20 March 2012
Masses on March 24/25
Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, our mission leader, will preach at all masses on the weekend of March 24/25. He'll give us a peek into what we can expect from the mission:
No Greater Love:
Friar Johnpaul's uses his gift for storytelling and humor to bring life to the message of Jesus’ words to us, today’s disciples. Topics such as faith and doubt, addictions and conversion, depression and surrender, death and new life will be explored. We promise you an enjoyable and strengthening experience, for junior high students through senior citizens.
Sunday, March 25
I thirst. Father forgive them. Woman, behold your son.
Monday, March 26
My God, My God, why... This day you will be with me in paradise.
Tuesday, March 27
Into your hands, it is finished.
March 27 Mass · 8:45 AM
Our school mass moves to Tuesday so that Fr. Johnpaul can share his mission messages with our school students. All parishioners are welcome to attend this mass, whether or not you're able to participate in the evening mission sessions.
Each night's program will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at approximately 8:30 PM. Please join us after each session for reflection and refreshments in the church vestibule.
About Friar Johnpaul
Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM, is a Franciscan Priest of the Sacred Heart Province of Chicago/St. Louis. Born and raised in the New York City area, Friar JP, as he is often called, is the oldest child of an ltalian/Polish Catholic family.
He is a former NYC police officer who has worked as a counselor and chaplain at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. His work has included counseling gang members and their families while working closely with the Gang Crimes unit of the Chicago Police Department.
Coming from an alcoholic family himself, Friar Johnpaul has worked extensively with adult children of alcoholics both in private therapy and in the 12-step programs. This work has brought him to minister to survivors of physical and sexual abuse both in counseling and therapeutic massage activities.
He was formerly a vice-president at Hales Franciscan High School and remains on its board of trustees. His other affiliations and good works include:
- Pastoral associate at Holy Family Parish in Inverness
- Chaplain for the AGLO (Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach) at Mt. Carmel Church in Chicago
- Chaplain for Illinois State Police District 15 SPU
- International pilgrimages, preaching and speaking engagements
You can follow Fr. JP's activities and his website: friarjp.com.
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