PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY All Queen of Angels facilities will be closed on Monday, February 20 in honor of Presidents Day. The usual weekday Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. The parish office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21. In case of an emergency requiring the attention of a priest while the office is closed, please call 773-539-7510.
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SSVD REFLECTS... In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “...your sins are forgiven.” Indeed forgiving is a divine act of mercy. When we forgive others we are acting in and by God’s power. When we give to the poor, God indeed pours his love, peace and forgiveness into our hearts and into our lives.
2011 DONATION STATEMENTS If you are preparing your 2011 Income Taxes and would like to receive a statement of your taxdeductible gifts to Queen of Angels in 2011, please contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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!
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES FOR SALE Girl Scout cookies will be sold after the Masses February 25-26 and again March 24-25. Cost is $4 per box. For more information, contact Ann at 773-509-0350.
YUM! PANCAKES AND SAUSAGE Save the date! Cub Scout Pack 3894 will host the annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Tickets are available from all Cub Scouts. Tickets are $5 for adults and children age 13 and up; $3 for seniors and children 2 to 12.
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)
HELP YOURSELF TO MARKET DAY 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. 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, February 22. Pick-up will be 9:15 a.m. Saturday, February 25 in the Lower Voss Center. If you would like to help, call Nancy at 773-539-7510.
DONATE A BOOK FOR A BIRTHDAY The School Library invites you to donate a book in honor of your favorite child’s birthday or half-birthday. A special bookplate will be added to the front of the book that will announce to all readers of the book who donated the book to our library. A photo of the child with the book will be taken and that picture will be displayed on the bulletin board outside the library. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are much appreciated. You can be sure this gift will be shared and celebrated by all our students for many years to come. Thanks to all school families and staff who have participated in the program. Please contact Mrs. Diaz at email@example.com for title suggestions.
“SHOP WITH THE ANGELS” UPDATE Gather your papers, receipts and supplies to prepare taxes. Through Friday, March 2, a Staples gift card will be loaded with a little extra money! When you purchase a $25 Staples card, the card will have a value of $26.25 and when a $100 Staples gift card is purchased, that card is worth $105. Staples’ everyday savings, combined with the extra money added to your gift card, makes Staples a great source for all the tools and supplies needed. Stop by the table in the Gathering Space after Mass to find answers for all your shopping needs.
JOIN THE CHALLENGE! Continue to clip and bring in your box tops to benefit the classrooms of Queen of Angels. All proceeds from Box Tops for Education will benefit the school library and the winning classroom collecting the most Box Tops will be awarded a pizza party in May. Thank you to all families for your continued support. Currently Mrs. Thilmany’s class is in the lead with Ms. Manning’s and Ms. Larkin’s classes in hot pursuit. Thank you for your help to Queen of Angels School. We’ll give another update next month!
ST. ANDREW FISH FRY PLANNED The first annual St. Andrew Fish Fry will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 24 in the gym at Addison and Paulina. A fish basket is $10, mac and cheese basket is $5. BYOB. Visit www.saintandrewchicago.com to order your dinners.
CATHOLIC LAWYERS GUILD RETREAT Join the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 for a day of prayer, reflection and discussion with Francis Cardinal George. The retreat theme is “Can a Good Catholic be a Good Lawyer? Why Lawyers Need to Pray.” The retreat will be held at Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Hall and Terry Student Center located at 26 E. Pearson St. Cardinal George will also celebrate mass at St. James Chapel in the Quigley Center before lunch. There is a $50 registration fee per person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Law students may attend free of charge. Free parking is available at Holy Name Cathedral. Spaces are limited; registration is required. Go online to dayofrecollection.eventbrite.com or contact parishioner Bill Castle at 773-787-8783 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.clgchicago.org for more information.
REFLECTION FOR GRIEVING MOTHERS St. Clement Church will sponsor “Love and Loss of a Child: Reflection for Grieving Mothers as a half-day retreat on Saturday, February 25. This reflection is for mothers who have suffered miscarriage, infertility or loss of a child, no matter how long it has been. This will be a special time of reflection, healing and hope. The healing journey after the loss of a child can take many twists and turns, including navigating through grief and finding comfort. Carol Regina Winter, mother of six, will reflect on her experience with the death of two children. There will be break-out sessions on the topics of infertility, miscarriage and loss of a child. Contact St. Clement Church at 773-281-0371 for more information.
BE A HERO FOR MERCY Run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and be a hero to countless youth who need a safe home, a quality education and the chance for a brighter future. Registration for the marathon is now open. Contact Amber at 312-738-7567 or email@example.com to start your journey to becoming a hero!
JOYFUL AGAIN There will be a retreat/workshop for widows and widowers who want to find joy in living again. The event, sponsored by Rainbow Hospice, will be March 17-18 at Resurrection Health Care, Holy Family Medical Center, 100 N. River Road, Des Plaines. For information or to register, call 708-354-7211.
TARA CLUB SENIOR MEETINGS The Chicago Irish Immigrant Support’s senior group at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, holds winter meetings on the second Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome; membership is not required and there are no fees (excluding trips).
-- On Thursday, February 23, a clinician from Swedish Covenant Hospital will speak about chronic pain and techniques to manage it.
-- Seniors age 60 and older are invited to attend the Golden Diners Lunch Program Tuesday through Saturdays (excluding Wednesday) from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Join the group for great food and good company.
For more information on any programs, please call 773-282-8445.
FRIENDS OF THE POOR BENEFIT The Society of St. Vincent dePaul will host the fourth annual Friends of the Poor Benefit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets are $75 per person and will include a champagne brunch, silent auction, pick a prize, 50/50 raffle, Big Raffle and entertainment from Padres on Parade, a group of talented and gifted pastors within the Archdiocese to entertain and delight. Big Raffle prizes include a five-night cruise on the Royal Caribbean with a deluxe ocean view stateroom with balcony (airfare included); 55-inch LG televisions and $250 gas cards. Contact Elvia Rojas at Elvia@svdpchicago.org or at 312-655-7182.
WWME WEEKENDS SET The readings today talk about the healing power of God. God heals the same today as he did in Old and New Testament times. Allow God to work and move in to your marriage relationship; attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and let God strengthen, renew and rekindle your relationship. Deepen your communication, strengthen your relationship, rekindle your romance and renew your sacrament by attending one of the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends for the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area on March 30-April 1; June 8-10; or September 7-9. Early registration is highly recommended. For reservations or information, contact Jim or Kris at www.wwmechicago-gary.org or 800-442-3554.
February 19 — Maternity BVM (with regular collection)
February 22 — Ash Wednesday
March 4 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection)
March 18 — Maternity BVM (with regular collection)