Attending the mission in Kimberley will be, above left, Deacon Bob Williston and wife, Joan, and above right, Father David Purcell. Submitted photo.

Attending the mission in Kimberley will be, above left, Deacon Bob Williston and wife, Joan, and above right, Father David Purcell. Submitted photo.

Sacred Heart in Kimberley to host parish mission

Sacred Heart Parish in Kimberley invites one and all to come together for a mission Sunday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 13. The mission is open to the entire Kimberley/Cranbrook community. The focus in on the Catholic believer and to reacquaint them with the essential elements of their faith.

Sacred Heart will host the Parish Mission with the Redemptorist Team, lead by Father David Purcell, along with Deacon Bob Williston and wife, Joan.

Sunday, March 10; Potluck Supper (5:00pm), Inspirational Talk (7:00 pm)

Monday, March 11; Inspirational Talk (7:00 pm) – followed by Refreshments in the hall

Tuesday, March 12; Inspirational Talk (7:00 pm) – followed by Refreshments in the hall

Wed, March 13; Potluck Supper (5:00pm), Mass, Inspirational Talk, Reconciliation (7:00pm)

About the Mission Team

Bob and Joan Williston have been working as Lay Missionaries for 35 years. Bob grew up in Vancouver and began his liturgical music ministry by leading music at Catholic Masses. He worked for the Archdiocese of Vancouver conducting weekend retreats and used his music in his ministry to youth. Bob made his living as a Catholic school teacher in Chilliwack B. C. Bob completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the university of Winnipeg and went on to attain a Master of Divinity Degree from Newman theological College in Edmonton.

Joan was born in Sarnia Ontario. She received her Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the university of Toronto. Working and living in Toronto, she encountered the Redemptorists. She moved out West and met Bob. After their marriage they worked with the Mission Team for six years. Bob and Joan are now semi-retired and conduct Parish Missions and Retreats out of Lethbridge AB.

Fr. David Purcell C.Ss.R was born in Edmonton, AB. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1978. As his faith grew deeper and more of a focus for his life, he joined the Redemptorists in 1980. He experienced a strong call to serve as a priest and completed his Master of Divinity in 1983. He was ordained to the priesthood in Edmonton, Alberta, in June of 1984. Since his days studying in engineering, Fr. David has always loved to share his own faith stories with others and to facilitate the sharing of faith among people through retreats, parish programs, the charismatic renewal, other renewal programs and preached events.