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My Town: Bestselling author to speak at St. Patrick-St. Anthony lenten mission
My Town: Bestselling author to speak at St. Patrick-St. Anthony lenten mission

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- In the lenten season leading up to Easter, Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, world-renowned traveler, bestselling author, teacher and priest will journey to Grand Haven and serve as guest preacher at all weekend masses.  He will also lead attendees in a special lenten mission from March 8 through March 10 at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

Masses will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Three special lenten mission programs will be held Sunday through Tuesday, March 8, 9 and 10, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Church.  The parish is located at 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.  The general public is welcome to attend all free programs.

Entitled “Signed and Sealed With the Cross,” St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish’s lenten mission series will help attendees explore the identity of God, as proclaimed in the ancient gesture of being signed with a cross.

“Each night of the lenten mission,  we will have an opening song, prayer, scriptural and gospel readings, plus inspirational preaching, along with a sign of peace, a blessing and closing song,” said Fr. Haase.

  • The topic of the first evening mission program covers reflection and the unconditional love of God.  Readings for night one include Romans 8:14-17 and Luke 10:25-37.
  • The second evening program covers how individuals can find hope in the midst of difficult times.     Readings for night two include Romans 8:31b-32, 35, 37-39 and Matthew 14:22-33.
  • The third and final evening is about the Holy Spirit and what it means to be sent forth on a mission.  Readings for night three include Isaiah 11:1-3 and Luke 4:16-21.

“We will also explore the challenges and responsibilities we accept when we seal our lives with the sign of our salvation,” said Fr. Haase.

Fr. Haase is a well-known speaker in both Catholic, as well as Protestant churches, stemming from his work as an author with both Catholic and Protestant publishers.  Twenty-five percent of his ministry work occurs in non-Catholic circles and 75 percent of his work is Catholic.

“People should think about attending the upcoming St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Mission in March to revitalize their faith.  It’s a great activity to do during the lenten season.  As we spend time deepening our faith in God, we also invigorate our faith in humanity,” said Fr. Haase.

As part of his work in priestly ministry, Fr. Haase spends nearly three-quarters of the 365 days in the year traveling in the U.S. and abroad to conduct spirituality workshops as well as preach parish missions and retreats.  His audience has included bishops, priests, nuns and laity.  This will be his first time preaching in Michigan.

“This is one of the few states that I have yet to conquer,” Fr. Haase said jokingly. “I literally live on the road―I took 161 flights on United last year―and I think I am the only Catholic priest in the U.S. who has reached ‘1K’ status on United Airlines.”

During the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Lenten Mission, a book table, featuring a variety of Fr. Haase’s bestselling books and DVDs will be available for purchase before and after each evening’s session.  Refreshments also will be served following the sessions in the parish Family Center.

“We are so blessed to bring in a person of Fr. Haase’s caliber and our goal is to encourage anyone interested in setting aside one, two or three nights during Lent to join us during these programs for spiritual enrichment,” said Jeff Andrini, director of faith formation with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.


Fr. Albert Haase

Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Fr. Haase has been not only a popular preacher in both Catholic and Protestant churches, but teacher of spiritual formation and spiritual direction, plus a radio talk show host of a weekly program known as “Spirit and Life,” heard in 16 states on the Relevant Radio Network. A former missionary to mainland China for over 11 years, he is also the author of eight books on popular spirituality plus an audio CD series, “The Lord’s Prayer:  A Summary of the Entire Gospel.”  In addition, he trains spiritual directors in the diocese of Springfield, Illinois.  

His latest and bestselling book, "CATCHING FIRE, BECOMING FLAME: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation," has an accompanying DVD available from Paraclete Press. A follow-up DVD, "KEEPING THE FIRE ALIVE: Navigating Challenges in the Spiritual Life," is also available from Paraclete Press. 

Complete information about Fr. Albert Haase can be found on his website at www.AlbertOFM.org

For further information about the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Lenten Mission, contact Jeff Andrini, director of Faith Formation at (616) 842-0001, ext. #121.

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current church was opened in 1957 after the old church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish.