The parish mission with Fr. Larre is only a week and a half away! Here are some suggestions from Fr. Larre’s team to help you get the most out of your experience:
Suggestions for a More Successful Mission at Christ the King Parish, Richland WA
- First, we need each person to become a Missionary! Everyone must pray and sacrifice for the success of the parish mission. Pray in particular for our people who are not attending Mass, those who are living together and still not married and those who have little children who are still not baptized. Prayer is urgently needed because only the Holy Spirit can touch people’s hearts and bring them closer to Jesus and closer to each other.
- Take this opportunity to go to Confession. There will be Confessions before and after the Sunday Masses and each day Monday to Thursday (March 25th to March 28th) 12 noon to 1 pm, 4 pm to 6:25 pm & after the Evening Talk.
- Each day, Monday to Thursday, there will be the Rosary at 6 pm, Mass at 6:30 pm and the Mission Talk at 7:00 pm.
- If at all possible, come to all four nights of the mission. Make this your sacrifice to win souls for Christ. If you can only make it to the Mass, come to the Mass at 6:30 pm. We need your prayers. But if you can only make it to the Mission Talk at 7:00 pm, come to the Talk. Take in as much of the Mission as you possibly can. Each evening the Mission will end by 8:30 pm.
- It is good to offer rides to seniors, people who have no vehicle, or anyone who finds it difficult to drive at night. The Knights of Columbus, or any other parish organizations often pitch in to help with transportation.
- On Monday to Thursday evenings there will be some thanksgiving offering envelopes in all the pews. Place your donation envelops in the special wooden boxes at the back of the Church. You may make your offering any night you wish. To receive an income tax receipt, make cheques payable to your Christ the King Parish. Father Larre and staff members all work as volunteers. Your donations will pay expenses and the rest will be used to help poor children.
- On Wednesday evening we will have a first class relic of St. John Bosco. He is the great patron of children and adolescents. This relic is very precious because it contains some of the very flesh of the body of St. John Bosco. The relic will be passed from person to person in a special locket during the evening. You may hold the relic in your hand for a few moments and ask St. John Bosco to pray for your children & adolescents. On Thursday evening we will also have a first class relic of St. Maria Goretti. She is the patroness of purity and chastity for the universal Church.
- Remember everyone is welcome to attend the parish mission regardless of age, or religion. Be a good Missionary and invite someone to come to the mission with you. Don’t pressure, or argue, with people to come, but invite them. Nobody is insulted, or hurt, by an invitation. Remember research shows that “82% of fallen-away Catholics would consider coming back to the Catholic Church if somebody invited them”. Unfortunately, only 2% of us ever take the time to invite them. Simply invite them by saying, “Hey guess what, we’re having a parish mission at our parish. Would you like to come? I could pick you up with the car and we can sit together in Church”. Often giving people a ride and sitting with them in Church gives them the emotional support and security they need to come to the mission. The Holy Spirit will take care of the rest!
- Keep in mind that the success of the parish mission depends entirely on prayer and sacrifice. Begin praying everyday asking the Holy Spirit to bring people back to the Church and back to the Sacraments. Then do everything possible to sacrifice, i.e. do something difficult for the love of Jesus to bring people closer to Jesus and closer to each other. A wonderful sacrifice will be to come to the parish mission everyday and win souls for Christ.
- Each and every one of our parishioners must become a Missionary to win souls for Christ. You are not expected to stand on street corners, peddle books from door to door, or go to a foreign country. But you must pray hard, sacrifice, give good example and love the people around you. Invite them to come to the mission with you. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. Remember the parish mission begins at the Sunday, Mar. 23rd and ends Thursday evening, Mar. 28th. Thank you for your good help and may God bless you and keep you always!!
Lovingly in Christ,