The Local Parish Mission Team
Precious Blood Parish Missions wishes to model collaboration in ministry in a number of different ways. We begin by collaborating with members of the parish who form the local mission team. Generally, there are at least eight people on the team. They include a member of the parish staff, someone who works with liturgy, and others who have special gifts to offer the parish during the preparation, celebration and follow-up phases of the mission.
The local mission team meets five times prior to the mission to work on the practical details of preparing for the mission celebrations. They also reflect on some of the scriptures and the themes that will be part of the mission celebrations as they prepare themselves spiritually for the experience.
The pastor invites at least eight parishioners to be part of the local mission team at least two months prior to the mission.
Each member of the local mission team is given a copy of this planning guide to help them with their preparations.
The team meets at least five weeks before the celebration of the mission takes place. Outlines for the meetings are included in this planning guide.
Members of the local mission team are assigned particular responsibilities at the first meeting. They seek out additional parishioners to assist with their area of responsibility well in advance of the mission celebration.
Areas of Resonsibility
The following are just a sample of some of the areas of responsibility. A more complete list can be found on pafes 6-9 of the General Planning Manual.
- works with the pastor in determining the make-up of the local mission team and schedules their meetings
- arranges for each member of the local mission team to have a copy of this manual
- determines, with the pastor and the rest of the local mission team, if a daytime celebration should be added to schedule for the sake of those in the parish who do not normally go out in the evening and communicates this decision with the members of the preaching team
- determines, with the pastor, the director of religious education and the rest of the local mission team if the optional liturgy of the word for children will be part of the mission celebrations and if there are other ways the mission preachers might interact with those who are part of the parish religious education programs
- determines, with the pastor and the rest of the local mission team, how the mission preachers might interact with those who are homebound or reside in assisted living or nursing care facilities in the parish
- determines, with the pastor, the parochial school principal, and the members of the local mission team how the mission preachers might interact with the children and faculty of the parish school
- acts as a liaison with the preaching team during the preparation and celebration phases of the parish mission, communicating the decisions made regarding four items listed above
- schedules and chairs the meetings of the local mission team
- makes sure that all parish organization are notified of the mission schedule and do not schedule events during its celebration
arranges for meeting of the local mission team and preaching team on the Saturday prior to the celebration of the mission
- encourages and assists other members of the local mission team in fulfilling their responsibilities
- coordinates the evaluation process after the celebration has been completed and the follow-up has begun
- makes sure that housing and transportation needs for the members of the preaching team will be provided for during their time in the parish
- works with the music director to make sure that the music needed for each of the celebrations is appropriately planned
- works with those responsible for the liturgical environment of the church to make sure that all items needed for the various celebrations are ready and that the environment for the celebrations is appropriately planned
- makes sure that the appropriate ministers for each celebration are scheduled and prepared ahead of time, such as lectors, acolytes, eucharistic ministers, ministers of hospitality, etc. (Sometime, these ministers are chosen from among the members of the local mission team.)
- makes sure that a petition for the success of the mission is included in the general intercessions each Sunday for at least four weeks prior to the mission celebration
- prepares bulletin announcements, press releases, letters to parishioners, posters, etc. that help to spread the word about the mission celebrations
- encourages all parish organizations that have their own newsletters or other publications to include invitations to the mission celebrations
- if the parish has a call tree, makes sure that every parishioner gets a call inviting them to the mission celebrations
- looks for ways to encourage parishioners, as well as others in the local community - especially those who are not part of any regular worshiping community - to come to the mission celebrations - this might include designing some kind of invitation that parishioners could give to their neighbors prior to the mission celebrations encouraging them to come and see
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