CENTENNIAL SOCK DRIVE THANK YOU
Dear Friends of Queen of Angels,
Thank you for your generous donation of six bags of men’s, women’s and children’s socks to Franciscan Outreach Association for our guests at out emergency overnight shelter, the Franciscan House of Mary & Joseph. Your support makes it possible for us to provide the sustenance that our guests need. We strive to be a consistent, positive presence in the community and in our guests’ lives. We want them to know that they can count on us to support them as they engage in the hard work of improving their lives. Because of wonderful, giving friends like yourself, organizations like ours that depend on donations to help the poor and homeless of Chicago are able to do so. Thank you again for sharing and caring about our guests and us. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones for all the good works you do.
Sincerely, -- Diana J. Faust, S.F.O., Executive Director
SUNG VESPERS ADVENT SERVICE
5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13
Featuring John Rutter’s Dancing Day
Elizabeth said to Mary: Blessed are you because you have believed!
“You also are blessed because you have heard and believed. A soul that believes both conceives and brings forth the Word of God... Let her spirit be in each [of us] to rejoice in the Lord. Christ has only one mother in the flesh, but we all bring forth Christ in faith.” -- Saint Ambrose of Milan
“Therefore, Advent is... the time of hope, in which believers in Christ are invited to remain in vigilant and active expectation, nourished by prayer and by a concrete commitment of love.” -- Pope Benedict XVI
Come and be nourished by prayer this Advent with the choirs of Queen of Angels, our pastor, friends and fellow parishioners through an evening of reflection as we joyfully await the coming of our Lord, Jesus. A festive fellowship reception will follow.
Childcare will be provided but it is necessary to contact the Parish Center at 773-539-7510 or email@example.com to make reservations for the number and ages of children.
REFUGEE HOUSEWARMING A SUCCESS The Commons Community Service team wants to thank everyone who donated to the Exodus project and all those who volunteered. We were able to assemble full welcome packs for three refugee families and collected many additional items. The volunteers made five fleece blankets, ten packets full of Chicago information, and twenty painted pots for additional families. Special thanks go to our coordinators, Lisa Krappman, Laurel McCaleb, Eileen Moran, and Anne Wicker. Thanks again for your generosity, Queen of Angels!
IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: SHOP WITH THE ANGELS RETURNS! You asked for it; you got it! It’s back. Queen of Angels can again simplify your shopping with Shop with the Angels. Need some Jewel gift cards? A trip to Starbucks? A loaf of bread from Panera? Gift ideas for the sitter, Aunt Sally or your best friend? You’ve come to the right place. Jewel, Dominick’s, Panera, Starbucks, Mobil, BP and Shell gift cards will be in stock. Order forms are available for other purchases. Stop by the Parish Center during the week or at the table in the Gathering Space after the 8 and 9:30 a.m. Masses. Use SWTA to meet your holiday shopping needs. Profits can go to the parish, Lyman Fund or a school tuition account. Thanks for your interest!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION This Advent, spend quiet time with Jesus at Eucharistic Adoration, Fridays in the Adoration Chapel from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enter through the Claremont doors, walk up the stairs, turn to the left and then to the left again; walk down the passage behind the altar. Call Christine Murphy at 773-561-9072.
CHOIR CD AVAILABLE The new Christmas CD, O Magnum Mysterium, featuring the Queen of Angels choirs, can be purchased after all Masses this weekend and Vespers next Sunday. CDs that were pre-ordered can also be picked up at this time. The CD features favorite carols and choir anthems of the Christmas Season. The cost is $20. This is a wonderful Christmas gift and proceeds support the Music Ministry at Queen of Angels.
LOVE THE 80s AND 90s? The Centennial Historical Committee is seeking information and materials tied to parish life at Queen of Angels in the 1980s and 1990s. Please consider submitting photographs, remembrances, parish bulletins or any other artifacts that may be in your attic or basement. Contact 773-539-7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENTENNIAL ALBUM ON THE WAY The Centennial Album will include many cherished memories from our parish’s 100 Years of Sharing and Caring. We invite you to advertise your business or offer your family’s congratulations to the parish in this book. You may also provide a name for the Legacy listing or be recognized with an Angel Sponsorship. The deadline has been extended to January 4, 2010, but please call Rachel at 773-539-7510 today!
YA VIENE EL ÁLBUM HISTÓRICO DEL CENTENARIO El Álbum del Centenario va encapsular los muchos recuerdos tan queridos de los 100 Años de Compartir y Cuidar de nuestra parroquia. Les invitamos a que anuncien su negocio o ofrezcan sus felicitaciones a la parroquia de parte de su familia en este libro que sale una vez en la vida. También puede dejar su nombre para las páginas del Legado (donación de $25 en memoria de los fallecidos) o Ángeles. El plazo para poner sus anuncios ha sido extendido de nuevo hasta el 4 de enero, 2010, ¡pero por favor contacte al personal de la oficina parroquial al 773-539-3176 hoy!
BAPTISMS Alexis Refugio Cruz, child of Carmen and Serafin
Julia Einum, child of Cherie and Paul
Salvador Diego Solis Jaimes, child of Alma and Salvador
SHOP WELL AT GOODSHOP.COM Support the Queen of Angels School this Holiday Season by shopping at www.GoodShop.com. Designate Queen of Angels, Chicago, click on your favorite store and start shopping! A percentage of virtually every purchase at more than 1,300 top stores (from Amazon to Macy’s) will go to our School Library. Thank you for your support!
WE CAN ALL GIVE TO IGIVE.COM Sign up on www.iGive.com, designate Queen of Angels as your cause and your online purchases lead to rebates to benefit Queen of Angels Parish — at no cost to you! Simply register and any time you shop online, an iGive.com logo appears to remind you a portion of your purchase price is automatically kicked back to the parish. And with several hundred stores registered, this is the easiest way to make a difference.
RELIGIOUS FACE RISING COSTS The average annual cost of care for women and men religious age 70 and over has more than doubled since 1989. Current statistics put this figure at $35,077 per person annually, with skilled care reaching nearly $55,000. Your donation to the Retirement Fund for Religious provides critical support to religious institutes in meeting the escalating costs of elder care. Please pray for all religious and give generously to today’s second collection. Visit www.retiredreligious.org.
LOS RELIGIOSOS SE ENFRETAN CON AUMENTOS EN COSTO El costo anual promedio para el cuidado de religiosos mayores de 70 años de edad es más del doble que en 1989. Las estadísticas actuales indican que cuesta anualmente $35,077 por persona y con cuidadores especializados casi $55,000. Sus donativos al Fondo para la Jubilación de Religiosos proporcionan un apoyo esencial a los institutos religiosos para cubrir los costos crecientes del cuidado de los ancianos. Le pedimos que reze por todos los religiosos, y sean generosos en la segunda colecta de hoy. Visita la página www.retiredreligious.org.
MASS INTENTIONS Intentions may be placed for Sunday, weekday, holy day or holiday Masses in 2010. They may be offered in the name of friends or relatives, living or deceased, for those in need of extra prayers or in honor of a beloved saint. Dates special to your loved ones are great times to remember them in the prayers of the Mass. Suggested donation is $10. Call 773-539-7510.
A PRAYER FOR OUR PRIESTS As the Church celebrates the Year of the Priest through June 19, 2010, let us pause during the week to give thanks and remember Fr. Jim and Fr. Griffiths for all they do to make God alive at Queen of Angels Parish.
Almighty God, in your love
You bless your Church with priests,
A sign of your faithfulness to your people.
May our prayerful encouragement,
During this year and years to come,
Help them remain faithful to the calling
They have received from you.
As they tend your flock,
grant them a caring heart.
In them may we know the voice of Christ,
Our Good Shepherd, who lives and reigns
With you and the Holy Spirit,
One God forever and ever. Amen.
December 6 — Lyman Fund (with regular collection)
December 6 — Religious Retirement
December 8— Immaculate Conception
December 13 — Christmas Flowers
December 25 — Christmas
December 27 — Sharing BVM (with regular collection)