Father James

A NOTE FROM THE ST JULIANA PASTOR 

As we embark upon another week in our surreal world, I want to let you know I am continually praying for you and offering Mass for each of you. Interestingly, I feel very much connected to you. That’s one of the beautiful powers of prayer!

If you have any specific prayer requests, please do not hesitate to email me and let me know. Father Emanuel and I will add these intentions to our daily Mass and prayers. And, again, if you are in need of the Sacraments of Anointing of the Sick or of Reconciliation, please email me. If you need to talk, I am happily available for that as well. You can call the parish office (773-631-4127) or the emergency number (847-507-2585) and I will respond to your message as soon as possible.

NEED ASSISTANCE OR LOOKING TO HELP?

If you need help for any reason, be it grocery shopping or picking up medication or whatever, please reach out to the parish. We want to help you and will coordinate getting the assistance you need. Please call and leave a message (773-631-4127) or email me.

Knowing that there are seniors who need help but might not receive this electronic message: if you have a neighbor or know of someone who needs help, please communicate this information to them and even reach out to us on their behalf.

Finally, we have had many people contact us wanting to help and volunteer their services. Thank you for this. If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers, please email me or call the office.

REMINDER OF SPIRITUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We are continuing to post daily the Mass readings and a reflection by yours truly, called The Daily.” We will continue the virtual Sunday Mass on the weekends, which many of you have watched. And Glenn DeCastro, our fabulous music director, has posted music recordings as well.

We have plans right now to post online a Virtual Holy Week, which will include Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, The Easter Basket Blessing (hold up your eggs and breads in front of the screen!), and Easter Sunday.

Lastly, you can continue to read our bulletin and newsletters online which also contain prayerful content and other information.

A FINAL REFLECTION

I’ve read lately a few accounts of the heroism undertaken by ordinary men and women during times of plague and disease in history. Saints Catherine of Siena , Aloysius Gonzaga, and Damien of Molokai, just to name a few, all ‘made their mark’ in circumstances similarly precarious to ours. There is even a group known as The Martyrs of the Plague of Alexandria.” May these saints pray for us and may we ourselves become saints by the unique actions we take during the time of the Coronavirus. God bless you all. I miss you but I remain,

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James Wallace, Pastor

 


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PLEASE HELP & DONATE

Cancellation of Mass is leading to significant losses in our offertory income, which is placing all our ministries and operations at significant risk. Many people in our parish and community depend upon your regular, weekly offertory contributions and, during this current challenge, they are needed more than ever.

Please consider giving online at Give Central where you can make a weekly offertory contribution to Saint Juliana and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. We ask you to prayerfully consider maintaining your regular weekly donation level or even increasing it during these times.

Giving Back to God

The message of stewardship is central to the Eucharist and engrained throughout the scriptures. One of the most important lessons Jesus taught, was at the Last Supper when He reminded us we are called to serve. Jesus was the perfect steward, giving His very life. The gifts that He asks us to share are small compared to the gift He gave for us.

The offertory collection is an important part of the Mass, going back to the earliest days of the church. The collection basket holds the gifts of our congregation, the "first fruits" of our work; connecting each of us through prayers, faith, love, sacrifice and worship. The offerings are our collective sacrificial offerings in union with Jesus’ perfect sacrifice. We bring the gifts of bread and wine and treasure to the altar. The priest receives them with gratitude, blesses them with reverence and presents them to God with respect.


A life lived in tribute equal to the gift of life.

Time

Time

We value the time that you spend with us attending Mass and visiting our facilities, and we take care that your time is well spent, that your spirit is refreshed and your needs are met, in safe and enjoyable surroundings.

Talent

Talent

We respect the unique and wonderful ministerial gifts that you share with us, whether it's when you sing in our choir, crochet prayer shawls for the homebound or shepherd our littlest sheep through Vacation Bible School.

Treasure

Treasure

And always, we guard the financial treasures you entrust with us, so that you are secure in the knowledge your contributions are put to their best use: furthering the mission and vision of God and the people of our parish.

Stewardship

The dictionary defines steward as one who manages another person's property or financial affairs. In one way or another each of us has no doubt been a steward on a personal level at some point in our lives. Has a friend or relative asked you to hold something of theirs for safekeeping? Did you not find yourself being more careful with their treasure than if it were your very own? Our clergy and staff members of St. Juliana Parish are careful, conscientious stewards of the time, talent and treasures of its people, the parish of St. Juliana.

Where does the money go?

Sometimes, in the same way that you may when surveying your household accounts, we find ourselves wondering, where DOES the money go? It seems as though there's never enough. Realistically, we know exactly where each dollar goes and we share that with our community in our interim and annual financial reports. While number-crunchers may like the familiarity of a GAAP balance sheet, many of you may appreciate a more visual perspective.

Using our beloved church bell tower as a graphical representation of our parish coffers, we illustrate where our ordinary expenses fall in an ordinary fiscal year.

Operating Expense Graphic
  • Employee expense consists of salaries, employer FICA/Medicare taxes, health insurance, and pension contributions. Unemployment claims, outside priests and professional growth/ministerial expense are included here as well. Most costs associated with salaries are fixed and the only way to decrease overall spending here is to eliminate staff positions. This is the bright pink area and it represents 72% of our total ordinary expense.
  • Occupancy is where costs related to the physical structures and grounds we inhabit are grouped. Insurance, electric, heat, water, scavenger and normal repair and maintenance are reflected in blue, and this category represents 16% of our total.
  • Next up is administrative expense at 6%. Our largest ministry–St. Juliana School– as well as CCD bring a lot of activity to this green section, as it includes textbooks, workbooks, instructional materials and software, as well as office supplies, small furnishings/equipment and related items.
  • What we internally refer to as Archdiocesan “taxes” are set by the Archdiocese as a percentage of our previous year's operating income. It covers church, school (OCS) and priests' retirement assessments and is represented in black at 4%.
  • Finally, we have our miscellaneous category. In here we find ministry/formation, marketing/public relations, meeting/hospitality and gifts/donations. Together, our miscellaneous items add up to just under 2% of our total expense, reflected in red on our graphic.

Members of our parish finance council oversee our stewardship efforts and offer guidance and advice to the pastor and administrators. If you are interested in joining the finance council, please get in touch with our pastor, Father James Wallace.

GiveCentral.org

GiveCentralAnywhere you see this gift box, is a direct link to our online donation site, givecentral.org. The gift icon is also at the top right corner of every page on our web site, next to the search, Facebook and Twitter icons.

GiveCentral for recurring Sunday donations is the most efficient and cost-effective method for donating to St. Juliana Parish. You save money on checks, we save money on offering envelopes, labor and handling costs, and everyone gets a secure, convenient electronic record of your contributions. You can set up weekly, bi-weekly, monthly recurring donations, or log in and make one-time donations at your convenience, 24/7. All of the second collection funds–sharing parish, Catholic Charities, etc.,– are also represented at GiveCentral.

Want some help setting up GiveCentral? Our office staff will be happy to assist you.

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