Join St. Julie Billiart (virtually) for Mass and More
This will be a Holy Week unlike any other in modern times. We have a full series of Holy Week events that will be appropriately available online for your ‘at home’ celebrations.
Let us pray together for the graces that flow out of this week made holy.
To view and participate with St. Julie's, simply click on an underlined listing. Make sure your speakers are turned on, not muted. There is also a volume control on the video, five small vertical bars in the lower right of the control bar. If the video does not begin immediately, you may need to click the Play arrow on the video to start it.
Currently, the Palm Sunday Mass and the Stations of the Cross are available. See our Video Archive for previous videos.
Masses and the Lord's Passion
Additional links will be added as they become available:
April 9, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper
April 10, Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Saturday April 11, Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday April 12, Easter Sunday Morning Mass
Stations of the Cross
Join us as we pray Pope Francis' reflections at St. Julie's
We also pray Mary's Way of the Cross
To make a spiritual communion, pray this prayer at the Holy Communion time of Mass:
Click here for a printable copy of this prayer.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
We have had many requests to have the opportunity for online donations to St. Julie's. We have worked with our bank to make that possible. Please use the Online Donations page, which is in the menu under Parish Info, for additional information and the link to the donation form.
It is important to stress that your weekly contributions are essential to paying our bills. With that in mind, if you are financially able, please continue to support the parish during these difficult times. We are humbly grateful for your efforts.
Cancellations Until Further Notice ~ All Masses
Stations of the Cross - PSR/FLY - Crockpot Dinners - Rosary - Easter Egg Hunt
St. Julie's Bulletin will be published weekly, by Friday, with inspiration for the Sunday readings from Father George, as well as updates. Click on "Welcome" and Scroll to Bulletin.
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A Note from Fr. George
The Easter Season lasts 50 days until the Feast of Pentecost. It is filled with stories of great faith and transformation. The story of our life should be no different. We need to listen closely to the scriptures which recount the boldness of faith and the birthing of the Church.
Did you know that Easter gets its name from the pagan goddess of light Eastre? This works well because Christ is the light of the world. The Babylonians and Assyrians called their spring goddess Ishtar. In Phoenecia, she was known as Astarte. Her spring renewal festival celebration was a moveable event, centered around the vernal equinox.
It was in 325 that the Council of Nicea declared that the date observing the resurrection of the Lord would occur around the first day of spring. Thus, Easter would always be on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. Today, Eastre’s pagan celebration still survives with rabbits, eggs and buns. Easter bunnies? The rabbit was the symbol of new life, new spring and rebirth. Hot cross buns? Eastre celebrations featured these tasty treats. The word ‘bun’ comes from the Saxon boun, which means ‘sacred ox’. At the ceremony, an ox was sacrificed and little cakes were passed to the celebrants. The cakes had their tops scored in the shape of a ‘V’ to symbolize the sign of the ox’s horns. As this was such an integral part of the pagan feast, the Christians scored the buns with the Christian cross.
Every Easter Season – like all seasons within the Church year – provides us the opportunity to focus our minds and hearts toward Jesus in a special way. May we rise above whatever limits us or discourages us from realizing the fullness of Easter joy in our lives. Easter’s empty tomb reveals the transformation that can be ours in seeking reconciliation with one another, in possessing the greatness of heart to forgive and seek forgiveness, in seeking that unique and total joy that comes only from putting the joy of others before our own.
Make an effort to reclaim your particular moment of Easter joy. We have all been suffering in many different ways during this time of isolation and social distancing. And yet, the brave men and women on the front in hospitals and rescue and essential stores are working their hardest. Join me in praying for them this Easter Season… that we can all be filled with hope and celebrate life. Fill this Holy Season with a bounty of Christ’s compassion, forgiveness, and joy. Heal a broken relationship that is still in need of grace. See one another with eyes of hopefulness and the potential of His call to be whole. Take a moment to pray for someone who causes you angst, has hurt you or even for someone whom you intensely dislike. Turn it over to the Risen Christ!