Q: What is a Parish Mission?
A: A parish mission is an opportunity for God and the people of God to interact with one another through an experience of the Word of God. The Word is preached during special celebrations meant to renew and strengthen the faith. It is a kind of Catholic revival.
Q: What is a Precious Blood Parish Mission?
A: A Precious Blood parish mission is rooted in the spirituality of the Precious Blood. It allows members and associate members of various religious communities and societies of apostolic life dedicated to that spirituality to share it with the people of God with whom and to whom they minister.
The Proclaiming Abundant Love mission focuses on four symbols from our spirituality: Covenant, Cross, Reconciliation and Cup.
The Celebrating Unbounded Mercy mission focuses on various aspects of reconciliation.
The Gathering at the Lord's Table
focuses on our celebration of the Eucharist: The Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites.
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Q: What does a Precious Blood Mission look like?
A: Each Precious Blood Parish Mission includes three distinct phases: preparation, celebration, and follow-up.
- A local mission team made up of parishioners and staff members will coordinate the preparation, celebration and follow-up of the mission.
- The local mission team will prepare for the mission by gathering together to reflect on the themes of the various celebrations that ar part of the mission.
- The local mission team meets to prepare for the mission by arranging for advanced publicity and various ministries during the mission.
- Materials will be provided by Precious Blood Parish Missions to assist the local team in their responsibilities.
- The mission preachers will meet with the local team during the day on the Saturday before the celebration of the mission begins.
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- The celebrations can take place over a weekend or more traditionally over four days.
If the mission takes place over four days, it begins with the mission preachers preaching at all the weekend Masses of the parish.
- Usually, there are three preachers on each mission team - a Missionary of the Precious Blood (priest or brother), a Sister from one of our sister communities, and an associate member from one of those communities.
[Click here to see an article in Church magazine (a publication of the National Pastoral Life Center) about "When, according to canon law, can laypeople - male and female - preach..."]
Each celebration includes a liturgy of the Word, preaching by one of the mission preachers, and some form of ritual.
Members of the local mission team will assist with the rituals during the mission.
An optional liturgy of the Word for children will be part of each celebration and will be led by one of the mission preachers
Celebrations include time for faith sharing among those participating in the mission.
Visits to the homebound, as well as special celebrations in nursing care or assisted living facilities or with parochial school children can also be part of the time of celebration.
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- Members of the parish will be invited to form faith sharing groups where the Word of God proclaimed at the Sunday Eucharist will be central.
- Various resources to help people reflect on their faith will be made available.
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Q: What does the local mission team do?
A: The local mission team consists of at least eight parishioners who help with the preparation, celebration and follow-up of the mission. They generally meet five times prior to the mission for about an hour and a half each time. They prepare for the mission by making sure that the parish is ready for the celebration of the mission. Members of the local team are responsible for liturgical preparations, publicity, preparations for the children’s liturgies of the word (optional), child care, refreshments and socials, transportation, prayer, and follow-up. (Each of these responsibilities will be explained in more detail on the following pages.) They reflect on the Word of God which will be proclaimed during the celebration of the mission in order to prepare themselves spiritually for the celebration and follow-up. They have a special responsibility to evaluate the mission experience after the preparation and celebration have taken place.
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Q: What costs are involved?
A: The stipend for the four day mission is $1,750 plus transportation, meals and lodging for the three preachers.
The stipend for a weekend retreat is $1,000 plus transportation, meals and lodging for the three preachers.
Every effort will be made to find preachers who live relatively nearby. Most parishes take up a collection at the final celebration of the mission to help cover those costs.
If the parish is small, choses not to celebrate the liturgies of the Word for children, or has limited financial resources, it is possible to do the mission with only two preachers, in which case to cost goes down to $1,250 for a four day mission or $750 for a weekend retreat.
Q: How does my parish schedule a Precious Blood Parish Mission?
A: Click here to contact Precious Blood Parish Missions about scheduling a mission in your parish.
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