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

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 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).

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.

Easter Egg Hop-N-Grab

Saturday, April 7

	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 

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 

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 
	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 

	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 

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 

- 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 
-	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?  
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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