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 write this article on the last night of my vacation, as I look forward to being back at the parish tomorrow. You may know that I traveled to North Carolina for the birth of my granddaughter, Emma Michele. It was a great privilege to be invited to be present for her birth. I will always be grateful to my daughter-in-law Briana (and son Jason) for such a generous gift. Jason and Briana, her mother Shirley, and myself were all together in the birthing room, and when little Emma was born, we all cried with tears of joy and wonder. What a miracle it is to witness new life coming into the world! Mom, baby, and Dad (and grandparents) are all doing very well! And today, I received the news from Eric and Jessica (my grandson Jameson's parents) that they are working on making a new sibling for Jameson and cousin for Emma! How blessed it is for a grandmother to know the love her children have for their spouses and their own children.

It was good to be able to see all of my children at different times during this trip. Being together with my family is rejuvenating for me. On my way home from North Carolina, I also stopped in downstate Illinois, where I spent the weekend with my cousin Brenda and her family. Brenda was born on the exact same day as me, and all throughout our lives, we have enjoyed each other's company and comparing notes on life. It has always been amazing how many experiences we shared in common, especially because she has always been a country girl and I've always been a city girl. There are human experiences that transcend culture and distance. Lately, we are learning more about the ones that come with advancing age!

Last night, on my way back, I dropped off Saint Catharine at the vet's office. She had come along with me on vacation but I wanted to spend my last day at the retreat house, where she is not able to stay. (Catharine is the dog I adopted earlier this year, when the last of my children moved out of state!) Before I went to bed last night, here at the retreat house, I spent some time writing the foreword and introduction for my first novel. I don't know if I will ever finish writing the novel, but beginning it was a fun exercise in imagination! Today, I spent the day reading some books that I was given as gifts. (It has been a long time since I read books unrelated to my doctoral thesis!) I read a book on priesthood given to me some time ago by Father Enright, and a book of valuable Latin sayings given to me as a graduation gift by Father Tapper. I also read much of a book given to me by my father, who happens to be a physician. This book was written by the scientist who heads the Human Genome Project. He shares the story about how, as an agnostic scientist, he came to believe in God and accept Jesus into his life. He writes about the need that science and religion have for each other, and how a person can be both a scientist and a believer. He talks about how the discovery of the genetic map of human DNA points to the working of God.

Vacations can be life-giving time. Reading books, enjoying new scenery, visiting with family, breathing fresh air, getting some rest, expanding your mind and imagination, all of these are things that we need to do in order to grow, to learn, and to be refreshed. It is not always possible to take a long vacation or to travel far (not to mention how rare is the opportunity to witness a child being born!). But we all need vacation time. I remember once hearing a presentation on aging given to some older nuns by an elderly priest. He said that we should all have 100 vacations a day. He gave some examples of how to do this, like using the time spent walking between two buildings to notice flowers, squirrels, or whatever life there is around you. We all need to relax the attention we give to the regular busyness of our lives and the things that worry us - and give our focus to other, more pleasant things for a while. (There is a favorite scripture passage of mine in Philippians - chapter 4, verse 8 - that gives good advice about what kinds of things we should pay attention to.) Paradoxically, the less time we spend worrying about things, the easier they are to manage.

So, if you have not yet had a summer vacation, I hope that you will take one. Or enjoy 100 of them, if you can! No vacation is perfect but every vacation can do something to feed your soul. Tomorrow, I will pick up Saint Catharine and return home. (By the way, she also had a good vacation and enjoyed meeting some other dogs in the family!) I still have a long to-do list that I brought with me of things I still haven't done, and I have a box of magazines I brought with me that I still haven't finished reading. I have dirty laundry in my suitcase and I know there are three boxes of mail and lots of other things waiting for me at the office. But I shall return refreshed. Thanks be to God!

Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

A Vocation View

Another sign of Vocation is that your heart is more intent on 
things of heaven rather than on things of earth.  
God is everything:  the only thing.

Eucharistic Adoration
	The saints, the artists and experts of love, 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)
	The Worship Commission would like to thank all who have 
signed up to watch one hour with Jesus at our monthly Eucharistic 
Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament over the last 
2 years. 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  at our next Day of Eucharistic Adoration, 
Monday, August 6, 2007 from 9 AM to 7 PM.  The day of adoration 
and prayer closes with Benediction at 7:00 PM.  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, 
especially in the middle of the day.  Please see the large sign-
up poster in the back of church. 

 In Loving Memory of 
Marquerite Strandgard

 Can't believe it's a year 
since we saw your beautiful face.
 You left a lasting mark 
on everyone you touched.
 You did not die 
for you live on 
in our hearts and memories
 that even death can not erase.
 You are the eternal flame 
that will burn 
in the hearts of all of us 
until we meet again.

 We love and miss you
From the Ciamprone Family

In Memory of My Beloved Wife
Marquerite Strandgard

It's been a year since you've been gone,
My life is not the same
I love and miss you everyday,
My heart is filled with pain
Someday, My love we will be together again
Until that day, may God bless you and keep you
I miss you so much!

Love Fred

	Mark your calendars!  Parent Orientation Night (parents only) is 
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Social Hall.
	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 and contact the school 
office for more information and registration.  
(630) 833-9500
	Preschool tours scheduled on request.

	Mark your calendars!  The annual Mary Queen of Heaven 
Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday September 16th from 12:30 
p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
	Come spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy music, 
games, food and good old family fun.  As in past years, you may 
bring your own food or purchase your meal.  The food will be 
supplied by Cuomo Catering and the menu will include Fried 
Chicken, Italian Sausage, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad 
and Roasted Corn. Complimentary Desserts and Coffee will be 
provided by the parish and parish families. Tickets will be 
available beginning the weekend of August 11th and 12th after all 
the Masses.  The donation for an Adult Ticket is $9 per person, 
and $6 for children under 12.  Pop, Water, Popcorn and Cotton 
Candy will be available for purchase.
	For more information or to volunteer to help, please call:  
Bob Glick (833-5725), Sheila Reiter (833-6657), Ed Hayes (279-
5325), Mary White (833-9809), Mike Launius (220-6927) or Phylis 
Twardowski (279-6239).

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			Joyce Belasiek
	Pam Bondfide			Pat Caffarelli
	Rose Caffarelli			Kathy Calzante
	Cosmore Ciancio			Dennis Ciancio
	Lou Ciancio			George Cibula
	Paul Cirone			Ida Corriedo
	Cynthia Catalano Family		Rosemary Davis
	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			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

	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.

Looking for a place to sell your beautiful, clever and useful 

         Try St. Alexander's Annual

Crafters' Holiday

St. Alexander's Hall
230 S. Cornell, Villa Park,
Scheduled this year for
Saturday, October 27, 2007
$30.00 per space with your table; $40 with our table;
Call Pat (941-8592) or Marianne (834-2183)
For an application and further details.

St. Charles Borromeo School, 145 E. Grand Ave., Bensenville, has 
a part time position available for a school secretary.  If you 
enjoy being with children and would like additional information, 
please contact our school office at 630-766-0116.


	The Twenty-ninth Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass 
will be celebrated on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at the 
Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet.  All couples and their 
families, no matter how many years married, are invited to attend 
the event (maximum of four guests per couple, please). Bishop J. 
Peter Sartain will distribute certificates to those couples 
celebrating  25, 50, and more than 50 years of marriage.  Please 
pre-register by completing and returning the form by August 10, 
2007.  For more information, please call 815-838-5334.

Registration Form
Celebrate the Anniversaries of Marriage 
at the 
Cathedral of St. Raymond, Joliet 
Sunday, August 19, 2007 
3:00 P.M.

Last Name of Couple_________________
Parish you attend_____________________
Date of Marriage_____________________
# of Yrs. Married_____________________
# of children____ # of grandchildren_____
 # of great-grandchildren_________
A  reception will be held in the Joyce Center 
following the mass.
___We will attend the mass and reception.        
_____We will attend the mass only.
____# of additional guests attending (Limit of 4, 
Please return this form by August 10  to:
The Center for Family Ministry
402 S. Independence Blvd.
Romeoville, IL 60446-2264
FAX: 815-834-4045	     Email:
For more information, call (815) 838-5334

Religious Education News
There are just 5 weeks left until the opening of the MQHRE 
07/08 year. We cannot do it without you.
Please note the positions that still need to be filled. 

Are you called to be a catechist??
	Are you aware that at your Baptism, all Christians are 
commissioned to do the work of Jesus? Did you know that all 
Catholics are called to further the teaching mission of Jesus? Have 
you heard that by sharing your faith with children, you deepen your 
own faith in the process? Do you know that without our volunteer 
catechists, we do not have a Religious Education Program? 
	Please consider joining our team of dedicated men and women 
just like yourself who weekly share their Faith with the young 
people of the parish. We still have openings that must be filled. 
Help our children to get to know our God.
The following are those grade levels where you are needed:
Session 1 - 3:15
Pre Three - 1 Aide
Session 2 - 5:15
Grade Six - 2   Grade Seven  - 1  
Session 3 - 7:00
Grade Six - 2   Grade Seven - 2

	All sessions meet on Wednesdays. Please bear in mind because of 
the size of our program we have almost 70 catechist and aide 
positions to fill. We need only nine more. We are blessed. If you 
can help, please call the REO today. Classes begin in just a few 

Have you registered yet? 
     Registrations are still being taken in the REO for the coming 
year. Our opening event is September 12th.  It will be here before we 
know it. If you have not registered, please do so ASAP. Pass the 
word to your friends and neighbors. Classes are filling up.

For more info on any of the above, please call Mary Ann Woods at the 
REO, 832-8962.

MQH Parish Patron Feast Day
    The feast day of Mary Queen of Heaven will be celebrated on 
Sunday, August 19th, with an outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m.  We hope 
you and your family will join other parishioners at this Mass of 
     The Mass will be held between the church and school 
building, directly behind Barrett Hall.  Should the weather be 
inclement, Mass will be held in the Church.
    Following Mass there will be fellowship in Barrett Hall.  
This is a great opportunity for our parish families to meet and 
become better acquainted with each other, while enjoying 
conversation and refreshments (coffee, tea, juice and sweets).  
We look forward to seeing you and your family on this special 

Catholic Charities Offers Spanish Speaking Counseling Services
	Catholic Charities is pleased to offer Spanish speaking 
counseling services in Will County (office located in Joliet) and 
DuPage County (office located in Lombard).  Services are provided 
for individuals, couples and families.  There is a cost for 
counseling services, and fees will be assessed based on ability 
to pay and financial need.  For more information or to schedule 
an appointment, call toll free at 1-800-240-7011. For office 
locations and to learn more about program and services at 
Catholic Charities, visit our website at

L.O.S.S. Support Group
(Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)
	Through the collaboration of Catholic Charities (the 
Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet), 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. 
For more information, call toll free at 1-800-240-7011. The next 
meeting dates are as follows:
August 15 - St. Paul the Apostle Activity Center
                   130 Woodlawn in Joliet
August 28 - St. Daniel the Prophet Parish Center
                   101 West Loop Drive in Wheaton 

	The Congregation of St. Joseph (formerly Sisters of St. 
Joseph of La Grange Park) is greatly in need of volunteers for 
its adult literacy program, School on Wheels. Tutors are needed 
to teach one hour or so per week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. 
to 8 p.m. in Cicero, Hodgkin, Lombard, Summit, Westmont, and 
Woodridge. Two-day trainings will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2 
p.m. on August 27th and 28th or 29th and 30th. Volunteers must 
attend one two-day training session. No prior second language 
skills are needed.
	For more information, call (708) 482-5060 or (708) 482-5085

"Catholic Charities Month"
Dear Friends,
     In life we all sing a song, a melody of our own.  We sing it 
because God truly wants us to be happy!  Unfortunately, not 
everyone's song is so joyful.
     August has again been designated "Catholic Charities Month" 
in the Diocese of Joliet and while we are making time to 
celebrate the goodness of our work, we also know that it's a time 
when some families are planning where their next meal will come 
from, how they will pay their rent, how they will afford school 
supplies or how they will care for an aging parent.
     I hope you'll make time to learn more about Catholic 
Charities this month and in the months to come.  Visit our 
website at  It will give you information about 
the 60,000 people we serve each year, our budget and the fact 
that while we made some challenging budget cuts, 90 cents of 
every dollar is still used for direct client benefits.
     May God bless you and your families, and may the rest of 
your summer be filled with joyful songs!
Kathleen McGowan
Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet

	JOYFUL AGAIN!  Is a two-day program for widows and widowers 
who want to resolve the grief they feel inside and begin to live 
again after the death of their spouse.  It is based on the belief 
that with God's help all things are possible; that through Him we 
can help each other and ourselves.  The weekend employs a series 
of video presentations, followed by facilitated small group 
discussion and private reflection time.  Participants can 
discover how others are coping with their loss and what they have 
found helpful in dealing with their grief.  Trained facilitators, 
who have been widowed themselves, help with the weekend and the 
What:  2-day Retreat for the Widowed
When:  Sat. & Sun. August 18 & 19
Where:  Immaculate Conception Parish, 134 Arthur, Elmhurst (3 
doors west of York Rd. and 3 blocks north of St. Charles)
Donation:  $75.00 including meals (some scholarships available)
Call:  Charlotte Hrubes 708/354-7211 for more information or to 

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