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.

Human Concerns & Resources

Bereavement Ministry

When a member of our parish reaches the end of their life, sympathies to a bereaved family are extended through our Bereavement Ministry. This ministry provides support to families in planning the Mass of the Resurrection for the deceased, and serve to bring Christ's light into a situation that is difficult and painful.

Another way the Bereavement Ministry reaches out to our parish is through the Mass of Hope and Healing. Each year this mass is said for parents who have lost children of any age for any cause, including terminated pregnancies, miscarried and stillborn children. If you will be attending this mass we encourage you to bring pictures to place on a table and blessed during mass. We know these situations are devastating and that the pain does not go away; this mass serves to help with the healing process. Joyce Browne facilitates the Bereavement Ministry; please contact her with any questions.


Cancer Support Group

Cancer SupportWomen and men gather to offer spiritual and emotional support for anyone dealing with cancer (patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends.) The group is a safe, healing place to be heard and understood by people walking the same road. Members are encouraged to share their feelings, seek guidance, receive resource information and most importantly, hope. Issues such as how to access volunteer services, request companionship during treatments or at home, ask for rides or other forms of support are also covered. The group gathers in the parish center at 7:00pm on the second Tuesday of every month. For questions, contact Tina Pusateri, moderator of the group.


Health Services Coordinator

Cindy Brennan is committed to coordinating the wellness and healing ministries of our parish. A registered nurse, Cindy facilitates blood pressure and other health screening, blood drive, flu shots and American Red Cross baby-sitting training. Cindy was instrumental in acquiring portable automatic external defibrillators (AED) for our church and school, and provides ongoing training on their use. She also manages the health documentation required by the state of Illinois and Archdiocese of Chicago for our school students, and coordinates the vision and hearing testing programs. A long-time member of our parish as well as a familar and friendly face at the emergency room of Presence Resurrection Medical Center for many years, Cindy and her family members are also devoted supporters of the Misericordia Home and coordinate the Candy Days in Edison Park for Misericordia.


Ministers of Care

These are lay Eucharistic ministers who visit the homebound and ill to distribute Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic ministers have received training and are officially recognized by the Church as "another of Christ's faithful deputed." In addition to Communion, ministers of care provide spiritual comfort and prayer. If you a Eucharistic minister and would like to join this ministry, please contact us here. Training and guidance is provided to all new members at no cost.

Ministers of Care


Pro-Life Ministry

Promoting social awareness in affirming with the Church that we must respect and safeguard the precious gift of human life from natural conception to natural death. Activities which support their efforts include the Mothers' Day flower sale, baby bottle collection during Respect Life Month and Christmas wreath sale. Contact the Pro-Life Ministry here.


Recovery Resources

Our parish center is home to weekly meetings of groups focused on supporting men and women who share the common goal of facing and recovering from substance addictions or experiences of abuse.

The meetings are open to all individuals, whether or not they belong to St. Juliana Parish or are of the Catholic faith. The parish calendar lists the dates and times each of the following groups gathers:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous–AA (Friends of Bill W.)
  • No Cop Out AA–For current/retired law enforcement
  • Recovery Inc.–A community mental health organization that offers a self-help method of will training for individuals who suffer from nervous symptoms and fears. Open to anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, obsessions, phobias, fears and anger.

Feel free to contact our office with any questions about the meeting schedule or to be put in touch with a meeting leader.

Rectory Meal Rotation

To make it easier for all the wonderful cooks who have stepped forward to feed our parish priests an evening meal we've created a meal scheduler at takethemameal.com

You will need this information when you visit the Take Them a Meal site:

  • Recipient last name: Rectory
  • Password: 4127

You may also call the parish office at 773.631.4127 and we'll enter your meals on the calendar for you. Thank you!

Take Them a Meal

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