Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood or religious life? If so, contact Fr. Burke Masters, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Joliet at 815-834-4004 or via e-mail at: Frburke23@aol.com or visit the Diocesan website at www.vocations.com The Joyful Again! Retreat/Workshop program for widowed men and women For information call 1-708-354-7211 Parish News Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool registration continues! Please see our website at www.maryqueenpreschool.org and contact the parish office for more information and registration. Preschool tours scheduled on request. Stations of the Cross Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. 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. 50th Anniversary Closing Mass & Raffle Our year-long 50th anniversary Celebration will culminate on Sunday, April 22, 2007, with a special liturgy being celebrated by Bishop Roger Kaffer at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. As we draw this Anniversary Year to a close, we invite you not only to join us at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on April 22 but also to participate in our final event, a 50th Anniversary Raffle. The Raffle Proceeds will be used to lower our parish deficit. Only 250 tickets will be sold and the winner need not be present. The odds of winning a Raffle Prize are great! The Ticket Donation is $100. Each ticket contains 10 slots so that the cost of the ticket can be divided with as many as 10 people if you choose. 1st Prize $10,000 2nd Prize $2,000 3rd Prize $1,000 The Drawing will take place on April 22nd in Barrett Hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Refreshments will be served. Please consider helping us make this final event a success and an enjoyable occasion for all. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to participate in the Raffle. Tickets will be available this weekend in the vestibule of church or can be obtained by contacting the Parish Office or one of the 50th Anniversary Committee members: Sheila Reiter (833- 6657), Ellen Walker (279-4021), Dick Reed (834-4840), Phylis Twardowski (279-6239), or Mary White (833-9809). 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 Kathy Filipiak Cecilia Garstki Mary Goggins Mary Hagerty Anna Heffel Jen Huwalt Tom Huwalt Michelle Humann Maureen James Kathy Johnston Irene Kmieciak Bernadette Kohn Anne Kostas 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 John Unger Rest In Peace Margaret DeBeaux Patrick Monahan Edward Owca 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. Market Day Orders for March are due Monday, March 19, at noon. Turn in your order form in the box in the back of church or at the rectory. Pickup on Saturday, March 24, 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. Next Bible Study - Psalms We will soon be wrapping up our study of Exodus in time to prepare for our own Pascha or Passover to new life in Jesus with our Easter Celebration. Our next study will be Psalms. These psalms are the same songs of faith that we use every Mass in the "Responsorial" portion of the Mass. Learn how our Hebrew ancestors in faith used these prayers. We will begin the week of May 21 and conclude the week of July 9, skipping the week of July 4. More information will be coming after Easter but if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to be a facilitator, please call one of the committee people; Lynn Suwanski at 530-2523 or Alex and Marie Grozik at 530-0503. Prayer of Hope Dear God, Please help all soldiers, their families and everyone hurt by war. Help them know that You are taking care of them always. Help them know that I care about them. Give them hope. Give them encouragement. Bring them peace. Bring us all peace. Amen. One of our 4th grade Religious Education classes has organized an amazing Service Project-a Chain of Hope and Prayer. In the back of church by the Peace Table, you'll see some containers and paper. Please write the name of anyone you know who is affected by war on one of the pieces of paper. It could be a soldier, the family or friends of a soldier or anyone who has been hurt by war. Put the piece of paper in one of the containers and the 4th graders will make a chain of these names and offer their prayers for these people. This Chain will be displayed by the Peace Table as a testament to our belief that prayer is a powerful tool. You may also write a prayer or thought on one of the pieces of paper to add to our chain. Please feel free to take a copy of the Prayer of Hope the class wrote as well. This project has been very meaningful for our class. Thank you for your participation and support. Mary Jean Adkins Cheryl DeSantis Parents of Confirmation Candidates: Please note that Confirmation will be celebrated at the Parish on Saturday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. Religious Education News Our annual collection of Easter Basket items for Marillac House is continuing on the remaining Wednesdays of Lent. There is a "basket" in the hall of school for donations of small stuffed animals, candy, toys, etc, anything that would be appropriate for an Easter Basket. Please be generous. Your donations will make the children of the near West Side very happy on Easter morning. 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: Wednesday, Mar. 28 - No Class - Spring Break Good Friday, April 6 - Living Stations - 3:00PM Saturday, April 14 - First Communion Retreat 9-11AM in School If you have any questions or need more information, please call Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962. Tea and Interior Decorating Discussion in Barrett Hall, the Council of Catholic Women is planning an "Evening Tea" and an in -depth look at Interior Decorating. Serene from "Serene Teaz" in Wheaton will join us to tell us of the various types of teas and their health benefits. Many teas will be available for purchase along with a variety of tea pots and cups w/saucers. Tea, mini sandwiches and cookies will be served after Serene's talk. While enjoying a cup of tea (coffee, wine, or pop for those who aren't "tea totalers") JoAnn Madden of "Mon Petit Chateau" will cover topics from color choices, room layouts, window treatments and more. She will also tackle some problem rooms from our own members. If you'd like help with a room in your home, call JoAnn prior to the 15th of March (833-7336) so that your room can be included in our program. All ladies of the parish are invited to come and join in this delightful evening. So that we may plan our theme tables and refreshments, please fill in the reservation form in the bulletin or calling Sr. Marlene (279-5700) to let her know you are planning to attend. Attention All 5th-8th Graders! It's time to start signing up for Mary Queen's annual lock- in! The lock-in is a fun experience, where 5th-8th graders spend time with high school and adult leaders. The overnight includes prayer, games, food, meditation, singing, t-shirt, craft, service and much more. The Lock-in is 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday March 14, and there is a fee of $15. (If you are unable to pay the $15 fee, this will not hinder your ability to participate in the Lock-in). Anyone in grades 5th-8th can attend. Permission slips can be found in the RE office, or from Kathleen Gusloff. All permission slips must be turned in by Friday March 23rd. Questions? Contact Mrs. Gusloff at (630)-832-4348 or firstname.lastname@example.org Lenten Food Collection Our St. Vincent DePaul food collection will be held the weekend of March 24 and 25. The food will be distributed to needy families in our community for Easter on Friday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. We are collecting non-perishable items of canned vegetables, fruit, soup, pasta, rice, spaghetti sauce, prepared foods, coffee, tea, juice, boxed cake mixes, peanut butter, jelly, paper products (Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels), hand soap and laundry detergent. Boxes will be available in the church vestibule to accept your donations. If you wish to donate a ham, we ask that you please purchase Jewel or Dominick certificates and put them in an envelope indicating that they are for the purchase of a ham. The envelopes can be placed in the collection basket or turned in at the parish office. These certificates will be distributed with the food baskets to the families. If you have an hour or two to spare, we could use your help sorting the food for the Easter baskets on Monday evening, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Please call Sheila Reiter at 833-6657 to offer your help. Parish News Fellowship Sunday Today, Sunday, March 18 After 10:30 a.m. Mass Sponsored by Religious Education All are invited to join us Go Make A Difference By Mary Ann Reed At the end of our recent parish mission when I was asked to make a commitment to "make a difference", I decided that I needed to re- dedicate myself to speaking up for those who have no voice, specifically through my work on the Peace and Justice Committee. For almost two years I have been in contact with a group named "Save Darfur," a faith based effort to stop the genocide taking place in Darfur (Sudan). Then came the parish mission and my promise to "make a difference". Almost immediately, an opportunity to fulfill this promise was presented to me. God does work in strange and wondrous ways. I was informed abut a gathering at St. Petronille's in Glen Ellyn, where it would be possible to meet with and hear the stories of some people who had fled Sudan and other parts of the world to escape torture and death. What I heard there left me unable to speak. One young man who fled Darfur about nine years ago (even before this most recent series of atrocities) spoke passionately about the need for the international community to continue to put political and economic pressure on the government of Sudan to "stop the genocide" (his words). What was most moving for me was the terminology used by this very articulate young man. Although I am sure it is a question of translation into the American idiom, I was struck by his reference to his neighborhood, school, friends, family, and other countrymen as having been "dismissed". He means that they are simply no longer there, forever lost. His repeated use of the word "dismissed" haunts me still. How easy it is to "dismiss" these human beings and their terrible plight from our awareness. There is just too much else to think about. If I am to "make a difference" I may not allow these brothers and sisters of mine to be simply "dismissed." I have recommitted myself to this cause, and I will tell anyone who will listen-and even those who don't want to listen-this story of overwhelming human tragedy. We cannot simply wait for another Hollywood film like "Hotel Rwanda" to shake us out of our complacency after the damage is done. How can YOU help? For starters, visit the Joliet Diocese website for justice at www.paxjoliet.org, follow the link for legislative advocacy, and put yourself on their email list for crucial alerts on this topic. To learn about the plight of those who flee to refugee camps and how you can respond to their needs, log onto Catholic Relief Services at www.crs.org. Many voices raised together can and will "make a difference". Editor's note: Neal Styka, who is also a member of the MQH Peace and Justice Committee, has been active in work to Save Darfur at Marquette University, where he is a student. We are hoping to have a presentation on Darfur at our parish sometime in the near future. Parish Bulletin Deadline Due to the Holy Week Schedule, items for the Easter bulletin of April 8 must be in the parish office by Noon on Thursday, March 29. William Ferris Chorale Paul French, Music Director and MQH Parishioner An American Sampler Friday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 690 W. Belmont, Chicago Join us as we explore some of our all-time favorites including Leonard Bernstein's thrilling Missa Brevis and the world premiere of Paul French's Prayer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Call for Tickets: 773-325-2000 Mary Queen of Heaven High School Treble Concert Sunday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. Mary Queen of Heaven Church Mary Queen of Heaven's High School Treble Choir will be performing a free concert on Sunday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. in church. The concert will last approximately 45 minutes. Mary Queen of Heaven's High School Treble Choir is an ecumenical choir open to young women of our community who are high school aged and have a true love of sacred music. This is an auditioned group. The group is directed by Molly Lindberg assisted by Tara Cappelletti. This outstanding group of young women have given generously of their musical gifts to praise His name. Please come and support them, and enjoy some exquisite music. Concert Program: O Sanctissima, Arranged by Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770-1827), edited by Alan J. Hommerding Rest Now in Me, Paul A. Tate Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You, Jay Althouse Eucaristica, Pablo Casals (1876 B 1973) Lacrymosa, from The Requiem, W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), Arranged by Russell Robinson Canon of Praise, from Kanon, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), Arranged by Hal H. Hopson Sign Me Up, Kevin Yancy and Jerome Metcalfe The Baby in Bethlehem, Raymond S. Beights Open My Eyes, Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739), Arranged by Dale Grotenhuis Days of Elijah, Robin Mark You Are Holy, Mark Imboden and Tammi Rhoton Sunday, April 15, is a big day for the Music Ministry at MQH. We will be introducing the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the 10:30 a.m. mass. The entire cast will sing the Post-Communion meditation that morning. So, come to Mass, stay for fellowship in Barrett Hall, and come on back into the church for the Mary Queen of Heaven High School Treble Concert. A Vocation View Jesus came to forgive. Since people continue to sin, we need people who will continue to forgive in Jesus' way. How about YOU? The Feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph March 17 and March 19 This weekend we celebrate the feast days of two well-known saints. March 17 is the Memorial of St. Patrick, and March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated day in Chicago. St. Patrick lived between 385 and 461 AD. He was born in the British Isles and came to Ireland in 435 after being ordained a bishop. St. Patrick is known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. He used the shamrock, the symbol greatly associated with him, in teaching the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit being three persons in one God. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades and an American-Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage. The tradition of parades on St. Patrick's Day started in Boston in the late 1700's. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a holy day. In 1910 the country began to adopt the American custom of parades. In the 1970's the national holiday of St. Patrick began to be celebrated with a parade in Dublin. Saint Joseph's Day is a Solemn Feast Day. St. Joseph is the foster father of Jesus and little is known about him, other than what is written in the Bible. We know that he was of the House of David, giving Jesus the same genealogy. He is the patron saint of many countries and dioceses. He is also the patron of the dying and of working people. His symbol is primarily carpenter tools. One legend that is tied to this day of celebration belongs to Sicily. In the middle ages Sicily was suffering from a famine. The whole country offered prayers to St. Joseph and the country was saved from famine. After the famine, the people held a special thanksgiving feast dedicated to St. Joseph for his support. This is known in the U.S. as a St. Joseph's Day Table. The table is filled with a multitude of Italian specialties, including a cream puff-type dessert called St. Joseph's Strufoli. The table is open to the whole community and in the U.S. a donation is sometimes given to the poor of the parish. An alternate feast day of St. Joseph is May 1, Joseph the Worker. Ellen Walker, Liturgy Committee Diocesan News Elmhurst Catholic M.O.M.S. M.O.M.S. (Moms Offering Moms Support) provides an opportunity for mothers of young children from Elmhurst Catholic parishes to meet other mothers. There are no membership fees and everyone is welcome. It's Safety Day for EC MOMS. Join us on Thursday March 22 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. as a member of the Elmhurst Police Department comes and speaks to us about how to make every day a safe day. We will also create safety kits for each child. This meeting will be in the Noah's Ark Room. University of St. Francis Adult, Graduate and Transfer Open House Tuesday, March 27 at 3-7 p.m. This event is perfect for adult students looking to return to college and continue their pursuit of a higher education degree, or those wishing to continue their current education journey. Those attending can learn about financial aid options and transfer scholarships, receive a credit evaluation from a counselor, talk to USF faculty and MUCH more. RSVP by calling 800-735-7500. Community News 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. Marianjoy Presentation: Caring for Your Aging Parents Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to offer this free panel discussion, which will include a Marianjoy physician who specializes in senior health, a psychologist and case manager well-versed in resources for the elderly, will take place on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will include practical information about what to expect physically and psychologically from aging parents and loved ones, along with help and information on available resources. Call to register at 630-909- 7102. Peacemaking: In the World and with Each Other At Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Tuesday, April 3 7:00 p.m. in the Church Special Guest: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Of Detroit, Michigan 7:00 p.m. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton will be speaking on: "Peacemaking: in the World and with Each Other." 8:00 p.m. This will be followed by our Lenten Reconciliation Service with Bishop Gumbleton preaching. Please join us for this special event on Tuesday of Holy Week, when we will have with us Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, recently retired Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Michigan. Bishop Gumbleton is an internationally known peacemaker. He serves with the U.N.'s World Conference on Religion and Peace and is founder of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace organization. At 7:00 p.m., Bishop Gumbleton will lead us in reflection upon peacemaking in our world and with each other. His talk will be followed at 8:00 p.m. by our Lenten Reconciliation Service. All are welcome. Communications from the Bishop Catholic Relief Services Dear Friends in Christ, In the story of the Last Judgment, Jesus reminds us to care for those in need. If we care for those who are hungry, thirsty, or ill, we act with compassion, generosity, and commitment to justice for the "least among us," we act s his true disciples. The Catholic Relief Services Collection is an important opportunity to express Christian compassion and generosity. The Collection theme, Jesus in disguise, reminds us of the presence of Christ in every one of our brothers and sisters in need. The Collection helps build the church's international social ministry by funding the work of five agencies. Catholic Relief Services, the official international relief and development agency of the Catholic community in the United States, assists people in 99 countries on the basis of need - not race, creed, or nationality. Catholic Relief Services creates opportunities for Catholics in the United States to live their faith in solidarity with poor people overseas by providing financial support and addressing the root causes of poverty. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., provides a full range of legal and support services to Catholic programs directly representing poor immigrants, and it advocates for comprehensive immigration reform. Its focus is on reunification of families and protection of those fleeing persecution or civil unrest. Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops annually resettles one quarter of the refugees admitted to the United States, serves victims of human trafficking, and provides advocacy for and pastoral care to many newcomers and persons on the move. Social Development and World Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops advocates for poor and vulnerable people and for international peace and justice. It works to build the capacity of the Church to respond to global concerns such as religious freedom, poverty, and hunger. The Holy Father's Relief Fund assists victims of natural disasters and other emergencies around the world. By giving to The Catholic Relief Services Collection, you are responding to Jesus in disguise. Thank you for your generosity. Please visit www.usccb.org/crscolletion for more information. Sincerely in Christ, (Signed) Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain Bishop of Joliet MQH Parish Pastoral Council Summary of January/February, 2007 Meetings Below is a summary of the PPC January and February, 2007 Meetings. The complete minutes are posted in the display case in the vestibule of the church. * The new Preventive Maintenance Schedule, for our entire campus, was explained by Les Otto, of our Buildings and Grounds Committee. * A program to reach out to inactive parishioners is being worked on. * In future years, when the 3rd Monday falls on National Holiday, Commission Meetings will be moved to the following Tuesday. * Our parish Lenten Reconciliation Service will be held on April 3rd. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton will be with us, speaking at 7 p.m. and the service will follow at 8 p.m. * The Living Stations will be performed by the 7th Grade on Good Friday, April 6th , at 3 p.m. * On April 22, Bishop Roger Kaffer will preside at our 50th closing Mass. There will be a special raffle in conjunction with the closing of the celebration. * The mid-year financial report was mailed to all parishioners. More financial information on the preschool will be published in April. ? We will begin evaluating progress on the first year of our three year parish plan. ? The PPC will begin hosting coffee and donuts on the first Sunday of the month after the 10:30 Mass. ? The Preschool Committee is transitioning to a School Board and its members were approved by the PPC. Preschool Parent members will be added to the School Board by September. After the first year, members will start rotating off and new members will be discerned to the School Board. Information about the School Board members will be published in an upcoming bulletin. ? Our new Technology Committee is finally being formed! We are still working on trying to form a Development Committee for the parish. MQH Parish Finance Council Notes 1 Mid-year Financial Reports ? These have been mailed to parishioners. We are moving in a positive direction and our operating deficit continues to be significantly reduced. We are grateful for the increase in Sunday contributions! As long as this continues, we should end the year better than projected. 2. Parish Pay: ? A monthly reminder will be put into the bulletin encouraging the use of Parish Pay. 3. Pre-School Activities: ? To date, 19 children are already registered for the Preschool and we have some on a waiting list for a second three day classroom. The start-up costs for furnishing the first classroom have been raised and this week, we received a $4,000.00 donation to begin furnishing the second classroom. Other fundraising and grant applications continue, as well. It is an exciting time. ? Now that our own parish preschool will be opening, we are trying to get back on the list for sound abatement funds. The sound abatement program is coming to a close and we do not know if we will be successful but we are doing everything we can to make our appeal. 4. Budget Preparation ? We are beginning the process for determining next year's budget. Each Commission will be asked to provide a budget for their activities for Fiscal Year 2007/2008. As was emphasized last year, this process involves planning and accountability.
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