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

October is Respect Life Month.

I would like to address the topic of Respect Life Month from several perspectives. However, I would first like to ask, what do these words mean to you? My guess is that for many people, the subject of abortion is the first thing that comes to mind. Every time I think about the subject of abortion, a flood of feelings comes over me. I think about the fact that now two generations of young adults have grown up in an American society in which the legality of abortion under almost any circumstance is taken for granted. This is true even for Catholics. I have witnessed terrible consequences, resulting in feelings of my own ranging from anger to heartbreak. It made me very angry when working in health care to meet women who were furious that they were denied coverage by their health insurance company for more than two abortions, since they felt this was their right. It has been heartbreaking to know friends or people I have ministered to who aborted children after sexual assault or terminated pregnancies because of profound anomalies in fetal development. It has been especially poignant to know of couples who desperately wanted their own child but aborted several others because of multiple viable embryos resulting from in vitro fertilization. These are all very different circumstances. I defend the church's theological position against the taking of human life. I also know that all of these examples are very different and they require different pastoral responses and sometimes great compassion. During this Respect Life Month, please do pray for an end to indiscriminate elective abortion but also pray for women and men who sometimes face terribly painful decisions in their lives.

Respecting human life, however, relates not just to a single issue but to a range of issues, as is pointed out by our bishop in his letter which is also part of today's bulletin. As Cardinal Bernardin so often said about a consistent ethic of life, every issue may not have the same level of significance but all of the life issues are all related and important. Designating October as Respect Life Month helps to draw our attention to this fact and gives us the opportunity to do several things: First, we can take the time to learn more about church teaching and the reasons for it. Secondly, we can spend some time in prayer and reflection about helping change to take place, not only in terms of laws in our society, but even change within ourselves, so that our own views can become more consistent with an attitude of respect for all of human life.

During this month of October, we will also be focusing on stewardship. I would like to suggest that even this has bearing on respect for life. We respect the life that God gave us when we use our time and talent for things that are good and healthy and helpful for other people. During the weekend of Oct. 20-21, we will be holding a "Discovery Fair," a time when you can learn how to identify some of your own giftedness and find out about opportunities within the parish to share your time and talents.

We show respect for the life of the church and its people, including both our own parishioners and those who are served by our parish, when together, we financially support all of the ministries of Mary Queen of Heaven through the Sunday offertory. Fall is the time when we talk about stewardship in all its dimensions. We are good stewards when we take care of what is entrusted to us and when we share what we have (time, talent, and treasure) out of gratitude to God for what we have been given.

During this month, you will be hearing more about the possibilities for sharing your time and talent with the parish. You will also begin receiving letters about our annual Sunday offertory renewal program. As you know, our last annual report was wonderful, showing the great progress we have been making in our financial situation. This is thanks to all of you. It is important to remember the reality that some expenses go up every year. In connection with this, but also sensitive to your own circumstances, you will be asked once again to consider what you can contribute financially, increasing your donation if at all possible.

There are also some out-of-the-ordinary ways that some of you may be able to help the parish financially. Please see the bulletin insert for more information about this.

In the meantime, may this be a productive Respect Life Month for our parish.

Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

	BREAD FOR THE WORLD (BFW) is a Christian voice for ending 
hunger in communities in the USA and around the world. BFW is a 
nonpartisan citizens' movement of people of faith. BFW 
participants lobby our nation's elected officials in Congress by 
writing letters these decision-makers. We are urging parents to 
bring their children to Barrett Hall after the Masses on the 
weekend of Oct. 26 & 27 so that their children can experience 
writing a letter to our representatives in Congress: Mr. Peter 
Roskam, our representative in the House and Mr. Dick Durban and 
Mr. Barack Obama, our two senators in the Senate.
	Mary Foley supports this project to help the hungry of the 
USA and the world. Many parishes in the Joliet Diocese 
participate in this project every year. Our parish is joining 
this worthy effort. How does this project work? 
	As individuals, we may volunteer in social ministries to 
help the marginalized in our society. Together we can multiply 
our effectiveness by participating in an "Offering of Letters" at 
critical times when members of Congress are addressing budgetary 
legislation that is important to hungry people
	Members of our MQH parish will be invited to write letters 
(this is the "Offering of Letters" project) after Masses on 
October 26 & 27. These SHORT letters will be mailed to our 
representatives in Congress. In these letters we will urge our 
legislators to cast their ballots in favor of providing funding 
for the hungry of our country and around the world. 


Religious Education News
MARKET DAY is next Saturday, October 13th. 

Reminder: On Wednesday, October 17th there will be a special 
session for all 8th graders from 6PM to 8:15PM in Barrett Hall. 
Details are available from the classroom catechists and from the 
letter that has been mailed home to parents. 

Sunday, October 21st at 10:30AM we will celebrate our first 
Family Mass of the year. Sixth graders will receive their Bibles 
in a special presentation. We invite all of our Religious 
Education children and families to attend.

What is Christ Renews His Parish (CHRP)?
It's a two-night, three-day, Jesus-centered, spiritual renewal 
where a team of men (for the men's weekend) and a team of women 
(for the women's weekend), together with parishioners, share 
their faith stories, attend Mass together, enjoy solitude, and 
celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation which will be 
available.  It is a time of listening, laughter, prayer, 
fellowship, and celebration of our loving God and Redeemer in our 
When is it?

Men's Weekend:	Friday, November 16th starting at 7:30 p.m. 
and ending on Sunday, November 18th around 
6:30 p.m.

Women's Weekend:		Friday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m. and 
ending on Sunday, December 2nd 
around 6:30 p.m.

The weekends will take place in the school building.  Sleeping 
accommodations will be provided but it is NOT mandatory to spend 
the night.  You can go home and come back early the next morning.  
If you need to spend the night in your own bed do not let this be 
a reason not to attend the weekend.
Why should I attend?
Has God been calling you lately?
Have you felt a void in your relationship with Christ?
Would you like to grow a new or stronger relationship with Jesus 
Would you like to make new friends?
Is God calling you to share your faith with others?
Then CHRP is the answer.  Sign up today!
Call or email Karen Sutkus at (630) 279-3240 - or contact Alex Grozik at (630) 530-0503.

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

Continue to exercise extreme caution in the parking lot on 
Wednesdays. With the days getting shorter, our little people are 
more difficult to see. 

A Vocation View
Oh, that today you would hear his voice!  Listening brings faith; faith 
brings hope.  Hope brings trust; trust brings courage to follow the 

University of St. Francis to host Adult, Graduate and Transfer 
Open House - Noon -7 p.m. Wednesday, October 10th - 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 

Joliet Diocese Council of Catholic Women
Eastern DuPage Deanery
Annual Fall Coffee Meeting
	All women in the Eastern DuPage Deanery are cordially 
invited to the 2007 Fall Coffee; on Tuesday evening, October 16th 
at 7:30p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 111 S. Cass Ave., Westmont.  
The evening will begin-as we always do-with a special liturgy.  
We will bring you lots of information and resources that we hope 
will useful to you.  We would like the focus of the evening to be 
Sharing Parish Program Ideas and of course will include meeting 
delightful women from area parishes and enjoying delicious 
refreshments.  For more information call Marianne McKeague at 

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.

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!
Please come and visit our classroom.
Schedule your visit TODAY!

	The Mary Queen of Heaven St. Vincent de Paul Society is 
sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the needy the weekend of 
October 13th and 14th.
	The St. Vincent de Paul Truck will be in the parking lot 
beginning at 9:00 a.m. on October 13th and will be leaving around 
1:00 p.m. on October 14th.  Drop off your things on Saturday or 
bring them when you come to Mass on Sunday.  Receipts are always 
gladly given!
For donations of furniture and other large items, please call 
630-231-4658 to schedule the truck

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).

Parish News

CCW Membership Dues
	Ladies-you can still turn in your membership dues.  Please 
place your envelopes in the collection basket at mass or bring 
them to the rectory.  The money collected will be used for 
various programs sponsored by CCW throughout the year.

Peace and Justice Meeting the second Thursday of each month 
in Mary's Gathering Space.  Next meeting, October 11, 2007 
at 7:30p.m.  Please join us.

Time for  some 
Youth Group News
Our next meetings: 

Destiny high school group
will meet at 8:30 am on Oct 14th & Oct 28th
 in school building

Wings to Heaven 5th-8th grade
 Oct 14th & October 28th
in Barrett hall 6-8pm
We hope you will choose to join us!

If you ever have any questions about our youth groups please 
feel free to call Kathleen Gusloff 832-4348 
or email her at

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