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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time-November 11, 2018

From Fr Tom…

What is a Parish Mission?
It has been said that a Parish Mission “is a parish awakening!”, “recharges a congregation”, and “is a major event in the life of the parish”.
It is an opportunity for the whole parish to come together to reflect upon God's word, to renew our faith, and to pray.
A typical parish mission starts on Sunday and continues over a few days. One night is dedicated to a Reconciliation service. The subjects of the talks are major themes of our faith, with the aim of rekindling faith, and creating an opportunity for renewal, healing and reconciliation. Additionally, a mission may help to develop a greater sense of community and a greater sense of service within the parish.
A parish mission allows you to take some time to pause! It encourages you to reflect on God, the Church, our lives, values, and what is really important to each of us.
Everyone can find in the sermons and talks something that appeals specifically to him or her, and something that can be reflected on more. For those unable to attend a retreat, these missions are a retreat in the midst of everyday work and family life.
This year, our Parish Mission begins the season of Advent and helps us prepare for the birth of our Lord. In Pope Benedict’s first homily as Pope he said, “There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him….
If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you… Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life”.

Join us December 2, 3, 4, and 5 @ 7 pm to listen to our mission speaker tell us about encountering the friendship of our Lord in our relationships, our prayer, the sacraments, and God’s mercy and forgiveness.