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

Once again l am happy to share the news that I am going to be a grandmother - again! This is little Emma, daughter of my second son Jason and his wife Briana. Jason and Briana live in North Carolina and are expecting their first child on July 15. This will be the first girl for us all!

This ultrasound picture was taken when Briana was 20 weeks pregnant. As with my first grandchild Jameson, I am glad to have the chance to share these pictures - not only because I am a proud and happy Grandma - but also because they are a reminder to us all of God's gift of life, which is precious from the moment of conception. I also think that it is good for children to see pictures like this, to get an idea of how babies develop within their mother's wombs.

Where does sharing about a new baby fit into Lent? Unless we have new babies in our families or we are regularly involved with them in some way, babies are probably not on our mind too much these days. We are now far away from Christmas, when we celebrated God being born into the world as a baby, like Emma will be born to our family in July. In Lent, we do not really think of the baby Jesus as much as we think of Jesus the teacher, Jesus the preacher-story-teller, Jesus the healer of the blind man and healer of the woman at the well. In fact, we are quickly approaching Holy Week, when we will remember the passion and death of Jesus as a young man who gave his life for us out of love. Spiritually speaking, we have moved far away from singing about the infant Jesus so tender and mild.

Yet, being reminded of babies during Lent is a good thing. There could be no Lent, no anticipation of the resurrection of Jesus, no hope of eternal life, unless Jesus had begun his life on earth as a baby. I am reminded, as I write these words, of the time when I went to California for the birth of my first grandchild. A few days after Jameson was born, I remember peeking at his baby book that was laid open on the kitchen table. My daughter-in-law Jessica had written to her newborn son about where his "journey first began." Jessica is a loving and insightful young mother who knows that no matter where this child's life leads, this very beginning of life is so important. She wanted Jameson to know when he grows up that he was wanted and loved from the time of his conception. She wanted Jameson to know later in his life that whatever mystery is part of his life's journey, this is where it all began, as a tiny infant child.

Remembering the beginning of Jesus' life can help us enter more deeply into the mystery of his journey, as we prepare to enter Holy Week next weekend on Palm Sunday. Remembering the beginning of life can also help us to remember that one of the purposes of the season of Lent is to remember our baptism, the beginning of our lives as Christians. Our Christian journey had its beginning when our parents accepted for us the invitation from God for new birth in the life of Jesus - life which is borne out of love and which gives itself to others out of love. As Christians, we are all baptized into the birth and death of Christ and we all share in his journey. In this last week of Lent, let us remember that our baptism calls us to make a difference in the world. More than our parish Lenten theme, this is our very calling, by virtue of our baptism.

And let us never fail to rejoice at the birth of a child, each one a reminder to us of God's love and the miracle of life. Little Emma is already a part of the life of our family. We eagerly await her birth!

Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator


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).

National Catholic Singles Conference

	Join over 500 men and women for the 3rd National Catholic 
Singles Conference, April 27-29, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 
Schaumburg, IL.  The weekend includes talks by dynamic national 
speakers (including Matthew Kelly, Fr. Thomas Loya), social 
events with singles from all over the country, times of prayer 
and more.  

	Early registration through March 15.  Space is limited - it 
sold out the last 2 years!  For more information or to register, 
visit or call 815-828-5094.

Immaculate Conception Parish

Is hosting Matthew Kelly for
Three unforgettable evenings:
"Becoming the-Best-Version-of-Yourself"
March 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m.  

	Each night, Kelly will present a different talk.  
Each presentation will last for approximately one hour.

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

In the World and with Each Other

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 

	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.

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).

	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.

Parish News

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 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 
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.

Parish News

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.

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

	Wednesday, March 28, will be the last day of our annual 
collection of Easter Basket items for Marillac House.  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 is no exception. We 
only have a short time left of this RE year, 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.

Christian Education Commission

St. Vincent DePaul
Lenten Food Collection
This Weekend, March 24 and 25

	We are collecting non-perishable food items, paper products 
hand soap and laundry detergent.

	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.

	The food and gift certificates will be distributed to needy 
families in our community for Easter on Friday, March 30, at 6:30 

	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.

Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 30, 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.

Eucharistic Adoration
	Why do we offer monthly Eucharistic Adoration at Mary Queen 
of Heaven? THE HOLY FATHER ASKED FOR IT!!! ...Pope John Paul II 
said: "The encouragement and the deepening of Eucharistic worship 
are proofs of that authentic renewal which the [Vatican] Council 
set itself as an aim, and of which they are the central point. 
The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic 
worship. Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love. Let us be 
generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in 
contemplation... May our adoration never cease." This is what  
Eucharistic Adoration is.... 
	For those who haven't had the opportunity, Lent is a 
perfect time.  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, Monday, 
April 2, 2007 from 9 AM to 7 PM.  The day of adoration and prayer 
closes with Benediction at 7:00 PM.  All are invited to join us 
any time during the day, as well as for Benediction.  We are in 
need of people to sign up for an hour of adoration.  Please see 
the large sign-up poster in the back of church.			
	The Worship Commission

Mentors Needed for Transitional
Housing Program in DuPage County

	Catholic Charities is sponsoring a three-session training 
course for persons interested in becoming volunteer mentors for 
families who were previously homeless and are now participating 
in Catholic Charities' Transitional Housing Programs in DuPage 
County.  Mentors work directly with families, supporting them and 
helping them meet daily challenges.  Volunteer mentors should be 
compassionate, non-judgmental, respectful and sensitive to the 
confidentiality required in order to preserve the dignity of the 

	Training sessions are free and will be held on three 
consecutive Wednesday evenings:  April 11, 18, 25, 2007 from 
7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Catholic Charities office located at:   26 
W. St. Charles Road, Lombard. 

	To register for the training, or for more information on 
Catholic Charities Transitional Housing ministries, please call 
630.495.8008.  Please register before April 9. 

Easter Egg Hop-N-Grab

Saturday April 7

	Donations are needed for this very fun and festive event.  
Donations of time and materials are necessary to make this event 
a success.  Children and families are welcome to join in on the 
fun.  The Hop-N-Grab will take place on the parish grounds on 
Holy Saturday after the blessing of the baskets at about 11:00 
a.m.  It is a great way to spend time with your children, 
grandchildren and neighbors.  Please consider helping out with 
this fun-filled day.
	Donations needed by Wed. April 4.  Please bring them to 
church or RE class. Contact Kathy Rhea @ 776-1608 or Wendy Krafky 
@ 559-4044. To volunteer your time, please call Sandy Ondrla @ 
941-1044 or Genet Pinkerton @ 220-6521.

Have you ever thought 
about supporting vocations?

You can support the cause for vocations in other ways, such as 
attending a monthly vocation Mass and dinner at St. Petronille 
Parish in Glen Ellyn. 

Please contact Ron Beaumont at 630-858-4646 or

University of St. Francis
Ready for the next level?
Tuesday, March 27, at 3-7 p.m.
Attend our Spring Open House if you are considering: 
*	transferring from a community college
*	completing your Bachelor's Degree
*	pursuing a Graduate Degree
*	completing advanced Certification.
RSVP  Today!   800-735-7500 or 

Caring for Families of Persons 
with Mental Illness

Saturday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

At Alexian Brothers Medical Center: Conference Center
In Elk Grove Village

Free Registration!  Call Maxine Goldstein
By April 15th at 847-952-7464.

Sponsored by Alexian Center for Mental Health and Chicago 
Archdiocesan Mental Illness Ministry

Attention Male Parishioners

	All male parishioners of Mary Queen of Heaven, 18 years or 
older, are members of our Men's Group. Please come and join us at 
our monthly meeting and/or get on our e-mail list. Call or e-mail 
Mike Launius (phone: 630-941-8773; email:  
Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Learn How to Weave Palms and learn
the Art of Russian Orthodox Egg Painting

	If you wish to learn about weaving palms and the art of 
Russian Orthodox egg painting, come to Barrett Hall after the 
10:30 Mass on Palm Sunday.  Rosalie & Milt Honel will demonstrate 
weaving palms into crosses and Marie & Alex Grozik will 
demonstrate the Art of Russian Orthodox egg painting.  Both of 
these crafts are traditions in many parts of the world.  Rosalie 
learned the craft many years ago and Alex's family has been 
involved with egg dying for many years.  See next week's bulletin 
for more information.

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