Parish Missions

lenten1-2012-generic optAll our recent Popes have noted and experience will confirm, that in our current secularized and materialistic culture many sacramentally initiated Catholics have yet to fully appropriate the gift of faith in a personal, life-changing way. This is often the case even among faithful churchgoers. Our missions and seminars seek to respond to this challenge.

Each Magnificat Mission (and our seminars) incorporates anointed music and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the proclamation of the gospel. The songs themselves not only have an evangelistic dimension – which indirectly proclaim the “word” – but also offer those in attendance an opportunity to respond to God directly through prayer, worship and surrender. The time of corporate worship and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament highlights the theme and manifests how adoration is both an extension and anticipation of the Sacred Liturgy. It is also an ideal setting to invite the personal response essential in appropriating the gift of faith lying dormant within so many baptized Catholics. Those whose faith has already been awakened are offered an opportunity to respond to the grace of ongoing and deepening conversion.

Through music, teaching, worship and prayer we present the Father’s plan for our lives and encourage a response to that call, we proclaim the unique and life changing lordship of Jesus Christ, and we invoke the Holy Spirit, trusting that “through His grace He will awaken faith in parishioners and communicate to them the new life, which is to ‘know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ’.”  (See CCC 684)

PARISH MISSIONS:

Missions begin on Sunday and conclude on Tuesday, ideally following this format:

7:00 p.m.       ~ Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and singing of O Salutaris.

      ~ Brief time of silence for recollection and invocation of the Holy Spirit

      • 7:14 p.m.       ~ Prayer, praise and worship through song.
      • 7:30 p.m.       ~ Teaching.
      • 8:15 p.m.       ~ Brief time of reflection on the proclamation and responding to the Lord.
      • 8:30 p.m.       ~ Benediction and singing of the Divine Praises.
      • 8:40 p.m.       ~ A final hymn to conclude the evening.

SUGGESTED THEMES:

  • THE EUCHARIST, PRAYER and our ETERNAL DESTINY: Putting first things first!
  • THE WONDER of PRAYER: If only you knew the gift of God!
  • OUR HEARTS are RESTLESS: Encountering the person of Jesus…personally!
  • VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS: Discovering and experiencing the grace of Pentecost!
  • SEEK HIS FACE: Healing and transformation through forgiveness and repentance!
  • THE AGONY and the ECSTASY: Marriage and the Interior Life
  • DIVINE MERCY: God’s unfathomable response our misery