Lenten Mission 2018

This Lent we welcomed Father Thomas Hickey

from St. Mary Magdalen parish and school in Oakville, CT, as we contemplated the theme:

Does it Matter?

Fr. Thomas Hickey spent over twenty-five years of his life as a Baptist minister. Compelled by the undeniable witness of history and the inescapable conclusions of Scripture, Fr. Hickey resigned his ministry and was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2002.
To his great surprise, he was given an opportunity to study for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT with the Archdiocese of Hartford.
In May of 2010, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Henry Mansell. He has served three years as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul and St. Augustine parishes in Glastonbury, CT, four years as pastor of St. Stephen parish and school in Hamden, CT, while teaching Holy Scripture at Holy Apostles Seminary, and is currently Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen parish and school in Oakville, CT.
Learn more about Fr. Hickey’s journey to the Catholic Church in his article from The Coming Home Network entitled In Celebration of My Ignorance

If you missed any part of the Mission find it here:

Download the Lecture Handout.     Download the Act of Faith.

Recommended Supplemental Reading Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel

(copies available for purchase in the OLOG Church Office)


March 3 & 4 Weekend Homilies: Does it Matter WHOM We Worship?

Sunday’s homilies will focus on the Scripture readings of the day and present an overview for the Mission.  Each day examine the journey of a prominent 20th-century Catholic convert in light of the four characteristics of the Church: one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic.


March 5: Does it Matter IF We Worship?

Monday’s mission will focus on the growing trend of this generation to call upon “The Universe” as if it is something bigger than God.  This attempt to escape the need to worship will be examined in light of Romans 1:16-32.


Learn more about Malcolm Muggeridge


March 6: Does it Matter HOW We Worship?

Tuesday’s mission will deal with the perception that the Church is “behind the times” and irrelevant in the modern world.  This tendency to blur the unchanging message of the Church will be examined in light of various Scripture passages.


Learn More about G.K. Chesterton


March 7: Does it Matter WHERE We Worship?

Wednesday’s mission will address those who claim to be “spiritual but not religious” and the disintegration of morality that follows from such thinking.  The conversation of Jesus with the woman at the well in John 4 will be used to evaluate this flight from religion.


Learn More about St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross


Our Lady of Grace would like to thank Father Hickey for sharing his time with us and the Parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen for sharing their priest with us.