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 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.
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
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