Many area churches have special services and events planned for Palm Sunday.
Updated: April 23, 2013 1:58PM
Fish Fry Plus: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild will host Lenten Fish Fry Fridays 4 to 6:30 p.m. 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. Friday 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. Friday 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 Friday. 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.
Fish Fry And Elvis: From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, St. Louis de Montfort Parish, 8840 S. Ridgeland, Oak Lawn, will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry. Menu includes cod, whitefish, popcorn shrimp, spaghetti with marinara sauce, cole slaw, potato salad, cheese pizza for children and dessert. A cash bar will be available. An Elvis and Johnny Cash show will be presented by Joe King Grlica, the 2013 People’s Choice Award winner from the Windy City Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. Tickets sold at the door are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. Information: (708) 599-5300.
Revelations: The East Gallery at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 11th St., Chicago, is hosting a juried exhibit through April 18 that explores ways in which religion is becoming less significant in post-Chrstian culture. An opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. March 23. The exhibit will be curated by Maureen Riley, a senior at St. Xavier University, Chicago. Gallery admission is free. Information: (773) 445-3838 Ext. 210, or www.beverlyartcenter.org.
Journey To The Cross: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6201 Vollmer Road, Matteson, will host Journey To The Cross 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 23 and 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 24 during which participants will smell, hear, taste, see and touch items from the Holy Land in preparation for Easter. Information: (708) 720-0880.
Eggstravaganza: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, is hosting a free Easter egg hunt with a storyteller and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. March 23. Information: (708) 349-0431 or www.christlutheranorland.com.
Women’s Day of Joy: The Trinity Christian College Women’s Guild will host a “Women’s Day of Joy: Refresh, Renew and Recharge” 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 23, in the Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights. Author Jane Rubietta will be the keynote speaker. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $32 and includes a box lunch. Reservations: trinitywomensorganization.eventbrite.com. Information: (708) 293-4990.
Spaghetti Dinner: United By Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, will host a spaghetti dinner 4 to 7 p.m. March 23 to benefit ELCA World Hunger. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 7 to 12, free for children age 6 and younger or $20 per family. Tickets: (708) 422-6301.
Hoarding: The hidden world of hoarding will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. March 24 at The Edge, 1366 Main St., Crete. The program, titled “Surrounded by Stuff: Understanding the Hidden World of Hoarding,” features a short film of a woman whose hoarding caused her such shame she wouldn’t let a plumber into her home to fix broken pipes. The program offers help for those who hoard and for those who live with hoarders. Information: (970) 292-4124.
St. Augustine Alumni: The St. Augustine Alumni Association will have its annual dinner and reunion at noon March 24 at the Lexingon House, 7717 W. 95th St., Hickory Hills. Cost is $27. Reservations: Carolann Stashak (312) 203-6023.
Palm Sunday: The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road, plans Palm Sunday services at 10 a.m. March 24; Maundy Thursday services with a ceremonial seder at 7:30 p.m. March 28; and Easter services at 10 a.m. March 31. The Men’s Club will serve Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. Information: (708) 448-8142.
Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 330 W. Highland Drive, Chicago Heights, will be at 10 a.m. March 24 during which palms will be distributed. Holy Week services will be 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday; 7 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29; 7 a.m. Easter sunrise on March 31; and 10 a.m. Easter service. The youth group will have an Easter Breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5.50 for children, kindergarten through eighth grade. Information: (708) 754-4493.
Palm Sunday: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will have services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24; at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 28; at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29; and at 9 and 10:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31.
Palm Sunday: Faith Lutheran Church, 18645 Dixie Highway, Homewood, will have Palm Sunday serices with a palm procession at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.; Maundy Thursday services with foot washing and first communion at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, March 29, services at 7 p.m.; and Easter, March 31, services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Easter brunch is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and an egg hunt is set for 10:15 a.m. Information: (708) 799-1160.
Palm Sunday: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will have Palm Sunday worship, beginning with a children’s palm processional at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Holy Week services are at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday with monologues portraying people who were involved in the death of Jesus; at noon on Good Friday, March 29; and at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31, concluding with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” An Easter breakfast will be served at 10:30 a.m. Information: (708) 422-4200.
Shrines Of Ireland Trip: Authors and speakers James and Kathleen Littleton, directors of Forming Faithful Families, will lead a trip featuring the Shrines of Ireland. A presentation about the trip will be given at 6 p.m. March 25 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 7659 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort. Information: (815) 469-2200.
Bitty Basketball: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will sponsor Bitty Basketball at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 26. The program is free. Registration: (708) 444-8560.
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 27 is with the Rev. Gail Rice from First Baptist Congregational Church, Chicago. Information: (708) 534-2242.
Soup And Bread: At 6 p.m. on Holy Thursday a free soup and bread meal will be provided at Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, Tinley Park. Worship service follows at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 532-2960 or www.TinleyMethodist.org.
Holy Week: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will have services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, including communion and laying bare of the altar; at 11 a.m. on Good Friday, March 29, with a focus on the “Seven Words of Christ” and at 7 p.m., with a solemn choral Tenebrae service; no services on March 30; at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31, with a Sonrise communion and outside procession; and at 9 and 11 a.m. March 31. Easter breakfast, hosted by the youth, will be 8 to 9 a.m. Information: (708) 349-0431.
Egg Hunt: Olympia Fields United Methodist Church, 20301 Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will have services at 7:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and at 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31, which will conclude with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” An Easter egg hung for children age 12 and younger will be at 2 p.m. March 30. Information: (708) 481-5928 or www.ofumc.net.
Walk of the Cross: The traditional Good Friday Walk of the Cross, sponsored by the New Lenox Ministerial Association, will take place at 10 a.m. March 29 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 241 W. Second Ave., New Lenox. Following a wooden cross being carried by youth from various churches, walkers will offer a hymn, hear a brief homily and say a prayer at St. Jude Church, United Methodist Church and Maplewood Cemetery, concluding with meditation at Trinity Lutheran Church at approximately noon.
Tenebrae Service: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, will have a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29. Information: (708) 532-2960 or www.TinleyMethodist.org.
Holy Week Worship: Resurrection of Christ Elim Evangelical Free Church, 10000 S. Kostner Ave., Oak Lawn, will have Good Friday services at 7 p.m. March 29 and Easter services at 10:45 a.m. March 31. Information: (708) 636-6161.
Cantata: At 10:45 a.m. March 31, the Calvary Assembly of God, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor, the choir will present the Easter cantata, “Lift Up the Cross.” Information: (708) 957-0986.
Easter Breakfast: Easter breakfast will be served after the 9:30 a.m. Easter service, about 10:30 a.m., March 31 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn. Menu is egg casseroles, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, muffins and juice and coffee. Information: (708) 422-4200 or www.pilgrimfaith.org.
Spring Fling: St. John the Evangelist Parish will sponsor its Spring Fling April 5 at The Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville, Ind. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing to music provided by Dave and Rae. There will be live and silent auctions and raffles. Tickets are $50. Reservations due March 25 to www.stjohnparish.org. Information: (219) 808-9334.
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.
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.
Smart Choice Foods: Wesleyan Community Church, 8844 S. Austin Ave., Oak Lawn, is the site of a “low-cost food service,” Smart Choice Foods. Information: www.smartchoicefood.com.
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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