We are a vibrant, living faith community centered in our love for God and each other and we have many ministries and social groups that hold us together as a community. The more we invest ourselves in a community, the more we grow and the more we receive from the relationship. All of our ministries, groups and clubs are an opportunity for you to work with other members of the parish to build that relationship and build up the Kingdom of God. We hope you will find a group that will make you excited to call Saint Juliana Parish your spiritual home.
The Parish Pastoral Council is an enthusiastic, compassionate, faith-filled community leading the commissions and ministries of the parish. Through active listening we strive to determine and understand the diverse needs of our parish and community. We minister to these needs by leading, inviting and empowering others to become involved in meeting the spiritual, temporal and social needs of all. We partner with the pastor and staff to support existing parish life, to create vision, and to plan for the future.
In the newest incarnation of the pastoral council, each member has been assigned a role to lead each of St. Juliana Parish's commissions—Sunday, School and Service—and the assigned ministries within each. Each ministry leader will work with the pastoral council commission leader to evaluate the pastoral effectiveness of each ministry, program and service and expand the mission within each ministry to best serve the interest of the parish.
It has been an exciting year of progress at Saint Juliana Parish! As Chairperson of our Pastoral Council, I wanted to take a moment and share what the Pastoral Council been focused on over the past year, our accomplishments and our goals for the upcoming year.
With the leadership of Fr. James, the partnership of Vice-Chairperson Eileen Mitchell, the assistance of our Secretary Julie Hammerle, and our team of dedicated Council members, we established over 20 goals last year to reflect our mission as a parish to “Experience Jesus” in everything that we do. These goals are also aligned with the Archdiocesan mission to “Renew My Church,” fostering belonging, particularly among young people, inviting them to have a true encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ, making disciples, and building an even more vibrant Saint Juliana community.
Here is what we’ve accomplished over the past year:
• A new sacristan team was created to support our Sunday Masses.
• We executed a plan to fully support our Sunday 5pm Mass, (which the Pastoral Council launched the year before), as it is our fastest growing Mass.
• The altar service team was expanded to be more inclusive of younger grades, engaging them more regularly with our weekly Mass, along with additional training.
• We retrained our lectors, commentators and Eucharistic ministers to help them grow in a deeper understanding and love for the liturgy, the ministry, and ultimately the Lord whom we all serve.
• Developed a Sunday hospitality initiative and built a team of volunteers to welcome families into our parish every Saturday and Sunday and create an atmosphere of fellowship and belonging that will encourage worshippers to ‘Experience Jesus’.
• Worked with our local high schools including Notre Dame, Resurrection, Regina, Loyola, Willows, Taft, Niles West, and Maine High Schools to build a sustaining Teen Ministry to foster personal and spiritual growth, providing fellowship, service, and leadership opportunities.
• Enhanced CCD parents communication, collaboration, and outreach with weekly communication to promote the core of the program, scheduled activities and what we offer in the Parish.
• Launched Children’s Liturgy Pre-K to 2nd grade (working in conjunction with Sunday Liturgy team/DRE).
• Executed a new marketing plan to expand reach and enrollment of Vacation Bible School and engaged Totus Tuus to enhance the summer program we offer to our parish families.
• Developed a quarterly book club which included Broken Mary and the very successful Kevin Matthews event which had nearly 800 attendees from St. Juliana and throughout our Archdiocese.
• In conjunction with a former Saint Juliana student, Devyn Pechnick (Class of 2006), Suzanne Nemec from marketing firm Retail First, Fr. James, Margie Marshall, and a team of marketing professionals, we developed a new school logo that reflects our mission and core values.
• Our new school logo was executed on all branding materials, websites, and social media. To organically market our school within our community and beyond, we distributed over 600 ‘Saint Juliana School’ lawn signs and over 1,000 ‘Saint Juliana School’ car magnets. We also distributed over 800 ‘Saint Juliana Parish Family’ car magnets to CCD families and our parishioners. All materials and design were donated by Retail First.
• Our weekly bulletin was redesigned with clarity and focus, reflecting new branding initiatives to inspire and better communicate what we offer as a parish community, all organized by Sunday, School and Service.
2019 UPDATE FROM THE SAINT JULIANA PASTORAL COUNCIL
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
It has been an exciting year at Saint Juliana Parish. As chairperson of the Pastoral Council, I wanted to take a moment to first thank all the members of the council: Steve Baggio, Kathleen Barton, Chris Boldt, Patty Collins, Barb Ernat, Eileen Fealy, Julie Hammerle, Helen Heylin, Anastasia Jakubow, Dan and Stacey Lenihan, Kim McAuliffe, Eileen Mitchell, Chet Moylan, Dana Oswald, Matt Petrash, Steve and Lauren Silich, Teresa Simonetti, and Jon and Nicole Utz.
There are so many amazing people who volunteer in our parish. It is our relationships with each other that are more important than anything we do. Your time and talent continue to draw us closer to the Heart of Christ, the same Christ we bring to the world through our ministries.
This year we have worked toward our goal to “Experience Jesus” in everything we do. Here are just a few of the council’s accomplishments: created a new printed and online ministry guide; expanded our Sunday hospitality initiatives; and offered a Dynamic Catholic marriage enrichment event and other adult faith formation events. Prior to this, we helped launch a lector/Eucharistic minister training, a teen ministry program, and a new vacation Bible school powered by Totus Tuus. We “rebranded” our parish with a new bulletin design and parish logo. We also assisted in the Emerald City Gala, one of our most successful fundraising events in recent memory, and helped the parish receive critical updates to sustain our physical infrastructure. We set over forty goals during the last three years, and I am proud of our team’s execution of those goals to help our parish experience Jesus.
With all that said, I am concluding an eight-year run on the Saint Juliana Pastoral Council, with seven years as chairperson. I first joined as a council member in 2011. I completed a two-year membership term, followed by a full three-year term as chairperson under our previous pastor, Fr. Steve Kanonik and administrator Fr. Bob Beaven, and then a final three-year term under Fr. James Wallace. It has truly been an honor serving our parish community and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. As for me, I am committed to help lead our Sunday hospitality team as well as Saint Juliana’s marketing and communication initiatives. Along with my company, I have also committed our services (pro bono) to assist with our ongoing fundraising and facilities needs and upgrades as well.
Saint Juliana is a great community. Thank you for your faith and dedication, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer!
All the very best,
David Plier, Chairperson, Saint Juliana Pastoral Council
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