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January 18, 2024
 AURORA -- Tutor training Jan. 20 
The Dominican Literacy Center*, 260 Vermont St. (behind St. Therese of Jesus Parish), will hold tutor training for female volunteers with at least a high school diploma. Training will be Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., along with online videos. Tutors will start the next week and help women read, write and speak English during weekly 90-minute sessions. Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience. *Note: The DLC is not accessible to those with limited mobility. 
Waterleaf ‘Evening of Hope’ gala Feb. 3
Waterleaf Women’s Center will hold its “Evening of Hope” gala Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m., at Glen Ellyn’s Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3S002 Route 53 (corner of Rte. 53 and Butterfield Rd.). Begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and musical entertainment. Cost: $75. Register at onechoiceonelife.org
Note: Waterleaf Women’s Center does not refer for abortions. 
‘That Man is You’ starts Jan. 20
St. Margaret Mary Parish will begin “That Man is You” Jan. 20, 6-7:30 a.m. and continuing weekly at McDonnell Hall, 111 St. Hubbard St. Cost: none. Register at https://programs.paradisusdei.org/join/F46904
Info: Roman Budek, 847-802-8335, Roman [email protected]
Blood drive Jan. 28
St. Margaret Mary Parish will host a blood drive Jan. 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in the ministry center, 111 St. Hubbard St. Appointments recommended; walk-ins welcome. ID required. Sign up with blood drive code ORD0U202 at vitalant.org
Mardi Gras gala Feb. 10
All are invited to join the St. Margaret Mary Parish community for a Mardi Gras gala Feb. 10, 6-11 p.m., at the Golf Club of Illinois, 1575 Edgewood Dr. Includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, dinner reception and cash bar. Live band. Cost: $85. Register at http://tinyurl.com/2rbyp63u
KC free throw contest Jan. 27
The Knights of Columbus Council #2191 at Holy Cross Parish will hold a free throw contest Jan. 27 in the gym at Holy Cross School, 2300 Main St. Warm-up at 9:30 a.m.; contest starts at 10 a.m. Boys and girls ages 9-14 will compete in gender and age groups. Cost: none. Division winners will receive gift card prizes. Register at http://tinyurl.com/4uzy55ew
Holy Cross open house Jan. 28
Holy Cross School will hold an open house and breakfast Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at 2300 Main St. Free pancake breakfast after the 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Masses. 
‘That Man is You’ starts Jan. 20
Holy Cross Parish will start its second semester of “That Man is You” Jan. 20, 6:30 a.m., in Donovan Hall, 2300 Main St. All men invited; no experience needed. Cost: none. 
Sign up for 11-week Alpha by Jan. 30
Holy Cross Parish began its spring Alpha course for young adults on Jan. 16. The 11-week course will meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Donovan Hall, 2300 Main St. Registration welcome through Week 3 (Jan. 30). Meetings include homemade meals; videos about life, spirituality, and Christianity; and group talks. Cost: none. Register at https://holycross-batavia.org/alpha
Info: Bill Mahler, 630-465-2545
Bilingual pro-life rosary, exposition Jan. 22
On Jan. 22, the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, St. James Parish will hold a bilingual pro-life rosary along with benediction and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:45-7:30 p.m. in the church, 402 Church St.
Polish dinner Jan. 27
The Knights of Columbus Council #3880 at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish will hold a Polish dinner Jan. 27, starting at 6 p.m., at the Oak St. Church community room, Rte. 176 and Oak St. The meal will include beef barley mushroom soup, roast pork, Polish sausage, pierogi and bigos. Desserts of kolaczki and raspberry nalesnik will also be served. Cost: $25/adult, $10/child. Tickets on sale after most Sunday Masses through Jan. 21.
Info: Matt Carzoli, 815-216-1391
Adesse tickets on sale
Aquin Catholic Schools’ Adesse raffle tickets are on sale for 2024. Tickets are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100. Winners chosen daily in 2024. Purchase at  www.aquinschools.org/current-families/adesse.cfm
Middle school lock-in night Feb. 18-19
The youth ministry at St. Mary Parish will host a “lock-in” overnight program for students in sixth through eighth grades on Feb. 18 (into Feb. 19) at 10307 Dundee Rd. Cost: $25. Register with Kaylee Domek at 847-669-5612 or Alissa Vandy at 847-658-7881. 
Healing Mass Feb. 10
St. Bridget Parish will hold a healing Mass on Feb. 10, noon, at 600 Clifford Ave. Will pray for all people experiencing mental and physical illnesses.  The sacrament of anointing of the sick will be offered. Mass will be followed by time for fellowship. Questions may be directed to Mary Fuller at [email protected]
Presentation on depression Jan. 21
The Cathedral of St. Peter and  Catholic Charities will together offer a presentation on depression Jan. 21, noon-2 p.m. Will start with a simple soup and salad lunch, followed by the guest speaker, Kate Deckard-Gonzalez, LCPC, a counselor at Willow Creek Counseling. All adults welcome. Cost: none. To register, email Mary Fuller at [email protected] with name, home parish, and email address. 
Baby supply drives start Jan. 27
The Cathedral of St. Peter and All Saints Catholic Academy will hold “Baby Love” donation drives to gather baby supplies (diapers, wipes and Desitin) for the St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center. The Cathedral parish drive will be Jan. 27-Feb. 11 at 1243 N. Church St. The school drive will be Feb. 5-9 at 409 N. First St. Contact Mary O’Grady, RN, BSN, CFCP with questions at 815-847-9507. 
Healing Masses Feb. 10-11
St. Anthony of Padua Parish will offer healing Masses Feb. 10 (4:30 p.m.) and Feb. 11 (8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) at the church, 1010 Ferguson St. The Masses, held in conjunction with World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, will offer the sacrament of anointing of the sick afterward. 
Fox Valley women’s Bible study starts Feb. 1
The Fox Valley Catholic Bible Study for Women will start studies on Feb. 1, 9 a.m., at St. John Neumann Parish, 2900 E. Main St. Meetings will continue Thursdays at the same time. Will study “The Holy Spirit in the Bible” (George M. Smiga) through March 14 and “Easter, Season of Realized Hope” (Catherine Upchurch) from April 11-25. Zoom-only option offered. Child care available for children age 2 and older for a one-time $10 fee. Children under 2 will stay with their mothers in a special group. Cost: $30; includes books. Register at https://fvwbiblestudy.org/
Ireland pilgrimage meeting Jan. 30
St. Catherine of Siena Parish will hold an informational meeting Jan. 30, 6:15 p.m., at the parish community center, 845 W. Main St. Father John McNamara, pastor, will lead a pilgrimage to Ireland Sept. 23-Oct. 3. Cost: $4,195/person, double occupancy. 
‘Snowball dance’ Jan. 20
SS. Peter and Paul Parish will hold a “Snowball Dance” Jan. 20, starting at 7 p.m. at the parish, 5N939 Meredith Rd. Will include a light meal and feature a local band. Beverages will be available for purchase; must be 21 or older. Cost: $12/person. 
Chili and bingo Feb. 17
SS. Peter and Paul Parish will hold a bingo night with a chili dinner Feb. 17, 5 p.m., at the parish, 5N939 Meredith Rd. Cost: $5/person. Prize donations welcome. Proceeds will go toward a new boiler in the parish center. 


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