Week of June 26, 2016
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.
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 ~
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
A sincere Thank You to all who supported our Parish Center Potluck and Celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. Your prayers were truly answered as that Saturday afternoon in May rolled into evening with absolutely gorgeous weather. Great music, an amazing spread of food and camaraderie were all in abundance. Our sincere hope is that all who attended enjoyed the fellowship of coming together as a parish community.
Having the ability to regularly get together like this to share our common faith in a social setting can only strengthen God’s community here in Westmont. We hope that you will share your experience with a family member or friend that could not attend and encourage them to come to our next event.
As entertaining as our first Parish Center event was, it only highlights the need AND benefits that the Parish Center will bring to our community as a whole. It will give us a space to work, pray and socialize all year long in a variety of events with no fear of weather or limitations of space. The Heritage of Faith Parish Center committee has been hard at work this summer organizing initiatives to contact the entire parish in a variety of ways to request support. We ask that you respectfully commit to the following in support of those initiatives:
1. Pray for the success of the Campaign.
2. Please be open when contacted to give feedback and support while taking the opportunity to keep yourself up to date on the project and its needs.
3. Review your personal financial situation and make a pledged commitment today! This project truly has room for all and all will be needed to see it through to its successful completion.
Please stay tuned to the Campaign Corner in the bulletin for updates including our next Parish Center event, which will be held on the site in mid-September.
See in you in September Under the Lights!
The Heritage of Faith Parish Center Committee
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!
Next Sunday, July 2nd 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!
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:
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!
Everyone is Invited after the 8:15 am Mass on Saturday morning, July 2 you are invited to pray the Rosary and Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament for the intentions of the renewal and strengthening in the belief of Jesus’ Presence in the Holy Eucharist, an increase in the number of registered adorers, and blessings upon our Holy Trinity Family. Please join us.
“For where two or three gather in my name,
there I am with them.” Mt 18:20
The Neighborhood Rosary Group invites all middle-aged adults, single or married, to gather and pray the rosary on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm, beginning July 7th. This informal group will gather at the home of Bryan LaMountain, 550 Chase Drive, Unit 1 in Clarendon Hills for prayer and fellowship.
There is no weekly commitment, so please come any Thursday you are available. You are encouraged to bring a friend or two. For more information or questions, please contact Bryan LaMountain at 630.740.0824 or email
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.
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
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.
Join us every Thursday in June for Rosary Bonfires! We will gather from 8:15pm—9:30pm to pray, socialize and eat some s'mores!
Where? Right here at Holy Trinity!
Mark your calendar for Theology on Tap, held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Cass Avenue in Westmont and hosted by Holy Trinity's young adults! TOT will run from July 11 through August 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Stay posted for further details!
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
Totus Tuus Catholic Summer Camp will be held this week! The evening sessions from 7 to 9pm today, June 26th through Thursday, June 30th are for Junior High and High School Students. The daytime camp from 9am to 2:30pm , Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st, is for students entering Grades 1 through 6. Both the evening and the daytime sessions begin and end in Holy Family Hall. 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. There are still a few spots available— register after any of the Masses this weekend or call the RE office at 630.968.5978.
Family Centered Faith Formation Program ~ If you have a child starting 1st grade, or if your family is new to Holy Trinity Parish, we welcome you and invite you to call the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978 to ask about Family Centered Faith Formation, which begins again in the fall. You may also find information on the Holy Trinity Church website. Please go to the Church home page and find the Religious Education link.
We ask that all returning families complete their 2016-17 registration form as soon as possible to help us with planning for next year’s program. Registration forms are available in the office and on the website.
Youth Ministry weekly open hours in our Glorious Youth Room, located off the gravel parking lot on the south side of the school building, will begin Monday, 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!
Contact Jen Bartley at 630.968.1366, ext. 107.
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 ….“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
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.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Finance Council of Holy Trinity Parish
Charles Brodnicki, Steve Riedl, Marita Lareau,
Jane Turner, Jim Zelazo, Todd Baryl,
Joe Garro, Daniel Lacey