Parishioners of all ages can join with others in the work of serving our brothers and sisters in need through our parish conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Hunger Walk at Soldier Field benefitting local food pantries, a Friends of the Poor 5k Run/Walk through Lincoln Park, and outreach to immigrants to this county.
"Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free."
LENTEN RECONCILIATION APRIL 2 The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 in the church. This will be in conjunction with the new monthly Monday evening Eucharistic Adoration. Individual confessions will be offered in English or in Spanish. This time is available for those who want to participate in this sacrament during Holy Week to look at oneself, to strengthen one’s desire for personal change as a follower of Christ, and to receive His forgiveness and the encouraging graces of the Church. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity.
PREPARACIÓN ANTES DE LA PASCUA El Sacramento de Reconciliación (Confesión) será ofrecida en la iglesia desde las 7 p.m. hasta las 8:30 p.m. el lunes, 2 de abril. Las confesiones estarán en conjunción con el nuevo tiempo para Adoración eucarística el primer lunes del mes. Confesiones serán ofrecidas en inglés o en español. Es una oportunidad para participar en este sacramento durante la Semana Santa para reflexionar, fortalecer su compromiso como discípulo de Jesucristo, y recibir el perdón y las gracias de la Iglesia.
HATS OFF TO HIGH ACHIEVERS The following parishioners achieved Honor Roll status at St. Benedict High School: AnnaTai Malone ‘14, first honors; Ashley Krysztopik ‘13, Casandra Romero ‘15, and Malani Rosa ‘15, all second honors.
SCOUTS PLAN RECIPE COLLECTION The Queen of Angels Boy Scout Troop 894 will be collecting wonderful family recipes to create the 2012 Queen of Angels Parish Cookbook. Any kind of recipe is welcome along with a brief history or story about your family recipe. Cookbooks will be available early this fall. Please neatly print or type the recipe along with a brief story (optional) and your name and phone number (in case there is a question). Recipe collection boxes are located in the school office and in the church. For more information, contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-583-6299.
NOTES ON THE ORGAN There is still time to donate to the restoration work for the Moller organ that has graced Queen of Angels for decades. Donation envelopes were included in last week’s Guide. Or simply place your donation in an envelope marked “Organ Fund.” The releathering project is designed to breathe new life into parts of the organ that are showing signs of wear and tear. This is not a cosmetic upgrade. This is a vital necessity to keep the organ from losing the ability to create specific notes. Several notes are already “missing” and we don’t want to compromise the integrity of the musical instrument at all. It is a classic and needs to remain so. There are so many causes that require financial assistance and support. When deciding where your charitable dollars go, please consider a lasting treasure like the Moller organ. Thank you for your generosity. (If you would prefer using a credit card, please call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510 or click the “Donate Now” button on our parish website, parish.queenofangelschicago.org, to donate online through GiveCentral.org.)
RAISE A TOAST TO A WINTER TOAST SPONSOR! The Winter Toast Committee would like to thank our corporate donors and sponsors for their support of Winter Toast 2012! This week we thank Steve Quick Jewelers. Steve Quick donated a custom designed necklace, valued at more than $1,000, to the live auction. Please remember to support this local business in Lincoln Square at 4710 N. Lincoln Avenue.
¡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 email@example.com to register. Thank you!
LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVISORY BOARD ELECTIONS If you are interested in running for a board position on either the Athletic, Commons or School Board, candidacy packets are now available from the school office. -- The Athletic Board will be seeking five candidates to fill four 3-year terms and one 1-year term. -- The School Board will have five openings, including four 3-year terms and one 2-year term. Representation is welcome from parishioners who do not currently have children in the parish school but would like to help. -- Commons will seek to fill the Vice President and Treasurer positions. Meeting dates and times are posted on the school website. Please give thoughtful consideration to volunteering your time and talents to one of these essential boards.
2011 DONATION STATEMENTS Tax Day approaches! 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 773-539-7510 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Statements may also be mailed to your street address or picked up during office hours.
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. Contact Elvia Rojas at email@example.com or at 312-655-7182.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY MASS SET The Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 23 in Holy Name Cathedral. Couples married in 1962 interested in attending this celebration need to call the Parish Center at 773-539-7510 to register. For more information, visit the website www.familyministries.org or call the Family Ministries Office at 312-534-8351.
MISA DE ANIVERSARIO DE BODAS DE ORO La Misa de Aniversario de Bodas de Oro será el domingo, 23 de septiembre del 2012 a las 2:30 p.m. en Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St. Las parejas que se casaron en 1962 y están interesadas en asistir esta celebración deberán hablar a su parroquia para registrarse. Para más información, visite al www.familyministries.org o llame a la Oficina de Ministerio para la Familia al 312-534-8351.
JOYFUL AGAIN! Joyful Again! will sponsor a retreat/workshop for widows and widowers on April 28 and 29 at St. Edward Parish, 4350 W. Sunnyside. Call 708-354-7211.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS April 1 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection) April 1 — Easter Flowers April 5 — Holy Thursday / Society of St. Vincent dePaul April 6 — Good Friday / Holy Lands April 8 — Easter April 15 — Sharing Maternity BVM (with regular collection)
"The Lord tells the number of stars and calls them by name." -- Psalm 147:4
FOR UN“COMMON”LY GOOD FUN... 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. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to help.
HIGH ACHIEVERS The following young people of our parish achieved academic honors at St. Ignatius College Prep: -- Ambrose Donnelly ‘12, Honors with Distinction -- Keenan Feller ‘12, Second Honors -- Jillian Riley ‘12, Second Honors -- Mary Folan ‘14, Second Honors -- Katherine Johnson ‘14, Honors with Distinction -- Marti Luby ‘14, First Honors -- William Donnelly ‘15, First Honors -- Francesca Giambrone ’15, First Honors -- Isabel Irvine ‘15, First Honors -- Kelly Riley ‘15, Second Honors -- Kylie Ruscheinski ‘15, Honors with Distinction Congratulations and keep up the good work!
THANKS FROM TRANSFIGURATION On behalf of the parish clergy, staff and parishioners of Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, thank you for the Thanksgiving food donated to our church. We and the poor beneficiaries of the food you gave were happy and grateful for your thoughtfulness and kindness.
Rest assured of my personal prayers for you -- for good health and a successful pastorate -- almost every day at Mass and in my private prayers.
Again, thank you for your generosity. Please accept my apologies for the long delay in sending this letter!
-- Rev. Alfredo Salera, Pastor, Transfiguration of Our Lord
P.S. Special thanks to Ann McCormick and Roine and Scott Michaels.
SSVD REFLECTS... In the Gospel today, we find that Jesus would rise very early before dawn and go to a deserted place to pray and then he went out to preach and to heal. Praying for the poor can bring the love and peace of Jesus to those who live in fear and doubt, loneliness and dread.
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 email@example.com 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!
YUMMY! THIRD GRADE BAKE SALE It’s time to bake for the Third Grade Bake Sale on February 16. Your baking expertise is needed. Please bring cookies, brownies, muffins and other goodies to Room 208 on Wednesday, February 15 or Thursday, February 16. All proceeds from this service project will be donated to a charity benefitting children. (Students who donate a baked good will be rewarded with an out-of-uniform day on the day of the Bake Sale.) If your baked good is made with peanuts or tree nuts, please clearly note it. Please individually pack baked goods.
HELP YOURSELF TO MARKET DAY Market Day provides restaurant quality results and helps Queen of Angels School, too! Pick up an 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. This is a great way to help Queen of Angels School. Online Market Day orders are due by 11 p.m. Wednesday, February 22. Pick-up will be 9:15 a.m. Saturday, February 25 at the Guild Hall. If you would like to help, call Nancy at 773-539-7510.
COACHES NEEDED The Athletic Board is looking for individuals with knowledge of the sport of volleyball to coach both our 5th grade girls team and 6th grade boys team. Coaches will need to be able to hold two practices a week and make all the games. The 5th grade girls league is administered through St. Bartholomew School and games are played on Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday mornings. The 6th grade boys league is run out of Queen of Angels and can be any evening Monday through Friday. Please contact Nancy Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
APARTMENT NEEDED Cantor and long-time parishioner of Queen of Angels Church is seeking a one– or two-bedroom apartment near the parish. Please contact Karyn with helpful tips or information at email@example.com. Thanks!
ST. ANDREW FISH FRY PLANNED Join the fun at the first annual St. Andrew Fish Fry 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. Order your dinners today at saintandrewchicago.com.
LLAMADO AL SACERDOCIO Señor, te agradecemos por nuestros sacerdotes y por los sacramentos, especialmente la Eucaristía y la Reconciliación. Llama a muchos a seguir tus huellas como sacerdotes en la Arquidiócesis de Chicago y en toda la Iglesia Universal. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo. Amén.
DO YOU KNOW A VETERAN? Volunteers of America can assist veterans through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, including housing counseling, transportation and daily living services, financial planning and financial aid. Contact John Fahey at 312-564-2334.
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. Call 773-794-1313 or visit www.womens-center.org for more information.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. FRANCIS Is God calling you to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi? The Secular Franciscan Order is a religious order within the Catholic Church open to diocesan clergy and to married and single members of the laity. Secular Franciscans work together in local fraternities to deepen their own spirituality and to strive to conform their lives more fully to the Gospel of Christ. If this appeals to you, please call Mary Hobbs at 847-207-3511 or Dale Blum at 773-774-7779 for more information. See www.ilsfo.org for more information.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS February 5 — Lyman Scholarship (with regular collection) February 12 — Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment February 19 — Maternity BVM (with regular collection) February 22 — Ash Wednesday
In this Year of Teens and Young Adults, we continue to recognize and celebrate the gifts of young Catholics while calling them to greater participation in the life of the parish. Teen parishioners prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, receive honors from their Catholic high schools, and lead their peers on Kairos retreats. Young adults are invited to take part in a Super Bowl Party at neighboring St. Benedict Parish.
SSVD NEEDS BOYS’ CLOTHES The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is looking for winter clothes for a 10-year-old boy. He wears size 14-16 boys in coats and size 4.5-5 in boots. If you have used winter clothes in these sizes, please bring them to the parish office during the week or to the church gathering space after Mass. If you have other clothing items you would like to donate, the clothing box for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul has been moved to the St. Matthias Parish parking lot, located at 4934 N. Claremont.
THANK YOU FROM LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR On behalf of our family of Little Sisters and Residents, thank you for the opportunity to visit your parish last summer and for the gift of $2,255.03 made possible by the generosity of Queen of Angels parishioners. Your generosity enables us to continue our mission of caring for the elderly poor. On October 11 we marked our two-year anniversary of the Canonization of our Mother Foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan. This wonderful honor, recognized throughout the world, gives us a renewed passion for continuing the important work of St. Jeanne Jugan. The Little Sisters of the Poor have continued her tradition of opening their homes to the elderly poor, treating each person with respect and dignity, and providing a home filled with care and love until the Lord himself calls them home. Strengthened by our faith, we are assured the Lord will provide for the needs of those he confides to our care. Thank you for your help in continuing the work of St. Jeanne Jugan. It is a privilege for each of us because as she said, “ In caring for the elderly poor, we care for Jesus.” Sincerely in Christ, — Sr. Patricia Mary, Little Sisters of the Poor
KICKS FOR RAMS Let’s hear it for Seamus McDonagh, one of eight Gordon Tech Rams football players recognized as all-conference selections. In addition, Julian Leon was named an all-conference selection for soccer, also representing Gordon Tech. These gentlemen are continuing the outstanding athletic careers they began at Queen of Angels School.
IT’S BOWLING SEASON! The Ravenswood Catholic Young Adults (RCYA) will be bowling on Monday evenings beginning November 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracy O’Dowd at 312-685-2678.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR ADULT CHOIR 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 this season and we are currently seeking volunteers from the congregation. The choir will sing three Sundays a month. Rehearsals are conducted before and after Mass so there is a minimal time commitment. And if singing is not your forte 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. We would love to have you join us in music and fellowship this season. To schedule an audition or to sign up as a non-singing volunteer, please contact Kent Jager at email@example.com or call 773-719-1701.
SHOP WITH THE ANGELS Stop by the Shop With The Angels table before or after the 8 and 9:30 Masses on Sunday or call the Parish Center. The Holiday Arts and Craft Fair indicates we are moving into the holiday season and Shop With the Angels makes it possible to have a stress-free holiday shopping experience. How about a gas card for someone who drives a lot? L.L. Bean for the person who loves the outdoors? Target for a helpful neighbor? Whole Foods for the gourmand in your life? Possibilities are endless! When you buy gift cards, you are helping Queen of Angels and giving the perfect gift that always fits the occasion! Choose whether your profits go to the parish, the Lyman Scholarship Fund or towards a specific school tuition account.
HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES -- St. Scholastica Academy, 7416 N. Ridge, will host an open house today from 2 to 4 p.m. for sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls. Learn about the International Baccalaureate honors program, college-preparatory curriculum, sports and co-curricular opportunities including an arts program. -- Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Ave., Wilmette, will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 17 for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Eighth graders are invited to participate in a Shadow Day to see what it is like at the school. To sign up, call 847-920-2481.
JASC ON THE MOVE! The Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), Lakeview Action Coalition and allied groups will rally November 7 under Senators’ windows at the Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams, to demand Senators Durbin and Kirk work to preserve safety net programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and HUD housing programs. The rally starts at 10:15 a.m. Monday and the march starts at 11 a.m. “Many older women, especially older women of color, would suffer the brunt of these cuts,” said Mary Elizabeth Burns, a retired nurse’s assistant and leader of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. The “Super Congressional Committee” is meeting behind closed doors eying cuts to safety net programs. If you cannot come, please support the effort with your prayers. Contact Pat Drennan at 773-539-0074.
¿ALGUNA VEZ HAS PENSADO SER SACERDOTE? Hoy Jesús nos recuerda los dos mandamientos más importantes: Amar a Dios con todo nuestro corazón, alma y mente, y amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos. Que modo más grande de manifestar nuestro amor que a través de la vida sacerdotal o religiosa? Para información acerca del sacerdocio, contacte al Padre Brian Welter al firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, y para el programa del Diaconado Permanente, contacte al Diácono Bob Puhala al firstname.lastname@example.org o al 847-837-4562.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS November 20 – Catholic Campaign for Human Development November 24 – Thanksgiving (St. Vincent DePaul)
Summertime may bring about a slower pace of life for many of our parishioners, but there are a number of summer events and activities going strong through the summer at Queen of Angels. Reunions for school alumni and former Choristers, a summer choir for high school and college youth, a toiletries drive for the homeless and Theology on Tap faith discussion events for adults are among the programs available during the summer months.
NORTH SIDE KAIROS FEATURED ON ARCHDIOCESAN BLOG If you are a teen who attended Kairos either through North Side Kairos or through a Catholic high school, or a teen or parent wanting to know more about how this retreat can affect young lives, be sure to check out "KAIROS Retreats Helping Teenagers Grow in the Faith," the latest entry on the official blog for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The North Side Kairos Retreat is a four-day retreat for North Side Chicago teens who have just completed their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school. On Kairos, you are invited to reflect on relationships with yourself, friends, family and God. The four days of Kairos are an opportunity to heal, rejoice, question, explore the Catholic faith, meet new people and have fun. The retreat began in 2000 with co-sponsorship from Queen of Angels and St. Matthias Parishes, St. Ignatius Parish in Rogers Park, and St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston.
Are you a teen who is looking for something fun to do this summer? The North Side Kairos Retreat is a four-day retreat for North Side Chicago teens who have just completed their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school. On Kairos, you are invited to reflect on relationships with yourself, friends, family and God. The four days of Kairos are an opportunity to heal, rejoice, question, explore the Catholic faith, meet new people and have fun.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS If you have been Confirmed, you are eligible to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion or a Lector at Queen of Angels. Training sessions with other teens will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the church on the following days:
-- Lectors: Thursday, May 19 or Wednesday, May 25 -- Ministers of Communion: Tuesday, May 17 or Wednesday, May 18
During weekend Masses, Lectors read aloud the First and Second Readings or Prayers of the Faithful, and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion help distribute Holy Communion. If you are interested in exploring these ministries, reserve your spot at a training by contacting Rachel at the parish office, 773-539-7510 or email@example.com. Attending separate trainings for each type of service is necessary if you want to check out both.