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

Pictured are our catechumen, Jess Nelson (tall man on left), with Bishop Sartain and his sponsor Gary Regan. This picture was taken at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond when our RCIA team went with Jess for the Rite of Election.

As I write to you, I am making plans to be away for the weekend. Many of you know that I have been a doctoral candidate at Catholic Theological Union for what is now far too many years! Finally, I am hoping to graduate this spring. The first complete draft of my thesis is due to my committee readers by March 15. After that, there will be a series of revisions recommended by these readers, then my thesis director, and the final project will be done sometime in April so that I can finally graduate in May! In order to meet that first March 15 deadline, however, I still have a lot to do. So, I will be hard at work on this over the weekend. I would like to thank Deacon Tom and Mimi Wolak for their extra help while I am writing at the Mundelein retreat house during these days.

We continue with our Lenten theme of "Go Make A Difference," with a new addition to our bulletin. Derrick StaRosa has written our first "Go Make A Difference" article, sharing with us how he has been moved to do something to make a difference in the world. I would like to invite any of you, whether an adult or child, to consider sending in an article like this for one of the upcoming bulletins. As we learned well during our parish mission, the testimony of fellow parishioners can be very moving.

Speaking of invitations, as I mentioned at last weekend's Masses, our diocesan Chrism Mass will be coming up soon. This is a special Mass held during Monday of Holy Week (April 2) at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. It is the Mass at which the blessing of the holy oils that are used in every parish takes place. These are: the Oil of the Sick, which is used in the Sacrament of the Sick; the Oil of Catechumens, which is used at Baptism; and the Oil of Sacred Chrism, which is used at Baptism, Confirmation, and at ordination to Holy Orders. Each year, every parish in the diocese sends representatives to the Chrism Mass to receive their holy oils for the year.

This is a very beautiful Mass, with a great procession of the oils, some carried to the altar in great baskets held by people walking two-by-two, some people dressed in various ethnic costumes. Some baskets are carried on the heads of those in African dress. All the priests and deacons of the diocese are present, along with all of the bishops. It is a most beautiful celebration and one really gets the sense of being together with the whole diocesan church.

Each year, I receive 6 tickets for parishioners to attend. It is tradition here that catechumens, candidates, and any members of the RCIA team who have not gone previously receive the first tickets. This year, I will still have three parishioner tickets available and we will have a drawing next weekend to pull the names of three more people to attend. Please consider putting your name in the basket next weekend. You would really enjoy this celebration. Those who are going will meet at the parish house at 5 pm for soup and sandwiches, and then we will drive together to the cathedral. After the Mass, we have continued Father Barrett's tradition of going out for ice cream afterwards. So, it will be a full and joyful evening!

National Child Identification Program

Recently, I received a letter from the FBI. I was very excited to get the letter because I thought that they had somehow learned of my lifetime secret desire to be an FBI agent! (It has occurred to me that because of my religious vocation, I've always been attracted to mystery!)

However, the letter had nothing to do with me personally! Rather, I was being addressed as a religious leader about the FBI's National Child Identification Program. Churches, mosques, and synagogues are being asked to participate in this program, which is the largest faith-based child safety initiative in our nation's history.

When my own children were young, I remember child finger-printing programs that were available but there was always controversy about the implications of law enforcement agencies keeping fingerprint records of our children. This FBI program, however, provides for kits that parents can keep in their own homes to store fingerprint and DNA information on their children. It is then up to the parents to turn the records over to law enforcement in case of emergency.

I want to make this program available to our families. The cost to parents for this kit varies depending upon how many kits we order. I would say, however, that if parents wish to send in $6.60 for each child, this should cover the cost for shipping and handling, based on our ordering 50-99 kits. You can send your check in to the parish office, or drop it off at Religious Ed. If you are a grandparent, you might also consider ordering a kit for each of your grandchildren. There is no parish interest in this program other than protecting children. Please make your check out to Mary Queen of Heaven and we will send in one check for all those who pay in this way. If there are more than 100 kits ordered, the cost is about $2 less and we will be happy to refund the difference to you. We will wait until April 1st to send in our parish order. After that date, parents can still order kits on their own.

While I'm on the subject of the FBI, I have heard that we have several FBI agents who are members of our parish. I would like to thank all of you who serve our country in this way. I live my secret dream vicariously through you! I only know one of you, Bob Walker, who has kindly volunteered time with his friends to do painting for us in the school building. Thanks to Bob and all of the other dedicated folks who have been helping with continuing efforts to beautify our school building. This is one wonderful way of helping to make a difference for others!

Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

Parish News

	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.

Stations of the Cross
Friday, March 10, at 7:30 PM

	Stations of the Cross are being held in Church during the 
Fridays of Lent.  Perhaps you and your family could make a 
special effort to attend this devotion.

"Woman of the Year" Election
This Weekend, March 3 & 4

	An insert with the  names of the nominees with a short 
biography of each is in today's bulletin.  Please take a few 
minutes to review this and vote for the candidate of your choice.  
All parishioners, ages 18 and older, are invited to vote for the 
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.  

Religious Education News

	Our annual collection of Easter Basket items for Marillac 
House continues on all the Wednesdays of Lent. There will be a 
"basket" in the hall of school for donations of small stuffed 
animals, candy, toys, anything that would be appropriate for an 
Easter Basket. Please be generous.

Are you being called to be a catechist? 
	Every year there are catechists who cannot return for one 
reason or another. I am sure that this year will be no different. 
So if you have always wondered what goes on in the building after 
you drop your children off, this is the perfect time to stop by 
and say "Hi." Remember you don't have to be a theologian; you 
just have to love children, love your faith and want to share it. 
We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Mark your calendar:
	Saturday, Mar. 10 - Confirmation Final Interviews -  		
					9 a.m. to Noon in school.

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

Christian Worship Commission

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 (1-877-HOPE-4ME).

L.O.S.S. - 10 Session Group

	The L.O.S.S. (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) 
Program provides services to those who are grieving a death by 
suicide of a family member or close friend.  Eight weekly 
sessions and 2 monthly follow-up meetings for those grieving the 
death of a loved one will be offered.  Meetings are held from 7 
to 9 p.m. at the:

Offices of Catholic Charities
(Diocese of Joliet),  26 West St. Charles Rd. Lombard

Mondays, March 19 thru May 7,
June 4 and July 9

	We need at least 10 people signed up to convene a group. 
Call 1-800-240-7011 to register or for additional information.  
The deadline to register is March 14.     L.O.S.S. is a program 
provided by Catholic Charities.

Community News

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
	Pat Caffarelli			Rose Caffarelli	
	Kathy Calzante			Cosmore Ciancio	
	Dennis Ciancio			Geroge Cibula
	Paul Cirone			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			Mary Piszczor		
	Raymond Mitchell		Fred Moss			
	Mary Sabel Oye			Geri Pstrzoch		
	Baby Faith Reid			Robert Restivo		
	Vera Rossiano			Agnes Sabel		
	Patricia Sabel			Joaquina Scroppo	
	Jess Smith				Mary Spierowski	
	Rachael Thompson

Rest In Peace
Margaret Conroy		Nancy Rentner

	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.

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

Encounter With God's Call

	Encounter With God's Call, held March 24-26 at Conception 
Seminary College, is a discernment retreat for young men age 16 
and older who are considering the vocation to priesthood.  This 
is an excellent opportunity to meet the seminarians as they share 
their stories of responding to God's call.  This visit is free.  

	For more information, please contact your Pastor or Fr. 
Burke Masters, the Joliet Diocese Vocation Director at 
815.834.4004/ or Conception Seminary College at 

Christ The King Parish
St. Joseph Table

	Christ the King Parish will hold its annual St. Joseph 
Table on Sunday, March 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in their school 
gymnasium, 115 E. 15th Street, Lombard.

	The tradition behind this event is the offering of simple 
food dishes in return for a free-will donation.  All the proceeds 
go to the needy and less fortunate.  It's a great opportunity to 
gather with family, friends and neighbors.  It is also an 
opportunity to enjoy good food, take a chance on a raffle prize, 
share your generosity and help someone in need.  For further 
information, please call the rectory at 630-639-1717, X16.

	This past Sunday Jesse Nelson moved from being a catechumen 
to being called THE ELECT.  This is the final stage of formation 
prior to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, 
Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.  It is the duty 
of the parish community to support those seeking the Sacraments 
of Initiation.  The assembly gathered at the 10:30 Mass witnessed 
Jess signing the Book of the Elect and spoke for the community at 
large by affirming our support of Jess through prayer and 
Christian example. We look forward to the time when Jess and our 
candidates, Beth Wrobel and Jerry Cote, will join us at the 
Eucharistic table!

	Special thank you goes to Mary Nanak for helping set up the 
luncheon for the RCIA folks prior to our trip to the cathedral 
and to Ellen and Don Walker, as well as the Cote family for 
helping with clean up! 

Diocese of Joliet
Job Opening

Freelance Writer /Photographer


The Freelance writer/photographer is responsible for covering 
events, writing the news and feature stories, and taking 
photographs for the diocesan newspaper.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Discusses story length and format with Editor or Assistant 
Conducts interviews and writes news and feature articles.
Covers new events throughout the diocese.
Writes photo captions.
Verifies accuracy of questionable facts and obtains supplemental 
material and additional details
Organizes material and writes story conforming to specified 
length, style, and format requirements.


Bachelor's degree in journalism; or related field with prior print 
medium/newspaper experience preferred. Excellent writing and 
interviewing skills. Ability to work under pressing deadlines. 
Familiarity with AP style book. Knowledge of photography. Working 
Knowledge of the Catholic Church. Must have transportation, digital 
camera and ability to transmit completed assignment (text and 
photographs) electronically. Writing sample required.

Working Conditions:

Independent contractor position. Un-benefited. Flexible schedule 
necessary to cover frequent evening and weekend work according to 
news loads. Compensation based on assignment; mileage included.

	For Questions, Contact:

	Michael A. Svach
	St. Charles Center
	402 S. Independence Blvd.
	Romeoville, IL 60446

	Description or application at

Brand New Evening Yoga Class

Recommended for ages 15 to 75
(however, everyone is welcome)

Increase your flexibility, strength, 
and decrease your stress.
It is about balance, strength, and mobility.
Four Wednesday nights in March
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

$4 per class ($6 for families)
Call Debbie styka at 941-7224 or email (Minimum class size 4 persons)

Please bring a non-slip yoga mat if you have one.
Required: comfortable clothing, socks that can come off

St. Alexander Parish Mission

	Father Brian Walker, OP will give the Parish Lent 2007 
Mission at St. Alexander Parish in Villa Park on March 19, 20 and 
21 at 7:30 p.m.  Services will be in the Parish Hall due to 
refurbishing work taking place in the church.  The theme of the 
Mission is "God's Mercy and Love."  Visitors are most welcome.

St. Petronille Parish 
Dinner and Discourse Series

Growing In Our Relationship With Christ

Featured Speaker:  Bishop Peter Sartain

Friday, March 23, 2007

Dinner:  6:30 p.m. /Speaker: 7:15 p.m.
St. Petronille Parish Life Center
420 Glenwood, Glen Ellyn

	To register, call Adele Lessmeister 630-469-0404, ext. 
2107, or Email 
Registration fee:  $10 per person, $25 per family.
RSVP by Friday, March 16.

Elmhurst Catholic M.O.M.S.

	Elmhurst Catholic M.O.M.S. (Moms Offering Moms Support) is 
a social and spiritual organization that provides an opportunity 
for mothers of young children from Elmhurst Catholic parishes to 
meet other mothers.  M.O.M.S meets in Msgr. Plunkett Hall, lower 
level of the Immaculate Conception chapel, from 9:30 to 11:00 

	Erin go braugh! On Thursday March 8, celebrate the luck of 
the Irish at EC MOMS St. Patrick's Day party! There will be 
plenty of Irish music and loads of fun. Everyone is Irish at this 
St. Patrick's Day party! 

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 at our next Day of Eucharistic 
Adoration, Monday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The day of 
adoration and prayer closes with Benediction at 7:00 p.m.  All 
are invited to join us any time during the day as well as for 
Benediction.  			The Worship Commission

Immaculate Conception Parish

Is hosting Matthew Kelly for
Three unforgettable evenings:
"Becoming the-Best-Version-of-Yourself"

	Join us, March 25, 26, and 27, as we welcome 
internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times best-selling 
author, Matthew Kelly.  With his keen sense of humor and heart-
warming charm, Kelly has been effortlessly elevating and 
energizing audiences in more than 50 countries for the past 
decade.  Matthew Kelly will discuss God's dream for us to become 
"the-best-version-of-ourselves" and the role that our 
relationships and our faith play in the quest to discover lasting 

	Each night, Kelly will present a different talk.  Each 
presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last for approximately 
one hour.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Located at 134 Arthur, at the corner of Arthur and York

Go Make a Difference:
Transforming Words to Action
By Derrick StaRosa
	After our Parish Mission with Father Fragomeni, I started 
to reflect on how I could make a difference in our Community.  At 
first, it almost seemed to be an opportunity that would be too 
monumental to transform from words into action.  But, I also 
remember one of Confucius's most famous and inspirational sayings 
that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".  
Many times, we look too hard and forget that making a difference 
is closer to home than we expect.  The documentary "An 
Inconvenient Truth" has received a lot of attention and I 
recently viewed it to determine firsthand what the excitement is 
all about.  It sends the message that we need to take care of one 
of God's gift to us: our planet Earth.
	I wanted to combine our Mission with the documentary so I 
started to observe my behavior and determine how I can make a 
difference.  March 2007 marks my 5th year living in Elmhurst and I 
can count in one hand the number of times that I have walked to 
Mass.  The odd part about this is that I only live two blocks 
from Mary Queen of Heaven.  The other thing that I noticed about 
my household is that I have a recycling bin at the bottom of my 
deck, which perhaps has been used twice!  Like any situation that 
requires change, I asked myself three questions: 1) do I want to 
change; 2) why am I doing it this way; and 3) what would it take 
for me to change?  Well the answer to these three questions is 1) 
I do want to change; 2) I do what I do because it takes time to 
walk to Mass and it takes time to actively recycle; and 3) for me 
to change would require using the tools that I already had to 
begin with.
	Win - win situations are difficult to find but in this 
particular case, it was a slam dunk for the home team.  I am on 
the tail end of a bad cold but soon, I will be walking to Mary 
Queen of Heaven.  It's going to be a wonderful change because I 
can now see God's gift of nature to me as opposed to experiencing 
it at 25 miles per hour.  Also, I now recycle all my newspapers, 
bottles, cans, plastic containers and even take my plastic bags 
back to the grocery store, where it too can be recycled.  Deep 
inside, I believe we all know that conserving energy and reducing 
waste makes a difference and in the long run, the efforts of many 
will go a very long way.  In closing, I encourage all of us to 
either start or to continue to be good Stewards to one of God's 
greatest gift to us: Earth.

Watch for information about the MQH 
50th Anniversary Committee Raffle

Tickets will be sold next weekend after Masses.

First prize will be $10,000.

Drawing on Sunday, April 22, in Barrett Hall
following the 50th Anniversary closing Mass.

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