"Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,
the glory of God shines upon you." -- Isaiah 60:1
|CHURCH TOUR ON JANUARY 8
Ever wondered about the meaning of symbols in Queen of Angels Church? Want to know more about the history, art, architecture and uses of our parish’s worship space? Please mark your calendar and join our RCIA participants for a tour of the church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8. This is a rare chance for us to journey back in time to the building of our church, look closely at our church’s artwork, decode some of its mysteries and puzzle over others. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served. Call 773-539-7510.
SHOP WITH THE ANGELS RESUMES 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! They never go out of style and fit in your wallet for your shopping pleasure. For information, call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510.
BAPTISMS / BAUTISMOS
Allison Guadalupe Lara, child of Carolina and Miguel
Jayla Ruffino, child of Leticia and Jeffery
Makayla Ruffino, child of Leticia and Jeffery
WINTER TOAST WINE CELLAR It’s back! The Queen of Angels Wine Cellar at Winter Toast on February 23. We need your help to collect bottles of GREAT wine to be auctioned off during the evening. Getting ready to purchase wine for parties, gifts, wonderful dinners? Fine Wine Brokers, 4621 N. Lincoln, has generously partnered with us this year to help create our cellar. And the best part: for every $100 in purchases, they will donate a free bottle. You can leave your bottle there with your name and we will pick it up. Please make sure you let them know you are from Queen of Angels. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Richlen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE WINTER TOAST ‘13 NEWS Winter Toast 2013 planning is well underway, BUT we need your help! Please consider donating to help make this event a huge success. We are in need of wine, sporting event tickets, play or ballet tickets, spa and restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf, connections to liquor distributors and help with travel packages (airfare, condos/hotels, and lake houses). If your hobby is woodworking or sewing, we would like to include a dollhouse or toy box in the auction. Monetary donations are also being accepted to “supplement” auction items. If you have any questions, please contact Fundraising Chair Melissa Richlen at 312-363-9163 or email@example.com.
|CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION NEXT WEEK
Next week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Latin American Catholics are often characterized by their warm, humble and passionate hearts. They have been blessed by a rich culture as well as natural resources. However, in these times of economic struggle, poverty and violence are still major obstacles in their daily lives.
For example, while many young people in the United States and around the world are preparing to attend World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil this year, nearly 25,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 25 in Maraba, Brazil, are unemployed and facing poverty. The parishioners of Nossa Senhora de Nazare Church in Maraba face a world filled with drugs, prostitution, poverty and little hope for the future. Through generous support from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, Nossa Senhora de Nazare and others like it, is able to provide youth with the tools they need to grow in their relationship with Christ and professionally.
Your support helps give hope to people in the region, especially the youth who seek to live faith. It is more important than ever that we support the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please give generously in next week’s collection.
COLECTA PARA LA IGLESIA EN AMÉRICA LATINA LA PRÓXIMA SEMANA
La próxima semana realizaremos la colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina. Con frecuencia se dice que los católicos latinoamericanos tienen un corazón tierno, humilde y apasionado. Ellos han sido bendecidos con una rica cultura y con recursos naturales. Sin embargo, en estos tiempo de apuros económicos, la pobreza y la violencia son aún unos tremendos retos en su vida diaria. Su contribución les traerá esperanza a las personas de esa región, especialmente, a los jóvenes que buscan vivir su fe. Hoy es más importante que nunca que brindemos nuestro apoyo a la Iglesia en América Latina y el Caribe. Por favor, contribuya generosamente a la colecta de la próxima semana.
¡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!
ALL ARE WELCOME! Are you new to our parish community? Welcome! Have you recently moved? May God bless your new home! Please visit or contact the parish office at 773-539-7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself, register or adjust your existing registration. Thank you!
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 Monday, January 7. 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. For more info, contact Angie at 773-655-5843 or email@example.com.
IS THE CHOIR CALLING TO YOU? If you love to sing and have a passion for sacred music, please consider auditioning for the Queen of Angels Adult Choir. We are looking to expand our voices and we are currently seeking volunteers from the congregation. The Choir will sing three Sundays each month. Rehearsals are conducted before and after Mass so there is a minimal time commitment. And if singing is not your thing but you still have a passion for music and some spare time on your hands, then join our supporting staff. We are always in need of extra hands to help organize our choir banquets, promote choir functions, and assist with the basic weekly needs of the many choirs at Queen of Angels Parish. To schedule an audition or to sign up as a non-singing volunteer, please contact Kent Jager at 773-719-1701 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The next games will be on Tuesday, January 8. 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.
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.
FINDING GOD The splendid magi, all sparkle and dash and solemnity, march right up off the pages of Matthew’s Gospel and into our churches today. Matthew alone tells us this grand and seductive story so that we might see the light and know that the child these magi visited is the fulfillment of prophecy, the king of the world that stretches to the magi’s home country and beyond, right down the ages to us. We too see and understand anew. Like the magi, our patron saints for this day, we see in the newborn child the king of the universe and light of the world. Like the magi, we find in ourselves a new faith and a new life. Like them, we return to our home by a new route. We are asked to come away from this festive season ourselves renewed and awake to the presence of God among us. We are asked to find God where God is to be found, to be attentive and surprised and ready to bow down in adoration and to offer our gifts.
SING IN SPRING! Chicago Children’s Choir is a non-profit organization committed to providing children a multicultural, choral music education. Auditions for boys and girls in grade 3 and up are invited to audition for the Albany Park Neighborhood Choir from 4 to 6 p.m. January 8 and 10 at the Anderson Chapel at North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Ave. For more information, call 312-849-8300 or visit www.ccchoir.org.
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 life. Upcoming weekends are January 11-13; and April 12-14, 2013 and take place at Mundelein Seminary. Contact Father Brian Welter, Vocations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-534-8298.
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.
WHEELS FOR THE NEEDY 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 support those in need. A portion of proceeds goes directly to the Queen of Angels Conference for the poor in our community. Call Elvia at 312-655-7182.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. FRANCIS The Secular Franciscans are a religious order within the Catholic Church open to diocesan clergy and to married and single members of the laity. Secular Franciscans work in local fraternities to deepen their own spirituality and to conform their lives more fully to the Gospel of Christ. Call Mary Hobbs at 847-207-3511.
January 6 — Lyman Scholarship Fund (with regular collection)
January 13 — Church in Latin America
January 20 — Sharing: Maternity BVM (with regular collection)