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This time, Farmington's St. Michael's mission looks inward

Usually when a church talks about doing mission work, it is making plans to go out into the community and help people who are in need. This weekend, though, St. Michael's Catholic Church is looking inward.

For four days starting Saturday, the church will hold what is calling its Parish Mission. The event, which the church holds every few years, is all about giving church members a chance to help themselves and strengthen their own faith.

"It's a chance to reenergize ourselves spiritually so we're able to live our faith," said Dottie Knutson, St. Michael's director of faith formation. "Lent is a time to reach deep into our souls and be fed and contemplate so we can go forth."

Activities will start with a youth mass at 4:30 p.m. March 9. There will be a concert featuring three nationally-known Christian artists on March 10 and presentations from NETMinistries speaker David Rinaldi on March 11 and 12.

Knutson is excited about this year's events. At Saturday's youth mass, sixth- through 12th-grade students will serve as greeters, ushers and lectors. It will be the second time the church has held such a mass, and Knutson said the enthusiasm the young people bring to their roles is refreshing.

"It's just wonderful to have their presence and their energy," Knutson said. "We had the first one a little over a month ago and it was wonderfully received."

Sunday's concert is a unique opportunity for Farmington. It features Steve Angrisano, Dan Schuette and Curtis Stephan. Knutson said the trio will bring their tour, sponsored by Oregon Catholic Press, to only a handful of parishes around the country.

"These guys are pretty big names in the Christian music committee," said Eric Larson, the church's music director. "It's music that you'd hear anywhere from the traditional to like what you'd hear on KTIS or Relevant Radio, some of the Christian music stations. It's going to appeal to all ages, but especially those who like the more upbeat music in church."

The church hopes to draw at least 600 people to the concert.

Speaker David Rinaldi will address a pair of topics in his presentations. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 11 he will talk about living your faith in the real world. The title of the March 12 talk, also from 6:30 to 7:30, is When God Says No.

The presentations are geared to anyone 10 and up. There will be social gatherings after all of the events.

This year's parish mission is a little bit different than some others the church has held. It's more a la carte, Knutson said. People can pick and choose the events they would like to attend. All of the events are open to the public.

"We hope the community will join us for this," Knutson said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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