Father James

A NOTE FROM THE ST JULIANA PASTOR - WEEK TWO - MARCH 23, 2020

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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Funeral · Mass of Christian Burial

Funeral Services

The term “funeral rites” is the general designation of all the liturgical celebrations during which the gathered community worships God and commends the deceased to God's merciful love. The first of these rites is the vigil, or wake service. The funeral liturgy is the central celebration, whether as the funeral mass or funeral service without mass. The rite of committal, usually at graveside, completes the funeral rites. In the days prior to Vatican II the funeral mass was known as a requiem; a variety of terms have been used in recent years, including Mass of Christian Burial and Mass of Resurrection, however the most accurate and common terms are: wake, funeral mass and committal service.

Funeral services are a right of all members of the Catholic Church, including children whose parents intended them to be baptized but had not yet received the sacrament. Members of our parish bereavement ministry offer support, consolation and guidance to the grieving friends and family as they move through the planning and celebration of the funeral rites.

The Mass is the principal celebration and includes the reception of the body–if this has not already occurred–the celebration of the liturgy of the word, the liturgy of the Eucharist, and the final commendation and farewell. The rite of committal is the final act of the faith community in caring for the body of its deceased member. By their presence, the community members help the mourners face the end of one relationship with the deceased and the beginning of a new one based on prayerful remembrance, gratitude, and the hope of resurrection and reunion. The rite may be at a graveside, place of interment, columbarium or crematorium.

Memorial Mass/Service

The presence of the body at the funeral mass provides a visual, tangible focus for the ritual. When the body is not present, due to donation, cremation, prior burial, or any other reason, a picture of the deceased or some other memento may appropriately be placed near the Easter candle, the preeminent Christian symbol of the hope of eternal life in Christ. In a memorial mass, the same general same norms apply as in a funeral mass or service when the body is present. The liturgy begins in the usual way, without the rite of the reception of the body. At the final commendation the Easter candle and picture or other memento may be incensed, if incense has not already been used. Some of the texts may need to be adapted.

Planning the Funeral Mass

Please contact the Parish Office or your Bereavement Minister for further assistance.

Area Funeral Homes

Suerth Funeral Home – Edison Park
877.631.1240

Olson Burke and Sullivan Funeral Home – Edison Park

Cooney Funeral Home – Park Ridge

Ryan Parke Funeral Home – Park Ridge

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