The traditional parish mission is an excellent vehicle
for experiencing the Sabbath within the context of our daily lives.
Through prayerful rituals and inspiring preaching,
a parish community can be energized
to continue the work of the Gospel in their daily lives.
Themes can be selected
for a three or four evening parish mission.
The mission is introduced with a dynamic Sunday homily
preached at all the weekend liturgies.
DRAMATIC STORYTELLING is part of every Mission. One is a powerful three-part dramatic monologue based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son; For this two “actor-types” are needed, preferably adults, though young adults may be enlisted. Scripts are provided in advance and a rehearsal is required.
THE ROLE OF MUSIC in the Parish Mission is critical. Careful coordination of the music selections is a priority in the planning of the Mission.
A WORSHIP AID is provided for each session of the Parish Mission that includes the order of worship and "Reflections for the Soul," which offers a guided meditation for extending the spirit of the evening.
OPTIONAL CONCURRENT CHILDREN’S MISSION
The Children’s Mission functions much like a Liturgy of the Word for Children celebrated at a Sunday Eucharist. The children leave after the
opening prayer and return for the evening’s ritual.
Catechists are briefed prior to the Mission on the theme of each night of the Mission with suggestions for activities that could connect with
DAILY MASS drawing on themes of the Mission. (Not meant to substitute for attendance at the Mission.)
SENIORS' DAYTIME PROGRAM: A scriptural/catechetical topic can be offered during the daylight hours.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES AND CONFESSIONS can be arranged throughout the Mission.