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This website contains information about our numerous ministries and outreach programs, and many photographs of the beautiful surroundings of the church and its people. As you explore our site, please know you are always welcome
2015 BISHOP'S APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES & CHURCH Changing Lives….One Family at a Time. A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who made a commitment to the 2015 Bishop's Appeal. If you have not yet responded to the 2015 Bishop's Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church, please do so at this time using the Commitment Envelopes available in the church pews or by sending your commitment to the rectory. We will be personally contacting parishioners that have not yet responded to the Appeal.
|FROM THE PASTOR"I want to remind priests that the confessional must not be a torture chamber but rather an encounter with the Lord's mercy which spurs us on to do our best." -- The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis, 2014.
I couldn't agree with this statement of the pope more. We are welcomed to the sacrament of Reconciliation not drug in to be punished. People who come to confession have already examined their sins and have made up their minds that they are sorry. The power of the Holy Spirit is working in them. They come in to the confessional to celebrate reconciliation. They speak their sins number and kind accusing themselves of their guilt and asking forgiveness. The priest hears these sins and in the person of Jesus Christ, forgives them and offers his love. The penance that is accepted by the person is a direction to help them grow in their relationship to Jesus Christ and live the life of a Christian.
It is with joy that I welcome those people who haven't been to the sacrament for a number of years. I try to treat them with respect and love that Jesus treated the sinner he forgave in his time on earth.
The weekend of the 14th and 15th our Confirmation class will be handing out a pamphlet "How to Make a Good Confession" which is an excellent guide for everyone on how to understand this sacrament and how to examine our conscience. Along with these they will also be passing out small bottles of Holy Water to take home and use as a sacramental reminder that we belong to Christ by our baptism.
Communal Penance Services for Portage County
March 19 - Immaculate Conception Parish - 7:00 pm
March 23 - Saint Joseph, Mantua - 7:00 pm
March 26 - Saint Patrick, Kent - 7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross - Every Friday at 4:00 pm - February 20 - March 27 (please note the time change)
Individual Confessions - Saturdays at 2:45 pm
LENTEN ADULT EDUCATION We will offer Adult Education Sessions on four Thursdays during Lent. Our topics come from a book "A Fresh Look at Confession" by Fr. David Knight. Sessions will be in the morning after Mass and evening at 7:00pm in Tobin Hall.
March 5 - Experiencing the priesthood of Baptism
March 12 - Experiencing the giftedness of accountability
CONFIRMATION RETREAT Our eighth grade students will be on retreat this Saturday,
March 7, in preparation for their Confirmation. They
will be joined by fellow Confirmation candidates from
St. Patrick and Newman Center Parishes in Kent - a total
of 60 in all! The retreat will be held in our parish hall
and will begin promptly at 10am and will conclude with
the 4pm Mass.
We ask the people of our parish for their prayers and
support for all of these teens on this very important and
spirit-filled day as they continue their preparations for
celebration of the sacrament this May.
Ministering to the HomeboundIf you are aware of anyone who is homebound and in need or desire of our support, or who is in need of the Sacrament of the Sick or Communion, please contact the church office at 330-206-6434Prayer List Should you desire to have someone placed on the prayer list, or you would like to receive a monthly list to pray for, please contact the parish office. Again, thank you to everyone who offers their ministry of prayer.