Church news for Feb. 18

By on February 18, 2010

St. Gall slates
Lenten devotions

Elburn—St. Gall Church in Elburn will offer the following devotions to help observe the season of Lent.

Stations of the Cross, the Biblical reflection on Christ’s road to Calvary, will be offered on Wednesdays following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, and on Friday evenings at 7 p.m.

On Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m., St. Gall offers a short lunch-time service of music, scripture, prayer and sharing.

A special hour of Eucharistic adoration will take place on Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m., not including Good Friday.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Parishioners may also receive the Sacrament anytime by appointment by calling the parish office.

For information, call (630) 365-6030. The church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47.

Saints Peter
and Paul Church
offer Lenten fish fries

Virgil—Saints Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, will offer all-you-can-eat Lenten fish fries on Fridays, Feb. 19 and 26, as well as every Friday in March.

Food will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $9.50 to $12 for adults, $4 to $6.50 for children 5 to 10, and children under 5 eat free. Carry-out is available.

For additional information or to place a carry-out order, call (630) 365-6618.

St. Gall offers sessions
for returning Catholics

Elburn—St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn is offering informal sessions for those who have either separated from the Catholic church or rarely attend.

The sessions are designed to help answer questions, provide information and updates on the current status of the Catholic Church.

The sessions are held at St. Gall Church in Elburn starting Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

Please call Laura at (630) 409-5195 or Shelly at (630) 365-6028 for information.

Church hosts
suicide prevention panel

Geneva—Suicide can be painful for those left behind, riding an emotional roller-coaster of complicated and often unresolved grief. Currently there are nearly 32,000 suicides annually in the U.S.

It is estimated that for every suicide there are six to eight survivors. Based on this estimate, approximately 5 million Americans became survivors of suicide in the last 25 years.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, Geneva Lutheran Church will join forces with Suicide Prevention Services to provide community education for suicide prevention and support for survivors of suicide. A variety of resources and handouts will be available on prevention, intervention and grief support.

Located in the heart of our community at 301 S Third St., doors will open at 4 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a one-hour panel discussion in the church’s chapel. At 6 p.m., Pastor Doug Opp will lead a Candlelight Service of Remembrance.

For additional information, call Barb Christenson at (630) 232-7037.

Benefit for Haiti
Earthquake Relief

Batavia—I Heart Haiti—an afternoon of shopping, drawings, prizes and more—will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, to benefit earthquake relief efforts.

The event takes place at Lincoln Inn, 1345 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31), from 1 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds from I Heart Haiti will go to Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), an Illinois-based agency that has become a leader in disaster response. LCC utilizes its long-established network of Lutheran supporters and congregations to serve well beyond that faith community, and its unique pass-through Dollar-In, Dollar-Out program guarantees that 100 percent of donations to Haiti go directly to that cause.

For further information, contact Stephans at (630) 901-7031 or For further information on Lutheran Church Charities, visit

Congregation sends
hope, help to Haiti

ST. CHARLES—In response to the earthquake in Haiti, Christ Community Church has been strategically involved in the relief efforts for the tiny Caribbean nation.

Led by Eric Hanson, International Impact director, the church has provided nearly $250,000 since the earthquake to Samaritan’s Purse and other ministry partners. The funds were raised in special offerings and also from their operating budget.

“The tragedy in Haiti has ripped at our hearts” Hanson said. “Our love for the Haitian people has really grown over the last 13 years of working there. The response from the people in our church is a natural outpouring of that love. We will continue to pray, give and go in our efforts to impact Haiti for the sake of Jesus Christ in the weeks, months and years to come.”

Christ Community Church will continue to provide additional support as needed. Visit