Week of July 24, 2016
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ask. Seek. Knock. Do you know someone who is just so relentless? He tirelessly makes his point! She keeps at it and does not back down. They ask … and ask again … and yet again! Abraham, the merciful one, is just like that – reread of his persistence in Genesis 18:20-32.
The friend is just like that, too, in Luke 11:1-13. And Jesus tells all who hear, and that is us today as well, be just like that in addressing God.
Ask. Seek. Knock. Few words, fewer actions, great persistence.
• How will my prayer be persistent this week?
• For whom and for what will I pray?
• How can I respond like God and open my door (and my heart), give food to the hungry, bargain for the innocent?
The Beatitudes praise the poor in spirit. One characteristic of those who are poor in spirit is their ability to ask for help; they know when others can provide what they lack. Today’s readings encourage us to practice poverty in spirit by asking God for what we need. What could be more natural than to ask God for good things? God is, after all, the inventor of goodness and the giver of all good things.
Asking God for help puts us in conversation with God. These conversations take many forms. The reading from Genesis shows Abraham bantering with God like a skilled negotiator, while Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians praises God for answering us even when we don’t deserve it. In Saint Luke’s Gospel, Jesus not only gives us words to use in our conversations with God (the Our Father), but also promises that God always listens to our prayers.
UNLESS WE BECOME LIKE CHILDREN
Elsewhere in Luke’s Gospel Jesus tells us we must become like children to enter the kingdom of God. Today’s Gospel gives us a practical example of how to become childlike: ask questions, and expect answers. We need to ask as any questions as the neediest, most inquisitive children we know. Moreover, like babies, we need to expect to be cared for. Jesus models this for us, going so far as to let us call God our own Father. The Our Father prayer that Jesus teaches us asks God for many things: a divine plan for our world, daily sustenance, forgiveness, help, and protection. Jesus invites us to ask for these things over and over again. He promises that God will always listen and honor our prayers.
Of course, sometimes babies and children ask for things that aren’t in their best interest, like a third candy bar or a real sword. Like children, we can expect to feel disappointed from time to time when it seems that God has refused to answer our prayers. In those moments, we can remember, like Abraham, that we are but “dust and ashes.” We can be confident that the “judge of all the world” will act with justice for the good of humanity.
It’s true that God always answers our prayers, and sometimes in good and grand ways we don’t expect. It’s also true that God answers prayers we’ve never uttered. God gives us things we don’t even know to ask for. Saint Paul meditates on the very best gift God ever offered us: salvation. Jesus suffered, died for us, and rose from the dead, and we had no idea what he was doing. Without our realizing it, our own sinful debt was bought and paid for by Jesus. That’s the shocking thing about mercy: God offers it even when we don’t know we need it. God works for our good even if we never say thank you. Sharing in the Eucharist today is the very best way to thank God now.
Today’s Readings: Gn 18:20–32; Ps 138:1–3, 6–8; Col 2:12–14; Lk 11:1–13
The Job Seekers Group will meet on Thursday, July 28 at 5:45pm - 7pm in Holy Family Hall.
For questions or more information please contact Geoff at 630.418.5059 or email
Please join us as we pray a rosary in church following the 8:15 am Mass on Saturday, July 30. A brief meeting and refreshments will follow the rosary in Holy Family Hall. We meet on the last Saturday of every month…join us in prayer and fellowship!
Catholic Charities’ DuPage County Back to School Fair Volunteers Needed!
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet is hosting the DuPage County Back to School Fair at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. This event is a one stop shopping event of health and human services for families living on low incomes in DuPage County with children ages newborn to 18 years.
Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at this event. There are two available shifts: 9:00am-2:00pm or 1:00pm- 6:00pm
To volunteer or for more information, please email Robin Poage or call 630.495.8008 ext. 2122.
To learn more about Catholic Charities, please visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Hope Floats: A Cruise for Charity!
Join Catholic Charities’ Board of Young Professionals as they cruise along the Fox River on Saturday, August 6 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. The boat leaves from 2 North Avenue in St. Charles. Cost is $50 per ticket for an evening filled with gourmet food, open bar and live entertainment. Tickets are available at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org or 815.724.1140.
This event will directly benefit the mission of Catholic Charities to serve the neediest in our community. Last year, Catholic Charities served over 51,000 individuals throughout Will, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois counties.
For more information, questions, and sponsorship opportunities, contact Edith Avila Olea at email@example.com or 815.724.1220.
Illinois Right to Life You are invited to The Barnyard Bash Sunday, August 7th, 1 pm-6 pm. Come for a family friendly afternoon filled with fun and games, good food, and great company.
This is an exclusive pro-life party!
Zachary's Red Barn,
16849 S. Cedar Road,
Homer Glen, IL 60491
? Giant Jumpy Pillow
? Live Music
? Cash Bar
? Taco Bar
? Laser Shooting Gallery
? Face Painting
? Water Balloons
Individual with Food - $16.50
Individual without food - $14
$100 per family (parents and children)
$300 for group of 20
You may purchase your tickets at www.IllinoisRightToLife.org/Picnic or call 312.422.9300
You may also contact me and I will facilitate getting tickets for you Daria Skrzypczynski 630-910-7135 or 630-835-8442
What happens when you mix camping, fun, God, and being Catholic in one lively, faith-filled, retreat weekend?
Experience parts of the Catholic faith you might have never seen before! Do not miss the opportunity to attend the second annual Ros-a-Ree.
Venture Crew 3:16 in conjunction with the Diocese of Joliet Catholic Committee on Scouting will be hosting the Ros-a-Ree Catholic Scout Retreat / Camp Out on Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish - 901 N Center St, Plano, Illinois. The event is open to all registered American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, Girl Scouts, and Venturers, that are entering the 6th grade, (or higher), in the Fall. Share this with all the Scout or Scout units you know!
Click here for Flyers, Instructions, Registration Forms, etc…as well as Information on Last Year’s Event
Jesus tells us that all we have to do is ask and we will receive, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be open to us. Discover the amazing plan God has for you and your marriage. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are August 12-14, October 7-9, or December 9-11, 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.
The Diocese of Joliet will hold its Thirty-Eighth Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. If you are celebrating either your 25th or 50th anniversary this year, please contact the Parish Office at 630.968.1366 by Monday, June 20th so that we may submit your name to the Diocese for a formal invitation. Those celebrating over 50 year anniversaries do not receive a formal invitation, but will be able to register to attend at a later date.
The Office of Family Ministry will be offering a Peer-Led Support Group Facilitator Training on Saturday, September 10 from 9 am-4 pm at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill. This training is for those who are facilitating or who are planning to facilitate selfhelp support group sharing sessions.
The training will cover the role of the facilitator, listening skills, support group ground rules, handling difficult situations, and
role-playing practice sessions. Participants should be endorsed by their parish for this ministry.
Preregistration is required by August 31. The $20 fee covers lunch and a participant manual. For further information or to register, please call the Office of Family Ministry at 815.838.5334
Two separate classes this summer
All Ladies: Learn from an expert core exercises and strength and strengthening techniques. The book titled “The Girl’s Still Got It” by Liz Curtis Higgs will be used.
Mondays at 7pm in Holy Family Hall July 11, July 18, August 15, August 22, September 12 and September 26
Babysitting Available please RSVP if needed
All 50+ year olds: Learn from experts stretch and strengthening techniques to improve stability, fall prevention and other health related issues. If you or if you are a caregiver for someone who would benefit from these exercises, please join us. The book titled “The Emotions God Gave You” by Art & Laraine Bennett will be used.
Tuesdays at 6pm in Holy Family Hall July 12, July 19, August 16, August 23, September 13 and September 27
What happens at a Body & Soul gathering?
The evening is divided into half-hour segments. A qualified individual leads the participants in exercise for the first half hour. The second half hour consists of a presentation, exploring one or two chapters of the current book being used for the study and reflection. During the last half hour, within small groups of approximately six people, discussion is guided by questions drawn from the chapter read. The discussion encourages the participants to evaluate their own life experiences and share their faith with others in the group. The evening concludes with all gathered coming together in prayer: prayers of thanks and prayers of intercession for the needs of each person gathered.
Questions contact Debbie Vath at 630.968.5978 or email
Please join us for the fun!
Looking for light in the midst of your darkness?
Seeking healing and hope to pull you out of your wounds and despair?
Longing to be drawn out of your selfishness into love?
Desiring to believe and belong with others in a community of faith, hope, and love?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith formation process designed primarily for adults who are intentionally seeking God in their lives. The process is for adults who….
• have never been baptized
• were baptized in another Christian church and now wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church
• were baptized in the Catholic Church but were not raised in the faith and are seeking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
Want to know more? Know of anyone in your life who might be in need of the Good News of the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord, passed on by the Church? Please contact Joanne Gregoire in the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978 or by email and begin a conversation about seeking to understand and deepen your faith….and even spirituality!
The RCIA Team at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish stands ready to welcome them and accompany them on their continuing life’s journey!
Non-Profit Ministry of St. Raphael Catholic Church 1215 Modaff Road Naperville, Il 60540
Meeting Night: Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00
New Beginnings is a self-help support group where people help people through the difficult experience of death, divorce, or loss of a significant relatiouship. Our focus is on the Spiritual, Intellectual, and Emotional growth of our members. People from all faiths are encouraged to join us.
Our mission is to provide a supportive and safe environment for all of our members, particularly those just joining us. We also offer Saturday night socials - a safe environment for our active Tuesday night members designed for fun and to build bonds of friendships.
Check us out at: www.NewBeginnings-Naperville.com
Join the Holy Trinity Young Adult Ministry for Theology on Tap, a Diocesan event, on Monday evenings from 7:30pm-9:30pm at Knights of Columbus Hall 25 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
Theology on Tap is for all young adults (19- 39) to learn about and discuss their faith, among good friends in a casual setting! The $5 entry fee includes food (Uncle Bub sliders and a side) and the presentation. A cash bar will be available for those over 21.
If you are not over 21 please join us anyway!
July 25 | Fr. John Lovitsch presents The Parousia (Christ's Second Coming)
Aug. 1 | Sarah & Moises Barraza present Peanut Butter & Jelly: The Spousal Meaning of the Body
Questions? Call or text Rebecca at 630.310.4967
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
Thank you to all the Confirmation students who volunteered their time to help beautify the grounds of Holy Trinity Parish over the past couple of weeks. Their help is greatly appreciated!
Holy Trinity Family Centered Faith Formation begins in the fall with Parent Orientation. If your family is not yet registered for the 2016-17 year, please call the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978 for more information or to register. Information and forms are also available under the Church and Religious Education tabs on the parish website.
If you have a child who is starting 1st grade, this is the time to begin Religious Education. Please keep in mind that the Joliet Diocese requires two years of religious instruction before your child receives First Holy Communion. Please call the RE office for more information.
Thank you to all who have volunteered to teach or help in any way with the 2016-17 FCFF classes. We are always in need of
hall monitors and babysitters. The commitment is for one evening a month in addition to the night your own family attends. If you are able to help, please call the RE office. God bless you!
We will be meeting in the Glorious Youth Room this Monday, July 25th, from 7-9pm for Open Hours. We will start the night with some prayer then hang out after. Hope you can join us!
Contact Jen Bartley at 630.968.1366, ext. 107.
THE REMEDY FOR TODAY’S WORLD IS SILENCE.
Remove yourself from the noise of the world and join in the
silence found in the Sacred Heart Chapel
of Eucharistic Adoration.
Bring your worries, troubles, thanksgivings and petitions to
our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Sign up and become a registered adorer by agreeing to
commit an hour per week
in the holy silence of Eucharistic adoration.
Please consider making a commitment and become a registered adorer.
Contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630.968.3855 or
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.
Grief Support Team meets twice a year in February and October in the Parish Center Living Room at St. Mary of Gostyn’s Parish Center, 445 Prairie Avenue, Downers Grove.
Call Moira Barker at the St. Mary 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 ~ 630 251-1161.
We are here to help Westmont residents.
Call our confidential help line.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Holy Trinity Parish
Helping those in need in our community.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-655-1201.
Dear Holy Trinity Parishioners,
The Holy Trinity Annual Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 is in this week’s bulletin. The financial results are broken out by each Parish Operating Entity (Church, School and Religious Education). The Report also provides information regarding capital projects and their related expenses as well as the funds on deposit with the Joliet Diocese and our local bank. Overall this represents your “Stewardship of Treasure” for the past year.
This Annual Report relates how the Parish met its financial challenges, which was accomplished through the sacrifices and generosity of you, our parishioners. In reviewing this Report we would like to highlight a few items:
1. The Parish’s subsidy for the School and Religious Education was increased in order to meet the educational mission of the parish. Overall, the subsidy amounts remain within Diocesan guidelines.
2. Your generous support of the School and Parish fundraisers, particularly the “Gala for Education,” went a long way towards balancing the budget.
3. The Sunday offering and other church collections have declined. If this trend continues – and budgeted expenses continue to rise – reduction of some current services and the deferral of building maintenance and repairs will need to occur.
We are well aware of the financial pressures you face in today’s economy and we truly appreciate your generosity. However, due to the Parish’s decreasing collections, increasing costs and capital campaign (Parish Center), we ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your financial support to the Parish. Please contact our Business Manager, Jeffrey Molenda, at 630-968-1366 x128 or email@example.com for more information.
In addition, we are very grateful for your “Stewardship of Time and Talent” that is evidenced by your active participation in parish activities, whether it be related to the Church, School, or Religious Education.
The Finance Council of Holy Trinity Parish
Charles Brodnicki, Steve Riedl, Marita Lareau,
Jane Turner, Jim Zelazo, Todd Baryl,
Joe Garro, Daniel Lacey