April Celebrations We welcome into the Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Family the following who were baptized in April: Benjamin Stephen Bingham Charlotte Marie Bingham Patrick William Cote Matthew Dean Guerra Devin Scott Smego Mateo Jordan Villalvazo Luke Stanley Wojcik "AND THE WINNER IS ..." by Derrick StaRosa, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair Sheila Reiter, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair A couple of weeks ago, our Parish concluded the year- long 50th Anniversary celebration with the Parish Grand Raffle. Without a doubt, the excitement in the gathering area and the thought of winning one of the three prizes provided a lot of positive energy. As the Raffle Committee made the final drive to sell tickets, some of the prospective winners talked about using the prize money for a shopping spree, a down payment for a new car, home repair and a vacation to the tropics! What added to the pleasantry of the day of the drawing was our Fellowship, which was full of great food, conversation and fun! Like most raffles, the element of chance enters the equation and the winner is determined by luck. Or, is it? Beyond the opportunity of winning a prize, the proceeds of the raffle went to reducing the Parish deficit. Last year, the Parish Finance Committee spoke to the congregation about the need to increase revenue and reduce spending. Because each one of us was called to both of these challenges, we believe that our finances will be better than what we originally projected. It is worth repeating that "we" are all a part of the solution. By the time you read this, the raffle prizes will have been given to the winners. However, this raffle actually yielded more than three winners. The winners of the raffle include the more than 800 families that belong to Mary Queen of Heaven Parish. Then there are the 525 children who participate in our Religious Education program. There are also the many recipients of the assistive services provided by our St. Vincent de Paul Society. So, the winner really is...all of us at Mary Queen of Heaven! A Vocation View Can you imagine a country running on Jesus' one law of "love one another"? No wars. No hunger. No thirst. No jealousy. Only loving followers of Jesus. Eucharistic Adoration The Worship Commission would like to thank all who have been able to come and spend some time with Our Lord during our days of adoration, usually the first Monday of the month. This month we reach our two-year anniversary since beginning this devotion. "The saints ... were faithful, ardent adorers of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. ... Eucharistic Adoration has always been considered the closest likeness we have to the eternal adoration in which will consist the whole of our Paradise." (Jesus Our Eucharistic Love by Manelli) For those who haven't had the opportunity, 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, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The day of adoration and prayer closes with Benediction at 7:00 p.m. 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 A Free Concert of Mexican and Polish Music Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 p.m. At Mundelein Seminary Chapel on Route 176 in Mundelein Patriotic songs, folk songs and hymns performed by The Lira Singers and Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble Admission is free - Everyone is welcome! Natural Family Planning Classes Natural Family Planning classes teach a couple fertility awareness and respect for the life-giving and love-giving natures of marriage. All engaged and married couples are invited to attend classes at Sacred Heart Church in Lombard. Please call Jim and Karen Hatfield at 815-744-6339 for more information. MQH Preschool Registration 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. 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 certification. * Master's degree in early childhood or related field preferred. * 2-3 years' teaching experience. * Familiarity with Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence theory. * Enthusiasm for curriculum and program development and implementation. * 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! Parish News 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 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. Christian Education Commission If you have any questions or need more information, please call Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962. 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 all our RE families for a wonderful year. It is because of you and your children that our program is thriving and continually growing. God bless you all. It is our joy and privilege to serve you. Registrations for the 2007-2008 RE year: 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 session. Are you being called to be a catechist? We have openings for catechists at many grade levels at all 3 sessions. With our continually rising enrollment numbers, it is more important than ever for you to pray about whether you are being called to be a catechist. 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 soon. Mark your calendar: Tuesday, May 8 - Confirmation Practice at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. in church Wednesday, May 9 - Catechist Appreciation Dinner at 7:00 p.m. in Barrett Hall Elmhurst Catholic M.O.M.S. (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a social and spiritual organization that 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. M.O.M.S meets in Msgr. Plunkett Hall, lower level of the Immaculate Conception chapel, unless otherwise noted. Don't miss the EC MOMS annual end of the year BBQ on Thursday, May 17, from 9:30 to 11:00 a. m. It's a great way to celebrate the end of the year together! To RSVP and to receive time and location information, please contact Daisy at 630-279-3670 or at email@example.com. 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 In the early days of the Church, Paul often gave thanks to one community for its support of another. The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal is today's manifestation of this tradition of giving to others in need. If you have not yet made your gift, please do so today. Mary Queen of Heaven Parish Employment Opportunity Our Bulletin Editor, Dee Reitz, is retiring after many years of faithful service! While no one can ever really take her place in our hearts, we are looking for a new person to start working in the office beginning in the month of May. This new position will combine the bulletin editor role with some front office work. The position requires someone with excellent computer skills, expert in Microsoft Word; experience with Microsoft Publisher and Excel is preferred. Must have congenial and collaborative skills to work in the front office and must be able to welcome and serve the general public. Position requires 8-9 hours per week, schedule somewhat flexible. Beginning July 1, hours will be extended an additional 8-10 hours per week. Please send resume to Sister Marlene at the parish office by May 11 to be considered for this position. Diocesan News Sign up for Psalms I Over the next two weekends, you will have an opportunity to sign up for our next Bible Study, Psalms I. A committee person will be available at the back of church after all the Masses on the weekends of May 5-6 and May 12-13. You can purchase the books ($12.00) and select the day you would like to attend. There are 2 evening and 2 daytime meetings. If you cannot sign up at any of these times, please call the Parish Office (279-5700). If you need assistance with the fee, please speak with Mary Foley. Come and join us. Diocese of Joliet Financial Statements There are a limited number of Diocese of Joliet Financial Statements available in the back of Church. The Financial Statements are a report by Bishop Sartain on the financial condition and the revenue and expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2005-2006. If there are no statements available, you can view all of the information at www.dioceseofjoliet.org. Click on Financial Statements. The information will be available in the Catholic explorer. You may also call the Finance department at the Diocese 815-722-6606 to request a copy or ask any questions. Catholic Charities Foster Care Open and Growing in Joliet Diocese While Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has announced the closing of its foster care program, the program at Catholic Charities in the Joliet Diocese is alive and growing and will continue to serve 400 or more children in foster care. The agency is also currently looking for new foster parents. If you are interested or want more information, call toll-free 1-877- 844-HOPE. Catholic Charities also asks that you keep the program staff, foster children and parents from Chicago in your prayers. Visit www.cc-doj.org Catholic Charities Fairway to Heaven Golf Invitational Mark your calendars and plan to attend Catholic Charities Fairway to Heaven Golf Invitational on Friday, May 18, at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont. Morning and afternoon shot gun starts begin at 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $250 each. For more information visit www.cc-doj.org or call Sue Kaiser at 815-723-3405, ext. 139. Catholic Charities hopes to see you on the Fairway to Heaven! Community News Marianjoy to Offer Presentations: Meditation for Adults and Music Relaxation for Kids! Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to offer a Meditation for Adults class. Meditation has gained momentum as being a non-drug alternative to helping ease chronic pain, anxiety and stress. Learn how to control your breathing, the soothing power of repetition, and focused concentration. Do you have children ages 5-12? Music for Relaxation, offered just for kids, is taking place at the same time as our adult meditation class. Children will be in a classroom with an instructor learning how music can help them to relax and slow down, using simple rhythmic instruments, basic body movements and imagery. Call 630-909-7102 to register for these programs. Marianjoy Presentation: Working Through Grief and Loss Whether it is the loss of a loved one due to death or separation, or the loss of mobility due to illness or injury, there are ways to not only cope with loss, but to learn from it. On May 30 at 6:30 p.m., Marianjoy will be offering a free presentation on grief and loss, led by a Marianjoy chaplain and a psychologist. For more information or to register, please call 630-909-7102 2007 First Communicants Jake Adams Nimisha Antony Zaskya Bayas Anthony Belcher Michael Bergheger Alaina Bottens Vincent Cahill Kathleen Callahan Alexis Caskey Sarah Cavanaugh Luis Chavez Brendan Connell Jack Conness Ryan DeBeau Giuseppe DeBenedictis Rio Diaz Kazia Draganowski Sara Fejes Grace Fisher Angelica Flores Jack Gamperl Dominic Gatti Eric Gibas Claire Gornick Reyna Hudson Natalia Lapinski Sabrina Less Sarah Lewand Alyssa Luczynski Jennifer Manion Meghan Marro Magdalene McDonough Mark McGovern Ricardo Melendez Grant Melion Alexa Menolascino Caitlin Ostojic Parker Pelosi Dominic Peluso Michael Piszczor Natalie Rohman Robert Scheibl Allison Stramel Stephanie Stramel Alexander Swintek Alexander Tase Annalisa Toritto John Vosicky Gavin Wahlgren Flanagan Waldherr Brendan Waldorf Abbey Ward Nicholas Weiler Mackenzie Wilkinson First Communicants Congratulations to all our First Communicants. Welcome to the table of the Lord. Current Events Discussion Would you like to avoid the summer blahs? Join a group discussion of current news by enrolling in a COD class which will be held Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 from June 1 until August 10 in the lounge of St.Peter's Church located right here in Elmhurst. This summer course will provide you with an opportunity to gather with other individuals to discuss current events. Topics such as dealing with the insurgency in Iraq, overhauling health care, the greening of America, China's economy and America's leadership, etc. may be considered for discussion. Enrollment is simple: call COD at (630) 942-2377 or register online at www.cod.edu or call the Older Adult Institute at (630) 942-3779. The name of the course is Current Events Discussion (code 45404). Tuition for this 10 week course: $30 for those of you who are 65 and older; for those of you that have not yet reached age 65, the tuition is $61. For more details about course content feel free to call the instructor, parishioner Milt Honel at (630) 279-7086. An Invitation from Mary: On Thursday, May 17, I will receive my Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. The graduation ceremonies will be held at 7:30 that evening at the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Synagogue, 1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard, in Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood. The following Sunday, May 20, we will be holding our regular parish fellowship after the 10:30 Mass. I will bring champagne, sparkling grape juice, and cake to the fellowship and I invite you to celebrate with me at that time. The only gifts I desire are the gifts of your presence and friendship!
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