Garrett’s Church Plans Parish Mission | Garrett Clipper

GARRETT — The Pastoral Council of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garrett is hosting a three-day parish mission for the community this month.

A parish mission usually takes place over several evenings, each evening offering a different theme, each theme being chosen to bring people closer to the relationship with Jesus Christ.

“With COVID taking up so much of our lives over the past two years, we’ve all had to make so many changes to our plans, change the way we do even some of the normal everyday things,” said Father Jim Shafer, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church. “We had to learn new ways of operating, and even learn to deal with new responses to old problems.

“None of us expected to live with so much isolation and fear. Our collective and individual patience has certainly been worn down with each other and between us,” he added.

“We decided we needed a good old fashioned parish mission to rekindle our joy and peace, a joy and peace that we can only find one way, to reconnect us to our Creator, spending time in sacred scriptures and reflection,” organizers said.

Father Richard Kiley, of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, will present inspiration drawn from life experience, based on the sacred scriptures and offer commentary on how people can integrate it into their daily lives to begin to find that peace and joy.

Father Richard has 30 years of experience as a Franciscan priest, having served as associate pastor, vocation director, novice director, campus pastor and pastor of four parishes.

Parish mission will be held Sunday through Tuesday, February 27, 28, and March 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, located at 301 S. Ijams St., Garrett. For more information, contact the parish center at 357-3122 or visit The public is invited to attend.

Martha J. Finley