Week of December 4, 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reading
Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance.


Welcome to Our Newest Baptised Members!

Holy Trinity Parish welcomes our newest
members into the Catholic Church ~

Connor James McDonough
son of Patrick & Kristin (Hansen) McDonough

Owen Michael Muszynski
son of Michael Muszynski & Shannon David

Sienna Christine O’Rourke
daughter of Amanda O’Rourke

Leo Daniel Ostrego
son of Edward & Lisa (Feltenberger) Ostrego

Veronica Juliene Riley
daughter of Jeremy & Molly (Crawford) Riley

Harrison Bryan Sanders
son of Adam & Claire (Habisohn) Sanders

Christmas Tree Sales are back!

By popular demand Holy Trinity School Christmas Tree Sales are back!

Friday, November 25 until Sunday, December 18 (while supplies last)

Open weeknights MON — FRI 6 - 8pm and weekends SAT & SUN 10am - 7pm

Thank you for your support!

Questions? Please contact Jerry Mastalarz at 630.335.6125

Second Sunday of Advent

Glorify God by living in harmony with one
another, welcoming each other as Christ
welcomed you (Romans 15:4-9).

The Giving Tree - Return THIS WEEKEND


The Giving Tree
Holy Trinity is once again sponsoring The Giving Tree to help individuals and families in our parish and community for Christmas. If you are interested in making someone’s Christmas a little brighter, please select a tag or tags from the tree and purchase a gift listed on the back of the tag.

If you choose a tag asking for a gift certificate you may want to purchase the gift certificate through our MANNA Program. Please call the Parish Office 630.968.1366 for more information about the MANNA gift certificate program.

Please do the following:

WRAP your gift.

ATTACH THE TAG to the top of your wrapped gift with the family number facing up.

RETURN all wrapped gifts to the Church narthex THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 3/4 before and after all Masses. PLEASE NOTE CORRECTION OF GIFT RETURN DATE.

Please do not take a tag if you cannot purchase the gift. We would not want to disappoint anyone. If you have any questions, please call Tom Phistry at 630.240.1181.


We Need Children for the Christmas Choir!
The Sacrament of the Anointing - Dec 3rd

The Sacrament of the Anointing will be offered during the 8:15am Mass Saturday, December 3. The Sacrament 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:

? Has long-term physical, mental or emotional illness
? Is preparing for or recovering from hospitalization or surgery
? May have a health condition that is controlled at the moment but could recur, such as a heart problem or cancer

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!

Pray The Rosary Dec 3rd

After the 8:15am Mass on Saturday morning, December 3, 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.

HTS PSO Poinsettia Sale Dec 3 and 4

The Holy Trinity School PSO will be selling Poinsettia plants on December 3rd and 4th after all Masses in the narthex.

Plants may be purchased for $8.00 each. All proceeds will benefit Holy Trinity School

Offerings for the Poor - December 4th

December 4 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!

Offerings for the Poor - December 4th

December 4th 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!

Donuts With St. Nick - Dec 4

Donuts With St. Nick - December 4th

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us for Donuts With St. Nick in Holy Family Hall, the lower level of Holy Trinity church.

Visit with St. Nicholas and enjoy a fun-filled morning with crafts, stories, games, juice,coffee and donuts, of course!

$5 per family

Remember your camera

Raffle Prizes ($1 per ticket / 6 for $5)

Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan

630 865-7960


Holy Day of Obligation - December 8th

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of
the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, December 8
A Holy Day of Obligation

Mary the Mother of God is venerated on December 8 as the Immaculate Conception. This feast commemorates the preservation of the Blessed Virgin from the stain of original sin from the first moment of her conception. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was defined by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854. This Dogma, in accord with the texts of Scripture—“I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed” (Gn 3:15); “Hail, full of grace” (Luke 1:28)—was clearly understood and accepted by tradition, by the writings of the Fathers, and by feasts observed according to the general belief of the faithful long before it was officially defined by Pope Pius IX.

Masses for the Solemnity of the
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Vigil Mass ~ Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00pm

Holy Day Masses ~ Thursday, December 8th

8:15am ~ Noon ~ 7:00pm

Retirement Fund for Religious December 10-11

In our faith lives, nearly all of us have been deeply touched by the example of thousands of now elderly women and men religious who, for so many, were a living sign of God’s mercy. These women and men—Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests—were indeed the hands of Christ as they educated the young, cared for the sick, and ministered to the neediest among us. Through their service and witness, they modeled the compassionate love of Jesus and showed us that we, too, could be instruments of peace and mercy.

Today, many senior religious continue to be vessels of mercy, serving in a wide range of volunteer and prayer ministries. Others are frail and need assistance. Most older religious ministered for small stipends, leaving a substantial gap in retirement savings. With the ever rising cost of health care and the increased number of those needing care, many religious communities struggle to provide for aging members. 

Soon, our parishes will be conducting the appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious, an annual collection that benefits nearly 33,000 senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. Your gift provides vital support for medications, nursing care, and more. It also helps religious communities implement long-term retirement strategies that ensure both quality eldercare and continued service to the People of God.

Pancake Breakfast - Dec 11

The St. John Council (#3738) of the Knights of Columbus is holding a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus on Sunday, December 11, from 8am to noon at 25 N. Cass Ave., Westmont.

Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for children 5 to 12 years of age and seniors 65 or better; children younger than 5 are Santa's guests. All you can eat! Pictures with Santa will be


There will be a traditional Filipino Christmas Vigil Mass, Simbang Gabi (pronounced SIM-BANG GAH-BEE), at Holy Trinity Church on Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served in Holy Family Hall after Mass. Below is the schedule for the other novena Vigil Masses in the Eastern Cluster.

Wed., Dec. 14 at 7:30pm
St. Mary Immaculate
15629 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60544

Thurs., Dec. 15 at 7:30pm
Christ the King
1501 S Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Sat., Dec. 17 at 6:00pm
Ascension of Our Lord
1 S 314 Summit Avenue
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Sun., Dec. 18 at 5:30pm
Christ the Servant
8700 Havens
Woodridge, IL 60517

Mon., Dec. 19 at 7:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi

1501 W Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Tues., Dec. 20 at 7:30pm
Our Lady of Peace
701 Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 60561

Wed., Dec. 21 at 7:30pm
779 S York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Thurs., Dec. 22 at 7:30pm
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, IL 60435
(Combined Western & Eastern clusters)

Ladies Advent Tea - December 18th

Advent Tea
Sunday, December 18

Preparing our Hearts and
Homes for Christmas and

This year our guest speaker is Colleen Billings. Colleen
will speak about preparing our hearts and homes for
Christmas and beyond with practical tips for bringing
peace and joy to our families.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for seniors.
Please contact Lynn Gustafson if you would like to
volunteer or host a table 630.725.8836.

Manna Special Order Deadline - Dec 19th

The last time to order Manna certificates for Christmas is Monday, December 19th before Noon.

Just a reminder...if you wait until the last minute to order, your particular certificate(s) may not be on hand.

Christmas Choir Practice December 22nd

Are you interested in singing in the choir at Midnight Mass or 9:30am Mass on Christmas Day?

There will be one practice in church on Thursday, December 22 from 7-9pm. 

Please email Ellen Kowara at if you would like to participate but are unable to attend the practice.

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, November 28th, from 11am-noon. 

For more information, please contact Kristin Sherman at kristinbsherman@gmail.com

Advent Prayer Tree

Advent is a season of prayerful preparation. As a community of faith, we are called to pray for each other.

With that in mind, we are inviting you to take part in our annual Advent Prayer Tree. Just fill out the bottom portion of this sheet (please print) with any special prayer request you may have by November 13th and return it by placing it in the marked container in the narthex of the Church or designated box in the vestibule of the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration or dropping it off at the Parish Office.

These requests will be transferred onto a paper angel ornament and hung on the Christmas tree located in the vestibule of the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration beginning November 19th. 

We invite you to visit our Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration and take one of the prayer angel ornaments and pray for that intention daily throughout Advent (November 27th – December 24th).

“Have confidence in prayer. It is the unfailing power which God has given us. By means of it you will obtain the salvation of the dear souls whom God has given you and all your loved ones. ‘Ask and you shall receive,’ Our Lord said. Be yourself with the good Lord.” ~St. Peter Julian Eymard~ 

“In thanksgiving for my cure of an extremely rare disease. Thank you to the person who prayed for me during Advent (my intention was put on the Advent prayer tree).”

Written in the chapel’s book of intentions from 2012

Please click HERE to email your prayer request

Subject: Advent Tree Prayer Request


Religious Education News - Week of December 4

December FCFF sessions are on Monday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 14th from 6-8pm. Thank you to all the students who have volunteered to be in the annual Nativity Play, which will take place at both sessions. If your child would like to participate in the Nativity Play, please contact the RE office as soon as possible; and plan to bring him or her to Holy Family Hall for practice at 4:30pm on the day of your FCFF session.

Confirmation 2017 Candidates: Service Processing Day is this Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30-11:30am in Holy Family Hall; remember to bring your group service project report!

Mark your calendars for the Confirmation Retreat on Sunday, December 11th from 11:15am to 5:30pm in Holy Family Hall. Students will attend Mass during the Retreat, and lunch will be provided. Confirmation saint reports are due at the retreat!

Youth Ministry Happenings - Week of December 4

Join us this Sunday in Holy Family Hall from 5-6:45pm for our annual White Elephant Christmas Party. Please bring a wrapped $5 gift and a snack or baked good to share. This is one of our favorite meetings of the year… hope you can join us!

Save the date: January 7 & 8 for our overnight Winter retreat here at Holy Trinity. For details and permission slip please contact the Youth Ministry office. 

There will be no regular meetings until January 15th.

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

Young Adult Ministry Events - Week of December 4

The Young Adults are partnering with the Adult Faith Formation Ministry to present an Advent Faith Study every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm during the season. There will be a family meal provided, babysitting, and a presentation as well as discussion guided from the book "While We Wait." The cost is FREE but please consider
giving a free will donation to offset costs. To register, please contact Debbie  or contact Chris with any questions. Hope you can join us to meditate further on The Reason for the Season. 

Since we will be focusing on our parish Advent Study Program, the Young Adults will not meet for our regular Thursday Night Prayer Group during December. These will resume in January. Text "HTYAM" to 84576 for more updates

E-mail Chris Simon for further information and any questions

Become A Registered Adorer!

Our Lord came down from heaven quietly and humbly. Out of
faith and in response to God’s great love for man, the Wisemen
sought and found their Lord hidden in the infant Jesus. They paid
Him homage and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and

2000 years later, wise men still seek and find their Lord hidden,
but truly present in the Eucharist in the tabernacles and adoration
chapels throughout the world. Out of faith and in response to
God’s great love for man they pay Him homage and offer their
sacrifices and gifts of time and prayer.

Visit Him often in the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic
Adoration. Consider becoming a registered adorer.

Currently we are in need of adorers for:
Sunday 2pm & 11pm
Monday 7pm
Friday 11pm
Saturday 11am & 12pm


For those who have taken a prayer intention off the Advent Prayer Tree, please remember to pray daily throughout Advent for that particular intention.

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.

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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.