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Join us for a three-day mission in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. St. Peter writes in his epistle that, “according to His great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Pt. 1:3). We are living in a time when God has extended His great mercy to a world that has largely forgotten its need for His mercy. Turning to God for His mercy is the only hope for our world. We have this message of hope within us as followers of Jesus Christ.

The Mission Speaker

Fr-Mark-150Fr. Mark Cherry grew up in Halifax, N. S. and is the oldest of eight children. His parents, Doug and Helen Cherry practiced their Catholic faithfully, attending St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in the 60’s and then St. Agnes Parish for 22 years as they raised their family. At the age of eighteen while attending University in Guelph, Ontario, Fr. Mark encountered an evangelical Christian who began to speak to him about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This caused him to begin to reflect on his own Catholic faith and what it really meant to be a Christian. In the fall of 1976 Fr. Mark experienced a powerful conversion to Christ coming to know His love and forgiveness in a personal way. Shortly after his conversion his parents became involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Providence would have it that Fr. Mark would spend 20 years in Evangelical Christian community before returning to the Catholic Church in 1996. In the fall of 1998 after a prayer meeting at St. Thomas Aquinas Church hall he was asked whether he had ever thought about the priesthood. Further discernment led to him entering St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto in January 2000. Fr. Mark was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 2005 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. His first appointments were as Associate Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs for two years and then St. Benedict Parish for one year. He was appointed Pastor of St. Genevieve and St. Philip Neri Parish in August 2008. In August of 2010 he was appointed Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs where he currently serves. Before his ordination he served on the Archdiocesan Service Team for the Charismatic Renewal. Over the past seven years, in addition, to his duties in the parish he has been asked to speak at conferences, retreats and serves as Spiritual Chaplain of the Weekend of Grace for Women and Men Conferences. In the 2011 he completed the teaching series entitled “Understanding the End of the Age.”

Music provided by “All Things New” music ministry team from Halifax.

The Schedule

Monday at 7pm

Why an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy?

Holy Mass with the talk given during the homily.

Tuesday at 7pm

Receiving God’s great Mercy

We will begin with a time of Praise and Worship, followed by talk, then Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Priests will be available to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday at 7pm

Sharing God’s Mercy

Holy Mass with the talk given during the homily.