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

A Vocation View

	There was a wedding between God and us:

"to have and to hold, from this day forward,

 for better or for worse."

God is faithful and true.  Let us do the same.

Reporting Sexual Abuse

	Anyone who has reasonable cause to suspect the sexual abuse 
of a minor by a member of the clergy or other Church personnel is 
urged to report the matter immediately.  

	To inform the Diocese of Joliet, call Sr. Mary Frances 
Seeley, OSF (Victim Assistance Coordinator) at 1-815-263-6467 or 
write the Diocese of Joliet, 524 Summit Street, Joliet 60435.  

	Contact DCFS at 1-800-252-2873 or call the office of the 
local County States Attorney.

Market Day

	Orders for January are due Monday, January 22, at noon.  
Turn in your order form in the box in the back of church or at 
the rectory.  Pickup will be on Saturday, January 27, 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 279-4108.

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 parish 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 

	We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Jo Young has 
joined our Preschool Committee.  Dr. Young, who is also a 
Franciscan Sister, is the Director of the Elmhurst College 
Department of Early Childhood Education.  She will be helping 
with the development of our Multiple Intelligence Curriculum.  We 
welcome Dr. Young and look forward to collaborating with Elmhurst 

	Open Houses for the Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool will be 
held on:

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
	Please share this information with your family and friends.

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.

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.

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/English as a Second Language 
program, School on Wheels.  Tutors are needed to teach  for 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 

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-

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Benediction Open House
For adult undergraduate & graduate students
Saturday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m.

	The event begins in the Krasa Center with a welcome 
followed by a series of seminars to help meet student needs.  
Students can meet with deans, program directors and faculty.  
They will also hear from representatives of Benedictine 
University's adult accelerated undergraduate and graduate 
business, education and health programs. For more information, 
please call the Enrollment Center at 630-829-6300, or visit 
Benedictine University on the Web at




	The Woman's Choice Services pregnancy center network 
provides vital counseling and necessary connections to women 
facing difficult or untimely pregnancies.  WCS offers women and 
their families the support needed to empower them to choose life 
for themselves and their babies.  Operated in the Catholic 
Christian tradition, WCS has centers in Lombard and Downers Grove 
and administers the Project Gabriel pregnancy support ministry in 
cooperation with the Joliet Diocesan Life Office.

	The First Annual "Choices for Life" Benefit Banquet will be 
Friday, January 26, 2007, at the Abbington Banquet Hall in Glen 
Ellyn, IL.  The banquet will begin with cocktail hour and hors 
d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets 
are $75.00 per person or $650.00 for a table of ten.  

	Please call 630-261-9564 or go online to to purchase tickets.

Prayer for Peace

Loving God, bring us
from dead to life,
and from lies to truth.

Bring us from doubt to faith, 
from fear to confidence.

Bring us from hate to love,
And from war to peace.

Please bring peace to our hearts
and to our world.  Amen

2007 Joliet Diocese
Catholic Charismatic Healing Mass

St. Joseph Catholic Church
4801 Main Street, Downers Grove

Friday, January 19, 2007
7:30 p.m. Mass

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation  -  6:30 p.m.

Presider:  Father Pat Murphy

For information, please call 630-964-0216

(Sponsoring Prayer Groups:  New Life, Clarendon Hills)

Christmas "Thank You"

	As always, Mary Queen of Heaven Parishioners made Christmas 
both thought-provoking and beautiful.  Our liturgies were 
special, the music was spectacular and the decorations and 
flowers were beautiful.  Special thanks to our lectors, 
Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, altar servers, Molly Lindberg 
and our choir, and our audio committee.  An added note of 
appreciation to all those who helped with Art & Environment (Joel 
& Diane Bernstein, Tom Gusloff, Ed Hayes, Bob Kevil, Gail 
Lewicki, Brenda Scanlon, Derrick Starosa, Ron Stefani, Phylis 
Twardowski, Mary White, and Rose Wilkes).

Auction/Dinner Dance Update

	At last all the receipts and bills are in for the 
Auction/Dinner Dance.  Thanks to everyone who donated items to 
the auction and raffle, helped by working on the committee, 
purchased raffle tickets, attended and purchased items that 
evening.  You are the people who make this event the success it 
has been each year.  

	Gross intake amounted to:		$20,712.00
	Net profit for the evening is:	$13,514.80 

	Thank you again to everyone who helped!

Mark Your Calendars!!!!

	The 50TH Anniversary Committee in conjunction with the 
Religious Education Program and the Mary Queen of Heaven Men's 
Group are sponsoring a "Family Dinner and Game Night" on 
Saturday, February 17th immediately following the 5:00 p.m. Family 

	Be sure to circle this date on your calendar and watch next 
week's bulletin for more information.

Diocesan News

Diocese of Joliet Catholic Construction Corps 
Mission to the Navajo Reservation  

	Please join us at the St. Charles Pastoral Center in 
Romeoville at 7:30 p. m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 2007 or Thursday, 
Jan. 25th for an Information Night on the sixth annual mission to 
the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona. The trip is 
planned for June 9-23, 2007 to repair/build homes for the poor of 
the Navajo Nation.  This construction mission needs skilled and 
semi-skilled workers in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical, as 
well as men and women who are willing to assist in a variety of 
construction tasks.  Opportunities to meet the people and to 
learn the local culture are part of this mission.  

	For more information contact Art Sheridan, Missions 
Coordinator, at 815-834-4072 (  
Visit us online at

Father Richard Fragomeni

Father Fragomeni will be preaching all the Masses 
during the weekend of February 
3-4, 2007.  Then he will lead our three-day Parish 
each evening at 7:30 p.m.:

Does My Life Make a Difference?

Monday, February 5: God Thinks So!
Tuesday, February 6: The World Expects So!
Wednesday, February 7: How Do You Do So?

See what God calls us to do!
These 3 nights will help us better understand what this 

Father Fragomeni, a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York, is 
Associate Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at Catholic Theological 
Union in Chicago.  He is a nationally renowned preacher, with a 
passion for the Lord.  Central to his work is a fascination with the 
power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of 
consciousness. He is author of Come to the Feast and co-author with 
Br. Michael McGrath, O.C.F.S., of Blessed Art Thou Mother, Lady, 
Mystic, Queen.
Fellowship will follow each evening of the parish mission and Father 
Fragomeni's books will be available for sale.  There is no cost to 
attend the mission; free will offerings will be accepted. 

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