Saint Juliana Parish is here to help people experience Jesus. We believe when you experience Jesus, you become the best version of yourself. You experience happiness. Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome to our Catholic parish.
A priest friend of mine recently shared with me Teilhard de Chardins Prayer of Patient Trust. Let me share it with you here. It is fitting both for the celebration of Pentecost, which is this weekend, and for the COVID crisis.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
I hope you are healthy and well these days. Thank God for the warmer weather! Life is still mostly quiet around the parish and I continue to offer my daily Mass and prayers for each of you.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has granted Saint Juliana Parish permission to enter Phase 1 of reopening. This Phase, established by the Archdiocese, allows us to have baptisms, weddings, and funerals in church with 10 people or less. It also allows the church to be open for private prayer, with 10 people or less in church at one time, as well as for the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated.
This upcoming Sunday, May 31st, the church will be open from 8am until noon for private, individual prayer. Assistants will be present to ensure people are properly distanced in the pews and following health regulations. Please look for instructions when you enter, and please be sure to bring a face mask.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available Sunday morning from 11amnoon. A priest will be sitting behind a screen in the sacristy, not it in the regular confessional. Please, again, look for instructions and ask the assistant in church for help.
As we continue to organize, I will let you know if the church will be open at other times throughout the week for prayer. As of now, we will plan just for Sunday mornings.
Youll also notice this reopening phase is still fairly limited and that we are unable to have daily or Sunday Mass. When the Archdiocese permits Masses I will be sure to let you know, as well as make a request for volunteers to help with cleaning the church and other needs. In the meantime we will continue to offer Sunday Virtual Masses, along with the various podcasts.
Im grateful for your faith and dedication, as well as your perseverance. These are challenging times and the Lord is filling our souls with an abundance of graces.Please dont hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, prayer requests, an anointing request, or anything else. And, again, know of my prayers. God bless you!
Yours in Christ,
Weekly Gospel Readings May 31, 2020
The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. On Pentecost (meaning fifty days after the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus by Christians), when the Spirit fills the disciples, it gives them new languages to preach about Jesus.This is the official birthdate of the Church. For this reason, today the entire Church celebrates the great Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the pouring out of His graces and benefits on all the baptized. The Church will be universal in scope. People of every nation will be invited to join this new People of God.
St. Augustine is a great doctor of our Church, and as a doctor of the Church, his words give timeless counsel, teaching and fatherly wisdom. Something of his recently struck me to be a clear and concise way of understanding how our sufferings can be united to Christs own suffering, if we offer them to Our Lord. The good doctor writes
Pentecost celebrates the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles in the Acts of the Apostles. Pentecost, the 50th and final day of the Easter Season, celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the book of Acts, ushering in the beginning of the Church. 50 Days after Jesus resurrection (and 10 days after his Ascension), the apostles were gathered together, confused and contemplating their future purpose and mission. On Pentecost, a flame rested upon the shoulders of the apostles, and they began to speak in tongues (languages), by the power of the Holy Spirit.
CHIBRO is hosted by Father James and Deacon Hank, both currently sheltering in place at St. Juliana Parish in Chicago. The podcast intends to show a peek behind the curtain of rectory life while providing an informal commentary on faith life under our current uncertain circumstances.
In praying with artwork on this monumental feast day, I particularly like Jean II Restouts Pentecost (Louvre Paris, France, 1732). First and foremost is because of the prominence of Mary. She stands in the center atop the altar of the upper room, which is here pictured as a Romanesque courtyard. Interestingly, the scene resembles Raphaels School of Athens. The Church, with Mary beside her son in the instructors chair, is the new school.