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

I would like to share a story about something that happened to me last Sunday afternoon. Please bear with me, for its meaning may not be clear at first.

I was going to my sister's house. She was having a little backyard family gathering. I wanted to bring something with me, so I stopped at Portillo's to pick up a chocolate cake. I had Saint Catharine (my dog) with me, so I picked up a plain hot dog for her. I ordered a Diet Coke for myself.

I sipped my drink on the way to my sister's and I quickly noticed that it did not taste like a Diet Coke. It took me a few minutes and several more sips to recognize what I was tasting. Then, all of a sudden, I realized that it was definitely not a Diet Coke at all - this was a ROOT BEER! Horrors! This was shocking to me! I have hated root beer since childhood. I don't know why; I cannot remember whatever happened to turn me off to root beer. But I do remember that the only time I could drink it was when my mother mixed it with ice cream to make a Black Cow (as we called root beer floats in those days). Otherwise, I found root beer to be disgusting. You couldn't pay me to drink it. It was awful. And now, I had just finished almost half a cup full!

I suddenly had a very strange combination of thoughts and feelings. Oh no, I'm drinking root beer...I should take it back because they made a mistake...But no, I can't take time to turn around. I have to get to my sister's house. Then, I took another sip. And another. And then, I was completely surprised to discover...that this stuff was actually not bad. In fact, it was kind of good. Much to my surprise, I discovered last Sunday afternoon that I like root beer now. In fact, as I write this on Tuesday evening at my desk, I have a Diet A&W sitting right here next to me.

I have pondered all of this since Sunday. God always uses the ordinary experiences of life to teach us - if we are paying attention.

How often is it that we have some negative experience and then completely shut ourselves off from whatever it is afterwards? It could be a little thing like not liking root beer. Or maybe, it could be a big thing, like holding a grudge against someone for a long time - because he or she hurt us, or was unfair, or because we felt he or she was really wrong about something. The hurt or the unfairness or the wrong may have been very real. But it can become easy, once we have a bad taste in our mouth, to stay away forever. This can really be a mistake. Our bad feelings can fester so that the negative experience gets all blown out of proportion. We can fail to give someone a second chance and then, without even realizing it, we prevent ourselves from experiencing something new.

Our Easter season is coming to a close. We have had weeks to think about what the resurrection of Jesus means in our lives this year. By the time we celebrate Pentecost one week from now, we should be changed, as were the disciples. Remember how Peter denied Christ and then became the rock upon which the church was built? Remember Thomas, who doubted but then came to believe? Remember the disciples on the road to Emmaus who didn't even recognize Jesus with them because they were already so used to thinking of him being dead - but then they finally recognized him in the breaking of the bread?

All of these things are a lot more important than root beer! But even little lessons can help us to understand important things. I have always had it in my power to change the ways that I think and act. How often do I choose to do so? I could have had a root beer on my own anytime in the last 40 years. But I didn't want to change. I was convinced that I could never, ever, like root beer. Well, last Sunday, it only took a little nudge and I found out that I was wrong.

I wonder what else I have been wrong about. What other ways have I stubbornly held on to looking at things or people only one way? Easter and the resurrection are all about experiencing things anew, seeing with new eyes of faith, really believing that love has power over death. How is God trying to nudge each of us? Can we really step out in faith and allow some fundamental change to take place in our lives? If we can, then I think we can better understand what it really means to be Easter disciples.

Let us all pray this last week of Easter that we can be open to making needed changes in our lives, perhaps giving up grudges, perhaps being less closed-minded, perhaps letting go of some prejudice, perhaps giving someone a second chance. May it be a good week of reflection for us all. And do have a root beer on me.

Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

A Vocation View

Our Spiritual Life is a Journey
following the Call of the Master to
"Come, Follow Me."
Say "Yes" over and over again

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

	Your gift makes a difference-to more than 85,000 people 
whose lives have changed for the better through diocesan 
ministries.  People gain a good education, receive shelter and 
food, leave behind destructive lifestyles, and develop a richer 
relationship with God.  Please help us support them all and give 

Faith Sharing
(Use with your family or to open meetings)

	1.	Read the daily gospel.
	2.	Pause for a minute of silence.
	3.	Read it again slowly.
	4.	What word or phrase "jumps out" at me?
	5.	Share the word or phrase (no explanation).
	6.	Share a sentence or two about why this touched 	you.
	7.	Thank your friends or family.
	8.	Thank God for the opportunity to share faith 	

	(brief prayer).

"Ladies Night Out" Dinner

	The Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring "Ladies Night 
Out" on Tuesday, June 19, at 7:00 PM.  This is a great 
opportunity to relax and enjoy fellowship with your friends from 
MQH.  We will be honoring Teri Kevil, our Woman of the Year, for 
her dedication and work in our parish over the years.

	The celebration will be held at Anyway's Restaurant & Pub, 
5 E. Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace.  Dinner includes your 
choice of one of the following entrees:  1) Anyway's Pasta  2) 
Penne Mozzarella Pasta 3) Junior Sirloin Steak 4) Grilled Chicken 
Pasta 5) Mediterranean Chicken   6) Blackened Catfish or 7) Pasta 
Milano as well as coffee, soft drinks or tea and an ice cream 
dessert.  A cash bar will also be available.  The cost for the 
evening will be $25.00 per person and checks should be made 
payable to Mary Queen of Heaven CCW.

	The deadline for reservations is Sunday, June 10, as we 
have to give the restaurant a one week's advance notice.  A 
reservation form insert will be in next weekend's bulletin.  
Please fill it out as soon as possible and return it to a CCW 
representative, the church office or drop it in the collection 
basket.  CCW representatives will be in the church vestibule the 
weekends of June 2/3 and June 9/10 to take reservations.

	For further information call Mary Connelly (782-7626) or 
Diane Bernstein (279-7252).

Fellowship Sunday
Today, Sunday, May 20

	Our monthly parish fellowship will be held on Sunday, May 
20, after the 10:30 Mass.  It is being sponsored by the Council 
of Catholic Women.

	This is an extra special fellowship as we are celebrating 
with Mary Foley who  received her Doctor of Ministry degree from 
Catholic Theological Union of Chicago on May 17.  Mary will bring 
champagne, sparkling grape juice, and cake to the fellowship and 
all are invited to celebrate with her.  

	Hope to see there for this celebration.

Market Day

Orders for May are due 
Monday, May 21, at noon.  

	Turn in your order form in the box in the back of church or 
at the rectory.  Pickup on Saturday, May 26, from 9:30 - 10:30 
a.m. in the Social Hall.  

	If you have questions or WISH to place an order, please 
call Maria at 279-2238 or Karen at 279-4108.

A Memorial Day Mass 
will be celebrated on 
Monday, May 28, at 9:00 a.m.
In the Assumption Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum
Located at 1S510 Winfield Rd, in Wheaton

L.O.S.S. Support Group
(Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)

	Through the collaboration of Catholic Charities (the 
Diocese of Joliet and the Archdiocese of Chicago), support groups 
are in place for anyone who has lost a relative or friend to 
suicide.  A trained facilitator and a mental health professional 
assist these groups.  The groups meet from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on 
either the third Wednesday or the fourth Tuesday of the month.  
The next meeting date is as follows:

		May 22 -  St. Daniel the Prophet Parish Center
					101 West Loop Drive in Wheaton
	For more information, call 1-800-240-7011 or visit Catholic 
Charities website at 

Catholic Charities Foster Care Open and 
Growing in Joliet Diocese

	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 looking for new foster parents.  If you are 
interested or want more information,  call toll-free 1-877-844-
HOPE.  Visit

	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.

Yoga Class

Recommended for ages 15 to 75 but all are welcome
Tuesday, May 22, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in Barrett Hall
$4 per class or $6 for families
Call Debbie Styka at 941-7224
Please bring a non-slip yoga mat if you have one.Required:  
comfortable clothing

MQH Garden Club News
Spring Planting Time

	Calling all Garden Club Members and parishioners.  Yes, it's 
that time again when we beautify our church grounds for the 
summer.  We will be planting flowers around the parish office, 
south side of Church, in front of school and in the planter in 
front of Mary's Gathering Space on Saturday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m.  
If you can spare an hour or two, bring your gloves and digger and 
we will be delighted find something for you to do!  Meet in front 
of Church.  While experience helps, it's not necessary.  We will 

	If you can help or have any questions, please call Rose 
Wilkes (833-7238) or Sheila Reiter (833-6657).

Religious Education 

	A special thank you to all who made our Confirmation 
celebration so wonderful last Saturday. 	

	Thank you to our Grade 8 catechists, our music ministers, 
liturgy planners, parents, and most especially, our newly 
confirmed. We are all very proud of you .

RE Registrations

	June 1st is just 2 weeks away.  If you want to register at 
the discounted fee, get those forms in to the office today.

	FYI - if you have a preschool or kindergarten child you 
would like to see in the program next fall, get your registration 
in today.  The 3:15 Kindergarten session is already at capacity.  
However, there is still room at the 5:15 Kindergarten session.  
These classes always fill up quickly and enrollment is limited at 
those grade levels. 

Catechists Needed

	Before school is out for the summer break, please consider 
helping us as a catechist next fall.  We thank those who have 
responded to our plea.  However, we are still in need of 
catechists at various grade levels at various session times.

	If you are a loving, welcoming, accepting, forgiving person 
of faith, you have the most important qualifications for being a 
catechist.  You don't have to be a theologian, just someone who 
can help our children understand how the Gospel can be applied to 
their lives.

	Come share your Faith with the over 500 young people of our 
RE program.  Call for more information.

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

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.

St. Domitilla Parish Carnival

Thursday, May 31 thru Sunday, June 3
Hours:  Thurs. 6-10 p.m.; Fri. 5-11 p.m.:
Sat. 1-11 p.m.; Sun. 1-10 p.m.

Discounted pre-sale ride coupons available until 5-30.
Unlimited Ride Specials:  Thurs. 6-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m.     
Rides for all ages
Plenty of food and pop, BINGO and PULL TABS
Beer Garden & Entertainment Sat. & Sun.
For more info. call the parish office at 708-449-8430

Volunteer Tutors Needed

	The Congregation of St. Joseph (formerly the Sisters of 
Joseph of La Grange Park) is in need of volunteers for its adult 
literacy program, School on Wheels. Tutors are needed to teach 
one hour per week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in 
Hodgkins, Summit, Westmont, and Woodridge.  Two-day training will 
be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on two consecutive 
Saturdays: June 23rd and June 30th. Volunteers must attend both 
training sessions. No prior second language skills are needed. 
For more information, call (708) 354-9200 Ext. 5060, 5085, or 

The Vatican Internation Exhibition
Eucharistic Miracles of the World
(126 Church Approved Miracles)

Visitation Parish
(Podesta Hall-Church Basement)
779 South York Road, Elmhurst.

Sunday, June 2, 2007
Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 3, 2007
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


	(Loving Elmhurst Adoptive Families) is a social and 
support group of families living in Elmhurst who have built 
their families through adoption.  The group provides 
families with the opportunity to socialize with other 
families of adoption, help educate parents and children and 
to provide support to one another.  The group holds an 
annual Family Picnic, an Adoption Storytime at the library, 
outings and more.  If you are interested in finding out 
more information, please email or call Tina Schacht at 

	On Wednesday, June 13th LEAF will host a workshop called 
"Talking With Your Children About Adoption."  The program will 
take place at the Elmhurst Public Library and will begin at 7:00 
p.m.  Those interested in attending, please email 

Mayslake Ministries

"JOURNEY:  In Scripture, 
In the Spiritual tradition, In Adult Development"

Saturday, June 16, 2007

	This School of Spirituality  workshop will explore the 
theme of journey as a multi-faceted theme of life and spiritual 
development.  Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, Fr. Bill Burton, OFM and 
Joan Lopina will facilitate this at St. Margaret Mary parish in 
Naperville from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at a cost of $75.  Call 630-
323-1620 to register by June 6, 2007.

Marianjoy to Offer 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, let by a Marianjoy chaplain and a psychologist.  For more 
information or to register, please call 630-909-7102.

Open House Invitation to

Suzanne Knuepfer 
Senior Guest House
375 W. West Avenue, Elmhurst

Wednesday, May 23, 4 to 7 p.m.
	Families, potential senior guests, and professionals are 
welcome.  Refreshments will be served.  Call for more information 
630-516-3523.	The Suzanne Knuepfer Guest House is a bed-and-
breakfast style home that provides adults 60 and over a short-
term, supervised and supported setting.  Guests can stay for 1 to 
30 days and are provided with around-the-clock supervision, home 
cooked meals, companionship and special activities.

St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive

Weekend of June 2 and 3

	Spring cleaning?? Clear your home of all that extra 
clutter!!  We are having a collection for The Society of St. 
Vincent de Paul and we are looking for clean gently used 
clothing, shoes, cookware, linens, dishes, toys, books, lamps, 
etc.  Your donations will benefit the needy.  

	For your convenience, St. Vincent de Paul bags are 
available in the church vestibule this weekend.  Please fill 
these bags, or your own bags and boxes, with the items you are 
planning to donate and bring them to church the weekend of June 

	There will be a St. Vincent de Paul truck in the parking 
lot from 9:00 a. m. on Saturday, June 2 until 1:00 p.m. on 
Sunday, June 3.  We would appreciate it if you would place your 
donations in the St. Vincent DePaul truck.  	Receipts are 
always available for your donations  If you have donations of 
large items, please call 630-231-4658 to schedule a pick up from 
your home.

Thank you for Helping Us to Help People!

Diocesan News

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat
	The next Rachel's Vineyard Retreat for post abortive men 
and women is scheduled for September 23-25 at St. Charles 
Borromeo Pastoral Center.  For more information call Kay Corcoran 
at 815-838-7171.

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