What's Up
October 19, 2023
Art exhibit at Marmion through Nov. 1 -- Marmion Academy’s Dr. Scholl Gallery will host the show “Teachers and Artists, Lisa and Louise” through Nov. 1 at 1000 Butterfield Rd.
A reception Oct. 22, noon-2 p.m., will be open to the public. Will feature artists Louise Grissinger and Elisabeth Dzuricsko. To visit during school hours, contact Lisa Dzuricsko at ldzuricsko@marmion.org
Pro-life trivia night Oct. 2 -- Right to Life in McHenry County invites all to a “Babies and Brews” pro-life trivia night Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m., at Galati’s Hideaway, 800 Feinburg Court.
Free admission. RSVP by visiting righttolife-mc.org, scrolling to the event icons anc clicking on “Babies and Brews.”
Christmas craft show Nov. 18 -- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish’s annual “Christmas in the Country” craft show will be Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., on the parish grounds at 1023 McHenry Ave.
Hand-made items, baked goods and candy will be available from over 65 craft vendors. A grand raffle will award 5 prizes. Sponsored by the parish’s women’s group. Admission is $3. 
Advent Lessons and Carols Dec. 6 -- St. Mary Parish will hold Advent Lessons and Carols Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. at the church, 10307 Dundee Rd. Theme: “His Real Presence Among Us” with Advent prayers and music by the Rockford Diocesan Chorale.
This annual event is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Rockford Office of Divine Worship and the Office of Charitable Giving. All are welcome.
Men’s, Women’s Cursillos Oct. 26-29, Nov. 2-5-- St. Mary Parish will host men’s and women’s Cursillo retreats at its parish center, 881 Mongan Dr.
The men’s weekend is Oct. 26-29; the women’s weekend is Nov. 2-5. The weekend focuses on growing in relationship with God, self and others. Free will offering. Email Sandra Ondrla at decolores99@sbcglobal.net.
Info: https://rockfordcursillo.org/
Secular Franciscans meeting Oct. 22 -- The Secular Franciscans of Rockford will hold their monthly meeting Oct. 22, starting at 1 p.m. (going until 5 p.m. at the latest). Will be at Holy Family Parish’s St. Gabriel Hall, 4401 Highcrest Rd. All inquirers welcome. 
Bake and book sale Dec. 8 -- Ascension Living St. Anne Place’s bake and book sale returns Dec. 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4405 Highcrest Rd. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk during the week of Dec. 4; baked goods must not need refrigeration. Sponsored by the St. Anne Auxiliary. 
Info: Marylynn Perry, 425-220-4309
Holy Hour for Life Nov. 4 -- St. John Neumann Parish will host one of the Rockford Diocese’s Holy Hours for Life Nov. 4, 9-10 a.m., at the church, 2900 E Main St.
Mental health ministry retreat Nov. 4 -- Catholic Charities’ Mental Health Ministry will hold a retreat Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., at St. John Neumann Parish’s Hoffman Center, 2900 E Main St. Father David Peck and Father Connor Orabutt will lead.
Includes prayer, reflection and testimony on surrendering to God’s will. Cost: $20; breakfast and lunch included. Register by Oct. 24 with name, email address, cell phone and home parish to Mary Fuller at cmhm@rockforddiocese.org
Fall play Nov. 10-12 -- Marian Central Catholic High School’s fall play “Alice in Wonderland” will be Nov. 10-12 in the auditorium at 1001 McHenry Ave. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are sold at the door: $10 for adults, with discounts for students and senior citizens. 
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