Saint Martha Parish, Plainville and Saint Mary Parish, Wrentham will co-host a Lenten Mission this Monday through Wednesday, March 27-28-29, 2017 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Saint Martha Church in Plainville. Scheduled at the midway point of the Season of Lent, the mission offers an opportunity for those attending to take some ‘time out for God.’ This is most often the great challenge of the Lenten Season for people today who live such busy lives that faith can be pushed to the periphery! Many people approach the midway point of Lent, asking themselves, “What have I done for Lent thus far?”
Patrick Nolan, S.J. will offer the participants a three night ‘half-time challenge’ to salvage the second half of Lent and FINISH STRONG on the spiritual marathon from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Patrick is completing his studies for priesthood at Boston College School of Theology & Ministry in preparation for ordination to priesthood next year. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland. Patrick followed college by a successful nine year career in the merchandising sector of Major League Baseball. At the end of those nine years,he had the huge opportunity to move on to a more prestigious and lucrative position within a major financial institution. He discerned, however, that it was time to respond to a nagging call to priesthood he had been putting aside for some time. He entered the Society of Jesus and began the long road of formation and education in preparation for ordination as a Jesuit priest. He will share the rich Jesuit spiritual tradition of prayerful discernment of God’s will from his personal experience as he encourages the participants at the mission to make a ‘half-time commitment’ to FINISH STRONG on the Lenten course of deepened prayer, conversion of heart and outreach to those in need. There will be a number of priests available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday evening for those who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity.
The mission is an opportunity for a deepened faith experience for those who attend Mass regularly, as well as those who attend Mass occasionally, perhaps Christmas and Easter. It is also a prime opportunity for those who have been away from the Church for any reason to begin a process of comfortable re-entry. All are welcome to attendat 7:30 at Saint Martha Church on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Join us for all three nights or as many nights as you can. \