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St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Community is a welcoming family dedicated to Proclaiming the Gospel, Celebrating the Sacraments, Educating, Serving, and Providing Opportunity for all to enrich their Faith.

Seven Essential Elements of Parish Life

The Seven Essential Elements of Parish Life constantly interrelate, each nurturing and supporting the other with the communal celebration of Sunday Eucharist at the center.

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Christ Forever Capital Campaign

The Christ Forever Capital Campaign is designed to support our future Christ Cathedral, local parishes in their designated projects, Catholic education, Priests retirement and Diocesan ministries.

For Christ Forever

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Mission

St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Community is a welcoming family dedicated to proclaiming the gospel, celebrating the Sacraments, educating, serving, and providing opportunity for all to enrich their faith.

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Pastor's Message

Happy and Blessed Easter to all the parishioners and friends of St. Juliana parish! May this Easter season bring with it a sense of peace and gladness! The days of fasting and sacrifice are over. Now is the time to feast and rejoice in the Lord’s triumph over sin and death.

What this means practically has to do with our belief that our personal lives and the world at large are better off for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This yearly celebration is a call to not only commemorate an historical event two thousand years ago but to also honor its important place in our daily lives. We live with the hope that life here is a stepping stone to Eternal Life. St. John reminds us that, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.” (Jn 3: 16-17)

I read a short story recently about a dying woman who told her husband she wanted to be buried with her Bible in her right hand and a fork in her left hand. The request puzzled her husband. His wife explained she attended so many church potluck dinners through the years, and after the main dishes were served someone would always advise, “Keep your fork.” Those words were a signal that the best was yet to come---dessert. At the funeral, many people passing the casket asked why a fork was in the woman’s left hand. “It means that the best is yet to come,” explained her husband.

Imagine how much more we would commit ourselves to live the Christian life with greater faith if we truly believed, “The best is yet to come!” In the days ahead we honor God with bible and fork!

Last weekend the bulletin insert introduced you to Father Michael Pontarelli, O.S.M., the new pastor-elect of St. Juliana Parish and brother Servite. Father Mike will assume his new duties as pastor on July 1, 2014. Until that time I will continue to pastor the parish with all the duties and rights as outlined in Canons 515-552 in the Code of Canon Law. These Canons delineate the duties of the pastor in teaching, sanctifying, and shepherding the People of God.

I believe I have been faithful to the mandate given to me five years ago by Bishop Tod Brown and renewed by Bishop Kevin Vann. With your consistent help, support, advice, and cooperation together with the ministry of Father Luke, Father Paul, Father Pat, our deacons and leadership, the parish has grown numerically, reduced the debt, supported the Capital Campaign of the Diocese along with our PSA and have been faithful stewards of our Church property. I could write more about all that has progressed but we will leave that for another time.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our Knights of Columbus who sponsored an entertaining evening for parishioners and visitors at the annual Magic Show. Grand Knight Brian Burley is the impetus behind the success of this Show. He is able to attract the best talent from Las Vegas and the Magic Castle.

On a personal note I wish to thank the Knights for their generous donation of $1,000 to the education of our four Servite Seminarians from Indonesia who are finishing a year of study to learn the English language. This fall they will start their theology studies at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. The housing, board, and education of these students are being provided solely by the Provincial Office in Chicago. This donation along with a $1,000 donation from a generous parish family will be a welcomed gift. Hopefully, these students will come to St. Juliana for a visit. One may even be assigned here someday.

Forty Seven years ago on April 27, 1967 I was ordained a Servite priest at the diocesan seminary, Our Lady of the Lake, in Mundelein. This year my anniversary is special because on Sunday, April 27th we will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and the Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. We will have our usual Divine Mercy devotions in the afternoon followed by a short reception in the Parish Center, Seven Holy Founders’ room. Everyone is invited to participate in the Divine Mercy Liturgy.

For the past few years Deacon Bill Schlater and his wife Jackie have participated in a program called, Lay Mission-Helpers. This lay program is comprised of single people, married couples and families from all walks of life providing needed skills and training to improve the lives of others. LMH helps the laity discern, prepare and follow a call of service to the missions. Founded by Msgr. Anthony Brouwers in 1955, it is the oldest lay program in the United States supporting the work of lay missionaries, and has enabled over 700 Lay Mission-Helpers to serve in nearly 40 different countries around the world. LMH live and work in Africa, Asia, south Pacific and Latin America. If you wish to learn more about this organization either to take an active part in it or by supporting it through a donation, you may contact the Parish Office at (714) 879-1965 or call the Association at (213) 368-1873. There are some brochures in the pamphlet case in church.

Some of the older parishioners may remember Art Linkletter who had a TV program about “kids who say the darndest things.” I came across this short story. Julie’s five-year grandchild Jimmy was heartbroken and deeply distraught when his beloved parakeet, Gabby, died. Jimmy’s father designed an elaborately carved and finely finished box for the bird. They held a memorial service in the backyard for Gabby. The grandmother explained to Jimmy that Gabby had gone home to heaven to be with the angels. Some weeks later while visiting his grandmother the child asked, “Grandma did my parakeet really go to heaven?” “Yes,” she assured him, impressed that he had remembered her remark at the bird’s funeral. “Good,” Jimmy responded, “I need the box.”

In the Joy of Our Faith,
Fr. Frank Falco, O.S.M
Pastor

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News and Announcements

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 27, 2014
Crop Walk 2014

Crop Walk 2014 April 27, 2014
Transitional Kindergarten Meeting
Tuesday, April 29
6:00 PM
Parish Center
VBS-Vacation Bible School

VBS-Vacation Bible School Save the date! July 14th -18th
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