The Polar Express
Life Church of Morris, located at 118 E. Jefferson St., presents an interactive experience with the movie, The Polar Express, on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and, in the spirit of The Polar Express, we invite you to wear pajamas. Tickets are $5. Visit polarexpressmorris.eventbrite.com for information and tickets.
Stavanger Christmas Program
Stavanger Lutheran Church, located at 2904 N. 32nd Road, five miles north of Seneca, is presenting its 70th annual Scandavian Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Gifted singers and musicians from around the area have been invited to perform. Also, the congregation youth, dressed in Norwegian attire, will sing several Christmas carols. We will end the program with audience participation in the singing of a number of carols. Following the program, everyone is invited to the fellowship hall as we will enjoy a variety of Norwegian delicacies and cookies. The commmunity is invited to attend this inspiring event as we usher in the Advent/Christmas season. For more information, call Pastor Phil Peterson at 815-357-6514.
Peace Lutheran Church
• Free yoga class at 5:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday night
Immaculate Conception Church, Morris
• The rosary is recited every Tuesday at church. All are welcome to join each and every week they are available to come. 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays
• The Stitchery Group meets each Wednesday in the Church Narthex. Bring your crocheting or knitting and join the group. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays
• The PADS shelter at Immaculate Conception Parish is open through April. It provides a place to sleep, eat dinner and breakfast, as well as a sack lunch to go. If you would like to volunteer for our Parish please contact Joanne Morrall at 815-942-8389 or Kris Werden 815-942-5338. Opens at 7 p.m. every Thursday and Friday.
• Organizations from the parish help with preparation and serving of coffee and doughnuts after Mass one weekend each month in the Narthex of the Church. Stop by after Mass and visit while enjoying refreshments.
The Village Christian Church in Minooka
Located at 8965 S. Bell Road in Minooka, the Village is not your typical church. For example, we keep church pretty simple, and we don’t get caught up in a lot of rules and regulations. Instead, we allow scripture to be our guide and try to live our lives according to what the Bible outlines. It doesn’t matter what your history is, you are welcome here. It’s not easy to sum up all of who we are, but here are a few basics about us. We’re a non-denominational Christian church and followers of Jesus Christ. That means all backgrounds are welcome here, whether you’ve never been to church, haven’t been in a long time, or have been a part of a church all your life. We like to have fun and don’t think that church should be boring. You might even be a little surprised when you visit because we’re different than a lot of churches. You’ll have to stop by to find out more. Services are Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Call 815-467-2265 or visit thevillagechristianchurch.com for more information.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church
The church is located at 195 South Kankakee Street in Coal City. Reverend Robert Noesen presides over weekend masses Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 and 11:15 a.m. Confessions are heard from 3:20 to 3:45 on Saturday. Daily Mass and Devotions: Monday – 8 a.m. rosary, communion service; Tuesday – 8 rosary, communion service at Immaculate Conception in Braidwood; Wednesday – 8 a.m., rosary, confessions, Mass, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena; Thursday – 8 a.m., rosary, Mass at Immaculate Conception; Friday – 8 a.m. rosary Mass at Assumption. First Friday of the month – 8 a.m. Rosary, Confession, Mass; First Saturday of the month – 8 a.m. rosary, Immaculate Conception Novena Mass with the distribution of the Sacrament of the Sick. Monthly Devotional prayers (Novena) to our Lord and His servant, Saint Peregrine, patron saint of those who suffer with cancer or any incurable disease or condition, Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament – First Tuesday of every month following the 6:30 p.m. Mass. Mother of the Eucharist Perpetual Adoration Chapel is across from the church at 195 South Kankakee Street. The chapel is a place of silent prayer in the presence of Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is solemnly exposed for adoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyone is encouraged to stop in anytime, make regular visits and sign up for a specific time of adoration each week. Visit Stmaryassumptionparish.org for more information.