Join us for the 2014 Parish Mission
"Jesus Christ – The New Evangelization and You!"
March 22 - 26
Each year our parish provides a time of reflection, prayer and deepening spirituality when we host the Parish Mission. As dicsiples of Christ, we are all called to be missionaries to the world; sometimes, however, with work and family life, it is just not possible for us to “go on Mission” to serve others. That is why we have the Mission and the Missionaries come straight to us!
Our Parish Mission this year will be held March 22- 26, 2014. It begins March 22 during the 5 p.m. Mass when our visiting priests from Belize will celebrate Mass. On Sunday, all the Masses, English and Spanish, will be celebrated by our visiting Missionaries.
The Mission schedule is:
Saturday — March 22: Fr. Noel and Fr. Lorenzo will Celebrate the Mass at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday — March 23: Fr. Noel and Fr. Lorenzo will Celebrate all Masses in English and Spanish
Monday — March 24: Fr. Noel Leslie will lead the English Parish Mission in the church following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Fr. Lorenzo will lead the Spanish Mission in the Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday — March 25: Fr. Lorenzo will lead the second night of the Spanish Mission in the Parish Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Noel will lead the second night of the English Mission in the Church after the 5:30 p.m. Mass
Wednesday — March 26: Parish-Wide Reconciliation Service
Our English-speaking missionary is Fr Noel Leslie and he is a Diocesan priest who is a nominated Senator in Belize in the Country’s Senate. He represents the Belize Council of Churches. He studied philosophy and theology at St Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, and at Cardinal Glennon College in St. Louis Missouri. Fr. Noel’s theological studies were done at Kenrick Theological Seminary in St. Louis Missouri where he obtained the Master of Divinity Degree. He was ordained in 1982 and did his sabbatical studies at St Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York, where he obtained his Master of Arts in Religious Studies. He is the pastor of St Joseph Parish, and in that capacity he also assists at three other Missions. Fr. Noel once served as Vicar General of the Diocese.
Our Spanish-speaking mission priest is Fr Lorenzo Echeverrria Argueta F.M.M.. He is member of the Fraternidad Missioneras de Maria. The Missionary Fraternity of Mary is an order of Priests within the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to educating and ordaining young men to bring the good news and the sacraments to the marginalized Catholics of the world. They educate the poor, welcome vocations to religious life to all without regard to ethnic background; prepare youth for lay ministry within the Church, and work with the poor to develop their spiritual and temporal well being. The Society also
Serves the pastoral needs of over 750,000 Catholics in 11 countries including the United States (165 FMM priests in ministry)
Educates youth at the junior high and high school level in the basic skills at both the Seminary and at parish schools where FMM priests are serving
Works with young adults through a youth ministry movement to prepare them for leadership in the church (over 10,000 youth have participated to date)
Supports medical clinics at mission parishes that provide services to parishioners at little or no cost
Provides employment training at mission parishes
Educates and assist in implementing infrastructure projects to improve the quality of life of the people served
Constructs basic mission chapels in areas that lack adequate worship space
Fr. Lorenzo is a Salvadoran currently serving as parochial vicar of La Immaculada parish and also the missions in Orange Walk
Presented through the Adult Faith Formation Office of Mary Immaculate Parish.
Questions? Call Beth Crouch at 972-243-7104 ext. 46