The basic premise of a consecration to Jesus through Mary is that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that we can be closest to Jesus through her.
If you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is a guided, do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for a total consecration to Mary. We typically have free copies of the booklet available in church throughout the month of May, or contact the parish office at other times during the year.
One may also begin a consecration with the Immaculata Consecration prayer and renew it each day or as needed with the brief version; both are below.
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and Earth, refuge of sinner and most Loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy on to you. I, [your name], a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your posseession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all the heresies in the world."
Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the Blessed Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against your enemies.
Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, I renew my consecration to you for this day and for always, so that you might use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world. To this end I offer you all my prayers, actions and sacrifices of this day.
Thanks to everyone who joined us on March 4 for a conversation with Chicago radio legend Kevin Matthews, as he discussed his legendary career and his spiritual journey that led to his book Broken Mary. We had nearly 800 visitors from all around Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Indiana and a great crowd from our own parish. For those who missed the event. the program was recorded and will be posted here soon. We are very grateful for all of our volunteers, including the members of the Saint Juliana Pastoral Council, for making this event possible.
Do you love to knit or crochet, or always wanted to learn?
This group gathers in the parish center to craft prayer shawls for those who are in the hospital, undergoing treatment or therapy, homebound or bereaved. The shawls are delivered by our Ministers of Care volunteers, along with a prayer.
Many blessings are knit into every shawl. Knitters and crocheters of all ages and abilities are welcome—including those who'd like to learn!
The group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 9:30am in the parish center. Check our calendar for any last-minute cancellation news, or contact the parish office at 773.631.4127.
Every Friday morning when Saint Juliana School is in session we host a casual gathering for tots (age 0-3) and their caregivers in the Ahearn Activity Center from 8:15 to 10am. Ring the bell for entry through the silver doors on Oketo Avenue, directly across from the church. There's a ramp for easy stroller access and plenty of room inside to park them.
Saint Juliana Parish hosts a monthly gathering for teens and invites all current high school students to attend and join our Teen Ministry.
On the second Sunday of every month, we meet in church for 5pm Mass then head over to the Ahearn Activity Center for prayerful conversation, food (usually pizza or something equally good) and open gym immediately afterwards.
Bring your friends and spread the word! Students from all high schools are welcome and there's no cost. This is a great chance to reconnect with grammar school friends you haven't seen in a while, and make new friends!
Our 3 Cs in Christ are coffee, conversation and contemplation as we gather for monthly discussions centered around faith, formation, growth and inspiration.
Here is a previous 3Cs session with legendary radio and talk show host KEVIN MATTHEWS the author of Broken Mary.
Here is a previous 3Cs session with Dr. Melanie Barrett on Holiness in Today’s World: Discussing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation
Sunday, October 7: Guest speaker Pat McCaskey led a discussion on Faith and Sports
Pat McCaskey vice president and co-owner of the Chicago Bears was the featured speaker for our discussion on Sunday, October 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Church. An active member of his own parish, Pat focused on his five books about faith and sports. He was an excellent and entertaining speaker.
Sunday, November 4: Guest speaker Dr. Melanie Barrett (USML) led a discussion on "Holiness in Today’s World: Discussing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation”
What does it mean to be Holy? "To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. " (Pope Francis Gaudete et Exsultate 14) Dr. Melanie Barrett the Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Moral Theology at the University of St Mary of the Lake and Mundelein Seminary joined us on Sunday November 4th from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Church for a presentation and discussion on "Holiness in Today’s World: Discussing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation”
First Week in December: Release of our Parish Advent Book Matthew Kelly's The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.
Sunday, January 6: Father James leads the discussion on Matthew Kelly's The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.
Father James Wallace the Pastor of St. Juliana Parish will lead a discussion on Matthew Kelly's The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. Join us on Sunday January 6th from 3:30-4:30pm in the Church
Sunday, February 3: Father Emanuel leads the discussion on Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love), Sunday February 3rd from 3:30-4:30pm in the Church
As stated by Pope Benedict XVI, "Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should ... have eternal life” (3:16). Father Emanuel Torres, Associate Pastor of St. Juliana Parish, will lead a discussion on Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love). Join us on Sunday February 3 from 3:30-4:30pm in the Church.
Click here and start reading Pope Benedict XVI's First Encyclical, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love) to know the love God lavishes on us and how to share this love with others in today's world.
Sunday, March 6: Distribution of Parish Lent Book
Sunday, April 7: Guest speaker Dr. Christina Zaker (CTU) leads the Discussion on how the parables in the Gospel can help us even in today's world.
Dr. Christina Zaker, professor at the Chicago Theological Union, is a practical theologian with a focus on cultivating reflective practitioners in a variety of settings. Her doctoral work focused on the development of parable as a lens for theological reflection and she continues to do research in the area of theological reflection as it intersects with justice. Please join us on Sunday April 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm for a reflective look at our own spirituality and Catholic faith communities.
Sunday, May 5: Father James leads the discussion on 33 Days of Morning Glory and Marian Consecration
Friday, May 31: Father James leads a public consecration to Jesus through Mary in the church
All gatherings take place in church from 3:30 to 4:30pm and we encourage you to stay with us for 5:00pm Mass immediately following.
FAMILY MASS 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY
SUNDAY SCHOOL - 4TH SUNDAY
On the fourth 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.
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. They decorated a paper star with a word or picture describing their gift.
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!