St. Michael Catholic Parish was blessed on March 22 to dedicate a 150-seat chapel located at 342 N. College Street. 

The front of the chapel is the former Hardin-Poucher house, built in 1850, with a 2,000 square foot addition on the back. It is adjacent to our Auburn Catholic Campus Ministry Center at 115 Mitcham Ave., and will be called Frassati Chapel, after Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the patron of young adults.

The chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Rodi of Mobile prior to its completion due to scheduling and construction issues. We hope to be using it soon for Tuesday and Thursday evening daily masses and for our Spirit and Truth Monday night worship service. Through the use of a key-coded door, college students and others will be able to pray there 24 hours a day.

Many churches conduct missions as part of their ministry, both to encourage their members to grow in faith and to invite others to do the same. Missions come in a variety of approaches — several weeknights or a weekend, preaching, music or a combination of the two. Many Catholic churches sponsor missions during Lent, the 40-plus days before Easter, as a way to prepare for celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection during Holy Week and Easter.

St. Michael Parish is holding a one-day parish mission this Saturday, and all are invited — Catholic and non-Catholic.

The first part of our mission day is a program called Find Your Greatness. Find Your Greatness is sponsored by Dynamic Catholic, a nationwide ministry whose aim is to deepen one’s faith. Find Your Greatness is hosted by Dynamic Catholic speaker Jonathan Fanning. He will be speaking on four spiritual habits that transform people’s lives.

Our lives change when our habits change, and changing habits is one way to become the best versions of ourselves. The program begins at 9 a.m. this Saturday and ends at 1 p.m. It is a ticketed event; tickets are $25, but the ticket price includes a journal, book, CD and other materials, along with free childcare for children ages 12 and younger.

The second part of our parish mission is a free concert at 2 p.m. (moved from 7 p.m. because of Auburn’s Final Four game) by The Vigil Project, a musical group based out of New Orleans.

The Vigil Project is in the middle of its national Keep Watch and Pray Tour, and we are blessed to be included this Lent. They are a community of artists who collaborate to make music and other resources to help people pray. Two of the members of the group are Auburn University alumni Greg and Lizzy Boudreaux, whose earlier music can be found under the name Greg & Lizzy. The two hour mission concert will include song, witness and prayer.

Come spend some time with us and with the Lord this Saturday. You will be glad you did!

A Catholic priest since 1987, Father Bill Skoneki has been the pastor of St. Michael Catholic Parish since 2005. Prior to Auburn, he ministered in Montgomery, Mobile, Fairhope and Daphne. The son of an Air Force officer, his family is based in Montgomery.

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