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.
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 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.
- Sunday, June 3:
Please join Father Laurent and Deacon Ed Dolan as they share testimonies of hope and discuss the book Beautiful Hope by Matthew Kelly.
- Sunday, July 8:
Father Emanuel and the Totus Tuus ministers are your hosts; come meet our new associate pastor and the leaders of our Vacation Bible School.
- Sunday, August 5:
Father Roger Caplis discusses the Church and family squabbles. “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11.
- Sunday, September 9:
Moderator is Deacon Bob Ryan; watch for the topic to be announced soon.
- Sunday, October 7:
Guest speaker Dr. Melanie Barrett leads a discussion on Pope Francis' Gaudete et Exultate.
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.
The Season of Hope
If you find yourself looking to recapture the true spirit of the season amid all the glitter, hustle and bustle of the "happy holidays" we have some suggestions that will help center your spirit, including an early gift from us to you, the book Jesus Shock!.
We're posting daily Advent messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but knowing that not everyone is "social" we've also sourced a free e-book filled with daily Advent meditations and reflections, that you can download.
On the third 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. The 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!
Saint Juliana (b. Giuliana Falconieri) was one of the two glories of the noble Falconieri Family, the other being her uncle, Alexis. Her parents, Chiarissimo and Riguardata, were devout people of great wealth who had built at their own expense the magnificent church of the Annunziata in Florence. They were childless and already well advanced in years when, in 1270, Giuliana was born—the answer to prayer. After the death of her father when she was still a child, her uncle Alexis shared with Riguardata the direction of her upbringing.
Giuliana never cared for the amusements and occupations which interested other girls, but loved to spend her time in prayer in church. Sometimes her mother would remonstrate her, reminding her that unless she applied herself to the spinning wheel and the needle, she would never find a husband. This was no threat to the fifteen-year old Giuliana who had already made her decision never to marry but rather to consecrate herself to God and to renounce the world. Her uncle Alexis, one of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, instructed her carefully and when he considered her ready, had her invested with the Servite habit of Philip Benizi. Despite her mother's protest, she was professed as a tertiary of the Order a year later.
As a tertiary, Giuliana continued to live at home where she gradually gained her mother's complete approval for her profession. After the death of her mother in 1304, Giuliana moved to another house where she led a community life with a number of women who devoted themselves to prayer and works of mercy. Their habit resembled that of the men of the Servite Order.
Upon the urging of her contemporaries, although with great reluctance, Giuliana accepted the position of superior. Those who were privileged to live under her guidance testified that she outstripped tem all in her zeal, charity and austerities. Her sympathies extended to all with whom she came into contact and she was especially compassionate and helpful when it was a question of reconciling enemies, reclaiming sinners and relieving the sick.
She showed great devotion to the Eucharist in which she found her strength. According to tradition, on the day of her death, being unable to take food, she was deprived of Holy Communion. At her request a Host was place on her chest; it miraculously penetrated her body, enabling her to be nourished with the Sacrament of Christ's body. After she died a short time later the image of the cross that had been on the Host was found on her breast. There is a reference to this in the collect recited on her feast, June 19.
Giuliana Falconieri died in Florence in 1341 in her seventy-first year and was canonized in 1737. Because she authored a code of regulations for the order that was later formally adopted, she is honored as the foundress of the Servants of Mary of the Servite Order. The Servite Sisters look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as their mother in faith and sister in discipleship, and remain active in educational, healing, social and pastoral ministries today.
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Special Religious Development (SPRED) is a very active ministry which provides spiritual guidance and encouragement to the developmentally challenged teens and adults of our parish. Through bi-weekly meetings they are able to learn about their faith, socialize and feel an integral part of the parish. Once each month SPRED members serve at mass, allowing them to contribute to the parish community.
Each year, the SPRED program focuses on a different spiritual theme and in 2016 the team is answering Pope Francis' invitation to perform works of mercy. They have made care packages for children who are in long-term hospital care; their similar project last year was a big hit and they're very grateful for parishioner donations of items for the packages.
Our Knights of Columbus council supports SPRED through their annual Tootsie Roll sale in October. Your purchase of Tootsie Rolls—cash donations accepted, too!—provides funding for SPRED's activities through out the upcoming year and is greatly appreciated.
Our parish is committed to providing a safe environment for all members and we include the members of SPRED in our policies and practices regarding the Protection of Children and Youth. To join or volunteer for SPRED, please contact Ann Kelly (773.631.4127) through the parish office.