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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Night of Prayer

Our Night of Prayer is in progress as I write. It began at 10.00pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayers of intercession and Consecration to the Sacred Heart. It will conclude in the morning with a Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Mass at 6.00am. It seems somehow appropriate to have it covering the night of the First Friday and morning of the First Saturday.

The idea came from a parishioner who felt that, just as there are people working eight-hour shifts during the night, so we could do an eight-hour shift of prayer.

The intention of this Night of Prayer is "The Needs of our Parish." We might have futher "Nights of Prayer" if people request it. Those who have kept vigil in the church up to now have been delighted to have had the opportunity to pray before the Lord.

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Blogger gemoftheocean said...

May many blessings flow to your parish and all its inhabitants. It seems a wonderful way to build a core community.

It's the best form of prayer many times. We look at God and He looks at us.

12:59 am  
Blogger Jackie Parkes said...

Oh great to see you Fr John!

6:36 pm  

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