“iMercy: The Divine Hotspot” Fall Mission Catholic Retreat Set for Scarborough In-Person and Online

September 22, 2021

Ryan Bilodeau
Communications
St. John Paul II Parish
207–883–0334

SCARBOROUGH — Three nights of spiritual enrichment will be offered by St. John Paul II Parish on October 4–6.

Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. (pictured below) will present “iMercy: The Divine Hotspot” as part of St. John Paul II Parish’s annual Fall Retreat. All three nights of the retreat are available through in-person attendance at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church on 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough or livestreamed online at www.jp2me.org.

Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. uses his musical abilities on piano and guitar to preach parish missions, weekend retreats, days of recollection, and various youth events. He composes his own music and has release his own CD’s. He was 17 years old and deeply caught up in the world of rock music when he first experienced the joy of knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ. Through word and song, Father Garrott desires to draw listeners more deeply into that unconditional love which the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit reveal to us through the Catholic Faith.

On Monday, October 4, Fr. Garrott, O.P. will discuss the unconditional love of the Father. The evening concludes with an invitation to receive a special blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph from the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal.

On Tuesday, October 5, Fr. Garrott, O.P. will present a talk on Jesus, who by His death on the Cross sets us free from sin and enables us to forgive and gives meaning to our suffering. The evening concludes with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Fr. Garrott, O.P. gives his third presentation on Wednesday, October 6 on the Holy Spirit, who enables us to live the Christian life and propels us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in the world. The evening concludes with a sending forth blessing utilizing a first-class relic of St. John Paul II.

Each evening will begin with a rosary at 6:40pm and will conclude with the opportunity for sacramental confession. About the Fall Mission, Father Jack Dickinson, Pastor of St. John Paul II Parish, recently commented, “The parish is filled with joy to welcome Fr. Bill Garrott for our mission. I look forward to Fr. Bill’s assistance in helping all of us know God’s love in a personal way and better relating to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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In July of 2020, St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, and St. John and Holy Cross Parish in South Portland joined to form the new St. John Paul II Parish. The three churches maintained their individual names under the common patronage and intercession of St. John Paul II.

For more information, visit www.jp2me.org. The retreat is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and working several years in the field of technology transfer, Fr. Bill Garrott entered the Order of Preachers in 1988. Ordained in 1994, Father Bill Garrott, O.P. spent four years serving as an associate pastor in Ohio where he gained experience with RCIA, adult education, Confirmation retreats, Bible studies, training and leading altar servers, lectors, and Pro-Life Marches. Father Garrott then obtained a Masters in Theology from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Father Garrott also served as the Director of Vocations for the Province of Saint Joseph.

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St. John Paul II is a Catholic Parish in Southern Maine comprised of 3 churches and 1 school in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth & Scarborough.