Week of October 2, 2016

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Luke 17:5-10
Jesus teaches the apostles the importance of faith and service to God.


Knights of Columbus host Blue Mass Sept 30th

Please join the Knights of Columbus on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 pm as they host a Blue Mass honoring the Westmont Police Dept.

All parishioners are invited. Cake and coffee will be served in Holy Trinity Hall following the Mass .


Anointing of the Sick - Saturday, October 1st

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered on the 1st Saturday of every month as part of the 8:15AM Mass. The sacrament is not used only as a final farewell and prayer prior to death. More so, it celebrates the comfort of Christ and the prayers of the Church for any Catholic person who has been baptized, is of sufficient age to be comforted by the Sacrament, and who:

  • Has long-term physical, mental or emotional illness
  • Is preparing for or recovering from hospitalization or surgery
  • May have a health condition that is controlled at the moment but could recur, such as a heart problem or cancer


One doesn’t always have the sacramental services of the Church at a non-Catholic hospital; or a priest may not be available should an emergency arise, so receiving the sacrament ahead of time is always well advised.

A homebound or hospitalized person wanting to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick should call the parish office at 630.968.1366. Priests can be available to minister to the homebound at pre-arranged times; please advise your family and friends to be proactive in this regard.

May the persons anointed and those who love them be given God’s grace!

Offerings for the Poor - October 1st

October 1st is the First Sunday of the month, and Holy Trinity Parish donates to People’s Resource Center food pantry to better serve the needy.

Please bring your non-perishable donations to the narthex when you come for Mass next weekend.

Your monetary donations to the poor can be placed in the poor boxes also found in the narthex.

Thank you for your generosity!

Blessing of the Animals - October 1st

Next Saturday ~ October 1st
The Blessing of Animals in Honor of St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the birds flying about his hilltop town. He loved all of God’s creation, and respected it in a special way, and saw the created world as a special gift from the Lord to be treasured. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, once allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.

The Traditional Blessing of the Pets will take place NEXT SATURDAY, October 1st — at 1:00 pm outside the main entrance of the Church, in honor of Saint Francis whose feast day is celebrated on October 4th. Bring your pets to receive this special blessing from the Lord through His Church.

Offerings for the Poor - October 2nd

October 2 is the First Sunday of the month, and Holy Trinity Parish donates to People’s Resource Center food pantry to better serve the needy. Please bring your non-perishable donations to the narthex when you come for Mass next weekend.

Your monetary donations to the poor can be placed in the poor boxes also found in the narthex.

Thank you for your generosity!

Knights of Columbus Reverse Raffle

The St. John Council #3738 of the Knights of Columbus is holding it’s 13th Annual Reverse Raffle! $5,000 grand prize; one consolation $50 prize for every 10 tickets sold. Maximum 150 tickets sold. $100 donation includes food and open bar at the drawing on Friday, October 14, from 6pm to 10pm at the K of C hall, 25 N. Cass Ave., Westmont.

Additional tickets for food and open bar are $20 each. Winner need not be present. For further information, please ask any K of C member or email kofc3738@gmail.com.
Proceeds benefit our council's charities

Saint Peregrine Devotions - October 5th

Patron Saint of all those who suffer from Cancer or any incurable Disease or Condition This Wednesday is the First Wednesday of the Month. We will hold the usual devotions in honor of Saint Peregrine at 7:00 pm in Church. The blessing of the sick with the relic of Saint Peregrine will be given, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will also be a part of the evening service.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from cancer or is struggling with an incurable disease or condition, join us the first Wednesday of each month for prayer and ask for healing, an increase in faith, acceptance of God’s will and strength to bear whatever God asks of you.

Patriotic Rosary - October 8th

After the 8:15am Mass on Saturday morning, October 8, all are invited to join the Legion of Mary as they lead the Patriotic Rosary for divine protection and mercy for our Nation. The Patriotic Rosary dedicates one Hail Mary in the traditional Catholic Rosary to each state of the United States and asks God's protection of and guidance for the nation. Please join us.

CEF 2016 Annual Report Coming Soon, School Walk-A-Thon Oct. 14

Each year the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) mails its Annual Report to all CEF donors.

For all parishioners interested in Catholic education funding in our diocese, this Annual Report serves as a significant informational guide. Since 1996, the CEF has awarded over $17 million in scholarships and $400,000 in education grants to schools and parishes in our diocese.

For the benefit of many of our parish children, the CEF provided Holy Trinity School $9800 in financial aid to qualified students last year. Watch for the CEF Annual Report in your mailbox or visit www.CEFJoliet.org to learn more about important tax advantaged strategies you may consider for your year-end tax planning.

ALSO Don’t Forget -- the CEF is also sponsoring the 4th annual Move Your Feet to Give a Child a Seat walk-a-thon in ALL schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14. Listen to Relevant Radio (AM 930, 950) for more details.

AFF "God Is Retreat" - October 15th

Information regarding all Adult Faith Formation offerings can be found here.

Parish Center Campaign Corner Thank You and Update!

As the sun prepared to set last Saturday over the site of our future Parish Center, an amazing evening of food, music, and fun was just beginning. Blessed with perfect weather again for the second event in our Potluck Series, The Evening Under the Stars, in support of the Holy Trinity Parish Center Campaign was truly a magical night for all who attended. The luminaries were glowing warmly as Holy Trinity parishioners, The Teoli Quartet, kicked off with a string of classic jazz standards as hors d'oeuvres and desserts were served.

Beautiful music and delicious food were in no short supply. The first drinks and plates were finished as the Dan Moroz duet took the stage. The evening was in full swing with an acoustic mix of songs from the last 40 years performed on the sax and guitar. As the duet took their intermission, the highlight of the evening was about to take place.

Starting with a blessing from Father Rafal over the evening’s activities and Holy Trinity’s work to build a Parish Center, a stirring message from Parish Center committee member, Steve Riedl, announced the “Drive for $1.5!” campaign. The Committee has committed to make the Parish Center a reality in 3 years: 2 years to raise the money and 1 year to build it. With pledges/donations already in hand and the potential for borrowing a portion of the cost, we are only $1,500,000 away from putting shovels in the ground to begin construction.

That message was then followed with a call to gather round, shoulder to shoulder, to watch our Holy Trinity Parish Center video with it’s Call to Action from members across the Parish on what the Center means to them. A deep sense of pride and commitment was evident from those who watched and a strong belief that the Parish Center is not only possible, it will happen. Another hour of fantastic music followed on a night that won’t soon be forgotten.

A sincere thank you to all who worked so hard in planning the night and to all those attended. Your commitment to God’s community here in Westmont is a testament to the truly special nature of Holy Trinity Parish. As our Parish mission statement so beautifully states, we are a welcoming faith-sharing Catholic family of believers. That spirit was in full display Saturday night and is the spirit that will fill our hearts and minds to accomplish our dream of a place to call our own.

Please stay tuned to the Campaign Corner in the bulletin for updates, including how we will make the Parish Center a reality.

Yours in Christ,
The Parish Center Committee

RCIA - A Journey of Faith


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults A Journey in Faith

The process begins -

Regular Meetings on Thursday Evenings, 7-9pm
with one Sunday per month, 11am—1:30pm
September 15, 2016 — April 6, 2017

I. Welcome & Pre-Catechumenate

+ A time for getting acquainted
+ A time for awakening to where you are in faith
+ A time for recognizing the Lord in your life
TOPICS INCLUDE: Faith, Revelation, Scripture, Tradition, God, Trinity, Creation, Devil, Mary, Saints, Church, Holy Spirit, Sacraments

 Culminates with the Rite of Acceptance—

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The RCIA Team at Holy Trinity Catholic Church stands ready to welcome you and accompany you on your continuing life’s journey!

Questions? Contact the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978.

A Big Clothing Drive Thank You!

Your donations help us to help more people!
Your donations go to our thrift stores, where some items are given away for free and some items are sold at a nominal amount. We also sell some new items – like mattresses!

Through your generosity, we are able to help people who need assistance. Call our confidential help line, 630.968.1366 ext. 404.
We are here to help.

If you missed the drive call 630.231.4658 and our truck will come to you or drop off donations at a nearby parish

Oct. 1&2 St. Joan of Arc, Lisle
Oct. 9 St. Mary of Gostyn, Downers Grove
Oct. 15 & 16 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Darien
Oct. 29 & 30 St. Scholastica, Woodridge

Our next drive – March 25/26, 2017

St. Vincent DePaul Society
Holy Trinity Parish
630-968-1366 ext. 404

Welcome to Our Newest Baptised Members!

Holy Trinity Parish welcomes our newest
members into the Catholic Church ~

Violet Grace Casey
daughter of Raymond & Meagan (Clarke) Casey

George Joseph Hofmann III
son of George & Rebecca (Ochoa) Hofmann II

Estelle Raye Baltuska
daughter of Jonas & Lauren (Hughes) Baltuska

Moms & Tots Group

This is an opportunity for moms and their young children to form friendships, to learn from one another and to grow together as part of the Holy Trinity Parish family. We will be gathering in the Holy Trinity School Library on Monday, October 3rd and Monday, October 17th, from 11am-noon. For more information, please contact Kristin Sherman at kristinbsherman@gmail.com

Fall Leaves Clean-Up November 5th

Holy Trinity's Youth Ministry is organizing a yard clean-up day for people in our community on Saturday, November 5. If you or someone you know (neighbor, relative, etc.) finds the physical challenge of raking leaves and yard work to be difficult to manage, put our energetic young people to work! Call Jen Bartley at 630.968.1366, ext. 107 to sign up.

Christ Is Our Hope magazine

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Catholics, God is ever present sacramentally in our lives, always offering His love and mercy. But in a world of constant change where our news is filled with gloomy headlines, sometimes it’s easy to forget that. We need to remember that no matter how the world changes, we still have our faith to turn to and, more importantly, someone to turn to—our Lord, Jesus Christ.

That’s why Christ Is Our Hope magazine was created—to help spread the Good News! Our diocese produces this monthly magazine to help us understand better our faith and remind us that we can bring more love to the world by our actions and faithfulness to Christ’s teachings.

By reaching out to every registered household with this magazine—around 170,000 households in all—my hope is these wonderful stories of people’s journeys in their faith will help guide you in your journey as disciples of Christ and inspire you to evangelize and to be more charitable to those in need.

Please help me to continue to spread the Good News! Your generous donation will assist Christ Is Our Hope magazine in reaching everyone with a message of hope and love. Simply mail your gift with the pledge card provided or drop it into the collection basket at your parish the weekend of September 24th and 25th. Please make all checks payable to Christ Is Our Hope.

Thank you in advance for sharing the Good News with others! Please visit the diocesan website to view past issues of the magazine.

May God bless you and your loved ones.
Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet

Young Adult Ministry Events

Please join us as we gather every Thursday in the Holy Trinity Youth and Young Adult Room for evening prayer followed by a short time of fellowship.

No RSVP is necessary and bring a friend!


Questions? Call or text Rebecca at 630.310.4967
Email: youngadultministry@holytrinitywestmont.org
Text HTYAM to 84576 for updates on future happenings!

Looking to take a more active role in ministry? We are looking for Christ centered men and women between the ages of 19 – 39, married or single, to join our leadership team. If you feel called to serve, contact Rebecca.

“The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.” – Pope Francis



Religious Education News

It is not too late to register for Religious Education. If your children are enrolled in the public school system, please call the RE office at 630.968.5978 with any questions you may have regarding Religious Education for your family. Family Centered Faith Formation catechesis gives families the opportunity to celebrate their faith together while learning about our Catholic Traditions and rich spiritual heritage. The October FCFF classes will be held on Monday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 19th.

Parents of children preparing to receive First Reconciliation: The schedule on page 3 of the blue Reconciliation Activity Handbook will help you keep on track as you prepare your child to received First Reconciliation on November 28th. In this third week of preparation, please work on Chapters 5 and 6 in the Jesus Our Life Book and in the handbook. Continue to prepare your child for Mass each week using the “Little Book of Church Manners,” which is in your Reconciliation packet.

Holy Trinity School and Religious Education 7th Graders and Parents: The first year of Confirmation preparation begins this Monday evening in Holy Family Hall with the enjoyable and informative Confirmation Doctrine Meeting from 7 to 8:30pm, where your knowledge on the Holy Spirit will be tested in CateQUIZem! game. Seventh-graders will receive their YouCat (Youth Catechism) and Doctrine Handbook to complete in preparation

Youth Ministry Happenings

Join us this Sunday, October 2nd from 5-6:45pm in Holy Family Hall as we learn more about St. Therese of the Little Flower in honor of her feast day!

Next week in honor of no school for Columbus Day, we will be having a movie night from 5-8pm in Holy Family Hall. We will be watching “The Letters” a movie that was in theaters last year about Mother Teresa’s life. We will be serving pizza and popcorn! Bring a blanket and pillow and come join us for the fun!


Any questions?
Contact Jen Bartley at 630.968.1366, ext. 107.


Become A Registered Adorer!

Answer: God made me to know Him, to
love Him, and to serve Him in this world,
and to be happy with Him forever in

Get to know and love Him by visiting Him in the
silence of the classroom at the Sacred Heart Chapel
of Eucharistic Adoration.

Sunday 3am
Wednesday 8pm
Friday 11pm

Wednesday 1am
Thursday 4pm
Friday 8am

Contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630.968.3855 or

Grief Support Team

GRIEF SUPPORT TEAM ….“And Jesus wept” John 11:35 Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, and because of his grief, …. Jesus wept.

If you have lost a loved one and you are experiencing the pain of loss and grief, please join the Grief Support Team hosted at St. Mary of Gostyn to share with us and others who have experienced the grief and pain you are now feeling.

If you have lost a loved one and you are experiencing the pain of loss and grief, please join the Grief Support Team hosted at St. Mary of Gostyn to share with us and others who have experienced the grief and pain you are now feeling.

Grief Support Group first meeting is on Tuesday, September 20, from 7:00 to 8:30pm in the Parish Center Living Room at St. Mary of Gostyn’s Parish Center, 445 Prairie Avenue, Downers Grove.

We will be meeting every Tuesday for six weeks beginning September 20th (September 20, 27, October 11, 18, 25). Call Moira Barker at the Parish Center at 630.960.3565 to register. If you have questions, you will be referred to the appropriate person to contact for further assistance.

May God's peace fill your heart,
Marie Antoinette Hejnal ~ Holy Trinity's Grief Support
Team facilitator

St. Vincent de Paul Society Confidential Help Line


We are here to help registered parishioners and residents of Westmont.

Call our confidential help line.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Holy Trinity Parish
630.968.1366, x404

Helping those in need in our community.


DERC - Diocesan Employment Resource Center

Interested in Justice and Peace? The Joliet Diocese has a very active ministry that connects the business community to job seekers within it. We help job seekers in a variety of ways and have a free job board for local businesses.

Check us out at www.dioceseofjoliet.org/derc.

DERC has a business development team, a marketing team, and a team that manages HR resources for job seekers. Beef up your resume with experience, get involved in some great volunteer work, and make great connections for your Church and yourself. No need to travel either! No matter where you are in the Diocese we can use your help. 

Contact Christine M. Kieta if you are interested at Christine.kieta@gmail.com or 630-655-1201.

Holy Trinity Church Current Bulletin

Weekend Masses 

Saturday: childrens_liturgy_icon.jpg4:30 PM

Sunday: 7:30 AM
childrens_liturgy_icon.jpg9:30 AM
11:30 AM

Sunday Evening: 7:00 PM

Daily Mass

Monday - Saturday 8:15 AM

Holy Day Masses

Vigil Mass at 7:00 PM
Masses on the Day:
8:15 AM, Noon and 7:00 PM

Confession Times

3:15 - 4:15 PM Saturday

childrens_liturgy_icon.jpgChildren's Liturgy of the Word is celebrated at this Mass. Children ages pre-school through 1st grade are invited to hear the readings and a lesson prepared especially for them.