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The Village at Marymount To Host Eighth Mission Day Mass

The Village at Marymount will hold its eighth Mission Day Mass at 4 p.m. on May 24 at the outdoor Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine on the Marymount Intergenerational Health and Education Campus.

Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, once again will officiate over the Mass, and will anoint the hands of all staff members, residents, and caregivers.

Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, anoints the hands of Dan Storey, administrator at The Village at Marymount, during a past Mission Day Mass celebration.

For the past six years, the Mass has grown to include all the ministries on the Marymount Intergenerational Health and Education Campus, including Marymount Hospital, Marymount Child Care Center, Trinity High School, the Franciscan Center, and The Village at Marymount.

Trinity High School provided altar servers and enhanced the celebration with one of its choir groups getting everyone singing along with heart and soul directed by Jennifer Cochran. In the past, Marymount Hospital included its own Mission Day celebration during the day with displays depicting the heritage of its healing ministry.

Hospital staff who attended the Mass said it was the perfect way to bring to full circle the fact that the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis founded and continue to sponsor and support the campus ministries. The Village at Marymount is the "youngest" ministry on the campus.

Sister Mary Alice Jarosz initiated the Mission Day Mass within a year of becoming Director of Mission Integration in 2009. Since most of her religious life and ministry has been focused on the campus, she couldn't help but go beyond The Village at Marymount and include everyone on campus.

"After all, to me that is the true meaning of integration," she said.

Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, anoints the hands of Sister Mary Alice Jarosz, Director of Mission Integration at The Village at Marymount; a member of the Garfield Heights Police Department; and staff members of Marymount Hospital during a past Mission Day Mass celebration.

     
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