Disciples of Christ’s Kingdom Youth Ministry Presents
Every Monday from Monday July 13 – Monday August 10 a new set of videos will be posted on the St. Julie Billiart and St. George websites, for you to watch and discuss with your family at your convenience. Don’t worry if you miss a week, we will keep all the videos up until Late August!
Week 1 Videos
Week #1 Introduction
Bible Lesson #1
Bible Lesson #2
Song & Dance
Week #1 Skit
We hope you enjoy the work that our teens put into the videos and they lead to lively and fruitful conversations in your home. We would love to hear from you! If you want to show off what you are learning, feel free to send pictures or videos to Holly at [email protected] so we can post them for others to see!
Greetings of Christ’s peace to the faith community at St. Julie Billiart!
I am Fr. Tirso S. Villaverde, Jr. and I am the youngest sibling of five—four boys and one girl. This year I will be celebrating my 50th birthday. My family and I all immigrated from the Philippines in the early 1970s. My father was the first to come. He left the Philippines several months after I was born and settled on the North Side of Chicago. About five years later, my father was able to petition the rest of the family and we followed him to Chicago. The family eventually settled in the Albany Park neighborhood and made St. Edward’s Parish our spiritual home. The family and I have pretty much been on the North Side of Chicago since coming to the States (so, yes, moving to the South Side might be an adjustment for me—LOL)
My journey to the priesthood did not follow the usual route than others simply because I am a product of the Chicago Public Schools. My siblings and I went to Haugan Elementary and then followed the rest of them to Theodore Roosevelt High School. It was only when I entered the college seminary that I had my first encounter with a Catholic school.
Despite going through the Chicago Public School system, the faith life was extremely strong in our household. Yet, we were not actually active in the parish. My mother—who was the strong influence on all of us in matters of faith—made certain that the family always went to Mass on Sundays, Holy Days, and even on our birthdays. She had the family praying the rosary every night and the Catholic culture was very much prevalent in our home and family life. Still, the family and I never really took part in the parish life beyond going to Mass faithfully. So I never grew up personally knowing any priest who encouraged me to consider the priesthood.
I have always told people that my mother was the great influence in my vocation story. It was not that she forced the idea on me. In fact, it was only several months prior to my ordination as a deacon that she had finally shared with me that her secret hope was that at least one of her sons might consider the priesthood. She herself came from a very religious family and it was also my maternal grandmother’s lifelong desire that there be a priest in the family. Like I said, though, my mother only told me about this just before ordination. She never told me prior to that moment because she wanted my decision to be between God and me alone. She was the great influencer simply because she had taught me how to pray. Had I not learned how to pray, I do not think I would have been able to hear God’s call or have the courage to respond.
After high school, I entered the college seminary which was Niles College at the time. I entered in the fall of 1988. It was in the fall of 1989 as I prepared to begin my second year of college that I met a man with whom you are familiar. I speak, of course, about your current pastor and soon to be Bishop of Peoria, Fr. Lou Tylka. He and I were classmates in college and then in the major seminary. We have known one another for at least 30 years. We were both ordained as priests in May 1996 so both of us will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2021.
For now, that will be all I will share. I am sure that there will be ample time to share our lives with one another. Until July 1, please know that I will be praying for the parish of St. Julie Billiart as I ask you to pray for me and the parish community that I will be leaving.
God’s peace to you all!
Fr. Tirso S. Villaverde, Jr.
We are saddened to see you go… God’s blessings as you continue your priestly journey. + Go Make Disciples +
Saint Julie Billiart Music Ministry offers the following musical selection for you to pray with this week.
Listen, sing, pray!
As we open another weekend for Masses we want to remind you of the recommendations from the Archdiocese for all who are vulnerable or uncomfortable to stay safe and remain home for the time being.
The Cardinal’s dispensation from Sunday Mass is still in effect. You are invited to watch our livestream Mass at 9:30am.
Please review the safety precautions for re-opening below:
Safety precautions to observe at all times
- If you are not feeling well we ask that you stay home.
- Upon arriving to church, a greeter will distribute hand sanitizer to you at the entrance.
- Masks are a must for your safety and those in the building with you.
- You must stay within the designated areas that are in place to adhere to the social distancing measures.
- Only the North and South entrance doors will be used.
- If you need to stop by on the parish office on Sunday morning, you may use the West office doors.
Our greeters / ushers will guide you to a proper seat location.
Weekend of June 27 / 28 Mass times will be 4:30 Saturday and 9:30 Sunday
- Seating capacity is limited to 150 peoplefor this weekend. This is in accordance with the guidelines from the Archdiocese.
- Online reservations are required for Masses. Please register here
- For those who do not have access to a computer or need assistance with this process, please contact us at 708-429-6767-x232.
- Please plan on arriving no sooner than 30 minutes before the start of Mass, this will allow us time to ensure all preparation is completed. Please arrive no later than the start of Mass.
- Please follow directions of the greeter and observe social distancing while coming forward to receive Communion.
- Hand sanitizer will be distributed by a greeter / or sanitizer stand prior to receiving Communion.
- After the final blessing and dismissal, you will be dismissed by a greeter, pew-by-pew, please follow their direction for social distancing.
- With regard to our weekly collection, we appreciate your continued donations online. A collection box will be placed at the door as you enter church if you wish to use an envelope.
** This weekend only, we will have a farewell opportunity for Fr. Lou after the completion of the 9:30 Mass. If the weather is nice, he will be stationed outside the North Church doors. If it is raining, he will be inside the building. In either case, please park your car and follow the directions of the volunteers. Fr. Lou will be present at least for a couple of hours so there is no rush to “get in line”.
Deacon Ed and Sheila
The plan from the Archdiocese can be found at Parishioner Reopening Guide
Reopening Plan for St. Julie Billiart Church amid COVID-19
Hello St. Julie family,
I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy. As you may have seen, Cardinal Cupich recently shared our multi-phased plan for reopening churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Specifically,
- Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.
- Phase IA allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees.
- Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.
Our St. Julie Reopening Plan
First and foremost, it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all while maintaining due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.
A Parish Reopening Leadership Team with parishioner co-captains to lead our efforts is currently being formed. Together, we will attend required training from the Archdiocese to ensure that our parish reopening plan conforms to the guidelines developed by the Archdiocese in collaboration with civil and healthcare authorities. We will also receive a starter kit of protective and cleaning supplies, as well as guidance on purchasing/maintaining these supplies.
We will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. Importantly, leadership team members and volunteers must not be part of a “vulnerable population” (that is, not over the age of 65; no underlying medical condition such as diabetes; lung disease; undergoing cancer treatment, etc.). I ask all of you who are younger than 65 and healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams:
- Set-up team. Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and propped physically open prior to attendees’ arrival/departure, windows are opened, etc.
- Greeting team. Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.
- Cleaning team. Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided, if you do not have your own, in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.
The Reopening Leadership Team and I will make sure that all volunteers are properly trained. Please send us a message at [email protected] to indicate your willingness and ability to volunteer. From those that step forward, we will also request that some act as volunteer captains to help lead each of the three teams.
Timing for Our Reopening
As I mentioned, the Parish Reopening Leadership Team members and I will need to complete required training, which began the week of May 17. Once we complete the training, we will need to review, and complete tasks assigned to all parishes as part of a reopening certification process to be approved by the Archdiocese. Therefore, the soonest that any parish in the Archdiocese will realistically open for sacramental celebrations, private prayer or Eucharistic Adoration is likely the weekend of May 23. However, our parish, like all others in the Archdiocese, will move forward at a pace and timing appropriate for its own situation.
Following our training and certification approval at St. Julie, we will only open our church once the Reopening Leadership Team and I feel confident that we have the right volunteers in place to make it possible to reopen. Again, the need for parishioner assistance cannot be overstated.
The guidelines and measures required to reopen are designed to protect our wellbeing and that of the of our broader community. As Cardinal Cupich has noted, from the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper.” Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “that they all may be one” (Jn 17:21) and commanded us “love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34). Our collective patience, willingness to help and the care we take to reopen is a demonstration of our unity and love for one another.
May God grant you His peace during this difficult time and may He manifest His love and presence to you in abundant ways. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or call and leave a message at 708-429-6767 ext. 232.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop-elect Lou Tylka
An update from the Archdiocese can be found HERE
Tune up your joy for God is good – A New Discovery
Young Adult Zoom Gathering (ages 18-39 are welcome)
Topic: How do we live our faith?
Time: Sunday, May 31st at 11am
Questions: Contact Becca via [email protected]
Men’s Group Zoom Gathering
Time: Thursday, June 4 at 7pm
Questions: Contact Fr Ton via [email protected]
Come to Mary – Praying Rosary – Fridays at 6pm posted on Facebook/YouTube
Tune up your joy for God is good: Another Awesome Priestly Thing
Tune up for joy for God is good: Playing Sport in the Office
Monthly Adoration: Praying while riding a camel?
Daily Reflection Podcast: Don’t need a Salon for a while
Fr Ton has a daily podcast message from today’s liturgy readings which can be found HERE
Fr Ton has an Easter message in YouTube located HERE.
Fr Ton has a Triduum message in YouTube located HERE.