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

Does My Life Make A Difference?

This is the title of our Parish Mission which starts next week, Feb. 5-7. Each night of our mission, Father Richard Fragomeni will help us to see how the lives of each one of us do make a difference in the world. Does My Life Make A Difference? On Monday: God Thinks So! On Tuesday: The World Expects So! On Wednesday: How Do You Do So?

I hope that many people of our parish will come to the Mission, something that is designed to be a kind of retreat for the parish. Each night will involve prayer and song, two talks by Father Fragomeni and two witness talks. This promises to be a powerful experience of renewal and inspiration. I know that it is not easy to arrange to be away from home for three evenings in a row but you will find it time well spent.

We have canceled the third Religious Education session for this week so that our catechists may be able to attend the Mission. While these evenings will be geared more toward adults and older children, another evening will be planned later in the year for Father Fragomeni to spend time with all our children and their families.

The mission will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m., with the hope that families will be able to eat dinner together before parents and older children come to the mission. The Mission will last until 9:00 p.m. and there will be a wine and cheese reception afterwards each evening (soft drinks will also be available).

Besides being a professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Father Fragomeni is a nationally known preacher and liturgist, and has been a popular Catholic consultant for the film industry. We look forward to having him with us and hope you can join us. Please feel free to invite family and friends. There is no cost to attend the mission because of grant funding from the Catholic Education Foundation. A basket will be available in church for free will offerings.


The call to make a difference in the world originates in our baptism, the beginning of our life as Catholic Christians. I have had some questions lately on the subject of baptism and would like to provide some general information here, especially for parents.

For children under 7 years old, we have baptisms every first and third Sunday of the month, except during the season of Lent. This means that our last baptisms before Lent will be on February 18. So, anyone thinking of having an infant or young child baptized should contact the parish office very soon. After February 18, there will be no baptisms at Mary Queen until the Easter Vigil on April 7.

Requirements for baptismal sponsors are that there should be one male and one female, and at least one Godparent must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic, one who is practicing the faith (attending Mass regularly) and is in good standing with the Church. It is possible for a Christian of another denomination to serve as the second Godparent. There is a baptismal preparation class offered on the second Tuesday evening of each month. Parents must register in advance and take this class prior to the baptism of their child. I am happy to have children from outside of Mary Queen baptized at our church, as long as there is a letter of permission from the pastor where the child lives (this happens fairly frequently when family members live here). Many children are given Christian names (the names of saints of the Church) when they are born. If not, a saint's name, chosen by the parents, may be added to the birth name at the time of baptism.

For children ages 7 and older, arrangements for baptism are made through our RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program and for adults, through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. Anyone interested in our RCIC or RCIA program should contact Mimi Wolak or Tom Nanak. Their telephone numbers appear on the front of the bulletin. Adults or parents of children needing other sacraments of the Church should contact me at the parish office and we can make whatever arrangements are necessary.

Feast of St. Blaise

Next Sat. Feb. 3 is the feast of St. Blaise, who is patron saint for those with throat disorders. We will be having Mass with blessing of throats at 9 a.m. All are invited to come and have their throats blessed.

Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

A Vocation View

	The Lord says:  
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; 
before you were born I dedicated you."  
Always listen to an Old Friend

Parish News

Preschool Open House

	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 registration for our new 
preschool, starting in January.  

	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 Japczyk.  

	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 

	Our first classroom is filling up!  Join us at our last  
January open house:

		Sun. Jan. 28 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

	Please register by Jan. 31 for the early bird $75 .00 
savings on tuition!

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.

Eucharistic Adoration

	Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Monday, February 12th 
instead of Monday, February 5th because of our mission.

Family Dinner and Game Night 

	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 Mass.  
Mark your calendar now and invite your family and relatives to 
attend.  It's an evening planned for all, moms, dads, 
grandparents, relatives, children of all ages, parishioners of 
all ages. 

	Dinner will be served in Barrett Hall and the Family Game 
Rooms will be in the school building.  There are plans being made 
for several game rooms with fun for all ages.  There will be a 
game room for younger children, several rooms for older children, 
teens and their families.  Plenty of games for other parishioners 
and seniors too.  A cake walk, a room with raffle baskets, 
cookbooks to purchase, spirit clothing, 50th Anniversary MQH key 
chains, etc.  Some of the activities we have planned are Uno, 
Yahtzee, Various Card Games, Bunco, and Kid's Bingo and Adult's 
Bingo.  A room for "Twister" and room for the younger children 
with the Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Bozo's Buckets, a Bean 
Bag Toss, etc. 

	Dinner at the "Family Game Night" will include a salad, 
Mostaccioli, Meatballs, bread, butter, coffee, tea, pop and 
dessert (make your own Sundae) served buffet style.  Donation for 
dinner is $8.00 per adult (ages 12 and up), $4.00 per child (ages 
6 thru 11), children 5 and under are free.  Your ticket donation 
includes dinner and entrance to the game night activities (with 
exception of the Cake Walk and Raffles, Spirit Wear and Key 
Chains).  All children are expected to be accompanied by a 
parent(s) or a adult who is responsible for their well being.

	Tickets will be available for purchase after all the Masses 
beginning the weekend of February 3rd and 4th and can also be 
purchased at our religious Education Office on Wednesdays.  

	For further information, please contact Sheila Reiter (833-
6657), Karen Vicary (279-4108) or  Phylis Twardowski (279-6239).

Christian Education Commission

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

Please mark your calendars:

FYI-Family Mass is this weekend at the 10:30 Mass.

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

Community News

Marianjoy to Offer Presentation:
Caring for Your Aging Parents

	Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to offer a 
panel discussion on caring for an aging parent or loved one.  
This free presentation will offer a panel discussion which will 
include a Marianjoy Medical group physician who specializes in 
senior health, a psychologist and an individual well-versed in 
resources for the elderly.  The presentation will include 
practical information about what to expect physically and 
psychologically from again parents, along with help and 
information on available resources.  Call to register at 630-909-

Marianjoy to Offer Presentation:
Working Through Grief and Loss

	Whether it is the loss of a loved one due to death or 
separation, or the loss of mobility due to illness or injury 
,there are ways to not only cope with loss, but to learn from it.  
Marianjoy is offering a free presentation on grief and loss, led 
by a Mariajoy chaplain and a psychologist.  For more information 
or to register, please call 630-909-7102.

January 7, 2007

Ms. Mary Foley
C/O Mary Queen of Heaven
426 N. West Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Dear Mary,

	Please accept my sincere thanks for your generous Christmas 
gift of the Mary Queen of Heaven Choirs CD!  I was truly touched 
by your thoughtfulness and want you to know how much it meant to 
	I am doing well in the Diocese of Joliet, and everyone has 
gone out of their way to welcome me.  The Church is alive and 
strong here, and I am enjoying getting to know everyone.  God 
blesses me in many ways, most especially with His steady hand and 
His peace, and at Christmas time I realize more than ever just 
how good God is, far beyond my understanding.
	After Christmas I went south to visit family and friends in 
Tennessee and Arkansas, and I'm back in Illinois to start the New 
Year with the priests and people of my new flock.  I have offered 
Mass for your intentions and those of your loved ones, and I will 
always remember your kindness.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain
Bishop of Joliet

P.S.  I enjoyed listening to the CD!  

Theology of the Body

St. Joseph Parish
330 E. Fullerton, Addison
Presenter:  Fr. Tom Loya

	Please join us for a 5-week session exploring some of the 
doctorate written by Pope John Paul II

	Sun., Jan., 28:		"Who is Man for Woman and 			
				Who is Woman for Man"
	Sun., Feb. 4:		"Iconography and the Sacred Art
						of the Church"
	Sun. Feb. 11:		"Knowing Ourselves as Sexual 		
	Sun. Feb. 18:		"Theology of the Body and Art:  		
				The Naked Truth"
	Sun. Feb. 25:		"Theology of the Body and the 		
					Hot Button Issues"
Contact:  Claudia Strope (630) 832-6894
We will serve a meal at 5:30 p.m. except for Sun. Feb. 18
Discussion will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception High School

Class of 2011 Make-up Placement Exam 
	Saturday, February 3, at 9:00 a.m.   

	It is open to all 8th grade students who have not taken a 
private high school placement test yet.   Pre-registration is 
required and there is a $20 fee.  Please bring two #2 pencils.  
No calculators or dictionaries allowed.  To pre-register, please 
call the main office at 630-530-3460 by Wed., Jan. 31st.

Catholic Schools:  Our Children,
Our Faith, Our Future

St. Charles Borromeo Grade School , Bensenville
Full-day Kindergarten - 8th grade with 
After-school Day Care until 6:00 pm

Catholic Schools Week-Activities....

	January 28  		OPEN HOUSE  10:00 AM-1:00 PM		
				Registration for Fall 2007 begins

	Jan 30			OPEN HOUSE  9:00-11:20 AM	 		
	Jan 31			School Spirit Day
	Feb 1			Academic & Science Fair  
					7:00 - 8:00 PM
	Feb 2			Mass	8:30
	For more information, please call 630-766-0116.

Rest In Peace

Russell Gusloff, Henry Jaime, James Williams

	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.

St. Vincent DePaul Society

	The St. Vincent DePaul Society will hold its meeting on 
Wednesday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. in Mary's Gathering space.  
This is a change from our previously scheduled meeting due to a 
conflict.  We will be reviewing the Christmas Holiday Giving, 
expenditures, and discussing our plans for Needy Families and 
Easter Baskets.

Bereavement Ministry

	There is an adult grief support group meeting at Elmhurst 
Hospital starting January 29th. The group will continue to meet 
every 1st and 3rd Monday for 10 sessions in the Bates Conference 
room at the hospital. Each session begins at 6:30 and ends at 
8:00 p.m.  

	There is no cost for this program. For more information 
please check the bulletin board in the back of MQH church.  On a 
green colored flyer you will find a listing of the topics to be 
presented. You are welcome to join the group at any time.  

	For additional info. please call: 833-1400 ext. 4758.

MQH Men's Group

	Mary Queen Of Heaven Men's Group is sponsoring a family 
friendly football event, Super Bowl Sunday, in Barrett Hall.  
Come join us as the Chicago Bears compete in Super Bowl XLI  
Sunday, February 4th - Pre-Game 5:00 P.M. Bring your own beverage.  
Pizza will be served.  A nominal fee will be charged.  For 
reservations or more information. please contact Mike Launius 
(941-8773 or Bob Glick (833-5725).

Record of Parish Contributions

	If you would like to receive a record of your 2006 
financial contributions, please call the parish office at 279-

Volunteers for Katrina Missions

	People from the parish have previously indicated that they 
were interested in participating in a Katrina disaster recovery 
mission.  The Katrina Hurricane aftermath is still a very real 
disaster to the people in the Gulf Coast.  There is a great need 
in terms of volunteers to help in the recovery.
	The Catholic Construction Corps of the Joliet Diocese has 
been active in providing volunteer help over the past year and we 
plan to continue to provide help.  It has secured two work weeks 
with the Mennonite Disaster Service and will schedule additional 
weeks as needed.
	The first week is February 19-23 and the second is March 5-
9.  (We will be traveling on Saturday and Sunday prior to the 
work weeks and returning on the following Saturday and Sunday.
	If your are interested in voluntering for this service 
work, please call Milt Honel (279-7078, Bill Barnds (782-5966) or 
the Office of Peace and Social Justice at the Diocese of Joliet 
	Please respond as soon as possible:  We will be scheduling 
an information and planning session shortly.


	If you are widowed, the Office of Family Ministry of the 
Joliet Diocese invites you to join us for a 2-day, faith-based 
program designed especially for widowed men and women.		
	Topics include:
	Understanding the roller coaster of feelings you are 		
	Dealing with the reactions of family and friends
	Regaining self-confidence
	Treasuring your memories while moving forward on 			
	your new path in life..

Mark your calendar now for March 10 & 11, 2007

	What:		Retreat for Widowed Men & Women
	When:		March 10 & 11, 2007
	Where:		St. Chas. Borromeo Center
				(Near Hwys 53 & 55, Romeoville)
	Donation:	$115. (incls meals/lodging)
	Register by calling:	708-354-7211

50th Anniversary Committee

	The 50th Anniversary Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 
30th at 7:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall to discuss the upcoming events 
of our Parish Mission, Family Game Night, Special 50th Anniversary 
Raffle and closing Anniversary Mass on Palm Sunday.  All 
committee members are asked to call Sheila (833-6657) if you are 
unable to make this meeting as representatives from the Parish 
Mission Committee and the Family Game Night will be there to give 
us an update on their plans.

	Peace & Justice Committee

The Senate Set to Debate Minimum Wage -
Urge Senators to Increase the Minimum Wage!

	Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Chairman of the USCCB Domestic 
Policy Committee (United States Council of Catholic Bishops) has 
written to the United States Senate to urge them to support the 
minimum wage bill, S2. This bill would raise the minimum wage by 
70 cents 60 days after enactment; to $6.55 one year later; and to 
$7.25 one year after that. In his letter, Bishop DiMarzio said: 
"Work has a special place in Catholic social thought. Work is 
more than just a job; it is a reflection of human dignity and a 
way to contribute to the common good. Most importantly, it is the 
ordinary way people meet their material needs and community 
obligations. In Catholic teaching, the principle of a just wage 
is integral to our understanding of human work. Wages must be 
adequate for workers to provide for themselves and their families 
in dignity. The United States bishops' conference has supported 
the minimum wage since its inception as a just means to protect 
the human rights and dignity of workers."

	Debate on this bill began on January 22, 2007. A number of 
amendments are also considered likely; each will require debate 
and a vote before final consideration of the minimum wage 

	The USCCB is asking that we call our senators (202-224-
3121, the Capitol Switchboard) and urge them to support an 
increase in the minimum wage. For more information contact: 
Thomas Shellabarger

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