Spiritual program scheduled

HAGAMAN – A Lenten pilgrimage, Formed Into A People of Mercy, a four-week Wednesday afternoon spiritual program, will be held Wednesdays, Feb. 24, March 2, March 9 and March 16, at 1 p.m. in St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 51 Pawling St.

The 90-minute program will include prayer, scripture, two 15-minute DVD presentations and faith sharing, a news release said.

Each session includes teachings by Bishop Robert E. Barron from his DVD series, “Seven Deadly Sins – Seven Lively Virtues.”

Barron, previously rector of Mundelein Seminary, is auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Los Angeles and the creator and host of the documentary series, “Catholicism.”

The program is structured around these four themes: “God’s Clay: Loved and Formed,” “Designed for the Master: Improving Your Relationships,” “Molded in His Hands: Becoming an Open Vessel,” and “Fired by His Love: Living in His Merciful Way.”

This Lenten program is a response of St. Stephen’s Church to Pope Francis’ declaration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude Nov. 20 on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Those attending the program will have a chance to explore their understanding of Jesus, others and themselves in the light of gospel teachings, the news release said. People will have an opportunity to reflect on how sin and virtue affect being persons of mercy. They will be invited to incorporate the principles of mercy into their lives.

Light refreshments will be provided during the program.

There will be no cost to attend, but registration is necessary, the news release said.

Call Josie Sperduto at 843-2907 or Jeanne Pitkin at 842-0972 for more information and to register.

The public is invited.

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