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


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:


Take Note
The Awaited One
Savior Coming
Get Ready
Waiting for the Light
He's Coming
Advent Calendars
A rush
Getting ready

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
Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator

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:

	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!

	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) 

      	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 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.  
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  .

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.  

	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.
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. 
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.)
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!! 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-
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.

	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.

	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 


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 
	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 or (708) 383-4983. 
Additional information and directions can be located on the 
church website at [http:///]. The church is 
handicap-accessible and provides hearing assistance services. 
	Please invite all those who love classical music. We hope 
to see you there! 
Betty Johnson 
Sing-Along Messiah Coordinator

	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

	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.


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 violent toys please. Please be 
	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

Please join us for Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 
this Saturday, December 8, 2007 at  8:30am at Mary Queen of 

	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 
	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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