Blessing given during Lenten mission

Oblate Father John Graden leads participants in a ritual blessing during the first session of a four-day Lenten mission at St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette Sunday. From the left are Don Koski, Graden, Linda Holtz and Barb Hein. Focusing on ways to make “Time for God in a Busy World,” the mission will continue today through Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Michael’s, with a social afterward. The Embraced by God mission team, composed of Graden and Mary Sellars Malloy, employs song, scripture, faith-sharing, preaching and ritual in this retreat. Everyone is welcome to participate in the mission, which is partially funded by a Legacy of Faith grant and a donation from St. Christopher Catholic Church. Childcare is being provided by the Father Marquette Middle School eighth-grade families as a class fundraiser. (Courtesy photo)