St Patrick’s Parish Mission
Date: October 22ndto 24th, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
The Path to Intentional Discipleship – Father Michael Sweeney, O.P.
Please join St Patrick’s Parish’s mission and explore your path in becoming an intentional disciple of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Father Michael Sweeney O.P., from the Catherine of Siena Institute an organization dedicated to parish layperson apostolate formation, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be presenting the following:
Monday– The disciple is one who seeks to learn and enter into the relationship that the Master has with God and others. Monday will focus on the way in which our Lord relates to the Father and to us – his gestures; how we recognize him and can enter into his relationship to the Father and to others.
Tuesday– To remember Our Lord’s gestures we require each other: the centre of parish life is therefore the Eucharist, and its celebration at Mass. The Mass re-enacts the self-offering of Jesus, and the structure of the Mass recapitulates the Gospels. Tuesday’s mission will focus upon our common celebration of the presence of Our Lord to us in the liturgy.
Wednesday– Discipleship is the proclamation of Our Lord to the world. Therefore we share a common vocation: that each man and woman meet the Risen Lord. Our common vocation situates our individual and personal vocations: if we are to discern the work to which the Lord calls us, we will find it within our common vocation. Wednesday’s focus will address the discernment of our vocations as a work that we undertake together.
Refreshments will be served in the parish hall following the nightly mission conferences.
Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP
Father Michael Sweeney, OP, served as President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley from June, 2004 to July 2015. Ordained in 1979, Fr. Michael has served as both a university chaplain and as a pastor in a parish setting.
Father Michael’s chief interest is the mission of the Church to the world. This requires, he notes, an understanding of the relationships within the Church between the clergy, the laity and parish community in light of that mission, and formation of the laity for their task as apostles.
In 1997 he co-founded with Sherry Weddell, a lay woman, the Catherine of Siena Institute, whose purpose is to assist parishes to provide a formation for lay men and women. The Institute has addressed over 50,000 Catholics throughout North America (and Asia).
Father Michael has developed and offered workshops in priestly formation, the theology of the laity, the theology of vocation, the theology of pastoral governance and Catholic social teaching. In addition to his duties as President of DSPT, he has offered classes at the School on the role of the laity in the Church, particularly in light of the documents of Vatican II and Pope Saint John Paul II. Fr. Michael serves as a consultant to the California Catholic Conference.