What Is MISSION?
MISSION is your life. All of us are called to be missionary disciples. MISSION is a starting place to grow in that call. MISSION is a way to gather in small groups, in homes or online via your choice of video conferencing program. The goal is to provide an environment where your personal spiritual journey and faith formation take deeper roots. Gathering as a community of missionary disciples, members support and encourage one another on their journey. MISSION provides an outline, a format to act as a starting point for your meetings and growth. MISSION compiles resources to aid you in your journey. Wherever you are right now, MISSION is your life.
MISSION Meeting Suggested Format
Support, Prayer, Accountability
Through the Community portion of the meeting we have the chance to build intimacy and trust within the Team.
Gathering: As people arrive, take time to greet each person, learn their names, and get to know them. Use these details to greet them in an even warmer fashion the next week.
Welcoming: Be welcoming to everyone. Recognize their effort and sacrifice to take the time to attend.
Prayer: Offer one decade of the Rosary. Consider offering the Rosary for the Church, God’s people, especially the faithful throughout the world and all those they encounter. Ask for the removal of all obstacles, distractions and for Our Lady to take care of any concerns you or your team has.
Optional Sharing: Time to share MISSION moments that happen between meetings is essential to encouraging each other on our journeys. Encourage testimonies, especially those that support the goal of living their Mission or the Holy Spirit working through their Liturgy Prep time. Be prepared to share yourself and have others you can count on in case the members are shy about sharing.
The Discipleship part of the meeting will lead the participants to leave interested, excited and supported in their seeking a Christ like life.
Mission Training Talks: Training talks will become available via the website, here in Spring 2021. Talks will center around advancement in the Spiritual Life, deepening devotion to the Sacraments, spiritual warfare tactics and tools, current moral issues and Church teaching, encouragement and counsel in relationships, healing and other real life issues facing the laity today.
Discussion: If time permits, discuss the potential life application of the talk. Suggested Topic: “How does this training clip prepare us for mission?”
Liturgy Preparation: Live the Liturgy
Liturgy Prep provides direction through God’s word but is also, an opportunity to see His hand and sense His presence in our lives.
Read the Sunday Readings for the upcoming Sunday Liturgy: These may be obtained through a Sunday Missal, www.usccb.org, Our Sunday Visitor magazine, the iBreviary App, or Magnificat.
Watch the SOLT Liturgy Prep video: Watch the video that coincides with the Sunday readings. The video library can be found here, as well as on www.solt.net.
Time to Reflect: Next, pause for 5-10 minutes of silent reflection.
Consider these questions: What is the Word of God saying in and of itself? What is it saying to me?
Goal Setting: Each person makes an evangelization goal for the coming week. This could be something you anticipate happening in your life or something that spoke to you from the readings. Possible ideas include: What can you do to share your faith with your family, friends, those in the workplace or other areas? What possible virtue or grace does God desire for you to deepen and/or share in the following week? You may share this idea with the others in your group or write down the one thing that you can commit to. Then allow time to share, if desired.
How-To Form a MISSION Group
Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Steps for forming your own MISSION group:
1. Consider whether you might be called to host or co-host with another person a MISSION group. If you feel called to host, do not be afraid! The host simply needs to set up the meeting space and make sure the interested persons have the time and location information. On the date of the meeting, the host will lead the group using the basic guidelines which are provided here. The host does not have to be a teacher, but simply a facilitator of the group.
2. If you do not feel called to host a group, consider if there is a group naturally forming among the members of your family, within your parish, within a group of friends or co-workers, or your table members (if you have just participated in a DISICPLE program at your parish).
3. Reach out to your DISCIPLE group, friends, family or fellow parishoners and discuss whether or not this could be something that God is calling you to.
4. Choose a date, time, and location for the first meeting. If you want to, select a name for your new group. It could be a saint name, virtue, or other religious name.
5. Exchange names and phone numbers with the members of your new group. Pray for one another!