The Rev. David Simonetti (center) with the Rev. David Krolczyk (left) and Deacon Joseph Kudra celebrate a Solemn Mass recently at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Sauk Village. | Supplied Photo
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:21AM
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.
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 who arrive 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: St. Benedict Church, 2339 York St., Blue Island, will host its Lenten Fish Fry Fridays through March 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.
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.
St. Casimir: A Mass commemorating the Feast Day of St. Casimir will be at 9:30 a.m. March 2 at the Sisters of St. Casimir Chapel, 2601 W. Marquette Road, Chicago. Information: (773) 776-1324.
Spaghetti Dinner: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will host a spaghetti dinner 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 2. Cost is $6 for children, $10 for adults and $32 for families. Information: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org.
Food Pantry: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6201 Vollmer Road, Matteson, recently started a food pantry. Food items will be available 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the fellowship hall. Information: (708) 720-0880.
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 at St. Julie Billiart, 7399 159th St., Tinley Park, a documentary, “Band of Sisters,” will be shown. Mary Fishman, director of the film will attend. The film focuses on more than a dozen nuns and their social justice work after Vatican II of the 1960s. 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.
Open House: St. Paul Lutheran School, 330 Highland Drive, Chicago Heights, will host an open house 4 to 7 p.m. March 5. The school will have early discounted registration through March 15. Information: (708) 754-4492 or www.splch.org.
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 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: 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, March 6, 13 and 20. Soup suppers begin at 6 p.m. and worship is at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 422-6301.
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, who will describe their “Living Biological Worm System” that helps people farm in urban soil. This is the third of five Wednesday evenings focused on “Food for All God’s Children” that begins 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 and vendor fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9. Proceeds will help send high school students on their annual mission trip. Information: Kathy Faulkner at email@example.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.
Games, Bingo: The Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual Games And Bingo Party March 10 in the Maria High School cafeteria, 6727 S. California, Chicago. Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 2 p.m. Refreshments, including Lithuanian “kugelis,” will be available. Admission is $3. Information: (773) 776-1324.
Speakers’ Forum: The South West Interfaith Team will present a Speakers’ Forum 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 10 at Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, St. Francis Woods Auditorium, 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort. The topic is “How Do Our Holy Books View Those of Other Faiths?” Admission is free of charge. The forum will examine what the Christian, Jewish and Muslim’s holy books teach their followers about how they should view people of other faiths. Speakers are Dr. Joan Gorski, professor of religious studies at the Chicago Catholic Scripture School, The Biblical Institute, The University of St. Francis; Rabbi Michael Balinsky, executive vice president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and a member of the Board of the Parliament of the World Religions; and Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council of American Islamic Relations Chicago and board member of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights. 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.
Free Easter Egg Hunt: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip, will host a free, rain or shine, Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. March 16. There also will be a free hot dog lunch. Registration: (708) 597-5209 or www.HC-LC.org.
Free Movie Night: First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington St., will host a free movie night 6 to 8 p.m. March 16. The movie will be “Life of Pi.” Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.
St. Joseph Day Feast: St. Damian’s St. Vincent dePaul, 5250 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, will host its annual St. Joseph Day Feast 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 17. The event includes mostaccoli, meatballs, salad, Italian bread, soda, coffee and pastries. Beer and wine will be sold. Information: Kathy Walker, (708) 687-7540.
Author: Evangelist and author Jimmy DeYoung will discuss Biblical prophecy at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services March 17 at the Sauk Trail Baptist Temple, 4411 Sauk Trail, Richton Park. DeYoung has lived in Jerusalem for the past 12 years. Information: (708) 481-1490.
Friends Day: Christ First Baptist Church, 14441 S. Loomis Ave., Harvey, will have its 31st Annual Family and Friends Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. March 17. A fellowship dinner will follow an 11 a.m. worship service. Information: (708) 333-7526.
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, 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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