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
Do whatever is necessary to see Jesus; climb a tree, make a 
retreat, confess your sins, read His life, help an enemy, say a 
prayer.  He will stay with you today.

	Do you have some spare time?  We could use your help with 
making up Thanksgiving Food Baskets on Monday evening, November 
12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.  Many hands are needed to help 
sort the food collected in our Thanksgiving Food Collection and 
to make up the baskets for the needy.  If you can give a couple 
hours, please call the Parish Office or Sheila Reiter (833-6657).

	The CCW will be hosting a Wine and Cheese Gathering and 
Homemade Cookie Exchange in Barrett Hall on Tuesday November 13th 
at 7:30pm.  All women of the parish are invited to attend.  
Please plan on joining us for a relaxing evening of fun and 
fellowship.  It will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with 
old friends and make some new ones before the start of the busy 
holiday season.    If you would like to participate in the Cookie 
Exchange, please bring three dozen homemade cookies, copies of 
your recipe to share, and an empty tin to fill.  For more 
information contact Karen Vicary at 630-279-4108.

BREAD FOR THE WORLD....YOU made a difference!!!!
	Many thanks to all those who took the time to write letters 
to their representatives in Congress after Mass last weekend. 
This project of BREAD FOR THE WORLD was part of a larger effort 
(many members of many churches across our country) to urge their 
Congressional representatives to fund legislation which would 
bring relief to the poor of our country and of the world.
	It takes just a few minutes to write... BUT it sends a 
message of urgency to Mr. Peter Roskam, our representative for 
the 6th Congressional District and to Mr. Dick Durbin and Mr. 
Barack Obama, the two senators who represent all of the people 
who live in the State of Illinois in the Senate of the U.S. 
Congress in Washington, D.C
	We particularly want to thank all the young people who 
wrote letters last weekend. It is so important that every young 
citizen of the USA learns how to communicate with their 
representatives in Congress.
	Finally, we wish to thank to all the individuals who 
contributed money to purchase stamps for the envelopes. The 
generosity of our parishioners is noteworthy 
	Unfortunately, the paperwork associated with this project 
won't be done until later this week, so Tom Goebel and I can't 
give you a final count of letters written until later this month. 
If you have any ideas for improving this project, please contact 
me: co-chair of the Peace and Justice Committee, Milt Honel at 
(630) 279-7086.


Don't miss out - attend the Men's Christ Renews His Parish 
(CRHP) the weekend of November 16-18.  The women's weekend 
CHRP will be November 30-December 2nd.  Give yourself this 
gift of time to slow down, think, pray, and renew your 
relationship with Jesus.
Cost:  $30
If you cannot afford the cost of the weekend or if you 
cannot stay overnight do not let this prevent you from this 
awesome experience.  Contact Karen Sutkus at (630) 279-3240 
with any questions or concerns or Alex Grozik at (630) 530-

Mary Queen of Heaven's CHRP Reservation Form
Cost $30.00




Emergency Contact:
Emergency Phone Number:
Special Dietary 
Please make check payable to Mary Queen of Heaven and 
return with your reservation form to Mary Queen of Heaven, 
Attn: CHRP - Karen Sutkus , 426 N. West Ave., Elmhurst, IL 
60126, OR  drop it in the collection basket.

	The Congregation of St. Joseph of La Grange Park is greatly in 
need of volunteers for its Adult Literacy Program, School on Wheels. 
New Volunteers are needed to teach one hour or so per week from 9am to 
2 pm or 3 pm to 8 pm in Cicero, Hodgkins, Lombard, Summit, Westmont and 
Woodridge. New hours of training are provided on Friday, November 30th, 
2007 from 6 PM to 9 PM and on Saturday December 1st, 2007 from 9AM to 3 
PM. No prior second language skills are needed. For more information, 
call (708) 482-5060 or (708) 482-5085

MQH Garden Club News
	Thanks to all whose schedules permitted them to help clean 
up our gardens around the church, school and the parish house on 
Saturday, October 27th.  The old saying "many hands make light 
work" surely applied, thanks to Jerry Cote, and of course, his 
little gardeners, CJ and Patrick, Chuck Dolesy, Ed Hayes, Don 
Jacobsen, Jose and Rosemarie Pizarro Nancy Stern, and Debbie 
Styka.  We managed to get everything cleaned up with time for a 
short rap session by 11:15!  Now that the gardens are "put to 
sleep" for the winter, we look forward to a season of thinking 
and dreaming about the flowers and plants we might be planting in 
Spring '08.  Thanks again to ALL who helped make the MQH campus 
look bright and beautiful this summer!
				Sheila Reiter and Rose Wilkes

Religious Education News
Reminder to all 8th grade RE families:

The meeting for our Confirmation candidates and their parents and 
guardians, scheduled originally for Wednesday, November 14th at 
7:00PM in church has been rescheduled to December 12th. You have 
all received this information in the mail. Please disregard the 
notation found in the parish calendar of last week's bulletin. 

Eucharistic Adoration
      Jesus waits for you to spend some time with Him present in 
the monstrance at our next day of Eucharistic Adoration, Monday, 
November 5, 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 particular need for someone to sign up for the 6 PM to 7 
PM hour.  Please see the large sign-up poster in the back of 
church.  Thank you.

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  .

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

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!
	         Preschool tours scheduled upon request.

	Encounter With God's Call, held November 10-12 at Conception 
Seminary College in Conception, MO, is a discernment retreat for 
young men 16 and older who are considering the vocation to 
Priesthood. This retreat is free.  The Diocese of Joliet Vocation 
Office will be sponsoring a trip to Conception.  
	Vianney Visit - The Diocese of Joliet will be sponsoring a 
similar trip to visit St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, 
MN on November 15-17.  This is for young men who are 16 and older as 
well.  For more information to either opportunity contact Fr. Burke 
Masters, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Joliet at 815-834-4004 

Immaculate Conception High School
217 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Sunday, November 4, 2007
	Open House offers junior high students and parents a personal 
and informal change to learn why IC provides each student and 
Opportunity to Achieve.
	For more information call Kathy Kowieski, Director of 
Recruiting at 630-530-3484 or go to

	Our annual Thanksgiving Food Collection will be next 
weekend November 10th and 11th.  If you forget to bring your food, 
we will be accepting food Monday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in 
Church.  We invite all parishioners to participate in sharing 
their blessings with those who are in need.  This year as in the 
past we will be making up Thanksgiving Baskets for 25 needy 
families in the parish and the surrounding areas.  We are in need 
25 each of all kinds of canned soups, vegetables, and fruits; 
cereal, processed meats and fish (tuna, salmon), jello, packaged 
cake mixes, frosting, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, 
pasta, coffee, tea, juice, laundry and dish soap, hand soap, 
paper towels, toilet tissue and kleenex.  Also, dressing mix, 
cranberry sauce, canned sweet potatoes and other items for 
Thanksgiving Dinner.  Should you wish to donate gift certificates 
for turkeys, please purchase the gift certificates, place them in 
envelopes marked "St. Vincent DePaul Thanksgiving" and put them 
in the collection basket or drop them off at the Parish Office. 
As always, monetary donations are appreciated too!  Thanks again 
for sharing your blessings with those who are less fortunate!

Fenwick High School
Blackfriars Guild
"Alice in Wonderland"

Friday, November 9, 2007 at 8:00p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 8:00p.m.
Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 7:00p.m.

$9.00 Adults
$7.00 Students

Fenwick High School Auditorium
505 W. Washington Blvd.
Oak Park, Illinois

	Looking for money to pay off those "Christmas Gift" Bills.  
Why not take a chance on our "Christmas Holiday" Raffle.  YOU COULD 
BE A LUCKY WINNER!  All Raffle proceeds will benefit our Parish.  
	Only 250 tickets will be sold and the winners need not be 
present.  The odds of winning a Raffle Prize are great!  The Ticket 
Donation is $100.  Each ticket contains 10 slots so that the cost of 
the ticket can be divided with as many as 10 people if you choose.
1st   Prize             $10,000
2nd Prize                $2,000
3rd Prize                 $1,000
	The Drawing will take place on December 16th in Barrett Hall 
immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  Refreshments will be 
served.  Please consider helping us make this event a success so 
that we can continue to grow as a welcoming parish that provides 
ministries involving all walks of life and continued spiritual 
growth to our families and their children.  Invite your family, 
friends and co-workers to participate in the Raffle.
	Tickets will be available beginning next weekend in the 
vestibule of church or can be obtained by contacting the Parish 
Office or one of the following committee members:  Sheila Reiter 
(833-6657), Derrick StaRosa (291-9115) Phyllis Twardowski (279-6239) 
or Mary White (833-9809) 






Parish News


Streamline your MQH contributions!

You have the ability to make your Sunday offertory 
contributions to Mary Queen of Heaven electronically. There 
are numerous benefits to you and to the parish, including:

1.	The funds can be deducted automatically from either 
your checking account or credit card using the service 
"Parish Pay."  Eliminate the need to hurriedly write 
checks, get envelopes, etc. just before leaving for 
Mass- this hassle is eliminated!
2.	If you are maintaining a budget for your expenditures, 
this creates a uniform, predictable stream of 
3.	Most importantly, these predictable streams of 
contributions in turn help us to more accurately 
budget revenue.
4.	By committing to the monthly amount to be deducted, it 
keeps your contributions flowing, even if you cannot 
attend Mass for whatever reason. It also is an easy 
way to acknowledge how important our parish is to you. 
5.	Recordkeeping is much easier for you- 12 monthly 
deductions of an equal amount (plus any special 
contributions) make it easy to maintain records for 
tax purposes.
6.	If you use Parish Pay and your credit card is billed, 
you will possibly earn miles or cash based on your 
card benefits.

If you would like to enroll in either of these programs, 
please contact the Parish Office.  You may also enroll in 
Parish Pay yourself by going to their website at

Do you know anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic?  
Here is some testimony from Beth Wrobel, who went through 
our RCIA program last year:
       I had been thinking about going through the RCIA for a 
long time. It was hard for me, as an adult, to make the 
commitment to a new denomination. However, my husband was 
Catholic and my children were growing up Catholic, so more 
and more I felt like an outsider, since I couldn't 
participate in the church as fully as I wanted to. 

	As a young person I was involved in non-denominational 
Christian churches in the state of Oregon, where I grew up, 
and went on mission trips. I felt I had a strong 
relationship with God. I had always seemed drawn to 
spiritual things. After getting married, we would attend 
the Catholic Church and I slowly learned what the mass was; 
however, I didn't understand all the symbolism. I was 
intrigued by the sense of tradition and history. It seemed 
rich and deep to me and something solid. I would read all 
the bulletins "religiously" for information and when I 
would see "RCIA" it would always spark my interest, but I 
wasn't ready to make the commitment.

	When our family moved to Elmhurst one year ago, we 
were so close to Mary Queen and I wondered if this was the 
time. A new beginning, a new start, a new journey... My 
husband and son attended several masses at Mary Queen and 
remarked that there were lots of young families there and 
the atmosphere was very friendly and open. Once again, I 
would read each bulletin and was especially captivated by 
Mary's columns. Then, I saw "RCIA" advertised again and I 
decided it was time to call Mimi! I called and then met 
with Mimi Wolak and Tom Nanak. In subsequent weeks, I came 
to know so many nice people at Mary Queen, in addition to 
my two brothers in the faith journey, Jerry Cote and Jes 
Nelson. We had wonderful discussions in the "upper room" of 
the parish house and great dismissals at all the different 
masses. The dismissals were not bad! Dismissals were a very 
nice way to prepare for the Easter Vigil. My older son 
fully participated in many of the dismissals with me and it 
was a special time for us. 

All in all, the RCIA was a tremendous experience. I really 
do miss our meetings and the special fellowship we shared 
during that time. The RCIA experience was made all the more 
special by having gone through it at Mary Queen. I'm sure 
of that. After the Easter Vigil and my first communion, it 
was several weeks before I could take communion without 
being overcome with emotion. Maybe all the years of waiting 
just made it all the more special...
				Beth Wrobel

If you or anyone you know would like more information about 
our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program, 
please contact the Parish Office at (630) 279-5700 or call 
Mimi Wolak at (630) 941-3851 or Tom Nanak (630) 530-4502. 

Reminder to all RE families:
Our next family mass is next Sunday, November 11th at 8:30 AM. All 
of our 8th Confirmation Candidates will take part in a special 
commitment Ritual.

There will be no class on Wednesday, November 21st due to the 
Thanksgiving holiday.
There will be no class on Wednesday, November 28th due to a 
catechist evening of reflection.
Please disregard the notation found in the parish calendar of 
last week's bulletin.

The time change this weekend means our little ones will be even 
more difficult to see.  Please continue to be very cautious in 
the parking lot on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. 

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

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