Faith Life

Marian Consecration

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.

33 Days to Morning GloryIf 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.

Immaculata Consecration

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.

Daily Renewal

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.

Experience Jesus

Saint Juliana Parish is here to help people experience Jesus. We believe when you experience Jesus, you become the best version of yourself. You experience happiness. Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome to our Catholic parish.

Our parish wants you to be happy, healthy and holy. The experience of Jesus in the soul, mind and body are thus our three priorities.

Sunday

Keep calm and worship on! The Mass is the fundamental encounter with Jesus. "He was known to them in the breaking of the bread" (Lk 24:35). You will fund here a dynamic Sunday experience through nourishing homilies, moving music and a welcoming atmosphere.

School

Academic excellence is our standard. A child in our award-winning Blue Ribbon school or our thriving religious education program is best prepared for life. Adults too deepen their knowledge through faith formation talks, scripture study and much more.

Service

Saint Juliana parishioners put their knowledge and love of God into action by serving their brothers and sisters, for Jesus said, "Whatsoever you did for the least of these, you did for me" (Matt 25:40). Our various ministries provide you the opportunity to make the world a better place.

Expectations of the Parish

To be a member of Saint Juliana is to enter into a relationship. Clear expectations are at the heart of every healthy relationship.

Here is what a parishioner can expect from the parish:

  • Dynamic and uplifting liturgies on Sunday
  • A place where you will be loved and supported in your spiritual journey regardless of the messiness and struggles of your life
  • A place where you can use your God-given talents to help others and make the world a better place
  • A place where you can learn about Jesus and increase your understanding of the faith
  • A place where your financial contributions will be honored and put to work with transparency and accountability

Expectations of the Parishioner

We simply ask that you walk with us and be open to what God is calling you to do.

  • To gather for Sunday Mass every week unless they are able to do so because of illness or travel
  • To learn by committing to at least one program of faith formation each year
  • To serve God and others by being involved in at least one ministry each year
  • To give generously of their financial resources in proportion to what they have received (minimal annual contribution of $720 per family)

Eucharistic Adoration

Looking to get into a new habit of prayer?

Join us in church on the first Friday of every month for Adoration of the Eucharist from 9am to 6pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.

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Tuesday Theology Talks

Each week on Tuesday evening we offer a one-hour talk about a different theological topic. The presenter is our pastor, Father James Wallace, and we gather in the chapel, located in the ministry center building.

We hope you'll find the talks interesting and helpful in your faith formation. The talks are not interdependent of each other, so feel free to join us when you can. All are welcome!

Upcoming Schedule*

11/6- St. Catherine of Siena

11/13- Heaven, Hell, & Purgatory

11/20- Angels & Demons

11/27- St. Padre Pio

12/4- The Blessed Virgin Mary

12/11- Handel’s Messiah

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3/5- Sacred Art

3/12- Church History: Napoleon 

3/19- St. Ignatius of Loyola

3/26- Sin & Morality

4/2- St. Peter

4/9- Women of the Old Testament

5/7- Mary

5/14- St. Margaret Mary & the Sacred Heart

5/21- The Book of Revelation

* Topics are subject to change especially in the second half)

Anointing of the Sick

To make arrangements for a loved one to receive this sacrament, contact our parish office at 773.631.4127 during regular business hours. In an after-hours emergency, please contact the priests' residence directly at 773.631.4386.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention.

For those who are about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person the sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life. These rites are highly valued by Catholics as powerful aids to a good death and entry to the kingdom of Heaven.

Only ordained priests may be ministers of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A scripture reading awakens the faith of the sick, and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person, and annoints the forehead and hands with blessed holy oil.

Anointing of the Sick

May the Lord Jesus protect you and lead you to everlasting life. Amen

Rite of Anointing

Sacramental Records Inquiry

Request your Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation or Marriage records here. Please be as accurate as possible, and use the comments field to provide additional information which may be helpful in our search.

There is no charge for sacramental records, however people who are researching for ancestral purposes have asked about donations to help defray our research and postage expenses. If you're so inclined, you may use this GiveCentral link to send us a tax-deductible free will donation electronically.

The suggested donation is $15 and is greatly appreciated.

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RCIA · Converting to Catholicism

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults over the age of 16 convert to Catholicsm. At a special liturgy on Holy Saturday of each liturgical year, thousands of men and women are welcomed into the Catholic Church worldwide at a solemn Easter Vigil.

The preparation time prior to the RCIA on Holy Saturday is known as the Period of Evangelization and there is no prescribed time frame; it is a highly individual process. For general information about RCIA, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops maintains a FAQ that you may find helpful, and you are encouraged to contact our pastor or associate pastor for additional information.

Funeral · Mass of Christian Burial

Funeral Services

The term “funeral rites” is the general designation of all the liturgical celebrations during which the gathered community worships God and commends the deceased to God's merciful love. The first of these rites is the vigil, or wake service. The funeral liturgy is the central celebration, whether as the funeral mass or funeral service without mass. The rite of committal, usually at graveside, completes the funeral rites. In the days prior to Vatican II the funeral mass was known as a requiem; a variety of terms have been used in recent years, including Mass of Christian Burial and Mass of Resurrection, however the most accurate and common terms are: wake, funeral mass and committal service.

Funeral services are a right of all members of the Catholic Church, including children whose parents intended them to be baptized but had not yet received the sacrament. Members of our parish bereavement ministry offer support, consolation and guidance to the grieving friends and family as they move through the planning and celebration of the funeral rites.

The Mass is the principal celebration and includes the reception of the body–if this has not already occurred–the celebration of the liturgy of the word, the liturgy of the Eucharist, and the final commendation and farewell. The rite of committal is the final act of the faith community in caring for the body of its deceased member. By their presence, the community members help the mourners face the end of one relationship with the deceased and the beginning of a new one based on prayerful remembrance, gratitude, and the hope of resurrection and reunion. The rite may be at a graveside, place of interment, columbarium or crematorium.

Memorial Mass/Service

The presence of the body at the funeral mass provides a visual, tangible focus for the ritual. When the body is not present, due to donation, cremation, prior burial, or any other reason, a picture of the deceased or some other memento may appropriately be placed near the Easter candle, the preeminent Christian symbol of the hope of eternal life in Christ. In a memorial mass, the same general same norms apply as in a funeral mass or service when the body is present. The liturgy begins in the usual way, without the rite of the reception of the body. At the final commendation the Easter candle and picture or other memento may be incensed, if incense has not already been used. Some of the texts may need to be adapted.

Planning the Funeral Mass

Please visit our Funeral Mass Planning Tool to learn more about Funeral Mass Planning.  Please contact your Bereavement Minister for further assistance.

Area Funeral Homes

Suerth Funeral Home – Edison Park
877.631.1240

Olson Burke and Sullivan Funeral Home – Edison Park

Cooney Funeral Home – Park Ridge

Ryan Parke Funeral Home – Park Ridge

Marriage · Weddings

Wedding dates should be reserved as soon as possible, but no later than six months in advance of the desired date. Weddings may be scheduled in the church on Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm only. The chapel may be reserved for smaller weddings and vow renewals. All wedding arrangements are to be made by appointment with a priest.

Please contact our business office (773.631.4127) to arrange a meeting with a priest and obtain additional information regarding your wedding at St. Juliana Parish. Our wedding FAQs may help answer some questions in the meantime. You are welcome to have a priest friend or family member celebrate your wedding mass but you will still need an introductory meeting with one of our clergy members to begin the process.

All couples are required to complete an archdiocesan-certified PreCana program prior to the wedding day. Our parish offers PreCana sessions; please contact the Parish Office about the PreCana schedule. The archdiocesan Family Ministries Office also provides PreCana and many helpful resources for marriage preparation.

PreCana Marriage Preparation Program

An engaged couple marrying in the Catholic Church is required to attend a PreCana marriage preparation course through an archdiocesan-approved program. PreCana, in conjunction with meetings with the priest/celebrant, provides engaged couples with a comprehensive process for preparing for and living a marriage for a lifetime.

You may complete our local PreCana program, or one offered through the archdiocesan Family Ministries Office. Here, volunteer married parishioner couples facilitate our PreCana gatherings. Each PreCana takes place in a facilitator couple's home, usually on one weekend day over a six-hour period. The two facilitator couples make short presentations, introduce workbook exercises, facilitate and encourage discussion, and provide hospitality and a peaceful, prayerful space. The facilitators and five to seven engaged couples work together to pray, reflect, discuss and share their stories and their life journeys. There is no cost to attend a PreCana program.

If you are interested in attending a St. Juliana PreCana please contact the parish office at 773.631.4127

wedding

Wedding FAQs

  • What are your wedding fees?

    The parish offering for registered parishioners in good standing is $600. The non-parishioner fee is $750. In both cases, the offering includes the music director and wedding attendant fees.
  • Do we need to be parishioners to get married at St. Juliana Parish?

    No, it is not required but we welcome you to join our church family and would be more than happy to register you at any time.
  • Can we bring in our own priest?

    Yes, visiting priests from the Archdiocese of Chicago are welcome to preside at weddings. If from another diocese they must provide a recent letter assuring the suitability of their ministry. At your introductory meeting with our priest you will be provided with more information.
  • Can you pencil in our wedding on your calendar to hold the date?

    Only a priest can book a wedding date on the calendar but we would me more than happy to check if a few dates are available; email or call our office at 773.631.4127.
  • We would like to book our wedding at St. Juliana Parish. What do we do next?

    Congratulations! Your next step is to contact the office to book an appointment with one of our parish priests. They will guide you in your wedding preparations.
  • I would like to obtain a copy of a marriage certificate for a wedding performed at St. Juliana Parish.

    Please complete a sacramental records inquiry request to obtain a copy of the certificate of marriage.
  • How do we arrange for a mass celebrating a renewal of wedding vows?

    Wedding vow renewals are typically celebrated in our chapel. Contact the parish office to determine availability and arrange for a celebrant.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is offered in church following the 8:30am Saturday mass, and from 4-4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. You may also contact a priest (773.631.4127) to arrange for a private reconciliation by appointment.

Celebrating and receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation can be among the most blessed of human experiences. Yet, there are a number of reasons why we don't take advantage of this sacrament or we don't celebrate it well. Fear, shame, bad experiences of the past, a long time since the last reception of the sacrament or bad habits in celebrating it now ... are all possible reasons. The solution is so simple. An understanding of Reconciliation and a small encouragement to give it a new try, with a new expectation, can literally change our lives and will certainly renew our faith.

Has it been a while? Here's a how-to guide, and don't be afraid to bring it with you.

How to Confess

The sacrament of Reconciliation is God's gift to us. In the story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus tells us that God is simply waiting for us to come home. In the story, the father is not only waiting, he is out by the road longing for the wayward son to return. And when the son begins to give his practiced speech of repentance, the father interrupts him and shouts orders to begin the celebration. Jesus is telling us that this is how God feels about our reconciliation. It isn't about having to shame ourselves or face being scolded. It is about letting ourselves receive the merciful and healing love and peace that only God's love can give us.

As God's children, we believe that being forgiven and extending forgiveness are two sides of the Christian coin. We speak of it often—so often, in fact, that we can lose sight of its significance. Advent and Lent are liturgical seasons especially meant for polishing. May we consider God's forgiveness of us and with grateful hearts extend our forgiveness to others.

Reconciliation

Real belief in forgiveness is the sort of thing that easily slips away if we don't keep polishing it up.

C. S. Lewis