What’s Up
November 9, 2023
What’s Ups  
-- AURORA
Rosary HS open house Nov. 12 -- Rosary High School will hold an open house event Nov. 12, 2-4 p.m., at 901 N. Edgelawn Dr. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Will include tours with student ambassadors for girls in fifth through eighth grades. Register at rosaryhs.com/visit
 
-- CARY
Eucharistic retreat Nov. 18 -- SS. Peter and Paul Parish will hold a “Take 5” retreat focused on the Eucharist on Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in the parish hall gathering space, 410 N. First St.  The five-hour retreat is open to eighth-grade participants and up and will focus on “awe, wonder and reverence of the Eucharist.” Includes breakfast. Register at ssppevents.com/take5
Info: Kym Allex, kallex@ssppcary.org
 
-- ROCKFORD
Benefit dinner Nov. 11 -- The Knights of Columbus Council #13123 will hold a dinner to support the Madonna Renewal Center on Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m., at the parish’s St. Gabriel Hall, 4401 Highcrest Rd. The night will benefit the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (often called the “Blue Nuns”). Evening includes a meet and greet with the sisters, worship music, and drawings. The pasta buffet dinner will include a gluten-free option. Register online at https://holyfamilykofc.square.site or at the door. Online fees apply: $15.45/adult, $5.15/child (under 12 years).
 
-- STERLING
Turkey dinner Nov. 19 -- The Knights of Columbus Council #662, along with the St. Mary Parish Altar and Rosary Society will hold a free turkey dinner for senior citizens on Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Bales Hall, 600 Avenue B. Dine-in or take-out options. 
 
Advent What’s Ups  
 
-- BATAVIA - 
Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary,717 N. Batavia Ave. 
Advent seasonal crafts: Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. Materials provided for making traditional Advent decorations. Free will donation. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/4jwn93dx
Advent retreats: In-person retreats and one Zoom online retreat. Weekends on Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3 at Nazareth Spirituality Center, here. Zoom retreat in the mornings of Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Registration fees vary. Fill out an interest form at https://tinyurl.com/dcz2a58m to get an email with prices.  
 
Holy Cross, 2300 Main St.  “Breakfast with Santa”: Dec. 9, 9 -10:30 a.m., at Enticing Cuisine Banquets and Catering, 1117 N. Washington Ave. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council #2191. Games, crafts, food and family fun. Cost: none; bring a wrapped and labeled toy for your child. RSVP by Dec. 4 to kc2191events@gmail.com
Lessons and Carols: Dec. 16, 7 p.m., in the church. Cost: none. 
 
-- CARY  
SS. Peter and Paul, 410 N. First St.  
Mother-daughter Advent tea: Dec. 2, 1-3 p.m., in the parish hall gathering space. Mothers, daughters, sisters and neighbors are invited to take part in tea, cookies, craft and speaker presentation. Free will donation; register at https://www.ssppevents.com/
 
-- LOVES PARK  
St. Bridget, 600 Clifford Ave.  
Advent by Candlelight: Dec. 5, 6 p.m., in the parish hall across from the church. Women are invited to gather for a guest presentation by Jill Kapala, an Advent candlelight ceremony and holiday music by the River City Sound Chorus. Wine, coffee, tea and dessert provided. Donations and gifts to benefit the Rockford Pregnancy Care Center are welcome. Cost: $7. Registration due Nov. 17; forms at https://stbridgetlovespark.org/advent-by-candlelight 
 
-- ROCKFORD 
Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St. 
Advent Scripture series: Sundays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 and 10, all from 1-2:30 p.m. in the parish Fellowship Hall. John McGrath, retired diocesan director of ministry formation, will speak on “Making Sense of the Old Testament: 7 Key Insights for Our Faith.” $5/one session or $10/all sessions. Registration at the door only. Info: 815-965-2765
 
-- WOODSTOCK 
Mission of Cor Jesu, 5615 Hamilton Rd. 
Advent retreat: Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Father Britto Berchmans, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will speak on the meaning of Advent. Day includes prayer, reflection, and time for confession. Retreat materials, breakfast and lunch provided. Cost: $30. Register at https://corjesumission.org/retreats/

 

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