Week of January 15, 2017

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
John 1:29-34
John testifies that Jesus is the Lamb of God, God's own Son.


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Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors

Just a reminder: it’s time once again to check your calendars for January 30—April 30 Go onto the ministry database or call the parish office at 630.968.1366 or email with your availability no later than January 16.

Please include preferences for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter

Thank you!

Moms & Tots Group - January Schedule

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, January 23, from 11am - noon.

For more information, please contact Kristin Sherman at kristinbsherman@gmail.com

Are You a Scout?

Are you a Scout? If so, have you earned your Catholic religious recognition for your age group?

If not, the Diocese of Joliet will hold their annual Scout Day of Reflection Retreat on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Blanchette Catholic Center, 16555 Weber Rd, Crest Hill to help you get started!

The retreat will start at 9am and end at 1pm and is open to boys and girls alike. This year there will be TWO separate sessions, one for older Scouts (grade 6+) and one for younger Scouts (grades K-5). The event is for ALL Scouts (male or female) in Kindergarten or older. For further information, registration, & permission forms, please visit: www.dioceseofjoliet.org/scouting/sectioncontent.php?secid=6

Hospitality Sunday - Jan 22

All parishioners are invited to our next Hospitality Sunday on January 22 in Holy Family Hall after the 9:30am Mass.

Hospitality Sunday Committee ~ Holy Trinity Parish

Collection for the Church in Latin America - Jan 22

For over 50 years, the Collection for the Church in Latin America has been an expression of the solidarity of the Church in the United States with the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. In a letter celebrating this important anniversary, Pope Francis commended this work, saying, “Through your support, many lives have been touched by the Good News of Christ’s merciful love, especially for the poor.” Your participation in the collection helps share the faith with those who long to experience God’s mercy and compassion in strong faith communities.

In northern Peru, great distances and deteriorated roads mean that pastoral agents and ministers must often travel by foot or mule to rural communities. As a result, some communities are visited by these church agents only once per month, others sometimes just twice per year.

The Collection for the Church in Latin America was able to help fund training for 65 pastoral ministers for some of these communities. Because of your support, these new leaders continue to reach out and serve the rural areas, ensuring all feel included in our family of faith. Through projects like this, you are helping empower the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to deepen their faith and share it with the world. 

There is a second collection next weekend for the Church in Latin America. For more information on how you can help the Church in Latin America, visit www.usccb.org/latin-america

Overnight Vigil For Life - Jan 22

St. Joseph Parish (Downers Grove)
Overnight Vigil for Life

Vigil for Life before the Blessed Sacrament in recognition of the two Supreme Court decisions of 1973 that made abortion legal in the United States, and in memory of the tens of millions of babies killed in the womb since.

The vigil begins in the Chapel (to the left as you enter the church) with a rosary on Sunday, January 22nd, at 6:30pm, and continues overnight and all-day Monday, January 23rd, ending with a rosary starting at 5:30pm.

A Holy Hour for Life will be held on Sunday evening from 8:00 – 9:00pm.

Please send an email indicating when you will attend to SJC.ProLife@gmail.com, or join us at anytime during the vigil hours.

St. Joseph Church is located at 4801 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL. 

“Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate
you, set traps for you, take you to court, or kill you. ~~ Pope Francis ~~

 

St. Joseph Catholics for Life: Promoting the Culture of Life
through Prayer, Education, & Action
For more information or to be added to our mailing list
for pro-life news and events:
email, or call Bob LeMay at 630.464.5344.

K of C Free Throw Contest - Jan 22

Save the date
St. John's Council Annual Free Throw Contest
will be held on Sunday, January 22nd
from 12:30pm-3pm
at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills.

In Memory of Me

Throughout our diocese, many have jewelry just sitting in a drawer, perhaps passed on from a family member. Some have unmatched earrings never again to be worn. An engagement band from an engagement called off. A wedding band remains after a divorce that only brings sadness. All of this can be transformed into a beautiful source of hope for our parishes, and a way to offset financial obstacles for those responding to the call to religious life.

Introducing In Memory of Me, the totally cashless precious metals donation drive! Let your old jewelry support religious vocations throughout the Diocese of Joliet. Every third weekend of the month a representative will be in the narthex after Mass passing out mailing kits. Each kit includes a box, a form and a mailing label. Please consider picking up a mailing kit, and taking your donation to your Post Office for shipping. We also ask that your weight-based postage be part of your donation. All funds collected go directly to the Diocese of Joliet Vocations Office, and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

So, please stop by the narthex today immediately after Mass for a donation kit — and for more information visit inmemoryofmejoliet.com or call 305.563.6679.

AFF SoulCore

Exercise
&
Sorrowful Mysteries
of the Rosary

Holy Family Hall
Tuesday evenings
7pm

Email Debbie Vath 
or call 630.968.5978 with any questions

The 2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal is underway!

It begins with a mailing that many of our parishioners have received or will soon receive. This is a mailing from Bishop Conlon asking for a pledge to the 2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal.

The Appeal not only funds many of the operations of the Diocese, it funds services that are of great help to the ministries here in our parish. For example, funds support Deaconate Training, Holy Trinity School and Religious Education, and Youth Ministry. 

This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Held in God’s Hands.” What a wonderful thought! When we accept that God knows what we need and will provide for our tomorrows, we are able to be good stewards of the gifts He has entrusted to us.

One way that we can be good stewards, is by giving back to God the gifts He shared with us. We can support our parish, our diocese and the Church throughout the world with gifts of time, talent and treasure. The gifts we give enable ministries, education, and services that touch thousands of lives.

Our parish goal is $82,840. With your financial support, we can exceed this goal. When we exceed our goal in paid pledges, we will receive 70% of the amount over goal for use in our parish. 

Please answer Bishop Conlon’s request and make a generous pledge. All pledges can be paid in ten (10) installments. Thank you in advance for your support.

For Couples Married Five Years or Less - Feb 22

All couples married since 2012 are warmly invited to this 10am–1pm event at the Cathedral of St. Raymond on Saturday, February 18. Couples will receive down to earth practical ideas for making happiness a habit in their marriages, and will be invited to consider how to find support for the kind of marriage they want to have. The event will end with pizza and beer/pop.

The session will be led by Dr. Jim Healy, director of the diocesan Office of Family Ministry and a well-known speaker and writer on marriage.
Participants will receive materials and resources to help them on their journey.

Please pre-register by Feb. 15 online at http://conta.cc/2g2EVRE or by calling 815.838.5334. The cost is $10 per couple at the door.

Joyful Again! Weekend for Widowed Men & Women

Being widowed is a special loss, and this program is designed especially to help the widowed find hope and joy again.

There will be a retreat/workshop on January 21 & 22, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels House of Prayer (located in Lemont on the campus of Alvernia Manor). Includes overnight stay and meals.

For more information or to register, call the Joyful Again Widowed Ministry at 708.354.7211. You can also go to our website:  or email us. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.”

Let us learn to accept each other and Christ in our marriages by taking part in a WorldWide Marriage Encounter weekend on February 17-19, 2017, April 7-9, 2017, or June 9-11, 2017, all at Elk Grove Village, IL. Early registration is highly recommended.

For reservations/information, call Jim & Kris at 630.577.0778 or contact us through http://wwme-chicagoland.org.

Religious Education News - Week of January 15

Mark your calendars for the January FCFF sessions, which will be held on Monday, January 23rd and Wednesday, January 25th.

Confirmation 2017 Candidates: The Theology of the Body Retreat is presented for all Confirmation students this Friday, January 20th, from 7-9 pm and Saturday, January 21st, from 9 am to 4:15 pm in Holy Family Hall. All Confirmandi are required to attend a TOB retreat. 

Please call the RE office at 630.968.5978, if you have any questions regarding your Confirmation prep work or the Theology of the Body Retreat.

Parents of children preparing to receive First Communion: Please follow the schedule in the blue First Communion Activity Booklet as you prepare your child to receive First Holy Communion. This week, please read together Chapters 13 and 14 in the Jesus Our Life Book and help your child complete the review pages in the activity book.

Youth Ministry Happenings - Week of January 15

 

Join us this Sunday, January 15th from 5-8pm for a Movie Night. We will be serving pizza and treats! We will be watching the movie For Greater Glory: The Story of Christiada.  It focuses on a newly canonized Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio who was martyred for his faith. Because of violence and some disturbing images during his martyrdom the movie is rated R.

Next Sunday, January 22nd, will be talking about Abortion in light of the March for Life that will be taking place this week. We will meet in Holy Family Hall from 5-6:45pm.



Young Adult Ministry Events - Week of January 15

Please join us Thursdays at 7pm for Prayer Night in the Youth Room. 

Come to our 2017 Holy Trinity Young Adult Ministry Kickoff Event: A Coffeehouse on Saturday, January 28th from 6:30-8:00pm in Holy Family Hall. We will have live music, an array of brewed and hot beverages, card games, and more! Are you musically inclined, a stand-up comic, or write poetry?

Email Chris at csimon@holytrinitywestmont.org to inquire about performing. All young adults 18-39 (plus their young children) are invited.

Text "HTYAM" to 84576 for more updates


E-mail Chris Simon for further information and any questions



Become A Registered Adorer!

“Lord, I did not freely choose You
until by grace you set me free;
for my heart would still refuse You
had Your love not chosen me.

Unless Your grace had called me
and taught my darkened mind,
the world would have enthralled me
and to Your glories I’d be blind.

Now my heart sets none above You,
for Your grace alone I thirst
knowing well, that if I love You,
You, O Lord, have loved me first."

Get to know your Lord and Savior by being in His Presence at
the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration. Open your
mind to His grace and glory and be grateful.
His love chose y
ou!

Contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630.968.3855 or
mojo.garro@gmail.com.

2016 Parish Financial Report
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.



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Weekend Masses 

Saturday: childrens_liturgy_icon.jpg4:30 PM

Sunday: 7:30 AM
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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.





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