Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House 7/17/11

Some of my parishioners did not read their email that Mass was moved from St. Junia's at 11 AM to St. Matt's at 8 AM and they showed up at the usual time. So they were able to join the ECC visitors for lunch. Alicia and her little brother, Leroy, seemed to enjoy their time and it was helpful to get a perspective on the people in the ECC who can provide additional role models to our St. Junia's House youth.

Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House 7/17/11 Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House 7/17/11

Deacon John Wheeler and Boobie 7/15/11

John, who will be ordained a priest in Las Cruces, NM on 9/3/11, is relaxing with Boobie, our puppy, who makes friends with everyone!

Deacon John Wheeler and Boobie 7/15/11 Deacon John Wheeler and Boobie 7/15/11

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ECC Visitors who came for +Armando's Consecration

We had four visitors from New Mexico who stayed at St. Junia's House from Wednesday to Sunday, 7/18/11. They were delightful. From left to right, Fr. Jim+, Deacon John (soon to be ordained a priest, on 9/3/11), Christian, a seminary student and Charlie, partner of Fr. Jim+

ECC Visitors who came for +Armando's Consecration ECC Visitors who came for +Armando's Consecration

retreat session

retreat session retreat session

Lady Lourdes leading a retreat session

Lady Lourdes leading a retreat session Lady Lourdes leading a retreat session

Quiet table waiting for people to come

Quiet table waiting for people to come Quiet table waiting for people to come

Quiet table at retreat

Quiet table at retreat Quiet table at retreat

Prayers for Mother Kathy at clergy gathering at St. Junias House

Prayers for Mother Kathy at clergy gathering at St. Junias House Prayers for Mother Kathy at clergy gathering at St. Junias House

Mother Martha and Jetty participate in Mass at Holy Wisdom

Mother Martha and Jetty participate in Mass at Holy Wisdom Mother Martha and Jetty participate in Mass at Holy Wisdom

Mother Martha celebrating Mass 2014

Mother Martha celebrating Mass 2014 Mother Martha celebrating Mass 2014

Mother Martha celebrating Mass 2014

Mother Martha celebrating Mass 2014 Mother Martha celebrating Mass 2014

Hispinac retreat 2015

Hispinac retreat 2015 Hispinac retreat 2015

Clergy participating in 4th Friday Pastoral meeting

Clergy participating in 4th Friday Pastoral meeting Clergy participating in 4th Friday Pastoral meeting

Clergy participating in 4th Friday Pastoral meeting

Clergy participating in 4th Friday Pastoral meeting Clergy participating in 4th Friday Pastoral meeting

Jetty in Belgium for ordination 2013

Jetty in  Belgium for ordination 2013 Jetty in  Belgium for ordination 2013

Meditation and prayer with St. Matthew clergy

Meditation and prayer with St. Matthew clergy Meditation and prayer with St. Matthew clergy

Meditation and prayer with St. Matthew clergy

Meditation and prayer with St. Matthew clergy Meditation and prayer with St. Matthew clergy

Welcome to St. Junia's House!

This is our sign in front so that folks know they've come to the right place!

Welcome to St. Junia's House! Welcome to St. Junia's House!

St. Junia and St. Andronicus

This icon was created by Sr. Ellen Francis, Order of Saint Helena (2008). It is a little difficult to read, but it reads: "We saw on earth the flesh-bearing Christ our God." See article on "Who was Junia?" on the website. (Romans 16:7).

St. Junia and St. Andronicus St. Junia and St. Andronicus

St. Junia's Icon

This icon was created by Eileen McGuckin of the Icon Studio in NY and used by permission: emcguckin@excite.com

St. Junia's Icon St. Junia's Icon

Dr. Virginia Doland - First Reading - 5/22/11

Dr. Virginia Doland - First Reading - 5/22/11 Dr. Virginia Doland - First Reading - 5/22/11

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During the Consecration of St. Junia's House, Alicia leads us.

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Angels from on high 5/22/11

At the Consecration of St. Junia's House, we were blessed with the music ministry of Mirella Hickman and Bp. +Nina Paul (Presiding Bishop, New Order of Glastenbury, now my housemate while she pursues higher education).

Angels from on high 5/22/11 Angels from on high 5/22/11

Bp. +Peter censing the Altar and Chapel 5/22/11

Bp. +Peter censing the Altar and Chapel 5/22/11 Bp. +Peter censing the Altar and Chapel 5/22/11

Consecration of St. Junia's House 5/22/11

During the Litany of the Saints, the sun is streaming in on Bp. +Peter, with Fr. Tony and myself behind him.

Consecration of St. Junia's House 5/22/11 Consecration of St. Junia's House 5/22/11

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This is my favorite where Bp. +Peter blesses me and sends me forth to proclaim the the Gospel.

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Consecration of St. Junia's House 5/22/11

Bp. +Peter and Fr. Tony+ during the Mass.

Consecration of St. Junia's House 5/22/11 Consecration of St. Junia's House 5/22/11

Pig-out 5/22/11

Depicted here are +Peter, Larry, Radiance, and Alicia.

Pig-out 5/22/11 Pig-out 5/22/11

Pig-out 5/22/11

We convened on the patio at St. Junia's House to share a meal and very good conversation. Depicted here are Larry, Radiance, and Matt.

Pig-out 5/22/11 Pig-out 5/22/11

More pig-out 5/22/11

More pig-out 5/22/11 More pig-out 5/22/11

Pig-out time 5/22/11

From left to right, Fr. Tony+, Katie, and Victoria

Pig-out time 5/22/11 Pig-out time 5/22/11

Pig-out time 5/22/11

We had a good time talking and sharing while we ate after the Mass for Consecration of St. Junia's House. Here is Toni, +Peter, and Regina.

Pig-out time 5/22/11 Pig-out time 5/22/11

Alicia with Booby, 3/27/11

Alicia has gotten used to a cat or a dog gracing her bed when she stays overnight at St. Junia's House. Aren't they both so lovely? :-)

Alicia with Booby, 3/27/11 Alicia with Booby, 3/27/11

John with our new member, Booby 3/27/11

Our new pup, Booby, was passed around and held by everyone today after Mass. John Gallagher was visiting us today.

John with our new member, Booby 3/27/11 John with our new member, Booby 3/27/11

1st Advent 11/28/10

Before it got dark, I took a photo to get more detail of the manger scene.

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1st Advent St. Junia's Manger scene

I always enjoy bringing out the manger scene and the candles on 1st Advent!

1st Advent St. Junia's Manger scene 1st Advent St. Junia's Manger scene

1st Advent 11/28/10

I lit all of the candles for this photo, in anticipation of the weeks ahead!

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St. Nicholas and his cat

We also place our skinny St. Nicholas out with his cat, and this year there's a sign to go with him!

St. Nicholas and his cat St. Nicholas and his cat

Christ the King in St. Junia's Chapel

Behind the altar is a Christ the King icon, and we always have fresh flowers. On the 4th of July, 2010, roses were in full bloom.

Christ the King in St. Junia's Chapel Christ the King in St. Junia's Chapel

Icon and Presence Light

This icon is from Russia and I was fortunate to obtain it while traveling in Alaska two years ago.

Icon and Presence Light Icon and Presence Light

St. Junia's Chapel

Somehow, it looks a lot better when there's people in it!

St. Junia's Chapel St. Junia's Chapel

Saint Joseph, the Worker

Joseph with all of the tools of his trade.

Saint Joseph, the Worker Saint Joseph, the Worker

Jesus, the Good Shepherd

When looking for statues for the chapel four years ago, this one of Jesus with the lamb over His shoulder struck me. As I spend time in front of it, my attention is brought to the look on his face and the trust evident in the lamb's face which unfortunately isn't captured with the camera.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd Jesus, the Good Shepherd

Kitchen Madonna

I was drawn to this statue of Mary because she is busy with all her kitchen utensils and containers.

Kitchen Madonna Kitchen Madonna

Ecumenical Catholic Commuion banner

We proudly display our ECC banner in the St. Junia's House chapel!

Ecumenical Catholic Commuion banner Ecumenical Catholic Commuion banner

Stained glass window in St. Junia's Chapel

There are two of these on opposite walls.

Stained glass window in St. Junia's Chapel Stained glass window in St. Junia's Chapel

St. Junia's Chapel

Looking down from the upstairs down into the chapel gives a little better perspective of its dimensions. The story about the chapel: Ten years before M-J+ became a priest, this attached double garage was remodeled, with oak beam ceiling, slate floors and two stained glass windows. At that time, she had nothing to do with anything religious! Then...it became a perfect chapel! God must have smiled and laughed, and He definitely planned ahead!

St. Junia's Chapel St. Junia's Chapel

French doors in the chapel

Perspective from inside the chapel, where one can see the garden area outside

French doors in the chapel French doors in the chapel

Kitchen window at St. Junia's House

The stained glass piece was one which I gave to my parents over 20 year ago. This past year, we broke up housekeeping as they have both moved into an Assisted Living facility, so I brought this piece back home and hung it in the kitchen window. It fit perfectly over the middle set of window panes.

Kitchen window at St. Junia's House Kitchen window at St. Junia's House

Kitchen helpers!

Alicia and Roshanna busy at work on a Saturday afternoon helping to prepare food for the following day.

Kitchen helpers! Kitchen helpers!

Flowers from the yard on the dining room table

I can't remember when I took this photo -- some time in April or May, 2011? We are graced with beautiful flowers from the yard almost year round for our table and for the Chapel.

Flowers from the yard on the dining room table Flowers from the yard on the dining room table

M-J+ stirring the soup pot

That Sunday we had a Thai soup that everyone thought was delicious! I will put the recipe on the webpage for those who might like to try it!

M-J+ stirring the soup pot M-J+ stirring the soup pot

Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House 6/6/10

Those in attendance for Mass and for lunch were, left to right, Matt, Eric, Roshanna, Alicia, and Andrew.

Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House 6/6/10 Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House 6/6/10

Andrew and Ruth

Andrew wanted his dog, Ruthie, to be blessed. She is a real wiggle-woof, but we finally got the job done!

Andrew and Ruth Andrew and Ruth

Mass on Ascension Sunday 2009

Some of our attendees at Matt's Bachelor's Degree celebration Mass. Wish we could have gotten a shot that included everyone who came, but this was the best angle we could get. Our beloved brother, Joe, who passed away on 4/19/10, depicted at the left edge of the photo, was a "regular" here at St. Junia's House for three years.

Mass on Ascension Sunday 2009 Mass on Ascension Sunday 2009

Joe Stanik 10/18/23 - 4/19/10

Joe was born in Cudahy, WI and was of Slovak Catholic background. Joe was an altar boy when he was young and could still recite the Latin Mass. He was a World War II Navy vet and our young people never tired of stories of his youth, especially how he was such a rascal before his marriage to Maxine. They were married for 50 years, and she died in 1996. Joe was a part of our community for the last 3 years of his life, and we all miss him very much.

Joe Stanik 10/18/23 - 4/19/10 Joe Stanik 10/18/23 - 4/19/10

St. Junia's House garden area in spring

Another view in the back yard - lemon trees. By July, the limbs were almost breaking with so many ripe lemons. I beg people who come as well as all the neighbors to pick them and take them home!

St. Junia's House garden area in spring St. Junia's House garden area in spring

Lilly pond in St. Junia's House garden

In our back yard gardens is a small lilly pond, a place to sit and hear the water gurgle.

Lilly pond in St. Junia's House garden Lilly pond in St. Junia's House garden

Pond lilly in full bloom

Sometimes our pond lillies bloom and I was lucky to get a photo of this one in May, 2010.

Pond lilly in full bloom Pond lilly in full bloom

Lilly pond 7/18/10

We really got lucky with three lillies blooming by this time! One pink and two white!

Lilly pond 7/18/10 Lilly pond 7/18/10

St. Francis in May, 2010

In the garden at St. Junia's House, our St. Francis is graced by special irises which were hybridized by +Elaine Bessette and named in honor of her great uncle, Blessed Andre Bessette, who is about to become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. More information about Blessed Andre can be found in our photo file for Saints.

St. Francis in May, 2010 St. Francis in May, 2010

Wall in St. Junia's House garden

Our back wall in the garden was glorious in May, 2010!

Wall in St. Junia's House garden Wall in St. Junia's House garden

Roses at St. Junia's House on the 4th

We are in the season where we can have cut roses every week! Of course, they're also beautiful to look at while sitting out on the little patio by the fountain on the other side of the house.

Roses  at St. Junia's House on the 4th Roses  at St. Junia's House on the 4th

Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House

On Ascension Sunday in 2009, Matt graduated from Biola and we celebrated as a community. In the foreground is Sharon Cebolski and Matt Groves, and others in this picture were some of his other family members.

Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House Sunday lunch at St. Junia's House

Lunchtime overload!

I think we overdid it! For the 4th, we had hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, 'deviled' eggs [! ;-)] and of course our usual sparkling mineral water and lots of good coffee, a staple of life at St. Junia's House. Andrew brought a lovely apple pie from Marie Calender's. This led to an obligatory nap for M-J+ after everyone left!

Lunchtime overload! Lunchtime overload!

John and Andrew

Andrew is a "regular" at St. Junia's House and on the 4th of July, he brought his dad, John, and we enjoyed meeting him very much.

John and Andrew John and Andrew

M-J+ and company

After Mass on the 4th of July, we had lunch out on the patio. We were missing some people today because of the holiday, but we had a great time!

M-J+ and company M-J+ and company

Matt and M-J+

We're in a stimulating and serious conversation at lunch time on the 4th of July about social justice issues and Matt is very engrossed.

Matt and M-J+ Matt and M-J+

Virginia and Matt

Virginia belongs to the Christian Reformed Church but she dropped in for lunch with us on the 4th of July. Matt is a fixture here at St. Junia's House - we love them both.

Virginia and Matt Virginia and Matt

Joseph Stanik 7/25/10

Joe is the son of Joe "Sr." who attended St. Junia's House for the last three years of his life. Joe is a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander and when in California, always came here with his dad, and continues to come when he is in town. Today, he shared with us his travels in Egypt last month and brought a lovely icon of St. Anthony back as a gift. Our group always loves to talk with Joe!

Joseph Stanik  7/25/10 Joseph Stanik  7/25/10

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Master Hei-Di is a British Shorthair who runs St. Junia's House. His name, in chinese, means "little black brother." He is especially fond of men who visit here, probably because his breeder's husband was a stay-at-home kitty dad. On the 4th of July, he was really a brat -- wanted to be outside with us, but because he is an escape artist, he's lost his "in and out" privileges!

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Concelebration of Mass with Bp.+Nina (8/15/10)

+Nina Paul, Presiding Bishop of the New Order of Glastonbury, visited us this weekend. She and I were previously in another Order together, but upon departure, were forbidden to have contact. I am in the process of renewing relationships that were lost.

Concelebration of Mass with Bp.+Nina (8/15/10) Concelebration of Mass with Bp.+Nina (8/15/10)

Reading chair in front room at St. Junia's House

Notice that it is replete with a window shelf for the CAT to sit on and watch you read!

Reading chair in front room at St. Junia's House Reading chair in front room at St. Junia's House

Downstairs guest room at St. Junia's House

This opens up into a very comfortable queen-sized bed.

Downstairs guest room at St. Junia's House Downstairs guest room at St. Junia's House