Faith Briefs: Opportunities to celebrate Lent
March 17, 2011 3:18PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Churches gather for Lent at Wentz
The public is invited to participate in a Lenten worship service March 23 with members of four Naperville United Methodist congregations as part of North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.
Vocal and bell choirs will participate in the service. They are: Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center St.; Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road; Wesley United Methodist Church, 21 E. Franklin Ave.; and Wheatland Salem Church, 1852 W. 95th St.
The Lenten service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. There is no charge, but tickets are required; 200 tickets will be available to the public; call the NCC box office at 630-637-7469 to reserve seats.
Passover Jesus’ Last Supper
Jesus’ Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover. Micha Cohen from Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called “Christ in the Passover” at Word of Life Lutheran Church, 879 Tudor Drive. Naperville.
The presentation will be given at both services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Call 630-355-9655 or visit www.wordoflife.net.
Benedictine offers Lent at Abbey
Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend Lent at the Abbey from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9.
Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, assistant professor of theology at Benedictine University. The theme is “Walking Resolutely toward Christ.”
To RSVP, contact Franks at 630-829-9253 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee, but a free offering will be taken.
Friar to talk about sign of the cross
Over three nights, Fr. Albert Haase will lead St. Irene Catholic Church in Warrenville in a parish mission titled “Signed and Sealed with the Cross.”
The nationally syndicated speaker will lead the mission at 7 p.m. March 21 through 23. He also will preach at Masses on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend before. To learn more about Haase, visit www.albertofm.org.
Faith communities pray for Japan
A service of hope for the people of Japan will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, 461 Pierson St. Sponsored by a regional coalition of faith communities called FaithBridge, the program will include prayers, meditation and reflections by local Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, New Thought and other faith leaders. Children are welcome to participate with their parents. Light Japanese refreshments will follow the service.
Call Budd Friend-Jones at 224-623-9200.
Parenting class at counseling center
Samaritan Interfaith will present Active Parenting Now, a series of six workshops for parents. This program will alternate between Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Saturday.
Active Parenting Now is geared toward parents of children ages 5 to 12. The fee for this six-week program is $135. To register, call Tracy Takeda at 630-357-2456, ext. 104.