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  • Inverness church music director fired after engagement to longtime partner Aug 14, 2014 5:58 AM
    The popular longtime music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness says he was fired this week after posting on Facebook that he was marrying his longtime partner. “There's no way to describe how horrible this has been,” Colin Collette said. In a written statement Wednesday, Archdiocese officials said they were aware of the action taken by the leadership at Holy Family.

     
  • Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Glen Ellyn mosque Jul 29, 2014 5:56 PM
    Muslim families celebrated Eid al-Fitr — a holiday marking the end of Ramadan — Tuesday with food and activities at a Glen Ellyn mosque.

     
  • Meadows Christian Fellowship plans to make it snow before showing film Jul 29, 2014 6:46 PM
    Snow is not much fun in February, but more welcome in August. Meadows Christian Fellowship will have a real "blizzard" Friday evening, Aug. 1, before the showing of its annual community movie, "Frozen." Viewers can wear shorts and sandals, but bring your gloves!

     
  • Program discusses PTSD and the Holocaust Jul 28, 2014 2:21 PM
    “Surviving the Holocaust and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” will be the topic of a 4½-hour program Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

     
  • Forgiveness is the first step to healing Jul 23, 2014 10:09 AM
    Forgiveness heals our emotional wounds, soothes our hurts and cleanses our soul.

     
  • Prairie circuit riders among early homeless in Arlington Heights Jul 22, 2014 3:00 PM
    It was basically circuit riders who brought the Methodist Church to the Arlington Heights area. Not all circuit riders were homeless, but many were. They traveled their “circuits,” going from one “station” to the next, with never a letup until they dropped — most before they were 40 — “into the arms of the Lord.”

     
  • Interfaith iftar held at mosque in Schaumburg Jul 22, 2014 10:36 PM
    Religious and civic leaders gathered Tuesday night to take part in the breaking of the fast for Ramadan at the Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg. The iftar, which traditionally marks the end of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, is annual interfaith event at the mosque that features recitation of the Quran, a lecture followed by a q-and-a session and dinner.

     
  • Career Coach: Bringing religion spirit to work Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Talking about God at work is no longer taboo. In recent years, leaders seem to feel more and more comfortable mentioning spirituality in the workplace. By spirituality, we refer to the force that gives meaning to our lives (our private activities) contrasted with religion, which is often seen as the organized, institutional membership. So what does that mean for leaders?

     
  • Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages Jul 18, 2014 5:16 PM
    Nancy Leong, a law professor at the University of Denver, said the ruling does not force clerks in Boulder or Pueblo counties to stop issuing licenses. “The court can only do what the plaintiffs ask them, and these plaintiffs only asked them to stay Denver/Adams,” she said.

     
  • Northwest Suburban parishes respond to help refugees in need Jul 17, 2014 10:03 AM
    Responding to an urgent call last month from Catholic Charities for help with a large group of refugees, four Northwest Suburban Catholic parishes came through with donations totaling $2,500. The parishes are: Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights; St. Emily, Mount Prospect; St. Thomas Beckett, Mount Prospect; and St. Zachary in Des Plaines. The money was used for rent, furnishings and food.

     
  • Northwest Suburban parishes help refugees Jul 16, 2014 6:07 PM
    Responding to an urgent call last month from Catholic Charities for help with a large group of refugees, four Northwest Suburban Catholic parishes came through with donations totaling $2,500. The parishes are Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights; St. Emily, Mt. Prospect; St. Thomas Beckett, Mt. Prospect; and St. Zachary in Des Plaines. The money was used for rent, furnishings and food.

     
  • Courtyard garden at Inverness parish is a labor of love Jul 16, 2014 1:47 PM
    Henry Smogolski owes his inspiration for the garden at Holy Family Parish to the memory of his wife, Isabel, but the entire church community finds peace and reflection come more easily there.

     
  • Christian group wants church in Elk Grove Village office park Jul 16, 2014 6:10 AM
    A Christian organization is seeking approval to operate a church within an existing office building in Elk Grove Village. Centi Illinois officials say they chose to lease space within the Elk Grove office complex, at the northern end of the village's sprawling business park, instead of a residential area to avoid problems with disturbing neighbors. “It's more so a Bible study than a church where traffic could be an impact,” a leader said.

     
  • Kisses can have a variety of motives Jul 16, 2014 11:58 AM
    Have you ever thought about the motives for your kisses? asks columnist Annettee Budzban.

     
  • Willow Creek-Crystal Lake to host Lifetree Film Fest Jul 14, 2014 4:54 PM
    Willow Creek-Crystal Lake will host the Lifetree Film Fest from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 18. The event, showcasing short films from around the globe, celebrates life with stories that make you laugh, cry and give you hope. Each of the six films focus on one of two themes: "People doing life" and "People doing good."

     
  • Leaders in Villa Park break fast together for Ramadan Jul 15, 2014 3:13 PM
    Community leaders from Villa Park, Lombard, Oak Brook and across DuPage County gathered Friday night for a breakfast of sorts -- an iftar meal in celebration of one of the nights of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “It’s a very good get-together of local community leaders in the spirit of caring and sharing,” said Moon Khan of Lombard, who attended the event.

     
  • Gospelfest is Sunday: Jul 11, 2014 4:16 PM
    Gospelfest, Greenbelt Cultural Center’s annual celebration of gospel music, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13.

     
  • Students explore faith, friendships in youth groups Jul 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Whether parents are seeking to pass on their religious heritage to their children, or would simply like to provide opportunities for them to connect with other kids their age in a faith-based environment, youth groups can play a significant role in helping students build friendships, serve others and explore their faith. Here is a look at youth groups from two faiths.

     
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe presence in Des Plaines grows Jul 11, 2014 8:44 PM
    Thousands of pilgrims already travel every year to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the campus of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Now, those who want to express eternal devotion to her can secure a permanent resting place next to a 30-foot sculpture of the Patroness of the Americas across the street at All Saints Cemetery.

     
  • Sharing a meal is a special time for family and friends Jul 10, 2014 1:53 PM
    How often do you sit down to a meal with loved ones? Gathering together for mealtime conversation can cause our relationships to mend and flourish.

     
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