THE 2015 PARISH MISSION: A Well-Built Faith
April 12, April 19 and May 3
6-8 p.m. in the Church
Now you have the book in hand: Joe Paprocki’s
A Well-Built Faith, a Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe
You’ve marked your calendar for all three nights of our Parish Mission, to listen to the book’s author and four of our parish leaders discuss their tools for this “knowing” and “sharing” of what we Catholics believe. We will get more out of the Mission if we have already read (or even skimmed) Paprocki’s guidebook before we gather in church, having underlined and dog-eared our questions, comments and Ah-ha thoughts. Write down those things you’ve always wanted to know and to be able to share with someone else (like, Why do we trace the cross on our forehead, lips and chest?). Really, make a list. Bring your list to the Parish Mission, and listen as your neighbors and friends say Ah-ha, too!
Wondering who the respective speakers are for the Mission? Here’s a bit about each one:
Joe Paprocki is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus. He will speak the first night.
Youth Minister Jim Welch joined St. Mary of Vernon in July 2001. He has been a Youth Minister since 1994. Jim graduated from Niles College of Loyola University (now St. Joseph Seminary) then attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, where he studied for the priesthood. At that time he left to begin ministering to junior high and high school teenagers. He will speak on April 19.
Maureen Evers has been the Pastoral Associate at St. Mary of Vernon for the last seven of her fifteen years in parish ministry. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University and is currently working on a certificate in Spiritual Direction with a concentration in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Discernment. Maureen has a deep love for God and a passion for walking with people on the journey of faith through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. She will speak April 19.
Marion Hornung has served as Director of Religious Education at St. Mary of Vernon Parish for the past five years. She has worked for almost 20 years as a professional lay minister in the area of Youth Ministry and Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Marion has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and plans to return to Loyola University to complete a Master of Religious Education degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies. She will speak on May 3.
Director of Music Michele Farmer has been a member of our parish since 1992, when her husband Randy came into the Church through our RCIA program. Michele is a lifelong member of the Archdiocese of Chicago and studied Piano Performance here at Northwestern University. Michele began her career as a church organist in the fourth grade, launching her professional career in Music Ministry. Michele will speak on May 3.