ADVENT IS HERE:
SHOW THE FACE OF CHRIST
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 http://www.usccb.org. 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 Foley, Pastoral Life Coordinator
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM 2 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 6:15pm 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 www.visitationparish.org or call or email Sue McGhee at 630/832-2775, email@example.com, or Mary Lewis at 630/941- 9173, firstname.lastname@example.org to order tickets or for more information. THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 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: WINGS TO HEAVEN YOUTH GROUP 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 brighter. REMINDER: Wings to Heaven Christmas party is Sunday, Dec. 16th, 6-8 pm. Bring an appetizer and white elephant gift for grab bag. DESTINY HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP 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 email@example.com 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 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 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 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 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 www.cc-doj.org NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENING OF PRAYER 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 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 Projects. 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 activity. 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. "THE DONNER FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT" "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. MASS IN CELEBRATION OF ALL LIFE 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- 1002). WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: 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 www.wwmejoliet.org IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF BISHOP SARTAIN: 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 Stadium...it 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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