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Students from Our Lady Ridge School Chicago Ridge IL will be participating church's Stations Cross program Feb. 20 2013. |

Students from Our Lady of the Ridge School in Chicago Ridge, IL, will be participating in the church's Stations of the Cross program on Feb. 20, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:19AM



Fish Fry Plus: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild will host Lenten Fish Fry Fridays 4 to 6:30 p.m. through March 22 in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown. Carry-out is available. Menu includes fish dinner for $7.50, shrimp dinner for $8.50 and pasta dinner for $6. Additional menu items are grilled cheese, homemade soup, macaroni and cheese, cheese sticks and zucchini sticks. Also, bake shop features chocolate covered pretzels, brownies, cookies, mini breads and cakes. Information: (708) 334-9724.

Fish Fry: St. Joseph’s Athletic Association will host an all-you-can-eat Lenten Fish Fry 4:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays through March 22 at Father Sayers Hall, 17951 Dixie Highway, Homewood. Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for children and $7 for seniors arriving prior to 5:30 p.m. Information: (708) 798-0622.

Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus Nina Council No. 3602 will hold a Lenten Fish Fry 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22 in the St. Irenaeus School gymnasium, South Orchard Drive and Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest. Information: (708) 755-5040.

Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus hosts a fish fry 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at St. Liborius Hall, 2440 Halsted Blvd., Steger. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 9 and younger. Information: www.stliboriuskofc.com.

Fish Fry: St. Benedict Church, 2339 York St., Blue Island, will host its Lenten Fish Fry Feb. 22 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner hours are 4 to 7:30 p.m. Carry-out is available. Cost is $9 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 and $1 for children younger than 3. The entrance to the church hall is on Gregory Street. Information: (708) 385-8510.

Men’s Conference: Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive, is hosting the “Iron Sharpens Iron” national men’s conference 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23. There will be a choice of 16 breakout seminars. Cost is $39 for adults, $29 for students, plus $8 for an optional on-site lunch. Information: (708) 532-4900 or www.orlandchurch.com.

Free Workshop: Apostolic Charities Inc. will host “Attaining and Sustaining Health and Wealth Workshop Series” 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Apostolic Charities, 1311 E. Steger Road, Steger. The free workshops will focus on the medical profession, health and weight loss, financial planning and saving money from a faith-based point of view. Information: Happyman Ogundele, (708) 833-7031.

Souper Soup Dinner: Lockport First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport, will host its annual Souper Soup Dinner 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23. A variety of soups will be available with rolls, crackers and dessert. Cost is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.

Purim: At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, the Hebrew School students will read the Megillah, the story of Purim, at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. The annual Purim Carnival will follow in the social hall. Information: (708)-748-6010.

Choir Festival: At 3 p.m. Feb. 24, the South Suburban Church Choir Festival will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Eight to 10 choirs will participate. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Chili Dinner: Knights of Columbus Council 967 will host its annual all-you-can-eat chili dinner featuring “Willy’s Chili” 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at St. Fabian Parish, 8300 S. Thomas, Bridgeview. Advance tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children 11 and younger and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are $1 more at the door. Soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase. Tamales available at $1 each. Information: www.kofc967.org.

Mass For Pope: A Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 22400 Torrence Ave., Sauk Village. Information: (708) 757-2170.

Lent-Easy Steps: The Columbian Ladies of Lansing Council 3540 will gather at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17800 Lorenz, Lansing. Tom Knetl, deacon at Our Lady of Knock Church, will present a program on “Lent-Easy steps.” Information: (708) 474-8680.

Lenten Mission: St. Joseph Parish will have its Lenten mission observance at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 at St. Joseph Church, 7240 W. 57th St., Summit. The mission speaker, the Rev. James Presta, will focus on “Love – For Christ, His Church and One Another,” “Grow – In Faith and Spirituality” and “Serve – Christ, His Church and One Another.” On Feb. 25, people who are sick as well as nurses and caretakers can receive the Anointing of the Sick and a Caretakers Blessing. Feb. 26 will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Information: (708) 458-0501.

Lenten Gatherings: The Christian partners of the South Suburban Ministerial Association will host Tuesday Lenten Gatherings at the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Worship is at 12:10 p.m., followed by a light lunch at 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 26 and March 5, 12 and 19. Local pastors will preach and local church groups will provide the food. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Lenten Services: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4231 183rd St., Country Club Hills, will have 7 p.m. Wednesday Lenten services focusing on “What On Earth Am I Here For.” Information: (708) 799-7491.

Lenten Series: A Wednesday evening Lenten series, co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., and First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, 900 Thomas St., includes worship, study, communion and fellowship starting at 7:30 p.m. The series includes: Feb. 27, “The Grieving Lord” at Chicago Heights; March 6, “The Healing Lord” at Homewood; March 13, “The Judged Lord” at Homewood; and March 20, “The Innocent Lord” at Homewood. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Lenten Soup Suppers: Faith Lutheran Church, 18645 Dixie Highway, Homewood, offers Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers at 6 p.m. followed by a 30-minute Taize worship service at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 799-1160.

Mid Week Worship: United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, will host Mid Week Worship services during Lent Feb. 27, March 13 and 20. Soup suppers begin at 6 p.m. and worship is at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 422-6301.

Indoor Basketball: First Church of the Nazarene, 12725 Bell Road, Lemont, will sponsor its 12th annual “Absolutely Free 3 on 3” indoor basketball tournament at 5 p.m. March 1. The double elimination tournament is separated into two grade divisions. In addition to trophies for the winning teams in each division, there will be awards for a low-rim slam dunk contest, a three-point shoot-out and drawings for prizes. Registration: www.nazedge.com. Information: (708) 349-0454.

Spiritual Reflection: The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary will host a Morning of Spiritual Reflection 9 to 11 a.m. March 2 at the Mary Potter Pavilion, lower level meeting room, 2850 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park. The Rev. Tom McCarthy will present “A Call to Holiness.” Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Presentation begins at 9 a.m. Registration: Suzanne Petrouski (708) 229-5095.

St. Patrick’s Day Party: The 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party will be March 2 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 9837 S. Throop St., Chicago. The party will begin following a 4:30 p.m. Mass. Admission is $25 and includes wine, beer, pop, corned beef buffet, music and a raffle. Information: www.stmargaretofscotland.com.

Phoebe’s Closet: The Theodora Mayo Women’s Missionary Society on behalf of Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church will open Phoebe’s Closet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the church, 20839 Homeland Road, Matteson. They will provide gently used clothing for men, women and children. Information: (708) 503-1400.

Pack The Pantry: From 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 3, Bel-Aire Enterprises will sponsor a Pack The Pantry Party at the Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago Ridge. Polka and other music will be provided by Danny Mateja and the Downtown Sound. The afternoon will include dancing, raffles and other activities to benefit the Catholic Charities Food Pantry at St. Blase Church in Summit. Bring a non-perishable food donation to the dance. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Information: (708) 594-5182.

Band of Sisters: At 3 p.m. on March 3 in the Parish Hall, St. Julie Billiart, 7399 159th St., Tinley Park, a documentary, Band of Sister, will be shown. Mary Fishman, the director of the film will also be at the event. The film focuses on current-day stories of experiences and stories of more than a dozen nuns. The sisters belong to different congregations from across the United States. Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s. For Catholics who wonder what became of the nuns they knew in habits and convents many years ago, for activists who may feel profoundly discouraged given the problems of today’s world, for women seeking equality in their church. Information: (708) 429-6767.

Spaghetti Dinner: St. Agnes Parish will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner noon to 6 p.m. March 3 at 2525 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for children younger than 2. Information: (708) 709-2694.

“The Last Race”: How to make difficult decisions will be explored at 7 p.m. March 3 at Lifetree at Cafe Crete in The Edge, 1366 Main St. The program will include a short film. Information: Craig Cable, (970) 292-4697.

Lenten Retreat: The Nina Council Ladies Auxiliary will host a Lenten Retreat 3 to 5 p.m. March 3 at St. Mary Parish Hall, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. Bring a nonperishable food item for a local food pantry. Information: Kathy Dornhecker, (708) 534-1080.

Healing Service: A Mass and Healing Service will be at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor Road and Leavitt Avenue, Flossmoor. The church is wheelchair accessible. Information: (708) 799-5400.

Mission Program: St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park, will have its parish mission program at 7 p.m. March 4, 5 and 6. The Rev. Mike Foley, pastor of Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, will conduct the program. Theme is “Looking At What We Carry.” Information: (708) 349-0903 or www.saintmike.com.

Food For All: On March 6, Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will host Laurell Sims from Jackson Park Urban Farm, an urban farm and community garden that supplies fresh produce to Chicago’s South Side will describe their “Living Biological Worm System” that helps people farm in urban soil. This the third of five Wednesday evenings focused on “Food for All God’s Children” that begin with a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:15 p.m. A children’s program on “Making the World a Better Place” also begins at 7:15 p.m. Information: (708) 422-4200 or www.pilgrimfaith.org.

WOW Services: Worship on Wednesdays revival will be Wednesdays in March at First Baptist Church of University Park, 450 University Parkway. Devotion is at 7:14 p.m. with worship at 7:30 p.m. March 6 with the Rev. Gina M. Stewart from Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis; March 13 with the Rev. Frederick Douglass Haynes III from Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas; March 20 with the Rev. Marcus D. Cosby from Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston; and March 27 with the Rev. Gail Rice from First Baptist Congregational Church, Chicago. Information: (708) 534-2242.

Antique Fair: Channahon United Methodist Church, 24751 W. Eames, will host an antique fair 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 8 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9. Admission is $2 and includes one free appraisal. Second appraisals will be available for an additional $2. There will be lunch, a bake sale and a silent auction. Information: (815) 467-7026 or www.channahonumc.org.

Chili Supper/Bake Sale: St. Luke United Church of Christ, Penfield and Woodward streets, Beecher, is hosting a chili supper and bake sale 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 9. Supper includes chili, homemade breads, tossed salad, homemade dessert and coffee or milk. Carry-outs available. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children younger than eighth grade and free for children younger than kindergarten. Information: (708) 946-6688.

Crafters/Vendors Wanted: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will be holding a spring Craft/Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9. Besides 25 crafters and vendors, a raffle, lunch and coffee will be available for purchase. The proceeds from this event will help to send high school students on their annual mission trip. Information: Kathy Faulkner at kathyf8@yahoo.com.

Girl Scout Sunday: Girls Scout Sunday observance is at 10:30 a.m. Mass March 10 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 501 N. Conrad St., Peotone. Information: (708) 258-9096.

Interfaith Forum: The South West Interfaith Team presents a Speakers Forum from 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 10 with registration at 2:30 p.m. at Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, St. Francis Woods Auditorium, 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort. A representative of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will talk about “How Do Our Holy Books View Those of Other Faiths.” The SWIFT forums are designed to be informative speeches and discussions not debates, according to a news release. Admission is free. Information: (708) 717-3908 or www.swiftinterfaith.org.

An Evening of Elegance: St. Paul’s Lutheran School, 330 Highland Drive, Chicago Heights, will present An Evening of Elegance dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. on March 16, at the University Golf Club, 23520 Crawford Ave., University Park. Tickets are $50. Reservations: (708) 417-6400.

Hunger Walk Rally: The 2013 South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for April 28 in Homewood. In preparation for the walk, a rally is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 16, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 18850 Riegel Road, Homewood. Materials for participation in the walk will be distributed at the rally. Information: Lucy Kokal, (708)799-7953 or www.crophungerwalk.org/homewoodil.

Heart For The Homeless: Crete Reformed Church, 24755 S. Country Lane, is sponsoring a drive, “Heart for the Homeless” to collect items for homeless women served by the church. Items needed are: personal notes of encouragement, $5 gift cards to McDonald’s or Walgreens, travel size hand creams, hand sanitizers, or lip balms, and white tube socks. Donations may be brought to the church 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Information: (708) 672-5400.

Vesper Worship: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, hosts vesper services at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the Wayside Chapel. Information: (708) 361-3650.

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