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Monsignor Mack to celebrate Thanksgiving Mass in home parish.

ANDALUSIA - Newly named Monsignor Thomas E. Mack will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (November 16, 2003) at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Andalusia.
  An open house will follow in the parish center. The public is invited to the Mass and open house.
St. Patrick's is Monsignor Mack's home parish. He serves as pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pontiac, at St. John's, Cullom, and at St. Joseph's, Flanagan, and as vicar of Pontiac vicariate.
  He is the son of Francis and Donna Mack of Reynolds.
  Monsignor Mack graduated from Rockridge High School, St. Ambrose College, Davenport, and St. Paul, Minn., seminary. He was ordained May 27, 1978, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria.
  After ordination, Monsignor Mack had served as an assistant pastor at St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Geneseo from 1978-80, and at Sacred Heart Parish, Moline, from 1980-81. He also served locally as administrator at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Keithsburg; St. Theresa's Mission in New Boston, and St. Andrew Mission in Oquawka.
  In 1982, Monsignor Mack became assistant pastor at Resurrection Parish, LaSalle.
His first appointment as pastor came in 1988, when he was assigned to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Ransom, and at St. Mary's Mission, Grand Ridge. In 1991, he became pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth, and of its missions at St. Patrick's in Raritan, and St. Andrew's in Oquawka.
  He also served at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln, and its missions - St. Mary's, Atlanta, and St. Columba's, Mason City.
  Monsignor Mack became administrator at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac, in 1998, and pastor in 1999.
  He celebrated his 25th anniversary in the ministry and was named as a monsignor earlier this year. (November 2003)

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