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

A Vocation View
Whom the Lord loves, he disciplines.  The best way to lead others 
through the narrow gate is to be formed and disciplined as a 
leader.  Then you can go through the
 narrow gate, yourself.

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 28 - St. Daniel the Prophet Parish Center
                   101 West Loop Drive in Wheaton 

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
	Mary Martin			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		Linda Barone Simons
	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.

Wanted: Eucharistic Ministers
	As Mary Queen of Heaven continues to grow, so does our need 
for an increased number of volunteers in the various parish 
ministries.  We would like to add more Eucharistic Ministers to 
accommodate our growth and we ask that you consider becoming one 
of them.  It is truly a privilege and humbling experience.
	The following are requirements to be a Eucharistic 
Minister:  The person must be Catholic and in good standing with 
the Church, and must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  
Eucharistic Ministers must be at least 16 years old.  Training 
will be provided at the church on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 
7:00 pm.  Please call the parish office at (630) 279-5700 to 
register in advance.

"So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees". (Today's 
Second Reading) Let Worldwide Marriage Encounter strengthen your 
Marriage.  The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend 
is....Sept. 21-23.  Contact couple:  Tom and Mary Leonard 630-577-
0778.  Website:

	There will be altar server training for all current servers 
and for those wishing to become servers on Saturday, September 8 
at 10:00a.m.  Children who have received First Eucharist are 
eligible to serve.  Please call the parish office to register at 
(630) 279-5700.  Thank you.

Please see our website at and contact the 
school office for more information and registration.  
(630) 833-9500
	Preschool tours scheduled on request.
Preschool opens September 4, 2007!

	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 after all the Masses this weekend.  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 
	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 Phyllis 
Twardowski (279-6239).

Get what you give . . . volunteer! Whether you are young or old, there 
is a volunteer opportunity for you at Catholic Charities in the Diocese 
of Joliet.  You can volunteer at one of the shelters, at our soup 
kitchen, work with seniors or children, or assist with planning one of 
Catholic Charities many special events.  To learn more about volunteer 
opportunities and our programs and services, visit our website at  or call our Development Office at 815-723-3405

	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 
For more information, call (708)482-5060 or (708)482-5085

	The Catholic Diocese of Joliet is planning its next medical and 
construction mission to the Philippines.  An Information meeting will 
be held on October 3rd, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the St. Charles Pastoral 
Center, 402 S. Independence Blvd., Romeoville, IL 60446.  Interested 
persons are invited to attend. Further information can be found at 

Women in the
 New Testament
	Come and "make a difference" by becoming a Bible Study 
	During our Parish Mission this past Lent, we were asked to 
"Go, make a difference in this world."  Is the Lord calling you 
to share your faith and ability to guide a discussion with 
	Beginning the week of September 24, 2007, the Adult 
Education Ministry of Mary Queen of Heaven will be offering a 
study of the Women in the New Testament through the Little Rock 
Scripture Study.  It will run 8 weeks through the week of 
November 12, 2007.
	In both the Old and New Testament, what is most striking 
about the way the story of salvation is told is that from a 
patriarchal society, the story of woman, embodied in the stories 
of so many women, is still told.  A culture that naturally would 
overlook the roles and voices of women, and yet these women are 
not erased.  The part these women play is essential and could not 
be left out.  
	As the author of this study states, "Our challenge is to 
try to make sense of its inclusion and to take the story from 
	During our Parish Mission this past Lent, we were asked to 
"Go, make a difference in this world."  Is the Lord calling you 
to share your faith and ability to guide a discussion with 
others?  Come and "make a difference" by becoming a Bible Study 
Facilitator.  If you
are interested in becoming a facilitator for a group, please call 
Lynn Suwanski at 630-530-2523.  Ample training will be provided.

Religious Education News

Our catechist meetings begin this week and we still have 
classes that need a leader.  HELP us fill our remaining 
catechist positions.  Our opening event is September 12th. 
We pray that we will not have to delay our first class 
session on September 19th because good people like yourself  
(you know who you are) have not come forward. 

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. Help our children to get to know our God.

Please bear in mind we have over 500 children in RE our program. 
We have almost 70 catechist and aide positions to fill. We need 
only 9 more. We are blessed. However, these positions must be 
filled. If you can help, please call the REO today. Classes begin 

Help keep our children safe on Wednesday afternoons. 
We are in dire need of help with traffic control on Wednesdays. 
The parking lot is very congested on Wednesdays, particularly the 
first session with folks picking up Emerson children, Emerson 
children walking over to our school building, and people from 
schools other than Emerson dropping off children for RE. It would 
take only 15-20 minutes of your time weekly. But the service that 
you would be providing our little ones could last a lifetime. If 
you always wanted to help in the RE program, but the classroom is 
just not your thing, than this may be where you are called. Know 
that if your children are not registered at the first session, we 
can use help monitoring traffic at all three sessions. We are 
waiting for your call.

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. Remember that we do not process registrations the 
week of September 19th. If you want your children to start on the 
first day of class, register now. Pass the word to your friends 
and neighbors. 
Our calendar and other information regarding RE has been mailed. 
If you are a returning family, you should have received it. 
Please read it over carefully.

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

The following are those grade levels where help is still needed:
Session 1 - 3:15PM
Preschool four - 1 person is needed to aide (a great position for 
a young person)
Kindergarten -   1 adult aide is needed to help the 2 adults 
already in the classroom.

Session 2 - 5:15PM
Grade One -    1 lead catechist        Grade Five - 1 co-
catechist      Grade Six - 2 catechists          
Grade Seven  - 1 co-catechist

Session 3 -  7:00PM 
Grade Six  -     2 co-catechists
All sessions meet on Wednesdays.

Labor Day Mass Schedule

Mass will be celebrated at 9:00AM in the Church on Monday, 
September 3.  All are invited to join us in prayer.

Diocese of Joliet 
Office of the Bishop 

425 Summit St.                                                                                                                           
Tel: 815-722-6602 
Joliet, Illinois 60435-7155                                                                                                          
Fax: 815-722-6632 
August 15, 2007 
Solemnity of the Assumption 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 

	     You may be aware that Planned Parenthood will soon 
open a clinic that will provide abortions within the boundaries 
of the Diocese of Joliet. Located on the border of Naperville and 
Aurora, this will be the second abortion clinic to open in DuPage 
County in the past five years. I am deeply saddened that DuPage 
County will soon hold the distinction of hosting five abortion 
clinics within its borders. 

       The proposed opening of the new clinic is a troubling 
development. For everyone concerned, abortion is a source of 
great suffering and sorrow. As Catholics, we hope in the Lord of 
Life. Made in his image and likeness, we know that human life is 
sacred. At times like this, it is important to remember that our 
lives are not our own. Each of us belongs to Christ, and he asks 
us to serve him in one another and to show particular concern for 
the most vulnerable among us. 
	    As Catholics, we will stand proudly and consistently 
"For Life" in our diocese. Rather than collapsing in negativity, 
we call on all people of good will to respond with positive 
action. Every step we take must be peaceful.

       Prayer is our most powerful weapon. Pray that the Gospel of 
Life will take root and flourish in the seven counties that make 
up our diocese. Pray for all pregnant women in need, particularly 
those who find themselves in seemingly desperate situations. Pray 
for a conversion of heart in those who support and work at 
abortion facilities. Pray for healing of those who suffer the 
impact of abortion. 
       Work through your parish and area Pro-Life organizations to 
make known your Pro-Life convictions. Do what you can to offer 
support to pregnant women in need. Write letters to the editor of 
the local newspapers and to elected officials expressing 
opposition and concern, and always do so in a peace-filled, 
respectful manner. Our peaceful demeanor is one way we will 
consistently demonstrate our love and respect for all life. 
        Please join me on Friday, September 7 in a day of prayer 
and penance for the promotion of a Culture of Life and an end to 
abortion. Pray in the manner of your choosing - perhaps attend 
Mass that day, pray the rosary or other favorite prayers, for the 
intention of an increased respect for the sacredness of life. 
Choose a simple penance in keeping with your health and daily 
duties - abstain from meat or sweets that day, or refrain from 
television or other entertainment. Such simple efforts on our 
part can be a powerful witness to our neighbors and a sign to our 
Heavenly Father that we love the life - the lives - he has given 
       May we never tire of proclaiming the dignity and worth of 
every human life. May we never tire of serving the vulnerable and 
their caregivers with generous hearts. And may we never cease to 
pray for the day when all people, and all societies, will defend 
the life of every human from conception to natural death. 
       Sincerely in Christ, 
Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain 
Bishop of Joliet 

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