Father James with children at the Catholic Schools Week Mass. Congratulations to Joe and Anne Cisneroz, recipients of the 2020 Sr. Remy Schaul Service Award.
Letters from a Pastor to His People- February 2, 2020
I came across "The Surrender Novena" a few weeks ago, prayed it, was impacted by it, and wanted to share it with you.
If you're not familiar with it, a novena is when we pray a particular prayer or set of prayers for nine straight days to obtain graces. This novena was given directly from Jesus to an Italian priest named Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo, who lived from 1882-1970. The “special” grace from this novena is to be able to trust in God more completely.
Is there anything in your life right now that is bothering you, weighing heavily upon you? Or, in general, do you consider yourself someone who experiences fear and anxiety? The Lord sees your stress. He is with you and wants to relieve you. This novena can help put you at peace, so you don’t lose more years (and hairs) worrying!
The novena is fairly easy. There's a very short reading—words from Christ—each day, followed by repeating ten times the following prayer: O Jesus, I surrender myself to you
take care of everything!
Please consider trying this, either starting today on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, or at some point in the near future. You'll be amazed by the graces that will come to you!
Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying?
Leave the care of your affairs to me
and everything will be peaceful.
I say to you in truth that every act of true,
blind, complete surrender to me
produces the effect that you desire
and resolves all difficult situations.
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything! (x10)
Tomorrow, Monday, February 3rd, is the feast of Saint Blaise. We will have two daily Masses, as normal, at 7am and 8:30am in the parish center chapel. We will conduct the Blessing of Throats at these Masses.
There is no school on Friday, February 7th. The 8:30am daily Mass will be in the chapel that day, and First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be from 9am-6pm in the chapel as well.
As you saw perhaps in last week's bulletin, it's that time of year when the Archdiocese conducts the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). Every parish is assessed 7% of its offertory income. For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Saint Juliana's offertory income was $928,715. Therefore our goal for the 2020 ACA is $65,010. The Archdiocese will use this money mean to fund its programs; namely, support struggling parishes, Catholic schools, programs of religious education, ministry formation, vocations, young adult programs, and initiatives for justice, peace, and respect for all life. The Archdiocese also uses this income to support Catholic Relief Services and the work that institution does throughout the world to people devastated by war and natural disasters. Every dollar we raise over our goal of $65,010 will stay with the parish and we will use this money to continue to fund our capital projects around the parish, which are many. Last year, our goal was $54,775.08 (you can see how our collections have gone up!). We raised over $62,000 and used that over $7,000 to help with the projects around the church, school and parish center. Please be generous, as you always have been in the past, and help the parish meet and exceed our goal. I'm very grateful for your support.
Speaking of improvements, we are excited about the new Parish Center back meeting rooms. Take a look next time you are over!
Yours in Christ,