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Parish plans community walk

Dec. 4 event will honor well-known walker killed in September, integrate into Advent ‘Walk to Bethlehem’

HASTINGS (SNR) – The Health Ministry of St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings will sponsor a community prayer walk Dec. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The event is a collaboration of St. Cecilia Health Ministry with First Presbyterian Church, Mary Lanning Healthcare and the Hastings Health Ministry Network.

The walk will also commemorate Joyce Schiffler, a well-known community walker who was tragically killed in September while crossing a local intersection.

“Joyce cared for the St. Cecilia school property, and was a special person in our Catholic community,” said Susan Ferrone, director of health ministry.

Ferrone said the walk will promote physical and spiritual activity, encourage faith communities on their spiritual walk with God – individually and collectively, bring faith traditions together in prayer, and honors Joyce, who walked everywhere and inspired people to love.

The event will include 30-40 minutes of walking, with optional fellowship time afterward. It will begin in front of St. Cecilia High School and stop at several locations along the way for prayer, including Schiffler’s home. For those with limited mobility, a modified ‘prayer walk’ will be set up at the Health Ministry Office, 415 N. Kansas. Handicapped parking and accessible entrance are available on the west side of the building.

The walk is integrated into St. Cecilia Parish’s annual “Walk to Bethlehem” program. As a community, the parish will track the miles they walk over the course of Advent with the goal of reaching the equivalent in miles from Hastings to Bethlehem. For those unable to physically walk, “spiritual miles” are included in the journey. A ‘mile’ can be a physical mile, 30 minutes of other physical activity, a rosary, or hour of adoration. Participants enter the miles walked by their family in a box at church each Sunday of Advent. For more information, visit http://www.stceciliahastings.com/health-ministry.html.

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