Parish welcomes non-members for spiritual renewal
During the week of the mission, there will be no usual meetings of parish groups or athletic events or other activities. All the parish ministries and efforts will be on hold so that parishioners can focus on setting aside time to renew and enrich their spiritual lives.
The parish celebrated the dedication of their new church Aug. 15, 2015 – after four years of work by the entire parish – and a year of continued projects to complete the church.
Pastor Father Troy Schweiger said the parish now has plans of a different sort, time to reinvigorate the entire parish spiritually.
“Over the past four years our parish has been engaged in a whirlwind of activity,” he said, “discussing, planning, designing, building, and finishing our new spiritual home. Now, in our parish renewal, the Lord is inviting us to step aside, take a breath, and dwell with Him.
“During Our Lord’s ministry,” Father Schweiger explained, “He would often go apart after intense activity to spend time with the Father. In being His disciples, we will imitate His pattern and go apart after our intense activity to spend time with the Father. In Him we find our source of strength, direction and purpose.”
The main talks in the mission will be held in the church from 7 to 8 p.m. each day, followed by Benediction. Father Holdren will be available during the day to address the school during their daily morning Masses. He will also offer confession times and individual appointments.
Father Holdren is a native of Friend. After attending UNL, he studied at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward and Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained in 2007 and served as an assistant pastor at St. Patrick Parish. He later served at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church/Newman Center and is now pastor of St. Peter and St. Joseph parishes in Bellwood.
Father Schweiger stressed that all are welcome to attend, whether parishioners or not. He said an invitation is especially extended to anyone who has been away from the Church, or who has any questions about the faith.
There is no cost to attend. A cry room is available for infants and toddlers. With questions, please call the rectory at 402 466-2752.