TECUMSEH (SNR) - “Seven Capital Virtues: Overcoming the Seven Capital Sins,” powerful new parish mission presentation, will be held March 12-15, at 7 p.m. each day in St. Andrew Church, Tecumseh.
St. Andrew and St. Mary Parish in St. Mary will present the mission over four consecutive days. The presentation will last approximately 50 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Benediction prayer service. Priests will be available for confessions each night of the parish mission.
A “parish mission” is a special event for Catholics in which everyone is invited to take part in several days of activity and prayer, focusing on faith enrichment. A mission is conducted by guest speakers who provide dynamic presentations directed toward key aspects of faith applied to life issues, to inspire those who attend to experience a spiritual renewal, bringing about a deeper love for God, and a revitalization of their personal relationships.
Father Ben Cameron from an order of priests called the Fathers of Mercy will give the mission. For more than 200 years this congregation of priests has evangelized and strengthened the faith of parish communities through their powerful and thought-provoking preaching.
The Fathers of Mercy strive to enrich the faith-life of all who attend, including those who believe that they are already very devout, as well as those who may just be very doubtful. For people who are not Catholic, or who are just unclear about what it is that Catholics really believe, the parish mission is a way for them to hear a clear presentation of the Catholic faith and get real answers to their questions.
“Parents, please encourage your teens on the importance of attending this parish mission,” pastor Father Craig Clinch said, “even as you set an example for them by your own attendance. Additionally, it is hoped that everyone will be sure to bring along a friend or relative who might not otherwise intend to go alone.”
The Fathers of Mercy associate their work at parish missions with a scripture passage taken from the Gospel of St. John, in which Jesus spoke to those who desired to be his followers. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ And they said to Him, ‘Rabbi’ (Which means “teacher”), ‘where are You staying?’ He said to them, “Come and see” (John 1:38-39).