Week of October 16, 2016

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Luke 18:1-8
Jesus urges his disciples to pray and not lose heart,
for God hears and answers prayers.


Knights of Columbus Membership Drive ~ October 22-23

The Knights of Columbus was started in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut by Father Michael J. McGivney. From its humble beginnings, our fraternal Order has grown into the largest Catholic lay organization in the world,dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The St. John Council #3738 has been serving the Westmont area since 1953 and continues to grow every year.

We will be hosting a membership drive at Holy Trinity on October 22-23 and representatives will be in the narthex after all Masses to answer any questions you may have.

You can also visit our website at KofC3738.org for more information, or you may contact our membership director, Brad Alexander, at (630)205-0077 or via email.

We hope that you and your family will consider joining us!

World Mission Sunday - October 23rd

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Mercy Changes the World!”

On World Mission Sunday, October 23, Pope Francis invites each of us to be part of that change for our world of great need, calls us to announce the mercy of God, “the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12).

On this 90th World Mission Sunday, our diocesan family joins our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate, with great joy, our common vocation as missionaries. Our prayers and financial help, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, support the work of the Mission Church, its witness to Christ and service to the poor. 

“Let us not close our hearts within our own
particular concerns, but let us open them to all of
Message for World Mission Sunday, 2016

I echo these words of our Holy Father, asking you to open your hearts as you connect on World Mission Sunday with every corner of the globe… with the Americas, where catechists travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of God’s great love to families; with Europe, where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities, renewed after years of persecution; with Asia, where six million children receive an education from Religious Sisters
in some 16,000 Church-run elementary schools; with the Pacific Islands, where 1,000 young men are preparing for the priesthood, to bring the Lord’s healing hope and peace to those in need; with Africa, where those who are sick are provided with loving care at 6,400 Catholic hospitals and small clinics.

And don’t forget the corners of the globe where the Diocese of Joliet serves. Your support helps us to continue our missionary work in the Philippines, in Bolivia, in Africa and in the Navajo nation. Each year hundreds of adults and young people donate two weeks of their time and talent to connect with other people in diverse cultures and live their vocation as missionary disciples.

Grateful always for your generosity of spirit and heart, and confident of your missionary commitment to share the joy of the Gospel and help the poor, I pray for blessings for you and your families!

Faithfully yours in the Lord,
Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet

Human Trafficking - Who Is At Risk? - October 23rd


What: Presentations by an Attorney, a Law Enforcement Officer, a Service Agent, and Q&A

When: Sunday, October 23
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Doors open 6:00 p.m.

Where: Divine Savior Church
6700 Main Street
Downers Grove, Illinois

Our goal is to raise awareness about the brutal reality of human trafficking and what can be done to combat this modern day form of slavery. For added information, contact Deacon Lupe Villarreal at dcnlupe@sdominic.com or 630-739-5703 Ext. 226.

There is no cost to attend. Literature and refreshments will be available.

St. Mary of Gostyn Evenings of Renewal - Oct 24-26

On October 24, 25 and 26 at 7:00pm in Church we’ll have three evenings to seek the Lord and re-ignite our faith. Speakers Dr. Mark Nemo and Father Bob Miller illuminate the Thee Faces of God: God the Father, Son and Spirit.

St. Mary of Gostyn
445 Prairie Avenue
Downers Grove IL 60515

For more information contact Kelly at kjohnson@stmarygostyn.org or

Fall Leaves Clean-Up November 5th

Holy Trinity's Youth Ministry is organizing a yard clean-up day for people in our community on Saturday, November 5. If you or someone you know (neighbor, relative, etc.) finds the physical challenge of raking leaves and yard work to be difficult to manage, put our energetic young people to work! Call Jen Bartley at 630.968.1366, ext. 107 to sign up.

Blessing of the New Education Building Doors - November 5th

Please come to celebrate the
Blessing of the New Education Building Doors

Saturday, November 5, 2016 ~ 5:30 to 7:30pm
Main School Hallway

Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Rite of Blessing at 6:30pm

There is no charge to attend this event, but please come with an open heart
to help us close the funding gap for this project.

Trivia Night - November 19th

Save the Date!

Save The Date - Ladies Advent Tea - December 18th

Save the date for our 8th Annual
Ladies Advent Tea
Sunday, December 18, 2016
If you would like to host a table
please contact Lynn Gustafson at 630.725.8836

RCIA - A Journey of Faith


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults A Journey in Faith

The process begins -

Regular Meetings on Thursday Evenings, 7-9pm
with one Sunday per month, 11am—1:30pm
September 15, 2016 — April 6, 2017

I. Welcome & Pre-Catechumenate

+ A time for getting acquainted
+ A time for awakening to where you are in faith
+ A time for recognizing the Lord in your life
TOPICS INCLUDE: Faith, Revelation, Scripture, Tradition, God, Trinity, Creation, Devil, Mary, Saints, Church, Holy Spirit, Sacraments

 Culminates with the Rite of Acceptance—

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The RCIA Team at Holy Trinity Catholic Church stands ready to welcome you and accompany you on your continuing life’s journey!

Questions? Contact the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978.

Religious Education News - Week of Oct 16

The October FCFF classes meet this week on Monday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 19th. If you are unable to attend the session on your registered night, please call the RE office to request to switch this month.

It is not too late to register for Religious Education. If your children are enrolled in the public school system, please call the RE office at 630.968.5978 with any questions you may have regarding Religious Education for your family. Family Centered Faith Formation catechesis gives families the opportunity to celebrate their faith together while learning about our Catholic Traditions and rich spiritual heritage. 

Parents of children preparing to receive First Reconciliation: Families preparing their children for First Reconciliation should be working on Chapters 9 and 10 in the Jesus Our Life Book and in the handbook. The schedule on page 3 of the blue Reconciliation Activity Handbook will help you keep on track as you prepare your child to received First Reconciliation on November 28th.

Youth Ministry Happenings - Week of Oct 16

Join us this Sunday, October 16th from 5-6:45pm in HFH, for the 1st of a 3 part series called Divine Comedy Central. First, we will be covering the topic of Angels…it promises to be heavenly! 

Next week our Divine Comedy Central series continues as we cover the topic of Purgatory. Come ready to learn and ask questions.


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


Young Adult Ministry Events - Week of October 16

The Holy Trinity Young Adult Ministry will continue evening prayer and Rosary every Thursday.

We will gather in the Youth and Young Adult Room (off the gravel lot) at 7pm and begin praying at 7:15pm. Bring a yourself and a friend! Hope you join us!

E-mail Chris Simon for further information and any questions

Become A Registered Adorer!

Our communal worship at Mass must go
together with our personal worship of Jesus
in Eucharistic adoration in order that our
love may be complete.
St. Pope John Paul II

Holy Trinity is blessed to have a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel right here! Make your love for Jesus complete and visit Jesus often and become a registered adorer.

We are in need of adorers for:
Friday at 7pm and 11pm
Saturday at 9am
Sunday at 2pm and 11pm

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.

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.

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.