Fourth Sunday of Advent - St. Edna Catholic Church

Fourth Sunday of Advent - St. Edna Catholic Church

Saint Edna

Catholic Community

Fourth Sunday

of Advent

December 23, 2012


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Sunday Mass Schedule

Saturday evening 5:00 pm (anticipated)

Sunday 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 am and 5:30 pm

Weekday Masses

Monday-Saturday at 9:00 am

Communion Service

Monday-Friday at 6:45am

Eucharistic Adoration

Fridays, 9:30-10:30am

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (Closed 12–1pm weekdays)

Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm


Celebrated the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month

at 1:00 pm. Parent preparation class: 2nd Thursday

of each month, 7:30 pm. Please call to register.


Arrangements for celebration of marriage should

be made at the Parish Office at least six months in

advance. It is advisable to contact our office to

check the availability of a date before making any

arrangements for a reception hall.


Available each Saturday 11:00 - 12:00,

or by appointment.

Anointing of the Sick

Please call the Parish Office to have a family

member who is seriously ill or elderly receive the

Sacrament of Anointing.

Communion for Homebound

Ministers of Care are available to bring

Communion to the homebound. Please call the

Ministry of Care at 847-398-3362 x 318.

St. Edna Outreach

Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm

847-398-3362 x 323

Dear Parishioners,

Christmas has become one of the busiest and most costly times of the

year. It seems like everyone is so busy at this time. Even the Christmas

story that we relish to hear each year includes Mary and Joseph on the

move, travelling to the town of their ancestors. In a sense, they too, were

returning home. It is no accident that the birth of our savior is celebrated at

the darkest time of the year. Often times it is at the darkest moments of

our lives when we find ourselves drawn more closely to Christ and recognize

His light gently leading us home. I would like to suggest that this is

somehow symbolized in the Christmas lights that we use to decorate our

trees and homes. We want our homes to be places where we, and our

loved ones, are invited to come home. It is profoundly made visible in our

celebration of the Sacraments at Christmas.

At Christmas time many of us experience a wide range of emotions from

excitement and wonder to sadness and grief. The music, the decorations,

the cards, notes and letters, the food and drink, and the sharing of gifts sets

this time of year apart from all others. There is a certain joy in being able

to give and receive. However, no gifts that we offer one another can ever

compare with God’s gift and promise to be with us always.

If you are visiting Saint Edna or returning home to be with family and

friends, I hope that you will feel at home. Since last Christmas we have

mourned the death of our beloved Fr. Eugene Faucher, Fr. John Hurley

has moved to Saint Benedicts Independent Living Center in Niles, and

Fr. Benedykt Pazdan became the pastor of Saint Bernadette Parish in

Evergreen Park. We have also welcomed Fr. Lalo Martinez as our new

Associate Pastor. Many changes this past year, but the spirit of Saint

Edna remains alive and welcoming.

Our parish campus was not designed to accommodate the large crowds

that attend the early Masses on Christmas Eve. I appreciate your patience

and consideration of one another. Saint Edna is in the midst of a Capital

Campaign to build a new parish center, increase parking and remodel the

Doherty Center for meeting rooms and class rooms. If you have not been

able to pledge support to this project, I humbly ask that you consider

doing so at this critical moment in our parish history.

On behalf of the priests, deacons, pastoral staff, and leadership of Saint

Edna, may the blessings of Christ be upon you and all who are dear to you

this Christmas and always.

December 23, 2012


Fr. Jerry Jacob

St. Edna

Christmas Mass Times

December 24 December 25

2:00 pm 8:00 am

4:00 pm 10:00 am

6:00 pm 12:00 pm


New Year’s Eve—December 31st New Year’s Day—January 1st

9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. (noon)


There are many beautiful traditions that surround the Christmas season. One of those traditions, which comes to us from Eastern

Europe is the sharing of the Oplatki—the Christmas Wafer. At the main family meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the head

of the family shares the wafer with each member, wishing them a blessing and joyful feast. The other family members then greet

each other in a similar manner. Family unity through Christ is brought to life through the Oplatki.

We have the wafers available at the Parish Office for a donation of $1 per envelope. There is one wafer per envelope. You can

pick them up during regular office hours.


THIS WEEK AT SAINT EDNA December 23—30, 2012

Sunday 9:30am Liturgy of the Word for Children - Church, Hurley Center

December 23 6:30pm SNL Choir Rehearsal - Church

Monday Christmas Eve

December 24 Parish Office Closes at Noon

Tuesday Christmas Day

December 25 Parish Office Closed

Wednesday Parish Office Closed

December 26


December 27

Friday 9:30am Adoration - Church

December 28 10:30am Benediction - Church

Saturday 9:30am Men’s Spirituality - Hurley Center

December 29

Sunday 9:30am Liturgy of the Word for Children - Church & Hurley Center

December 30 1:00pm Baptisms - Church

4:00pm SNL Choir Rehearsal - Church

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Please note the following schedule of hours for the Parish Office.

Christmas Eve 9:00am-Noon

Christmas Day Closed

December 26 Closed

New Year’s Eve 9:00am-Noon

New Year’s Day Closed

BULLETIN DEADLINE—Articles for the January 6, 2013 bulletin may be dropped off in the Parish Office or e-mailed to no later than Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Please indicate topic in subject line.

December 23, 2012


WORSHIP COMMISSION cultivates the liturgical life of the parish by fostering full, active and conscious

participation of the community.

Mass Intentions for the week of December 23, 2012

WEEKEND OF December 22-23

5:00pm— Wayne Knotowski, June Karling (A)

7:30am— Bill Krewer, William Eckert, Irene Eckert, Sabina Procido,

Louis Procido, Mary Gilbert (A)

9:30am— Carmella Arseneau, William Simon, Sr., Stanley Purchla,

Larry Gorey, William & Jean Krewer, Diane Pintozzi (A)

11:30am— Don Cummings, Guiseppe Pecoraro, Louis White (A)

5:30pm— Bill Krewer

Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve


2:00pm— Ralph Englert, Bob Kelly, Margaret Warner, David McAvoy,

Pat Dussling, Ray Pradzinski, Edward Niemi, Erich Kirschner,

Antonio & Ana Cuburu, William Emmerich,

Everett & Teresa Flores,

Deceased members of the Haerle & Zajda Families

4:00pm— Marilyn Phillips, Pamela Brady, Christian Borowski,

Emmett P. King, Donald Kaczmarek, Dorothy Detmer,

Sr. Mary Humiliata Rykaczewski, Joey Marsillo, Richard Covelli,

William Krewer, Edith Warsaw, Lucy & James O’Connor,

Wayne & Felicia Knotowski, William & Josephine Glewicz,

Anthony & Teresa Nalepa, Mary, Amedeo, Joe, Josiane Gagliardi,

Deceased members of the Nissen, Eichhorn & LaPorta Families

6:00pm— Don Cummings, Rosa Giovinco

Midnight—Michael Britton, Manuel Villaraza, Dan Bot, James Guarrine,

Frances Fato, Ben Simone, Arthur & Elvera Simone,

Joseph & Louise Paolinelli, Steve & Flo Finik,

William & Laura Venditti, Bob & Claire Hagglund

Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

8:00am— John Tsouchlos, Mathew Hinman, Frank O’Kane,

Lorraine Brown, Vermell Brown, Jose Mercado, Sr.,

Trinidad Mercado, Luisito Adriano, Teracita Almores,

Levi Orleans

10:00am— Fr. Gene Faucher, Stanley Olszowka, Guiseppe Pecoraro,

Rosa Giovinco, Peter & Anna Pasowicz, Joseph Leoni, Jr.,

Mamie & Joseph Leoni, Sr., Joseph & Elizabeth Carpino,

Frances Bruno, Ben Zablocki, Robert Spratt, Diane Roth,

Dorothy Trotta, Ferdinand Vari


Wednesday, December 26

9:00am— James Tonery, Helen & Joe Tunney, Jiggs Michaels (A),

Megan Upshaw (A)

Thursday, December 27

9:00am— Crissy Karm, Debra Zajda, Rev. James Doherty (A)

Friday, December 28

9:00am— Jim O’Neill, Joseph Tonery, Victor DiCianni

Saturday, December 29

9:00am— Agnes Shemroske


Les Tennenbaum—Father of Jim

Walter Binotti—Husband of Victoria

Therese Kirsh—Mother of Mary Angeliu & Peter Kirsh

Michael Stowe—Son of Mary Stowe

Edward Burke—Father of Molly, Father-in-law of Mike Baerson

Rick Blume—Brother-in-law of Angie & Tom Helmstetter


MASS CELEBRANTS December 24-25

2:00pm— Rev. Jerry Jacob & Deacon Jim Gaughan

4:00pm— Rev. Corey Brost & Deacon Greg Beeber

6:00pm— Rev. Eduardo Martinez

Midnight— Rev. Jerry Jacob, Rev. Eduardo Martinez,

Deacon Joe Yannotta

Christmas Day

8:00am— Rev. Jerry Jacob

10:00am— Rev. Eduardo Martinez

Noon— Rev. Jerry Jacob & Deacon Jim Pauwels

MASS CELEBRANTS December 29-30

5:00pm— Rev. Eduardo Martinez

7:30am— Rev. Jerry Jacob

9:30am— Rev. Eduardo Martinez &

Deacon Jim Pauwels

11:30am— Rev. Jerry Jacob

5:30pm— Rev. Jerry Jacob


Kendra Maher & Benjamin Baldwin III


Meets—Monday-Saturday 8:10am in the church

and Tuesday at 7:30pm

All are invited to join us to pray

the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and the Rosary.

Altar bread and wine will be offered

in memory of

Jane Shoemaker

donated by Sue & Darwin Stuart

during the week of December 23, 2012


If you would like to remember a deceased relative or

friend in a special way, here is your opportunity. We

are accepting donations for the altar

breads and wine that are used at

Mass for that week. Every week in

the bulletin we will post who the

bread and wine was donated in memory of. Suggested

donation is $25. You can drop off or mail your donation

to the Parish Office, marked “Altar Bread Memorial.”

Make sure to include your name and the name/s

of whom you would like to be remembered. Requests

are published in the bulletin in the order that they are




A special thank you to all who contributed to our art and environment by their generous donations in memory of

deceased friends and family. Through these donations, we were able to provide beautiful flowers and materials that create

a prayerful space in which to celebrate.

Ralph Englert

By The Englert Family

Art & Jean Clem

George & Mary Dwyer

...By Bob & Pat Clem

Jenny & John Bombicino

...By Jean Bombicino

John & Mary Jane Faulhaber

...By the Faulhaber Children

Dr. Dominic DePinto

...By Mrs. Mary DePinto

Thomas O’Donoghue

...By Marie O’Donoghue

Randall Boness

...By Geri Boness

Maurice & Shirley Dean

Lloyd & Martha Luken

...By Trisha Dean & Don Luken

Josephine Augustyn (Babica)

Josephine Stepek

...By Mary Jo & Josephine Stepek

Bob Kelly

...By Jackie Kelly

Kathleen Pearl

...By Carole Thiel

John O’Conor

...By Betty O’Conor

George & Cecilia Bares

By Phil & Paquita Bares

Josephine & William Glewicz

...By Nalepa/Glewicz Family

Christian Borowski

...By Kristin Nalepa

Emmett P. King

...By James & Phyllis King

Dorothy Detmer

...By the Nalepa Family

Sr. Mary Humiliata Rykaczewski

By Marie & Tony Nalepa & Family

Teresa & Anthony Nalepa

...By Marie & Anthony Nalepa

Donald T. Kaczmarek

...Pearl, Steve &

Fr. David Kaczmaraek T.O.F.

Mr. & Mrs. Jose A. Mercado, Sr.

...By Shirley Mercado

Jim Rice

...By Mary Weller-Rice

Diane Roth & Robert Spratt

...By Ann Spratt

Hilda Kirsch & Walter Jodlowski

...By Dennis & Donna Jodlowski

Rufino Baldovino

...By Tara Ehrenberg

Daniel & Arleen Moriarty

Alex Maloni

...By Mike & Mary Lou Maloni

Bernald & Marie Ansay

...By Katheryn Severin

Lawrence Krenos

Joseph & Janet Przywara

...By Bob & Marilyn Przywara

Mary Jo and Cathy Hoffman

…By Julie Justie

Breslaw Walaszek

…By Wladyslawa Walaszek & Sons

Bernice & Marion Janczak

...By Barb & Mary Ann Janczak

Angela Vermiglio

...By Mr. & Mrs. Al Vermiglio

Charles & Irma Koskie

...By Wayne Thas Family

Schmid & Barsanti Families

...By Jean & George Schmid

Onofrio, Rose & Michael Suranno

...By Len & Barbara Altobelli

Joseph Smuda

...By Barbara & Jim Weber

Donald Weber

...By Jim & Barb Weber

James Compobasso

Florence Compobasso

Joseph Parys & Julia Parys

...By Compobasso Family

Anton Klodzinski

Ed & Ann Sumonka

...By Henry & Lynn Rogge

Dorothy Polovitch

...By Lynn Family

Reinhard Poetz & Franz Mayer

...By The Mayer, Angerer &

Poetz Families

Butch Marchesi

...By Jason Mrowicki Family

Ronald Wolek

...By Cecilia E. Wolek

December 23, 2012


Juozas Plikaitis

Joseph Plikaitis

...By B. R. Plikaitis

Maedler-Maloney Families

...By Bill & Lynn Maloney

Nancy Cozarelli

...By The Cozzarelli Family

David Zyzda

...By The Don Bianchi Family

Rose & Louis Ucman

Virginia Srodes

...By Mary Lee & Paul Srodes

Rick Belmonte

...By Matt, Mark & Gia Belmonte

Robert, Rose & Thomas Doyle

...By Karen Belmonte

Dr. Dominic De Pinto

...By Mr. & Mrs. Robert Freud

Joan Jacob

Connie Henrich

William Henrich

By Father Jerry Jacob

Josephine Selerski

Barbara Kellen

By Judy Kellen

Jesus Christ

By Anonymous

Mary, Amedeo, Joe Gagliardi

Josianne Gagliardi

Felicia Knotowski

Richard Covelli

By Roe Knotowski

Janice Killmar

Edward Cameron

Greg McGovern, Sr.

By Cammie & Greg McGovern

Edward P. Salm

Patti McNamara

By Mary Lois Salm

Deceased members of the

Lapetino & Root Families

By Jackie & Frank Lapetino

William G. Simon, Sr.

By Mrs. Frances Simon & Children

Eugene & Edna Korte

James & Rose Guarrine

...By Rose & Greg Guarrine

Joe Chase

By Ginny Chase

Wayne & Bruce Erlwger

May & Ted Johnson

...By Jan & Ted Johnson

Tom Dowling

By Marge Dowling

Jack Lucas & Susan Lucas

By Kathy Lucas

John & Elizabeth Rudny

Tom Rudny

Ben Zablocki

...By Jack & Kathy Rudny

Raymond Ostrowski

...By Carol Ostrowski

Raymond Sobyra

John & Rita Heiderscheidt

Grandma & Grandpa Sobyra

By Mary C. Sobyra

Robert Kase

...By Peggy, Natalie & Emily

Albert Schnepf

...By Natalie, Emily & Peggy

Dan J. & Sophie K. Citti

Edward J. Lange

...By James & Barbara Citti

Henry Smude

...By Mary Smude-Fasching

Gordon Hjelm

Walter Prusko

...By Camille Hjelm

Bob Schulze

Earl & Agnes Cox

Jack Cox

...By Mary Schulze

Bernard Nosan

...By Rita Nosan

Paul Bertolini

...By Mr. & Mrs. Peter Bertolini

Tom & Chris Dwyer

…By Bob & Pat Clem

Virginia & Jim Rollo

...By Ruth Martin

Liz Koral

...By Gene & Rosemarie Koral

John Gross

...By Marsha Adamek

Rosie Baldwin

Isabella McGuigan

...By Ben & Maureen Baldwin

Rosie Baldwin

(Mother of Hannah, Maddie. Lara and

Wife of Ben)

...By Ben Baldwin

Ron Draftz

...By Angeliqe, Aimee, David &


David McAvoy

...By McAvoy Family

Don Cummings

...By Dolly Commings

Charles & Helen Wilges

...By Pat Freeman

Tom Altpeter

...By Loretta Altpeter

Joey Marsillo

...By Sam, Deb, & Anthony Marsillo

George Magnus

Caroline & Forest Kepple

By Shirley Magnus

Josephine Wojciechowski

Stella Byczek

By Josephine & Stephen Cobb

Grace Rice

By Richard Rice

Richard Horndasch

...By Nancy Horndasch

Dorothy Serafin

...By Barb Long

Farrell & Carmella Arseneau

...By Doris Family

Bruce Doris

...By Doris Family

Richard Kantzler

Gina Giancola

...By Van Wazer Family

Halina Koncza

...By Helen Catlin

Edward & Lillian Cypcar

...By Kelly Krawisz

Adolph & Helen Kozik

...By Camille Murray

Ryan McCarthy

...By Helen Eames

Les, Julia, Bruce & Judy Stailey

James & Julia Ryan

Wil & Sarah Stailey

Ed, Martha & Patricia Ryan

Frank & Blanche Bernard

Don & Margaret McLeod

Jim & Arline Cassidy

Dr. Stuart Levine

Louis DeLegge

Patrick Jennings

Carla Kyvik

...By David & Laura Stailey

Frank Sulita

….By Sandy Sulita


Edith & Barney Nelson

Fran Miller

John & Genevieve Michaels

Catherine Rowan

...By Janice Miller

Al Nagorzanski

Don Harrington

...By Pat Harrington

Virginia & Ernest Kemnetz

Elizabeth & James Kennedy

...By Ernest & Kathy Kemnetz

Bernadette Dempsey

...By Mary & Steve Galligan

Phyllis Wojtar

...By Maria, Stephanie &

Victoria Leitner

Carol Amend

...By Robert Amend

Sophie Ciombor

Pauline Dern

Victor Duski

...By Paul & Eileen Duski

Celia & Joe Scarola

James & Della Morrow

Theresa & Joe Milillo

Margaret Horan

By John & Kathy Morrow

Gary, Barbara & James Bialk, Sr.

By Nita Bialk

Pat & Gene Bouska

...By Mary Bouska

James Erickson

Richard Priester

Christian Borowski

By Debbie, Pat, Christina &

Matt Erickson

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Is justice just that?

An eminent legal scholar once wrote: “Justice never strolls into the

courtroom of its own accord; it must usually be dragged by its heels,

kicking and screaming.” We like to think that our justice system lives up

to its name—that it’s just, by which we usually mean fair, and most of

the time it is. This observation, though, points to the fact that justice is a

much larger thing than the enforcement of laws: It is the desire of peoples—and

God’s desire for them—to have dignity, equality, and what’s

necessary for a decent life. All these and more are part of the church’s

teaching on justice. So on this last Sunday of Advent we pray: O Emmanuel,

God-with-us, desire of the nations, set us free from injustice.

TODAY’S READINGS: Micah 5:1-4a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke

1:39-45 (12)

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by

the Lord would be fulfilled.”


Peace be with you on opening night

If you’ve ever been involved in a theatrical production, you know there’s

an excitement and anticipation in the air on opening night that starts

early in the day and lasts until the lights finally go down and the curtain

comes up. Today has that feel to it, especially for children who wonder

what surprises await them under the Christmas tree. As we age, our feelings

may become more complex, especially if we have lost a loved one

or suffered a serious setback in the past year. But underneath it all, for

adults as well as children, a sense of gratitude permeates the air. At least

for a while, when the lights go down late tonight, the Prince of Peace

will take center stage. May your Christmas season be filled with his gift

of peace.

TODAY’S READINGS: Morning: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a,

16; Luke 1:67-79 (200)

“He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of

his servant David.”



Things change

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given,” sings the chorus in

Handel’s “Messiah.” The birth of a baby into the world means everything

changes. Perhaps a child grasps the shock of change, especially

when the baby is God’s Son. In “Sharon’s Christmas Prayer,” a poem by

John Shea, Sharon says: “They were so poor /. . . They had to stay in a

stable / with an ox and an ass (hee-hee) . . . Then the baby was borned. /

And do you know who he was? / The baby was God. / And she jumped

in the air, / whirled round, dove into the sofa, / and buried her head under

the cushion, / which is the only proper response / to the Good News

of the Incarnation.”

TODAY’S READINGS: Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6;

John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14 (16)

“All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our




Recognize modern martyrs

Saint Stephen was the first of the church’s many martyrs. Some may

think the time when such a sacrifice is demanded has long passed, but

each year around 105,000 Christians die because of their faith. Their

stories are told in hardly observed headlines from little-known places

around the world. What is the meaning of their sacrifice today? How can

Christians in countries where freedom of worship is taken for granted

December 23, 2012


respond to the plight of the church’s modern martyrs? Find out more

about their suffering and petition world powers to make binding commitments

to root out religious persecution wherever it happens.

TODAY’S READINGS: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Matthew 10:17-22


“You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever

endures to the end will be saved.”



The closest of the close

John the apostle and evangelist was one of Jesus’ closest followers. He,

along with James, his brother, and Peter had Jesus’ deepest trust. The

three were the only direct witnesses of the raising of the daughter of

Jairus, the Transfiguration, and Christ’s agony in the garden. At the Last

Supper, the “disciple whom Jesus loved”—understood to be John—sat

next to Jesus and leaned on his chest. John was the only man among

Jesus’ followers who remained at the foot of the cross when Jesus was

crucified, and Jesus entrusted his mother Mary into John’s care. Think of

John and ask yourself what you can do to develop a similarly close bond

with Jesus.

TODAY’S READINGS: 1 John 1:1-4; John 20:1a, 2-8 (697)

“Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the

other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They have

taken the Lord from the tomb.’ ”



Emmanuel has come

“The Coventry Carol,” a 16th-century song that has become a beloved

Christmas staple—Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, / Bye, bye, lully,

lullay—is actually a song about the slaughter of children under King

Herod’s reign, precipitated, according to the Gospel of Matthew, by the

birth of Jesus, whom the Magi deemed the newborn king of the Jews.

The lyrics are a heartbreaking lament: a mother’s lullaby for her murdered

child. The grief that comes from such inexplicable loss is not

something we ever get over, we simply learn to live with the ebb and

flow of its intensity. Our only true consolation during the high tides of

sorrow is that we are not alone: God is with us.

TODAY’S READINGS: 1 John 1:5-2:2; Matthew 2:13-18 (698)

“God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.”



Believe, receive, and don’t deceive

The Mass is not supposed to be something limited to 60 minutes or so on

the weekend; it is intended to be a “peak experience” that flows outward

to cover your whole life. The First Letter of John tells us, “Whoever

says, ‘I know him,’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar . . . .”:

To profess your faith only and not live it makes you a hypocrite. As John

also said, “This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:

whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.” To

receive the Body of the Lord and not imitate him is equally dishonest. So

the next time you’re at the table of God’s word, remember it’s telling

you to live what you believe and what you receive.

TODAY’S READINGS: 1 John 2:3-11; Luke 2:22-35 (202)

“Whoever loves . . . remains in the light.”



TODAY’S READINGS: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Samuel 1:20-22,

24-28; Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24;

Luke 2:41-52 (17)

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February 15-18, 2013

A Retreat for High School

Juniors and Seniors

At Inspiration Retreat Center in

Walworth, Wisconsin (near Lake Geneva)

What does God want from me? What’s next?

What now?

Have these question crossed your mind in the past? Do you find yourself wondering about what life really means

and if there is more to it than what you’ve experienced so far. If so, this retreat may be just what you are looking for.

Teen led and adult guided, we will spend four days away exploring these issues. We can’t guarantee answers, but just

asking the questions will make a difference in the way you live.

Please be aware that the retreat runs for three and a half full days. You will miss a half day of school on Friday.

We will leave at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 15 and return on Monday , Feb. 18, which is a non-attendance day for Dist.


The cost of the retreat is $185.00 ($200 for non-Parishioners) which includes 3 nights overnight lodging, all

meals, transportation both ways to the Inspiration Retreat Center in Wisconsin, and materials. Your place will be reserved

as soon as your deposit is received. Full payment is due January 15, 2013.

If money is a problem, please call the Youth Ministry Office. All information will remain confidential.

This retreat is expected to fill quickly, so don’t miss out!

Registration Deadline is January 14th!


Name ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________ Grade ________ Age ________

City/State ___________________________________Zip _____________ Phone _________________ Male Female

E-Mail____________________________________________________________School: ___________________________________

Are you Catholic? Yes No

PLEASE NOTE: While this retreat is not limited to Catholic teens, it is important to understand that the process we use

is heavily rooted in Catholic sacramental theology. If you are not Catholic, but would like to attend, please call us so

we can talk to you a little about what to expect, and so that together we can determine if Kairos is right for you.

If yes, are you a member of St. Edna Parish? Yes No (Registration priority is given to St. Edna Parishioners)

Parents’ Names ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Clip this form and attach your $85 deposit. Drop it off at the St. Edna Parish office or mail it, by January 10th, to:

Kairos Retreat, c/o St. Edna Youth Ministry, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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December 23, 2012

LK 1:39-45

Each Eucharist is a wondrous

daily Christmas: How does

this happen that “my Lord

should come to me” in such a

real yet simple way?

Bible Study: 1 & 2 Samuel

Mondays: January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4 7:00-8:30pm

Wednesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6 7:00-8:30pm

Fridays: January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 8 10:00-11:30am

Instructor: Lorie Crepeau

Cost: $10.00 (Books available at Parish Office)

Registration Deadline: December 28, 2012


Registration Form: Return to Parish Office Bible Study: 1 & 2 Samuel

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail: ___________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________

_____ Monday _____ Wednesday _____ Friday

December 23, 2012


PARISH LIFE COMMISSION fosters a sense of parish unity by organizing and welcoming all to communitybuilding


Make a New Year’s Resolution that’s FUN



January 10, 2013 General Meeting, Noon—Hurley Center

January 24 Pot-Luck luncheon

Everyone is invited to join us for our trip to the Marriott Lincolnshire

to see “Now and Forever” the music of Andrew

Lloyd Weber, on February 27, 2013. Please fill out the form

below and return it with your payment of $30 per person to

the Parish Office by January 20, 2013. Tickets are on a firstcome,

first-served basis so place your order today!


Young-at-Heart—Now and Forever





Phone _______________________________________

Number of tickets___________________


We invite all young families, empty nesters, single parents, newly marrieds and interfaith families to join us

for our small group meeting.

Our small groups meet in individual homes to reflect on bible readings and discuss their application in our

daily family lives. We also sponsor service projects and family outings where the whole family can be


Christian Family Movement

Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm

For further information please call Jim or Rosemarie Fagan at 847-540-8757


Return to Parish Office by January 20, 2013



All Grandparents are welcome to gather

for prayerful support for your families:


Tuesday Mornings 8:30-9:00 in the Hurley Center


We have now completed 126 mats which have been

delivered to Cornerstone Ministry in Uptown. Congratulations

to Arlene Gagliano and Helen Snider

who have made 32 and 28 mats respectively. Great

job, ladies!

Those who do the crocheting have asked that you

cut the strips 2” wide for the light weight bags and

1 1/2” for the heavier bags. Make sure the knots are

pulled tight, this

makes it easier when

crocheting. Thanks

to all who have

helped with this program,

whether bringing

bags, making the

plastic yarn or crocheting.

We could not have done it without you!

At this time we have no more room to store the

plastic bags, please hold on to your donations of

plastic bags until after the 1st of the year! Thank


STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL strives to inspire our community to express gratitude for God’s many gifts

through service to God and one another.


Of all the kings, prophets, and holy men and women of ancient Israel who had waited in faithful hope for the coming of the

promised Savior, God chose to announce his coming to a young woman. The message was not proclaimed in a palace or even the

temple in Jerusalem, but in a backwater village called Nazareth. Artists typically show a startled or shy Mary, usually seated and

partly turning away from the heavenly messenger in confusion. In a small brightly colored painting created over a thousand years

ago, the artist shows something entirely different. The angel is holding up one hand in greeting. Mary is standing up and facing him

directly with both her hands extended toward him, as if to welcome him. In this encounter between the human and the divine, we see

again God’s capacity to confound human expectations. The words of the angelos (Greek for messenger) are rich in power and promise:

“you have found favor with God . . . [your child] will be called Son of the Most High . . . he will rule over the house of Jacob

forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end . . . The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow

you” (Luke 1:30, 32, 33, 35). Mary was no shrinking violet. Because she was pure of heart and trusted completely, she responded

to God with a wholehearted “yes.” At this point, God broke into our world. Through the cooperation of a simple village girl,

God breathed the air we breathe, walked the earth we walk, and experienced our sorrows and joys as a human like the rest of us. Everything

on earth became sanctified because God became human. God became flesh in the Son, Jesus Christ, born of Mary. The world

would never be the same again. The time is here to let him into our hearts and change us completely.

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PARISH LIFE COMMISSION fosters a sense of parish unity by organizing and welcoming all to communitybuilding



Feb. 2-3 Women of St. Edna Bake Sale

February 8 Bingo


If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Edna Parish,

please join us in the Community Room on:

January 13, 2013 at 10:30am

Registration will take place at this time.

We look forward to meeting you!

Sunday Nursery

Sitter’s Needed

We would like to try and reopen our Sunday Nursery

during the 9:30 Mass. We

are in need of adults ages 18

(out of high school) and up.

Virtus training is required.

Time: 9:15 to 10:45. Children

ages 1 (walking) to 4. If interested

please e-mail Lorie at

December 23, 2012


Dec 17, 2012

Dec 24, 2012

Dec 31, 2012

St. Edna Moms Plus

welcomes you!

We meet on Monday

from 9:30 – 11:00 am

in the Hurley Center at

St. Edna (and other

locations). We hope

you’ll join us.

December 2012 Schedule

Meet off-site at the Swanson

Residence – Bring your own

snack or something to share.

Christmas Eve – no meeting.

New Year’s Eve – no meeting.

Please visit our website:

for an up-to-date schedule, great recipes,

parenting tips and prayerful inspiration!

We’re here when you need us!

Questions? Please call:

Nina Kindelin 630-291-6987

Carrie Petrelis 847-556-2542

***Note about our babysitting: Babies are always

welcome to stay with their moms or moms can take

advantage of our wonderful sitters who watch our

children in the St. Edna Nursery!

HUMAN CONCERNS COMMISSION will witness efforts in the areas of care ministry and social outreach.


formerly known as


Home Matters is a free respite care service co-sponsored by St. Edna and Lutheran Home & Services. Respite care is

the provision of relief to family members caring for frail and/or elderly or dependent people. Care gives family members

three hours of welcome relief knowing that their loved one is being visited with a reliable person while they go out

on their errands.

If you are in need of this service, please contact Margaret Moser at 847-398-3362 or Dee Najdowski, Coordinator of

CCV Program at 847-537-7853. Volunteers are needed for CCV. Can you give three hours of your time weekly to sit

with someone while their caregiver gets out of the house to do some chores or have lunch with someone? An orientation

for the new and prospective volunteers for this program is held three times a year at Lutheran Home & Services,

800 W. Oakton in Arlington Heights.



When: Third Wednesday of each month

Where: Arlington Heights Senior Center

1801 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

For more information please call Catholic Charities

at 847-253-5500.



Substance Abuse Team

Drug, alcohol and gambling addiction is a disease, which is

chronic, progressive and treatable, but can be terminal if

untreated. Recovery is possible if the person is willing to

ask for help and work toward that goal. Families and addicted

family members also need help and understanding.

Worry, fear and anger destroy both relationships and the

family unit. The Substance Abuse Team is able to reach out

with support and care. CONFIDENTIALITY AND ANO-

NYMITY are the very essence of our ministry.

For help call our team members:

Margaret Moser 847-398-3362 x318

Jim 815-307-5238

Jill 847-228-6073

Dave 847-577-7820

Marie 847-398-0415

Joseph 847-577-9890

December 23, 2012




want you to know that the Church understands, cares,

and reaches out with compassion to help you.

Considered by some to be a simple medical procedure,

abortion often leads to complex and destructive

emotional/spiritual problems. That you are reading

this is no coincidence. Take the beginning step to heal

the wounds.

You are invited to participate in a post-abortion

inner healing and reconciliation process. Counseling

and support in a caring, spiritual, and hopeful context

will help you to move forward in confidence, joyfully


There is Hope. . . There is Healing. . .

Call the Parish Office, 847-398-3362, or call

Project Rachel, the Archdiocesan Office,

312-337-1962. All calls are confidential.


St. Edna Parish is a site for Interfaith Counseling

Services of Alexian Brothers Hospital Network.

To make an appointment call 847-981-3514.

Counselors come to St. Edna weekly to help people

treat their emotional, physical and spiritual


HUMAN CONCERNS COMMISSION will witness efforts in the areas of care ministry and social outreach.


As members of the parish faith community, it is our responsibility to remember both in concrete and spiritual ways those who cannot

celebrate with us each week because they are ill. Those who are sick in turn, remember all of us daily in their prayers and in their

sufferings. We experience many blessings because of their remembering us. And so, please remember in your prayers the people

listed below.

Anna Marie Abatte

Helen Abbink

Angie Alonge

Shirley Altenburg

Helen Anderson

Fred Ball

Robert Bassee

Pat Baumeister

Pat Bialczak

John Bickner

Susan Bleser

Geri Boness

Sean Brown

Leonard Brzoska

Tony Conway

Ken Cybul

Joyce Dawidczyk

Anna DeFrank

Grace Dorian

Pattie Dorner

Richard Drovatchek

Gilda Fabits

Mary Faraci

Jane Femal

Dick Freund

Evelyn Friese

William Fulstick

Frank Gallagher

Wendell Giles

Patricia Glass

Emma Glover

Paul Greening

Michael Gustafson

Father Phil Hensler

Loretta Herrmann

Walter Herrmann

Fr. Willard Jabusch

Betty Kerr

Jackie Kelly

Ruth Kilbourne

Ardith Kniskern

Peggy Kriss

William LaPlante

Don Ledenbach

Beth Leese

Maggie Lennon

Shirley Magnus

Jerry Mancuso

Jim McEnerney

Geraldine Mick

Asha Molve

Kathy Morrow

Joe Mulae

Brian Ostrowski

Margo Palella

Peter Phillips

Patricia Probst

Mureya Risty

Paul Schmidt

Lorraine Seeberger

Marge Sells

Rita Sleeper

Madeline Stratmoen

Loretta Takata

Aileen Tansey

Harriet Tantillo

Raymond Tantillo

George Theile

Dan Tsutsumi

Doreen Von Bargen

Tom Weiler

Marlene Wielgos

Dorothy Yacullo

Lou Zygmunt

If your name or loved ones name needs to be on the list it is will be our privilege to do that. Call the office 847-398-3362 and leave your loved ones

name and your relationship to the person we are to pray for. Due to the privacy law we can only print names that have been given to us from the

immediate family member with the permission of the person requesting prayers. It is always our privilege to serve you in anyway we can.

Margaret E. Moser—Director of Human Concerns

The different form of intercessory prayer offered here at Saint Edna

Prayer Basket: The Prayer Basket is in front of the altar. Intentions are placed in the basket and they are strictly between the person

that places them in there and the Lord who receives them. Quite often the celebrant of the Mass will remember the prayers in the

Prayer Basket during the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass.

Announced Prayers at Mass: This is used when people are critically ill.

Sick list in Bulletin: This is used for the above and for elective surgery or people with chronic illness.

Saint Edna Angels: This is strictly through email to approximately 250 Saint Edna Angels. We use first and last name and brief

description of what the person is going through. It is used for people in trauma and who need prayer and need it immediately.

For all of the above, permission is needed from the family directly involved.


BUTTERFLIES This is a new support group that we are starting for parents who have lost a baby due to being born premature,

miscarriage or stillborn. The group will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting will be January 22, 2013 at

6:00pm in the Hurley Center. Mothers and or Fathers of these little ones are welcome to attend.

MOURNING CIRCLE this is an evening support group for those who have been widowed. This group will meet on the fourth

Thursday of every month. Our next meeting will be January 24, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Hurley Center. Feel free to bring a friend.

MOURNING LIGHT this is an afternoon support group for those who have been widowed. This group meets the second Wednesday

of every month. Our next meeting will be January 9, 2013 at 2:00pm in the Hurley Center.

PIETA is a support group for mothers who have lost a son or daughter. This group will meet the 3 rd Tuesday of every month. Our

next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:00pm in the Hurley Center.

PHOENIX GROUP A support group for those struggling with divorce. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:30pm

in the Hurley Center.



As stewards of the St. Edna

Parish Vision, the Pastoral

Council acts in an advisory

capacity to our Pastor, assists

in prioritizing needs, and

provides leadership.

Fr. Eduardo Martinez

Br. Tom Minta

Camille Murray

Erin O’Leary

Katie Otto

Paula Pollman (Rec.)

Marie Schalke

Ann Marie Thomas

Daryn Waite

Tom Wuich

Kris Yambao

Deacon Joe Yannotta


The Finance Council

stewards the assets of the

parish and, as a

consultative body,

advises the Pastor

on appropriate allocation

of funds.

Vince Caffarello

David Diol

Pat Freeman

Wayne Fritz

Jean Justie

William Lyne

Mary O’Brien,

John Pelican

Theresa Stoklosa (Rec.)

Jim Williams


The mission of the

St. Edna Stewardship Council

is to inspire our community

to express gratitude

for God’s many gifts

through service to God

and one another.

Bob Amend

Deacon Greg Beeber

David Jackson

Sue Jackson (Rec.)

Brent Johnson

Nancy Holpuch

Carl Krzystofczyk

Moderator of Councils

Deacon Jim Gaughan

St. Edna Catholic Church

2525 N. Arlington Heights Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The Staff of St. Edna


Rev. Jerome J. Jacob Pastor—x311

Rev. Eduardo Martinez Associate Pastor—x316

Pastor Emeritus

Rev. John Hurley

Permanent Deacon Couples

Greg Beeber & Debbie

Jim Gaughan & Sharon For RCIA information

Jim Pauwels & Therese For Baptismal Preparation Information

Joe Yannotta & Diane

Faith Formation

Lorie Crepeau Director of Faith Formation—x325

Nancy Holpuch Youth Ministry—x341

Diane Mulroe Coordinator of Children’s Religious Ed &

Coordinator of Liturgy of the Word for Children—x315


Gary Daigle Director of Music & Liturgy—x322

Norma Garcia Sunday Night Music Director—x342

Human Concerns

Margaret E. Moser Director of Human Concerns—x318

Parish Operations

Patricia Freeman Parish Manager—x314

Laura Kniskern Assistant to the Pastor/Bulletin Editor—x305

Tom Panek Maintenance—x317

Bonnie Spindler Office Manager—x328

St. Edna Catholic Church

847-398-3362 847-394-5226 (fax)