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

God does not ask you to be successful:  
God does ask you to be faithful.  
Put your vocation ahead of your career.


	You are invited to join us for a 2-day, faith-based program 
designed especially for widowed men and women.

	What:		Retreat for Widowed Men & Women
	When:		February 24 & 25, 2007
	Where:		St. Hubert's Parish
		729 Grand Canyon St. in Hoffman Estates

	Register by calling:   708-354-7211

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

	The event begins in the Krasa Center.  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

Joliet Area Vocation Association

	The Joliet Area Vocation Association (JAVA) is sponsoring a 
Jeremiah Day for boys from the Joliet Diocese in grades 7, 8, 9 & 
10 at Mundelein Seminary on Saturday, March 10.  This is a day 
for boys to grow closer to God and to visit a seminary.  
Activities include a tour of Mundelein Seminary, talks about how 
God calls us, lunch, recreation time, open gym and Mass.  It is 
hosted and lead by the Joliet Diocese seminarians at Mundelein 
Seminary.  The day begins at 10:30 a.m., and ends with Mass at 
4:30 p.m.  For more information call the Joliet Vocation Office 
at 815-834-4004.

	JAVA is also sponsoring a Marian Day for girls from Joliet 
Diocese in grades 7, 8, 9 & 10.  The girls are invited to spend a 
day at Loretto Convent in Wheaton and explore vocations in 
religious life.  The day will include talking about how God calls 
each person , meeting sisters of different communities, lunch, 
and various activities.  It will be held on Saturday, March 10, 
beginning at 10:00 a.m. including Mass at 4:00 p.m. at Loretto 
Convent in Wheaton.  For more information call the Joliet 
Vocation Office at 815-834-4004 or Sr. Claire at 630-868-2904.

	Deadline for registration for both events is March 1.

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.

MQH Men's Group Sponsoring

Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, in Barrett Hall

	A family friendly football event.   Come join us as the 
Chicago Bears compete in Super Bowl XLI. 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).

Eucharistic Adoration

	Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Monday, February 12, 
instead of Monday, February 5, because of our parish 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 17, 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 an adult who is responsible 
for their well being.

	Tickets will be available for purchase after all the Masses 
beginning the weekend of February 3/4 and 11/12, and can also be 
purchased at our Religious Education Office on Wednesdays.  

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

Parish News

Religious Education News


	We are still in need of assistant catechists at a few grade 
levels at  the 5:30 session on Wednesdays beginning immediately.  
Please call the REO for more information if you are interested. 
Attention Parents of First Communicants:  There will be a special 
gathering for all parents & guardians of 2nd graders on Wednesday, 
February 14, at 7:15 p.m. in Barrett Hall.  Yes we know that it 
is Valentine's Day, but what better way to celebrate than by 
doing something very special for one of the loves of your life, 
your second grader.  Besides you will be home by 8:30 p.m..  
Please call us if you cannot attend this very important sessions.

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

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		Doresa Brugler
		Pat Caffarelli		Rose Caffarelli	
		Kathy Calzante		Cosmore Ciancio	
		Dennis Ciancio		Geroge Cibula
		Paul Cirone		Margaret Conroy
		Ida Corriedo		Cynthia Catalano Family 
		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			
		Johanna Mesner		Mary Piszczor			
		Raymond Mitchell	Fred Moss				
		Geri Pstrzoch		Baby Faith Reid		
		Robert Restivo		Vera Rossiano			
		Agnes Sabel		Patricia Sabel			
		Joaquina Scroppo	Jess Smith				
		Mary Spierowski		Rachael Thompson

	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. Charles Borromeo Grade School
Now accepting Fall 2007 registrations for all grades:

Full-day Kindergarten - 8th grade with 
After-school Day Care until 6:00 pm

145 E. Grand Avenue, Bensenville
For more information, please call 630-766-0116.

Communications From the Bishop

Home Missions

Dear Friends in Christ:

This Sunday, Catholics in parishes across our diocese are being 
asked to contribute to the Catholic Home Missions Appeal.  Some 
of you may be wondering, "What is a 'home mission'?"  The answer 
to that question is close to my heart, because I served in two 
Home Missions dioceses for 28 years:  Memphis and Little Rock.

If you have ever visited eastern Kentucky or Tennessee, driven 
through rural Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, spent time on 
the Mexican border, or passed through scattered small towns in 
Wyoming, Montana, or Oregon, you have been in mission territory.  
The little brick or clapboard churches you see along the way, 
housing pockets of Catholic faithful, are the home missions.  
This Appeal also benefits Catholic communities in Puerto Rico, 
the Virgin Islands, and island chains in the Pacific with ties to 

Consider these facts:
*	The Archdiocese of Anchorage has 19 active priests to serve 
the towns and villages of central Alaska.
*	The Diocese of Lubbock in the Texas panhandle has 34 priests 
to cover 62 parishes and missions.
*	The Diocese of Little Rock, which covers the state of 
Arkansas, has 90 priests for 123 parishes and missions.  I 
know that diocese very well!!
*	There are 70 priests in the sate of Utah, 57 in Idaho, and 45 
in Wyoming.

The Church is quite fragile in many parts of the United States 
where Catholics are a small minority. Some 90 dioceses rely on 
the Catholic Home Missions Appeal for

*	Poor parishes
*	Youth Ministry
*	Training lay ministers
*	Educating seminarians
*	Training deacons
*	Religious education
*	Work with growing populations of Hispanics, African Americans, 
and other minority Catholics
*	Evangelization
*	Migrant Ministry

Please help strengthen our Church at home.  From personal 
experience, I can tell you that the funds are desperately needed 
and used prudently to fulfill the mission of Church.  Thank you 
for your generous support!

				Sincerely in Christ,

				Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain
				Bishop of Joliet

New Catholic Charities Program
"Out of Poverty"
   Starting Monday, February 26
For 10 consecutive Mondays, at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities, 26 W St Charles Rd, in Lombard.
    Catholic Charities plans to hold an "Out Of Poverty" program 
in an effort to prevent homelessness and improve people's lives.  
"Out of Poverty" is a program of personal change which affirms 
that change is possible. 
    By following a step-by-step process within a group context, 
participants take responsibility for their life and choices, 
commit to learn and practice new behavior, and finally share 
experiences and thus find a road to a more prosperous life. In 
letting go of unproductive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and 
replacing them with new ones, participants move towards a better 
quality of life.
    If you know of someone you think could benefit from this 
program, please encourage them to enroll by contacting Dennis 
Haffron ( or Larry Cada ( 

Council of Catholic Women
"Woman of the Year" Nominations

    Nominations for Mary Queen of Heaven's "Woman of the Year" 
will be held the weekends of February 10/11 and 17/18.  
Nominations slips will be distributed in the pews.  All 
parishioners, ages 18 and older, will be asked to nominate a 
woman they feel leads a life of faith and love and who has given 
generously of her time and talent to the various ministries and 
organizations in our parish.  They will also be asked to give a 
reason why they feel their nominee should be chosen.  To be 
eligible for the "Woman of the Year", nominees must be MQH 
parishioners, not on the Parish staff, over 18 years of age, and 
not have held the title in the last 10 years.  The following 
weekend, February 24/25, information on the nominees will appear 
in the bulletin to assist you in electing the "Woman of the 
	The election for the "Woman of the Year" will be held the 
weekend of March 3/4.  The lady chosen will be invited to the 29th 
Annual "Woman of the Year" Mass and Luncheon at the Cathedral of 
St. Raymond and will be honored at our "Ladies Night Out" dinner 
in June.  Please pray and think about this and be prepared to 
make your nomination on February 10/11 or February 17/18.

Please Note:  There is no class at the 7:15 session on Wednesday, 
February 7, to allow all catechists and RE families to attend the 
last night of the Parish Mission.  The first two sessions meet at 
their regular times.

Youth Group News

	A special thank you to Stephanie Japczyk, Mary Alex 
Japczyk, David Gusloff, Bridget McGing, Katie Mueller and Marisa 
Stefani.  These awesome high schoolers gave up their Saturday to 
be leaders for our 8th grade Confirmation retreat.  What great 
witness they demonstrate to our community.  

Wings to Heaven 
	There will be no Wings to Heaven meeting on Super Bowl 
Sunday.  Mark your calendar now for our Wings to Heaven lock in 
Friday, April 13.  Permission slips will be available very soon. 

Destiny high school youth group
	Our next Destiny meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, at 
8:30 in the school building.  All high school students are 
welcome.  Planning for the lock in will be starting then.  

	Any questions or comments please call Kathleen Gusloff 832-

Thank You

	To our entire Faith community.  We want to thank each and 
everyone of you for your kind words, cards, food and most 
especially prayers.  We are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring 
of love our entire family has received.  As the scripture so 
clearly stated last week. we are many parts, and Fr Bennett said 
when one part of the body suffers the whole body suffers.  Well 
it is also true that when one part of the body is comforted the 
whole body is comforted.  Mary made a comment yesterday about the 
beauty of our community and how we continue to grow in love and 
communion with each other.  We have been privileged to witness 
this first hand.  God is present in each and everyone of us and 
we the family of Mary Queen of Heaven are blessed beyond measure 
to know what the true love of God feels like and to witness it in 
each of our parish families.  We are a family in the true sense 
of the word.  We get upset with each other at times, we love each 
other and we support each other.  Words can not adequately 
express how much we appreciate all you have done for us, and we 
pray that our community continues to be the shining example of 
God's love that we are meant to be.  Blessings, 
		The Gusloff Family

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 volunteering 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.

Diocesan News

University of St. Francis
Campus Visit Day
Saturday, February 24, at 9:15 a.m.

	High school juniors and seniors are invited to take a look 
and experience USF.  Complimentary breakfast at 9:15 a.m.; begins 
at 10 a.m.  Information on all facets of the university including 
admissions, scholarships, financial aid, housing and 
extracurricular activities.  
	A student panel with Saints Ambassadors and tours of campus 
are included.  RSVP today by calling 800-735-7500 or online at

Finding Work Without Losing Heart:
A Retreat for Women and Men in Job Transition

When:  February 20 and 21, this two-day retreat begins with 
registration at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday and concludes with dinner 
Wednesday evening.
Where: Warrenville Cenacle, in Warrenville, Il
Cost: The actual participant cost of the retreat is $95, covering 
materials, meals and overnight accommodation in a private room 
at the Cenacle retreat center.  For those who cannot afford 
$95, a minimum fee of $15 is acceptable.  If your financial 
situation allows, please give more than the minimum. 
Register: Call 312-906-9908 or visit 

Making the retreat: 
*	Participants come to understand the stages of a transition and 
how the transition process is fundamental to human 
*	The spiritual and psychological dimensions of transition are 
explored to help answer, "Who am I now?", "Where is God in all 
this?", "What's next for me?" 
*	Lead speakers are persons who have endeavored job or career 
transition and speak from their experience.
*	Structured personal reflection and thoughtful exercises 
provide the opportunity to gain insight and wisdom.
*	Participants learn ways to pray and find peace during a time 
of transition and how to make this time fertile for growing 
deeper in their relationship with God. 
*	Spiritual directors and bereavement counselors are available 
for one-on-one consultation.

A Message from the Parish Finance 

Mid-Year Report
We are very grateful to all the parishioners who 
increased their donations this year.  This is helping 
us to make good progress.  Our financial situation 
continues to improve each year and we expect to end 
this year with less of a deficit than was projected.  
We are continuing to work toward full financial 
stability.  Thank you for your generosity and let us 
keep up the good work!  A complete mid-year financial 
report will be mailed to all parishioners at the end of 
the month.

Development Committee
We are looking for people who would like to be part of 
a new Development Committee, which will serve as a 
subcommittee of the Finance Council.  The Development 
Committee will be trained in diocesan and parish 
finance policy and relevant canon law, and will be 
responsible for seeking sources of grant funding and 
for implementing and overseeing parish fundraising 
activities.  We are looking for people skilled in grant 
writing, marketing, and fundraising.  Please contact 
the parish office of you can volunteer some time to the 
parish by serving on our new Development Committee.


	The greatest joy ..... Giving
	The most satisfying work ..... Helping 
	The most endangered species ..... Dedicated 
	The greatest "shot in the arm" ..... 
	Most effective sleeping pill ..... Peace of 
	The most powerful force in life ..... Love
	The most dangerous pariah ..... A gossiper
	The most incredible computer ..... The brain
	The worst thing to be without ..... Hope
	The deadliest weapon ..... The tongue
	The greatest asset ..... Faith
	The most prized possession ..... Integrity
	The most beautiful attire ..... A smile
	The most powerful channel of communication 
..... Prayer
	The most contagious spirit ..... Enthusiasm
	The most important thing in life ..... GOD

Parenting Classes

	Are you a stressed out parent who wants to learn effective 
discipline, communication and better ways to deal with your pre-
teen or teenager?  Do you want to feel support, encouragement and 
learn new parenting techniques?  
	Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet is offering 
Parenting Classes on three consecutive Saturdays - February 10, 
17 and 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Classes will be held at 26 
W. St. Charles Road in Lombard and are $20 per class. A reduced 
fee is available for those who qualify based on income.  
	To register, or for more information, call Catholic 
Charities toll-free at 1-800-240-7011.  Register by Feb. 7.

Important Parish Dates to Remember

February 5-7		Parish Mission with Fr. Fragomeni 7:30 
- 9:00 p.m. each evening
February 9-10		Youth Choir "Lock In" 6 p.m.
February 10-11		Blessing of Married couples at all 
weekend Masses
February 10-11		Nominations for MQH Council of Catholic 
"Woman of the Year"
February 11		Ushers Luncheon 11:30 a.m.
February 12		Eucharistic Adoration 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
February 17		RE Family Mass 5 p.m.  Family Dinner and 
Game Night 6 p.m.
February 17-18		Nominations for MQH Council of Catholic 
"Woman of the Year"
February 20		Eucharistic Ministers Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
February 21		Ash Wednesday Mass: 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
                           	Prayer Service with Ashes 
12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

March 3-4		Election of MQH Council of Catholic "Woman 
of the Year"
March 4  		Family Mass 8:30 a.m.
March 20		CCW Tea and program on Interior Decorating 
7:30 p.m.
March 24-25		Easter Food Collection at all Masses
March 26		Sort food for Food Baskets 7:30 p.m. in 
March 30		Distribution of Easter Baskets to Needy 6:30 
p.m. in Church
		Grand Raffle at 11:45 a.m.

April 3	Bishop Thomas Gambeson of Detroit here to talk 
about Peacemaking at 7 p.m., followed by Parish 
Lenten Reconciliation Service at 8 p.m.
April 5                	Holy Thursday Mass at 7:30 p.m.
April 6		RE Living Stations 3 p.m.
                           	Good Friday Service at 7:30 
April 7		Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m.
April 8		Easter Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. 
and at 12:30 p.m.
April 14		RE First Communion Retreat 9-11 a.m.
April 15 	Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: 
Introduce cast and kick off ticket sales 10:30
		Treble Choir Concert (All girls) 12:30 p.m.
April 21-22	Carnation Orders taken this weekend and next in 
memory of mothers deceased and living
April 22		Closing Mass for 50th Jubilee Year at 10:30 
		Drawing of 50th Anniversary Raffle Winner 
April 29		Family Mass and First Communion Small Group 
10:30 a.m. 

May 5		First Communion Mass Large Group 11 a.m.
May 6		First Communion Small Group 10:30 a.m. Mass
May 12		8th grade Confirmation Celebration 5 p.m. 
May 13		May Crowning 10:30 Mass
May 21		Adult Ed. Scripture Study begins "The 

June 8		Joseph performance 7:30 p.m. Church
June 9		Joseph performance 7:30 p.m. Church
June 19		Women of the Year Dinner 7 p.m.

	Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool registration continues!  
Please see our website at and contact 
the parish office for more information and registration.  

	Preschool tours scheduled on request.

Eucharistic Adoration

	The Worship Commission would like to thank all who have 
been able to come and spend some time with Our Lord during our 
days of adoration.  
	For those who haven't had the opportunity, if there's 
anything you need to thank or praise God for, to express sorrow 
for, or to ask for, know that He waits for you to come and spend 
some time with Him present in the monstrance at our next Day of 
Eucharistic Adoration.  
	Due to the parish mission, this will be on Monday, February 
12th, from 9 AM to 7 PM.  The day of prayer closes with 
Benediction at 7:00 PM.  All are invited to join us any time 
during the day and for Benediction.
		The Worship Commission

- Journey Of Faith-
Small Faith Community 

at Mary Queen of Heaven

The Tuesday afternoon Community, Journey Of Faith, would like to 
welcome new members.  Would that be you?

*	   Not a Bible study group, although Scripture is a key 
*	   Not a social group, even though socializing and caring for 
one another as friends is very important
*	   Not a prayer group, but prayer is its foundation
*	   Not a ministry committee, but service is a vital aspect of 
community life.

A Small Faith Community is all of these. It is an opportunity to 
come together in a manner similar to the very first Christians 
almost 2,000 years ago, in each other's homes.  A small church 
within a larger one.  

How can you tell if this is for you?  
Call Monica Babcock at 630-279-4844 

Back to Parish Bulletin Page