Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26
7:00pm in the Church
Deacon Ministries, Inc.
Deacon Eddie Ensley, PhD, and Deacon Robert Herrmann
The Deacons will speak at all Mass Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.
Daily Mission Presentation Themes:
Day One: “How Do We Handle the Everyday Stresses and Pressures of Life”
Letting God Lighten Our Load/Taking Refuge in God.
In Matthew's Gospel, we hear of Jesus calling to us to place our cares at his feet and take his burden upon our shoulders, for "it is light and will give you rest." Come and learn how God can take your worries and fears and turn them into fuel for living a joy-filled life of grace. St. Aelred of Rievaulx reminds us that a sorrow that is shared with God or a trusted friend can be cut in half, and a joy that is shared is doubled. We need to share our troubles and our joys with God and let Him care for our souls. Practical, useful info and touching stories of faith, and moments of quiet prayer help heal us of our stresses and worries.
Day Two: “How to Cope with Life Losses”
Mary, the Womb of God, is Our Model of the Christian response to life's challenges and call to follow Jesus in genuine discipleship.
Mary, by her yes to God, became the dwelling place of the Savior. Because of her yes Mary's womb expanded to contain the uncontainable God. Mary's yes to God demonstrates for us our own call to receptivity to the Holy Spirit in our lives. She points us always in the direction of Jesus saying, “Do whatever he tells you.” Mary's faithful and direct response to her grief can enlighten our own response and speed us on our pathway to recovery after our losses.
Also on Day Two: Deacon Robert gives a teaching on the Art of Contemplative Prayer for Busy Lives.
“Prayer is looking into the eyes of the one whom we know loves us.” St. Theresa of Avila.
“An interior bath in the love of God” St. Francis de Sales.
Practical, useful and healing information from tradition, scripture and personal experience make this ancient and crucial Christian practice a possibility for everyone, and not just the spiritual elite.
Day Three: “Forgiving As God Forgives”
Reconciliation in Relationship/How to Heal and Repair Our Relationships.
Bitterness and hostility can rob us of true happiness and wound the soul; separate us from one another and even from God. We re-examine how God forgives us, how he forgives and forgets our offenses, and empowers us to do the same in our relationships. Learn the ways of peace making in families, friendships, and parishes. We will never have to forgive another person as much as God has forgiven us. This talk is a practical guide to the steps of forgiving those who have hurt us and how to improve all our
Also on Day Three: A talk on discipleship; doing for others what God has done for us. Faith in action.
Nursery is available (3 months to 10 years old). Refreshments and Fellowship will be offered in the Great Hall immediately following each session. There is no charge to attend the St. Michael Parish Mission. You do not need to RSVP for this event.
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