An Evening Under the Stars...September 24

Week of August 21, 2016

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Luke 13:22-30
People will come from north and south, east and west,
and take their place in the Kingdom of God.


New Parish Office Hours

In order to better serve our parishioners we are expanding the hours in which someone will be available in our Parish Office. The Parish Office will now be open

8:00am until 7:30pm

Friday 8:00am until 4:00pm.

We close daily for lunch 1:00pm—1:30pm

Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors

Just a reminder: it’s time once again to check your calendars for the next quarter, September 19 through December 4 Please include preference for Thanksgiving.

Go onto the ministry database, or call the parish office at 630.968.1366 or email  with your availability no later than August 22, 2016.

Thank you!

AFF Fall Programs

screen shot.PNGThe Bible is at the heart of our Faith and our relationship with God. Scripture informs our beliefs and inspires our devotions. It is the place where our Father meets with us and lovingly speaks to us. Reading the Bible should bring us closer to Christ, but understanding it is often difficult.

The good news is that you can understand the Bible, and The Bible Timeline makes it easy. The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of Scripture and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study, which will meet on Monday evenings, will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion.

Informational Night—August 29th at 7pm
Holy Family Hall


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Jesus is the Anointed One – the ultimate priest, prophet and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Join us as we deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through Fr. Robert Barron’s new DVD-based Study Program: Priest, Prophet, King.

Explore the biblical archetypes of priest, prophet and king and see how Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of each one. Throughout this experience, you will better understand who Jesus really is and also realize your own priestly, prophetic and kingly mission Beginning Thursday, September 8th, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, our parish will begin the Priest, Prophet, King study program. The study will continue on Thursday afternoons and Tuesday

To find out more information on any one of these studies or to register, please contact Debbie Vath at 630.968.5978 or email her 

Respect life Ministry Rosary August 27

Please join us as we pray a rosary in church following the 8:15 am Mass on Saturday, August 27. 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!

Celebrate the Ordination of our Deacons - August 28th

Please join us in celebration of the Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons of Dr. Pat Blaney and Anthony Lenard.

They will celebrate their first Mass as deacons on Sunday, August 28, at 11:30am. Following the Mass, a reception will be held in their honor at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 25 N. Cass Avenue. Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Free will offering to support the Holy Trinity Haiti Parish Twinning Program.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here OR you may call the Parish Office at 630.968.1366 to RSVP

25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass - August 28th

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.

Support Group Facilitator Training - September 10

The Office of Family Ministry will be offering a Peer-Led Support Group Facilitator Training on Saturday, September 10 from 9 am-4 pm at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill. This training is for those who are facilitating or who are planning to facilitate selfhelp support group sharing sessions.

The training will cover the role of the facilitator, listening skills, support group ground rules, handling difficult situations, and
role-playing practice sessions. Participants should be endorsed by their parish for this ministry.

Preregistration is required by August 31. The $20 fee covers lunch and a participant manual. For further information or to register, please call the Office of Family Ministry at 815.838.5334

RCIA Session Now Forming

Looking for light in the midst of your darkness?

Seeking healing and hope to pull you out of your wounds and despair?

Longing to be drawn out of your selfishness into love?

Desiring to believe and belong with others in a community of faith, hope, and love?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith formation process designed primarily for adults who are intentionally seeking God in their lives. The process is for adults who….

• have never been baptized

• were baptized in another Christian church and now wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church

• were baptized in the Catholic Church but were not raised in the faith and are seeking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation 

Want to know more? Know of anyone in your life who might be in need of the Good News of the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord, passed on by the Church? Please contact Joanne Gregoire in the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978 or by email and begin a conversation about seeking to understand and deepen your faith….and even spirituality!


The RCIA Team at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish stands ready to welcome them and accompany them on their continuing life’s journey!

Floral Arrangements in Church

Are you celebrating an anniversary or special occasion?
Would you like to memorialize a loved one?

donation of thirty-five dollars will provide the cost of a floral arrangement. Please contact the parish office at or call 630.968.1366 at least 2-3 weeks prior to your special event so an acknowledgement can be placed in the bulletin.

There is a limit of two tributes accepted for each weekend.

Wanted: Used Cars Dead or Alive

The St. Vincent dePaul Society wants your used car—dead or alive!

Vehicles in good-running condition are given away to needy persons in the community to help them keep jobs and support families. Vehicles not running or in need of major repair, are sent to auction and the proceeds used for car repairs and to assist the needy.
Donors’ names are kept confidential. Tax receipts gladly given.

For information or to donate your car, call 630-231-4658.

Thank you for helping us to help others.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
Holy Trinity Parish
630.968.1366 ext. 404

Young Adult Ministry Events

The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.”
– Pope Francis

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.


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



Religious Education News

Holy Trinity Family Centered Faith Formation begins next month with the Parent Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, September 6th from 7-8:30 PM in Holy Family Hall. Please mark your calendars! We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Valerie Maty, MA, LCPC, Associate Director of Family Ministry with the Diocese of Joliet, at this meeting. 

If your family is not yet registered for fall classes, please contact the Religious Education office to register as soon as possible. Letters will be going out shortly with the 2016-17 FCFF schedule confirming your session. 

If you have a child who is starting 1st grade, or if your family is new to Holy Trinity Parish, we invite you to call the Religious Education office at 630.968.5978 to find out about Family Centered Faith Formation, where parents and children attend class one time a month and then work together at home on weekly homework assignments. You may also find information and registration forms on the Holy Trinity Parish Religious Education page.

Confirmation 2017 Students: Confirmation Information forms are due in the RE office on August 29th. Your Confirmation name and your Sponsor’s name and address are required on this form. Ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit as you decide on a Saint’s name and a Confirmation Sponsor. Also, don’t forget to sign up for a Group Service Project! Information has been emailed to all students.

Youth Ministry Happenings

There are no more official Youth Ministry events for the Summer.

Save the Date…Youth Ministry Kick Off Picnic will be on September 11 from 2-5pm! Details to follow in September.



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

Become A Registered Adorer!

Lord, I did not freely choose You
until by grace You set me free;
for my heart would still refuse You
had Your love not chosen me.

Now my heart sets none above You,
for Your graces alone I thirst
knowing well, that if I love You,
You, O Lord, have loved me first.
Respond to His love by blocking out one hour a
week and become a registered adorer. Show Jesus
your love for HIM!


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 Team meets twice a year in February and October in the Parish Center Living Room at St. Mary of Gostyn’s Parish Center, 445 Prairie Avenue, Downers Grove. 

Call Moira Barker at the St. Mary 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 ~ 630 251-1161.

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

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.

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 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: 4:30 PM

Sunday: 7:30 AM
9:30 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