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

How wonderful it was to watch our Music Ministry perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat once again! During the month of July, together with the City of Elmhurst, Comcast is broadcasting Joseph on Channel 6. Joseph will be shown on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. It is a wonderful production! It gives us the chance to see Joseph once again, with close up shots and some things even coming through more clearly than in the church. Please take the time to savor this terrific accomplishment by our Music Ministry. And please share the news with your friends and neighbors. At the end of this article, a list of the towns in the Channel 6 coverage area are listed.

In the meantime, I would like to share with you some news about staffing changes that are occurring over the summer. While his work kept him pretty much in the background, some of you know our Business Manager, Richard Kaffka. Rich came to the parish shortly after I did, in early 2004. The previous Business Manager unexpectedly resigned after I was here only 30 days, presenting me with a kind of crisis situation. At that time, I contacted the Diocese of Joliet for help in getting someone to help until I could hire another Business Manager. They recommended Rich Kaffka and he has been here ever since. He assisted me with arranging an audit of the parish in the beginning and helped us with updating our accounting system. He has worked closely with me and the Parish Finance Council over the last few years as we have worked hard to reduce the operating deficit that began before my arrival with the loss of rental income. His coming here was a tremendous help to us. I have affectionately referred to him as our "angel in shining armor." Gene Suwanski, Chair of our Parish Finance Council, has instead referred to him as our "angel in an armored Humvee"! It is true that Rich attacked a number of problems we had and helped to get many things in new order.

Now, we are much better organized and we are doing much better financially, finally expecting to break even this year. I should add that this is primarily due to the generosity of parishioners who have helped us financially. (The Parish Finance Council would want me to further add that this does not mean that things are going to be smooth sailing without continued work on our Sunday offertory and fundraising!) Still, this is an incredible accomplishment in this short time and Rich has certainly helped us along the way.

Now, Rich is ready to take on some new challenges, assisting other parishes who need help. I want to express my gratitude for the time he has served here at Mary Queen. Rich will remain available for us for back-up assistance. In the meantime, Sister Marlene is now our new "Office Manager." You may not know that Sister Marlene came to us with a Master's Degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She will now be taking over Rich's work, in addition to her present responsibilities. However, we will have coverage for her while she is taking care of business functions. Deacon Tom, who recently retired from his regular job, will be working in the office one day a week to cover for Sister Marlene.

I hope you are enjoying these wonderful days of summer, especially with the moderate weather we have had in this past week. I will be leaving next week for North Carolina for the birth of my granddaughter and I will be staying for a while after her birth. You will all be in my prayers even while I am away. God bless you all.


Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

A Vocation View

Jesus says: "The harvest is rich, but the laborers are few; 
therefore, ask the harvest-master to send workers to the harvest.  
Pray for vocations.

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University of St. Francis 

 	University of St. Francis to host Adult, Graduate and 
Transfer Open House - Noon -7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18th  
Moser Performing Arts Center (Wilcox and Douglas Streets, 
Joliet). This event is perfect for adult students looking 
to return to college and continue their pursuit of a higher 
education degree, or those wishing to continue their 
current education journey. Those attending can learn about 
financial aid options and transfer scholarships, receive a 
credit evaluation from a counselor, talk to USF faculty and 
MUCH more. RSVP today by calling (800) 735-7500, e-mail to or reply online at 

Reporting Sexual Abuse
	Anyone who has reasonable cause to suspect the sexual 
abuse of a minor by a member of the clergy or other Church 
personnel is urged to report the matter immediately.  To 
inform the Diocese of Joliet, call Sr. Mary Frances Seeley, 
OSF (Victim Assistance Coordinator) at 1-815-263-6467 or 
write the Diocese of Joliet, 524 Summit Street, Joliet 

	Contact DCFS at 1-800-252-2873 or call the office of 
the local County States Attorney.

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 	
	7.	Thank your friends or family.
	8.	Thank God for the opportunity to share faith 	
	(brief prayer).

Update and Invitation
 During the summer months our sessions are abbreviated and will 
occur on the following Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.:  
 July 8th, 15th and 29th, August 19th and 26th.
Anyone interested can join us following the 8:30 Mass, enter into a 
discussion time or come for the discussion prior to attending the 
10:30 Mass.
Are you interested in becoming part of the Catholic faith? 
You are invited to "Come and See"
v     If you would like to inquire about the 
        Catholic Faith
v	  If you are not Baptized
v     If you are a Baptized Catholic but 
        have never received the Sacraments   
        of Eucharist and Confirmation  
v     If  you might like to bring someone you 
        know who is interested in our 
        Catholic Faith  
v     If you would like to be a sponsor for 
        someone along the journey
        Questions?? Please contact Mimi Wolak (941-3851) or Tom Nanak  
(530- 4502) 

	Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool registration continues!  
Please see our website at and 
contact the parish office for more information and 

	Preschool tours scheduled on request.

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

Even the smallest action in our lives-like giving to the 
Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal-can be an opportunity to 
praise and serve God.  As God is generous to us, He asks us 
to be generous to those in need.  Please give in proportion 
to your own blessings.

Religious Education 

We need your help!
The summer of  '07 is in fully swing, but before you know it, we 
will be seeing those "back to school" ads in the newspapers. 
While enjoying all the wonderful events of Summer, please 
consider helping in our Religious Education program. Your 
children, your God, and your parish will be most grateful.
At this time we need people at every session time at many grade 
The time slots are 3:15 - 4:30, 5:15 - 6:30, and 7:00- 8:15PM 

If you love children and you love your faith, we invite you to 
join our staff. We will help you with the rest. Our Religious Ed 
Program is one of the best in the area, which is reflected in our 
continually growing enrollment. But we cannot do it without you. 
Please call for more information to see how you can help. We look 
forward to hearing from you.

Registrations are still being taken for 07/08 RE year. If you 
have not mailed yours in yet, please do so as soon as possible. 
We would appreciate your help in getting that word out to your 
friends and neighbors as well..

FYI: Just so you are aware, we are in the RE office during the 
summer. If you need to contact us for any reason, please feel 
free to call and leave a message - 832-8962. 

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

Christian Education Commission

Attention!  Attention!  Attention

	Due to priests' vacations, we will have 3 Wednesday 
Communion Services instead of Mass on July 11, 18, and 25.  
Thank you for your understanding.

Are you missing something?
	Sometime ago a leather jacket was left behind in 
church.  Please contact the Parish Office if you think it 
might belong to you.  We also have a cell phone that was 
found on our grounds.

Theology on Tap 2007
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1
Mark your calendars!
Mary Queen of Heaven in Elmhurst will be the Northeast 
DuPage Collegiate Site for Theology on Tap this summer. 
College-age to mid-20s young adults are invited to hear 
exciting speakers four Wednesday nights in July.
July 11 - "From the Pew to the Street" - presented by 
Bill Johnson, an ordained deacon and Director of 
Campus Ministry at Marmion Academy in Aurora.
July 18 - "Why Should I Tell My Sins to a Priest" - 
presented by Bishop Roger Kaffer, Auxiliary 
Bishop of Joliet.
July 25 - "You Have a Call" - presented by Sal Solo, 
Director of ACTS Evangelism and Worship and 
former British rock star.
August 1 - "God's Gym: Health & Spirituality for Young 
Catholics" - presented by Sarah Jarzembowski, 
Apostolic Board of Advisors for Charis 
Ministries, the Jesuit outreach to young adults 
in Chicago, and a consultant for Jenny Craig 
weight loss center.
Come and hear interesting speakers and mingle with other 
young adults. For further information, contact Joe Goryl at .


Are you widowed? 
Do you know someone who is widowed?

If you have been recently widowed (within the last several 
years), and are still struggling with the loss, of if you have 
been widowed for some time and need something to get you "over 
the hump" because you seem stuck in one spot, this program is 
designed to help you move on with your life while treasuring your 
past and its precious memories.

This weekend program will be held at Immaculate Conception 
Parish, Elmhurst.  All are invited.  The Joyful Again! retreat is 
for both men and women (all ages) who have been widowed and are 
still trying to find hope and joy in their lives.

What:		Weekend retreat for widowed men and women.  
When:	August 18-19, 2007
Where:	Immaculate Conception Parish, Elmhurst, Illinois
Donation:	$75 - includes meals (Adjusted if needed)

For further information, call:  (708-354-7211).

Community News

Mother McAuley Annual Golf Outing

Friday, August 3 at Stony Creek Golf Course in Oak Lawn.  
Contact the Alumnae Office at 773-881-6565 or to register.

Attention prayerful single men!

	The Gethsemani Trappist Monastery (for men) in 
Trappist, Kentucky and St. Meinrad Benedictine Monastery in 
St. Meinrad, Indiana will be hosting group and individual 
"Live-in Experience" vocational retreats soon.  Work and 
pray with the monks and enjoy the vocational talks.  The 
Gethsemani retreat is Aug 3rd-10th and Aug 10th-17th.  The 
St. Mainrad retreat is July 27th-Aug. 1st.  There is no 
cost but space is limited.  For dates and information call 
toll free 1-800-221-1807.

	Making it Easier to Give

Please consider this option when choosing how to best support our 
Parish Family at Mary Queen of Heaven.
Contact, or calling 866-PARISH-1 for further 

 "God loves a cheerful giver"

Community News

Dinner & Dialogue with the Wheaton Franciscans

	This session on Franciscan Spirituality will be 
presented on Monday, august 6, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 
p.m., at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 26 W 171 Roosevelt 
Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

	The "Dinner..." will begin with a simple meal, followed 
by a prayer, engaging presentations, and then a table 
discussion.  This session will touch on the topic of Face 
of Christ Incarnate. 
	 Our presenters will be Sr. Jean Ford, OSF, M.A., in 
Education, Art Expressionist and Energy Teacher and invited 
guests.  Cost $15 for this session or $20 for all two 
sessions.  To register, please call the Justice, Peace and 
Integrity of Creation Office at:
(630) 784-2555, or email us at

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