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CHURCH CORNER from August 15, 2013

  Blessing of the Backpacks will take place Sunday, Aug. 18 during the 10 a.m. worship service at Palos United Methodist Church, 12101 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks for this special blessing.
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  Our Lady of Loretto in Hometown will host a parking lot sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24. For sellers, it will cost $15 per space. Table rental is available for $5. To reserve a spot call 857-7048. The event is at 8925 S. Kostner Ave.

CHURCH CORNER from July 18, 2013

  • Written by Kari Nelson

Theology on Tap
  St. Bernadette Parish will present South Side Theology on Tap Thursdays through Aug. 4. Theology on Tap invites young adults to partake in presentations and informal discussions while enjoying food, beverages and the opportunity to meet other young adults in the community. Topics include life issues such as careers, relationships, family and faith. Theology on Tap will take place on the north lawn of St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, 93rd Street and Francisco Avenue in Evergreen Park. If inclement weather occurs the discussions will be moved indoors. All sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and are as follows:
  July 21 — Father Andrew Wawrzyn, “John Paul the Great: Anthropology, How to Use It in Our Daily Life”.
  July 28 — Andrea Stapleton, “Catholic Social Teaching: Catholic Consciousness and the Leadership of Pope Francis”.
  August 4 — Father Pawel Komperda, “Rediscovering Our Christian Spirituality”.
  At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, all who have attended Theology on Tap are invited to celebrate in a closing liturgy at St. Bernadette Church. There is no cost to attend and all in their 20s and 30s are welcome. There will be free dinner, beer, and wine. Free childcare will be available for children over 2 years. For more information visit facebook.com/stbernadetteparish.evergreenpark or southsideTOT.wordpress.com.

Bible School
  Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn, will hold the “Everywhere Fun Fair” Vacation Bible School July 29 to Aug. 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each day will feature games, crafts, Bible stories and music with dance moves. Children 4 years old through fifth grade are welcome. Cost is $5 per child for the week. Register at http://2013.cokesburyvbs.com/pilgrimfaithvbs or call 422-4200.

Classical Music
  “Of the Soul: Music for Strings and Woodwinds” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills. The program will include works by Corelli, Massenet, Mozart, Piazzola, Poulenc, Sibelius, Widor and others. Admission is a free will offering. For more information call James Grzadzinski at 974-3336, Ext. 245.

Bishop in Palos
  Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills in will present the Rev. Alberto Rojas, auxiliary bishop of Chicago and Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate III, as celebrant and homilist for Solemn Choral Evening Prayer I of the Assumption at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. A Choral Prelude will begin at 6:45 p.m.

VBS
  Oak Lawn Bible Church will hold its annual free Vacation Bible School July 22 to 26 at the church, 9435 S. 54th Ave. The program will run from 9:30 to noon daily and is open to children in kindergarten through those entering fifth grade. This year’s program is “Colossal Coaster World.” Children need not be members of the church to attend. The program is free. For more information and to register call 857-9800 or visit oaklawnbible.org.

CHURCH CORNER from July 4, 2013

Green Faith
  United By Faith is one of 11 new congregations nationwide that have been accepted into the Green Faith Certification Program (greenfaith.org), through which religious institutions of all faiths and denominations commit to being leaders in environmental stewardship. United by Faith will during a two-year period engage in a variety of initiatives to be more environmentally conscious within the walls of their spiritual community, to deepen the awareness among their congregation of the relationship between their spiritual beliefs and environmental responsibility and to provide youth and adult education on how individuals can live in greater harmony with Mother Earth. For more information call Bonnie Osborne at 424-6301 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bible School
  Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn, will hold the “Everywhere Fun Fair” Vacation Bible School July 29 to Aug. 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each day will feature games, crafts, Bible stories and music with dance moves. Children 4 years old through fifth grade are welcome. Cost is $5 per child for the week. Register at http://2013.cokesburyvbs.com/pilgrimfaithvbs or call 422-4200.

Classical Music
  “Of the Soul: Music for Strings and Woodwinds” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills. The program will include works by Corelli, Massenet, Mozart, Piazzola, Poulenc, Sibelius, Widor and others. Admission is a free will offering. For more information call James Grzadzinski at 974-3336, Ext. 245.

Bishop in Palos
  Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills in will present the Rev. Alberto Rojas, auxiliary bishop of Chicago and Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate III, as celebrant and homilist for Solemn Choral Evening Prayer I of the Assumption at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. A Choral Prelude will begin at 6:45 p.m.

VBS
  Oak Lawn Bible Church will hold its annual free Vacation Bible School July 22 to 26 at the church, 9435 S. 54th Ave. The program will run from 9:30 to noon daily and is open to children in kindergarten through those entering fifth grade. This year’s program is “Colossal Coaster World.” Children need not be members of the church to attend. The program is free. For more information and to register call 857-9800 or visit oaklawnbible.org.