St. Hugh might look small at first glance, but it has a lot going on. St. Hugh offers its members and friends opportunities to extend themselves, while forming a closer relationship with God, and feeling a true sense of fellowship. Whether your time and talents are best served by attending one of our Christian Ed programs, being part of the Welcome Committee, Altar Guild, Choir, or Sunday School Program, or simply want to sit quietly and reflect with friends not yet made…….St. Hugh is the Place for YOU!
Small groups help to enrich members’ satisfaction, while providing a closer relationship with Jesus. They are a central mission at St. Hugh. The groups are open to both members and non-members. The groups meet for fellowship, service, and Bible study, and some of the small groups have been running continuously for over 12 years. We are always looking to start new groups and are open to fresh ideas!
St. Hugh has a number of parishioners with a heart for people who assist our priest with visiting folks and bringing communion to those who are sick, or shut-in and unable to attend regular services.
St. Hugh offers a wide variety of fellowship opportunities throughout the year. These events are open to everyone, and provide a great opportunity to meet each other outside of our normal interactions. The Annual Golf Outing, Parish Picnic, Pancake Supper, Pentecost Celebration, Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Gathering (Sunday before Thanksgiving), Movie nights for Families, Kane County Cougars Baseball Game, Various concerts and shows, and potluck dinners are some of the highlights of the yearly fellowship calendar.
St. Hugh has constructed a special Eucharistic liturgy to support family and friends of the military. We utilized one of the alternative Eucharistic prayer forms in The Book of Common Prayer along with other prayers and readings. Twice a month we hold these services and all military service persons, who’ve been added to our military prayer list, are prayed for by name. We also send them birthday cards and “pocket prayer shawls” if we have their birth date and an address. We encourage all members of the parish, friends, and neighbors to add names of loved ones to our prayer list for military service personnel.
Christmas Services / Christmas Pageant:
St. Hugh loves to involve our children when high feast days happen. A number of our children serve as acolytes at the altar during the Christmas Eve services. We’ve also had children act out the roles of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men, and some animals for the stable, during the Advent/Christmas season as we read the nativity story from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. It is a joy to celebrate the wonder of the Incarnation with the children in our midst!
Easter Services / Easter Egg hunt:
During Easter we take time to remember the Resurrection of our Lord, but also look at Easter from a child’s eye as the church hides eggs with candy so our children can look for eggs. Volunteers of the parish hide the eggs and help the children find them after the Easter Service.
Pets are important to our church family. In celebration of those extended church family friends, we open our church to those animals that are dear to our lives and on the Sunday closest to the day of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. On this day we have an opportunity to bring our pets to the church and have them partake in a service and receive a blessing from the priest.