Advent Mission with Fr. Mark Prill
We will have an Advent Mission led by Fr. Prill that will run from Sunday, December 8th to Thursday, December 12th.
On Sunday, we will gather at 5pm for a Potluck Dinner in the Community Room at 5:30pm. Please bring a dish to pass. At 7pm, we will then move to the church for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Fr. Prill’s first talk. It will be on Mary and the model Christian and her relevancy in our lives as Catholics. He will talk about Mary as the model for us as a follower of Jesus Christ. It will include her devotion to her son, her humility and her “yes” to God. Then, he will relate all of her to our lives as Catholics. The evening will conclude with Benediction.
On Monday, Fr. Prill will begin at 7pm in church with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. His talk will cover the challenges to our faith how to overcome them, including personal challenges we may have due to sin, challenges from world, and the challenges as a Catholic (i.e. no one likes what we stand for and briefly touch on sex abuse scandal). Then, he will talk about the boldness needed today as a Catholic, being that witness, importance of Confession and trust in the Lord. The evening will conclude with Benediction.
On Tuesday, Fr. Prill will begin at 7pm in church with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He will discuss renewing our friendship with Christ, parish renewal and the Apostolate/Evangelization. Fr. Prill will talk about getting back to basics - “Catholic boot camp”. He will also cover topics like Confession, Eucharist Adoration, The Most Holy Rosary, and the other spiritual weapons the we have from Christ to face the challenges of the day. He hopes to give practical advice for personal spiritual growth, so that we can help to make the parish a shining example of the Catholic Faith around the county. The evening will conclude with Benediction.
On Wednesday, Fr. Prill will have morning Mass with the School. He will also gather with the Religious Education students at 6pm. He was going to talk about his vocation story and challenge them to live out their faith. In in other words, if one kid can do it from Lapeer, so can they. There will be a brief gathering in church after Religious Education at 7pm. There will be Exposition and Benediction with a consecration to Our Lady. (Fr. Prill has to be on the road at a reasonable hour for the two-hour drive to Erie, MI.)
Finally, on Thursday, we will have Holy Mass in the Evening for Our Lady of Guadalupe at 7pm with a gathering afterwards in the Community Room. An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was donated to us. I am hoping to have it framed and then dedicated that evening at Mass. The gathering afterwards will be a potluck style dinner. Please bring Mexican/Latin American dishes to pass, since Our Lady is the Patroness of the Americas.
Please RSVP for the Sunday, December 8th Potluck by December 5th and the Thursday, December 12th Potluck by Wednesday, December 11th. You may leave a message on my voicemail or via email. This will ensure that we have enough food. Please, you may attend the talks even if you don’t RSVP.
Our Immaculate Conception Parish’s 1st Annual St. Patrick’s Party was a huge success! We had over 280 people from young to old, (sorry Mom), celebrate with friends and family at our Bishop Kelley School Community Room. There was corned beef from Wigley’s (of the Eastern Market fame), with all the fixings, homemade desserts from the Knights of Columbus Ladies, Fr. Hurley Irish soda bread recipe, Irish Beer, Irish Dancers, (thanks, Emily) and a genuine Irish band! Thanks to the Knights and the Youth Group for all your HARD WORK!! You can visit our website, lapeercatholic.org/events for some pictures of the night … It was great Irish fun!