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 friend of mine often uses the phrase "I am on a mission." When she says those words, I know with certainty that whatever the mission is, it is something urgent. She will be singularly focused and nothing, no matter how seductive, will distract her form accomplishing her task. She is on fire! My friend would probably never think of herself as a poster child, but she could serve as one for the concept of mission.

The word "mission" comes from the Latin word mittere, which means to send. In its most general sense, a mission is an assigned duty or task. A mission can be a simple task like being sent to clean the yard, or it can be something quite serious such as being sent to relieve hunger in a poverty-stricken area.

When we use the term mission in reference to the Church and the baptized, we are talking about something serious, because we are talking about being sent to accomplish God's mission. The Church is missionary by its very nature because it exists to continue the work of the risen Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Church continues the response to Jesus' words: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mathew 28:19-20).

The Church accomplishes its mission through the ministry of the baptized. Through the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), each of us is empowered for mission. We are sent forth from the baptismal waters to "walk always as a child of the light" and to keep the flame of faith alive in our hearts. In Baptism we put on Christ, in Confirmation we are strengthened with the fullness of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and each week as we celebrate the Eucharist we are nourished with the body and blood of Jesus and sent forth to love and serve the Lord in others.

While some of the baptized are sent to mission lands or hear an awe-inspiring call to service, each of us is called to witness to the person and message of Jesus in the daily tasks of our lives. All of us are sent to act as my friend does: to have a sense of urgency, to be singularly focused and live in the fire of Pentecost. This is the kind of witness that will accomplish the mission and it is everyone's responsibility.

A Vocation View

	You've got an incredible message to make credible.  It is 
not like selling used cars!  It is proclaiming eternal life, 
forgiveness and great Love!

Employment Opportunity
Parish Receptionist and Event Coordinator
	Sacred Heart Parish in Lombard, Illinois, is looking for a 
dedicated and trustworthy Catholic for the full-time position of 
parish receptionist and event coordinator.  The full-time 
position would include salary and full benefits.  You would work 
in a traditional faith-filled environment attending to the needs 
of the parish office including answering the door and telephone 
and assisting with the execution of parish events.  
	Typical work week would run Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. 
to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more 
information please phone Jessica Payne at 630-627-0687 (Mon. 
through Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).    Resume should be sent to 
Jessica Payne, Sacred Heart Parish, 114 S. Elizabeth, Lombard, 
IL, 60148 and received no later than April 14, 2007.

Come Pray the Psalms

	Beginning the week of May 21, the Adult Education Ministry 
of Mary Queen of Heaven will be offering a study of the Psalms 
through the Little Rock Scripture Study.  This work examines 
fifty-five psalms, approximately one-third of that unique 
biblical book.

	Psalms I begins with an introductory chapter that is 
followed by a fixed format in analyzing the Psalms.  We will not 
only be studying but actually learning how to pray the Psalms and 
see them in relation to our lives.  The author shows us the 
Psalms can be prayed "for the ups, downs and in-betweens of 
life."  Come join us.

	Sign-up and purchase books on the weekends of May 5/6 and 
May 12/13.  Any questions CALL Lynn Suwanski at 630-530-2523 or 
Alex and Marie Grozik at 630-530-0503.

Elmhurst Catholic
M.O.M.S.  Group

	M.O.M.S. (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a social 
organization that provides an opportunity for mothers of young 
children to meet other mothers.  There is no membership fee, nor 
are there any requirements to join the group.       M.O.M.S meets 
in Msgr. Plunkett Hall, lower level of the Immaculate Conception 
chapel, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m, unless otherwise noted.

	Spring has Sprung! But is your yard looking less than 
ideal? Join us on Thursday, April 19, and have all your gardening 
questions answered by an Elmhurst Park District Horticulturalist. 
Your yard will thank you!

	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.

PRESCHOOL Director/Teacher

	We believe you are out there!  We are looking for a pre-
school director/teacher who will help us build a premiere 
preschool for the western suburbs. This preschool is a ministry 
of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, a lively, welcoming, family-
oriented Catholic community in Elmhurst. Our director must be a 
practicing Roman Catholic in good standing. This position is for 
a part-time director and part-time teacher. 

	Requirements for candidates applying for this position are:

*	Baccalaureate degree with 04 (IL) early childhood teacher 
*	Master's degree in early childhood or related field 
*	2-3 years' teaching experience.
*	Familiarity with Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence 
*	Enthusiasm for curriculum and program development and 
*	Commitment to working collaboratively with staff members 
and parents within a church community setting.

	Enrollment has already begun for our play-based preschool, 
which will have a multiple intelligence curriculum following 
Howard Gardner's guidelines.  Please send your resume' to: Search 
Committee, Mary Queen of Heaven, 426 N. West Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 
60126.  Interviews will be conducted in April and early May, 
start date in July.  Come enjoy a very pleasant working 
environment with wonderful parish staff, and have the opportunity 
to create new things!

50th Anniversary  Mass and Raffle 

	Only one more week until the culmination of our 50th 
Anniversary Celebration.  On Sunday, April 22, 2007, Bishop Roger 
Kaffer will celebrate a special liturgy at the 10:30  Mass. 

	We invite you to join us at the 10:30 a.m. Mass and also to 
participate in our final event, a 50th Anniversary Raffle.  The 
raffle proceeds will be used to lower our parish deficit.  Raffle 
tickets are still available and can be obtained by calling the 
committee members listed  below.

	Only 250 tickets are for sale 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.  Help 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 can be purchased by calling any of the committee 
members: Sheila Reiter (833-6657), Ellen Walker (279-4021), Dick 
Reed (834-4840), Phylis Twardowski (279-6239), or Mary White 
(833-9809)  They can also be obtained by contacting the Parish 

Parish News

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 

Market Day

	Orders for April are due Monday, April 23, at noon.  Turn 
in your order form in the box in the back of church or at the 
rectory.  Pickup on Saturday, April 28, 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.

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
	John Larkin				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
Anna Catalano

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.

CCW Mother's Day Tribute

	Mary Queen of Heaven Council of Catholic Women Respect Life 
Committee will be selling carnations to honor the nurturing women 
in our lives (mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and 
friends).  The carnations will be placed at Mary's statue in the 
gathering place for Mother's Day, May 13.

	Carnations can be purchased for $1.00 each. Order sheets 
will be available the weekends of April 21/22 and April 28/29.  
Order sheets must be returned on or before May 5th.  A CCW member 
will be in the church vestibule after all the Masses to accept 

	The names of all those being honored will be published in 
an insert in our parish bulletin the weekend of May 12/13.  
Proceeds will benefit Project Gabriel.

Diocesan News 2 0 0 7

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least 
brothers of mine, you did for me."		
	Mt 25:40

	The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal begins this week.  
Every family will receive a letter from Bishop Sartain and Mary 
Foley asking for your partnership in the diocese's important 
ministry work.  Please give prayerful thought to your gift and be 
as generous as you feel able.

Confirmation Candidate Parents:  

	Please note that Confirmation will be celebrated in the 
parish on Saturday, May 12, at 5 p.m.

Religious Education News
	Thank you to our 7th grade RE class for leading us in 
praying the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. It was a very 
moving experience. Thank you too to Debbie Conroy for her 
direction of the Living Stations (this was her 10th year) and to 
her team of 7th grade catechists; Judy Conness, Mike & Debbie 
Schwass, and Julie McGovern. Thanks also to Molly Lindberg, who 
took time from her busy Easter music schedule to work with our 7th 
graders in providing musical direction for the Stations. You 
worked very hard and it showed. We are grateful to you all for 
making our Good Friday 2007 very special.
	Registrations for the 2007-2008 RE year have been mailed. 
If you did not receive yours or if you know someone who would 
like one, please call the REO. We ask that you return your 
registration forms ASAP in order to secure your first choice of 
	Reminder to Parents of First Communicants: If your child is 
celebrating with the large group on May 5, there is still time to 
place your order for a video of the Liturgy. Please turn your 
forms in to the RE office.
	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:
Wednesday, April 18  - Confirmation Candidates 		
	Reconciliation Service 7:15 p.m. in church.
Wednesday, April 25 - Last RE class of the year. All 	
	school 8th annual Food Drive
Saturday, April 28 -  First Communion practices:
:			10:00 a.m. in church, May 5 Large group 		
			First Communion (Children 	Only)  
			12:00 noon in church, April 29 Small group 		
		First Communion 	(children & 1 parent)  		
	12:30 p.m. in church, May 6 Small group 				
	First  Communion (children & 1 parent)
Sunday, April 29  - Family Mass at 10:30 a.m. & Small 			
	group First Communion 

Welcome to the table!

	Congratulations to our neophyte, Jesse Nelson, who was 
Baptized, Confirmed and received first Eucharist at our Easter 
Vigil Mass. Beth Wrobel was received into full communion with the 
Catholic Church by receiving Confirmation and First Eucharist. 
Jesse and Beth will now enter into the period of Mystagogy for 
the next six weeks where they will continue to reflect upon the 
Sunday readings, but also learn more about the various ministries 
at MQH.

	Thank you to the Arts and Environment Committee who again 
amaze us with their ability to transform our worship space, and 
to those who helped create, setup, and cleanup the reception 
following the vigil service: Mary Nanak, Ellen Walker, Milt and 
Rosalie Honel, Frannie Gallagher, Jack Kowalski and Dee Leoni.  

	Many thanks go out to the RCIA support members Teri Kevil, 
Gary Regan, Ken Sutkus and John McGovern who acted as sponsors 
and companions by faithfully attending the Tuesday evening 
sessions spending time with the catechumen and candidates. You 
have all made these past few months special and inspiring for 
both Tom Nanak and myself!			Mimi Wolak

Go Make a Difference 
 Facilitate Bible Study

	As a part of our continuing Bible Study, we invite you to 
join us in becoming a facilitator for the study of Psalms.  We 
will begin the week of May 21 and go 7 weeks through the week of 
July 9, with a break for the July 4th holiday.  Leadership 
training times are flexible according to your schedule.  
Everything you need to be an effective facilitator will be 
provided for you.  All you need to provide is a willingness to 
study and learn - What a deal!  The final leaders' meeting will 
be on Sunday, May 20, after the 10:30 Mass and will be for all 
current facilitators, new and experienced.

	If you think this is an area you could serve and learn more 
about Scripture at the same time, please call Lynn Suwanski at 

Community News

Fenwick Luncheon and Fashion Show

	The Fenwick Mothers Club invites you to enjoy "A Walk on 
the Wild Side" on Thursday, April 26.  The annual spring luncheon 
and fashion show, which will be held at Drury Lane, Oakbrook 
Terrace, features boutique shopping beginning as 10:30 a.m., 
followed by the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. and then the fashion show.  
Admission for the event is $55 per person, and tickets are 
available at the school office or by calling Sharon Bresnahan at 

Community News

If you have any questions or need more information, please call 
Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962.

Joliet Diocese Catholic
Charismatic Healing Mass

Friday, April 20, Mass at 7:30 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church
4801 Main Street, Downers Grove
Fr. Dan Hessling, Presiding
Deacon Rich Rosko, Assisting

For information, please call 630-964-0216

2-Part Peace & Justice Program
At St. Margaret Mary Parish, 
1450 Green Trails Dr., Naperville, (630) 369-0777

What Does the Catholic Church Teach About 
Health Care?  Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., COR Center
	Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM will give a presentation on what the 
Church teaches regarding health care. Fr. Nairn is the Erica and 
Harry John Family Professor of Catholic Ethics and is the 
Director of the Health Care Mission Leadership Program at 
Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Fr. Nairn earned a Ph.D. 
from the University of Chicago. Fr. Nairn has written and spoken 
on a wide range of ethical issues.  Most of his research has been 
in the area of health care ethics.
Health Care & Public Policy:  What Are the Options?
A Panel Discussion of Policy Options.
Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., COR Center
	Dr. Robert McKersie is a family physician who works on the 
South Side of Chicago. He travels regularly to Nepal where he 
sees patients and teaches physical diagnostic skills to Nepalese 
healthcare providers. He lives on the South Side of Chicago with 
his wife Michele and two children, Robbie and Mia. Dr. McKersie 
will be advocating for a Universal Health Care or Single Payer 
Health Care approach to health care in the United States.
	Joining Dr. McKersie will be a representative from Blue 
Cross and Blue Shield who will be advocating for a Free Market 
approach to providing health care in the United States.

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