ADVENT IS HERE:
SHOW THE FACE OF CHRIST
Advent is here! What does the beginning of this season remind you of? Here is some of a long list of things that came to mind for members of our Liturgy Committee at a recent day of reflection with Father Benet:
The Awaited One
Waiting for the Light
These weeks of Advent involve all of these things!
This year, as we begin our season of Advent, we are all invited to consider this year's liturgical theme: Show the Face of Christ.
Speaking for myself, I will be taking this theme to heart by reflecting on each of these words. For example, one of the words on the previous list that I offered when thinking about Advent was "Pregnant." I think of Mary's pregnancy as she awaited giving birth to her Son. I even think about the pregnancy of God, in the sense that there is this fullness of life that God desires to give to the world. I also think about the people of God being pregnant with all of the hope that Christmas brings to us in its fullest meaning. So, for me, "Show," the first word of our Advent theme, relates to this. We often talk about when a woman begins to "show" during her pregnancy. During this season of Advent, how can my desire to love God and others become more visible? How can I live better so that people will say I am "showing"?
The second word is "Face." What kind of face do I want people to see? Not a face in the sense of a mask that can be changed to fit a situation. I have never really been good at that. People always tell me that they can see how I am feeling by looking at my face. Perhaps that is not a bad thing. I am like everyone else. I can be happy, sad, tired, disappointed, upset or angry. Emotions are real and God-given. But does my face show to people the joy I really have in loving and serving God, in spite of what I am feeling at the moment? I am not sure about this and so I know that this is something I can work on during this season of Advent.
Finally, "Christ." How can I be sure that Christ is truly at the center of my life? We all need time to regroup and reflect and Advent is a good time for this. It can seem like any special devotions or extra time for prayer can be "just one more thing to do" in the midst of a very busy time of year. And yet I know the truth that paradoxically, the more time we invest in our spiritual lives, the more time we seem to have for everything else we have to deal with in life. Something else for me to work on during this Advent.
What about you?
Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Dec 2nd For all expectant parents: that these months might be filled with joy and gratitude for the grace of God living in their midst; We pray to the Lord: TABLE OF REMEMBRANCE Our Table of Remembrance has now been taken down. If you were unable to claim your photo last week, please call Mimi @ 630-941-3851 to arrange pick up. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. May perpetual light shine upon them! MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Looking for money to pay off those "Christmas Gift" Bills. Why not take a chance on our Christmas 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 are available 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) EUCHARISTIC ADORATION The season of Advent is almost here, a time of waiting, longing, and begging. It is a time to pray, "Come Lord Jesus." We look forward to celebrating the first coming of Jesus at Christmas. We look forward with hope to the second coming of Jesus in His glory, and we seek Jesus out in the Eucharist and in the people and daily events of our lives. While you are waiting for Him to show His presence in your life, why not spend some time with Him present in the monstrance at our next day of Eucharistic Adoration? You can do this any time from 9 AM to 7 PM, on Monday, December 3rd. 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. 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. The Preschool will begin Registration for the 2008-2009 school year beginning in January. We will be offering Open House for those interested in visiting our classroom. OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 2008 Saturday January 12, 2008 9:00am-11:00am Sunday January 13, 2008 9:30am-12:30pm After the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses Tuesday January 29, 2008 6:30pm-8:00pm Market Day Orders for December are due Monday, December 10, at noon. Turn in your order form in the box in the back of church or at the rectory. Pickup on Saturday, December 15, 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 . 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. Aurora Arce Natalie Baker 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 Sr. Emmanuel Kattner, OSF 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 Wendy Rraffky Vera Rossiano Agnes Sabel Patricia Sabel Joaquina Scroppo Joan Skimina Linda Barone Simons Jess Smith Mary Spierowski Joen Szypulski 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. Due to the Christmas Holy Days, all articles for the upcoming bulletins will have the following deadlines: For Bulletin On Articles due by noon on : 12/23 12/13 12/30 & 1/6 12/19 Thank you for your cooperation. STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE MINI-SERIES: As part of our celebration of the Advent Season, St. Margaret Mary Parish will be holding a two-part mini-series called, Stand Against Violence. This series will focus on two forms of violence that plague our communities; domestic violence and gun violence. PART I Domestic Violence: What We Need to Know: Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 pm, COR Center, St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1450 Green Trails Dr., Naperville (at the corner of Green Trails Dr. & Naper Blvd.) Presenters: Staff from Family Shelter Services: serves those affected by domestic violence in DuPage County. In addition to providing direct services, Family Shelter is a vocal public advocate for the needs and rights of abuse victims by increasing public awareness and support to victims and by offering general educational programs and professional in-services on a variety of topics related to domestic violence. PART II Preventing Gun Violence: A Personal Story of Redemption Tuesday, December 11, 7:30 pm, COR Center, St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1450 Green Trails Dr., Naperville (at the corner of Green Trails Dr. & Naper Blvd.) Presenters: Stephen Young's teenage son was gunned down in 1996 by a gang member in Chicago using an illegally trafficked handgun. Stephen's family journey from the murder of their son to forgiveness for his killer is a powerful story of redemption. Stephen has been an active participant in the public debate over gun control, has written many op-eds for Chicago newspapers. His family's experience was documented by Chicago Public Television WTTW, in "A Justice That Heals." Lights, Camera...Faith!!...is a film lectionary series designed to help us enter into ADVENT and appreciate the Gospel stories. We will view a movie story that creates a dialogue between the movie and the Gospel. Sister Myra Lambert, SSCM, Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, will be the facilitator. WHERE: Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary 717 N. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL WHEN: Sunday, December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd (?) from 3:00- 6:00p.m. COST: $40 for the series.-The series consist of four 3-hour sessions. Open to both women and men.-Registration is limited. For more information or to register call Linda Isleib at 630-879- 1296, Monday through Friday. CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE Advent is upon us and once again our parish is taking care of 25 families with our Christmas Giving Tree. The Ornaments will be on the tree the first Sunday in Advent. This year, as in the past, we will also be supplying Elmhurst Extended Care Nursing Home with presents for their residents. Please take an ornament or two, purchase and wrap the presents placing the ornament on the top of the present so that we can see the coding telling us which family the present belongs to or if it is going to the Nursing Home. Please return your presents placing them by the Giving Tree by December 16th. Once again we want to thank all who participate for their generosity and kindness in helping someone less fortunate to have a joyous Christmas. SENIOR CITIZENS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY The CCW cordially invites all Senior Citizens to the Annual Christmas Dinner Party. It is to be held in Barrett Hall on Saturday, December 8 immediately following the 5:00 pm Mass. Reservation forms will be available in the back of the church. Please return these forms as soon as possible in the basket in the vestibule of the church or to the rectory. Rides will be available for anyone that needs assistance. For more information please call Donna Glick at 630-833-5725 or Cheryl DeSantis at 630-279-3148 BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY Elmhurst Memorial Hospital sponsors two (2) adult grief support groups. One group meets in the evening and the other group meets during the day time. The evening group meets at the hospital (200 Berteau) on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Bates Conference Room. The other group meets at Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health (1200 S. York Rd) in Conference Room E. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. For more information call 630-833-1400 Ex. 47058 or 630-833-8200 Ex. 73541 Parish News Dear Friend of Classical Music and Supporter of PADS, First United Methodist Church of Oak Park and the MacDowell Artists Association will present their 7th Annual Sing-Along Messiah on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. This popular holiday event will feature four soloists, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, a Skinner organ, and a harpsichord. The audience sings along as the Chorus. A reception follows the concert. A free-will offering will be received to support the Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) program which provides food, shelter, and social services for the local community through a network of community volunteers and agencies. Additional information on the services that PADS provides can be located on their website [http://wwww.westsuburbanpads.org/dnn/]. First United Methodist Church of Oak Park is located at 324 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Questions may be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 383-4983. Additional information and directions can be located on the church website at [http:///www.fumcoakpark.org]. The church is handicap-accessible and provides hearing assistance services. Please invite all those who love classical music. We hope to see you there! Cordially, Betty Johnson Sing-Along Messiah Coordinator RETIRED RELIGIOUS COLLECTION As you know, each December we take up a special collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. This fund distributes grants to religious institutes for the retirement needs of senior religious priests, brothers, and sisters. The fund also helps religious institutes plan and manage their retirement needs and programs. Many religious congregations and institutes in the Diocese of Joliet benefit from this important collection. I am pleased to say that throughout the country this collection has been very solidly supported since its inception, and it is important that we continue our strong support. Please be generous in supporting the retirement needs of those who have served us well for many, many years. This collection will take place the week end of December 8/9. Many thanks for your help and support! Community News CHRISTMAS FOOD COLLECTION As in past years, along with our Giving Tree we also have a Food Collection for the Families we have adopted for Christmas. This year the Food Collection will take place on Sat. December 8th and Sunday December 9th. We are in need of non perishable items such as fruit, vegetables, soup, potatoes, rice, prepared food (i.e. macaroni, Hamburger Helper, etc.) baking items, cake mixes, Jell-O, pudding, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti, spaghetti Sauce, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pop and juice, paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex, cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry soap, personal products (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.). Once again we need food for 25 families. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS Reminder to all Session 3 students and families. This Wednesday, December 5th all of our Session 3 students will celebrate Reconciliation with the Parish at 7PM. We ask that students and their families gather in the RE classrooms and then walk over to church together. It will be a very powerful experience to celebrate the sacrament as a family. W cannot insure that the Service will conclude at 8:15PM exactly. Therefore it is very important that all children have a family member present with them in church on December 5th. Attention Parents of 2nd graders: Our 2nd graders will be celebrating Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, December 8th at 10:30AM in church. This is a family celebration and all parents and/or guardians are expected to attend. If you have not as yet turned in the date you have requested for your child's First Communion next spring, please do so. The small group dates are filling up. Remember there are a limited amount of spaces available at each date. Attention 8th grade Confirmation Candidates & families: There will be a meeting for all our 8th Grade Confirmation Candidates, Parents, & Sponsors on Wednesday, December 12th from 7-8:15PM in Church. All are expected to attend. Please note the 5:30 Grade 8 session will not meet on December 12th. Please pray for our Confirmation candidates. The basket with their names is at the front door of the church. It is our goal that all 73 candidates have a "Prayer Partner". Advent Service Projects: This year we are again be collecting new unwrapped toys for Marillac House on Chicago's West Side...not so very far from Elmhurst. There will be a "toy box" in the hall of school for donations on Wednesday, December 5th and 12th during class times. Toys for all ages are welcome...no violent toys please. Please be generous. Our children will also have the opportunity to add a global dimension to their acts of service. They will go to the "polls" to vote for the animal of their choice to be sent to a 3rd world country. The RE children are asked to come to class with a donation of 50 cents that will be donated to Heifer International. They can then "vote" for a pig, a sheep, or a goat to be sent to a small village, which will drastically improve the quality of life of it's residents. Our "polls" will be open on the first two Wednesdays of December. Over the years, our children have really enjoyed this project. For more info on any of the above, please call Mary Ann Woods at the REO, 832-8962. Christian Education Commission FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Please join us for Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 8:30am at Mary Queen of Heaven. LITTLE ROCK SCRIPTURE STUDY The Mary Queen of Heaven Adult Education and Spirituality Commission continues the Year of Women in the Bible and the Church with our next Scripture Study, Women in the Old Testament. The study will begin the week of January 7, 2008 and continue for 9 weeks through the week of March 10, 2008. The cost once again will be $12.00 and if you need assistance please speak to Dr. Mary Foley. Only in recent years has attention been given to stories of biblical women. There are stories of queens and slaves, assassins and victims of rape, mothers and wives, sisters and in- laws. Our study will tell the stories of only some of the women in the Old Testament. It is the hope of the author of the study to encourage readers to search for more biblical women and also to find the story of faith reflected in the stories of their own lives. Sign-up will take place on two week-ends: December 8-9 and December 15-16. If you have any further questions or would like to inquire about facilitating a group study please contact Lynn Suwanski 630-530-2523 or Alex and Marie Grozik 630-530-0503.
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