Fr. John Lanzrath to lead mission at Church of the Holy Spirit Sept. 13-16

By Heather Welch
You can be a missionary in your very own diocese. Just ask Fr. John Lanzrath.
Fr. Lanzrath, director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship, just completed parish missions for the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, Ga., and St. Cecilia Parish in Haysville. On Sept. 13-16 he takes his mission message, “Stewardship as the Way of Life,” to Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard. The talks begin at 7 p.m. All are invited.
“Retreats from the normal routine of life are as necessary for our spiritual life as a vacation is for our physical life,” said Fr. Lanzrath.
Fr. Lanzrath said it is challenging to find time that is not filled with activities in one’s life and that a parish mission invites parishioners to gather in the evenings after a day of work to spend time in prayer and reflection with the Lord.
“Instead of watching television, or surfing the Internet, or washing a load of dirty clothes, or mowing the lawn, the parish mission invites us to retreat from our normal routine and focus upon taking care of our spiritual life.”
Debbie Workman, Holy Spirit’s office manager, said she is looking forward to hearing how to correctly form her heart so as to better serve the Lord.
“I’d like to learn how we as a parish family can deeply form our hearts to know God, who has touched us with His Goodness, and in return, touch a world that hungers to know Him in and through us.”
Fr. Lanzrath said a parish mission, and particularly the mission for Church of the Holy Spirit, calls people together to listen to the voice of the Lord.
“Jesus states that the way of the Lord is not the way of the world. We hear the voice of the world constantly and loudly,” he said.
“A mission is a time to follow a much quieter voice, the voice of the Lord, to retreat from the voice of the world for a few hours to really ask ourselves,’Who do we choose to follow?’”