A press release from our friends at St. Joseph Parish:
All are invited and welcome to the St. Joseph Parish Lenten Mission at St. Joseph Church, 7240 West 57th Street. The Lenten Mission will take place on Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The theme of this year’s mission is “Love. Grow. Serve.” The focus of the Mission speaker will revolve around “Love – For Christ, His Church and One Another,” “Grow – In Faith and Spirituality” and “Serve – Christ, His Church and One Another.”
On Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. a special invitation is extended to all those who are sick as well as their nurses and caretakers. Those suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually are invited to receive the Anointing of the Sick. All caretakers, including family members, friends, doctors, physician’s assistants and nurses are invited to receive a special Caretakers Blessing and receive a special prayer gift.
On Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. all are welcome to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard individually. This is a perfect way for the faithful to cleanse and prepare the soul to be at one with Christ during the Lenten season, so they can rejoice fully when Easter Sunday arrives.
|Father James Presta|
The mission speaker will be the Reverend and author, Fr. James Presta. He is happy to be returning to the southwest suburbs for the St. Joseph Parish Mission. He has previously served on the Catholic Charities Southwest Board and worked in area parishes.
Fr. Presta attended Our Lady of the Snows School, St. Laurence High School, Niles College Seminary and University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He earned his doctorate in Mariology, the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the Marianum Pontifical Institute.
Fr. Presta is a popular Catholic Blogger online and his scholarly writing has been published in various Catholic documents and text books. Following his ordination, he served as associate pastor at St. Christopher Parish in Midlothian (1986-93), Queen of Martyrs Parish in Evergreen Park (1993-96), rector and president of St. Joseph College Seminary (1996-2010) and as vice rector and dean of admissions at Mundelein Seminary (2010-11).
He is a highly respected and well-received speaker for retreats and missions. Those who attend are asked to consider bringing a friend or neighbor to the mission. Refreshments will be served in the Narthex both nights. Donation boxes will be set up for anyone who wishes to make a voluntary donation.
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