Market Day Orders for November are due Monday, November 5, at noon. Turn in your order form in the box in the back of church or at the rectory. Pickup on Saturday, November 10, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Social Hall. If you have questions or would like to place an order, please call Karen at 279-4108 or Beth at 833-5469 or email her at email@example.com . VISITATION CCW'S 31ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday, November 3, 2007 9 am- 3 pm Valentino Center Featuring over 30 handcrafted vendors, Granny's Attic, Raffle Tree, Kid's Booth, Country Bakery and more. $500 cash Grand raffle, Miniraffles including: Nativity Set, Handmade Portrait of Pope John Paul II, and Prolife Lladro. See CCW.VISITATIONPARISH.ORG for more information. A Vocation View Even as a child you knew the importance of asking often for something you really wanted. Now again, in an adult way, ask God to show you his will. But, be ready to do it! ANOINTING OF THE SICK Saturday, October 27th 11:00am A community celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will take place at a Mass to be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, Elmhurst, on Saturday, October 27th at 11:00AM. A luncheon will follow the Anointing Mass. Anyone who is ill, elderly or disabled, or living with a chronic illness is invited to experience the Lord's presence in this beautiful, healing and peace-giving Sacrament. When a person is faced with a serious physical, mental or emotional illness, the Church cares for that person through the support of its prayers and the Anointing of the Sick. Families of those to be anointed are invited to participate in this special liturgy. Immaculate Conception Church, 134 Arthur Street is two buildings west of York Rd. in Elmhurst. Please call Carol Yesko at 630-530-3497 if you need additional information. 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 Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 and 27 Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. October 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. "HANDLING THE HOLIDAYS" If you have suffered the loss of a loved one through death, and are wondering about how you will get through the holidays this year, you are invited to join us for a special Sunday program presented by Joyful Again! widowed ministry and sponsored by St. Alexander's grief support group. This is for ANYONE who has lost a loved one. When: Sunday, November 11, 2007 Approximately 12:00 noon (following St. A's 11:00 AM Mass) Where: St. Alexander's Catholic Church 300 S. Cornell, Villa Park (just north of the prairie path, one block east of Ardmore) Cost: No cost Refreshments will be served. Reservations are helpful, but not required. Questions? Please call Rose Wilkes, West Regional Director of Joyful Again! at 630-833-7238. To reserve, please call Pauline Bonze (St. A.'s parish) at 630-834-9162 MQH Garden Club News Our thanks to all who helped keep the flowers blooming during this past summer. Soon we will be cleaning up the gardens in preparation for the winter season. All who are active in the Garden Club are invited, as well as any parishioner who might have some time to come out and help on Saturday, October 27th at 9:30 AM. We will meet in front of Church with gloves, rakes, clippers, and yard waste bags. When we have finished discarding the summer's plant material, we'd like to spend some time talking about ideas for next year - what worked, what could be improved upon, etc. for the 2008 growing season. The morning should end no later than 11 AM if we have sufficient helpers. Rose Wilkes (630-833-7238). Bereavement Ministry The Bereavement Ministry Team is preparing for the All Soul's Day Mass. ALL parishioners are invited to be part of this prayerful time. The Mass will be, Friday, Nov. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Table of Remembrance set up beginning the weekend of Oct. 27-28 to hold pictures of our deceased loved ones. ALL parishioners are invited to bring a framed picture (with your name and phone number on the back) to be placed on the table as a reminder to pray for those who have gone before us. RETREAT-RACHEL'S VINEYARD Our Rachel's Vineyard Retreat is rescheduled for November 2 - 4, 2007. Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. Confidentiality: Rachel's Vineyard strictly respects confidentiality and privacy. If you or someone you know is hurting, please call today. To learn more about a Rachel's Vineyard retreat or to register contact Kay at (815) 838-7171. ELMHURST CATHOLIC M.O.M.S. Immaculate Conception sponsors a Catholic Mother's Group called EC MOMS. They have many things planned for the rest of 2007 and part of January 2008. For further information please contact Daisy Lakomiak at Dlakomiak!illinoisalumni.org or call 630-279-3670. 1st Annual Biggest Toy Sale Ever! A Benefit for Child Care Resource & Referral Saturday, October 27, 2007 10:00 am - 3:30 pm St. Mary Immaculate Parish 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL Who should attend? Families-Moms, Dads, Grandparents & Children, Community Educators, Administrators, Early Child Care & Education Providers Fun For all Ages! Puppet Show & Children's Musician - Hands-on Activities Shopping for Holiday Gifts - Raffle Items Admission $2- children under 13 FREE! For advanced tickets call 815-741-1163 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 Joan Skimina Linda Barone Simons Jess Smith Mary Spierowski Rachael Thompson John Unger Richard Vanni REST IN PEACE Larry G. Ryder 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 www.maryqueenpreschool.org 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 upon request. 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 BREAD FOR THE WORLD GO MAKE A DIFFERENCE This is a project to help the hungry of the USA and the world by writing letters to our representatives in Congress. Many parishes in our Joliet Diocese also participate in this project every year. This purpose of this national effort is inform our officials in Congress know that we want them to provide funds for feeding the poor of this world. PLEASE plan on staying a few minutes after any of the Masses on the weekend of October 27 / 28. Your letter CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Members of our Peace and Justice committee will provide the sample letters, paper, pens, envelopes and stamps... all we need is YOU. IT IS THAT SIMPLE!!!!! University of St. Francis Campus Visit Day: High school juniors and seniors are invited to take a look and experience USF on Saturday, October. 27, 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 www.stfrancis.edu/visitday Want to Receive Seven Graces? A special invitation awaits you...... Our Lady of Sorrows novena Every Friday evening at 7:00 PM, at St. Domitilla church, Hillside, IL Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction. Pray for all your intentions. Pray for your departed loved ones. Pray for world peace. Pray for our Pope. There's a special blessing for all the sick that are present. Contact Mary Ellyn at 630-253-2170 for questions. PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE Want to help bring peace to Darfur? As many as 400,000 people have been killed in the Darfur region of Sudan. Another 2.5 million have been driven from their homes. Help cut off financial support for the violence in Darfur! Urge investment firms to divest their holdings from companies that help fund the genocide. This method of divestment worked well with ending apartheid in South Africa. Go to the Save Darfur web site to sign the Divest for Darfur petition: http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/octoberdivestnow Religious Education is in full swing. At last count, our enrollment was at 536 children, a record breaker. All our catechist positions are filled and our almost 100 catechists and support staff are hard at work sharing their faith with your children. Thank you to all of our dedicated men and women who minister as catechists. In addition, thank you to all of our RE families and to all families of the parish for your ongoing support. RE families please mark your calendars: Wednesday, October 31 - No RE class Wednesday, November 7 - Reconciliation Parent Meeting for all parents of 2nd graders who will be celebrating the sacrament for the first time this coming December. As the daylight hours grow shorter, we continue to ask that everyone be very cautious when driving on the parish grounds on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. For more info on any of the above, please call Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS Community News TREE OF LIGHT INFANT MEMORIAL MASS Sunday - November 4, 2007 Bishop J. Peter Sartain will preside at this Mass for all families and individuals remembering babies who have been lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, other pregnancy losses, and infant or early childhood death. A special outdoor tree- lighting ceremony will take place to commemorate these babies. The Mass will begin at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2007 at St. Charles Pastoral Center. Family members may wish to arrive at 2:30 to sign in and to gather in the chapel. Friends and all family members are invited. A reception with light refreshments will be served immediately following. Elizabeth Ministry ministers will assist in hosting the event, which is sponsored by The Center for Family Ministry of the Diocese of Joliet. Please call 815-838-5334 to indicate the number of those planning to attend. If you are not able to attend and would like your baby remembered, please call us. Pat Spain, Secretary Diocese of Joliet The Center for Family Ministry 402 S Independence Blvd Romeoville, IL 60446-2264 Phone: 815-838-5334 Fax: 815-834-4045 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dioceseofjoliet.org/familyministry 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 you. 7. Thank your friends or family. 8. Thank God for the opportunity to share faith (brief prayer). THE THEOLOGY OF STEWARDSHIP A Summary of the United States Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship In 1992, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published Stewardship: A Disciple's Response. The bishops defined a Christian steward as one who: * Receives God's gifts gratefully * Cherishes and tends God's gifts responsibly * Shares God's gifts in love and justice * Returns God's gifts with increase. Stewards acknowledge that God is Creator and Owner of all and they share their gifts out of love for God and one another. DISCIPLES AS STEWARDS: As members of the Body of Christ, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications: * Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost. * Christian disciples experience conversion, life-shaping changes of mind and heart, and commit their very selves to God. * Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live. Christian stewards recognize God as the Origin of Life, the Giver of Freedom, and Source of All. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teachings of Jesus, the model steward, for guidance in living as Christian stewards. We are stewards of creation. The Bible contains a profound message about the stewardship of material creation: God created the world, but entrusts it to human beings. We are stewards of vocation. Each of us has a vocation-our human role in carrying out God's divine plan. Our challenge is to understand our role in this plan, and respond generously to this call. STEWARDS OF THE CHURCH: Stewards of God's gifts are not passive beneficiaries, but collaborators with God. We are obliged to be stewards of the Church, collaborators and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus-the Church's essential mission. This mission, proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying, is our task. It is the personal responsibility of each of us. All members of the Church have their roles to play in carrying out its mission: * Parents, who nurture their children in the light of faith; * Parishioners, who work in concrete ways to make their parishes true communities of faith and vibrant sources of service to the larger community; * All Catholics who give generous support-time, money, prayers and personal service according to their circumstances-to parish and diocesan programs and to the universal Church. OBSTACLES TO STEWARDSHIP People who want to live as Christian disciples and Christian stewards face several obstacles. In the United States and other nations, a dominant secular culture often contradicts religious convictions about the meaning of life. This culture encourages us to focus on our pleasures and ourselves. At times, we can find it far too easy to ignore spiritual realities and deny religion a role in shaping human and social values. As Catholics who have entered into the mainstream of American society and experienced its advantages, many have also been adversely influenced by this secular culture. The struggle against selfishness and greed is almost constant; for many, it is harder today to accept the challenge of being a Christian steward. It is essential, therefore, that we make a special effort to understand the true meaning of stewardship and live accordingly. A STEWARD'S WAY The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that "all things work for good for those who love God" (Romans 8:28). FIRE PREVENTION MONTH A SPECIAL VISIT IN THE PRESCHOOL This month we celebrate, learn about, and thank our firefighters. We have been reading books, making fire hats, and acting like firefighters. Mr. Cote, Patrick's dad, visited us this month with his gear and explained each item and what it does. We were able to touch, look up close, even smell his gear. The children asked many questions and learned about evacuating a building (we had fire drills), stop, drop, and roll, calling 911, and talking about safe places. Each child received a special pencil case with a small flashlight, whistle, etc. to practice drills at home. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. COTE!!
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