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Local faith events: Feb. 1 through Feb. 8


• 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 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 any time. Call the church office at 708-479-1110.

• Crafters and vendors wanted for Simple Indulgence Craft and Vendor Fair – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14, First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Proceeds (excluding sales of craft items) benefit Feed My Starving Children. For registration and information, visit, or call 815-727-9259.

• 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 815-485-9504.

• 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 Feb. 11. One-time practice is at
7 p.m. Feb. 6. For details, call the United Methodist Church of New Lenox at 815-485-8271.

• 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.


• Buffet luncheon and St. John Vianney theatrical production – Feb. 19, St. Patrick Parish gym, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. Buffet luncheon is from 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 are $20. Discounts available for families and large groups. Call 815-727-4746.

• Comedy Date Night – Event is at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Lincolnway Christian Church, 690 E. Illinois Highway, New Lenox. Featuring The Comedy Angels, Michelle Krajecki, Leslie Norris-Townsend and Tracy DeGraaf. Couples and singles welcome. $20. Buy tickets at or at the door if seats still are available. For information, call DeGraaf at 708-691-5091.

• 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.

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

• “The Seven Last Words of Christ” –
7 p.m. March 25, St. Mary’s Parish, Mokena. Narration and dialogue of the scenes given by 50-member choir, soloists and live orchestra, through the musical work by composers Theodore Dubois, J. S. Bach and others. For tickets, visit

• 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 (eight 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.

Feb. 1

• Lunch and Learn – Noon to 1:30 p.m.; also Feb. 8, Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. Torah study. $5. RSVP at 815-741-4600. Visit

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

• Wildside – 6 to 7:30 p.m. (seventh and eighth grade) and 7 to 8:30 p.m. (high school). Also Feb. 8, 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.

• Mom Heart Group Book Study –
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meets monthly. For information, email Come and discuss how to make “home” your family’s favorite place to be.

• “The Center” – 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Also 
Feb. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Free food, games, hang time, music and inspirational talk for teens. For information, call 815-474-2569, email or visit or

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

Feb. 2

• Women’s Bible Study – 9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. For information, call 815-485-8271.

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

• 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

Feb. 3

• Feast of St. Blaise – 7:30 a.m., St. Mary Immaculate Parish gym, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Blessing of throats during the Mass. For information, call 815-436-2651.

• First Saturday Devotion/Rosary – After 7:30 a.m. Mass, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. For information, call 815-436-2651.

• Prayer Breakfast – 8 a.m. Hosted by the men of Mount Ebal, Missionary Baptist Chuch. Guest speaker: Chalmos Mitchell from Manuel Memorial M.B. Church Chicago. Free. All welcome. Minister Louis Bass Jr. is chairman. For information, call 815-530-5945.

• First Saturday Devotion Prayers –
9 a.m., Church of St. Jude, 2212 McDonough St., Joliet. All welcome.

• 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.

• “Hallelujah” Soup Supper – 4 to
6:30 p.m., Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City. Vegetable, beef and chicken noodle soups. Includes choice of soup, a sandwich, crackers, a beverage, ice cream and dessert. $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 6 to 12, $2 for ages 3 to 5, free for age 2 and younger. Carryouts available. Proceeds benefit church building fund.

• Taco dinner – 4 to 7 p.m., First Braidwood’s Presbyterian Church, 106 S. Lincoln St., Braidwood. $10 for three-taco dinner (soft or hard shell; chicken or beef) with all the trimmings. Includes rice, beans, drink and dessert.

• 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

• 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.

Feb. 4

• Experience Youth Group – Worship is at 8:45 a.m. Discussion is at 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.

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

• Super Sunday – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Will County Baptist Temple, 625 McDonough St., Joliet. Evangelist Monte Watts Jr. will speak at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. He will bring some of his antique Bibles. His nephew, Kyle Johnson, will preach in the afternoon service. Potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m.

• Healing Prayer Service – 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. For information, call 815-436-2651.

Feb. 5

• 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.

Feb. 6

• 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.

• Kindergarten Open House – 6 to 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception School, Morris. Enter through the school office at the corner of North and Pine Streets. Includes presentation of kindergarten curriculum and overview of the total school offerings. For more information, visit, call 815-942-4111 or email

• 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.

• Three Rivers Gardening Angels monthly meeting – 7 p.m., Channahon United Methodist Church, 24751 W. Eames St. Channahon. Make and take a KOKEDAMA moss garden ball with horticulturalist Kevin Eberhard. $10 for guests, Refreshments served. Guests and new members are welcome. For more information, visit the Three Rivers Gardening Angels Facebook page.

Feb. 7

• 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.

• Ash Wednesday Service and Breakfast registration and deadline – Event is 9 a.m. Feb. 14. Hosted by the United Methodist Women of New Lenox. Free will offering. Childcare provided. To register and for more information, call 815-485-8271.

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