Parish Mission March 24th, 25th, & 26th
There's a Parish Mission Coming!
Mark your calendars - Divine Mercy is hosting a parish mission, FAITH IN OUR FAMILIES, March 24th, 25th, and 26th. This is the first time that we have offered something like this in a long time, so we want to make sure, first and foremost, you understand why we are offering this awesome faith opportunity for you and your family!
What is a parish mission?
Basically, the parish mission is a "shot in the arm" for our spiritual growth. This is NOT a catechism class or another mass, but rather a time for us to get out of our normal routine and really get to the core of our very being- how to accept and share the immense love that God has for each and every one of us. the mission is a time for grace, a surge of the heart, and a call to repentance and renewal in our own spiritual journey. Think of this as a "mini" retreat, right here in your own parish!
What is the purpose of the parish mission?
There are several "fruits" that can be seen as a result of the parish mission. Members will begin to seek the full richness of their faith, and this in turn will embolden them to share the Good News with others. Another fruit is that bonding among parishioners will occur. and make disciples. Another reason for having a parish mission is to encourage each member to engage in deeper prayer and adoration of Christ. Our hope is that this opportunity fosters an even closer friendship with Him.
Why is the theme "Faith in Our Families"?
If you happen to attend one of our weekday masses, a very common intention we pray is for those individuals who have fallen away from the Church and the faith. Several of our members in the parish have shared through discussions with our staff how their own children have made the choice to leave the Catholic faith, or even worse, from God altogether. As parents send their children away to college, a big concern is that their children never get connected with a parish community, which in turn leads to a "falling away." And young families are questioning how they can make the faith more relevant to their young children as they mature.
The big question is, "How can we bring the faith to our families?" The WORST thing we can do is put blame and judgment on families when a child falls away - "Well if they had just done 'x.'" Living in the past never really gets us anywhere. In fact, St. Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 7:10, "For godly sorrow produces a salutary repentance without regret..." As humans, we will always hit some failures and bumps along the way. However, as we reflect on our past, we have the power to focus on Christ, ask for His forgiveness, and GROW from our imperfections. This growth may not produce the fruit you expect, either! Maybe through your own witness, it inspires a young family, or maybe someone else's child who has decided to come back to the faith. You just never know how God will use YOU as HIS instrument.
Our hope is that this Lent, you will consider taking a part in this Parish Mission to invigorate the faith in your domestic church - YOUR HOME! Mark your calendar, and make a commitment to come to this amazing faith boost... and bring a friend or family ember with you!