On this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we recall the tremendous gift of self that Jesus offers us in the Eucharist. Out of gratitude for this gift and all good things in our life, we in turn are called to give of our time, talent and treasure. There are many current opportunities to serve as liturgical ministers, donate to the parish through GiveCentral.org or through the Organ Restoration Fund, purchase gift cards through Shop with the Angels, and volunteer for or pray for those in leadership roles in our parish community.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFTS!
I want to take a moment to thank all of you who make your donations through our online tool, GiveCentral.org. Perhaps a few of you feel strange as you decline to drop something in the basket during Mass, knowing your gift is being handled electronically. Please be assured that your gift is as real and as meaningful as anyone else’s. Indeed, this is probably the future of our church’s collections! It is important to offer online giving as an option to our parishioners. It will ultimately bring steadier financial support to Queen of Angels. Thank you again for your generosity. I hope the days of summer afford each one of us the time to pray and seek guidance from our Creator who makes all things possible. -- Monsignor Jim Kaczorowski, Pastor
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SIGN UP FOR TRAINING AS A LECTOR OR COMMUNION MINISTER
If you have been Confirmed and are a practicing Catholic, you are eligible to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion or a Lector at Queen of Angels. Teens and adults are needed to serve as liturgical ministers at Masses. At weekend Masses, Lectors read aloud the First and Second Readings or Prayers of the Faithful, and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion help distribute Holy Communion. As you think about these ministries, consider that you will get back as much as you give. As you prepare to proclaim a reading, the Word of God will become more intimately a part of your life, and as you share the Eucharist you will begin to see Jesus more clearly in the people you welcome to the table of the Lord.
A training session is available for each type of ministry, and each session lasts just a few hours. Only after you have received training will you be asked if you want to make a commitment to the ministry. If you say yes, you will then get a chance to set your schedule. You may serve as a Lector or Minister of Communion once a month, or more or less frequently — you decide. You can also set what Mass time you want and what times of year to serve.
If you are interested in exploring these ministries, reserve your spot at a training by contacting Jim Hohner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by reaching Rachel Hohner at the parish office, email@example.com or 773-539-7510. Attending separate trainings for each type of service is necessary if you want to check out both ministries.
Not only is Lector training a spiritual opportunity for you to learn more about the Scriptures, but you will have a chance to develop as a public speaker. Communion Ministers are able to share Jesus with others by welcoming them to the table of the Lord.
We especially call teens and young adults to get involved in these ministries. Exercise your rights to participate as an adult in the liturgy as a Confirmed Catholic. Renew your Confirmation commitment to God by serving God's people as a liturgical minister.
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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS
After weeks of nominations and balloting, the elections for various school organizations have taken place.
School Board: Newly elected members include Tim Bradley, Ross Christianson, Michael Flynn, Tad Kolke and Niko Konstantoudakis.
Commons: Todd Woefl is now Vice President and Heather Tryggestad is Treasurer.
Athletic Board: The board welcomes Alena Cloud, Heather Hernandez, Mary Kensik-Winters, Jim McCabe, Jay Mitchell, Michael O’Brien and Patty Peterson.
RCYA SEEKS NEW LEADERSHIP
The Ravenswood Catholic Young Adults (RCYA) is a group for Catholics in their 20s and 30s from four parishes in the Ravenswood area (Queen of Angels, St. Benedict, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Matthias). A new leadership committee is being formed and it requires people willing to attend 4 to 6 meetings a year for planning social, spiritual and service events. The RCYA will meet after the 6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass on June 17 in the basement of St. Benedict to designate committee members. If you are interested but cannot attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have any ideas for events and activities that you’d like to see the RCYA do, stay tuned. A request for input will come later in the summer.
SWA SALES CONTINUE
Until the return of Nancy Baer, our Shop with the Angels (SWA) coordinator, all sales will take place during the week at the Parish Center. The same great variety is still available for all your gift needs including baby showers, weddings, First Communions or graduations. Give a gift of gift cards, and let the recipient go wild! No special event? Then make it easier to shop for yourself and benefit the parish at the same time. And remember... Father’s Day is just around the corner!
MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
Efforts for the Möller organ restoration continue. Currently, more than $8,000 has been collected towards the $40,000 goal for re-leathering this magnificent instrument. We are very grateful to those who have contributed to this fund and ask that your generosity continues. There is still a long way to go. Drop your donation in an envelope and place in the collection basket, Parish Center mailbox or U.S. mail, or donate online through GiveCentral. Your support is needed to keep the organ in fine working order.