Week of May 29, 2016

Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:11b-17
They all ate and were satisfied.


Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession May 26th

Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession Thursday, May 26th following 6 PM Mass From St. Isaac Jogues to Notre Dame Parish
By our baptism we became followers of Christ.

But do we truly follow Him? 

On Thursday, May 26th we’ll all get that chance to literally follow Jesus in a joyful, musical, reverent, candlelight Corpus Christi Procession.

To find out more and to sign up please go to: http://sij.net/ and click on the Corpus Christi logo.

NET Ministries Update / Josh Billing

Established in 1981, the National Evangelization Team (NET) has been training young adults for Catholic evangelistic ministry across the United States. NET's peer-to-peer approach for introducing today's teens to a personal faith encounter with Jesus has created a ripple effect: as more teens are impacted by the message of the Gospel of Jesus, they have a strong desire to share that newfound discovery with others.

Our parish had the opportunity to send 5 of our own teens who were courageous enough to respond to Jesus' invitation to do just that this past school year. Jake Bartley, Luke Billing, Kristen Harrison, Hannah Kubiak and Katherine Severt would like to thank you for your generous support of their mission work. They were able to reach out to 83,500 youth during 1,109 retreats in 100 dioceses. 

This upcoming school year we will have 6 more young people from our parish: Gianna Alegretti, Jake Bartley, Josh Billing, Luke Billing, Anna Dlesk and Lily LaLonde going to the NET Center in West Saint Paul, Minnesota, to join 150 other young adults from across the country for formation in Christian discipleship and Catholic evangelization techniques. Next weekend, June 4th & 5th, parishioners will have the opportunity to meet these young people at all of the weekend Masses; they will come and share with us about their upcoming opportunity and ways that our parish community can be a part of it with them.

Parishioners of Holy Trinity,
I wanted to give you all an update about what's going on in my discernment. Last week I graduated from University of St Thomas and St. John Vianney Seminary in Minnesota. After much prayer, as well as good counsel from many priests involved in my formation, I have decided not to
continue on to Major seminary next year. God has not called me to another vocation as of now, but I did not have peace about continuing to pursue the priesthood. I have accepted a position to serve with NET Ministries (National Evangelization Teams) somewhere in the U.S. next year! 

I will be on a missionary team, and our mission will be ‘challenging Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church’. I have had an immense amount of joy about this decision! Thank you for the truly incredible support I have received from everyone at Holy Trinity: from the MANY prayers, to the financial assistance, to the words of encouragement, I have always felt very supported during my time in seminary. THANK YOU!
Josh Billing

Memorial Day ~ Monday, May 30th

This Monday is Memorial Day, a national holiday to remember all those men and women who have died in service to our country in the armed forces, making the ultimate sacrifice of self. It is also a day to thank them, and above all, thank God for the blessings of liberty which we enjoy in the United States because of their sacrifice.

Join us for Mass on Monday at 9:00am.

The Parish offices will be closed on Monday and reopen at 8:45 am on Tuesday.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take a Summer Break

Holy Trinity Children’s Liturgy of the Word program will be
taking a break for the summer after next weekend, June 4/5,
and will resume the weekend after Labor Day.

If you are interested in getting involved with this ministry,
please contact the Children’s Liturgy leaders for information.

Lisa Ryan – lmrsafeguard@gmail.com
Karen Lynde – jklynde@hotmail.com

Prayers for Parish Twinning Mission Trip

Please pray for Dr. Patrick Blaney, Gina Reckard, Tom Doran, and Aileen Reed who will be leaving May 28th for La Voute, Haiti on our Parish Twinning Mission Trip followed by the Dental Mission trip in Baudin, Haiti until June 10th. Through the “Water With Blessings” program, they will once again be bringing water filtration systems and training the mothers of our sister parish, Notre Dame de Lourdes, and chapels in the surrounding area, equipping, empowering, and entrusting the mothers as agents of clean water and compassion for their children and their community.

With the generous Lenten donations collected from our Family Centered Faith Formation families and Holy Trinity parishioner donations, the Parish Twinning Ministry was able to purchase these filtration systems to expand the “Water With Blessings” program. Please continue to pray that the Lord blesses every aspect of their efforts on this Mission and Dental Trip. For more information on this program,

go to www.waterwithblessings.org.

25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass

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.

Special Mass - June 3rd

and join us in a special Mass and
reception honoring the most
Sacred Heart of Jesus.



HOLY TRINITY CLASS of 1966 - 5Oth Class Reunion - June 4th

Looking for Classmates


Saturday – June 4th at 6pm 

Knights of Columbus Hall ~ 25 N. Cass Ave, Westmont
$20 per person

Please contact Carole Knight Meeker at 630.803.4399 or carolemeeker@comcast.net.

If you are a fellow classmate or ever was a member of our class, please join us! Siblings and friends are also welcome to join the memories.

We are looking for: Janice Bialek, Nickie Czajka, John Doody, Robert Forester, Bill Gradel, Darius Karalis, Pat Kratochovil, Gilibert Kuh, Robert Lambert, Richard Laux, Joanna List, Lynn Mieners, Dolores Nix, Steve Paprocki, Christine Peceny, Michelle Pilicek, Clarence Plonka, Charles Powers, Cathy Tee, Terri Urban, James & Irene Van Kuelen, Thomas Wegerer, and George Wronowski

Initial Special Needs Survey Results

An online survey was conducted in recent months throughout the Diocese of Joliet. The survey was distributed to all parishes in the form of a bulletin message to help the Catholic Schools Office and Catholic Education Foundation determine the short term and long term needs of children with disabilities in our community.

The complete survey results and the anonymous comments from the respondents can be accessed here .

The Special Needs Education Committee is continuing its demographic and resource study and will continue to reach out to parishes and schools with the sharing of information and additional requests for assistance in its efforts. Thank you to all respondents who took the time to reply to this important survey.


St Mary Immaculate Parish, Plainfield, is offering a talk by special needs lawyer (and parent) Jennifer Woods of Woods Law on special needs trusts. The event will begin with a special needs Mass followed by brunch and the talk. (The location is fully accessible.)

DATE & TIME: June 12th, 10:30 am

LOCATION: St. Mary Immaculate Parish Center, Cana Hall, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield IL 60544

RSVP: cushingc@comcast.net

3rd Annual Joliet Diocese Catholic Men’s Conference

The 3rd Annual Joliet Diocese Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday June 4th at Benedictine University. The theme of this year’s conference is “Battle Ready – Equipping Men for Battle in Faith.” The Main Guest Speaker will be Doug Barry – CEO of Battle Ready Strong and host on EWTN. 

Fr. Burke Masters will MC and be a speaker. Many other inspiring speakers from around the Diocese will host break out sessions on various relevant topics that affect your daily life. The day will be a prayerful, spirit-filled, and life changing experience and will meet our men where they are at but promises not to leave you there.

Most Reverend Joseph M. Siegel, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General, will join us for the day and will be celebrating Mass at
7:30 a.m. to start the day. Join hundreds of other like minded Catholic men for a day that will challenge you, re-awaken your spirit, and lift you up.

You can get more information and register online by visiting this website 

Holy Trinity Golf Outing - Please Join Us June 22nd

Village Greens of Woodridge Golf Course
1575 West 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517

$130 per golfer / $500 foursome includes 18 holes Green
Fee & cart, Breakfast, Lunch & Buffet Dinner

Scramble / Shotgun start at 11 am

Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Longest Putt, Putting &
Chipping Contests, Pink Ball, 50/50 Fr. Rafal-Raffle & more!

Hole-in-One wins an Infiniti QX50!

Prizes include set of Clubs, Flat Screen TV, and more!

Can’t play—join us for dinner, drinks, & dessert—only $30

For more information or to register please click HERE

Contact: golf@holytrinitywestmont.org
All proceeds to benefit the Parish Center

St. Vincent dePaul Summer Clothing Drive June 25-26

June 25 & 26

Clean out your closets,
Go through your things,
Think of your neighbor in need;
Clothing and bedding, house wares and more,
Are welcome items indeed!

Donations go to our thrift stores,
Where many are given for free,
Others are sold at a reasonable price,
The proceeds back to our community.

Larger items – furniture and more –
Our truck will come to you.
Call 630-231-4658

And parishioners . . . God Bless You!

“Thank You For Helping Us Help Others”

St. Vincent DePaul Society
Holy Trinity Parish
630.968.1366 ext. 404

TOTUS TUUS Begins June 26th

Totus Tuus ~
June 26 - July 1, 2016
Totus Tuus is 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 Prayer and the Our Father and
The Glorious Mysteries.

Entering Grades 1-6           Entering Grades 7-12
Monday – Friday             Sunday – Thursday
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM          7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $30           Cost: $15
Family Rate: $80 for 3 or more children Grades 1-6

Totus Tuus T-Shirts will be available at $10/shirt.

† Daily Mass at 11:15 a.m. – All are welcome!

To register or for more information, please contact
or call the RE office at 630.968.5978

Young Adult Ministry Events

Mark Your Calendars!

Rosary Bonfires will be held every Thursday
in June, beginning June 2, from 8:15—9:30 p.m.
Where? Right here at Holy Trinity! Join us for prayer,
fellowship, and s’mores!

Theology on Tap will be held Monday, July 11 – August 1.
Stay posted for details!


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

Registration is open for the Totus Tuus Summer Program, which is scheduled for the week of June 26th through July 1st. Registration forms can be printed from the parish website and are also available in the Religious Education or parish offices.

The evening sessions from 7 to 9 PM on Sunday, June 26th through Thursday, June 30th are for Junior High and High School Students.

The daytime camp from 9 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st, is for students entering Grades 1 through 6. The cost for the week is $30 per child for the daytime camp, with a maximum of $75 per family, and $15 per teen for the evening sessions. Please call the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978 for more information.

If your family is new to Holy Trinity Parish, we invite you to call the Religious Education office to ask about Family Centered Faith Formation, which will begins again in the fall. You may also find information on the Holy Trinity Church here. Welcome to Holy Trinity Parish!

Youth Ministry Happenings

Join us on June 7th at the Main Event in Warrenville from 1-4pm. We have 30 spots open and the cost $17 per person, which will include one hour of bowling, 1 game of laser tag, $10 token card for the arcade, 2 pieces of pizza and a medium drink. You may sign up by turning in a permission slip and payment no later then June 2nd to the main office across from the adoration chapel. Please contact the Youth Ministry office for more details. 

Youth Ministry open hours in our Glorious Youth Room, located off the gravel parking lot on the south side of the school building, will begin June 20th from 7-9 pm. This is a chance to spend some time with peers praying, playing and having some fun! Hope you can join us!


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

Become A Registered Adorer!

How many brave men in this century alone
have fought and died for love of their country?
How many wars have been fought for peace and
freedom? And, yet, look how far we are
away from either.

There is only one war worth fighting
for...standing up for Christ in the Blessed
Sacrament today is like standing up for Christ
when He was on the Cross!

What we need today is an army...who are willing
to fight, standing up and being counted for the
cause of Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament."
taken from Letters to a Brother Priest

Please consider making a commitment and become a registered adorer.

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. Grief Support Group first meeting is on Tuesday, October 6th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM 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 starting October 6th (October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3 and 10).

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 Westmont residents.
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 Annual Report - June 30, 2015

December 2015

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 jmolenda@holytrinitywestmont.org 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.

God Bless,

The Finance Council of Holy Trinity Parish
Charles Brodnicki, Steve Riedl, Marita Lareau,
Jane Turner, Jim Zelazo, Todd Baryl,
Joe Garro, Daniel Lacey

To Access the Report Click Here


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.