Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2017


Week of March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Gospel Reading
John 9:1-41
Jesus heals the man born blind
and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man.

April 1 - Anointing of the Sick

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:

  • 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

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!

April 2 - Offerings for the Poor

April 2 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!

Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors

Just a reminder: it’s time once again to check your
calendars for May 1—July 30

Go onto the ministry database
or call the parish office at 630.968.1366
or email 
with your availability no later than April 9.

Please include preferences for Memorial Day and
Independence Day.

During the Summer months,
beginning June 4 and concluding August 27,
there will be no Sunday 7pm Mass.
The Sunday 7pm Mass will resume September 3.
Thank you!

CCW to Continue at Holy Trinity

Dear Holy Trinity women,

We are pleased to announce that the Council of Catholic Women will continue at Holy Trinity. We thank Linda Sobotka and her team for their years of service. We prayerfully plan to grow and serve the women of our parish, with social, spiritual, health-oriented, outreach, and fundraising activities. If you are interested – please pick up a survey from the basket in the narthex, and let us know your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jeanne Pantke and Jan Bartel, co-Presidents

Congratulations Sacrament of Confirmation Recipients!

Congratulations to our young people who received
the Sacrament of Confirmation on March 20!

We thank Bishop R. Daniel Conlon for conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young candidates and two parents. Fathers Rafal Wasilewski, C.R., and Marion
Wroblewski, C.R., and Deacons Pat Blaney, Bill Casey, Tom Jagielo, and Tony Lenard
join the entire parish staff and parishioners in offering our congratulations, prayers, and support to these young candidates who were sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit in this wonderful Sacrament!

Chloe Kaili TERESA Aquino
Tessa Marguerite FRANCES Arenz
Tondra Renee ROSE PHILIPPINE Arenz
Paul François Kim FRANCIS Austrums
Tomas Stasys SEBASTIAN Birutis
Patrick Aner PETER Carlson
Sean Liam MICHAEL Carlson
Nicholas James JOHN Carr
Iker Alejandro FLORIAN Casillas Plazola
Jackson Mack MICHAEL Cossairt
Abigail Rose CATHERINE Cox
Daniel John FRANCIS Cyze
John Christopher MICHAEL Czerwiec
Merwin Reeyan DANIEL D'Souza
Monserat CECILIA Flores
John Robert JOHN Gleason
Marco Alexander ANDRE Grande
Isabella Maria CLARE Greaney
Charles Oliver JOSEPH Hart
John Camden JOHN Hubeny
Peter Henry MARTIN James
Catherine Lauren CATHERINE Kaiser
Nicholas John JOSEPH Kelecich
Melinda Marie MARTHA Knapp
William Neal FRANCIS Knapp
Evelyn Joan ELIZABETH Kostal
Fiona Margaret JOAN Kowalkowski
Oliwier Bartlomiej DAVID Kowalski
Angelica Marie FELICITY Kowara
Allyson Grace MARTHA Lambert
Zachary Donovan ANDREW Laskowski
Isaac Mitchell GEORGE Linder
Jeremiah Sampson DAMIEN Lurigio
Ailish Kathryn ELIZABETH Lyman
Luna Rose FLORA Medlicott
Emelda Anne ELIZABETH Mikesh
Sophia Alejandra JOAN Miranda
Claire Margaret JUDE Noonan
Sofia Cristina VERONICA Ortiz
Joseph Daniel PIO Perona
Mary Grace DYMPHNA Pesci
Stephen Charles MICHAEL Podracky
Jocelyn Maria GEMMA Porter
Sophia Noel FRANCESCA Ricciardi
Benjamin Michael PAUL Risden
Maria ROSALIA Rivera
Melanie VERONICA Santiago
Grace Sophia CECILIA Schoditsch
Sarah Elizabeth PHILOMENA Seeman
Isabella Maria GIOVANNA Serritella
William Matthew THOMAS Sinars
Heather Marie FRANCES Sledzinski
Andrew Joseph BRENDAN Socha
Joshua Ray MICHAEL Valentin
Michael William THOMAS Wojcik

2017 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

2017 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

The Importance of Religious Freedom is the theme for the essay contest this year. Essays should be typed and should be between 500-750 words in length. 

All Catholic students in grades 8-12 are invited to participate in this year's Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest sponsored by St. John Council #3738.

Please email Chris Simon at  for more information, the prompt, or to get an entry form.

Please Participate! Your Gift Makes a Difference!

A gift to the CMAA will touch the lives of many in our Diocese in a positive way. Each gift makes a difference!

If you have not made your contribution to the 2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal, please consider doing so online at www.jolietdioceseappeal.org, via mail, or at Mass by returning one of our Commitment/In-Pew Weekend envelopes found in the bulletin racks. 

After our parish exceeds its CMAA goal of $82,840 in paid pledges, 70% of any additional funds are returned for use in our parish.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

Join Our Music Ministry!

We are inviting you to join any of our following ensembles:

Teen Choir: Ages 13-18
Rehearses Monday evenings at 5:30pm

Adult Choir: Ages 18+
Rehearses Thursday evenings at 7pm

Contemporary Ensemble: Ages 13+
Rehearses Wednesday evenings at 7pm

Cantors: Ages 13+
Rehearses with Adult Choir

St. Cecilia Chorale: Ages 13+
Eight-member chorale group (Auditions Required)

Instrumentalists: Ages 13+
Strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion needed

Please contact Director of Music for more detail for the Instrumental Ensemble.  For more information contact Director of Music,
Jonathon M. Toni at 630.968.1366 ext.121

Join in The Lenten Challenge!

Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration's

The challenge is to have two adorers at each of the 168 hours a week for the six weeks of Lent. Make adoration part of your Lenten practice and commit to an hour. 

Already an adorer? Try adding another hour of adoration to your week as a Lenten sacrifice. The commitment is only for the six weeks of Lent.

Say yes to Jesus' question "Can you not stay and watch with me for one hour?". 

Sign up today!
Pick an hour and contact Joe or Maureen Garro at mojo.garro@gmail.com or 630.968.3855.

March 1 - April 9 - Forty Days for Life Spring 2017

Forty Days for Life Spring 2017 campaign runs from March 1 to April 9

40 Days for Life is a national movement that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in His plan for the end of abortion in America. Sign up this week after Mass or online to be a visible and prayerful symbol against abortion.

See www.40daysforlife.com/downersgrove for more information or to sign up for an hour of prayer vigil at the Access Health Center at 1700 75th Street or contact David or Daria Skrzypczynski at 630-910-7135.

March 3 - April 7 - Lenten Reflection Series

God calls each of us to become a saint, and He’s ready to support us along the way by providing abundant blessings. Join us as we seek these blessings in fellowship and “Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness.” The first path is “Finding the Center in Christ;” the second is “Knowing You are a Sinner;” and the third is “Realizing Your Life is Not About You.”

There is no better time then during Lent to ponder these paths before us.

To register email Debbie Vath or call 630.968.5978 Please register by March 1st so we can be sure there is enough food for everyone.

March 3 - April 7 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

The Knights of Columbus located at 25 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, will hold a Fish Fry on Fridays of Lent, 5—8pm, from March 3 to April 7. Entrees, including some all-you-can-eat specials, are $11, with children's-menu entrees available for $6. All entrees include a sides bar with soup, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, French fries, and vegetables.

For further information, see the council web page or call 630.969.3738.

March 31 - April 2 - Exploring Priesthood Weekend

March 31 - April 2, 2017
Mundelein Seminary

Exploring Priesthood Weekend is a retreat designed to help men discern God's call to the diocesan priesthood. To be called by God to serve him as a priest means to have one's soul stirred deep within. Throughout a weekend of prayer, discussion, presentations of diocesan priesthood and group interaction, men begin to better understand God's movement in their life.

Exploring Priesthood Weekends are held at Mundelein Seminary, 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060. The Seminary is located about 40 miles north of downtown Chicago and easily accessible by car or train. Transportation is available to and from O'Hare Airport by request.

How do I Register?
Register with the Joliet Vocation Office online
Register with Mundelein Seminary by contacting Fr. Francis Bitterman at 312.534.8298 fbitterman@archchicago.org or Marianne Hadden at 847.970.4851 mhadden@usml.edu

For more information contact:
Fr. Burke Masters
Joliet Diocese Vocation Director

Mary's Women - A New Women's Ministry

Mary's Women
A New Women’s Ministry
Sponsored by Mayslake Ministries

Steps for Deepening Our Faith this Lenten Season
Presented by: Fr. Gabriel Baltes

DATE: March 11, 2017

TIME: 8:30am
(Optional Rosary)
Hot Breakfast and Presentation

PLACE: St. Scholastica

COST: $20

A New Women’s Ministry

Sponsored by Mayslake Ministries

To register call:
Mayslake Ministries at

St. Vincent DePaul Society - Who We Are

The Saint Vincent DePaul Society aids those in the Westmont community in need of emergency assistance in meeting their daily food, clothing and shelter needs. The essential elements of the Society are Spirituality, Service and Fellowship:

• See the face of Christ in those we serve.
• Serve Our Lord by serving our brothers and sisters in need.
• Enjoy fellowship with like-minded people who put their faith into action.

The society has 3 types of membership:

• Active (Full) Members-belong to the Catholic Church and are received as Vincentian brothers or sisters into the Society’s Conference or Council. Active Members participate regularly in the prayer life, meetings and charitable activities.

• Associate Members-include those who may not belong to the Catholic Church and may or may not attend Conference Meetings or engage in the works of the Society on a regular basis.

• Contributing Members-are those who regularly or in a substantial way provide in-kind or financial support but do not engage directly in the Society’s work. These members also are invited to the Society’s general and festival meetings. 

For more information to become a St Vincent DePaul Society member, leave a message for Tony at 630.968.1366, ext. 404.

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 inmemoryofmejoliet.com 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 http://wwme-chicagoland.org.

Become A Registered Adorer!


Discover who Jesus is. Spend time with Him. Pray to Him.

Read His Word. Read about His followers, the saints.

Let your answer mimic Peter's answer "LORD, TO WHOM

Become a registered adorer at the Sacred Heart Chapel of
Eucharistic Adoration!

Sunday 12am and 11pm
Friday 10am and 7pm



Contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630.968.3855 or

Youth Ministry Happenings - Week of March 26

There will be no meeting this Sunday, March 26th, due to Spring Break.

Join us next Sunday, April 2nd for a talk on How to Slice Souls…aka Evangelization!


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



Young Adult Ministry Events - Week of March 26

FISH FRY HOPS: Join the young adults as we travel each Friday during Lent to a different fish fry in the area! Come spend time in community with other young adults and their families.

Thursday Prayer Nights will continue through Lent at our regular time, 7pm in the Youth Room.

Text "HTYAM" to 84576 for more updates

E-mail Chris Simon for further information and any questions

Religious Education News - Week of March 26

Parents of Holy Trinity children preparing to receive First Holy Communion: Please help your child read Chapter 33 in the Jesus Our Life Book this week and complete the worksheet in the blue handbook. Make plans to visit the Adoration Chapel. Continue working on the 6th and last virtue for the “Gifts of Love for Jesus” in the ivory section of the activity book.

Holy Trinity 6th Grade School and Religious Education Students and Parents: Be sure to check out the March videos on the RE website under 6th Grade Salvation History tab while you complete your March Study on the Messianic Fulfillment, pages 34-39. The study of Salvation History will conclude with a student/parent Seder Meal on Saturday, April 8 from noon ntil 2:00pm.

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 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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Mass Schedule

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.