Mission Is Possible

Parish

St. Stanislaus Kostka
Chicago, IL
Archdiocese of Chicago
United States

More Info

For more information, email Mary Hague.

A summer Youth for the Third Millennium (YTM) mission "jump started" a parish's Holy Week mission, resulting in eight new families joining the parish and five new students enrolling in the parish school.

The need it meets

Where it came from

How it works

The results

  • The number of confessions greatly increased, especially during the mission.
  • An approximate 20% increase in Mass attendance after the Holy Week missions. This increase in parishioners remained.
  • Five new students were enrolled in the parish school, and there was a 10% increase in parental involvement among parents of current students.
  • A family baptized their child.
  • Parents shared that their children evangelized them by their increase in enthusiasm toward the Church.
  • Approximately 20 parents are now full-time volunteers with the missions specifically. They help to supervise activities and help with meals. Ten of those parents are also now actively involved in helping with the school.
  • Eight new families joined the parish.
  • The parish staff said they received a deeper sense of hope by witnessing the missionaries' enthusiasm.
  • More activities for personal growth sprung up within the entire church body.

Key elements

  • Prayer
  • Pastor support and parish participation
  • An enthusiastic liaison, aware of the needs of the parish, that works well with the pastor and who will work closely with the YTM staff
  • An active youth group is highly effective though not necessary for a successful mission
  • Additional availability of the sacraments
  • Eucharistic adoration

How to implement it

  • Contact the national YTM office about the different types of parish mission programs
  • Select the program that is suitable to the parish situation and invite participants from the parish
  • Identify a liaison between the pastor and the YTM staff
  • Promote the mission well ahead of time to create enthusiasm and increase participation.

Youth for the Third Millennium 2450 Atlanta Highway, Suite 1703 Cumming, GA 30040 Tel (770)889-1566 Fax (770)889-1313 Email: info@ytm.org

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