Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Letters from a Pastor to His People- June 7, 2020

    Dear Parishioners,

    It's really important that we read and reread this short first reading from the Book of Exodus.  Let it form our mind.  Let it help our understanding of God.  We need this proper knowledge of the Lord if we are going to navigate the complexities of our moral and spiritual life.

    Moses returns up to Mount Sinai and Yahweh reveals another title by which he can be called: Lord.  I don't know about you, but I like using this title, Lord, for God.  Yes, I certainly use other titles when I pray and when I'm in relationship with God: Jesus, Father, friend, brother, Spirit.  'Lord' doesn't give me a sense of fear or servility in a bad way.  I like 'Lord' because it emphasizes for me that God is the one in control, not me.  He is guiding my life, he has a plan for me—a plan that is better than anything I could concoct—and that it is to my advantage to simply surrender to him.  Remember that "Surrender Novena" we prayed a few months ago?  The title 'Lord' is all wrapped up in that.

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27 Nov

Tax Credit Scholarship Matching Program

  • 06 June 2020 |
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Support St. Juliana School through the Invest In Kids Program!

The Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program (TCS) allows you to make a gift toward scholarships for in-need Catholic school students – and receive 75% of that gift returned to you as an Illinois state income tax credit. This is a powerful way to support low-income students while earning a significant income tax benefit. You can even designate that your gift benefit students right here at St. Juliana School!

There has never been a better time to take advantage of this program! A group of generous donors have offered a 2-for-1 match for donations made before February 29, 2020, or until funds are depleted.

That means that by making a gift to the TCS program you can

  • Help a student in need receive an excellent education here at SJS
  • Receive an Illinois state tax credit for 75% of your donation
  • Triple the impact of your gift through the matching gift program!                       

                                                                         

Your Donation   After-tax cost to you         Benefit to SJS
$   100 $   25            $    300
$   500   $ 125  $ 1,500
$1,000    $ 250     $ 3,000

Making a donation is a multi-step process, so begin now to ensure your donation is received in time to qualify for the matching program. This year 6 students received scholarships from Empower Illinois to attend St. Juliana, and 25 students were left on the waiting list due to limited funds. Your donation could help make sure every student who wants to attend St. Juliana can afford to do so!

To make your contribution:

  1. Go to https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/ and request a letter ID (click Individuals, then Request a Letter ID)
  2. Wait a few days for the ID to come in the mail
  3. Once ID has arrived, go back to https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/ and click Sign Up Now to begin login process with personal information and Letter ID
  4. Go to email and get confirmation number for login; use confirmation number to log in to https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/ website
  5. Find "Contribute to Invest in Kids" on the https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/ website and fill in the certificate form
  6. Wait for email to arrive from https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/ stating that your donation certificate has been approved and you can download from the site
  7. Download certificate from https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/
  8. Go to  and click the Donors tab, fill out form, designate St. Juliana, and upload certificate

Need assistance? Contact Margie Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-631-2256.

24 Nov

Viva Cristo Rey!

Letters from a Pastor to His People- November 24, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

The Feast of Christ the King.  The end of the liturgical year.  I can't believe we're already here.  We've completed 34 weeks of Ordinary Time.  During these past summer and fall months we read from the Gospel of Luke.  Much of it was, as we mentioned a few weeks ago, from the "travel narrative"; that is, our Lord's journey from Galilee to Jerusalem.  This week is the consummation.  Jesus is upon the cross.  An interesting selection to highlight Christ's royalty.

24 Nov

The First American Nun

Lydia Longley was a young Puritan from Groton, Massachusetts.  She was twenty years old in 1684 when her village was attacked by Native Americans and her entire family killed.  Taken away to Montreal as prisoner, Lydia was ransomed by a French family and saved, both physically and spiritually.  She not only converted to Catholicism, but entered the Congregation of Notre Dame.  Lydia died in 1758, serving as a faithful religious sister for seventy years, and earning the title, "The First American Nun."

24 Nov

Gospel November 24, 2019

In the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the First Reading is from the Second Book of Samuel. In today’s short reading, we have the third accounts of the anointing of David as King of Israel. He was anointed by the elders of Israel for three reasons. First, all the tribes of Israel are descended from the same ancestors. Second, David under Saul’s reign showed strength and wisdom on the role of the military commander. Finally, God gave David the role of shepherd king responsible for watching over the flock, protecting them from predators and the role of military commander who leads his people in battle, fighting against their enemies. David agrees to rule with justice, and the people promise loyalty.    

24 Nov

Alphons Popieluszko

 

I don't think I know a lot of saints. I could probably compile a list of twenty, and that would be miniscule compared to the vast quantity of saints. Google sometime, "Catholic saints" and find someone new. I recently stumbled upon a very interesting priest who is on his way to becoming a saint. He is called "Blessed", which means he has been recognized by the Church to have lived heroic virtue and already has one miracle attributed to him. I present in this article the life of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko.

18 Nov

Sr Remy Schaul Service Award

The St. Juliana School Board will annually recognize one or more individuals contributing outstanding volunteer service to the school.

Eligibility

Individuals who have volunteered his/her time, talent, or resources toward maintaining and/or improving the quality of the school physical plant and/or educational opportunities for our students are eligible.

Nominations

Any registered parishioner can submit a nomination. Nominations may be submitted to the school office, parish office or to School Board President Mike Kelly by downloading the form or applying online here, by January 3rd, 2020

Selection

The School Board shall review the nominations and select a recipient by majority vote at the January meeting. In the event of a "tie," the Board President will make the final determination.

Presentation

The School Board will present the award during Catholic Schools Week, celebrated the last week of January 2020.

 

17 Nov

Yipee!

St. Juliana Cancer Support Group

Letters from a Pastor to His People- November 17, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

At first glance, you might look at these readings and not have a warm, fuzzy feeling.  They might not appear very consoling to you.  "Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven...We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way...There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place...You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death...You will be hated by all because of my name..."

Yipee.     

Yes, it is actually, 'yipee.'  At least it is 'yipee' to me, and not because I'm a masochist.  I take consolation in these readings because they affirm to me how awesome Jesus was and how, once again, the most important thing is our soul and not any material object.

17 Nov

Mother Cabrini, We Pray For You

On Sunday, September 22, 1946, over 100,000 Chicagoans filled Soldier Field.  They were not present to watch a Bears game.  No screaming or consumption of alcohol occurred.  The large crowd was praying a holy hour; that is, sitting all together in silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  The occasion was the celebration of the canonization of Saint Mother Cabrini by Pope Pius XII.

17 Nov

Gospel November 17, 2019

The First Reading is from the Prophet Malachi. Malachi is writing in the fifth century before Christ to a community with very lax morals. In this reading, Malachi speaks in frightening terms of the imminent “Day of the Lord.” There was much corruption and unfaithfulness to God. The message here is that all humanity must eventually take sides to choose "good" or "evil" because "a Day is coming" when there will be a reckoning and all must be judged.

17 Nov

Venerable Fulton Sheen and His Coffee

“The average American is physically, biologically, psychologically and neurologically unable to do anything worthwhile before he has a cup of coffee. And that goes for prayer too. Even sisters in convents whose rules were written before electric percolators were developed would do well to update their procedures. Let them have coffee before meditation.”