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


This is already the third Sunday of Advent! These weeks are such a busy time for everyone, with family activities, decorating, shopping, and parties, all happening in the midst of work schedules that often do not change or even get busier at the end of each month. It is a paradox - and often hard to believe at times like this - that the more time we spend in prayer, the more time we seem to have for everything else. Let us try during these last weeks of Advent to dedicate time to some form of Advent prayer. This can be reflection on daily meditations or scripture readings. It can also be in silence, or in other activities that encourage prayer and Christian action. Below are a few suggestions, including some ideas adapted from the U.S. Bishops Conference on ways that we can keep Advent:

* Make or buy a simple clay pot or other container. Put it at the center of your prayer space or near your Bible. On small slips of paper, write down the ways in which you recognize or watch for the presence of God in your life during these Advent days. Fold the slips of paper and place them in the clay pot.

* Set aside time during the weeks of Advent to read and reflect on the chapters in the catechism, especially about Jesus, the Incarnation, and Mary.

* Adopt a form of grace before meals, if you do not have one (even when you eat out). If prayer before meals is already a regular part of your family's practice, try using something new throughout the Advent and Christmas season.

* Set a limit on Christmas gift buying. Donate a percentage of the total amount designated for gifts to a local charity.

* Challenge yourself to buy only fair trade items (meaning that laborers are not exploited and are paid a fair wage) as gifts this Christmas.

* Spend some time reflecting on the call to charity (love of others) during the season. Read short excerpts from Catholic Social Teaching throughout Advent. Many resources can be found on the website of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops at Think about actions to take to improve relationships in our lives.

* During Advent, we focus on Mary and her response to God's call. Identify in what ways Mary is a model of holiness for you. Make it a habit to pray to Mary regularly during the season.

* Write a card or letter to each member of your family to give to them on Christmas Day. Thank them for all that they have shared with you.

Dr. Mary
Dr. Mary Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator


Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the Catholic who has 
everything?   Here's the answer you have been looking for!

A special benefit performance presented by Visitation Religious 
Education Program starring Mary Beth Burns.  Ms. Burns performs 
nationally and internationally with the award winning Chicago 
Sketch Comedy troupe.   
Date:		Friday, February 1st, 2008 at 7:00pm.  Doors open at 
Location:	Valentino Center, Visitation Parish, 851 S. York, 
Elmhurst, IL
Tickets:	Premier - Reserved seating in 1st three rows - $50.00 
All Others - $35.00
**Refreshments**Free parking**must be 21 to attend**
Go to or call or email Sue McGhee at 
630/832-2775,, or Mary Lewis at 630/941-
9173,  to order tickets or for more 

Dec 16th 
For those who are engaged to be married
that in this season of the Holy Child
they might pray for the children
which God will bring to the Sacrament of their lives;
We pray to the Lord:

	A special thanks to our Wings to Heaven Youth Group.  They 
did a wonderful job entertaining for the senior Christmas dinner.  
We would also like to acknowledge Mary Alex Japczyk and Michelle 
Duprey, two of our Destiny high school students for playing their 
violins during dinner.  You were all GREAT!!!!  Thank you for 
giving of your time and talent to make the Christmas season 
	REMINDER:  Wings to Heaven Christmas party is Sunday, 
Dec. 16th, 6-8 pm.  Bring an appetizer and white elephant gift 
for grab bag.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us.
June 27-29, 2008
Youth Leadership Conference
Lewis University, Romeoville
It is an awesome weekend of
praise, friendship and worship.
We hope you will plan on joining us.

Questions?  Call Mrs. Gusloff 630-832-4348 or email

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 :
      12/30 & 1/6                            12/19
Thank you for your cooperation.  

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Children's Mass with Nativity Pageant
Monday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m.
(Please note the NEW TIME this year)

Christmas Eve, Monday December 24
Prelude Concert at 10:00 p.m.
"Midnight Mass" at 11:00 p.m.

Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25
8:30 a.m. Mass
10:30 a.m. Mass

New Year's Eve, Monday December 31, 2007
5:00 p.m. Mass

New Year's Day, Tuesday January 1, 2008
9:00 a.m. Mass

	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

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

	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 this weekend, 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.  

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			
	Anne Kostas				Wendy Kraffky
	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				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.

L.O.S.S. Support Group

(Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)
	Through the collaboration of Catholic Charities (the 
Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet), support groups 
are in place for anyone who has lost a relative or friend to 
suicide.  A trained facilitator and a mental health professional 
assist these groups.  The groups meet from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on 
either the third Wednesday or the ** fourth Tuesday of the month.  
The next meeting dates are as follows:
December 19 - St. Paul the Apostle Activity Center,
130 Woodlawn in Joliet
**December 18 - St. Daniel the Prophet Parish Center, 
101 West Loop Drive in Wheaton.
	During the month of December, all groups will participate 
in a candlelight service of remembrance.  Members may bring a 
photo of their loved ones who have died. 
**Please note that this group will be meeting one week earlier 
for the month of December. For more information, call toll-free 
800-240-7011.  Visit us at

	Rev. Tom Borkowski will present "Giving Birth to 2008", a 
New Year's Eve evening of prayer with the overnight option.  Come 
join Fr. Tom for the Cenacle's beautiful Annual New Year's 
celebration.  The evening will give retreatants the opportunity 
to reflect upon God's presence during the past twelve months and 
to consider what new and unexpected surprises God may have in 
mind as they approach the New Year.  The evening includes 
presentations by Fr. Tom, group conversation, time for personal 
prayer, celebration of the Eucharist and refreshments.  The cost 
is $85 for the overnight option, which includes program, 
refreshments, accommodations and Continental breakfast.  The cost 
is $45 for the evening only, which includes the program and 
refreshments.  A $15 deposit will confirm your registration.
For further information or to register for this program, please 
call 630-393-1231 or email

A Vocation View

"As your models in suffering hardships and in 
patience, friend, take the prophets who spoke in the name 
of the Lord." (James 5:10) A vocation is responding to the 
call of God.

Parish News

	Thank you to all who participated in last week's family 
mass. It was beautiful. All those who had special "jobs" did 
great. The choirs were awesome and Deacon Tom and Fr. Tapper 
amazing as usual.  

	Thank you to all who participated in our RE Advent Service 
Several boxes of new unwrapped toys were collected for Marillac 
House. Sr. Antoinette is very grateful to everyone for their 
generosity. Many children on the near West Side...not so very far 
from Elmhurst, will have smiles on their faces this Christmas 
morning because of you. 

	After Christmas we will report which animal received the 
most votes in our Heifer International project. Thanks to all our 
children who took part in this most worthy, educational, and fun 

Please note: 
RE classes will not be in session on December 19th, 26h, and 
January 2nd. Class sessions will resume at the normal time on 
Wednesday, January 9th. 

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

	"Christ the King Parish in Lombard will host "THE DONNER 
FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT" on December 28, 2007 at 7 PM in the 
Church.  The Donners, a Christ based singing family, will present 
a concert featuring Christmas songs and hymns. The group consist 
of Celeste Donner, with her daughters Mary, Meagan, and Faith.  
Free admission, affordable family fun.  Any questions, please 
call (630)  629-1717, ext. 23."

Catholic Perspectives on Immigration

Save the Date:  January 23, 2008

	On the evening of Wednesday, January 23, 2008 the 
parish will sponsor a panel discussion on the topic of 
immigration.  Bishop John Manz, of The Archdiocese of 
Chicago, who worked together with the U.S.-Mexican Bishops' 
Committee, which produced the pastoral letter Strangers No 
Longer, will discuss Catholic Social Doctrine and 
Immigration.  Other speakers will discuss the role of local 
churches regarding immigrants and the issue of reform of U. 
S. immigration laws and procedures.  Questions and 
discussion will follow.

	Sunday, January 13, 2:00 p.m. - The first annual Mass in 
Celebration of All Life in honor of those who respect & protect 
life will be held at the Cathedral for parish Respect Life 
coordinators and their families.  Bishop J. Peter Sartain will 
serve as celebrant and homilist. Bishop Roger L. Kaffer will 
concelebrate. There will be a Children's Candle and Roses 
Procession. Special blessings will be given to all who are or who 
have worked for Respect Life as well as those traveling to the 
March for Life in Washington or San Francisco.  A reception will 
follow the Mass.  For more information, contact John or Mary 
Therese Egizio ((815-722-1600) or the Life Office ((815-838-

	Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend experience for 
any married couple who wishes to enhance their life together.  
Most marriages can use some tender loving care, and every 
marriage deserves it!  Weekends will be held on the following 
dates in 2008:
February 22-24		April 11-13		June 6-8
September 19-21	November 14-16	December 5-7

To register, or for more information, please call ((630-577-0778) 
or see

The U.S. Bishops received a letter from Edward Cardinal Egan 
regarding the schedule of Pope Benedict XVI while in New York.  
Here is part of the letter shared:

"...On Sunday morning, April 20th, the Holy Father will be at Ground 
Zero to pray for the victims and heroes of the World Trade Center 
tragedy. Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to the United 
States will culminate that afternoon with a Solemn Pontifical 
Mass at Yankee would be most helpful if you could send 
us... an indication of the number of tickets your 
Archdiocese/Diocese will need.. you will have to provide us with 
the name, address, and appropriate identifying information for 
each ticket holder. All of this is required by the United States 
Secret Service and the New York City Police Department... We will 
do our very best to honor all requests so as to ensure that the 
Holy Father is joined for the concluding Liturgy of his Apostolic 
Journey by a large and enthusiastic congregation, representative 
of the entire nation..."

If you would like to attend the Mass to be celebrated at 
Yankee Stadium by the Holy Father on the afternoon of April 
20, 2008, please call the parish office no later than 
Thursday, December 20.  While the diocese apologizes for 
the short notice, they must receive our requests by that 
date in order to make their deadline, since church and 
diocesan offices are closed over Christmas.  As soon as 
more information is received about the Pope's visit to the 
U.S., it will be shared.

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