Church news for Dec. 17

By on December 17, 2009

St. Mary’s of Maple Park hosts annual Christmas cookie sale
Maple Park—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
Elburn—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
Elburn—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.

“Down through the years both in the Bible and in the lives of people, God has met the needs of struggling people,” Augustine said. “Take 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.”

For information, call (630) 365-9064 or visit

Bethany Lutheran announces Julotta Service
Batavia—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 Bethany’s history for more than 100 years. There will be a Swedish breakfast following the service.

For more information, call (630) 879-3444.