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Area churches prepare for holiest days of year

Lent will come to an end on Holy Thursday, March 28, as the Church enters into the “Three Days” or the Easter Triduum, which is the center of the Christian church year.

The Holy Thursday celebration, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, will begin at 7 p.m at Immaculate Conception Church in Morris.

Following Mass, there will be a procession to the school, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come and spend some quiet time with the Lord.

There will be several opportunities for worship on Good Friday, March 29. The English celebration of the Passion and Death of the Lord will take place at 3 p.m., traditionally believed to be the time Jesus died on the cross.   At 5 p.m., the Passion and Death of the Lord will be celebrated in Spanish.

On Holy Saturday, March 30, there will be Blessing of Food for Easter at 1 p.m. in the church. Parishioners are invited to bring their baskets of Easter foods that they wish to have blessed.

This is an old custom of the Eastern European countries. The preparation and blessing of Easter foods was a fitting culmination to the long period of Lenten fasting and abstinence.

On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., the Easter Vigil will begin in the yard of the church, weather permitting, with the Service of Light. The Vigil will continue in the church, where the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, will be celebrated with new members who have been preparing to enter the Catholic faith at Immaculate Conception Parish.

On Easter Sunday, Masses will be at the regular Sunday times, 7, 9 and 11 a.m.   At 2:00 p.m., there will be Mass in Spanish.

All are welcome at any or all of these special services as we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

West Lisbon Church plans observances

West Lisbon Church has released its worship schedule for Holy Week.

It will begin with a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, and continued with a 7 p.m. Good Friday service on Friday, March 29.

On Easter Sunday, Pastor Steven Lombardo II’s message will focus on the theme “Christians — Authentic or Pathetic?”

Worship will be at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, followed by Easter breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt for the children.

The morning’s second worship service is at 10:30 a.m.

West Lisbon Church is 2 1/2 miles west of Lisbon, at 14381 Joliet Road. For additional information, call the church office at (815) 736-6331, e-mail, or log onto

Church incorporates Seder into worship

Holy Week Church Services  at Channahon United Methodist Church will begin with a Seder Meal observance on Holy Thursday, March 28. The service will be at 7 p.m.

On Good Friday, March 29, a Meditation Service will be held at 7 p.m.

An Overnight Vigil will take place on Saturday, March 30, leading up to the Sunrise Service at the Cross at 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31.

The Traditional Worship Service will be at 9 a.m., followed by a Contemporary Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Channahon UMC is at 24751 W. Eames St., Channahon. For additional information, call (815) 467-5275 or visit

Enjoy breakfast, worship on Easter Sunday morning

Grace Lutheran Church will again host an Easter breakfast on Sunday, March 31.

Pancakes, bacon, sausage, pastries, coffee, juice and milk will be served for free, beginning at 8 a.m. The worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

All are invited as the congregation celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For additional information on Grace Lutheran Church, refer to the church’s listing in the Church Directory.

Peace Lutheran marks Holy Week this week

“All are Welcome” to join in the celebration of Holy Week at Peace Lutheran Church.

Maundy Thursday worship is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. It is a somber service, which includes symbolic washing of the feet, stripping of the altar, and quiet reflection, along with Holy Communion.

Good Friday worship is at 7 p.m.; candles will be lit at the foot of the cross.

A joyous Easter Sunday worship begins at 9 a.m. — join in the celebration of the Risen Lord. Peace Lutheran Church offers open communion to all.

Peace Lutheran is at the corner of Lisbon Road and Candlelight Lane in Morris. For information, call (815) 942-1010 or visit the website at

Stavanger Lutheran Holy Week worship

Stavanger Lutheran Church, 2904 N. 32nd Road, five miles north of Seneca, invites the community to join them for special Holy Week services.

On Maundy Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m., we will remember Jesus’ gathering with his disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Last Supper.

On Good Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., we will remember Jesus’ sufferings and death on the cross.

On Easter Sunday, March 31, at 7 and 10:30 a.m., Stavanger Lutheran will remember his glorious resurrection.

After the early worship, there will be an Easter breakfast.

All are welcome to remember these special events in Jesus’ life. For further information, call (815) 357-6514.

Coal City UMC marks Holy Week milestones

Holy Week Events are planned at Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City.

On Maundy Thursday, March 28, the church will take part at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Maundy Thursday Communion Ser-vice at Coal City United Methodist Church.

At 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29, a Community Good Friday Service will take place at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 80 N. Garfield St., Coal City.

Several services are planned Easter Sunday, March 31. They include a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.,  as well as worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

From 7:15 to 10:15 a.m., Easter Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall. The cost is a freewill donation.

Sunday School for all ages is at 9 a.m.

For additional information, call Coal City UMC at (815) 634-8670 or log onto
Churches join together for Maundy Thursday

New Hope Presbyterian Church, Coal City United Methodist Church & First Baptist Church of Coal City invite the community to join them for a combined Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The service will be held at Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City. Holy Communion will be served.

Rev. Nate Manzo, of New Hope Presbyterian Church, will deliver the message. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Good Friday service set at First Presbyterian

On Friday, March 29, there will be a Good Friday Service of Meditation at First Presbyterian Church of Morris.

This will be a time from 6 to 7 p.m. in which all folks are welcome to come into the Sanctuary for silent prayer, reflection and meditation.

This will be followed by a time of Worship of Guided Meditation, which will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

During the Worship service, the Seven Last Words will be read and reflected upon.  A few hymns will also be included in the service.

The Rev. Dr. Roy Backus is the pastor of First Pres-byterian Church.  Everyone is invited to attend these Good Friday services.

‘The Risen Christ’ will be performed March 29

On Good Friday evening, at 7 p.m. March 29, the Fox River Lutheran Choir will present “The Risen Christ,” featuring  the songs of Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend.

This is a multimedia presentation that includes many familiar Getty songs, including “The Risen Christ,”  “The Power of the Cross,”  “Speak, O Lord,”  and “O Church, Arise with In Christ Alone.” The presentation also incorporates 23 minutes of movie footage from the film, MATTHEW, starring Bruce Marchiano .

The story of Christ’s life, crucifixion and resurrection is also told through the characters of John the disciple, Peter, and Mary Magdalene, using narrations that are literally adapted from Scripture. Set in the format of a reader’s theater, these three characters retell their encounters with Christ, whose words are delivered by a fourth actor, as if you were sitting in their living room.

The congregation will relive their days together visually through the MATTHEW film footage that runs through portions of the presentation. The music is scored to complement the movie footage.

The public is invited to attend. There is no charge for the performance.

Fox River Lutheran Church is located ¼ mile east of the intersection of Illinois 71 and U.S. 52.

Please feel free to invite others and we hope that you will plan to join us to celebrate and worship together the Risen Christ. Communion will also be celebrated as part of the Good Friday Service.


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