Mary Our Lady sponsoring 'Christmas Belles' to raise money for African missions

Mindy Carls
Mary Our Lady of Peace, Orion, is raising money for Father Nimorious Domanzing, a missionary priest from Ghana who is visiting the church this summer. To support his work in Africa, the church is hosting a performance of the Richmond Hill Players’ “Christmas Belles” on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Barn Theatre in Richmond Hill Park, Geneseo. From left are Father Jim DeBisschop, pastor of Mary Our Lady; Nancy Teerlinck, who appears in the play as the owner of the Dairy Dog diner; and Domanzing. Dessert is at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the church at (309) 526-8347.

Mary Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Orion, is sponsoring a performance of “Christmas Belles” on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Richmond Hill Park, Geneseo.

The performance is a fundraiser for Father Nimorious Domanzing, a priest from Ghana who is visiting Mary Our Lady this summer. He is a missionary priest in Africa.

Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Barn Theatre, and Richmond Hill Players will present “Christmas Belles” at 7:30 p.m.

Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten wrote the family-friendly, Southern-fried, Yuletide comedy.

The sequel to 2008’s “Dearly Beloved” is a farce about a Texas church’s Christmas program spinning out of control. Getting ready to hit the stage again are fabulous Futrelle sisters, who have to cope with squabbling siblings, family secrets, a surly Santa, a woman scorned, kidney stones, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

Alan and Nancy Teerlinck of Lynn Center are involved in the play. Nancy appears as the owner of the Dairy Dog diner, while Alan is a set builder.

“Christmas Belles” will be staged Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 5 through Aug.  15 at the Barn Theater in Geneseo. John VanDeWoestyne, Geneseo, directs the show.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 pm.

Sunday performances are 4 p.m. matinees with the doors opening at 3 p.m.

Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling the Richmond Hill box office at (309) 944-2244 or by visiting