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

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: or visit the Diocesan website at

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 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 
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.

	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 
	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 

	Questions? Contact Mrs. Gusloff at (630)-832-4348 or

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 
    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, 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  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 
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 

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 
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 

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 

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-

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: 
 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 

	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 for more information.
Sincerely in Christ,
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 

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