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Local faith events: Jan. 25 through Feb. 1


• C3 Martial Arts Classes – 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Judson Memorial Church Campus, 2800 Black Road, Joliet, Christ Centered Combat (C3) is a martial arts, self-defense class for those ages 7 and older. We have a kids taekwondo class Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., and following at 11 a.m. there is a teen/adult combat hapkido class. Thursday evening is all ages. First two classes are free. Call
815-342-3538 or visit

• Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grant – Does your organization work to break the cycle of poverty? Interested in receiving more funding? Your organization may qualify for a CCHD grant. CCHD is the anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Qualified organizations should not go against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Apply by March 1 at For information, contact Annemarie Coman at

• Choir members wanted – For Mokena United Methodist Church. Choir practice is at 7:30 p.m., Mokena UMC, 10901 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena. Attend weekly practices Wednesdays and sing at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship. Join anytime. Call the church office at 708-479-1110.

• Free mobile rosary app – Features a traditional rosary with soothing audio and text of each prayer. Each rosary can be dedicated to a cause or intention and shared on Facebook or Twitter so friends and family know you are praying for them. It also includes an inspirational prayer of the day. Available for download on iTunes and Google Play. For information, call 844-693-4201 or visit

• Joliet Catholic Academy offers Leveraged Financial Aid program – For information, visit or watch Leveraged Financial Aid via video at

• Joliet Jewish Congregation’s Hadassah Book Club – Meets at 7 p.m. monthly at a congregant’s home. For information, call 815-741-4600.

• Joliet Jewish Congregation’s Sisterhood gift shop – For hours of operation and information, call 815-741-4600.

• Kids & Company Preschool in partnership with the United Methodist Church of New Lenox – Now accepting registration for the 2018-19 school year, 339 W. Haven Ave. Ages 2 to 5. For information, call

• Musical opportunities at United Methodist Church of New Lenox – Vocal choirs, bell choirs or praise team. Children, teens and adults. Rehearsals are Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Call Mike Weirman about vocal and bell choirs and Tom Burns about the praise team at 815-485-8271.

• Musicians needed – For church orchestra ensemble on Feb. 11. One-time practice is 7 p.m. Feb. 6. For details, call the United Methodist Church of New Lenox at

• Pray with the Franciscan Friars – 8 a.m. (morning prayer) and 6:30 p.m. (evening prayer) Monday through Friday, St. John the Baptist friary, Joliet. For information, call Brother Ed at 217-316-4335.

• Snow removal for seniors – The city of Joliet, working with Redeemed Connection Ministries, will offer a program to assist with residential snow removal for Joliet senior citizens age 65 and older and Joliet residents with disabilities. For information, contact the Rev. Adrian Heath at or 815-582-0703.


• Buffet luncheon and St. John Vianney theatrical production – Feb. 19, St. Patrick Parish gym, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. Buffet luncheon is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $15. The play will take place at 1:30 p.m. and costs $10. Lunch and play together is $20. Discounts available for families and large groups. Call 815-727-4746.

Franciscan fundraiser – April 7, Jacob Henry Manson, Joliet. Mass is at 4 p.m. at the mansion chapel. Fellowship hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and awards are at 7 p.m. Also silent auction and silent dessert auction. $65 or $650 for table of 10. Benefits repairs and updates at St. John the Baptist Friary in Joliet. For reservations and information about donation gifts, call Brother Ed Arambasich at 217-316-4335.

• Galabration – Feb. 3 at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Dinner, silent and live auctions, music and dancing. Benefits St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. Tables of 10 available. For reservations, visit For information, email

• Giant Steps fundraiser – 6 p.m. Feb. 10, 176 West, located at 1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet. Appetizers, cocktails, dancing, raffles and silent auction. $75 a person. Benefits Saint Paul the Apostle School. For information, email

• Theological Leadership Conference – Feb. 16 and 17, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais. Hosted by the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Keynote speaker: William Willimon, author, church leader and ministry professor. Presentations, breakout discussion groups, conversation and community meals. $79. Student cost is $39. For information, contact Carlos Lonberger, director of church relations, at or 800-648-1463.

• Trivia night – 6 p.m. Feb. 24, Saint Mary Nativity, 702 N. Broadway, Joliet. Must be 21 to play. $20 a person or $200 a table (8 to 10 people). Food available to buy, cash bar, raffle baskets, 50/50 and best-themed table (first prize is $200). Emcee is Duffy Blackburn. For reservations and information, call Mike Knick at 815-954-9469.

• Vegas night – 7 p.m. to midnight
Feb. 3, St. Joseph School, 275 W. North St., Manhattan. Black jack, roulette, poker, craps and Texas Hold’em. Live music by Ear Candy, dinner and silent auction. raffles. $15 (advance) and $17.50 (door). For information, visit or call 815-478-3951.

Jan. 25

• Lunch and Learn – Noon to 1:30 p.m.; also Feb. 1, Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. Torah study. $5. RSVP at 815-741-4600. Visit

• Wildside – 6 to 7:30 p.m. (seventh and eighth grade) and 7 to 8:30 p.m. (high school). Also Feb. 1, United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. Food, fun and fellowship. Grades 3 to 6. For information, call 815-485-8271.

• “The Center” – 6:30 to 9 p.m. Also
Feb. 1, First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Free food, games, hang time, music and inspirational talk for teens. Topic for Jan. 25: “Experiencing God.” For information, call 815-474-2569, email or visit or

• Family night – 6:45 to 8 p.m.; also Feb. 1, Crystal Lawns Church of the Nazarene, 2424 Caton Farm Road, Joliet. For information, call 815-436-3380.

Jan. 26

• Women’s Bible Study – 9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. For information, call

• Fish fry – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 Cass St., Joliet. Fish, chicken and shrimp. Carryout. Call

• Presbyterian Women’s Soup & Sandwich Day – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1015 Winthrop Ave., Joliet. Sandwich, soup, pie, coffee and tea – ala carte. Carry outs available. Order ahead from the website. Visit or call 815-725-6686 or 815-325-3404.

• Bingo – Doors open at 4 p.m. Cards begin at 6 p.m., St. Mary Nativity School, 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet.

• Friday evening services – 7 p.m., Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. For information, visit

Jan. 27

• Blood drive – 7:30 a.m. to noon, St. Ann Catholic Church hall, 24500 S. Navajo Drive, Channahon. First time donors especially needed. Must be 17 years old, 16 with parent’s written approval. Bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating. Sponsored by the Channahon & Minooka Knights of Columbus with Heartland Blood Center. Walk-ins welcome.To make an appointment, call Dwain at 815-467-7625 or visit

• Open house – Kids & Company preschool, United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Avenue, New Lenox. Open house form 9 to 9:45 a.m. Scribble Jim and Scribble Jane will perform from 10 to 10:45 a.m., followed by additional open house time and refreshments from 10:45 to noon. For information, call 815-485-9504.

• Human trafficking – 1 to 3:30 p.m., Joliet Franciscan Center, 1433 Essington Road, Joliet. Speaker: Esther Holiday from “Outreach of Love.” Free. Q&A. For information, call 815-725-8735.

• Confession – 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. For information, call 815-727-4746.

• Fish fry – 4 to 8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

• Chili Cook-Off and Family Movie Night – First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Set up at 4:30 p.m. Chili tasting begins at 5 p.m. Movies begin at 6 p.m. Bring a crock pot of your favorite chili or just come for the tasting, then stay for the movies. Something for everyone, kids and adults. For a list of movies or information, visit

• Open House – 6 to 7 p.m.; also 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Immaculate Conception School, Morris. Student work on display.

• Remembering G – 6 p.m. Jan. 27, Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet. Cocktails, dueling pianos, raffle, 50/50 and cash bar. Benefits scholarships and initiatives in memory of classmate Andrew Giaudrone. $25 at door or tables of 10 in advance. Call Karen Tyrell at
815-931-8452 or Ian Tyrell at 815-503-1930.

Jan. 28

• Experience Youth Group – Worship is at 8:45 a.m. Discussion is from 10:20 a.m., United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. Meet in narthex. For information, call 815-485-8271.

• Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory – 9:40 a.m., St. Mary Nativity Church, 706 N. Broadway St., Joliet.

• Kids of the Kingdom Puppet Show –
10 to 10:45 a.m., The Whole Truth Church of God in Christ, 500 Ontario St., Joliet. God, fun and snacks. For information, visit

• Open house and registration – 10 a.m. to noon, St. Mary Immaculate Parish Catholic School, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Variety of events planned. For information, visit

• Sunday School – 10 a.m., Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. Call 815-741-4600 or visit

• Open house – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, 130 Woodlawn Ave., Joliet. Preschool through eighth grade. Meet teachers and administration, tour classrooms, learn about the curriculum, view student social studies fair projects and browse the book fair.  Scholarship information available through the Invest in Kids Act. For information, call  815-725-3390 or visit

• Open house – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic School, 275 W. North St., Manhattan. 1,500 tuition transfer grant. Additional scholarship and tuition assistance available. Academic preschool with full and half-day programs. For information, call
815-478-3951 or visit

Jan. 28

• Open House – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mary Nativity Catholic School, 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet. Scholarship information available through the Invest in Kids Act. Other scholarship and tuition assistance available. For more information, call 815-722-8518 or visit

• Open House – 2 to 4 p.m., Trinity Christian School, 901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood. Open registration begins Jan. 29. For more information, call 815-577-9310 or visit

Jan. 29

• Chapel Bible study – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. New members encouraged. For topic and information, call 815-485-8271.

• Michael Johnston’s Bible Study Group – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. For current topic and information, call 815-485-8271.

Jan. 30

• Bible study – 9:30 a.m., St. Mary Nativity, Nativity Room, 706 N. Broadway St., Joliet. Book of Genesis. For information, call Denise Adelmann at 815-838-0337.

• DivorceCare – 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, New Lenox. For those going through or struggling with divorce. This is a Bible-based support group that uses videos and discussion. For information, call 815-485-8271.

Jan. 31

• Confession – 3 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. For information, call 815-727-4746.

• AWANA – 6:15 p.m., Parker Road Bible Church, 18512 Parker Road, Mokena. Kids learn Bible verses, sing songs and play games. For information, call 708-463-1125.

Feb. 1

St. Mary Immaculate’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW) – 1 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Faith Sharing and Harvester rooms, 15629 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield. Presentation. Topic: “Hold That Thought.”

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