1 TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 17, 2010 WELCOME FATHER GENE! ST. THECLA WELCOMES FR. GENE DYER AS OUR NEW PASTOR AT THE INSTALLATION MASS AND RECEPTION
2 Mass Intentions, Your Faith, Sacrificial Giving... Mass Intentions Parish Calendar for the week of Mon. Oct. 18th, 8:30 a.m. +Glory M. Brennan October 18-24, 2010 Mon. Oct. 18th, 7:00 p.m. Pro-life Mass Monday: 7 p.m. Vicariate II Pro-life Mass - Tue. Oct. 19th, 8:30 a.m. +Lillian Jarosz Church and mtg. - Queen of Peace Wed. Oct. 20th, 8:30 a.m. +Lawrence & Helen Meyer Tuesday: 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Open mtg. - St. Joseph Th. Oct. 21st, 8:30 a.m +Dorothy Buczkowski the Worker and Queen of Peace & Cara Dunne Yates 7:30 p.m. Women s Council General mtg. - Multi-purpose Fri. Oct. 22nd, 8:30 a.m. +Dorothy Olsak room Sat. Oct. 23rd, 8:30 a.m. +John & Catherine Tyrcha Wednesday - Eucharistic Adoration Sat. Oct. 23rd, 3:00 p.m Dennis Loane & 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Benediction 6:30 p.m. - Church Julie Verburg Wedding Thursday - 9:30 a.m. Al-Anon mtg. - St. Joseph the Worker Sat. Oct. 23rd, 5:00 p.m. +Mary & John Vincent 11:30 a.m. Leisure Club mtg. - Queen of Peace Sun. Oct. 24th, 8:00 a.m. +John C. Barrett 7 p.m. Pro-life Committee mtg. - Cenacle 7 p.m. CAPS mtg. - Queen of Peace Sun. Oct. 24th, 9:30 a.m. For the Parishioners Sun. Oct. 24th, 11:00 a.m. (Coll.), +Sam & Dolores Marsillo, +Edward & Anna Nowakowski, +Antonietta Luison, +Mary Gillies, +Kathryn Hickey, +Theresa Refermat, +Robert J. Busam, +Edward Serafin +-denotes deceased, SP - denotes special intention, (coll.) - denotes collective Mass Please note that we can no longer include the schedules for Altar Servers as well as Extraordinary Ministers and Lectors in the bulletin. Schedules for Extraordinary Ministers and Readers will be sent via and can also be picked up in the Sacristy or the Parish Office. Altart Server schedules can be picked up at the school or the Parish Office. Wedding Banns Dennis Loane & Julie Verburg - III Thank you to all for making the installation ceremony so beautiful. I am very blessed and privileged to serve here. God's blessings and much love always, Fr. Gene All Day Conference with Fr. Corapi Saint Thecla Parish invites you to join our pilgrimage to see Father John Corapi - All Day Conference, Saturday March 26, 2011, cost: $95.00 per person (based on 55 paying participants). Includes motor coach transportation from St. Thecla Church and entry ticket to the event. For additional information, contact: RM Tours, (708) , Applications can also be picked up at the Parish Office. TODAY S READINGS First Reading - As long as Moses hands were kept uplifted, Joshua and his men had the better part of the battle with Amalek (Exodus 17:8-13). Psalm - Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121). Second Reading - Remain faithful; proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or not (2 Timothy 3:14-4:2). Gospel - God will secure the rights of the chosen who call out day and night (Luke 18:1-8). READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b; Lk 10:1-9 Tuesday: Eph 2:12-22; Lk 12:35-38 Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12; Lk 12:39-48 Thursday: Eph 3:14-21; Lk 12:49-53 Friday: Eph 4:1-6; Lk 12:54-59 Saturday: Eph 4:7-16; Lk 13:1-9 Sunday: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 Sacrificial Giving A Call To Stewardship October 10, 2010 Weekly Contributions: Total Collection $9, Last Year s Collection..$8, Difference Over/Short Collection $ Budgeted Goal..$10, Difference Over/Short Budget...$ Difference year-to-date Budget $16, Maintenance.$ School Fund...$25.00 Children s Envelopes.$47.96 Parking Lot Fund...$52.00 Sharing Parish..$ Thank you for your generosity to help meet our weekly financial goals. Please remember St. Thecla in your Will. Sign up for Automated Giving by visiting or by calling parish-1. 2
3 Eucharistic Adoration, Anointing of the Sick, Pro-life... Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Wednesdays in Church 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. with Benediction at 6:30 p.m. In an atmosphere of silence, come and adore, meditate and give thanks for the many gifts and blessings received from Our Lord and leave with the gifts of renewed strength, peace and joy from Our Lord. Our Lord waits for your presence. In the one hour you Commit to Him in Eucharistic Adoration, He will change your heart, He will give you His infinite love, He will deepen His Divine peace within you and He will refresh you so you will persevere on your journey to the everlasting reward He has prepared for you. St. Thecla Parish Anointing of the Sick Saturday, October 30, 2010 Mass at 11:30 a.m. Many people enjoy movies and video games that promote extreme violence and killing, but to discuss the death of a baby through abortion people become resentful and/or shocked. The death of one child is so tragic yet we allow the tragedy of abortion - the direct killing of thousands of innocent children to continue. Are we in denial? When will this end? Persevere in prayer and speak out in defense of the unborn. Abortion is a holocaust. Respect Life Mass - The St. Thecla Respect Life Committee will be hosting the Vicariate II Respect Life Committee meeting and Mass on Monday, October 18. All are invited to attend a Mass celebrated by Bishop Francis J. Kane at 7:00 p.m., a meeting of the Vicariate II Respect Life Coordinators will follow. A Luncheon will begin immediately following the Mass in the Multi-purpose room Please not the time of Mass and the need to RSVP that you will be attending the luncheon Anointing of the Sick Registration From Please return no later than October 25, 2010 I/we wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. I/we wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, but I am unable to attend the Mass in the Church. Please contact me to schedule when a priest can come and anoint me. I/we will be attending the luncheon. I/we will NOT be attending the luncheon. Name/s: Address: Phone: This Mass is a special Mass for the anointing. Please note: It does not fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at (773) Project Rachel There are people who understand and can help. Are you hurting emotionally and spiritually after an abortion? There is hope for your future! If you're suffering because of an abortion, you may feel alone. But you are not. Call HOPE. One-on-one lay counseling, referrals to trained priests and understanding professional counselors and day-long retreats provided. Neither do I Condemn You. John 8:11 In support of the pro-life movement, our church will be participating in The Baby Bottle Project benefiting The Women s Centers of Greater Chicagoland. This non-profit organization directly assists mothers and families experiencing crisis pregnancies by offering emotional, financial, material, and spiritual support through counseling, clothing & monetary provisions, prayer, and other aid. By God s Grace, The Women s Centers have saved over 34,000 babies from abortion since opening in Please take a Baby Bottle home with you next week, fill it with your spare change over the next three weeks, and return it the weekend of 11/07 and 11/14. This is a simple, but crucial fundraising effort for The Women s Centers. Thank you for helping defend life, and remember to keep all pro-life undertakings in your prayers, especially during this Respect Life Month. 3
4 St. Thecla Women s Council, Leisure Club, Parish Events... St. Thecla Women s Council Rosary at Regency All are invited to join the ladies of St. Thecla Women s Council on Wednesday mornings in Oct. - praying the Rosary at Regency Nursing Home. Meet in the main lobby at 9:45 a.m. WE NEED YOU! Call Bernie at (773) St. Thecla Women s Council News The next meeting of the St. Thecla Women s Council will take place on Tuesday, October 19 th at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Falcon Hall. This month s meeting will feature a return visit from Kathleen Kreher from the Romance in Bloom florist on Northwest Highway. At last February s Women s Council meeting, Kathleen gave a most helpful and interesting presentation on floral arranging. She has agreed to return this month with a presentation on caring for indoor plants. It won t be long and the first frost of the season will mark the end of our outdoor gardens. What could be better than moving our attention indoors and helping our houseplants thrive through the winter months? Kathleen will provide us with many tips and answer any questions we may have. We would like to continue welcoming new members and renewing old friendships, so why not take a break, relax, and plan on enjoying a delightful evening with many of your friends and neighbors. Thank you, one and all, for your support of our Annual Rummage Sale. Thanks to your donations and the hard work of Rita Schneider, Edwina Skolmoski, Jane and Ed Wnek, and their hard-working crew of helpers, the profit from the sale was a remarkable $7,900! Our next fundraiser will be a Craft and Gift Show on Saturday, November 13 th. At the present time we need crafters and volunteers to make this show a success. Watch the Bulletin in the coming weeks for more details or call Bernie at (773) The St. Thecla Women s Council is sponsoring a parish-wide mission collection during the months of October and November. Donations of New sweaters, winter hats, gloves, and scarves would be appreciated. Teen and pre-teen sizes are most needed at this time. Boxes for your donations will be located in the Ushers Room in the rear of the church from now through November. Shop early and take advantage of the pre-holiday sales. Thank you in advance for your kind generosity. Looking ahead, our holiday mission project will benefit adults who are learning to read at an adult literacy center, so please consider donating a new or slightly used children s book or an easy read book (fourth grade or under reading level). Books will be collected in the back of church beginning December 1 st. If you have any questions about either of these mission projects, please call Diane at (773) Entertainment 2011 Books ($25) are once again available through the Women s Council. They make wonderful gifts for that special person on your Christmas or birthday list or even a great money-saving gift for yourself. For more information call Bernie at (773) or see her at the meeting. 4 October Family Mass On Sunday, October 3 rd, St. Thecla families came together to celebrate the first Family Mass of the school year. Mrs. Geralyn Eckert along with her daughters, Christine and Melissa were the readers at the liturgy. Carol and Tom Sidor with their daughter, Bryana brought up the gifts. Father Gene blessed the dedicated catechists as well as the parents and grandparents of the children on Catechetical Sunday. In addition, Father Gene blessed the rosaries of everyone present in recognition of Our Lady of the Rosary which is celebrated this month. We are grateful to the Eckert and Sidor families for their participation in the Mass. Also, our appreciation is extended to the Children s Choir for their musical accompaniment under the direction of Mr. Bob Shack and Mrs. Candy Rottman. All families interested in becoming readers or gift bearers are welcome to participate. Please call Marialice Wagner at (773) Leisure Club Meeting The Leisure Club will meet on Thursday, October 21, at 11:30 AM in the Queen of Peace room. We would love to see some new faces. Try us, you will like us! For our sick and shut-ins, you are in our hearts and prayers. To all birthday celebrants, health and peace! Tickets are available for our Christmas party at the White Eagle on December 2. The ticket price is $ For further information, contact Edwina Skolmoski (773) or Joanie Ptak (773) Blood Pressure Screening Next Weekend - Volunteers will be checking blood pressures next weekend after the 5 p.m., 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses. High blood pressure is known as a Silent Killer since very often the individual experiences no symptoms. Getting your blood pressure checked is a short and simple health screening that you should do regularly. Plan to stop in the back of Church next weekend. Remember, it is a quick way to monitor your health! VIRTUS Protecting God s Children Training Session This is a three hour program that will instruct you on how to help and protect children. It is a mandatory program for all Parish employees and volunteers who come in contact with children in any way. Everyone must register online at Go to Protecting Children then Virtus Training. Register to attend and sign up for a location. At. St. Thecla, our next Virtus Training Session will take place on Monday, October 25. The session starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. No one will be admitted after this time. The session will be in the multi-purpose room in Falcon Hall. Please call the Parish Office at if you have any questions.
5 Strona Duszpasterstwa Polskojêzycznego w parafii ªw. Tekli Informacje Ogólne Adres: 6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL Adres Biura Parafialnego: 6333 N. Newcastle Ave. Telefon: (773) Sekretarka: Anna Piech Godziny Kancelari Parafialnej: Od pon. do piàtku, od godz. 9:15 rano do godz. 16:00. Adres Szko³y: 6323 N. Newcastle Ave. Telefon: (773) Adres strony internetowej (po Polsku): Msze ªwiête Msza ªw. w tygodniu, o godz. 8:30 rano, w jêz. Angielskim. Msza ªw. w jêz. Polskim w kaýdà niedzielê, o godz. 12:30 Msze ªw. w ªwiêta Obowiàzkowe - proºimy sprawdziæ w biuletynie na dane ªwiêto. Szczegó³owe informacje bedà podawane w biuletynie tydzieñ wczesniej. Intencje Mszalne Niedziela, 17 paþdziernik, 12:30 p.m. (Msza w jêz. Polskim), +Henry Klups, +George Danilkowicz Niedziela, 24 paþdziernik, 12:30 p.m. (Msza w jêz. Polskim), (Zbiorowa), +Zofia Wiszowata, +Chester Grela, +Józef Kad³ub, +John i Aniela Mateja, +Mieczys³aw i ucja Kraszewski, Specjalna Intencja - p. Ma³gorzata Pruº, +Ludwik Pruº Informacje o Sakramentach Sakrament Chrztu - W każdą Drugą i Czwartą Niedzielê miesiąca o godzinie 14:00-stej. Spotkanie Przygotowujące dla rodziców - Data i czas spotkania zostaną ustalone przez Księdza. Prosimy kontaktować się z Biurem Parafialnym aby zgłosić dziecko do Chrztu. Sakrament Ma³ýeñstwa - Pary przygotowujàce siê do zawarcia Sakramentu Ma³ýeñstwa powinny zg³osic siê do Biura Parafialnego przed ustaleniem innych szczegó³ów, przynajmniej na 4 miesiàce przed planowanà datà ºlubu. Równieý prosimy kontaktowaæ siê z Kancelarià Parafialnà w celu ustalenia spotkania z ksiêdzem. Spowiedþ ªw. (po Polsku) - w kaýdà sobotê, od godz. 16:00 do 16:45. Moýna równieý umówiæ siê indywidualnie z ksiêdzem. Spowiedþ, Komunia ªw., Namaszczenie Chorych - Naleýy dzwoniæ do Kancelari Parafialnej aby umówiæ wizytê ksiêdza. Prosimy aby w potrzebie pos³ugi kap³ana osobom chorym nie zwlekaæ. Duszpasterstwo Ýycia Wewnêtrznego Adoracja Najºwiêtszego Sakramentu w kaýdà ºrodê od godziny 13:00 do godziny 18:30. O godz. 18:30, dwujêzyczne Naboýeñstwo z B³ogos³awieñstwem Najºwiêtszym Sakramentem. Wspólnota ªw. Micha³a Archanio³a Koordynator - ks. Pawe³ Komperda Spotyka siê zazwyczaj w 3-cià sobotê miesiàca o godz. 19:30 w Koºciele. Grupa M³odzieýowa Arka Noego Koordynator - ks. Pawe³ Komperda Prowadzona w jêz. Angielskim, dla m³odych, poczynajàc od klasy 7 mej. Wspólnota spotyka siê zazwyczaj w 3 ci piàtek miesiàca o godz. 19:00, w budynku Kancelari Parafialnej. Program Nauczania Religijnego Program Nauczania Religijnego w jêz. Polskim prowadzony jest w parafi ªw. Tekli przez Polskà Szko³ê im. Genera³a Andersa. Dyrektorka - p. Wanda Penar Duszpasterstwa parafii ªw. Tekli w jêzyku Polskim Duszpasterstwo Liturgiczne - ks. Pawe³ Komperda Nadzwyczajni Szafarze Eucharystii - p. Józef Penar Lektorzy - p. Anna Olczyk Ministranci - p. Waldemar Kuc Koºcielna S³uýba porzàdkowa - p. S³awomir Grudzieñ Duszpasterstwo Muzyki Liturgicznej - p. Krzysztof Wàý Reprezentant Wspólnoty Polskiej przy Radzie Parafialnej - p. S³awomir Grudzieñ Informacje Bierzàce Dziekujê za upiêkszenie Mszy Inauguracyjnej. S³uýba Wam jest dla mnie zarówno przywilejem jak i ³askà. Niech Was Bóg zawsze b³ogos³awi i obdarzy mi³oscià, Ks. Gene Ca³odniowa Konferencja z Ks. John Corapi Zapraszamy na ca³odniowà konferencjê z Ks. Janem Corapi, w sobotê, 26-go marca, Koszt: $95 od osoby (minimum 55 osób, aby obowiàzywa³a cena $95 od osoby). W koszt wliczony jest transport autokarem z Koºcio³a ªw. Tekli oraz bilet wstêpu. Po dodatkowe informacje prosimy kontaktowaæ siê z: RM Tours, (708) , Zapisy sà równieý przyjmowane w Biurze Parafialnym. 5
6 Sacramental Information, R.C.I.A., Homebound/ Communion Visitations and Bulletin Baptisms: How to Become a Catholic: Baptisms in English: 2:00 p.m. on the First and Third Sunday of the Month Baptismal Prep Class in English: Will be confirmed at time of Registration of the Baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to arrange Baptism. Marriages: The Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Chicago ask that a minimum of 4 months be set aside for personal preparation for marriage. Couples should refrain from setting a firm date or making any other arrangements until after they have met with a parish priest or deacon to discuss marriage plans. Adults or teenagers interested in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, or Eucharist) or those who are interested in the Catholic Faith should call the Parish Office for more information about the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Homebound/Communion Visitations: St. Thecla Church has several ministers of care who can regularly take communion to those in need. Please call the Parish Office to arrange for communion for yourself or a homebound loved one. Bulletin Deadline: All articles must be ed or dropped off at the Parish Office by 10:00 a.m. on Fridays (8 days prior to publication date). Holidays subject to longer lead times. Please articles to Please note, articles subject to editing. For more information call Anna at (773) website: Want to Register as a Parishioner? Call the Parish Office for more information at
7 St. Thecla Church 6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL St. Thecla School News 5th grade Update After exploring how to care for God s creatures with a special presentation from the Anti-Cruelty Society, the 5th grade students joined the entire Thecla community for the annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Students, parents, even teachers brought their pets to receive the special blessing from Father Gene. October is Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, students traveled to the Roden Library for a live performance of myths and legends from Hispanic Culture. The presenter, Jasmin Cardenas, brought to life the story of the Crocodile Man and explained why we have a sun and a moon. The students even learned a little of the salsa before returning to school. At the end of the month, students will also explore Polish Heritage with a visit from Father Pawe³. The students will create a piece of artwork after learning about the Polish culture. On Thursday, October 7th, the student body gathered together to get their Thecla Falcon spirit up and ready for our Homecoming games on the 10th. 5th grade Cheerleaders and Football players showed their Falcon pride by donning their uniforms throughout the school day. The JV Cheerleaders led the school in a few cheers. The Varsity Cheerleaders and the Varsity Football Team truly brought Thecla to its feet with their energy and positive attitudes. SAVE THE DATE! St. Thecla Texas Hold em Fundraiser Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 6 pm in St. Thecla Falcon Hall For information and ticket sales please contact Frank or Dylan Farmer More information to follow in the next bulletin...