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.
Boy oh boy. I think we all can really appreciate this years Feast of Corpus Christi more than ever.
We celebrate in a particular way today the importance of the Eucharist, the Mass, our Lords Body and Blood. For several months, as you dont need me to remind you, you all were unable to receive Communion! And, as of writing this letter and submitting it in advance for the bulletin publishing deadline, Im not even sure if youll be able to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus today. Itd be like not being able to have a tree, give gifts, and recognize the baby Jesus on Christmas...times ten.
Im happy to announce the Archdiocese has granted our parish permission to enter into Phase 2 of Reopening, which allows for the celebration of Mass!
To allow time for proper preparation and compliance, our first Mass will be Saturday, June 13th at 5pm in the main church. Mass the next day will be Sunday, June 14th at 9 30am. There will be daily Mass offered at 8 30am Monday through Friday in the main church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 10 30 am until 11 30 am on Sundays.
I cannot believe that it has been about three months since we worshiped together in the same place at the same time. That said, I am very much looking forward to praying with you very soon with the reopening of St. Juliana!
In order to help keep everyone healthy during these times, some practices regarding music will be changing. These changes are temporary and may be updated or modified unexpectedly depending on Archdiocesan, government, and medical guidelines.
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which, in years past, was known by its Latin name Corpus Christi. The First Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy is intended as a reminder to the people of Israel of how God fed them in the desert with manna, miraculous food which Catholics would later see as a prefiguration of the Eucharist. In this sermon, Moses seeks to remind his people that they are not to live on bread alone but on every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Therefore, Catholics now must continually depend on the Eucharist and the Word of God.
Getting back into the swing of things. As summer is kicking off here, I have finally found my way back on a golf course. I was absolutely uncertain if my swing would come back right away. All of last season I spent extra time at the driving range trying to drill good habits into the muscles. Thankfully, when I stepped into the tee box, I was able to turn my brain off and swing. It is funny how the conscious mind can act as the backseat driver to the subconscious mind, which does things best by habit and repetition. Dont think, just swing.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi, celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. It is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. The feast dates to the Middle Ages and originated with a visionary nun and a Eucharistic miracle.
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.
The most famous of James J. Tissots religious paintings, which reside in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is What Our Lord Saw from the Cross. But my favorite of Tissots is The Holy Virgin Kisses the Face of Jesus Before He is Enshrouded on the Anointing Stone. A cumbersome title, I know, but a painting worth meditating upon.