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Father Marquard

Showing Gratitude While Saying Goodbye: Sending off a Beloved Priest

Help us celebrate Father Marquard as he prepares to depart Good Shepherd after being with us for the last eight years! We hope you can join us for one of the events below: 

Saturday, June 10th - 4:00pm Mass
Join us for cookies and lemonade in the social hall after Mass. No registration required. 

Sunday, June 11th - 8:30am Mass
Join us after the 8:30am Mass for a variety of breakfast cereals where we will enjoy all of Father Marquard's favorites! No registration required. 

Sunday, June 11th - 10:30am Mass
Join us in our larger parish celebration after the 10:30am Mass. Registration is requested for this event and will be held outdoors if the weather permits. Please bring a lawn chair! REGISTER HERE or by calling the parish office.  

Join us in praying for Father Luke Marquard as he takes on his new assignment at the Church of Saint Joseph in West Saint Paul. 

Lord Jesus, eternal priest, bestow on Father Marquard the fullness of your perfection and strength. Remember that he has forsaken all things to give himself entirely to you. In his hours of loneliness and discouragement be close to him, that he may not fail in his sacred duties. Bless his labors with abundant fruit for souls. May all his contacts with others bring them and him closer to your divine heart.

Give him a sympathetic and understanding heart that he may restore peace and bring consolation to those who have fallen into sin. Give him a generous heart that he may share the sorrows and sufferings of others and be forgetful of his own. Give him a strong heart that he may be ever pure in the midst of a sinful world. Keep always holy his anointed hands, which are privileged to touch your sacred Body, that they may never work to your dishonor. May his lips, which touch your Precious Blood, never be the instrument of sin.

And if ever, Lord, through weakness he should fall, then lift him gently to your Sacred Heart. Remember that the world's possessions are no longer his and that he has nothing left but you. Grant that each precious host to be consecrated at his hands may bring him closer to you. Amen