GREENVILLE – St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be presenting a parish mission entitled: “Seven Capital Virtues: Overcoming the Seven Capital Sins.” In our busy world, with numerous things pulling us in every direction, how do we keep our focus? How can we find peace and joy with so many distractions? All of us have a desire for happiness, for peace in our lives, but so few of us seem to have found it.
Our Lord Jesus comes to us in His Church, and He wants us to find our peace and joy through real, personal, intimate encounters with Himself! This parish mission is designed to help us to grow in our relationships with Jesus, to come to know Him more personally and to follow Him more perfectly as we live our Christian life.
The mission will be presented from December 6 – 10, at 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The mission conference will last for approximately 50 minutes and be followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the topic will be preached during Mass, also beginning at 7:00 p.m. Confessions will be heard before and after each service.
A “parish mission” is a special event for Catholics in which EVERYONE is invited to take part in several days of activity and prayer, all focusing on their coming to a better understanding of the Faith. A mission is conducted by a guest priest who speaks on topics directed toward key aspects of faith applied to life issues. Those who attend a parish mission often experience a spiritual renewal, bringing about a deeper love for God, a more firm commitment to the Faith, and a revitalization of their personal relationships.
For our parish mission, Father John White has invited Father Ben Cameron from The Fathers of Mercy to lead us. For over 200 years this congregation of priests has evangelized and strengthened the faith of parish communities through their exciting form of preaching that is powerful, thought-provoking and points us to God’s Great Mercy. The missionary will be preaching each morning and evening as well as visiting the school students.
The Fathers of Mercy hope to enrich the faith of all who attend and to give them a more clear understanding of what the Church teaches and WHY. The conferences are for those who are already devout, as well as those who may be doubtful. For people who are not Catholic, or who are unclear about what it is that Catholics really believe, the parish mission is an exciting way to receive a clear presentation of the Catholic faith.
Parents, please encourage your children, especially your teens, on the importance of attending this parish mission, 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 priest conducting this mission will be Fr. Ben Cameron, CPM. In order to help you grow in holiness, Fr. Cameron desires you to come to meet Christ in His Sacraments and in your neighbor. To help fulfill your desire for more intimacy with God, as well as to provide an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, priests will be available for confessions each night of the parish mission.
The Fathers of Mercy associate their work at parish missions with a scripture passage taken from the Gospel of St. John, in which Jesus speaks to those who desire 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)
St. Mary’s Parish and The Fathers of Mercy welcome all to attend this dynamic parish mission. Please mark the dates on your calendar and come see how you can know and love the Lord Jesus better through living the “Seven Capital Virtues.”