When a member of our parish reaches the end of their life, sympathies to a bereaved family are extended through our Bereavement Ministry. This ministry provides support to families in planning the Mass of the Resurrection for the deceased, and serve to bring Christ's light into a situation that is difficult and painful.
Another way the Bereavement Ministry reaches out to our parish is through the Mass of Hope and Healing. Each year this mass is said for parents who have lost children of any age for any cause, including terminated pregnancies, miscarried and stillborn children. If you will be attending this mass we encourage you to bring pictures to place on a table and blessed during mass. We know these situations are devastating and that the pain does not go away; this mass serves to help with the healing process. Joyce Browne facilitates the Bereavement Ministry; please contact her with any questions.
Cancer Support Group
Women and men gather to offer spiritual and emotional support for anyone dealing with cancer (patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends.) The group is a safe, healing place to be heard and understood by people walking the same road. Members are encouraged to share their feelings, seek guidance, receive resource information and most importantly, hope. Issues such as how to access volunteer services, request companionship during treatments or at home, ask for rides or other forms of support are also covered. The group gathers in the parish center at 7:00pm on the second Tuesday of every month. For questions, contact Tina Pusateri, moderator of the group.
Health Services Coordinator
Cindy Brennan is committed to coordinating the wellness and healing ministries of our parish. A registered nurse, Cindy facilitates blood pressure and other health screening, blood drive, flu shots and American Red Cross baby-sitting training. Cindy was instrumental in acquiring portable automatic external defibrillators (AED) for our church and school, and provides ongoing training on their use. She also manages the health documentation required by the state of Illinois and Archdiocese of Chicago for our school students, and coordinates the vision and hearing testing programs. A long-time member of our parish as well as a familar and friendly face at the emergency room of Presence Resurrection Medical Center for many years, Cindy and her family members are also devoted supporters of the Misericordia Home and coordinate the Candy Days in Edison Park for Misericordia.
Ministers of Care
These are lay Eucharistic ministers who visit the homebound and ill to distribute Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic ministers have received training and are officially recognized by the Church as "another of Christ's faithful deputed." In addition to Communion, ministers of care provide spiritual comfort and prayer. If you a Eucharistic minister and would like to join this ministry, please contact us here. Training and guidance is provided to all new members at no cost.
Promoting social awareness in affirming with the Church that we must respect and safeguard the precious gift of human life from natural conception to natural death. Activities which support their efforts include the Mothers' Day flower sale, baby bottle collection during Respect Life Month and Christmas wreath sale. Contact the Pro-Life Ministry here.
Our parish center is home to weekly meetings of groups focused on supporting men and women who share the common goal of facing and recovering from substance addictions or experiences of abuse.
The meetings are open to all individuals, whether or not they belong to St. Juliana Parish or are of the Catholic faith. The parish calendar lists the dates and times each of the following groups gathers:
Feel free to contact our office with any questions about the meeting schedule or to be put in touch with a meeting leader.