We are the clay, O Lord, and you are the potter
|A BLESSING FOR YOUR ADVENT WREATH
O God, by whose word all things are made holy, grant your blessing on this wreath and on our family who will pray around it. Father of All, may your Holy Spirit prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. May we receive abundant graces from you through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
SSVD REFLECTS... As we begin Advent we are called to “be watchful be alert” as we stand in joyful anticipation for the grace of Christmas to once again bless our lives. Your gift in the St. Vincent dePaul Poor Box will help the poor to celebrate the grace of God’s love this Christmas.
| CELEBRATE JESÚS DEL GRAN PODER
Each year, the Ecuadorian Community at Queen of Angels honors Jesus Christ as Jesús del Gran Poder. A celebration will be held after the 12:30 p.m. Mass Sunday, December 4 in the lower church. There will also be a raffle. It is not required to be present at the raffle drawing to win. Raffle tickets will be on sale after the 12:30 Mass until the week of the celebration. All proceeds will benefit the parish. For raffle ticket sales, contact Judy Vega at 773-398-7595.
JESÚS DEL GRAN PODER
Cada año, la comunidad Ecuatoriana de Reina de los Ángeles le da honor a Jesucristo como Jesús del Gran Poder. Una celebración se llevara acabo después de la misa de las 12:30 p.m. el domingo, 4 de diciembre en el sótano de la iglesia. También habrá una rifa. No es un requisito estar presente para ganar. Los boletos estaran en venta después de la misa de las 12:30 de la tarde cada domingo hasta el día de la celebración. Todos los ingresos beneficiaran la parroquia. Contacte a Judy Vega al 773-398-7595.
SHARE OUR AMERICAN FREEDOMS In 2010, a total of 619,913 people who came to this country as immigrants swore the oath of allegiance and became U.S. Citizens. Requirements in this process include multiple applications, interviews and tests, in order to ensure that naturalized citizens have familiarity with American government and history, a working knowledge of the English language and good moral character.
The road to citizenship can be long and difficult. At Queen of Angels, a ministry exists to help our brothers and sisters who have begun this process and are studying for the interviews and examinations. Help is needed to lead these classes, which are offered free of charge as a service to the community.
Volunteers must be patient, caring and able to keep up on current events and changes in immigration regulations. Internet access, teaching skills, or competence in a foreign language can be helpful but are not necessary. Most important is a love of the United States and the freedoms that we enjoy, including the freedom to adopt this country as one’s own. Training is available from Deacon Ben Nieves, who has taught the class for 14 years.
U.S. Citizenship Classes are held from 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Parish Center. For more information, to volunteer or sign up for the class, please call the parish office at 773-539-7510. Citizenship classes are no longer held at Queen of Angels. Contact Communities United at 773-583-1387. (updated 5/16/2016)
WILL YOU ASSIST THE LYMAN FUND? On the first Sunday of each month, the collection includes the monthly Lyman Scholarship Fund. The Lyman Scholarship Fund was established to help families in need of assistance in making a tuition payment. A growing number of families need assistance from the Lyman Fund. Use the green envelope provided in your envelope packet or place your donation in any envelope marked “Lyman Fund.” The next Lyman collection will be the weekend of December 3-4 but donations are accepted at any time. Helping a family in need continues the mission of our church. Thank you.
LABELS FOR EDUCATION The Labels for Education program is a great way to earn FREE merchandise for Queen of Angels School. Label collection and redemption is very easy. Save labels from eligible Campbell products and send them to the school. Ask friends and family to collect labels on behalf of our school! Visit www.labelsforeducation.ca for a complete listing of eligible products. Drop off labels at the school office, in the collection basket during Mass or at the back of church. Thank you for your support. Contact Mrs. Ami Allen at email@example.com for more information.
VEHICLE DONATION PROGRAM The Society of St Vincent DePaul’s Wheels for the Needy program welcomes donations of cars, trucks, vans, boats — any vehicle that runs! The Society sells your vehicle at auction and proceeds are used to support those in need. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Queen of Angels Conference for the poor in our community. To donate, call Elvia Rojas at 312-655-7182.
EXPOSICIÓN DEL SANTÍSIMO 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. Pare en la capilla para pasar un rato con el Señor en oración. Traiga su Biblia, rosario, libros y sus pensamientos. Si usted lo desea, inscríbase para una hora de oración cada viernes. Llame al 773-539-3176.
MEN’S CLUB THURSDAY HOOPS Men of the parish are invited to the weekly session of Men’s Club Hoops at 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Guild Hall Gym. Join a bunch of 20-, 30-, 40– and 50-year-olds to run up and down the court and sometimes make a basket. Concessions follow the games. Donation is $10 plus an annual Men’s Club membership of $20. A liability waiver must be signed. Men’s Club also sponsors an “old-timers” game for folks over 35. Men’s Club meets at 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Voss Center. Join us for pizza and beer. There is a $5 donation per meeting. Other Men’s Club events include Family Gym Nights, an annual Golf Outing, and a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. The Men’s Club supports high school scholarships and other parish and school needs.
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. 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. Contact Walter Rucker, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510.
December 4 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection)
December 4 — Religious Retirement
December 8 — Immaculate Conception
December 11 - Christmas Flowers
December 18 — Sharing: Maternity BVM (with regular collection)
December 25 — Christmas
January 1 — Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 1 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection)