Dominican Father Ron Kreul will lead a Dec. 2-5 Parish Mission for St. Peter Catholic Parish in Marshall.
A Parish Mission is a spiritual renewal event for a parish, like retreat parishioners can make without traveling far from home.
Fr. Ron will speak at all weekend masses at St. Peter Parish on Dec. 1-2. He will lead evening sessions at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Dec. 2-5 in the church.
The public is invited and welcome to attend any or all parts of the mission, which is meant for adults, teens and children.
Fr. Ron holds a bachelor's degree in pre-counseling, a master's degree in divinity and a masters degree in moral theology. He studied in Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt; worked on a doctorate in marital and family therapy and led many retreats and days of reflection.
Father serves as a member of the Diocesan Presbyterial Council and was recently appointed as the Diocesan Director of Ministry to Priests for the Jefferson City Diocese.
The four evening events will begin at 7 p.m. Free babysitting service will be offered in the parish hall beginning at 6:45 p.m. Also each evening refreshments will be served in the parish hall after each session. Morning mass will be at 8 a.m. each morning. The mass on Tuesday morning will be at the school gym for St. Peter School students and anyone who is free to attend.
Evening topic's will include, "What would you rather do? Watch or play? it is the same with our Faith."; "Forgiveness -- not a question of "If" but -- How 'Practice Makes Perfect'; "Praying in a way that gets results -- Practicing the Fundamentals"; "The Grace filled Moments of Faith."
It should be observed that Sunday thru Tuesday are directed to adults and adolescents. Wednesday is open to all those from first grade to past retirement. There will also be a question and answer time after each talk.
Fr. Ron says -- Practice, Practice, Practice -- "We know that if someone wants to get good in doing anything it will take a lot of hard work and practice. This mission is designed to encourage individuals, families and the local church to better understand the impact of practice on the development of faith.
We learn as children that to play any game well we need to learn the rules and practice the basics. We tell our children to practice so they do not have to think when they are in the midst of the game. The same is true when we are expressing our faith. If we have practiced and developed certain skills we will be surprised at how well we do when we are immersed in the faith-filled moment of grace."
A box for a free-will offering will be available at the church entrance and a collection will be taken up on Wednesday to help defray the expenses involved in the mission.
Before and after all masses on Dec. 1-2 hand carved olive wood religious art made in the Holy Land will be on sale. Your purchase of these beautiful items will help to support Catholic families in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and help them to continue to earn a living in the land of Christ's birth. Visit Blest Art site www.blestart.org to preview the art that will be available. This is a good time during the parish mission to buy gifts for Christmas.