Lent Activities
February 27, 2020
ALBANY
St. Patrick, Illinois Rte. 84
Info: 815-857-2315
March 6, 20, April 3 — Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. 
 
AMBOY
St. Patrick, 32 N. Jones Ave.
Info: Bev Halsey, 815-857-2315, beverlyhalsey655@gmail.com
Parish mission: March 1-3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. talk with adoration in church; March 2-4, 7:30 a.m. Mass and 8:15 a.m. talk in church followed by refreshments in hall.
March 6, 20, April 3 — Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. 
March 5-May 14 — Parish Lenten and Easter series: 6:30 p.m. (first of 10 Thursday sessions); St. Joseph Hall (next to church). Speaker: Father Timothy Draper using Father Timothy Gallagher’s DVD presentations. Topic: Discernment of Spirits. Free. No session on Holy Thursday.
 
APPLE RIVER, LENA, WARREN
Apple River: St. Joseph, 105 W. Webster St.
Lena: St. Joseph, 410 W. Lena St.
Warren: St. Ann, 608 E Railroad St.
Info: Lena, 815-369-2810; Warren and Apple River, 815-745-2312
The Stations of the Cross will rotate among the three parishes.   
Feb.  28, March 20 — Apple River: 6:30 p.m. confessions, soup supper will follow stations 
March 6, 27 — Warren: 6-6:30 p.m. confessions, soup supper will follow stations 
March 13, April 3 — Lena: 6:30 p.m. confessions; soup supper will follow stations 
 
AURORA
Our Lady of Good Counsel, 620 Fifth St.
Info: 630-851-1100
Stations of the Cross on Fridays: 2:30 p.m., school children; 5:30 p.m. in English; 7 p.m.in Spanish
March 11 — Lenten Penance: 7 p.m. in the church
March 14 — Spiritual Retreat in Spanish:  8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the school
March 25 — Lenten Night of Reflection: 7-8:30 p.m in the church, bilingual
 
St. Peter, 925 Sard Ave.
Info: 630-896-6816
Stations and supper: Fridays during Lent. 6 p.m. stations followed by soup, salad and bread in parish center gym.
Confession and Mass: Tuesdays during Lent. 5:30-6:20 p.m. confessions; 6:30 p.m. Mass.
 
St. Rita of Cascia
March 24 — Penance Service: 7 p.m.
Feb. 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 — Fish fry: 4-8 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: English—2:15 p.m. for students, 6:30 p.m. Feb 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3; Spanish—7 p.m. March 5, 13, 20, 27, April 3; English—2:15 p.m. April 10.
Parish Missions: 7-9 p.m.; English—March 2-3, Spanish—March 9-10
 
BATAVIA
Holy Cross, 2300 Main St.
Info: 630-879-4750 
March 8-10 — Parish Mission: 7 p.m. each night. Speaker: Msgr. Martin Heinz. Topic: “As for my house, we will serve the Lord.” March 8, How to Resist Temptation; March 9, The Holy Eucharist as a Weapon of Faith; March 10, Learning to Forgive and Be Forgiven.
Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, Nazareth Spirituality Center, 717 N. Batavia Ave.
Info: Linda Isleib, 630-879-1296, lindai220@sbcglobal.net
March 18 — Prayer and workshop: 9-10:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Morning or cvening prayer and reflection plus watercolor workshop. Workshop topic: Seeing shapes, seeing colors, seeing God’s masterpieces in creation. Presenter: Sister Mary Stella Schellenberger, SSCM. Cost: donation. Registration requested.
 
CRYSTAL LAKE
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1023 S. McHenry Ave.
Info: 815-459-3033 ext. 225
Feb. 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 — Stations of the Cross: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the church
March 6, 13, 20, 27 — Fish Fry: 4:30-7:30 p.m. 
 
DEKALB
Christ the Teacher University Parish and Newman Center, 512 Normal Road
Info: www.newmanniu.org, 815-787-7770
Stone Soup: following 12:05, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Masses
Feb. 28, March 6, 20, 27
Fish Fry: Knights of Columbus sponsors.
 
ELGIN
St. Laurence, corner of Jewett and Standish streets
Info: 847-468-6900
Feb. 28, March 6-27, April 3 — Simple Supper: 5:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: 6:30 p.m.
March 6 — First Friday Adoration: 8-10 p.m.
St. Thomas More, 215 Thomas More Dr.
Info: www.stthomasmorechurch.org, 847-888-1682
Feb. 27 — Fiat 90: 6:30-7:30 p.m.; kickoff for 90 day retreat for Catholic Women who are seeking to live in the world and not be of it. Fiat 90 will start March 3 and end Pentecost Sunday, May 31.
March 16-18 — Parish Mission: 7 p.m. nightly with Father Jared Twenty.
Rosary: 6:30 p.m. every Thursday in the chapel.
Stations of the Cross: 2:15 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 27, March 5, 12, 19, April 2; 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
Perpetual Adoration: Begins Feb. 26.
Reconciliation:  9-10 a.m. Wednesdays; 6-6:30 p.m. Thursdays; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
 
FREEPORT
St. Joseph, 229 W. Washington Place
St. Mary, 704 S. State Ave.
Info: (815) 232-8271, www.stjosephstmary.com
Feb. 28, March 6-27, April 3  — St. Mary Fish Fry: 5-7 p.m. Fridays during Lent, Holy Family Community Center, 725 S. State Ave. Fish and sides. Cost: $10 per person. 
Confessions: Tuesdays—after 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary, 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph; Thursdays: 6 p.m. at St. Mary; Saturdays after 8 a.m. Mass and 3 p.m. at St. Joseph, first Sundays after 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary
Stations of the Cross: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Spanish at St. Mary; 12:10 p.m. Fridays in English at St. Mary, 6 p.m. at St. Joseph
 
FULTON
Immaculate Conception, 703 12th Ave.
Info: 815-857-2315
Feb. 28, March 13, 27 — Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m.
Confessions: Feb. 28, March 3, 10, 13,24, 27, 28, 31, April 7—4:30 p.m.; Feb. 29,  March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4—8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. 
Feb. 28, March 13, 27 — Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m.
Confessions: Feb. 28, March 3, 10, 13, 24, 27, 28, 31, April 7—4:30 p.m.; Feb. 29,  March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4—8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. 
 
GENOA
St. Catherine of Genoa, 340 S. Stott St.
Info: 815-784-2355
Feb. 28-April 3 — Fish fry: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. All you can eat fresh wild caught Alaskan Pollock with Polish seasoning and the works. Cost: a donation.
 
GENEVA
St. Peter, 1891 Kaneville Road
Info: 630-232-0124
Feb. 28-April 3 — Stations of the Cross: 5:30 Fridays during Lent in the gym (church is being renovated). 
Feb. 28, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 — Stations and fish fry: 6-8 p.m. in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus Council 2191.  (No fish fry March 6.)
 
HUNTLEY
St. Mary, 10307 Dundee Road
Info: 847-669-3137 ext. 100
Feb. 28, March 6-27, April 3 — Stations of the Cross: 7 p.m. Fridays in the church; “Shadow Stations” in the Parish Hall April 3
March 3-April 7 — Stations of the Cross: 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the church
Confessions for Lent: Fridays, 6-7 p.m., March 20, 27, April 3
March 31
Communal Penance: 7 p.m.
March 3 — Holy Hour: 7 p.m., Holy Face of Jesus
March 3 — Catholics Come Home: 7 p.m. (first session)
March 8-10 — Parish Mission:  with Paul Vogrinc. Topic: “Wherever He Goes.”
March 27 — Soup and Stations: 5:30 -6:30 p.m., with children’s stations at 
7 p.m. in the hall.
 
JOHNSBURG
St. John the Baptist, 2302 W. Church St.
Info: 815-385-1477
Soup and Stations: Feb. 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27; 6 p.m. supper in hall followed by 7 p.m. stations in church. Cost: donation for supper.
Confessions: Fridays during stations.
 
LEE
St. James, 221 W. Kirke Gate
Info: 815-824-2053
Mass, Stations, Soup Supper: 5:30; 6:00; 6:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent (except April 10).
March 15-17 — Parish Mission: 7 p.m. in the Parish Center followed by refreshments.
 
MCHENRY
St. Mary, 1407 N. Richmond Road
Info: stmarymchenryil.org, 815-385-0024
Confessions: 3 p.m. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. after Mass Wednesdays and Fridays
Soup and Stations: 6 p.m. soup; 7 p.m. stations. Confessions after stations. (No soup, stations or confessions on Good Friday)
St. Patrick, 3500 W. Washington St.
Info: 815-385-0025 ext. 205, www.stpatrickmchenry.org
March 3-April 7 — 24-Hour Lenten Adoration: 8:30 a.m.Tuesday- 7:30 a.m. Wednesday
Feb. 28-April 3 — Stations of the Cross: 6 p.m. Fridays, followed by Soup and Salad
 
NORTH AURORA
Blessed Sacrament, 801 Oak St.
Info: 630-897-1029
March 12 — Mary’s Way of the Cross: 8:45 a.m. in the chapel. Hosts: St. Mother Teresa Prayer Group.
Soup, Salad and Stations: Fridays 6 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. stations. (Not Feb. 28 or March 13.)
March 13-16 — Light of the World Retreat weekend: Call parish office for information and to register. 
March 18 — Communal Penance: 7 p.m.
 
PECATONICA
St. Mary, 126 W. Fifth St.
Stations and soup supper: March 29, 5 p.m. stations, 5:30 p.m. supper followed by a live auction with Jim Sacia. Proceeds fund parish projects. Cost: donation.
 
RICHMOND
St. Joseph, 10519 Main St.
Info: 815-678-7421
Mass and Lent Talk: 6:30 p.m. Mass; 7 p.m. Lent talk by Msgr. Martin Heinz. Topic:  The Early Church—the first 325 years from the death of Christ until the Council of Nicea. March 3, Persecutions and Martyrs; March 10, Mass but no talk; March 17, Church Life in the Early Days; March 24, Heresies and Errors; March 31, Development of the Mass, How Christians Worshipped Then.
Confessions: Saturdays 4-4:30 p.m.; Fridays 6:15-6:45 p.m. preceding Stations of the Cross; March 6 and April 3, First Fridays, 8:30-9 a.m.; March 7 and April 4, First Saturdays, 8:30-9 a.m.; March 11 and 25, 7-8 p.m. during Holy Hour for Vocations.
March 30 — Communal Penance Service: 7 p.m. (multiple priests available)
Feb. 28, March 6-27, April 3 — Soup and Stations of the Cross:  6 p.m. soup dinner in Father Blake Hall, 6:15-6:45 p.m., confessions; 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross
 
ROCKFORD
St. Anthony of Padua, 1010 Ferguson St.
Info: 815-965-2761
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Wednesdays before 5:30 p.m. Mass
Feb. 21-March 20 — Mass and Simple Meal: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent; meal of soup and bread in the parish hall. (No soup or 5:30 p.m. Mass on Ash Wednesday or March 28.)
Stations of the Cross: 3 p.m Fridays, beginning with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed at 6 p.m. by Divine Mercy Chaplet and Stations of the Cross.
 
St. Edward Father Murphy Center, 3004 11th St.
Fish fry: Feb. 29, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 5-7 p.m. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Council 470 and the parish. Pollack or cod and sides, beverages. Desserts by K of C Ladies Auxiliary and parish Ladies Guild. Checks payable to K of C 470. Cost: dinner—$10 adults; $4 children 5-12; free children 4 and younger; $1 per dessert; $1 each milk, pop, bottled water; $2 each beer; $3 each wine. 
Find more Lent activities in The Observer Feb. 21 and future issues.
 
St. Patrick, 2505 School St.
Info: stpatrickrockford.org, 815-965-9539 
Feb. 26 — Masses: 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. English, 6:30 p.m. Spanish. Soup supper after evening Masses.
Stations of the Cross: 6:30 p.m. Fridays, bilingual
Confessions: 5 p.m. Fridays 
 
ROSCOE
Church of the Holy Spirit, 5637 Broad St.
Info: 815) 623-6930
Stations of the Cross: 7 p.m. Fridays in Lent
 
ST. CHARLES
St. John Neumann, 2900 E. Main St.
Info: 630-377-2797 ext. 106, http://www.sjnstcharles.org/, https://www.facebook.com/stjohnneumann/, Twitter @SJ_Neumann
Feb. 23-25 — Parish Mission: Presented by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Daily Mass: 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 27
Soup and Stations, Fridays: Feb. 28, The Way of the Cross; March 6, Mary’s Way of the Cross; March 13, Everyone’s Way of the Cross; March 20, Contemplative Stations; March 27, Everyone’s Way of the Cross; April 3 and 10, The Way of the Cross
March 2-April 6
School of Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Presented by Father David Peck
Discipleship Groups: six-week study beginning mid-March
March 11 — Parish Reconciliation: 7  p.m.
St. Patrick, 6N491 Crane Road and 400 Cedar St. (Downtown)
Info: 630-338-8000  or 630-338-8290
Feb. 28 — Married Couples Stations of the Cross Date Night: Crane Road. Cost: $20 (includes dinner) 
March 1-3 — Parish Mission: Downtown, 7-8:30 p.m. each night. Prsenter: Sister Helena Burns, FSP.
March 21 — Women at the Well: 9:15 a.m. to 12 noon, Dempsey Hall Crane Road. Speaker: Donna Doherty. Topic: “Life is a Balancing Act.” 8:45 a.m. coffee, 9:15 -9:45 a.m. breakfast, 9:45-11:45 a.m., program. Registration required in advance. Childcare is not available. Cost: $10 (Make check payable St. Patrick Church.) Registration: 331-442-4043.
 
STERLING
St. Mary, 600 Avenue B
Info: 815-625-0640, larsonlupe@yahoo.com
Feb 26-April 1: Fish Fry: 5-7 p.m. Ash Wednesday and Fridays, Bales Hall. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Council 662. Fried catfish or boneless perch, baked Alaskan whitefish and sides; grilled cheese available. Carry outs available for pick up at 5 p.m. by calling 815-718-8873. Cost: $9 adults; $5 for child’s fish; $5 grilled cheese and fries; $1 bottled water. Desserts sold by Altar and Rosary Society.   
March 3: Communal Penance: 6:30 p.m. (Includes Sacred Heart and St. Andrew churches)
March 6-27, April 3: Stations after daily Mass, Friday in the chapel
March 6-20, April 3: Stations: 2:20 p.m. Fridays with St. Mary School kindergarten-fifth grades in the church
March 4-18, April 1: Stations: 2:20 p.m. Tuesdays with St. Mary School sixth-eighth grades in the church
 
STERLING DEANERY
Communal penances
March 3: 6:30 p.m., St. Mary, Sterling (includes Sacred Heart, Sterling, and St. Andrew, Rock Falls)
March 10: 6:30 p.m. Immaculate Conception
March 11: 7 p.m. St. Mary-Oregon
March 16: 6:30 p.m.  St. Patrick, Dixon (includes St. Anne, Dixon)
March 17: 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine, Prophetstown
March 25: 6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Sublette, (includes St. Mary, West Brooklyn and St. Patrick, Maytown)
March 26: 6:30 p.m. St. Mary, Morrison

 

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