Mary's Corner

Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
426 N. West Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-2171
Parish Office: 630/279-5700
Fax: 630/279-4667

I would like to tell you a Thanksgiving story...

Last week, I spent part of an afternoon with Mary and Jim Jandick. We were planning for their mother's funeral, which took place on Friday. It was during the course of our conversation that I met Dolores Jandick for the first time. Dolores is their mother, someone already known to some of you. The Jandicks, now living in suburbs further west of here, grew up on Larch. Jim and Mary went to school at Mary Queen of Heaven. Their mother remained living in the parish until just a few years ago, when she moved in with Mary.

The Jandicks say that people who knew them when they were growing up sometimes now ask what it was like to grow up in a dysfunctional home. Their mother battled mental illness every day of her life. She was schizophrenic and on and off her medicine. Her behavior and moods were erratic. Things were very hard at home because they never had enough money. Their lives were very different from other families in Elmhurst who were pretty well off and who had a "normal" family life.

So, what was it like to grow up in a "dysfunctional" home? Jim and Mary say that in spite of the mental illness that plagued her, their mother knew that taking care of her children was the most important thing in her life. They that she always showed them unconditional love. They say that she was always a person of faith and hope. They say that their mother was like the man in the movie, "A Beautiful Mind," who heard voices that weren't really there. Even so, she washed the floors at Visitation parish and cleaned the homes of wealthier people in Elmhurst so that she could get the money she needed to get braces for her children. Her Catholic faith was very important to her and she loved to receive Holy Communion, which was brought to her at home by Sister Honorata.

Jim and Mary told me how they loved their mother. They also talked about how important their parish family was to them. They recounted names of other parishioners I now know, who helped their family when they were growing up. They talked about how this parish, a parish that didn't have much money itself, helped their family by bringing food to them when they didn't have any. They are very grateful for the people of Mary Queen of Heaven.

In fact, Mary and Jim personify gratitude. They took care of their mother until she died because they couldn't imagine not caring for this woman who loved them so much. Jim told me that they grew up learning that every day is a gift, a privilege, and they do not take a day for granted. They both say that growing up not having money taught them that there are more important things in life.

It was a very moving experience for me to come to know Dolores Jandick through my meeting with two of her adult children. It was so easy to see how this woman, tortured by mental illness, nevertheless fulfilled her Christian vocation to be a person of love. This woman who was mother in a home called "dysfunctional," accomplished the greatest Christian work in life. She loved. Deeply. In spite of all the hardships this family endured, Dolores loved her children into life. Because she did, the world will be a better place. All you need to do to understand this is to sit and talk with Mary and Jim for a little while. Mary and Jim are people who will change the world because they learned from their mother what it means to have unconditional love for others.

This Thanksgiving, let us remember in our prayers the Jandicks and several other families who mourn the loss of family members who died in the last week. Let us also learn from the example of Jim and Mary to be grateful for the really important things in life. And let us thank God for Dolores Jandick and the example her life gives us all to be people of faith, hope, and love. Let us pray that we may be like her.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I pray in gratitude for this parish and its people.

Mary Foley,
Pastoral Life Coordinator

A Vocation View

	'As I keep the Lord ever in my heart rejoices, 
my soul is glad... You will show me the path of life, the fullness 
of joy in Your presence'.  Let our Vocation be, to be one with 
God - forever.

Catholic Charities Needs Donors!

	Catholic Charities has a record number of families 
registered for their "adopt a family" Christmas program this 
year.  Over 800 families and nearly 4000 individuals have applied 
for Christmas gifts and food certificates.	

	Catholic Charities is looking for more donor families to 
"adopt" the remaining small client families.  Please call 630-
496-8008 x13 if you can help provide Christmas for these 
families.  Gifts will need to be purchased, wrapped and returned 
to the Lombard office by Friday, Dec. 1.

	If you prefer, monetary donations for food and gift 
certificates for these families and their children may be mailed 
to Catholic Charities, Holiday Outreach Program, 26 W. St. 
Charles Road, Lombard, IL 60148.  

	Catholic Charities relies on the continued generosity of 
the community to help them serve every needy family during the 
holidays.  With your support, this is possible!

Cenacle Retreat House, Warrenville

	"The Close and Holy Darkness: Christmas, Creativity and the 
Human Condition", a quiet Advent Retreat, will be presented by 
Fr. Tom Aldworth, OFM on December 1-3.  Fr. Tom will lead 
participants to open their hearts to God while answering the 
question, "What does it mean in your life today that God became 
one of us in Jesus?"  Cost is $195 for a single room only.

	For info or to register for any of the above programs, 
please call the Cenacle at  630-393-1231.

St. Beatrice School Craft Show

	St. Beatrice School at 4141 N. Atlantic (Irving Park Road 
near 25th St.) in Schiller Park is hosting its 24th Annual Country 
Christmas Craft Show on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, 
December 9. They are currently accepting crafter applications for 
what promises to be an excellent show.

	For more info. and applications call the school at 847-678-
1752 or email

All Kids
	All Kids is an effort by the Illinois Department of 
Healthcare and Family Services to ensure that all children, ages 
18 or younger, have access to health care.  All Kids pays for 
doctor and hospital visits, dental and vision care, prescription 
drugs, medical equipment, mental health services, etc.  
	Children who are age 18 or younger who live with their 
families in Illinois and who need health insurance are eligible.
	For more information about this program and how it can 
benefit the children of your parish, please contact Ann Ridge at 
312-793-3152 or

Looking for 1957 Graduates
50th Class Reunion

	St. Frances of Rome, Cicero, graduating class of '57 will 
celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2007.  If you or someone you 
know is a '57 graduate, please call Judy at 708-344-6013 or 
Rosanne at 708-498-4002.

Auction Dinner Dance Update
	All the items that were bid on at the Auction/Dinner Dance 
have not yet been picked-up and paid for and we will have to 
delay the gross amount of the Auction Proceeds until the next 
bulletin.  However, at that time we will be able to give you both 
the Gross Amount taken in and the Net Profit after expenses.  
Thank you for your patience!

Senior Citizen Christmas Party

Saturday, December 2
	The CCW cordially invites all Senior Citizens to the Annual 
Christmas party in Barrett Hall on Saturday, December 2, 
immediately following 5:00 p.m. Mass. Reservation forms are in 
this week's bulletin. Please return these reservation forms as 
soon as possible to the basket in the vestibule of church or to 
the rectory. 	A Buffet Supper will be served and entertainment 
will be provided by our Wings to Heaven Youth Group. Each year 
this party is hosted by CCW with the help of our Religious 
Education Moms and other ladies of the parish who generously 
donate food and their time to let our seniors know how very 
special they are to our parish.  
	If you are in need of a ride or special assistance to 
attend the Mass and Party, please call Karen Vicary at 279-4108, 
Mary White at 833-9809 or Sheila Reiter at 833-6657.

SVdP  Thanksgiving Collection
	Every year our Thanksgiving Day Collection is given to the 
St. Vincent dePaul Society to aid them in helping people in our 
parish and the surrounding area who are in need of assistance 
with food, electric, gas and water bills, rental assistance, car 
repairs, medicine and medical bills.  This is an important work 
of outreach and charity that Mary Queen's SVdP Society provides.  
	We have been able to assist many needy people within our 
parish and some who have been turned away at other places.  It is 
important for all to know that not only does our care help our 
own parishioners but also reaches beyond our borders.  The call 
for help has been great this past year and we expect it to keep 
increasing, especially with the energy situation.
	To those of you who continue to support SVdP Society of MQH 
parish by using the monthly envelope, we owe you a debt of 
gratitude  Your generosity continues to help us help others!  We 
know everyone is not able to attend Thanksgiving Day Mass, so we 
ask that you please consider dropping your Thanksgiving Day 
envelope in the Sunday collection basket or sending it to the 
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Prayer  Requests

	To pray for our sick is an important privilege of our 
parish family.  We hope that you will pray for these 
persons every day.

	Natalie Baker			Pam Bondfide
	Heather Brennan			Kathleen Bryers		
	Doresa Brugler			Pat Caffarelli		
	Rose Caffarelli			Kathy Calzante		
	Cosmore Ciancio			Dennis Ciancio		
	Paul Cirone			Margaret Conroy
	Cynthia Catalano Family 	Ida Corriedo		
	Trudi Dolato			Baby Dobrowolski	
	Virginia Feret			Cecilia Garstki
	Modesta Goggins			Mary Hagerty		
	Anna Heffel			Jen Huwalt			
	Tom Huwalt			Michelle Humann	
	Maureen James			Kathy Johnston		
	Irene Kmieciak			Bernadette Kohn	
	Anne Kostas			Tim Kowalski		
	Baby Emma Lynde			Marie Mangano		
	Robert Manion			Dennis McCabe		
	Raymond Mitchell		Fred Moss			
	Geri Pstrzoch			Baby Faith Reid	
	Robert Restivo			Joaquina Scroppo	
	Jess Smith			Mary Spierowski	
					Rachael Thompson

Rest In Peace

   Father Ivan Dobnikar, OSB		  Dolores Jandick 
   Father Edward Grotovsky		  Donald Pokrak 
   Peter P. DiCianni 			  Mildred Wilk 

	If you or a family member would like to be included in our 
prayers, please call the rectory at 279-5700.  Also, please let 
us know when a name should be removed.

Diocesan News

	RCIA will be hopping by the end of this month! On Nov. 25 
at the 5:00 Mass we will have the Rite of Sending to the Bishop 
for our candidates, Beth Wrobel and Jerry Cote. The next day, 
along with their families, sponsors and RCIA team members, they 
will travel to the Cathedral in Joliet to be formally presented 
to Bishop Sartain.

	It is an honor and pleasure to announce that Jack Kowalski 
will complete his Sacraments of Initiation by receiving 
Confirmation and Eucharist on Sunday, November 26, at the 10:30 
Mass. There will be a reception for him following the Mass in the 
Social Hall. Please come by for fellowship and to meet and 
congratulate Jack!  

"A Marmion Family Christmas"
Sixteenth Annual Craft Show

Saturday, November 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and
Sunday, November 26, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora

$3.00 for adults (12 years or older)

	Over 156 of Chicagoland's finest crafters.  Food service 
available all day, both days.  Bake sale both days.  
Complimentary babysitting.  No strollers allowed in show area). 
"Toys for Tots" Drop Off (new and unwrapped).

Community News

Fellowship Sunday
Today, November 19 

	Please join us for fellowship after the 10:30 a.m. Mass 
today, Sunday, November 19 in Barrett Hall.  Stop in after Mass 
for some pastries and a cup of coffee or juice and the 
opportunity to talk with friends and fellow parishioners and 
their families.

	Fellowship is being sponsored by our Eucharistic Ministers.

Advent Reconciliation Service

	Mary Queen of Heaven will hold its Advent Parish 
Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m.

	All families of the parish are encouraged to attend this 
celebration.  We will have a communal prayer service and there 
will be multiple priests here from different parishes to hear 
individual confessions.  Please join your parish family to 
prepare for the coming of Christ more fully into our hears this 
Advent Season.

	Please continue to be very cautious in the parking lot on 
Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

Religious Education News

Reminder to all RE families:

	There will be no class on Wednesday, November 22, due to 
the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please mark your calendars.

Advent Service Projects:

	This year we will again be collecting new unwrapped toys 
for Marillac House on Chicago's West Side...not so very far from 
Elmhurst.  Sister Antoinette called us last week to tell us that 
they are in great need.  There will be a "toy box" in the hall of 
school for donations on Wednesday, November 29, December 6, and 
13 during class times.  Toys for all ages are 
violent toys please.  Please be generous.

	Our children will also have the opportunity to add global 
dimension to their acts of service.  They will go to the "polls" 
to vote for the animal of their choice to be sent to a 3rd world 
country.  The RE children are asked to come to class with a 
donation of 50 cents that will be donated to Heifer 
International.  They can then "vote" for a pig, a sheep, or a 
goat to be sent to a small village, which will drastically 
improve the quality of life of its residents.  Our "polls" will 
be open on the first two Wednesdays of December.  Over the years, 
our children have really enjoyed this project.

	On behalf of the entire religious education staff, we wish 
you all a Blessed Thanksgiving.
For more info on any of the above, please call 
Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962.

Community News

Holy & Amazing:
Celebrating Franciscan Women Saints
With Sr. Gabriele Uhlein, OSF

Sunday, November 26,  (St. Elizabeth of Hungary)
2:30- 4:00 P.M.
Wheaton Franciscan Campus, Maura Hall
26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton

	Be prepared to meet Franciscan women saints that were bold, 
determined and wise.  Come and share the lives of these saints.  
Inspired by their example, these intriguing Sunday afternoon 
conversations will be an opportunity to look with fresh eyes at 
how God is still with us.  Using multiple images and contemporary 
research, we will consider what it means to belong, to heal, and 
to contemplate.  Each of thee amazing women can give us wonderful 
clues that reaffirm the spiritual dimension of our own everyday 

	Note:  This session is one in a series (Sundays:  November 
26, December 17, January 28, February 18, March 18 and April 15).  
Each session is a complete section. Come for one or all and 
discover what we can learn about ourselves from these Franciscan 

50th Anniversary Cookbook Sale 
	Are you in need of a hostess gift for Thanksgiving Day or 
thinking about what to give someone for Christmas?  We have the 
perfect gift, our 50th Anniversary Cookbook.  The Cookbooks 
contain recipes from current parishioners and previous members of 
our parish and make especially great gifts for family members and 
friends who love to bake.  Cookbooks will be available for 
purchase after all the Masses this weekend and the weekend of 
December 9th & 10th.  The donation for each Cookbook is $15.  
Should you wish to purchase additional cookbooks during the week, 
please call Mary Nanak (530-4502) or Ellen Walker (279-4021).

Advent Wreaths
And Replacement Candles

	The Liturgy Committee will be having Advent Wreath sets and 
replacement candles available for purchase at all the Masses 
during the weekends of November 25-26 and December 2-3.

	The donation for the Wreath Sets (includes a wreath, 4 
candles and an Advent Prayer) is $10.00.  The donation for a set 
of replacement candles for wreaths you already have is $3.00.

Volunteers for Holiday Outreach.
Can you help pack food or make a delivery?

    Elmhurst families in need are referred to United Community 
Concerns Association (UCCA) through School District 205 and our 
Elmhurst churches.  These families receive food and food 
certificates from UCCA at the holidays.
    We will sort and pack Christmas food boxes for over 160 
families from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 14 from 
9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the City of Elmhurst Public Works 
Facility at 985 S. Riverside Drive.  Please park and enter at the 
front (West) entrance and check in at the desk.
    Drivers (with muscle power) are needed between 8:00 a.m. and 
9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, at the City of Elmhurst 
Public Works Facility to deliver food boxes to our local 
Call to volunteer or if you have any questions:
Patty Burnette 834-8471
Susie Sands 941-8116

If you would like to make a donation, 
please make your checks payable to:
United Community Concerns Association
125 W. Church, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Sponsored by The Elmhurst Rotary Club

November 23 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.
At Diplomat West Banquet Hall
681 W. North Ave , Elmhurst

For more information and tickets, contact: 
Joe Weigel at 630-782-1234 or 
Ed Lucking at 630-833-8850.

Liturgy News

	We are invited.  At the Table of the Lord, we are invited 
to bring and offer our gifts in thanksgiving.  We stand before 
the Lord in humility and gratefulness.  Our actions should 
reflect our intentions.  As of the weekend December 2nd & 3rd, the 
first week of Advent, the start of the new liturgical new year, 
we will be standing as we are invited to offer our gifts to God.  
	This means a change in our prayer behavior.  We will now 
stand immediately after the gifts are brought forward and the 
table is prepared, when the priest invites us to pray together 
with him.  Sanding at this time is the preferred posture as 
stated by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal paragraph 
#43.  The Celebrant is asking us to join with him in our offering 
and to stand with him before the Lord as we present our gifts to 
	Thank you for helping our liturgies to be prayerful 
celebrations of our Faith. 

Market Day

  	Orders for December are due Monday, December 11, 
at noon.  Turn in your order form in the box in the 
back of church or at the rectory.  Pickup on 
Saturday, December 16, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the 
Social Hall.  

  	If you have questions or would like to place an 
order, please call Maria at 279-2238 or Karen at 279-

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