Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Celebration of Sixteen Years of Life

At Nuestra Señora and Church of the Advent, we regularly celebrate a young member’s fifteenth (“La Quinceañera) or sixteenth birthday with a special Eucharist followed by a family party. During the Eucharist, the young woman may present the Virgin Mary with a bouquet of roses. Here are some photographs of a recent Eucharist held in honor of one of our young women celebrating her sixteenth birthday. She honored a cherished family tradition by wearing a beautiful dress that had been handed down for several generations. Thanks to Tony Torres for the great photographs!

Christmas at the Church of the Advent/Nuestra Señora – La Navidad en Nuestra Señora/Adviento

All are Welcome – Todos son Bienvenidos!

December 24/24 de diciembre

4:00 pm Children’s Eucharist/ Eucaristía para Niños
7:00 pm Villancicos y Eucaristía/Spanish language carols and Eucharist
10:30 pm Carols followed by a sung EucharistVillancicos y Eucaristía en ingles

December 25/25 de diciembre

10:00 a.m. bilingual Eucharist and community meal/Eucaristía bilingüe y comida comunitaria

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

9 de diciembre Festival de Adviento con lecciones y música/December 9 Advent Festival of Lessons and Music

Nuestra Señora de las Americas and the Church of the Advent are hosting a bilingual Advent Lessons and Carols this Sunday, December 9, at 4 PM. All are welcome. A free will offering will benefit the MegaMall Families Fire Fund.

Nuestra Señora de las Américas y la Iglesia del Adviento estarán auspiciando un bilingüe 'Festival de Adviento con lecciones y música' este domingo, 9 de diciembre, a las 4 de la tarde. Todos son bienvenidos. Una donación voluntaria beneficiara al Fondo de Emergencia (‘MegaMall Families Fire Fund’).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The Citizenship Workshop hosted by Nuestra Señora de las Americas and Church of the Advent and organized by LSNA, Erie Neighborhood House and Albany Park Neighborhood Council was a great success with over forty community members applying for U.S. Citizenship and assisted by over twenty-five volunteers. Gloria Granda and Miguel Pantoja from Nuestra Señora greeted the visitors along with Rev. Sandra. The most enthusiastic volunteers of the day were the numerous teenagers who are members of the National Honors Society at Roosevelt High School. Here are some photos of the Citizenship Workshop.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


When/cúando: sábado, 17 de Noviembre,07 ( November 17 th)
Time/horario: From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location/lugar: Nuestra Sra. De Las Americas
2610 N. Francisco - (3 blks east of Sacramento blvd)
Parking/estacionamiento disponible.
¡Aplique antes de tener que renovar su tarjeta de residencia!

Llámenos si Necesita un PRESTAMO para pagar el costo de la
solicitud para la ciudadanía.
Call us if you need a loan to pay the application fee.

Llame/Call Rufina Valladares at
Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA)
at (773) 384-4370 ext. 49 for more information
about becoming a US citizen* and about the loan.

Citizenship Workshop requirements list/Lista de requisitos para el taller de ciudadanía.
Si cumple con los requisitos y está listo para aplicar, éstos son todos los documentos que deberá traer al taller de ciudadanía:
q Su tarjeta de residencia (greencard), su seguro social y su licencia de manejar o identificación. Tiene que haber sido residente por 5 años (o 3 años si está casado con un ciudadano de los E.E.U.U.)
q Todas las fechas en que ha viajado afuera de los Estados Unidos desde que obtuvo su residencia.
q Una lista de las direcciones en donde ha vivido por los últimos 5 años.
q Todos los lugares y fechas en donde ha trabajado en los últimos 5 años.
q Si está casado deberá tener los siguientes datos de su cónyuge: nombre, fecha de nacimiento, seguro social (si lo tiene), número de residencia o, en caso de que su cónyuge sea ciudadano, la fecha que en que se naturalizó.
q Si su cónyuge actual estuvo casado anteriormente deberá traer la fecha en que comenzó y terminó el matrimonio anterior.
q Si tiene hijos: los nombres, fechas de nacimiento, números de residencia (y su dirección si no viven con Ud).
q Si alguna vez fue detenido: el motivo, la fecha de dónde y cuándo ocurrió y los resultados de esa detención.
q Si es hombre: el número de Servicio Selectivo y la fecha de registro - si no lo sabe puede llamar al 847-688-6888 o buscar en www.sss.gov
q Un giro postal de $675 a nombre de: USCIS ($595 si tiene más de 75 años)
NO se necesita hablar inglés si:
1) es incapacitado
2) tiene 50 años y ha sido residente por 20 años
3) tiene 55 años y ha sido residente por 15 años

To fill out the necessary citizenship form, please bring the following documents:

q Bring permanent residence card-you must be a legal permanent resident for at least five years (3 years if you are still married to a U.S. Citizen) in order to apply.
q Have your alien card, Social Security Card, State ID or Drivers License and PASSPORT
q List of places you have traveled to during since you received your residency, including: month, day and year of travel
q List of where you have lived and worked for the past five years
q Information about your spouse including: name, date of birth, social security number, alien number and/or date of naturalization (if applicable)
q Information about your children including: address, name, date of birth and alien number (if applicable)
q Information about previous marriages for both you and your spouse (if applicable):
date of prior marriage; date the marriage ended and reason the marriage ended.
q If applicable, information about any arrests: reason for the arrest, date, place and dispositions
q For men only: Selective Service number and date of registration: call (847) 688-6888 if you don't know
q A money order for $675.00 made out to the U.S.C.I.S. (for those older than 75 years of age $595)
o English NOT needed for U.S. Citizenship if:
§ You have a disability
§ You are 50 years old and have been a resident for 20 years
§ You are 55 years old and have been a resident for 15 years


On Halloween, we hosted an Open House for over 700 neighborhood trick-or-treaters and their families at Advent and Nuestra Señora! Visitors could use the church's washrooms. We distributed candy, offered hot tea and coffee to the grown-ups and water for the children. We even had "pan"/"bread" for Dia de los Muertos for parents and children. In the chapel, visitors could stop at our Dia de los Muertos altar and include the names of their beloved departed relatives and friends in the prayer list for our November 4 "All Saints" Eucharist. Our Dia de los Muertos altar will continue through the end of November. All are welcome to leave a memento of a beloved deceased on the altar.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Festival of the Americas a Great Success

O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Book of Common Prayer, 840.

Each year, Church of the Advent and Nuestra Senora de las Americas celebrates God's creative gift of our diversity of cultures, language, food, music and dance in an annual Festival of the America. This year's Festival on September 29 was a great success.

We can't thank everyone enough for all of the hard work and great support that not only our parishioners provided but the community at large. Folks came out and blessed us with their presence and performed from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. non-stop. A great Thanks goes out to La Primera Orquesta de Guiro en Chicago, Overhang, the Aztec dancers, Moriyah and New Community Covenant Church, a neighboring church that provided beautiful spiritual music. They all made the hours fly by too fast. Thanks for everyone who obtained donations and operated the great Silent Auction. Most importantly, Thanks to all the great cooks for a first time sold out event and a special thanks to all the co-chairs and committee chairs that took the lead and made the event possible. Thank you and God Bless you all. Please enjoy some of the photos below of our 2007 Festival de las Americas!