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April 11, 2024
Middle school leadership retreat April 21
Marmion Academy’s High School Outreach Ministry Team will host a retreat for Aurora Deanery students in sixth through eighth grades on April 21, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in the school chapel and ministry rooms at 1000 Butterfield Rd. Discussions and activities will focus on Christian leadership. Cost: none. Info: Gerald Chenski, Director of Parish Outreach Ministry, [email protected]
Abbey Farms “Honey Fest” May 18
Abbey Farms will hold its second annual Honey Fest May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at 2855 Hart Rd. The event celebrating the farm’s pollinators will include free admission to an arts and crafts show featuring local vendors. A $10 admission covers children’s arts and crafts, educational sessions, park attractions and more. Event proceeds support the activities of the Marmion Abbey Order of St. Benedict. 
Info: abbeyfarms.org
Presentation on women in Scripture April 17
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary will hold a presentation on the stories of women in the Old and New Testaments on April 17, 9-10:30 a.m. at Nazareth Spirituality Center, 717 N. Batavia Ave. Sister Maribeth Howell, OP, will lead. Cost: $15; register at https://tinyurl.com/mrxdszr3
Book study on the Eucharist May 1, June 5
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary will hold a hybrid book study on Zoom and in-person at Nazareth Spirituality Center, 717 N. Batavia Ave. Meetings are May 1 and June 5, both at 6:30-8 p.m. Sister Myra Lambert, SSCM, will lead discussion on “This is My Body” by Bishop Robert Barron. Book will be provided for all participants. Cost: $20; register at https://tinyurl.com/3a3dvd9w
Batavia Brotherhood Banquet May 7 
Christian men of all denominations are invited to a banquet May 7, 6:30 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Rd. Includes a turkey dinner and features guest speaker Kevin O’Connor, past president of Holy Cross Parish’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Cost: $21.20, includes online fee. Buy tickets at bataviabrotherhoodbanquet.org/
Pentecost weekend retreat May 17-19
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary will hold a weekend retreat focused on the Holy Spirit on May 17, 7 p.m. to May 19, 1 p.m., at Nazareth Spirituality Center, 717 N. Batavia Ave. Housing included. Cost: $150; register at https://tinyurl.com/yt9smzav
-- DEKALB -- Eucharistic Revival night April 30
The Newman Catholic Student Center at Northern Illinois University will host a Eucharistic Revival night April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at 512 Normal Rd. Will include a speaker, praise and worship, and adoration, followed by snacks. Cost: none. 
Mental health presentation April 28
St. Gall Parish will host Catholic Charities for a presentation on “The Art of Accompaniment” April 28, 1-3 p.m., at 43W885 Hughes Rd. The afternoon will include prayer and education on the faith-based response to mental health challenges. Light lunch provided. $5 donation requested. Sign up in the narthex or call 630-201-4605. 
KC golf outing May 10
St. Gall Parish’s Knights of Columbus Council #17360 will hold a golf outing May 10 at Hughes Creek Golf Course, 1749 Spring Valley Dr. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost: $125/golfer or $400/group of four. Proceeds benefit the council and the pro-life Waterleaf Women’s Center in Aurora. Sign up in the church narthex (43W885 Hughes Rd.). 
-- ELGIN -- TLC spring gala April 18
TLC Pregnancy Services in Elgin (and Schaumburg and Palatine) will hold its Spring Gala, April 18, 6:30 p.m., at Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center, 2401 Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates. Guest speaker: singer and songwriter Mark Schultz. Info: 847-622-1235. Website: www.tlcpregnancyservices.com
-- FREEPORT -- Eucharistic miracles exhibit April 12-22
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish will host the traveling International Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit April 12-22 at 1400 Kiwanis Dr. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Cost: none. 
‘Blue Nun’ run May 11
The Blue Nun Fun Run will be May 11 at St. Rita Parish, 6254 Valley Knoll Dr. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; 5K race or one-mile walk or run all start at 10 a.m. Will include t-shirts and snacks as available. Proceeds will support the mothers living at Freeport’s Madonna Renewal Center, run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ. Tickets are $40/person; register at https://madonnarenewalcenter.org/events/2024-blue-nun-fun-run/
Rockford Rosary Makers meeting May 14
The Rockford Rosary Makers will gather May 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. Edward Parish’s community center behind the church at 3004 Eleventh St. All are welcome to join in celebration of the Blessed Mother and to make rosaries.Supplies provided. A break at 11 a.m. will include recitation of the rosary, Mass and a lunch. 
Eucharistic miracles exhibit April 12-22
St. John Neumann Parish will host an exhibit on Eucharistic miracles April 6-17 during regular office hours and at weekend Masses at 2900 E. Main St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.; 6-8 p.m.; Saturday at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: none.
‘Bible Foodie’ sampling April 20
St. John Neumann Parish’s Adult Faith Formation program will host two cooks for a Easter-themed Mediterranean food sampling April 20, noon-1 p.m., in the Rosinski Reading Room, 2900 E. Main St. Cost: none. Register at https://www.sjnstcharles.org/bible-foodie/
-- WEST DUNDEE -- ‘Celebrating Siena’ dinner April 26
St. Catherine of Siena Parish will hold a dinner fundraiser April 26 at the Brix on the Fox, 260 Washington St., Carpentersville. Includes dinner, auctions, raffles, dancing and more. Will support the parish and school. Cost: $80/person, $150/couple; register at https://st-catherine-of-siena-church.snwbll.com/ticketing/celebrating-siena-2024
-- WOODSTOCK  -- Blood drive April 14
St. Mary Parish will host a blood drive April 14, 8 a.m.-noon, at 312 Lincoln Ave. Appointments recommended. ID required. Sign up at https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_


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