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Shrine Parish Mission with Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM

“The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom should I fear?”

March 3-7; dates, times, and topics are listed below

Lent is a time to examine our life and relationship with God and ask, “Is the Lord truly my light and my salvation? Am I living for Christ?” Lent is a time to strengthen our resolve, go more deeply into prayer, and open our hearts to God’s transforming love, mercy, healing, and forgiveness.

We invite every member of the parish to the Shrine Parish Mission with Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM, presenter and preacher. The mission will kick off with Fr. Alex preaching at all of the weekend liturgies on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. He will also preach at the 6:30 and 8:30 AM Masses March 5-7.

Mission Events:

Rosary and Procession of Our Lady of Fatima image: 6:30 PM in Church, March 5-7

Evening Reflections : 7:00 PM in the Church on the following themes:

  • Sunday, March 4 (following the 6 PM Mass): Brief Overview

  • Monday, March 5: “I am the Light of the World

  • Tuesday, March 6: “Follow Me”

  • Wednesday, March 7: Healing Mass with homily theme: “We have found the Messiah!”

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and prayer teams will be available following each evening session

Daytime talks focusing on Prayer, Discernment and Forgiveness: 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Shrine Conference Center

Monday, March 5                            Tuesday, March 6                            Wednesday, March 7 from 9

Hospitality will be offered at each session.

Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM was a soccer player and graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Answering the call to the Franciscan Order in 1992, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and was ordained. Fr. Alex spent time in the Holy Land, which woke an interest in the Palestinian Christians and their plight in the Holy Land. After an assignment in 2003-2004 to learn better ways the Western Christians could assist Christians in the Holy Land, Fr. Alex was asked to lead pilgrimages, which awakened a love for the people, the land, and spiritual direction. Fr. Alex has served as associate pastor and weekend assistant at parishes in the Archdiocese, and as an Evangelization Coordinator in Office of Evangelization for the Archdiocese. He founded several friaries and currently lives at the newly founded St. Moses the Black Friary in Detroit. He is founder of Terra Sancta Pilgrimages and has been leading twice yearly trips to the Holy Lands since 2008.