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Wenona church reopening Sunday

After nine months of renovations, St. Mary Church, Wenona, will re-open Sunday, Feb. 25.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be concelebrated by the Conventual Franciscans, namely Fr. Patrick Greenough, pastor; Fr. Steve McKinley, and Fr. David Huebner, at 9:30 a.m. After Mass, coffee and doughnuts will be served in the Parish Hall.

An open house will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and the public is invited to visit the newly renovated church. Vespers will be at 5 p.m., with Pastor Joy Miller, of Bethany Lutheran Church, as homilist. An 8 a.m. Mass on Monday, Feb. 26, will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and all-day Adoration, with Benediction at 7 p.m. After Benediction, the Franciscans will serve refreshments in the Parish Hall. The public is invited to visit the church during the day and to come for the evening refreshments.

The ladies of St. Mary Altar and Rosary Society will be praying all four Mysteries of the Rosary throughout the day Tuesday, Feb. 27: Joyful Mysteries at 10 a.m. Luminous Mysteries at noon, Sorrowful Mysteries at 4 p.m. and Glorious Mysteries at the beginning of a 7 p.m. Marian Prayer Service. It The public also is invited during these times to come to the Prayer Service and stay for cookies afterwards.

World Day of Prayer service set for Seneca

Seneca's World Day of Prayer will start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and 10 a.m. for worship Thursday, March 8, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 330 E. Union St. Other Seneca churches sponsoring this service are Assembly of God, Community of Christ, First United Methodist, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic and Stavanger Lutheran.

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer. The women of Suriname, who wrote this year's service, chose the theme "All God's Creation is Very Good." With these words as backdrop, we are invited to learn about Suriname's history and cultural diversity.

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year in early March. Call Philip Peterson, 815-357-6514, to learn more.

Cornell church to offer music, dinner

Cornell First United Methodist Church will offer an evening with Soul'd Out Quartet, along with a free dinner. The event will take place with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment at 7 p.m. at the church, 501 N. Fourth St., Cornell. A free will offering will be taken to support the performance of Soul'd Out. Contact Cornell First United Methodist Church office at 815-358-2347 for more information.

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