Popular speaker presents 3-day mission at St. Thomas, includes morning, evening sessions

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Mary Amore, an immensely popular speaker in the Chicago Archdiocese and the Joliet Diocese who is executive director of Mayslake Ministries in Lombard, will present a three-day parish mission at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville. Amore will lead discussions on “The Eucharist:  Pathway, Invitation, Renewed Call to Discipleship,” beginning with reflections following homilies during all Masses the weekend of Saturday, Feb. 2. The three-day parish mission will continue during morning and evening sessions Monday, Feb. 4 – Wednesday, Feb. 6. 


The weekend Mass schedule at St. Thomas is 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; and 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. Weekday sessions of the mission will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the chapel and from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the church. Everyone is invited to attend as many sessions as possible. 


This inspirational series will focus on the centrality of Eucharist to life and, according to Amore, “Your experience of Mass will be forever enriched.” 


The first day is described as “Eucharist:  Pathway to Spiritual Transformation” while the second day is “Eucharist:  Invitation to Spiritual Healing.” Both of which naturally culminate in “Eucharist:  Renewed Call to Discipleship,” the topic of the third day. 


Amore comes to St. Thomas richly prepared and highly enthusiastic about her topic, having written two books, “Primary Symbols of Worship” and “The Call to Participation,” and many spiritual and liturgical articles. Her missions, retreats and workshops are well-received in both dioceses. 


A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Amore holds a doctor of ministry degree in liturgy and a master of arts degree in pastoral studies from the Catholic Theological Union (CTU). Professionally, she also has served as director of liturgy and adult faith formation at St. Mary of Gostyn Parish, Downers Grove. 


For information about “The Eucharist:  Pathway, Invitation, Renewed Call to Discipleship,” contact Chari Rosales, director of St. Thomas Adult Faith Formation and Spirituality (S.T.A.F.F.S.), at (360) 355-8980, ext. 138 or crosales@stapostle.org


St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish of the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bear the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, witness and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people. Complete information about St. Thomas the Apostle or parish activities can be viewed at www.stapostle.org. For general parish information, call (630) 355-8980.


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