May 31, 2015
May 31, 2015
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From the Pastor’s Desk!
May 31, 2015
This Wednesday evening, 36 young men and women, the Class of 2015, are
graduating from St. Mary School. This Friday morning, 32 Kindergarten
children will graduate. Congratulations to all of our graduates! We are
most proud of you! The School year will then end the following week
on June 9th. The 8th Grade Graduation and the end of School will be
celebrated appropriately at the Eucharist, the center of our lives as
Christians and as students of St. Mary School. The Eucharist is where they
have been and will be continually nourished by the Word of God and by the
Sacrament of Jesus’ Body and Blood.
As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, I would like to thank our Principal, Barbara
Rasinski, her staff in the office, Judi Vrablik and Cathy Carone, and all of our fine faculty.
They have done a great job during this year of transition. It was a year filled with much
excitement in moving our school academically forward and continuing to advance the
ministry of Catholic Education here at St. Mary Parish. I hope the summer is a restful time
for all school staff, students and their families. We look forward to an even more exciting
2015-2016 school year as we plan for a year with strong enrollment numbers and an
academic program which will continue to provide some of the finest Catholic Grade School
Education in the Archdiocese.
Second Collection Next Weekend - Fund for Retired Priests...
There are 200 Retired Archdiocesan Priests. They represent 26% of all the priests
serving in the Archdiocese. Normal retirement age is 70 for Chicago priests. Sixty
(60) priests still live in rectories and assist parishes on a regular basis. At least 100
retired priests celebrate Sunday Mass weekly, perform marriages and baptisms, and
visit the sick in hospitals. Without these dedicated men, many parishes would not be
able to offer the full range of Masses and sacraments that are currently available.
A second collection will be taken up next weekend, June 6 and 7, for the Fund for Retired Priests.
This is the Only Annual Collection for Retired Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Remember what these men created, inspired and supported over the years. Thank God many of our elderly
retired priests continue to serve our needs. We need them, and they need us.
Thank you for your sacrifice and generosity!
Stewardship of Treasure
5/24/2015 - $11,235.00
II Joseph Fornari and Allison Buzinski
June 13, 2015
Thank you for your generosity.
From the Religious Education & Youth Ministry Office
May 31, 2015
During the past several months, this dedicated group of parishioners
has been hard at work - behind the scenes - serving on the Steering
Committee for the Building for the Future Campaign. While the input
and engagement of many St. Mary community members helped to shape the final Campaign priorities, it was
this group of leaders who, working in concert with other parish committees, helped to ensure that the best
plan for moving forward was reached.
The Carey Family
Carla and Frank Orland
Judy and John Scully
Joan and Jack Wiaduck
Linda and Phil Radtke – Co-Chairs
Betty and Tim Turner – Co-Chairs
Jane and Bill Birmingham
Michelle and Michael Cronin
Jennifer and Bill Fangmann
Maddalena and Michael Flight
Susie and John O’Brien
Thankfully, as the Building for the Future Campaign unfolds over the coming months, the Steering
Committee Members will continue their involvement, providing oversight and helping to engage
St. Mary parishioners and friends in the effort.
UPCOMING INFORMATIONAL EVENTS:
The first Open Informational Event will be held in the Rectory on Tuesday, June 23rd, from 7–8 p.m.
While everyone is welcome to attend, please RSVP to Kristin Short at (708) 447-1020 or
[email protected], so we can best anticipate the number of people planning to
join us on June 23rd.
All St. Mary parishioners and friends are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Building for the
Future Campaign. In addition to sharing the priorities and why the Campaign is important to our faith
community, the short presentation will include details about the specific financial goals and naming
opportunities associated with the Building for the Future Campaign.
Notices about future informational event dates will be posted here as future dates become available.
Altar Servers’ Schedule for June 6/7
Sunday, June 7
Our next Senior Sages meeting will be held at
4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th, in the Church.
We are so happy and delighted to be welcoming
Sr. Kathy Sherman, CSJ, who
will share her beautiful voice
and music with us. It will be an
experience of enjoyment and
spiritual nourishment. Please
join us for this special occasion.
7:00 a.m. Harrison and Mayan Covarrubias,
Sr. Margaret and Committee
Saturday, June 6
8:15 a.m. Owen Bottorff
and Analisa Rastelli
5:00 p.m. Paul, Sean and Tom O’Connor
8:30 a.m. Olivia Buoscio, Ruth Fangmann,
ST. MARY MEN’S CLUB
10:00 a.m. Kate Shereck, Stephanie Suarez,
Tuesday, June 9th
in the Oak Room
11:30 a.m. Kristen Murphy, Justin Rokicki,
5:00 p.m. Isabella Bolton, Mary Link,
Due to the success of our dinners and growing
attendance, we will be accepting “donations” in any
amount. Questions can be directed to Dan Schoen at
312-320-7324 or e-mail to [email protected]
Words from Our Lady of Fatima
From May 13th thru Oct 13th of 1917, The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times
to three young Portuguese children while they watched their family's sheep.
At her May and June visitations, she asked them to pray the Rosary and make
sacrifices for sinners.
On July 13th she showed them a vision of Hell. These were her words: "You have
seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to
establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is
done, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. The war is going to end,
but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the
Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light (which
occurred on Jan 25th, 1938) know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish
the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father.
To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the
Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and
there will be peace: if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions
of the Church. The good will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer. Various nations will
be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to
me, and she will be converted and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
Consider this an invitation to come to Mass on the First Saturday of the month and make a Communion of
reparation and pray the Rosary with us after Holy Mass.
SHARE THE HARVEST
Please join The St. Mary Garden Ministry in
sharing with people in need…
Bring your home-grown fruit, veggies, and herbs
to St. Mary Church on Sundays. Place them in the
Share The Harvest basket located inside the
elevator entrance. Your contribution will be
picked up after the 11:30 a.m. Mass and will be
delivered to a local food pantry.
St. Mary Garden Ministry...
Sowing the Seeds of Love.
Questions: Contact Sallie
at [email protected]
Community Event - All Ages
Join Team St. Mary for Loyola’s Health, Hope and Heroes 5k
and Children’s Hustle on Sunday, June 14 at 9:00 a.m. All are
welcome, so please feel free to invite your friends and family.
You can register for and/or donate to the team by:
Going online here: http://bit.ly/stmaryriverside
Or contacting Robin Scharpf at 708-254-1302
Last year, Team St. Mary had 60 walkers, runners and volunteers on site, plus many
behind-the-scenes supporters, including Knights of Columbus and Mosbrook Design of Riverside.
This is a great event to come together as a community and help our neighbor, Loyola
University Medical Center, raise funds and awareness for pediatric health programs.
If you have any questions, please contact the team captain, Robin Scharpf,
at 708-254-1302 or [email protected]
Location: Loyola University Medical Center Campus on 1st Avenue south of Roosevelt in
Adults (12 and older): $30 before May 31; $40 June 1 - June 14
Children's 5k (8yrs-11yrs): $25 before May 31; $30 June 1 - June 14
Children's Hustle (10yrs and younger): $15 before May 31; $20 June 1 - June 14
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
June 7, 2015
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION AT
DIVINE INFANT PARISH
To celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy
Body and Blood of Christ, Divine Infant Parish
will have a Corpus Christi Procession, on
Sunday, June 7, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass.
There will be four stations, with hymns, Gospel
readings and prayer. Booklets will be provided.
Please join us for Holy Mass and the Solemn
An Ice Cream Social will immediately follow in
ALL ARE WELCOME
Divine Infant Parish is located at Canterbury
and Newcastle Avenues in Westchester, Illinois.
For more information, call (708) 865-8071.
Retreat/Workshop for Widowed Men/Women
Being widowed is a special loss. This program is
designed especially to help the widowed find hope and
June 27 & 28 - St. Julie’s - Tinley Park
July 25 & 26 - Holy Family Parish, Inverness
August 1 & 2 - Mary Queen - Elmhurst
For more information contact us at
Joyful Again Widowed Ministry
Space limited - register early.
In today’s gospel Jesus says, “I am with
you always, until the end of the age.”
Bring Jesus into your marriage by
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are
June 12-14, 2015 or August 7-9, 2015 or
October 9-11, 2015,
all in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Early registration is highly recommended.
For reservations/information, call Jim & Kris at
630-577-0778 or contact us through
VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED
School and Tutors on Wheels is seeking volunteers. We are an adult
Literacy/English as a Second Language program sponsored by the
Congregation of St. Joseph of La Grange Park. Tutors are needed to teach
one hour or more per week from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Our locations are
Brookfield, Cicero, Downers Grove, Lombard, Summit, and Woodridge. A two-day training will be
provided on Saturday, June 13, 2015, and Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers
must attend both sessions. No prior second language skills are needed. For more information, please call
(708) 482-5060 or (708) 482-5077.
Monday, June 1 - St. Justin
8:15 a.m. George & Bernadette Christian
George F. Christian
BAPTISM OF INFANTS
Second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Register for Parent Preparation Session by calling
the Rectory at 447-1020
Tuesday, June 2
8:15 a.m. Francis P. Creadon, Jr. (Bill & Paulette Kernan)
Wednesday, June 3 - St. Charles Lwanga
8:15 a.m. Jim & Jean Borrelli (Dolores Tedesco)
This process begins with an interview with a
Pastoral Staff member. No date for the
ceremony can be reserved until this interview is completed.
For more information, call the Rectory at 447-1020.
6:30 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation
Thursday, June 4
8:15 a.m. Don & Mary Miller
Friday, June 5 - St. Boniface
8:15 a.m. Joseph Franzak (The Halm Family)
Saturday, June 6
8:15 a.m. Tom & Eileen Herbstritt
5:00 p.m. - Celebrant: Fr. Thomas May
Geraldine Smith (Sherman Family)
Sunday, June 7 - The Most Holy
Body and Blood of Christ
7:00 a.m. - Celebrant: Fr. Thomas May
Deceased Members of the Buckley Family
8:30 a.m. - Celebrant: Fr. Thomas May
Ted Berger - 19th Anniversary (Family)
10:00 a.m. - Celebrant: Fr. Robert Banzin
11:30 a.m. - Celebrant: Fr. Krzysztof Swierczynski
Wayne George (Donna DeRosa)
5:00 p.m. - Celebrant: Fr. Krzysztof Swierczynski
James Humay (Mark & Carol Wojtulewicz)
Week of May 31
We pray for the sick and their caregivers especially,
Myra Hurst, Muriel Wachter, Henry Kotarba,
Angelina Urtis, Phyllis Scharner, Henry Shoffer, Ethan Tkalec,
Jane Martinis, Ben Brennan, Jesse Luna, Richard Tryba,
Marge Bell, Kristan Wood, Joe Bergman,
Edward Bloomaert, Virginia Janik, Louise Raguso,
Paul Rosko, Mary Lou Burns, Pastor Paul Landahl,
Carmen Cerrone, Helen Fallon, Allen Baum, and
Fr. Fred Tomzik.
We pray for all those who have died, especially for
May he rest in Peace.
DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Thursdays - 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel
Thursdays - 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
in the Church.
On the Thursday before First Friday,
Eucharistic Adoration begins after the
8:15 a.m. Mass and will end at 10:00 p.m.
SORROWFUL MOTHER NOVENA
Fridays at 12:30 p.m. in the Narthex
Please join us to pray for Peace.
Home or Hospital Visitation and Anointing Calls
If you would like a priest, deacon or minister of care
to visit, or if you wish to receive the Sacrament of the
Sick, please contact the Parish Office.
Parishioners and friends
of the parish can sign-up
for the email blast on the
Knights of Columbus
For information go to:
or contact Mel Tomeczko at 708-442-2573 /
Grand Knight Bishop Ketteler Council 1628
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Rev. Thomas P. May, Pastor
Rev. Krzysztof Swierczynski, Associate Pastor
Rev Leon R. Wagner, Pastor Emeritus
Sr. Margaret Sannasardo, BVM, Pastoral Associate
Barbara Rasinski, Principal
Barb Slipek, Director of Religious Education
Celina Zalas, Business Manager
Michael Silhavy, Music Director
Bob and Kate Boharic, Deacon Couple
Carina Willems, Receptionist
Christine Flasza, Communications
Alice Kowalski, R.E. Assistant
Judi Vrablik, School Staff Assistant
Cathy Carone, School Staff Assistant
Eduardo Mijangos, Maintenance
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Monday through Saturday: 8:15 a.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Anticipated Mass
Sunday: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Parish Office Telephone: 708-447-1020
Parish Office Fax: 708-447-3309
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
E-Mail: [email protected]
97 Herrick Road
School Fax: 708-442-0125
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
E-mail: [email protected]
Saturday: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Trey VanDyke, Chairperson
Michele Boyce, Parish Life Rep.
Michelle Brown, Parish Life Rep.
Terry Coffey, Spiritual Life Rep.
Maureen Colvin, Human Concerns Rep.
Christine Crook, Spiritual Life Rep.
Bill Fangmann, Education Rep.
Maddalena Flight, Religious Education Rep.
Dave Jacobs, At Large Rep.
Adrian Mendoza, Religious Education Rep.
Mary Jo Miller, Education Rep.
Dan Murphy, At Large Rep.
Linda Radtke, Human Concerns Rep.
Jack Wilk, Chair
School Advisory Board
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Parish Website: www.stmaryriverside.org
School Website: www.stmaryschool.net
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THE BELL is a weekly publication of St. Mary Church in
Riverside, Illinois. Items for publication must be in the
Rectory by E-Mail two weeks before the publication.
The bulletin can be found on the parish website. If you
would like a bulletin mailed to you, please contact
the rectory at 708-447-1020.