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

December Celebrations

	We welcome into the Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Family the 
following who were baptized in December:

Santino Richard Dill


Greg Lebbing
Lindsey Peters

A Vocation View

Many adults never grow up.

They continue to traipse across the earth 
looking for a shining star.

Tell them who lights up your life, O Christian.

Faith Sharing
(Use with your family or to open meetings)

1.	Read the daily gospel.
2.	Pause for a minute of silence.
3.	Read it again slowly.
4.	What word or phrase "jumps out" at me?
5.	Share the word or phrase (no explanation).
6.	Share a sentence or two about why this touched you.
7.	Thank your friends or family.
8.	Thank God for the opportunity to share faith (brief prayer).

Please Note:  	RE Class sessions will resume at the normal time 
on Wednesday, January 10.

Religious Education News
	We are in need of an assistant catechist in Gr. 5 at the 
5:30 session on Wednesdays. Please call the REO for more 
information if you are interested. 

Please mark your calendars:

Saturday, January 27, 11:00 AM - 5:00 P.M.
		Confirmation retreat in Barrett Hall
Sunday, January 28, 10:30 AM in church
		Family Mass

	For more info on any of the above, please call Mary Ann 
Woods at the REO, 832-8962.

Did You Know ...
*	That 94.5% of polled Catholics pray daily?
*	That when Catholics were asked what provided the greatest 
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Parish  Mission
February 5, 6, and 7, 2007

Mark it on your Calendars!

	As part of the Parish 50th anniversary activities, the Adult 
Education and Spirituality Committee and the Liturgy Committee 
are sponsoring a Parish Mission on Monday, February 5; Tuesday, 
February 6; and Wednesday, February 7; at 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in 
the Church. The theme of the Mission is "Does my life make a 

	Fr. Richard Fragomeni, an Associate Professor of Liturgy 
and Preaching at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will 
be the presenter. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed 
pre-Lent experience.

Parish News

Preschool Plans

	After months of study by the pa rish Finance Council, after 
multiple surveys of parents by the Preschool Committee, and after 
receiving much positive feedback from parents of preschool-aged 
children, we are moving forward with plans for beginning 
registration for our new preschool, starting in January.  

	Tuition rates for the 2007-2008 school year will be 
finalized by the end of this month.  The Preschool Board is in 
formation, with two subcommittees already established.  The 
Safety and Environment Committee will be headed by Terri Kevil 
and the Preschool Finance Committee will be headed by Jim 

Diocesan News

Rachael's Vineyard Retreat 
For post-abortive men and women

March 23-25, 2007

	Rachel's Vineyard Retreat for is sponsored by the Joliet 
Diocesan Life Office and will be held at St. Charles Borromeo 
Pastoral Center.  This retreat aims to allow participants to 
focus on God's unconditional love and forgiveness in a completely 
non-judgmental setting.  Confidentiality and privacy will be 
strictly observed. 

	To learn more about a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat or to 
register, contact Kay Corcoran at 815-838-7171.  For more 
information and a list of retreats in other locations: or call the toll free national hotline at 

Catholic Charities
Hosts Parenting Classes

Six consecutive Saturdays
January 27 through March 3

10:00 a.m. until Noon

	Are you a stressed out parent who wants to learn effective 
discipline, communication and better ways to deal with your 
children?  Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet is 
offering Parenting Classes at Catholic Charities at 203 N. Ottawa 
Street in Joliet.  

	The fee for class is $40 per person, and a reduced fee is 
available for those who qualify based on income.  

	To register, or for more information, call Catholic 
Charities toll-free intake line at 1-800-240-7011.

Market Day

	Orders for January are due Monday, January 22, at noon.  
Pickup will be on Saturday, January 27, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in 
the Social Hall.  For questions or to place an order, please call 
Maria at 279-2238 or Karen at 279-4108.

Community News

Attention  Bulletin Editors  and Leaders of 
High School / College Youth / Family Youth Groups
Volunteers are Needed !!
    The DuPage Continuum of Care, whose members provide services 
to individuals and families in need throughout DuPage County, 
will be conducting its third area wide survey count of 
unsheltered homeless persons the evening of Thursday, January 25, 
into the morning of Friday, January 26.
    The survey is being performed by the Continuum in conjunction 
with the requirements set forth by the Department of Housing 
(HUD). The purpose of the survey is to gather statistical 
information on the unsheltered homeless population. This count 
takes place all across the country to help various levels of 
government allocate dollars to fund the appropriate agencies that 
assist the homeless population throughout the next calendar year.
    The survey will be conducted with the assistance of local law 
enforcement agencies. Catholic Charities is recruiting and 
training volunteers to perform the overnight survey count.  A 
training session will be held at Catholic Charities, in Lombard, 
on January 16.
    Needed funding for helping the homeless depends on the 
accuracy of the count. Please help spread the word and recruit 
the volunteers. 
    Groups and volunteers should RSVP to Jane Tyshenko, Catholic 
Charities, 630-495-8008.

Volunteers Needed  
for DuPage Community Clinic

	The DuPage Community Clinic is a free medical/dental clinic 
serving low-income, DuPage County residents who have no insurance 
or governmental assistance with offices in Wheaton and Villa 

	Our medical clinic is seeking Nurses, LPNs, CNAs, and EMTs. 
Primary care physicians, cardiologist, dermatologists, 
endocrinologists, gynecologists, nephrologists, optometrists, 
orthopedics, and surgeons are also needed to volunteer at the 
clinic or as referral specialty site at your private office.  

	Dietitians, social workers, certified or experienced 
medical translators, data entry, receptionist, and 
clerical/office volunteers are needed for our Wheaton office.  
Our Wheaton dental clinic also needs dentists and dental 
hygienists.  For more information call Yessica Cabrera at 630-

Eucharistic Adoration

	Is it peace you are looking for after this busy 

	Please come to Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, 
January 8, between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 
experience the peace only Jesus can give.

MQH Parish Pastoral Council
Summary of December, 2006 Meeting

	Below is a summary of the PPC December Meeting.  The 
complete minutes are posted in the display case in the vestibule 
of the church.

*	There is approximately $7,000 in the Pre-School Fund.

*	Pre-School Open Houses will be held in January:
*	Sat. Jan. 6 from 9 - 11 am
*	Sun. Jan 7 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
*	Sat. Jan 13 from 9 - 11 am
*	Sun. Jan 14 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
*	Sat. Jan 20 from 9 - 11 am
*	Sun. Jan 28 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

*	20 families responded to the survey sent to parents with 
children ages 2 - 5.

*	The Policy subcommittee met and made some recommendations, 
which will be refined at their next meeting.

*	Officers were selected.
*	Co-chairpersons
Joe Goryl
Carol Bergheger
*	Secretary
				Brenda Scanlon

*	The PPC would like to see better communication within the 
parish.  At the next meeting, there will be discussion about 
ways to enhance communication.

*	General PPC guidelines will also be discussed at the next 

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

	Embryonic stem cell research is not showing the remarkable 
"promise" claimed by supporters, but lags far behind adult stem 
cells and other approaches that are providing real treatments for 
dozens of conditions.  Experts now predict that treatments may 
emerge in "decades" or not at all.

Cardinal William H. Keeler, 
Letter to Senate regarding H.R. 810, 
"Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act," 
July 12, 2006

Volunteer Tutors Needed
English as a Second Language

	The Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange Park are in need of 
volunteers for its adult literacy program, School on Wheels.  
Tutors are needed to teach one hour per week from 9 a.m. to 2 
p.m. or 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cicero, Hodgkins, Lombard, Summit, 
Westmont, and Woodridge.

	A two-day training will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
on two consecutive Saturdays: February 3 and February 10. 
Volunteers must attend both training sessions. No prior second 
language skills are needed. 

	For more information, call 708-354-9200 Ext. 5060, 5085, or 

Our Holy Father's 

January Intentions

	Peace:  That in our violent time, bishops may continue to 
show the way of peace and understanding among peoples.

	Church in Africa:  That the Church in Africa may be a 
witness of the Good News of Christ and be committed to the 
promotion of reconciliation and peace.

St. Vincent dePaul Society
Thank you for being so Generous to Others
	Once again our parishioners have out done themselves giving 
to the less fortunate.  This year we provided 27 families with 
Christmas Food Baskets and two gifts per person for each family 
member.  We also provided Elmhurst Extended Care Nursing Home 
with two gifts for each resident.
	All in all our parishioners with the added donations of our 
Religious Education catechists, one of our Small Faith Groups and 
four parishioner families who adopted entire families this year 
provided a total of over 750 presents this year.  Thank you again 
for your kindness and generosity to those in need.  
	We are also grateful to the wonderful parishioners who 
donated their time helping prepare the food baskets, sorting the 
presents and loading the needy families' cars on pick-up night.
	Also, special thanks to those youth, from our Religious 
Education Program, who under the guidance of Carol Aichten, 
visited Elmhurst Extended Care Nursing Home providing the 
residents with joy and companionship during the Christmas Season.
	We are blessed to have such a wonderful Parish Family.  God 

O   Catholic Identity
O   Mission Driven
O   Master's degreed Director
O   Certified Bachelor degreed  
O   Play-based program
O   Multiple Intelligence  
      based curriculum
O   2:17 adult/child ratio
O   Brand new classroom  
      furniture & equipment
O   Large motor-skills room
O   Follows the District 205  

Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool:

Our program design is based on input from parents and 
educators to best meet the needs of families:
1. Serving children ages 3-5
2. Schedule
*	3 day morning program: 
*	2 day morning program: 
*	Afternoon Program  
based on enrollment demand
3. Tuition
*	Competitive with tuition rates at other local programs
4. Enrollment Dates
*	Accepting applications at January Open House sessions
Opening our doors  
in Fall, 2007
Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool
ELMHURST, ILLINOIS 60126-2128    
PHONE: (630) 279-5700 
FAX:   (630) 279-4667

Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool has been approved by  
the Diocese of Joliet Office of Catholic Schools


	Mary is away this weekend celebrating Christmas and 
the New Year with her family.

Diocesan News

Joliet Diocesan Life Office (JDLO)

Join us on Sunday, January 14, 2:00 p.m. 

34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision

Commemorative Prayer Service for the Unborn & all whose lives 
have become endangered since the January 22, 1973, Supreme Court 
Decision, Roe v. Wade.  

The Celebrant of Benediction and Homilist will be
Bishop J. Peter Sartain.  

Refreshment and fellowship will follow. 
Sponsored by the Knights, and the Joliet Diocesan Life Office.

The Cathedral of St. Raymond.
402 S. Independence Blvd. Romeoville, IL 60446

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