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Eight locations, four languages, one mission

Since their founding in 1732 in Naples, Italy, Redemptorists have traveled far and wide giving parish missions. In October, nine Redemptorist missionaries will bring their trademark down-to-earth preaching and the good news of God’s boundless love to eight parishes in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ.
The Perth Amboy Regional Mission runs October 16-19, and will be preached in four languages — English, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. Evening sessions will be held on each of the four nights at all eight parishes.
Msgr. Robert J. Zamorski, episcopal vicar for Middlesex County and rector of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen, will be the principle celebrant for the closing Mass on October 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 490 State Street, Perth Amboy.
Sometimes likened to a parish retreat or revival, parish missions are designed to reinvigorate faith, heal relationships, and bring a renewed spirit of evangelization to the community. Each night of the mission focuses on a different theme such as redemption, reconciliation, Mary, and the Eucharist. Rather than focusing on just one parish, regional missions encompass several communities in the same geographic region. Redemptorists from the U.S. and Canada recently preached a regional mission for the First Nations people in the Diocese of Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada.
“A regional mission like this provides a great opportunity to reach out to all Catholics in the area, especially those who have drifted away over the years,” said Rev. Kevin MacDonald, coordinator of the mission and a Redemptorist currently stationed in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “The mission may be the catalyst for Catholics to reconnect to the faith community. The parishes involved have been making phone calls, knocking on doors, hanging banners, advertising in the newspapers and on television, all for weeks in advance of the mission. All are invited and all are welcome.”
The Redemptorists are active in several parishes in the Diocese of Metuchen, including Christ the King and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Manville, and St. Stephen’s in Perth Amboy. Two Redemptorists also serve as co-directors of the diocesan Hispanic Ministry office.
For more information about parish missions in your area, check out our calendar.