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.

Rev. Donald J. Ahearn Scholarship Award

Father Don Ahearn was pastor of Saint Juliana Parish from 1975 to 1995, when he retired from active priesthood. He continued to reside at our parish as pastor emeritus until his passing in January 2017. For the 42 years Father Ahearn lived at our parish he was a much-beloved pastoral leader and, together with long-time principal, Sr. Remy Schaul, he presided over our school during years of extraordinary growth and development.

There was no greater proponent of Catholic education than Father Ahearn, and upon his passing the parish received a bequest from his estate to directly benefit families seeking to enroll their child in our school for the first time. Father Ahearn's bequest is funding a scholarship award named in his honor that will annually grant up to $2,000 to two students newly enrolling in our school in grades K-8 for the first time. Parents may apply to renew the award in succeeding years.

Building the Father Ahearn Scholarship Fund

Father AhearnWe are grateful to Father Ahearn for making this opportunity available to our families and seek to grow the fund, building upon his legacy and granting awards to additional new students in the coming years. We've already received our first donation of $500!

To add your own donation, you may visit GiveCentral at the link below and make a one-time or recurring donation, or direct your check to the parish office. Your donation to the Rev. Donald J. Ahearn Scholarship Fund is 100% tax-deductible.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

St. Juliana Parish
Attn: Father Ahearn Scholarship Fund
7200 N. Osceola Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

Applying for the Father Ahearn Award

The scholarship will be awarded to two new St. Juliana School students entering Kindergarten-8th grade each year and may be renewed in subsequent years if the family re-applies. Total scholarship value is up to $2,000 annually per child and will be applied to tuition. Actual amount awarded to each recipient will be based on demonstrated need.

Requirements
  • Student must be a full-time Kindergarten-8th grade student newly enrolling at St. Juliana School.
  • Family must demonstrate financial need by submitting the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. All financial information will be kept confidential.
  • Student must be in good academic and behavioral standing throughout the year, in accordance with the St. Juliana Family Handbook.
How to Apply
  • Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by May 15, 2018.
  • Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explaining why you want your child(ren) to attend St. Juliana School and how you will benefit from this scholarship.

FACTS Grant & Aid

Scholarship recipients will be announced by May 25, 2018.

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