Week of May 21, 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading
John 14:15-21
Jesus promises his disciples
that he will send them another advocate,
the Spirit of truth.

Parish News

Mass Schedule Changes

During the Summer months, beginning June 4 and concluding August 27, there will be no Sunday 7pm Mass.

The Sunday 7pm Mass will resume September 3.

Parish Office Summer Hours


During the Summer beginning June 2— September 1 the Parish Office will close at 1pm each Friday afternoon.

The current hours Monday through Thursday will remain the same, 8am—4pm.

We will continue to close daily for lunch 1:00pm—1:30pm


Important Manna Program Update

The company that was providing our gift cards, “The Manna Group” in Palatine, IL, has been bought out by another company called “EScrip”
based in Grand Rapids, MI. Because of this change, there are different delivery dates and costs which will make the program less profitable based on our current purchase and order schedule and volumes.

Also, as a result of our most recent audit, we were instructed by the Diocese of Joliet to identify a ministry to sponsor the Manna card program and after an extensive search, no group was identified. Thereby, the parish has decided to discontinue the Manna program as of 7/1/2017. We will place one more order this weekend, 5/20-21, and continue to sell the remaining inventory until it is gone.

If you were looking for a new opportunity to support Holy Trinity, Amazon is now offering an option for a portion of your purchase to go to Holy Trinity School. We highly recommend using this new feature. There is no cost to you. In order to do this, when you make your purchase on Amazon, you will have an option to choose “Amazon Smile” to donate. Click this option and select <<Holy Trinity – Westmont>> in the drop down list. More information will be shared in upcoming bulletins.

We thank you for your support of Manna. Your purchases helped school and RE families defray tuition and program costs over the years.

Congratulations on your First Holy Communion!

On behalf of Fr. Rafal Wasilewski, C.R., Fr. Marion Wroblewski, C.R., Deacons Blaney, Casey, Jagielo, and Lenard, and parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish, we congratulate the following students who received their First Holy Communion.

May they stay as close to the Lord and as filled with love for Him as when they first received Him on that special day.

Congratulations and God bless them!
Stephany Jazmine Alegria
James Noah K Apat
Christopher Robert Balcer
Maxim Jude Baltierra
Lukas Vytautas Wayne Birutis
Michael Pasquale Brabb
Veronica Tierney Byron
Sebastian Stefan Cerny
Ryan Thomas Charles
Jaxson Ryan Chinea
Michael Christopher Conway
Bertha Alice Crowley
John Samuel Crowley
Lucia Elana Fernandez
Michael Henry Fernandez
Linnea Marie Foege
Helen Joyce Garcia
Gemma Lucia Gatto
Brian Edward Gibbs
Gretchen Yvette Gorka
Ella Eileen Hughes
Aiden Robert Jardon
Charles Daniel Johnson
Joshua Matthew Klimek
Zak Edward Kosanovich
Rufus William Kowara
Zoe Kropuch
Zoe Anastasia Latsonas
Olivia Ann Lindstrom
Riley Jean Lindstrom
Alyse Marie Lynde
Angelina Cabrera Magnaye
Gavin Allen Mastalarz
Christian Walker Mierke
Maddison Nicole Miller
Ariana Noel Mladenik
Kyleigh Victoria O'Neill
Alyssa Revita Pendon
Madeline Reilly Pieroni
Sean Patrick Robertshaw
Jacob Saverio Robinson
Edward Joseph Ryan
Pablo Daniel Santiago
Margaret Josephine Schwerha
Clara Lucia Serritella
Emma Lynne Sondgeroth
Telulah Grace Teoli
Kelly Elizabeth Velasco

Baby Bottles for Life

This month our parish will be participating in a special fundraiser to promote and further a Culture of Life within our parish and local

Baby bottles will be distributed to parishioners on the weekend Mother’s Day, May 13 and 14, to take home and fill with spare change. Bottles will then be returned to the parish by the weekend of Father’s Day, June 17 and 18.

Totus Tuus - Register by June 9th

Registration is open for Totus Tuus ~ a Catholic summer youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel through Catechetical instruction, Mass, Confession, games, fun and more! The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in their faith in Jesus Christ and have fun in the process.

This year the focus is on The Mystery of Salvation and The Joyful Mysteries.

Entering Grades 1-6           Entering Grades 7-12
Monday – Friday                  Sunday – Thursday
9:00am to 2:30pm               7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $30                          Cost: $15

Family Rate: $75 for 3 or
more children Grades 1-6

Registration by Monday, June 9th will guarantee your Totus Tuus T-shirt order. T-shirts are $10 each and will be available the first day of the program.

† Daily Mass at 11:15am – All are welcome!

Registration forms are available on the parish website. For more information, please contact the RE office at 630.968.5978 or email.

The Flower Power Ministry Needs YOU!!!

Do you have a green thumb or want to help around the church grounds?

Volunteers either individuals, families or groups are needed to adopt a section of the church grounds to help maintain during the Summer.

Email Ed Arenz or call 630.484.8806 with questions or to volunteer.

New Parish Family Album coming this summer...


Coming this July!

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Want to schedule your portrait now? Just click here!

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Building Grounds and Custodial Summer Help

Holy Trinity Catholic Parish is searching for seasonal maintenance help.

This position involves lawn care, furniture moving, janitorial work, painting, floor care, and other work assigned. Candidate must be 18 years of age, a high school graduate and possess the ability to lift at least fifty pounds. To assist the facility manager in the above responsibilities, punctuality and dependability are required. This job will begin on June 1, 2017 and will last approximately 10 weeks. The hours are Monday- Friday from 9am-4pm.

Please submit resume by email 

AFF SoulCore

Exercise & Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
Holy Family Hall—Tuesday evening—7pm

Contact Debbie Vath
or call 630.968.5978 with any questions

Join Our Music Ministry


We are inviting you to join any of our following ensembles:

Teen Choir: Ages 13-18
Rehearses Monday evenings at 5:30pm

Adult Choir: Ages 18+
Rehearses Thursday evenings at 7pm

Contemporary Ensemble: Ages 13+
Rehearses Wednesday evenings at 7pm

Cantors: Ages 13+
Rehearses with Adult Choir

St. Cecilia Chorale: Ages 13+
Eight-member chorale group (Auditions Required)

Instrumentalists: Ages 13+
Strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion needed

Please contact Director of Music for more detail for the Instrumental Ensemble For more information contact Director of Music, Jonathon M. Toni at 630.968.1366 ext.121

Holy Trinity Senior Club

Are you in the age range of 50+?

Are you looking for a fun way to make
friends and share a moment of laughter
with fellow parishioners?

Try out the Holy Trinity Senior Club Tuesday, May 16th at 2pm in Holy Family Hall. Back by popular demand are the games: Derby Horse Racing and the LCR Dice Game, plus a few other surprises. Wear your derby hats in style, bring an annual flower to donate to the Flower Power Ministry to be planted on the parish grounds and bring your appetites for a light luncheon. Whether this is your first meeting or you attend regularly, join us for this fun filled afternoon at no cost to you.

Please Participate in our Annual Appeal! Your Gift Makes a Difference!

The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal helps our parish and the Diocese of Joliet to provide countless ministries, programs and services to support our friends and neighbors in immeasurable ways.

PARISH GOAL                           $ 82,840
AMOUNT PLEDGED                  $ 74,618
AMOUNT PAID                          $ 52,796
# OF FAMILIES PLEDGED          286


A mailing will soon be sent to all of our parishioners who have not yet made a gift to the CMAA. If you have not done so already, please reflect on God’s gifts to you and prayerfully consider supporting the CMAA. A gift to the CMAA, no matter the amount, will make a difference!

Together, we can continue to spread the Gospel message in our Diocese through our ministries and help God hold us in his hands. Thank you for your support.

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.

Parish Events

May 21 - CCW Meeting

Council of Catholic Women May Meeting
Sunday, May 21st – 1:00pm
Holy Family Hall
Ladies Pot Luck – Appetizers, Salad, and Dessert

All women of the parish, age 18 and over, belong to CCW and are invited to come together for prayer, companionship and fun at monthly meetings from September through May. 

Join us to enjoy good food and fellowship and to learn about CCW!

If you can join us, please RSVP and let us know what you will bring!

Contact Jan Bartel , 630.244.0583, or Jeanne Pantke , 630.853.2245

May 22 - Mom & Tots Group

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, May 22, from 11am-noon. For more information, please email Kristin Sherman.

June 4th - Run With The Nuns 5K

Sunday, June 4th 8:00 AM
Runners AND Walkers Welcome

Run with the Nuns is a race through natural hills and picturesque scenery of Mount Assisi
and the Mount Assisi Convent (Lemont). The challenging all-terrain course features a
variety of surfaces. All participants receive a medal and short sleeve dry fit shirt.

We are looking for walkers and runners, sponsors, volunteers, and donors.

June 9-11 - 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 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.

June 11 - Parish Picnic and Pot Luck

Parish Picnic and Pot Luck
Sunday, June 11
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Join us and celebrate our
Parish Feast Day
More details to come

June 17 - Pilgrimage to National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Pilgrimage to National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
Champion, Wisconsin
June 17th

The Holy Trinity Senior group is planning a pilgrimage to this amazing shrine just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin and is extending an invitation to all parishioners.

”Come, journey with us!”

This Shrine is one of a dozen religious sites around the world that have been approved by the Catholic Church as a Marian apparition site. This means the Catholic Church has deemed it worthy of belief that Jesus’ Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, appeared here. Presently, this is the only church-approved Marian apparition site in the United States of America.

Each year, thousands of men, women and children journey to this shrine to experience a place for prayer and quiet reflection, enjoy a sacred retreat from the busyness of life, and a humble place of worship and reverence. Many of us will never be able to travel to the more famous sites such as Fatima or Lourdes, however, right here within a few short hours from Holy Trinity Parish is an equally beautiful place.

We pray you will consider journeying with us, on Saturday, June 17th, to step where Our Blessed Mother stood and spoke her message so long ago. 

Check out the shrines website at www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com For further information contact Debbie Vath at  or call 630.968.5978

June 24 - St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive
June 25-30 -Totus Tuus

Registration is open for Totus Tuus ~ a Catholic summer youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel through Catechetical instruction, Mass, Confession, games, fun and more! The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in their faith in Jesus Christ and have fun in the process.

This year the focus is on The Mystery of Salvation and The Joyful Mysteries.

Entering Grades 1-6           Entering Grades 7-12
Monday – Friday                  Sunday – Thursday
9:00am to 2:30pm               7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $30                          Cost: $15

Family Rate: $75 for 3 or
more children Grades 1-6

Registration by Monday, June 9th will guarantee your Totus Tuus T-shirt order. T-shirts are $10 each and will be available the first day of the program.

† Daily Mass at 11:15am – All are welcome!

Registration forms are available on the parish website. For more information, please contact the RE office at 630.968.5978 or email.

Parish Ministries

Adoration Chapel

Why Does He Stay?
What motive induced Jesus Christ to remain with us after the work
of redemption was accomplished and after His glorious Ascension
into Heaven? Why does He remain day and night in a humble and
obscure state on our altars?

Because He cannot endure to be separated from men;
His delight is to be with the children of man.
taken from The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

How are you responding to such a love?
Become a registered adorer and sign up to spend one hour a week
with the One who loves you.

We are in need of a registered adorer at:
4am Sunday
5am Monday
9pm Saturday


Contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630.968.3855 or

Youth Ministry - Week of May 21

Regular Sunday meetings are over for this school year. We will resume Sunday meetings in September. Look or the Youth Ministry Summer schedule coming soon.


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



Young Adult Ministry - Week of May 21

Join us for our weekly Prayer Night - Tuesday at 7pm in the Youth Room during May.


Text "HTYAM" to 84576 for more updates

E-mail Chris Simon for further information and any questions

Religious Education - Week of May 21

Thank you to everyone - parents, children, volunteers, Father Rafal, Father Marion, and especially to Our Lord at the completion of the 14th year of Family Centered Faith Formation. We ask for God’s continued blessings as we all try to know, love and serve Him better. Registration forms are available in our office and on the RE website for the 2017-18 program year.

Seventh Graders and Parents: The Confirmation 2018 Student/Parent meeting is tomorrow, Monday, May 22nd from 7 to 8:30pm in Holy Family Hall. Students will receive their Confirmation material for the final year of preparation and will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. All Holy Trinity Catholic School and Religious Education 7th Graders are required to attend with a parent.

Totus Tuus Summer Youth Program is returning for the 11th year. Registration forms are available on the RE website. Volunteers and host families are needed for this program. Please contact the RE office for more information. God is good…all the time!!!

Haiti Corner - Notre Dame du Lourdes

Haiti Corner
Notre Dame du Lourdes

Next trip to Haiti: June 9. Email Gina Reckard if you’re interested in finding out the details.

Thank you for helping us assist with repairs to the crumbling church of Notre Dame du Lourdes, in LaVoute, Haiti. The church had sustained significant structural damage from the earthquake in 2010. Thanks to your generosity, internal and external walls are now repaired and painted and Mass attendees can now stay dry when it’s raining.

Our water filtration program, Water with Blessings (WWB), continues to provide drinkable water for many families in LaVoute. Last year, the WWB program allowed village children to attend school without a child missing a day from symptoms of cholera. We will bring 30 additional water filters and train 30 more women from surrounding bush communities when we return in June this year.

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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 

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7:30 AM
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11:30 AM

Sunday Evening:
7:00 PM - (Sep-May Only)

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

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