This week, I would like to share with you a letter I recently received from the Spinelli family. I have asked for their permission to put their letter in the bulletin. There are many times when our lives touch others and we do not realize it. The welcome the Spinelli's received at Mary Queen led them to decide to join our parish. Also, the prayers of this community for their granddaughter have proved to be very powerful. Let us allow the Spinelli's to inspire us to be an even more welcoming community of people who are fervent in their prayer for others. You will all be in my prayers while I am away on vacation. God bless you. -Mary
I can't believe it was January that we had received this form from Mary Queen of Heaven. I am sorry it has taken so long to respond.
Paul and I have been attending mass and contributing at Mary Queen for over 2 years now. We have often thought of becoming registered members and just have never followed through. I have been a member of St. John Vianney in Northlake for my entire life (58 years). So although I have seldom attended Mass at St. John's during the past 2 years it is always difficult to make changes. However, I think it is finally time for us to move on. I have enclosed the registration form to become members of Mary Queen of Heaven.
We started attending Mass at Mary Queen when the Mass schedule at St. John's had changed and we knew we needed to attended Mass somewhere else, at least temporarily. We had gone to one other church and then attended Mary Queen of Heaven and have been going there ever since. As we have so often heard you say- "All are welcome". And I have felt that way since the first visit. Even parishioners make us feel welcome.
Since some time in the end of 2003 or beginning of 2004, our granddaughter, Baby Emma Lynde, has been on your "Prayer Request" list. Mary Alice Steck had placed her name on the list. Emma is one of those "Miracle" babies that you had recently mentioned at Mass a few weeks ago. A young woman at Mary Queen had recently been very ill with what must have been a hi-risk pregnancy. And they were at Mass that Sunday with their newborn "Miracle" baby. Although my daughter did not know it at the time in 2003, she was extremely ill during her pregnancy. As a result, to save her life and the life of her baby, she had an emergency C-section in July of 2003 and Emma was born over 3 months early. Emma weighed 1 1/2 pounds and was 12 1/2 inches long. Heather made a full recovery but Emma was very very ill and I can't tell you how many times we almost lost her. Fortunately she was a very strong willed little girl. The nurses were sure that her will to live and all the prayers made her a survivor. We had people everywhere, all across the country praying for her. Our little Emma is going to be 4 years old soon. She still has some respiratory, vision and growth problems to overcome so I would like to ask you to leave her name on the Prayer list. I want to say thank you to all the members of Mary Queen of Heaven for all those prayers. I know the prayers are what really helped her to get through some extremely difficult times. My daughter, Heather is coming in the weekend of July 1st with Emma. So we will see you at church that weekend. If you see a very feisty, very little girl with glasses that will be Emma Ann.
Again, my many thanks for all the prayers that have come from Mary Queen of Heaven.
A Vocation View Treating others with compassion is a mark of a follower of Jesus, whether known as The Good Samaritan, mother, priest, sister, deacon or Brother. Use GoodSearch search engine & earn money for MQH! Enter www.goodsearch.com for web site. Type "Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church" into the "I support" box, & click "verify". Continue your search. 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 email@example.com. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Community 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 There is more good news to share with you about the 2007 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. Many thanks to those of you who have already made generous pledges to the Appeal. We have reached 70 percent of our Diocesan goal, with $4,500,000 pledged. This year we have more donors and more revenue compared to this time last year. If you have not had the opportunity to make a pledge pledged, now is the time to do so, before busy summer schedules take over. You can either send your pledge on the forms in the back of church or give directly through the Diocese of Joliet website www.dioceseofjoliet.org. Click on Donate Now Click and Pledge. At Mary Queen of Heaven parish, we have reached 59% of our goal, with $16,002.00 pledged. Let's do what we can to reach 100%. The ministries of the Diocese touch so many of our families and our neighbors that it is our responsibility to help our neighbors and friends. Please be generous. Thank you! 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 email@example.com or reply online at www.stfrancis.edu/openhouse 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). 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 Lou Ciancio George 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 Richard Jones Kathy Johnston Irene Kmieciak Bernadette Kohn Anne Kostas John Larkin Baby Emma Lynde Marie Mangano Robert Manion Dennis McCabe Kathryn Passarelli 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 Richard Vanni Rest in Peace Hope Augusta Pingitore 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. If you have any questions or need more information, please call Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962 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. Religious Education We need your help! The summer of '07 is in full 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 levels. The time slots are 3:15 - 4:30, 5:15 - 6:30, and 7:00- 8:15PM respectively. 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.. Christian Education Commission RCIA 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 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) In Case You Missed the First Week, There are still 3 More Weeks of THEOLOGY ON TAP 2007 July 18, 25, and August 1 7:00 p.m. Come and hear Bishop Roger Kaffer discuss the Sacrament of Confession, and mingle with other young adults on Wednesday night, July 18, at 7 pm at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Elmhurst (426 N. West Avenue), the Northeast DuPage Collegiate Site. College-age to mid-20s young adults are invited to hear these exciting speakers. 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. For further information, contact Joe Goryl at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Attention! Attention! Attention Due to priests' vacations, we will have 2 Wednesday Communion Services instead of Mass on July 18 and 25. Thank you for your understanding. Parish News Katrina Relief is still on-going. The Diocese of Joliet Catholic Construction Corps is having an information night for those interested in helping with this relief on August 29th 7 - 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Center in Romeoville. For more information call: 815-834-4028, or go to www.paxjoliet.org/mission. Come and visit a classroom! Meet the teacher and make a craft! Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool is mission-driven, play-based, and has a multiple intelligence curriculum. Serving children ages 3-5 3 day Morning Program 2 day Morning Program Tuition competitive with other local programs Approved by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools Mary Queen of Heaven Preschool registration continues! Please see our website at www.maryqueenpreschool.org and contact the school office for more information and registration. (630) 833-9500 Preschool tours scheduled on request. PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSES JULY 21st Saturday 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. JULY 24th and 31st Tuesdays 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Wings to Heaven Youth Group all 5th -8th graders Hot dog and game night Thursday July 26th 6-8 pm Barrett hall questions call Kathleen Gusloff 832-4348, or email@example.com
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