A parish financial report was distributed to our community in the bulletins for April 6, 2014. Please read and review the following documents carefully and continue to pray for our parish family. Thank you to all who contribute toward our parish expenses.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL: “LOVE NEVER FAILS!” Please spend some time this week reflecting on the Annual Catholic Appeal brochure that you received with this Guide. Please remember that the Annual Catholic Appeal campaign is much different than a one-time special collection. It is a pledge campaign where you can make a gift payable in installments.
As you review the work enabled by your contribution to the Annual Catholic Appeal, please reflect on God’s gifts to you. He has given you all that you have. Your gifts to our parish, to the Archdiocese and to the work of the church throughout the world are given in gratitude for the continuing gifts that God gives you.
COME ON NOW, TRY IT... YOU’LL LIKE IT You rush out the door to get to Mass on time... and halfway there you realize you’ve forgotten your envelope. What to do? Enroll in GiveCentral.org. GiveCentral.org is a secure online system where parishioners can create individual giving profiles with payment options ranging from direct debit (ACH) to credit cards. By giving electronically, you save Queen of Angels time and money. And there’s no need to worry if you forget your contributions because they have arrived online! Your gifts make it to Queen of Angels even if you don’t. If you are new to electronic giving, this is the easiest way to go. Your donation can be made on a one-time basis or with a consistent giving pattern. Join others who show support for Queen of Angels through electronic giving. Please click the blue “Donate Now” button at the left to give! If you need assistance, call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510 and Tom will help you.
2012 DONATION STATEMENTS If you are preparing your 2012 Income Taxes and would like to receive a statement of your tax-deductible gifts to Queen of Angels in 2012, please contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 773-539-7510. We appreciate your help in caring for God’s creation and preserving our parish’s resources by requesting a paperless e-statement that can be sent to your e-mail account, or statements may be mailed to your street address or picked up during office hours. Thanks for your support of our parish family!
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” — Matthew 19:14
PRAYERS FOR YOUNG PENITENTS Please pray this week for the 78 children of Queen of Angels Parish who will receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation for the first time this Saturday, January 26. These children have been prepared for the sacrament through the efforts of their parents and of their teachers and catechists in classes at our parish school and Sunday morning CCD program. As they meet Jesus the Good Shepherd in this sacrament for the first time, may these children recognize the unending love of God in the love of their family and the love of their parish. Like the Prodigal Son, here they have a home where they may always return no matter how far they may stray.
BAPTISM / BAUTISMO Abigail Jean Walsh, child of Katie and Michael
SSVD REFLECTION... In the Gospel today at the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples and they began to believe in him. Every day, God also gives us signs of his love so we also can respond in faith and trust. Your gift in the poor box to the Society of St. Vincent dePaul becomes a sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and you give them reason to believe and to trust.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR ART PROJECTS Ms. Koenitzer, the art teacher at school, is in need of the following supplies for her next two art projects. If possible, please send your donated supplies to the school office. Needed are white sheets (no pattern, no design); washers, bolts, small spoons or other metal pieces that have NO sharp edges and are no larger than a spoon. Your prompt assistance will reveal the mystery of the artwork sooner rather than later. Thank you for your generosity.
CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA Thank you for your generous donations to the collection for the Church in Latin America last weekend. Your gifts will ensure that present and future generations in the region will have the chance to live faith with adequate evangelization, lay-leadership programs and strong religious and seminarian formation. The future of the region’s Church is brighter today because of your help. Learn more at www.usccb.org/news/2013/13-003.cfm.
LA IGLESIA EN AMÉRICA LATINA Gracias por sus donaciones generosas a la colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina el domingo pasado. Sus donaciones contribuyen a que las generaciones presentes y futuras en esa región tengan la oportunidad de vivir su fe. Sus donativos ayudan a asegurarles una evangelización adecuada, programas de liderazgo para laicos y una sólida formación para religiosos y seminaristas a muchas generaciones en el futuro. Gracias a su ayuda, e futuro de la Iglesia en esa región es hoy más prometedor. Para informarse más sobre la manera en que sus donaciones están haciendo la diferencia, por favor, visite www.usccb.org (busque “National Collections”).
VOLLEYBALL ON OUR OWN TURF All adults are welcome to join with other adult school and parish members to play volleyball at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday nights in the Guild Hall. There is no prior experience necessary, no big commitment and no strings attached. It’s just a really fun evening with other social adults that provides a good workout, too! If you’re interested in playing, please contact Michelle Niles at email@example.com.
ANKLEBITERS ON MONDAYS Are you a parent or caregiver of a small child? Join us at 10 a.m. on Mondays (when school is in session) in the school basement. The next meeting will be on Monday, January 28. Use the north play lot entrance and arrive by 10:30 a.m. to sign in. This group is for parents, caregivers and their children ages 3 and younger. Contact Angie at 773-655-5843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOP WITH THE ANGELS Stop by the Gathering Space after the 8 or 9:30 a.m. Masses today to check out what gift cards are available. Gift cards from Shop With the Angels make perfect gifts... they are always the right size... and fit! For information, call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510.
2013 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL APPROACHES: “LOVE NEVER FAILS” Many of you have responded to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) mailing from Cardinal George. On behalf of those served by the ministries and services funded by the ACA, we thank you for your gifts. If you received the mailing and have not yet responded, please do so as soon as possible. This year, the theme of the Appeal is: “Love Never Fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8). In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul instructs that love is the greatest virtue. God loves us always. He gives us everything. As we contemplate his gifts to us, we should also reflect on our gratitude for these gifts. Your financial support for the work of our parish, our Archdiocese and the Church throughout the world, is, in fact, one way to express this gratitude. Please give generously to the 2013 Annual Catholic Appeal. When our parish reaches its goal of $28,740 in paid pledges, 100 percent of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parish.
SE ACERCA LA CAMPAÑA CATÓLICA ANUAL DE LA ARQUIDIOCESIS DEL 2013 “¡El amor nunca falla!” (1 Corintios 13:8) Muchos de ustedes han respondido a la miiva de Cardenal George relativa a la Campaña Católica Anual (CCA). A nombre de los que reciben los beneficios de los ministerios y servicios financiados por la CCA, les damos gracias por sus donaciones. Si lo recibieron el correo y no han respondido, por favor, háganlo tan pronto como sea posible. Este año, el tema de la Campaña es: “¡El amor nunca falla!” En su primera carta a los Corintios, Pablo enseña que el amor es la mayor virtud. Dios siempre nos ama. Él nos da todo. Al contemplar los dones que nos ha dado, debemos reflexionar también sobre nuestra gratitud por dichos dones. Su apoyo financiero a la obra de nuestra parroquia, de nuestra Arquidiócesis.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER The next Marriage Encounter weekends for the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area will be February 15-17 or April 19-21, 2013. Call Jim and Kris at 800-442-3554 or visit www.wwmechicago-gary.org.
GOLDEN DINERS PROGRAM The Golden Diners program runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except holidays) at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Seniors aged 60 and older can get a tasty, nutritious lunch for $1.50. Reservations are suggested. Call 773-282-7035, ext. 10. The Chicago Irish Immigrant Support senior group’s program meets between 10 a.m. and noon on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings also take place at the Irish American Heritage Center.
DISCERNING PRIESTHOOD? Exploring Priesthood Weekend is a retreat designed to help men discern God’s call to the diocesan priesthood. Throughout a weekend of prayer, discussion, presentations of diocesan priesthood and group interaction, men begin to better understand God’s place in their lives. The upcoming weekend is April 12-14 and will take place at Mundelein Seminary. Please contact Father Brian Welter, Vocations Director, at 312-534-8298 or email@example.com.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS January 20 — Sharing: Maternity BVM (with regular collection) February 3 — Lyman Scholarship Fund (with regular collection) February 13 — Ash Wednesday February 17 — Sharing: Maternity BVM (with regular collection)
This is ACA Commitment Weekend! Thank you for prayerfully making your pledge to the 2012 Annual Catholic Appeal. This is not a one-time donation but rather a pledge spread out over five months. Please be as generous as you are able. All monies over our goal will be returned to Queen of Angels for our own use. Your sacrifice is felt throughout the Archdiocese and in our own parish. Through your selfless generosity, you are an imitator of Christ.
Este es el Fin de Semana de Compromiso con la CCA. Gracias por hacer su compromiso con la Campaña Católica Anual del 2012. Esta no es una donación única sino un compromiso para distribuir su donación durante cinco meses. Les ruego que sean tan generosos como puedan. Todos los fondos que excedan nuestra meta se devolverán a Reina de los Ángeles para nuestro propio uso. Su sacrificio se siente a través de la arquidiócesis y en nuestra propia parroquia. A través de su generosidad desinteresada, ustedes son imitadores de Cristo.
BE IMITATORS OF CHRIST: 2012 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL KICKS OFF! “We are challenged to be imitators of Christ. Let us reflect His love for all people by supporting His mission through our generous contributions to the Annual Catholic Appeal.”
"Venga, y puestos de rodillas, adoremos y bendigamos al Señor, que nos hizo." — Salmo 95:6
TEAM WORK WORKS! We are many parts but one Body, thanks to the love of our Lord Jesus Christ! -- Thanks to the Comite Guadalupano (Guadalupan Committee) of Queen of Angels for raising more than $470.00 for Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) festivities. The patron saint of Mexico was honored at Mass and a reception on December 12. -- Jesús de Gran Poder (Jesus of Great Power), a festival of the Ecuadorian Community at Queen of Angels, raised more than $1,600.00 and brought many together on December 4 during Mass, the following reception and a raffle. -- Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas (Our Lord of Esquipulas) was honored during a Mass and celebration on January 15 hosted by members of the Guatemalan community. The group gave $181.00 to the parish as a result. These “fund”raisers did more than raise much-needed and even more appreciated money: they also provided a great deal of fun, prayer and celebration for all members of Queen of Angels. God bless you all for your kindness and generosity.
FOR UN“COMMON”LY GOOD FUN... -- Valentine’s Day Dance. Join us for the Valentine’s Day Dance from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11 in the Guild Hall Gym. This Queen of Angels tradition, sponsored by Commons, will feature a pot luck meal with fellow parishioners, dance contests, cake walk and more! A $10 donation per family is asked to help defray costs. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to help. -- PB&J Party. The Commons Community Service Team will hold the monthly PB&J Party with the after-care students from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1 in the school lunchroom. Join us in making sandwiches and assembling sack lunches for the homeless and elderly guests of St. Teresa’s Loaves and Fishes program. There are jobs for everyone, toddler to adult. We could use a few more junior high or high school students or adults to help supervise the younger children. Thanks to Harvestime grocery store for continuing to donate the produce for this event. Want to help or need more info? Please direct questions to Julie Buckert at email@example.com or 773-562-4625.
ACA 2012: “BE IMITATORS OF CHRIST” The 2012 Annual Catholic Appeal is underway. Thank you to all who have responded to Cardinal George’s mailing. If you have received it and have not yet responded, please consider making a pledge to the appeal by mail.
This year, the theme of the Appeal is: “Be Imitators of Christ”. We are all challenged to try to live our lives using the life of Christ as an example. Christ gave us the path to eternal life. His love for each of us cannot be taken lightly. As we contemplate His gifts to us, we should also reflect on our gratitude for these gifts. Your financial support for the work of our parish, our Archdiocese and the Church throughout the world is, in fact, one way to express this gratitude.
Our faith is lived in schools and parishes, soup kitchens and counseling centers, on street corners and in churches, where people of all backgrounds in every neighborhood of the Archdiocese of Chicago are served. Your gift to the Appeal helps to sustain Catholic schools, religious education, ministerial formation, and initiatives for life, peace and justice. Through its support of Catholic Relief Services, the Appeal serves people worldwide, without regard for religious affiliation, whose lives are devastated by natural disasters, illnesses, wars and famines.
Please make a pledge to the 2012 Annual Catholic Appeal. Any funds raised are carefully spent; it is money for God’s work, and we will use it accordingly. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of many.
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CCA 2012: “¡SEAN IMITADORES DE CRISTO!” La Campaña Católica Anual está en marcha. Gracias a todos los que han respondido a la carta del Cardenal George. Si han recibido el correo y no han respondido, por favor, aprovechen este tiempo para hacerlo.
Este año, el tema de la Campaña es: “Sean imitadores de Cristo”. A todos se nos presenta el desafío de intentar vivir nuestras vidas teniendo la vida de Cristo como un ejemplo. Cristo nos dio el camino a la vida eterna. Su amor por cada uno de nosotros no puede tomarse a la ligera. Al contemplar los dones que nos ha dado, debemos reflexionar también sobre nuestra gratitud por dichos dones. Su apoyo financiero a la obra de nuestra parroquia, de nuestra Arquidiócesis y de la Iglesia en todo el mundo es, de hecho, una forma de expresar esta gratitud.
Su donativo a la Campaña ayuda a sustentar las escuelas católicas, educación religiosa, formación para ministros, y iniciativas para la vida, la paz y la justicia. A través de la organización CRS, la Campaña sirve gente en todo el mundo, sin consideración de afiliación religiosa, cuyas vidas son devastadas por desastres naturales, enfermedades, guerra y hambre.
Por favor, sea generoso a la Campaña Católica Anual 2012. Los fondos recaudados serán gastados cuidadosamente, para el trabajo de Dios. Su generosidad hará una diferencia en las vidas de muchos.
2011 DONATION STATEMENTS If you are preparing your 2011 Income Taxes and would like to receive a statement of your tax-deductible gifts to Queen of Angels in 2011, please contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 773-539-7510. We appreciate your help in caring for God’s creation and preserving our parish’s resources by requesting a paperless e-statement that can be sent to your e-mail account, or statements may be mailed to your street address or picked up during office hours. Thanks for your support of our parish family!
BABY BOTTLE PROJECT ENDS TODAY Thank you to all who have brought back baby bottles filled with loose change for women in crisis pregnancies. Any donations after this weekend should be turned in at the parish office as soon as possible so that gifts may be forwarded to the Women’s Center. Thanks for your help!
READY FOR ANKLEBITERS? Are you a parent of a small child? Join us Mondays when school is in session at 10 a.m. in the school basement. Enter using the north play lot entrance and arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. to sign in. This group is for parents, caregivers and their children aged 3 and under. For more information, call 773-255-8133.
EXPOSICIÓN DEL SANTÍSIMO Haga los viernes un buen día para orar y estar con el Señor. La iglesia estará abierta los viernes desde las 9:30 a.m. hasta las 5 p.m. Entre por la puerta que se halla sobre la Claremont, suba las escaleras y vire hacia la izquierda. Suba cinco escalones más y pase por la sacristía y detrás del altar. Allí entrará a la capilla de Veneración, donde el Santísimo estará expuesto. Traiga su Biblia, rosario, libros y sus pensamientos. Pase algún tiempo con el Santísimo. Si usted lo desea, inscríbase para una hora de oración cada viernes. Pare en la capilla durante el día para pasar un rato con el Señor en oración. Favor de llamar al 773-539-3176.
SHOP WITH THE ANGELS UPDATES: -- Harry & David is offering a 3% bonus on gift cards through February 17. Whether giving a gift, entertaining family and friends or making an ordinary day a little more special, you can depend on Harry & David to make your gift-giving more meaningful. -- Old Country Buffet filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 18. People in possession of Old Country Buffet gift cards are advised to use them as soon as possible.
LAST CHANCE TO PATICIPATE IN SURVEY FOR PARENTS The Archdiocese of Chicago would like to understand how parents in our area make elementary school decisions for their children. We would appreciate your input through a brief online survey. Many factors go into these important decisions and the Archdiocese respects all of the different choices you have made. Understanding your views will help the Archdiocese improve the local Catholic school program and will also enable us to understand the perspectives and needs of those who have not chosen Catholic school. We would greatly appreciate your help with the survey whether or not your children attend a Catholic school. While the survey is offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the response will be specific to each school so that it is possible to better understand parents’ views in our specific community. To access the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SchoolSurveyEnglish. For Spanish, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SchoolSurveySpanish. The survey will be available until February 6. Thank you for your participation!
INTENCIONES DE MISAS Para pedir una intención especial para una misa en inglés o español en el año 2012, por favor visite la oficina parroquial o llame al 773-539-3176. La donación sugerida es de $10 por misa.
¡SHHHHH! Todos los aparatos electrónicos deberían estar apagados antes de entrar a la iglesia, nuestro espacio sagrado. Por favor sea considerado con los demás. ¡Gracias!
BANQUET FOR LIFE SCHEDULED The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland will host the 27th annual Life Banquet luncheon and silent auction from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Reservations required. Registration and silent auction begin at noon. Luncheon and Program begin at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. Tickets are $55 for adults, $500 for a table of 10; $25 for students 18 and under. Visit www.womens-center.org or call 773-794-1313.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS February 5 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection) February 19 — Maternity BVM (with regular collection) February 22 — Ash Wednesday
GET READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Market Day provides restaurant quality results and helps Queen of Angels School, too! Pick up a Market Day order form in church or school or visit www.marketday.com to see more than 200 quality food items. Market Day has healthy snacks, quick entrees, and a long line of convenience foods. Market Day has been a long-time presence at Queen of Angels for a reason: the items are high quality and the profits go directly to the school. Make a difference and do some grocery shopping along the way. This is a great way to help Queen of Angels School with very little effort. Online Market Day orders are due by 11 p.m. Wednesday, November 16. Pick-up will be 9:15 a.m. Saturday, November 19 at the Guild Hall. Want to help? Call Nancy at 773-539-7510.
A REFLECTION FROM SSVD The good news of today’s gospel is the extravagance of what is being given to us. All we need to do is be faithful in “small matters.” The cost of fidelity has no comparison to the reward given. When you give the furniture, household items and clothing you no longer use to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, you are sharing God’s extravagant love. The donation box previously located in the parking lot has been relocated to the parking lot at St. Matthias Parish, 4934 N. Claremont.
JOIN US TO PRAY THE ROSARY Looking to take some time for prayer in your Saturdays? Join us to pray the Rosary after each 9 a.m. Saturday Mass. To volunteer to lead prayers, please call Joann at 773-583-1371.
IT’S BOWLING SEASON! The Ravenswood Catholic Young Adults (RCYA) bowls Monday evenings through the end of February at Lincoln Square Lanes, 4874 N. Lincoln Ave. (above the hardware store). Lincoln Square Lanes has agreed to host the group for a mere $4.50 per game per person and $4 per person for shoe rental. Bowling will be every Monday beginning at 7:30 p.m. through the end of February. All skill levels are invited. This is a great way to meet fellow parishioners and strengthen ties with the community. For more information, please contact Leah Bertke at email@example.com or Tracy O’Dowd at 312-685-2678.
FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Every Friday, the Blessed Sacrament is placed out for veneration and prayer from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. To reach the Adoration Chapel, enter the church through the Claremont door, walk up the stairs, turn to the left and then to the left again. Walk down the passage behind the altar and enter the former baptistery where the Eucharist is exposed for veneration. Help us keep vigil with the Lord by making some time on Fridays for these moments of prayer. This is a wonderful way to feel closer to God and rest in God’s presence. Visitors are asked to register in the sign-in book.
HOSTS NEEDED The Parish Social following the 9:30 a.m. Mass needs people willing to help host these gatherings. Would you care for some coffee, some juice or a donut? If you attend the Parish Social on Sundays, you know you’re at the right place. Gather outside or in the Lower Church and engage in conversation while having a light snack. It’s all there for you to enjoy following the 9:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday. Are you able to bring baked goods or fruit on any given Sunday? If so, please call the Parish Center and leave your name and phone number. Beverages will be provided. Please lend a hand. Contact Walter Rucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO HELP “...seek first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). Over 90,000 households throughout the Archdiocese have supported the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal. Your gifts are given to help your neighbors in Cook and Lake counties and around the world. Just one more pledge billing will be sent before the conclusion of the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Many thanks to those of you who have completed your pledges. Whether your gift is large or small, when combined with the gifts of thousands of other parishioners throughout the Archdiocese, every gift makes a very real difference in the ability of the Archdiocese to provide vital ministries and services. There is still time to donate to the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal. Thank you again for your support.
¿ALGUNA VEZ HAS PENSADO SER SACERDOTE? El evangelio de hoy nos recuerda que necesitamos vivir fiel y activamente tomando responsabilidad por los talentos que se nos han dado de acuerdo a nuestras habilidades. Vivir de acuerdo con nuestra fe, quizá respondiendo al llamado de Dios, no puede ser propuesto. Para información acerca del sacerdocio, contacte al Padre Brian Welter al email@example.com o al 312-534-8298. Para información acerca de la vida religiosa, contacte a la Hermana Elyse Ramirez, OP al 312-534-5240 o al firstname.lastname@example.org, y para el programa del Diaconado Permanente, contacte al Diácono Bob Puhala al email@example.com o al 847-837-4562.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS November 20 – Catholic Campaign for Human Development November 24 – Thanksgiving (St. Vincent DePaul)
2011 APPEAL BEGINS! The 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend is here. After giving prayerful consideration to the appeal, it is time to make a commitment to the five-month Archdiocesan campaign that brings needed funds to widespread ministries. After reaching our parish goal, all funds will be used specifically for our own needs. As participants in last year’s Debt Reduction Program, we were able to repay our boiler debt, replace our gym floor and more. Your generosity from last year is remembered. Please be as generous as possible this year.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL 2011 BEGINS This week, you are asked to review the Annual Catholic Appeal brochure that you will receive with your February 20 bulletin. The theme of the campaign is “...seek first the kingdom of God…” (Matthew 6:33)
Please spend some time this week reflecting on the Annual Catholic Appeal. While funding a number of Archdiocesan ministries, the Appeal supports parish ministries that provide religious education to children, youth and adults in economically disadvantaged communities. It is also one of the largest philanthropic sources of financial assistance for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. Please remember that the Annual Catholic Appeal campaign is very different than a one-time special collection; it is a pledge campaign where you can make a gift payable in installments.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” —- 1 Corinthians 13:7
FROM THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL In the Gospel Jesus says, “Whoever fulfills and teaches the commands shall be great in the kingdom of God.” By your gift to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, you indeed put your faith into action as you fulfill the commands of Jesus.
2011 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL The theme of the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal is “...seek first the kingdom of God...” (Matthew 6:33). Jesus taught that we are not to worry about the things of this world. Rather, we are to seek the kingdom of God and the Father will reward us. God provides all that we have and all that we are. Stewardship, in part, is the recognition of God’s gifts and the obligation to return a significant portion of our gifts to assist in his work. Our gifts to our parish, to our Archdiocese and the Church throughout the world are given in gratitude for what God has given to us. A gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps to provide education, services, and ministry to thousands within and outside of our Archdiocese.
The Appeal supports parish ministries that provide religious education to children, youth and adults in economically disadvantaged communities. It is one of the largest philanthropic sources of financial support for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The Appeal funds services that are of great help to the ministries here at Queen of Angels.
Also, when our parish reaches its goal in paid pledges, 100 percent of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parish. Please prayerfully consider a pledge to the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal.
¡TODOS SON BIENVENIDOS! ¿Es tu primera vez en nuestra parroquia? ¡Bienvenidos! ¿Se ha mudado recientemente? ¡Que Dios bendiga su nuevo hogar! Por favor visite o contacte la oficina parroquial al 773-539-7510 para registrarse o arreglar su registración actual. ¡Gracias!
NICODEMUS MINISTRY When a parishioner dies, the priest celebrates the Mass of Christian Burial. The final Prayers of Commendation at the cemetery are led by a lay person. Laity are urged to lead their brothers and sisters in prayer. It is a sign that when a parishioner dies, other members of the parish —- and not just the priest —- pray. Volunteers are needed to minister to grieving families. Follow the kindness of Nicodemus who, with Joseph of Arimathea, buried Jesus. Training provided. Call the parish office at 773-539-7510.
CHOOSING TO BE CATHOLIC Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry for those in their 20s and 30s, will present Choosing to Be Catholic in a day-long retreat Saturday, March 12 at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Wilmette. When it comes to faith, we have a choice. Why do you choose to be Catholic? Join other young adults to reflect on your Catholic faith and how it fits into everyday life. Visit www.charisministries.org for details and to register. Scholarships and payment plans are available.
JOIN US FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION ON FRIDAYS Every Friday, the Blessed Sacrament is placed out for veneration and prayer from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. To reach the Adoration Chapel, enter the church through the Claremont door, walk up the stairs, turn to the left and then to the left again. Walk down the passage behind the altar and enter the former baptistery where the Eucharist is exposed for veneration. Help us keep vigil with the Lord by making some time on Fridays for these beautiful moments of prayer. This is a wonderful way to feel closer to God. Visitors are asked to register in the sign-in book in the chapel when attending Adoration.
ONE DIME AT A TIME Did you know that each Box Tops coupon is worth a dime to Queen of Angels students? Last spring, our school earned more than $400 for our school library and classrooms through this program. Please clip Box Tops coupons from hundreds of products from Cheerios®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury®, Ziploc®, Kleenex®, Juicy Juice® and more. Drop off your coupons in the boxes outside the school office or at the back of church. Contact Mrs. Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Diaz at email@example.com.
INTENCIONES DE MISAS Para pedir una intención especial para una misa en inglés o español, por favor visite el Centro Parroquial. La donación sugerida es de $10 por misa. Llame al 773-539-3176.
SATURDAY ROSARY Looking to take some time for prayer in your Saturdays? Join us to pray the Rosary after each 9 a.m. Saturday Mass. To volunteer to lead prayers, contact Joann at 773-583-1371.
CHOCOLATE BALL CELEBRATION The Chocolate Ball Carnevale Celebration will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1220 W. Lexington. Music, dancing, costumes, wine, chocolate, desserts and a silent auction are planned for the event. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call 708-361-5411. Proceeds will benefit the Shrine. ANSWER THE CALL Have you ever felt a tug in your heart towards the priesthood or religious life? For information about a vocation to priesthood contact Fr. Brian Welter at 312-534-8298 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at www.ChicagoPriest.com. For information about the religious life, contact Sr. Elyse Ramirez, OP at email@example.com or call 312-534-5240.
GORDON TECH MONDAY BINGO Play Monday Night Bingo at Gordon Tech College Prep High School, 3633 N. California. Enter through the gym. Doors open at 5 p.m. Play begins at 7 p.m. and ends by 9:20 p.m. Raffle, pull tabs, food and parking are all available. Proceeds benefit the high school which continues to serve the community.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM “I was a stranger and you welcomed me...” -- Matthew 25:35 “Between April 1997 and August 2007, the United States deported the lawful permanent resident mother or father of approximately 103,000 children. At least 86 percent of these children were U.S. citizens.” -- University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, et al., “In the Child’s Best Interest,” March 2010, http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/images/childsbestinterest.pdf. Learn more through the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at the Archdiocese of Chicago, 3525 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60653. Contact Elena Segura at 312-534-5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRADICIÓN, ARREPENTIMIENTO, FUNDACIONES La memoria histórica de las grandes obras de Dios, conecta a los creyentes con el pasado, no sólo como hechos pasados, sino como una narrativa que perdura en el presente y como una fuente de inspiración y aliento. Esta memoria está consagrada en una de las primeras afirmaciones de fe de Israel que se encuentran en el libro del Deuteronomio: Mi padre era un arameo errante, que bajó a Egipto y se estableció allí con muy pocas personas; pero luego creció hasta convertirse en una gran nación, potente y numerosa. Los egipcios nos maltrataron, nos oprimieron y nos impusieron una dura esclavitud. Entonces clamamos al Señor, Dios de nuestros padres, y el Señor escuchó nuestra voz, miró nuestra humillación, nuestros trabajos y nuestra angustia. El Señor nos sacó de Egipto con mano poderosa... (Deuteronomio 26:5-8) Una era tras otra se ha recurrido a este relato de la acción liberadora de Dios para entender que Dios continúa liberando a su pueblo. El recuerdo de lo que Dios ha hecho es esencial. También Jesús mandó a sus discípulos: “Hagan esto en memoria mía” (1 Corintios 11:24). Y Jesús envió al Espíritu Santo para recordar a su comunidad de discípulos, su Iglesia, de lo que había dicho y hecho (Juan 14,26). Con esta memoria y la conexión con el pasado, podemos permanecer fieles a nuestros fundamentos. También tenemos una medida de nuestro arrepentimiento, en el sentido de que sabemos cómo debemos volver atrás y cambiar nuestra manera de ser fiel a lo que Dios ha hecho por nosotros. Tenemos un sentido de continuidad a medida que avanzamos de esperanza en esperanza. De ninguna manera nuestra relación con nuestro pasado se alimenta de un sentido de nostalgia. Por el contrario, nos orienta en nuestro momento presente y nuestro futuro mediante la identificación de lo que Dios ha hecho y, por lo tanto, lo que Dios está haciendo y hará en el futuro. Y es la Iglesia que tiene esta memoria sagrada, la conexión espiritual con nuestro pasado.
TRADITION, REPENTANCE, FOUNDATIONS The historical memory of God’s great deeds connects believers to the past, not just as past history but as a narrative that endures into the present and as a source of inspiration and encouragement. This memory was enshrined in one of Israel’s earliest affirmations of faith found in the Book of Deuteronomy: My father was a wandering Aramean who went down into Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien. But there he became a great nation, strong and numerous. When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and he heard our cry and saw our affliction, our toil and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand... (Deuteronomy 26:5-8) Age upon age has drawn upon this narrative of God’s liberating action to understand that God continues to free his people. The memory of what God has done is essential. Jesus, too, commanded his disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). And Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to remind his community of discipleship, his church, of what he had said and done (John 14:26). With this memory and connection with the past, we can stay true to our foundations. We also have a measure for our repentance, in the sense that we know how we must turn back and change our ways to be true to what God has done for us. We have a sense of continuity as we move forward into hope. By no means does our connection with our past feed into a sense of nostalgia. On the contrary, it orients us to our present moment and to our future by identifying what God has done and, therefore, what God is doing and will do in the future. And it is the Church that holds this sacred memory, this spiritual connection with our past.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS February 21 — Sharing: Maternity BVM (with regular collection) February 27 — 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment