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Reverend Douglas Lucia will present the Lenten Mission sponsored by Notre Dame Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral on March 31 and April 1 and 2.

Father Lucia was born in Plattsburgh, N. Y. and grew up in Altona. He studied for the priesthood at Wadhams Hall Seminary College and Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, N. Y. Father was ordained in 1989 by Bishop Brzana, and subsequently served in Watertown, Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg, and Cornwall, Ont. In 1997 – 1998, Father Lucia studied Canon Law in Rome, Italy. Upon completion of his studies, Father Lucia was appointed Adjutant Judicial Vicar and Vice Chancellor for the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He has also served as Diocesan Director of Vocations, Director of Seminarians, Diocesan Chancellor, and Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Services. During this time, Father Lucia has also served as Pastor in Heuvelton and Morristown. He currently serves as Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Canton, Adjutant Judicial Vicar, and Episcopal Vicar for Worship and Priestly Formation.

This year’s Mission Theme is “The Joy of the Gospel.”

Father Lucia will be preaching at all weekend Masses on March 29 and 30 (Saturday, 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral and 5:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Church; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral and 9:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Church). The topic for these talks will be “A Joy Ever New, a Joy which is Shared.”

Daily topics will include:

March 31 - “A mother with an open heart” at 7:00 p.m. Mass at Notre Dame Church will be followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

April 1 - “No to selfishness and spiritual sloth” at 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral will be followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

April 2- “Words which set hearts on fire” at7:00 p.m. Mass at Notre Dame Church will be followed by refreshments.

All are invited and welcome to participate.

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