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Holy Land Pilgrimage

Under the spiritual direction of Fr. Callipare and Fr. Pete Zalewski.  Dates are Feb. 2-12, 2015.  The 11 day pilgrimage includes visiting Nazareth where you will explore the town of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus played as a child.  You will also travel to Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle.  Other places include Mt. Tabor, Mt. Carmel, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.  Pick up a brochure in the vestibule of the church or at the rectory to read about all the historic holy places included in this tour.  Call the rectory at 222-1321 for more information.

RCIA Adapted for Children

We will conduct an orientation/registration meeting on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 P.M. in the Parish Center (Hall) for families with children between 7 and 18 years of age who are missing sacraments.  If you child has been baptized, please bring their certificate or proof of baptism.  Contact Mary Staney at 422-0372 with questions.

Annual Bishop John Ricard Conference

This conference is for adults serving in any faith formation ministry (Catechists, Youth Groups, Adult Formation, Music Ministry, RCIA, Family Life, Young Adult, etc.) This year’s theme is, “Life in Christ.”  It is in Navarre on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Central Time and is a great opportunity to grow in your ministry and keep in touch with what’s happening throughout the diocese.  The cost is $30 by Oct. 3rd and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Register online at www.ptdiocese.org (Event Registration) or contact Sr. Margaret Kuntz for more information at kuntzm@ptdiocese.org or 850-435-3523.  See the flier posted on bulletin boards at both church entrances and in the Parish Hall.

Lectio Divina: Sharing the Word with the Holy Family – November 14-16

The retreat will be held at the St. John Neumann Retreat Center.  Renewed enthusiasm for the practice of lecio divina has led the Church towards a new “spiritual springtime.”  However, mounting challenges in secular, family and parish life have increased the need for a deeper and more integrated practice of lectio.  Caretakers of the Word, Mary and Joseph, personify lectio divina, and show us how to foster a dialogical way of life born out in everyday circumstances.  The Holy Family bridges traditional spirituality and contemporary sensibilities, and is a rich storehouse of inspiration and guidance for wrestling with the Word in our daily lives.  Our retreat master will be Karl Schultz, director of Genesis Personal Development Center & EWTN contributor.  Cost is $150 for the full retreat, and $100 for commuters.  To register, please call 224-2971 or email dasha@neumanncenter.org.

October Rosary

Our Blessed Mother’s message to the children of Fatima – Lucia, Jacinto and Francisco – is to pray the rosary every day to bring peace to the world. The rosary is the best weapon to fight against all evil, as St. Padre Pio said.  Beginning in October, there will be a recitation of the rosary every Sunday, thirty minutes before the start of all the morning Masses.  The Blessed Mary will be praying and interceding for us in offering our prayer to our Lord.  Let us all do it.