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St. Francis of Assisi Parish is excited to sponsor a Mission entitled “Becoming a Eucharistic People.” St. Norbert Church in Hardin will hold the Mission on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings, Nov. 14-16 from 7-8:30p.m..
“Refreshments will be served following the Mission and it will be from 8:30 to 9 p.m. The topic for Sunday, Nov. 14, is “Becoming the Word; for Monday, Nov. 15 is “Becoming the Eucharist”; and for Tuesday, Nov. 16 is “Becoming the Cross.” All sessions begin at 7 p.m.,” Brad Vaca, St Francis of Assisi Finance Council, Chairman and St Vincent DePaul of Calhoun County, President said. “Father John Doctor, OFM will be conducting the Mission.”
Vacca mentioned that Father John became a member of the Order of Friars Minor in 1967 and in 1976 he was ordained a Franciscan priest. He also holds a master’s degree from Duquesne University in Ongoing Spiritual Formation and is presently Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Quincy University. Since his ordination he has served his Province as a high school teacher, initial formation director, pastor, retreat director, spiritual director, Provincial Vicar, and Provincial Minister. He served for six years on the Board of Directors for Franciscans International, which is an NGO at the United Nations.
“This is a real coup! Father John is a great speaker and we worked hard to get him to come to Calhoun,” Dick Lieber, Chairman of the Pastoral Council, said.
“Rather than a 5 p.m Sunday mass, Father John will be having a 6 p.m. Sunday mass at St. Norbert’s. Then a 6 p.m. weekday mass each day of the Mission for anyone who wishes to attend. Child sitting service will be available at St. Norbert School,” Vacca said. “ Transportation will be available to anyone in need or who wishes not to drive after dark. If you need any of these services, please call St. Norbert’s office (618-576-2628) or Blessed Trinity Office (618-883-2400).”
“Regardless of where each of us stands in our faith life, this Mission will give each of us a chance to advance our faith and hopefully draw closer to our Lord. Whether you have or have not been practicing your faith (or somewhere in between), this Mission will help us on our journey to God. We cordially invite you to attend.” Father Don Roberts, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi and Blessed Trinity parishes, said.