Parish Mission March 24-29

7pm - 8:30pm

What is a Mission?
Are you so involved in scurrying around with business, children, family, social activities that you have little time for quiet contemplation with God? A mission is a time of special grace when God calls us into a deeper relationship with Him, a time for personal growth, a time to listen to God, a time of spiritual refreshment and invigoration.

Who is a Mission for?
The Mission is for all people, from inactive to very active. It is for all ages and for any stage in life -- married, single, divorced, separated, widow, etc. We particularly invite those who want to know more about the church today and how it can take an active role in the everyday experiences of work, leisure, family and politics.

What for will this Mission take?
Each evening there will be a special parish mass and homily designated to increase our spirituality. A social will follow in the hall to enhance our feeling of parish community. The mission priest will be available for informal chats and questions and answers. So that all may attend, other parish functions will be canceled during Mission Week.

Fr. Richard Gielow, CM was born in LaSalle, IL in 1943 to Virginia and Robert Gielow. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent DePaul in 1970. From 1971 to 1976 Fr. Gielow served as Director of Vocations for the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers. In 1976, he was appointed Rector and Principal of St. John's High School Seminary in Kansas City, MO and filled that position until 1982. He was then asked to join the Vincentian Parish Mission Team and has been a member of that team until the present time.

Father Gielow holds a B.A. in Philosophy, a M.Div. in Theology from DeAndreis Institute of Theology and a M.A. in Religious Education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is listed in the Midwest and Religious sections of Who's Who in America as a "well known preacher and retreat director."

Currently, Father Gielow is the Director of the Vincentian Parish Mission Center in Kansas City, MO. He is also the National Spiritual Advisor to the Ladies of Charity of USA.
Father Gielow enjoys people, travel and of course playing golf. He loves saying Mass for football teams from the NFL, especially the Chicago Bears. Look for him on the sidelines at the Bears away games with his twin brother, Fr. Robert Gielow, CM Fr. Robert is also a Vincentian and a member of the Mission Team. Sometimes they conduct missions together. Father Gielow's sister, Mary Ann Gielow, is the Director of Development for St. Cyril of Alexandria Parish in Tucson, AZ.

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