The teens will be making mason jars with dry ingredients for a variety of cookies & cocoa as a fundraiser again this year. The jars make a great gift idea! Order Form attached. All pertinent information is noted on the order form. Questions, please contact Holly Hesselschwardt at 708.429.6767 X223 or [email protected]
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!!
We had a spectacular turnout for ice cream sundaes after the 6:00pm Mass on Sunday, November 3. Over 70 people gathered in the Great Room and overflowed into the Parish Hall for Ice Cream sundaes complete with all the toppings! Ice Cream Sunday will take place after the 6:00pm Mass on the first Sunday of every month in the Parish Hall.
For God so loved the world, he gave us ice cream….
Who was the village of Tinley Park named after and what was his occupation? The station master for the Rock Island Railroad, of course!
A great time was had by all at the semi-annual trivia night held on Saturday, October 19 in the Devine Center.
The eighth grade Confirmandi attended Holy Fire on Saturday, October 19 as their retreat for Confirmation. Arena One formerly known as the UIC Pavillion, was the site of the day long retreat.
On Monday, October 21, 2019, Fr Chris Krymski celebrated a Mass of Healing with the relic of Saint Peregine. Saint Peregrine is the patron saint of those afflicted with Cancer and other life threatening illnesses. After Mass, Fr Chris blessed individuals with the relic of Saint Peregrine. A light reception was then held in the Parish Hall.
A novena to Saint Peregrine is held on Monday evenings in the Sacred Heart Chapel at 7:00pm. Patients and their caregivers are encouraged to attend.
The Donut Guys have done it again! A scrumptious breakfast was served Sunday, October 20 in the Parish Hall. The smell of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon permeated the entire campus. Everyone enjoyed the fruits of their labors. Thank you Donut Guys for a job well done!
The next Pancake Sunday will be held January 19, 2020.
This time of year, people in various places may notice something odd. A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.
Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for Saint Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat!
For single householders, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.
The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.
The Blessing of Pets usually goes like this:
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired Saint Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
As the prayer is offered, the pet is gently sprinkled with holy water. Believe it or not, most pets receive this sacramental spritz with dignity, though I must admit I have seen some cats flatten their ears a bit as the drops of water lightly pelt them.
But the owner is happy, and who knows what spiritual benefits may result?
Some people criticize the amount and cost of care given to pets. People are more important, they say. Care for poor people instead of poodles. And certainly our needy fellow humans should not be neglected.
*paraphrased from https://www.franciscanmedia.org/blessing-of-animals/
Meet our seminarians Martin Nyberg and Jared Kleinwaechter who will be with us for the next few years as they continue on their path to ordination. We welcome them to Saint Julie Billiart with open arms and wish them much success and growth in their formation.
Martin will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2024. He is a native of Chicago heralding from Saint Edward Parish. He attended the Catholic University of America as an undergraduate majoring in International Economics and Finance.
Jared will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2024. Jared’s home town is Cumming, Georgia and his home parish is Saint Brendan the Navigator. Jared’s undergraduate degree is from Georgia Tech with a major in chemical engineering. He is also fluent in French.
Trunk or Treat & Haunted House help needed :
We will once again be hosting a haunted house at the St. George trunk or treat on October 24, 2019. Last year’s haunted house was a huge success and they have asked us to host it again! I am looking for volunteers to design, decorate and perform in the haunted house.
This will count for service hours and you will be able to get a chance to have some fun and be creative! We need people for set up on Wednesday October 23 from 7:45pm—9:30pm and for haunted house performers and breakdown on October 24 from 4:45pm—9:30pm. If you are in grades 8—12 and would like to participate please have a permission form filled out and returned to Holly by October 18. Permission slips can be found in the office at St. George, outside the office at St. Julie and at this link.
The faith family of Saint Julie Billiart gathered for an evening of community welcoming of Autumn on Saturday, October 5, 2019 despite the rain. The bonfires were outdoors but the fun was indoors.
A little rain can’t keep all of these folks from having some fun! Thank you to all who came out for a wonderful night of community.
Special thanks to our volunteers led by Bob Kempke and Bill Grogan for making this happen. Also, to Jim Pfieffer and Ray for sharing their
love of music with us. Thanks to our Seminarian Jared, Four-Square may become a staple here at St. Julie. It was a hit with the kids and adults!
See you at the next Bonfire!