A Vocation View When Jesus comes into your life, grab something and wave it. Show your joy, your happiness; your dream is fulfilled. Tell others: Jesus is here! 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. 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 for purchase this weekend and next weekend in the vestibule of church, and will be available on Easter Sunday weekend in "Mary's Gathering space. They can also 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). Peacemaking: 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 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. Easter Egg Hop-N-Grab Saturday, April 7 HELP! Donations are needed for this 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 at 776-1608 or Wendy Krafky at 559-4044. To volunteer your time, please call Sandy Ondrla at 941-1044 or Genet Pinkerton at 220-6521. Parish News Learn How to Weave Palms and learn the Art of Russian Orthodox Egg Designing, Today. We will have a demonstration on palm weaving and the art of Russian Orthodox egg designing in the school after the 10:30 Mass today, Palm Sunday. If you wish to learn about weaving palms into crosses, go to Rooms 2/3, where Rosalie and Jilt Honel will demonstrate this craft. The art of Russian Orthodox egg designing will be demonstrated by Marie & Alex Grozik, in Room 13. 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 designing for many years. 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. Religious Education News Thank you to all who donated Easter basket goodies to Marillac House these past weeks. You have put smiles on the faces of many children on the near West Side of Chicago. Attention 8th grade parents and students: This Wednesday, April 11, both sessions of 8th grade will gather in Barrett Hall with their parents at 7:15PM. We will be showing the film, "Sex Has a Price Tag" followed by discussion. The film features nationally renowned speaker, Pam Stenzel, who combines her personal story and her extensive pregnancy counseling experience into looking at the consequences of sexual activity outside of the lifetime commitment of Christian marriage. This evening is an essential component of our program and one that is a "must do" for our young teens before entering High School. We expect to see you all there. All members of the parish are invited to come pray the Living Stations of the Cross with our 7th grade RE class on Good Friday, April 6th at 3PM in church. They and their catechists have been working very hard this semester in order to present their parish family with a very prayerful and memorable experience. Please join us. Are you being called to be a catechist? 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: Good Friday, April 6: Living Stations at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14: First Communion Retreat at 9-11 a.m. in School If you have any questions or need more information, please call Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962. Christian Worship Commission 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 Deacon Bob Delbeke 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 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. Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration, April 15 April 15, at 1:30-3:45 p.m. At Visitation Parish, Ellmhurst Sacrament of Reconciliation-1:30 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet-3:00 p.m. Celebration of Mass-3:45 p.m. Jesus said: "In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion." Please come join us on this special day !!! All are Welcome !!! Lewis University Lecture Monday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. Lewis University will host a lecture entitled, "A Ruby Among stones: A Christian Perspective on the Prophet Muhammad," in Room A133 of the Academic building, located on the Lewis main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville. Dr. Scott Alexander, Associate Professor of Islam and Director of the Catholic-Muslim studies Program at Catholic theological Union in Chicago will be the presenter. The lecture will offer a comparison between the Muhammad of Islam and the Jesus of Christianity. Discussing the relevance of Muhammad in Islamic teaching, pre presentation also will interpret how Jesus is viewed within an Islamic context and will compare this to the Christian perspective. Free and open to the public Liturgy Update We are about to enter "Holy Week," the most solemn week of our Lenten Season. It is a time for all to come to worship beginning with Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper. It has been our tradition the past few years to invite all those who attend Mass on Holy Thursday to participate in the "Washing of Feet." As Jesus humbly washed the feet of his apostles, we invite you to join us in this ritual to have your feet washed and in turn humbly wash the feet of others. Please help us make the significance of this occasion as meaningful as possible by participating. On Good Friday all are invited to attend the special services beginning with the live Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and the Veneration of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. in the evening. Those of you attending the Easter Vigil this year are asked to enter through the double doors by the Gathering Space. If weather permits and you are able to stand outside of the Entrance to the Gathering Space, we ask that you do so. There will be two Candle Tables outside the entrances and as soon as the Blessing of the Fire and the Preparation of the Easter Candle is completed and lit by the Deacon, assigned attendants will light the candles and hand them to the people waiting to enter Church through the Gathering Space Doors. Anyone who cannot physically stand outside, please enter church and wait in your pew and someone will make sure you have a lit candle. Please remember our Easter Vigil Service will begin at 8:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration Monday, April 2 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Why do we offer monthly Eucharistic Adoration at Mary Queen of Heaven? The Holy Father asked for it!!! 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 and spend some time with Him. 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. Parents of Confirmation Candidates: Please note that Confirmation will be celebrated at the Parish on Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. Market Day Orders for April due Monday, April 23 with pickup on Saturday, April 29. Parish News Peace and Justice Committee Good Friday Walk for Peace and Justice April 6 at 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. At Immaculate Conception Church MQH Peace & Justice Committee is participating in this public procession with the cross beginning at IC Chapel at 10:00 a.m. We will visit 10 stations in the community finishing up back at IC for closing prayers and a simple meal of soup and bread. Prayers and readings at each station will focus on issues such as hunger, affordable housing, adequate health care, violence in society, war and peace, etc. The walk will be about 1 mile in length. Cars will be available for those who may have difficulty walking. Families with children in strollers, wagons, or on foot are welcome. This is a wonderful way to pass our faith on to the next generation! For information, contact Mary Ann Reed at 834-4840. MQH Peace and Justice Committee The documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth", which deals with the threat of global warming and what can be done to change the situation, will be shown in Barrett Hall on Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. This film offers concrete suggestions of actions that can be taken by each and every one of us to "care for God's creation" as we are called to do by the social teaching of our Pope and bishops. Even if you have already seen this award-winning documentary, please join us on April 19. There will be refreshments and an opportunity for group discussion afterward. - The Gathering - A small Faith Community at Mary Queen of Heaven A Thursday evening Community, The Gathering, would like to welcome new members. Would that be you? - Not a Bible study group, although Scripture is a key element - 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 more than 2,000 years ago, in each other's homes. A small church within a larger one. We meet 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of each month. How can you tell if this is for you? COME AND SEE! Call Lynn Suwanski at 630-530-2523. Please join in the special celebrations of this Holy Week. On Tuesday, we will have as our guest Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, someone who has spent his life making a difference by trying to build peace in the world. He will be speaking with us at 7 p.m. and his talk will be followed by our Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service at 8 p.m. May we be willing to first make a difference within ourselves and within the life of this community by seeking reconciliation with our Lord and with one another. On Holy Thursday, the footwashing ritual and sharing of the Eucharist emphasize the servant nature of ministry. We are called to be humble servants of the Lord and of one another. On Good Friday, we enter into the Lord's Passion and embrace the cross that we will all carry if we are truly followers of Jesus. On Saturday, the joy that overcomes all trial, sorrow, and even death itself, is made known to us in the celebration of our Lord's Resurrection, first in the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. We come to the church and to the Easter fire in the dark. We listen by candlelight to Holy Scripture and the story of God's work from the beginning of creation throughout history. We once again joyfully sing the Gloria and the Alleluia as we welcome the risen Christ. This celebration continues through the Masses of Easter morning. Let us begin this Holy Week grounded in the knowledge that Jesus offered his life to make a difference for us. As we continue our journey with him during these days, let us recommit ourselves to making a difference for one another and for our world. Believe that we can do this and invite a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger with you to church this Easter. Our celebrations on Holy Thursday and Good Friday are at 7:30 pm. The Easter Vigil begins on Saturday at 8 p.m. Our Masses on Easter Sunday are at 8:30, 10:30, and 12:30. God bless you all during this Holy Week and always. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator Go Make A Difference The picture from the front cover of this Palm Sunday bulletin is worth repeating. The picture is of Jesus, on the way to Jerusalem, on the way to his death. Over the picture appear the words, "Go Make A Difference." This is Jesus, going to make a difference for each one of us, going to make a difference for the whole world, by loving us so much that he would give his life for us. "Go Make A Difference." These words have also formed our parish theme since early February. That is when we reflected together with Father Richard Fragomeni and parishioners who gave witness talks on how our lives do make a difference to God and how the world expects our lives to make a difference for others. Today, Jesus shows us the way. He empties himself of everything but the love he has for his disciples and for all those who would follow them. We can look at this picture today and reflect on how Jesus wanted his life to make a difference for others. As we enter more deeply into Jesus' last days with his disciples during this Holy Week, we can also reflect more deeply on how we are called to follow Jesus by being people for others and making a difference in the world around us.
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