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

Please see our website at and 
contact the school office for more information and 
registration.              (630) 833-9500
Preschool classes have begun.  We still have some openings in our 
Tuesday/Thursday class.  
Come join us!
	         Preschool tours scheduled on request.
Special Preschool Blessing at the 10:30a.m. Mass on September 23, 

Teacher Aide Position Available
	Do you enjoy working with children, fostering their 
growth spiritually, academically, physically, and 
emotionally?  We are currently accepting resumes for the 
teacher aide position for our Preschool here at MQH.  
Please direct resumes to Mrs. Liz Lowrey at MQH Preschool 
426 N. West Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126 

Women in the
 New Testament 
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.

You will have the opportunity to sign-up for this series 
this weekend September 15-16.  Representatives will be at 
the back of church with materials you will need.  The 2 
books for the study are $12.00.  Information will also be 
provided to help you choose the day and time that best fits 
your schedule.  Bibles will also be available.  Please 
speak to Mary Foley for any monetary assistance you may 
need to purchase the study material. 

New Yoga Class Schedule 
	Come for one or more classes recommended for ages 15 
to 75 (however, everyone is welcome)
	Increase your flexibility, strength, and decrease your 
stress.  It is about balance, strength, and mobility.
Tuesdays 9 am to 10 am
Aug 28, Sept 11 & 18, Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 and 27
Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
October 3rd,  and 17th and 24th
$4 per class ($6 for families)
	Call Debbie Styka at 941-7224
Please bring a non-slip yoga mat if you have one.
Required:  comfortable clothing, socks that can come off

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.

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	The Peace and Justice Committee of Mary Queen of Heaven 
Parish is looking for a few good members to take part in its 
activities. This committee is involved in a major effort to 
provide information to the members of the parish concerning 
Catholic social teaching as it applies to contemporary social, 
economic and international issues facing all of us. The committee 
sponsors speakers on these topics and arranges carefully targeted 
activities to help alleviate unjust and unfair conditions facing 
people today.  New people and new ideas for the committee's 
activities are needed to enable it to realize its potential. 
Meetings are held the 2nd Thurs. of each month in the Conference 
Room off Mary's Gathering Place.  Join us at 7:30p.m.  on Sept. 
13th to take part in an important parish activity.

"So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees".  
	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:

Catholic Charities Hosts L.O.S.S. Support Group
(Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)
	Catholic Charities has support groups in place for anyone 
who has lost a relative or friend to suicide.  A trained 
facilitator and a mental health professional assist these groups.  
These groups meet from 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. on either the 3rd Wed. 
or 4th Tues. of the month.  For more information, call toll free 

Immaculate Conception Parish, 134 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, will 
kick-off another year of its peer support ministry for those 
experiencing separation or divorce, on Monday, September 17 at 
7:15p.m.  All are welcome.  For more information please call 

Beyond the Tap: Upcoming Events for Young Adults
(for men and women in college and in their 20s or 30s, married and single)

Brew with the Bishop - with Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Bishop of 
"Why Are the Sacraments So Important for Young Adult Catholics?"
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 7:00 p.m.
Mullen's Bar & Grill, Warrenville Rd. & Naper Blvd., Lisle
Cost: $5.00 at the door, plus the cost of dinner and drinks
RSVP required.  Call Dave Miserendino at (630) 851-3444, x225
*	please note this program is ONLY open to those 18 to 39

Sacred Fun: Diocesan Young Adult Weekend Retreat
(focusing on finding God in movies, music, and sports)
Friday to Sunday, September 21 to 23, 2007
Cenacle Retreat House, Batavia & Butterfield Rds., Warrenville
Cost: $160 for double; $175 for singles (by September 14th)
Register by calling (630) 393-1213.
	For details about the Diocesan outreach to men and women in 
college and in their twenties and thirties, contact Paul 
Jarzembowski at (815) 727-6411, ext. 261, or email  For updated details of Young 
Adult Ministry programs, log onto

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
	Katherine Brennan		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.

Religious Education News

God's calling...............Please don't hang up on him. 
We are still in need of catechists!  
Classes begin this Wednesday, September 19th.  HELP us fill 
our remaining catechist positions.  If we do not fill the 
positions, we will have to delay our first class session 
for some children on September 19th because good people like 
yourself  (you know who you are) have not come forward.  
Please insure that all of our young people are able to 
begin their journey of faith on the 19th by calling today to 
	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. 

The following are those grade levels where help is still needed: 
Session 1 - 3:15
Grade 3 - 1 lead catechist is needed 

Session 2 - 5:15
Kindergarten - 1 co-catechist is needed
Grade 6  - 2 co-catechists are needed. 
There will be no grade 6 offered at 5:15 unless catechists come 

Session 3- 7:00PM
Grade 6 - 1 co-catechist is needed  

This weekend we celebrate Catechetical Sunday.  
	Every year throughout the country the third weekend of 
September is set aside to recognize those who minister as 
catechists in our parishes. The theme of this year's celebration 
is "Encountering the Living Christ". We encounter Christ in our 
catechists and they in turn encounter Him in their children with 
whom they share their faith. Catechetical weekend celebrates all 
those who draw us to a deeper understanding of Christ.

Thank you to all who have answered the call to be a catechist 
here at Mary Queen. If you happen to run into one of our almost 
70 men and woman who minister to your children as a catechist, 
you might want to tell them how much you appreciate what they do. 
In addition to the catechists, we have a large team of support 
staff who help in the RE program as subs, office help, and hall 
monitors. This brings the total to almost 100 people who help in 
our ministry to the over 500 children who are enrolled in our RE 
program. We are very grateful to these amazing people. Christ is 
truly alive in each and every one of them.

RE Registrations 
Just a reminder, we do not process registrations this coming week 
of September 19th.  You may still drop your forms off, but your 
children will not be put on a class list until the following 

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

A Vocation View

We are like the lost sheep when we have not found our place 
in life.  Are you part if the herd, lost from the herd, or 
a leader of the herd?


	Seminarians have returned to school and the Diocese of 
Joliet has 14 new seminarians this year for a total of 32 
seminarians.  Please pray for these young men as they 
continue on their journey toward priesthood for the Diocese 
of Joliet.

Would you like to donate some of your time for the 
	I would add you to our email list  or if you don't have 
email, I could call you.  Once per month, on the fourth Sunday of 
the month, I will be looking for a few volunteers to help at a 
PADS site at St. Alexis in Bensenville.  St. Alexis has finally 
finished their kitchen, so this will be "our location" to help.  
The hours are from 6:00 to 7:30 am,  and you can do any of these 
chores:  wash dishes, serve food, put away bedding, bleach 
mattresses.  This job is very flexible and I may only need you 
one or two times per year.  Please call Debbie Styka 941-7224 
with any questions or to volunteer.
The first date that I need a few volunteers is
Sunday October 28th, 6:00 to 7:30 am
St. Alexis, 400 W. Wood St. (off Church Road)
between York and Rt 83.
	Please call me so I can add you to my list or if you want 
to try it one time. Thanks, Debbie Styka

Diocesan News

University of St. Francis - Campus Visit Day: High school juniors 
and seniors are invited to take a look and experience USF on 
Saturday, September. 22, complimentary breakfast at 9:15 a.m. 
with program beginning at 10 a.m. Information will be provided on 
all facets of the university including admissions, scholarships, 
financial aid, housing and extracurricular activities. A student 
panel with Saints Ambassadors, tours of campus and much more will 
be included. RSVP today by calling (800) 735-7500 or online at

	Benedictine University's Fall Open House from 12:00 to 3:00p.m. 
on Sunday, October 7 at the Krasa Center will acquaint high school and 
transfer students and their families with the University's admissions 
process, academic and intercollegiate programs, financial aid packages, 
residence life and study abroad options.
	Prospective students can also take a tour of campus, visit the 
bookstore or attend a financial aid session.  Students who are 
interested in the Scholars Program can attend an orientation session at 
	For more information, please call the Enrollment Center at 630-
829-6300 or visit Benedictine University on the Web at

Mary's Page
     Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Welcome to a new year of 
Religious Education and Preschool, a new year of music 
ministry, a new year of many new beginnings!  
       There are several things I would like to bring to your 
attention as we begin this new year.  First of all, copies of 
the parish annual report will be arriving very soon.  I know 
you will be pleased with the report.  It is very important 
that we all work hard to keep up the very good progress we are 
making financially.  I want you to know that last week, about 
20 leaders of the parish representing the Finance Council, the 
new Development Committee, the Parish Pastoral Council, and 
our parish staff including Religious Ed, were all present for 
an important presentation on Stewardship and Evangelization.  
Work will now begin on our Sunday Offertory Renewal program 
for this year and for fundraising activities which will begin 
this fall.  I am very grateful for all of those who have made 
a commitment to serving the parish by taking leadership 
responsibility for these activities, and I am very grateful to 
all of you for all of the ways that you support our parish.  
Thank you!
	    Secondly, and speaking of Evangelization, please let 
your family, friends, and neighbors know that we will be 
starting Children's Liturgy of the Word in a few weeks.  This 
is as important for the parents as it is for their children.  
We always have more parents come to church when there are 
activities for their children and I am sure there are many 
reasons for this.  Being able to have Children's Liturgy of 
the Word here at Mary Queen will make coming to Mass more 
interesting for children and it will also help some parents 
who are distracted from Mass themselves because of caring for 
or monitoring their children.  Children's Liturgy of the Word 
will be for children from kindergarten to 5th grade.  
Eventually, it is my hope that we will also be able to start a 
"Catechesis of the Good Shepherd" program for children of 
preschool age.  This, too, would be different from regular 
religious education and would focus on helping very young 
children to learn about and reflect on the Word of God found 
in Holy Scripture.  This program is excellent but it will 
involve some significant preparation and planning.  As time 
goes on, we will begin looking for people willing to help with 
this.  By all means, if you think you may be interested in 
assisting us with this future initiative, you can let me know 
at any time!

       Third, we are embarking on another new endeavor for all 
of the adults of our parish!  I want to give you an early 
introduction to something exciting that is coming up, a 
program that is designed to renew us spiritually, as 
individuals and as a parish.
       In November, we will begin a program called Christ Renews 
His Parish.  The "Christ Renews His Parish" (CRHP) program 
centers around spiritual renewal and stresses a clear focus on 
the Good News of Jesus Christ. It emphasizes continued 
spiritual growth in our daily Christian lives.   CHRP involves 
two weekend retreats, one for men and another for women.  Here 
at Mary Queen, our Men's CHRP weekend will be held on Nov. 16-
18 and our Women's CHRP Weekend will be held on Nov. 30-Dec. 
       Each CRHP weekend is conducted by a team made up of two 
CHRP spiritual directors and a group of people who have 
attended a previous weekend. This team strengthens their own 
renewal process, too, by giving of themselves and presenting 
the weekend to a new group of retreatants.  Our MQH CHRP 
weekends will be held in our school building, which will be 
closed during those weekends for their use exclusively.  This 
is a retreat with two overnights and so rooms will be set up 
with cots for sleeping.  All meals will be provided.  There 
will also be regular breaks with coffee, soft drinks and many 
snacks. We will do our best to accommodate the dietary needs 
of participants 
       What happens during the weekend?  The weekend is an 
opportunity to listen and discuss how Christians function in 
our modern world. It is also an opportunity for individual 
renewal through Scripture, prayer, and personal reflection and 
connecting with others seeking to experience more fully the 
love of God.  An opportunity for Reconciliation will be 
provided for anyone who desires this Sacrament and all of 
those on the CHRP weekend will celebrate Mass together in the 
school building during their weekend.  There is a modest 
charge for the weekend to help offset costs but anyone should 
feel free to attend, regardless of ability to pay.  

       More news to come soon!  In the meantime, welcome once 
again to a new year!
Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

Joliet Diocese Nun Run, October 12-13, 2007
	A Nun Run is a twenty-four hour experience of exploring 
Religious Life for women. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare 
yourself for a whirlwind weekend of discovery: see where we live, 
eat with us, pray with us, and laugh with us. Transportation 
provided. No fee for the weekend. Open to single women 18-35 
years of age. 
E-mail Sr. Barb Kwiatkowski, 
or call her at 708-254-6646 for registration information by 
October 9, 2007. 
Sponsored by the Joliet Diocesan Vocation Association 

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