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

 


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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.

To Teach Who Christ Is: Campaign for Catholic Education

To Teach Who Christ Is

We have met our goal of $1.13 million in pledges!

Bonus: Since we're now beyond goal, 100% of all new pledges are retained by St. Juliana Parish.

Thank you to our dedicated TTWCI committee members, and to our generous parishioner donors, for their collective gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you haven't pledged and would still like to, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (773.631.4127) the campaign secretary to receive a pledge card. Many of our sister parishes have exceeded their goal and are still going strong; so can we!

Where Will the TTWCI Money Go?

Our TTWCI parish goal is $1.13 million. Of that, 60% of every dollar received stays at St. Juliana Parish, and 40% is targeted to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Indirectly, the Archdiocesan share will be returned to our parish through scholarships, and improved ministries and programs focused on Catholic education and faith formation.

All parishes are encouraged to use their TTWCI proceeds to enhance ministries and facilities, whether through repairs and renovations or entirely new features and programs. At Saint Juliana, some potential areas of improvement would be: back and interior of the church, school elevator, school courtyard and our shared parking lot. Father James has assembled a committee to explore and evaluate potential projects that will help take our parish to the next level of vitality.

To Teach Who Christ Is

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The History of To Teach Who Christ Is at Saint Juliana Parish

In late spring of 2015 parishioners were invited to hear then-pastor Rev. Steve Kanonik introduce the To Teach Who Christ Is (TTWCI) campaign to our parish. Not long after, Father Steve was asked to take on a new role with the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the care of our parish—and implementation of the TTWCI campaign—was temporarily entrusted to Rev. Robert Beaven, pastoral administrator. On July 1, 2016, Rev. James Wallace officially began his term as our new pastor. Under his leadership TTWCI pledge receipts are continuing, and together we'll be working to identify and implement the best use of campaign funds for the benefit of the entire parish.

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