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Rummage sale: You'll never know what bargains you will find at the third annual "Giant Rummage Sale" on Friday, June 29 to Saturday, June 30 in the school gym at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 845 W. Main St. in West Dundee.

Rummage sale hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 29; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 30.

The sale is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, St. Catherine of Siena Council 8596. The Knights are a Catholic men's organization whose principles are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. It is an organization dedicated to the family and youth of the parish.

For information, call Jim Wenzel at (847) 844-7926.

Author/theologian to speak at church: The First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake will welcome Susan Ross, incoming president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, will deliver the homily at its regular worship on Sunday, July 1. She currently chairs the Department of Theology at Loyola University,

Ross is the author of "Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty," "For the Beauty of the Earth: Women, Sacramentality, and Justice," and "Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology," and she coedited with Maureen A. Tilley "Broken and Whole: Essays on Religion and the Body." Having earned her master's and doctoral degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1985, Ross has received many honors and awards for her leadership. She has published numerous articles in her 30 years as a Christian theologian and educator. Currently she is working on "Women, Beauty, and Justice," under contract with Continuum Press.

Worship begins at 10 a.m., and will be preceded by an informal hymn sing at 9:45 a.m. It will be followed by a discussion at 11 a.m. with Ross concerning Margaret Farley's book, "Just Love, A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics." The church is located at 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake. For details, visit, or (815) 459-6010.

Centennial Siena Ball: Following a long tradition of historic events, St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee will hold its Centennial Siena Ball at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake.

The Siena Ball includes a dinner and cash bar, complimentary champagne, entertainment and dancing, and a complimentary commemorative gift. Parish members and guests are welcome to attend and enjoy this special occasion. Tickets are $50 person. Reservations are requested by Friday, June 29. For information, call Cheryl Bowen at the Parish office at (847) 426-2217.

"Our church records and scrapbooks indicate that the Siena Ball began in 1959 by the Home and School Association of St. Catherine of Siena Church for the school building fund, with the support and blessing of Father John Vaughn, who was pastor of our parish at the time," said Father Michael Lavan, parochial administrator of St. Catherine of Siena Church. "We look forward to a spirit of fellowship as we connect with members of our parish family, guests and familiar friends, including our former parish pastors and parishioners who no longer reside in the area."

Prior to the Siena Ball, a special Centennial Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 845 W. Main St. in West Dundee. Current and former parish priests will concelebrate Mass.

"We are also offering our Siena Centennial Sweepstakes tickets," said Christine Lullie, lifetime member of St. Catherine of Siena Church and chair of the Centennial Celebration committee. "Proceeds will be given back to our church and the community, including the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the FISH Food Pantry."

Tickets for the Siena Centennial Sweepstakes are $50 each and the prizes include $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 cash prizes. Further details on the Siena Centennial Sweepstakes are available at the Parish office.

The Siena Ball gal was planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. …