St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Announces Parish Mission
The faith community of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, will celebrate a four-day Parish Mission experience from Sunday, March 16, 2014 through Wednesday, March 19. The principal powerful message of the Mission will be presented each evening at the parish church beginning at 7:00 p.m. [Themed talks will also follow morning Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.]
The theme of the St. Mary Parish Mission is, “Where Is God These Days?”
The Scriptures tell the story of God with His people on the journey of life, through the joy and pain, the laughter and tears, through the mountaintop highs and the dry desert lows. How about today? Is God with us still; and, if so, how? Why oes it seem like God is so distant at times, especially when there is a critical need? Increasingly today it appears that God is not all that relevant. We get confused about what to do and what not to do.
The preacher for the Mission will be Rev. John Mark Ettensohn, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate from Belleville, Illinois, where the Oblates conduct the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The Missionary Oblates are a religious community of priests and brothers founded in 1816 by St. Eugene DeMazenod, who later became Bishop of Marseilles, France. The principal focus of heir ministry is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, in every sense of that word. Today, over 4,000 members carry on their mission in 68 countries and on every continent. Father John Mark will celebrate the weekend Masses on March 15 and 16, and also the morning Masses Monday through Wednesday. Social time and refreshments will be offered after both the morning and evening sessions.
A free-will offering will be taken Wednesday, March 19. All interested persons are invited to attend the Parish Mission.
|Kim Diaz, Director of Religious Education or||Janice Gahagan, Office Volunteer|
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