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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PLEASE HELP & DONATE

Cancellation of Mass is leading to significant losses in our offertory income, which is placing all our ministries and operations at significant risk. Many people in our parish and community depend upon your regular, weekly offertory contributions and, during this current challenge, they are needed more than ever.

Please consider giving online at Give Central where you can make a weekly offertory contribution to Saint Juliana and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. We ask you to prayerfully consider maintaining your regular weekly donation level or even increasing it during these times.

Marriage - Weddings

Wedding dates should be reserved as soon as possible, but no later than six months in advance of the desired date. Weddings may be scheduled in the church on Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm only. The chapel may be reserved for smaller weddings and vow renewals. All wedding arrangements are to be made by appointment with a priest.

Please contact our business office (773.631.4127) to arrange a meeting with a priest and obtain additional information regarding your wedding at St. Juliana Parish. Our wedding FAQs may help answer some questions in the meantime. You are welcome to have a priest friend or family member celebrate your wedding mass but you will still need an introductory meeting with one of our clergy members to begin the process.

All couples are required to complete an Archdiocesan-certified PreCana program prior to the wedding day. The Archdiocesan Family Ministries Office provides PreCana and many helpful resources for marriage preparation.

PreCana Marriage Preparation Program

An engaged couple marrying in the Catholic Church is required to attend a PreCana marriage preparation course through an archdiocesan-approved program. PreCana, in conjunction with meetings with the priest/celebrant, provides engaged couples with a comprehensive process for preparing for and living a marriage for a lifetime.

You may complete the PreCana program offered through the archdiocesan Family Ministries Office. The facilitators and engaged couples work together to pray, reflect, discuss and share their stories and their life journeys. There is no cost to attend a PreCana program.

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Wedding FAQs

  • What are your wedding fees?

    The parish offering for registered parishioners in good standing is $600. The non-parishioner fee is $750. In both cases, the offering includes the music director and wedding attendant fees.
  • Do we need to be parishioners to get married at St. Juliana Parish?

    No, it is not required but we welcome you to join our church family and would be more than happy to register you at any time.
  • Can we bring in our own priest?

    Yes, visiting priests from the Archdiocese of Chicago are welcome to preside at weddings. If from another diocese they must provide a recent letter assuring the suitability of their ministry. At your introductory meeting with our priest you will be provided with more information.
  • Can you pencil in our wedding on your calendar to hold the date?

    Only a priest can book a wedding date on the calendar but we would me more than happy to check if a few dates are available; email or call our office at 773.631.4127.
  • We would like to book our wedding at St. Juliana Parish. What do we do next?

    Congratulations! Your next step is to contact the office to book an appointment with one of our parish priests. They will guide you in your wedding preparations.
  • I would like to obtain a copy of a marriage certificate for a wedding performed at St. Juliana Parish.

    Please complete a sacramental records inquiry request to obtain a copy of the certificate of marriage.
  • How do we arrange for a mass celebrating a renewal of wedding vows?

    Wedding vow renewals are typically celebrated in our chapel. Contact the parish office to determine availability and arrange for a celebrant.
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