Church news for Dec. 17
St. Maryâ€™s of Maple Park hosts annual Christmas cookie sale
Maple Parkâ€”The St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas cookie sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park. Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound.
Advance orders may be placed until Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information or advance orders, call (815) 827-3302.
St. Gall announces Christmas schedule
Elburnâ€”In order to accommodate the large number of families attending Mass on Christmas eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, St. Gall Church in Elburn will provide two 4 p.m. Masses, one in the church and one in the parish hall.
The pastor, Fr. Karl Ganss, will preside at the hall Mass, and Fr. William Etheredge, a priest from Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora, will officiate in the church. Children from the parish will present a Christmas pageant at each of the 4 p.m. Masses.
Other Christmas Eve Masses include a 6 p.m. Mass, preceded at 5:30 p.m. by carols, and a 10 p.m. Mass with music provided by the combined choir. The 10 p.m. Mass will be preceded by Christmas carols, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Masses for Christmas Day are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Masses for Saturday, Dec. 26, and Sunday, Dec. 27, follow the regular weekend schedule.
For information, call (630) 365-6030.
Elburn Hill Church announces Christmas Eve service
Elburnâ€”Elburn Hill Church, 506 N. Main St., announced that its Christmas Eve service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24.
Pastor Gary Augustine said the family-style celebration will focused on stories of hope.
â€œDown through the years both in the Bible and in the lives of people, God has met the needs of struggling people,â€ Augustine said. â€œTake an hour Christmas Eve to reignite your hope. Christmas is not about the past, but the future. The stories of Christmas have the power to turn this season into a lens that sees life in a truly hopeful way.â€
For information, call (630) 365-9064 or visit www.ElburnHillChurch.org.
Bethany Lutheran announces Julotta Service
Bataviaâ€”Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia, will host its annual Julotta (Swedish/English) service in the sanctuary on Christmas day at 8 a.m.
Magnus Hilbo of Northpark, Ill., will officiate the service in Swedish and English. In addition, Holy Communion will be served.
This traditional Swedish service has been a part of Bethanyâ€™s history for more than 100 years. There will be a Swedish breakfast following the service.
For more information, call (630) 879-3444.