help, please communicate this information to them and even reach out to us on their behalf.

Finally, we have had many people contact us wanting to help and volunteer their services. Thank you for this. If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers, please email me or call the office.

REMINDER OF SPIRITUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We are continuing to post daily the Mass readings and a reflection by yours truly, called The Daily.” We will continue the virtual Sunday Mass on the weekends, which many of you have watched. And Glenn DeCastro, our fabulous music director, has posted music recordings as well.

We have plans right now to post online a Virtual Holy Week, which will include Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, The Easter Basket Blessing (hold up your eggs and breads in front of the screen!), and Easter Sunday.

Lastly, you can continue to read our bulletin and newsletters online which also contain prayerful content and other information.

A FINAL REFLECTION

I’ve read lately a few accounts of the heroism undertaken by ordinary men and women during times of plague and disease in history. Saints Catherine of Siena , Aloysius Gonzaga, and Damien of Molokai, just to name a few, all ‘made their mark’ in circumstances similarly precarious to ours. There is even a group known as The Martyrs of the Plague of Alexandria.” May these saints pray for us and may we ourselves become saints by the unique actions we take during the time of the Coronavirus. God bless you all. I miss you but I remain,

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James Wallace, Pastor

 


GiveCentral for Church Donations

PLEASE HELP & DONATE

Cancellation of Mass is leading to significant losses in our offertory income, which is placing all our ministries and operations at significant risk. Many people in our parish and community depend upon your regular, weekly offertory contributions and, during this current challenge, they are needed more than ever.

Please consider giving online at Give Central where you can make a weekly offertory contribution to Saint Juliana and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. We ask you to prayerfully consider maintaining your regular weekly donation level or even increasing it during these times.

GiveCentral

One of the most helpful things you can do as a faithful steward of our parish is donate through recurring electronic gifts at GiveCentral.

Donations can be deducted directly from bank accounts or transacted with credit/debit cards, on a monthly, weekly or other convenient basis. If you're unsure how to register, please contact our office and we'll be happy to assist you.

Recurring Sunday offerings provide the parish with year-round stability and allow us to best support our ministries and programs. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Register Here

GiveCentral
Our online payment partner is GiveCentral.org, a secure (PCI-compliant) interface for making donations to our parish. You may make both one-time and recurring payments to the church or CCD by credit card (Visa, MC, Discover or American Express) or electronic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. Church donations, special event payments, CCD tuition, memorial and special collection offerings are all accepted through GiveCentral. Tuition for St. Juliana School is paid through FACTS Tuition Management.

The first time you visit GiveCentral.org you can establish a payment profile, or you may use the Guest Pay option for a one-time payment.

Anywhere on our site that you see the gift box icon, it will be a direct link to GiveCentral's transaction interface.

GiveCentral FAQs

  • I really want to sign-up but I'm not that savvy with computers. Can you help me?

    Absolutely! You can come in to the parish office or call 773.631.4127. Have your payment information (credit/debit card or checking/savings account) handy and we'll help you get started.
  • Do I have to register (create a profile) to make a donation or payment?

    No, but If you wish to use the convenience of recurring donations, you will need to create a profile. With a profile you can also run reports based on your donation history and print records for tax purposes. Also, if you donate to multiple locations (church, high school, etc.,) you will see all your donations in one report
  • Is my credit card or bank information secure?

    Absolutely! GiveCentral adheres to the rules of security set forth by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) to prevent security breaches, and is fully PCI-compliant. We do not store your payment method data in the parish office and only you have complete control over whether parish administrators can view your confidential card and bank information in GiveCentral.
  • Does St. Juliana Parish keep all of my donations made at GiveCentral?

    Yes! Every penny of your donations made at givecentral.org goes to its intended recipient. There is no portion withheld or sent to Archdiocese or other group unless specifically directed. Your Sunday offerings stay at our parish, your sharing parish donations are sent to Ascension-St. Susanna, and second collection donations go to their respective organizations.
  • Will the parish receive less money if I make my donations with a credit card?

    Yes and no. While it’s true there are fees associated with electronic payments, we enjoy exceptionally low rates due to our non-profit status. And, that low transaction discount is defrayed by savings in labor and other costs associated with handling paper and cash donations. To minimize the impact of transaction fees, we do request that the minimum contribution amount be $10. This can be $10 weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. So if you've budgeted $5 per week for your church offering, please set up a $10 bi-weekly recurring schedule, rather than a $5 per week schedule. Thank you.
  • Won't it look odd if I don't put anything in the Sunday collection basket?

    So many people donate electronically, or write just one offering check per month (paper checks are expensive!) that it's becoming quite common to see churchgoers skip the offering basket. No one will give it a second thought, but if you would like to drop a note in the basket indicated you've paid online, please feel free to do so.
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