Parishes Join Together for Lenten Mission

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Byline: Joanmarie Wermes

Passion and pizazz are words folks consider emotional terms - after all, pizazz denotes zest and flair, and well, passion is passion - but if used in a title with one more word added and another capitalized, the meaning changes.

There might be reason to ponder how the three words are related, but when committee members planned a Lenten mission together with the mission's presenter, they took the word pizazz, put the words prayer and passion in front of it, and capitalized passion.

What resulted is "Prayer, Passion and Pizazz," the title of the mission for their three parishes: Church of the Holy Spirit, Saint Marcelline and St. Hubert. Indeed, the secular meaning changed to one befitting a Lenten theme.

Working in cooperation with each other for the past three years, each church was the site of a Lenten mission. This year, the mission will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 29, March 1 and 2 in St. Hubert Church, 729 Grand Canyon St., Hoffman Estates.

A top-rated teacher, lecturer, author and scripture scholar whose specialty is the Hebrew Scriptures, Pauline Viviano, an associate professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago, will give the mission with pizazz.

Viviano, who received her doctor's degree in biblical languages and literature from St. …