Holy Guardian Angels parishioners made sure to practice social distancing while attending the Pentecost vigil at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield on May 30.
Father Denis Condon lights the bonfire for the Holy Guardian Angels Parish Pentecost vigil at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield on May 30.
Father Denis Condon (left) and Deacon Dave Brencic light the Pascal candle during the Holy Guardian Angels Parish Pentecost vigil at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield on May 30.
Dorothy Ball reads about the meaning of Pentecost during the Holy Guard Angels Pentecost vigil at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield on May 30.
Dorothy Ball holds a lantern while it’s lit by Deacon David Brencic to be carried to the second bonfire at St. Louise Church during Holy Guardian Angels Parish’s Pentecost vigil.
Father Denis Condon, left, blesses the bonfire while Deacon Dave Brencic, right, holds the Pascal candle during their Pentecost Vigil Celebration at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield.
Although both of its churches remain closed to parishioners for group worship, members of Holy Guardian Angels Parish — which comprises St. Louise de Marillac Church in LaGrange Park and St. Barabara Church in Brookfield — marked Pentecost with a special “Keep the Fire Burning” ceremony and vigil on May 30.
The ceremony began at St. Barbara Church in Brookfield where Father Denis Condon, the pastor, presided over a short prayer service before lighting a small boonfire, representing the coming of the Holy Spirit, in front of the church.
A small flame then was taken in a procession to St. Louise Church for another prayer service and bonfire lighting. Flames burned until midnight at both sites with parishioners tending the fires.