Church news for Feb. 4

By on February 4, 2011

St. Gall to offer
blessing of the throats

ELBURN—The blessing of the throats is associated with St. Blaise and attributed to a miracle he performed. While in prison, he miraculously saved a boy choking on a fish bone. Early in the sixth century, evidence exists in the Eastern Church that Blaise was prayed to for aliments of the throat. To this day, his feast is a holy day in the Catholic Church and remembered with a special blessing of the throats using crossed candles.
St. Gall will offer this blessing at all masses the weekend of Feb. 5 and 6. The Feb. 5 blessing will be at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, and the Feb. 6 blessing will be at the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses. All are invited to attend this special blessing.

Fox Valley Festival
Chorus invites members
for spring season

AURORA—The Fox Valley Festival Chorus will begin its 2011 spring season of rehearsals on Monday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora.
No auditions are required for membership in the chorus, and all who have a love of choral music are invited to participate. Some members have sung in church choirs or other performing groups, while others have not sung in years or even decades. Potential members are welcome to attend several rehearsals before committing to formal chorus membership. Although rehearsals are held in a church, the chorus has no religious affiliation.
Members of the chorus live and work in all areas of Kane, Kendall and DuPage counties and range in age from high school students to retirees.
The chorus has been part of the Fox Valley area for more than 50 years, performing for a wide range of community events, in addition to a major concert each season. The spring season traditionally features Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day and major concert music selected around a specific theme. Past concert themes have included Broadway favorites and movie themes.
Additional information is available at or by e-mailing

Bethany Lutheran invites
public to dinner dance

BATAVIA—The public is invited to Bethany Lutheran’s annual dinner dance, “An Evening in Paris,” on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
A gourmet dinner will be enjoyed by Chef Jim Smigo. Dancing and atmosphere provided by Bethany’s Congregational Life Committee.
The price per person is $23. Make your reservation by calling (630) 879-3444. Bethany Lutheran is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Support Group Hosanna!
Lutheran Church

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its monthly Care4Caregivers Support Group meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
This next meeting will feature a presentation by Pam Sebern on the differences between normal aging and dementia. Sebern serves as Executive Director of Arden Courts in Geneva and has been in this position for the past eight years.
All in the community are invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail at or visit on the “Where We Serve—Caring” webpage. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.