St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive - March 25-26


Week of February 19, 2017

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Matthew 5:38–48
My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors.

Chair of St. Peter

In brushing up for "Catholic Jeopardy," it might help to know that there is only one feast on the calendar for a thing, rather than a person or mystery. It's for a chair: Saint Peter's chair in fact.

After the Resurrection, there can be no doubt that the disciples reserved a special place for Simon Peter in the upper room. Later, Peter became the bishop of Antioch in today's Syria, the place where we were first called "Christians." From there, he went to Rome, the center of the Empire, where it is said that Peter sat in a chair in the house of Priscilla and Aquila to instruct his flock. Jesus, in entrusting the keys of the Kingdom to Peter and his successors, entrusted his compassion and mercy to them, and charged them with pointing to the Kingdom of God. Compassion and mercy are to resonate through their teaching.

Since the ancient sign of a teacher is the chair ("disciple" literally means one who sits at the feet of a teacher), Peter's chair has long been treasured. Today there is a symbolic shrine of Peter's chair above the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. This monument is the last work of Bernini, a huge bronze throne supported by four doctors of the Church: Augustine and Ambrose from the Western Church, and Chrysostom and Athanasius from the East. High above it is the alabaster window of the descent of the Holy Spirit.

--Rev. James Field, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co.

Letter from Bishop Conlon - IL House Bill 40
Bring Your Old Palms to Church

Beginning next weekend and continuing until Sunday, February 26th we will be collecting old palms. These palms will be burned and the ashes used on Ash Wednesday.

Please bring your palms and place them in the baskets in the narthex or you may bring them to the parish office during the week. 

Respect life Ministry Rosary Feb 25

Please join us as we pray a rosary in church following the 8:15 am Mass on Saturday, February 25. 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!

The 2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal is underway!

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

Information about the 2017 CMAA and a request to make a pledge has been sent to all parishioners. Please review the materials, pray about how you can help further the ministries funded by our CMAA, and consider making the most generous gift possible.

Our parish goal is $82,840. Help us to exceed this goal in paid pledges. Our parish will receive 70% of the amount over goal for use in our parish! 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 in advance for your support.

The Flower Power Ministry Needs YOU!!!

The Flower Power Ministry Needs YOU!!!

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

Please join us for the Flower Power Ministry meeting on Thursday, March 2nd at 7pm in Holy Family Hall.

Any questions? Contact Ed Arenz at 630.484.8806

or at

St. Vincent DePaul Society Can Help

We are here to help Westmont residents and parishioners. Call our confidential help line.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Holy Trinity Parish
630.968.1366 x404
Helping those in need in our community.

Moms & Tots Group - February 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, February 13, from 11am-noon.

For more information, please contact Kristin Sherman at

Joyful Again! - March 4 & 5

Joyful Again!
Program for Widowed Men and Women

Are you widowed? Have you reached a crossroads? Are you at a turning point? Do you want to move forward with your life, while still treasuring your memories?

The Joyful Again program brings understanding and hope to help you in your life’s new journey. 

What: Workshop/retreat for Widowed Men and Women

Where: Our Lady of the Angels, House of Prayer 13820 Main St., Lemont, IL

When: March 4 & 5, 2017
(Also March 25 & 26, 2017 at Presence/Holy Fam Med, Des Plaines)

For information or to register, call: Joyful Again Widowed Ministry 708-354-7211 or email.
Early registration is encouraged.

Bishop Robert Barron’s CATHOLICISM Offered - Feb 28 - Apr 4

February 28 - April 4, 2017
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Parish Center of St. Isaac Jogues Church

Bishop Robert Barron’s CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players showcases a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of western civilization.

ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI, the Reformer, radically and literally lived as Jesus commanded to transform the Church. 

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, the Theologian, demonstrated faith and reason are not at odds, they come from same source.

ST. CATHERINE of SIENA, the Mystic, gave testimony to the reality of the spiritual dimension here and beyond. 

BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, the Convert, left a prestigious career to seek and preach the apostolic faith.

G.K. CHESTERTON, the Evangelist, publicly, humbly, and humorously announced the paradoxes and truth of Christianity.

MICHELANGELO, the Artist, dramatically demonstrated that beauty and creativity are a primary route of access to God.

Journey with Bishop Barron to explore the lasting influence of these Pivotal Players. +
Contact Joan Latto for more information

Study Guide - $25.00
Check payable to:
St. Isaac Jogues
306 W. 4th Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Registration, due by February 14, is required

God Is Retreat - March 4

Dear Parishioners,

God Is calling you to spend time with Him.

God Is waiting to embrace you, to love you and to treasure you. 

Please join me and fellow parishioners searching for quality time with Jesus during our parish wide God Is Retreat.

Blessings Always,
Debbie Vath
Save the date: March 4th
Begins at 9am concludes with 4:30pm Mass


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 or call 305.563.6679.

AFF SoulCore

Joyful Mysteries
of the Rosary

Holy Family Hall
Tuesday evening

Email Debbie Vath 
or call 630.968.5978 with any questions

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

Religious Education News - Week of February 19

The Religious Education office will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Parents of Holy Trinity children preparing to receive First Holy Communion: It’s time to begin working on the “Gifts of Love for Jesus” in the ivory section of the activity book. Working on one virtue each week, your child will be able to complete this section before the First Communion Workshop on April 29th. Please help your child pray the Spiritual Communion in the blue handbook and continue guiding his or her responses and singing during Sunday Mass.

Holy Trinity 7th Grade School and Religious Education Students and Parents: Doctrine Game Night is next Monday, February 27th from 7 to 9pm in Holy Family Hall. All Confirmation Doctrine Handbooks are to be completed and turned in at Game Night.

Confirmation 2017 Candidates: Continue working to complete your red Confirmation Handbook and your Student/ Sponsor Activity Booklet this month, which should be turned into the Religious Education office no later than February 28th. Your Letter to Father Rafal is also due at that time! Please email or call the RE office at 630.968.5978 with any questions or concerns.

Youth Ministry Happenings - Week of February 19

This Sunday, Februrary 19th, we will be hosting our last movie night of school year from 5-8pm in Holy Family Hall. We will be serving pizza and popcorn and other goodies. Make sure to bring pillows and blankets.

Next Sunday, February 26th, we will prepare for Lent as we have a Mardi Gras celebration. 

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


Young Adult Ministry Events - Week of February 19

Join us for our usual Thursday Prayer Nights, with one slight change for February. We will gather to pray before Jesus in our Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel at a slightly earlier time - 6:30pm until 7:45pm - and welcome all young adult families to join us for as long they can before bedtime for the little ones.

Also, we will be trying something new for Thursday Night Prayer. For those that can rarely make Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts, one Thursday a month will switch to the preceding Tuesday for 'Praise and Worship Tuesday' in the Youth Room at 7pm. For February, instead of meeting Thursday, February 23, we will switch to Tuesday, February 21.


Text "HTYAM" to 84576 for more updates

E-mail Chris Simon for further information and any questions

Become A Registered Adorer!

Are you looking for peace, comfort, direction,
meaning to your life? Go visit Jesus in the Blessed
Sacrament at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic
Adoration and just sit in His Presence! Make it a habit.

Get to know Jesus and learn from Him.
Don't know what to do once you get there? There's
no right or wrong answer, as long as one is reverent and
silent. Read one of the spiritual books found on the
chapel's bookshelves, pray the rosary or just sit in His
Presence and converse silently with Him and then

Find out for yourself what all the talk about adoration is by
putting a visit with Jesus on your weekly calendar and sign
up to become a registered adorer.

He continually offers His Heart to you, how
are you responding?

Join our ranks of registered adorers and pray for an increase in vocations.

Contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630.968.3855 or

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

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 or 630-655-1201.

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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.