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.

Ministries of Care & Bereavement

Ministers of Care

These are lay extraordinary ministers who visit the homebound and ill to distribute Holy Communion. Our extraordinary 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.

How do I become a Minister of Care?

Special training is provided to help you develop the skills and confidence to be a source of comfort and support to those who are sick. The course is offered over five weeks at Presence Saint Benedict Home on Touhy in Niles and there is no cost to you. Each weekly session is two hours long and completion of the course qualifies you to receive the Archdiocesan mandate to bring Communion to the sick, homebound and hospitalized of our parish. To register for the next session, download, print and complete the form below and return it in to the parish office. To find out when the next scheduled course takes place, contact our office at 773.631.4127.

Minister of Care Registration

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, any age, through accident, illness, abortion, suicide and for children who are stillborn. If you will be attending this Mass we encourage you to bring pictures as they will be placed 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.

Heartache to Healing

A faith-filled support group that helps those who have lost a spouse come to a place of comfort and peace. Members come together to celebrate life while moving through the pain and sorrow. Regular gatherings include socializing, guest speakers and discussions. All widows and widowers of the parish are welcome.

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 and Christmas Wreath sale.

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