Parish Mission

Parish Mission
November 7-9
7:00 - 8:30 PM

For adults and youth in grades 6-12

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Love.  Freedom.  Happiness.  Joy.  Are these the words that describe and fill your life right now?  How about your teens?  We are not only all searching for these things, but we were made for them.  We were literally loved into being by God—the creator of all things—and He made us for love, freedom, happiness, and joy.  Unfortunately, we spend a good amount of our time searching for these things and often looking in the wrong places to find them.  Our teens are also struggling with these things and suffering greatly in their search.  The good news is that these things we were made for are not impossible to find or to attain.  Come, bring your teens and learn how to find these deepest desires of your hearts.  Come to the parish mission and discover who you are.  Come to the parish mission and discover love.

Please consider registering by October 31. Registration is not required, but it helps us plan best for the number of people each night.

Presenter: Jack Rigert

Jack Rigert is a co-founder of the John Paul II Renewal Center and presently serves as its Managing Director. He is also the host of the Become Who You Are podcast. In his earlier life, Jack was a professional chef with a degree in Hospitality Management. He owned and operated a number of successful restaurant concepts. Jack also served many years in the financial services industry and went on to found his own company. While attending graduate classes at the Catholic Theological Union where he studied scripture and early church history, Jack came across the teaching of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. It changed his life. He went on to study at the Theology of the Body Institute under Christopher West, Dr. Janet Smith, and Dr. John Grabowski, among others. Jack presents Theology of the Body to groups of all ages, including many who have attended the Gift of Self Marriage Preparation seminar sponsored by the Rockford Diocese. He has three grown children and six grandchildren. He lives in Elburn, Illinois with his wife, Jeannie, and he is an active member of St. Gall’s Parish.  Learn more about the John Paul II Renewal Center here.

Youth Grades 6-12 Presenters: NET Ministries

Each year, 175 young men and women serve as volunteers with NET Ministries. The team members begin their year of service with an intense five-week training program during which they are brought to a deeper understanding of their faith and are taught to effectively communicate that faith to others. They receive instruction in prayer, scripture, Catholic teaching, Christian character, and ministry skills.

The young adult volunteers are then put into teams and sent out in vans across the United States to share their faith and invite all they meet to give their lives to Jesus. These 16 teams will reach out to over 100,000 youth from September to May. After serving with NET, nearly all of the team members continue in some form of service to the church and 12% will go on to pursue priesthood or religious life.  Learn more about NET Ministries here.

Youth participating in the Parish Mission need a 2021-2022 Medical, Photo & Liability Release on file.  If we do not have one already on file for your child for this year, please print one here and bring it with you to the first day of the mission or drop it off at the parish office before. 

What is a Parish Mission?

Just what exactly IS a parish mission?  That's a great question, and one that many are asking now that we have a parish mission coming up in November. 

It would be great if every parishioner at St. Max could get away for a retreat for several days--to unplug and hit the pause button on all the rigors and bustle of everyday life.  It would be awesome if every parishioner at St. Max could immerse themselves in a retreat that would offer an opportunity for spiritual renewal, revitalization, conversion, healing, and more.  It would be great if that could happen, not only for each of our parishioners, but for our parish as a whole! 

Just like missionaries bring the gospel to those who haven't heard it, special speakers come into the parish to bring you the retreat that you cannot fit into your schedule.  While the experience is somewhat different, the goals are the same as those of a multi day retreat at a retreat center or monastery.  A parish mission can ignite a flat faith life and bring fire to serve our Lord back to the forefront.  A parish mission can be an entry point for the person looking for the door to open on a faith that is barely the size of a mustard seed.  A parish mission can breathe life into a languishing relationship with God. 

A parish mission could be exactly what you have been praying for.  Come and see...

 

Sunday, November 7
Jesus Reveals God’s Plan:  “In the Beginning”…A Love Story
6:00 PM Start with dinner in the gym—please register for dinner so we have a count
7:00 PM Jack Rigert will present the evening’s topic for adults and youth in grades 8-12.
7:00 PM NET will present the same theme with talks and small group discussion for youth in grades 6-7.
8-8:30 PM Exposition in the church for all attending the mission
8:30 PM  Refreshments in the gathering space

Monday, November 8
How Am I to Live?  Freedom for Happiness and True Love

7:00 PM Jack will present the evening’s topic for the adults in the church
7:00 PM Youth in grades 6-12 will gather in gym as NET continues the theme of the mission and follows the theme of the night.  There will be talks, games, and small group discussion.
8:00-8:30 PM Exposition in the church for all attending the mission.  Confession will also be available during this time.
8:30 PM Refreshments in the gathering space

Tuesday, November 9
Surprised by Joy:  You’re Invited to the Wedding Feast
7:00 PM Jack will present the evening’s topic for the adults in the church.
7:00 PM Youth in grades 6-12 will gather in the gym as NET continues the theme of the mission and follows the theme of the night.  There will be talks, games, and small group discussion.
8:00 PM Mass in the church for all attending the mission.
8:30 PM Refreshments in the gathering space