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

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

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 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!

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

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  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. 

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 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 

	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 

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 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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