Holy Week Family Missions West
“Make a mess but also help set up and organize the mess you make. A mess that gives us hope, that comes from having met Jesus. I want you to go outside, I want the church to go out into the street, I want us to defend ourselves from what is comfort, from whatever it is to be closed in ourselves” Pope Francis.
Holy Week Family Missions West
Missions is an evangelization project that transforms the lives of missionaries, families, and the people whom we serve. It's an amazing experience where missionaries bring the message of Christ to the world during the most sacred weeks of our Catholic Church, Holy Week and Easter Week.
This is a great opportunity for all your family to live Easter Week, but don’t forget to be aware of how you can also participate in your church.
HOW: In person activities and/or virtual. You can choose to do in person activities, but all the missionaries will have access to all the virtual talks, testimonials and activities.
WHEN: Saturday, March 27th, 2021 from 11:00 am to 2:00pm (just for in person activities). Friday, April 2nd, 2021 from 11:00 am to 16:30 and Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 from 11:00 am to 15:30.
WHERE: On Saturday March 27th, 2021, at John Paul II Catholic School , in the parking lot at 11:00 am. 1400 Parkway Plaza Dr. Houston, Tx. Zip 77077.
On Friday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 3rd each missionary family will be at home and will participate in various virtual activities, talks and testimonials.
Some of the centers we will help are named below:
Casa San Juan Diego. Serve immigrants, refugees and the poor.
Krause Children’s Center. Help brave girls by giving them a safe place to heal.
Loaves and Fishes. Provide food to the homeless
Galleria Residence and Rehabilitation Center. Adult rehabilitation or long – term care facility.
Park Youth Ranch. Serve abused and neglected children.
WHO: Families are WELCOME! Children can serve in the mission. Please be aware that we will assign your family according to the age of your children.
NO BABYSITTING is provided, if you bring your children, you must serve them and be responsible for them.
TRANSPORTATION: Missionaries are expected to provide their own transportation. Carpooling is encouraged.
MANDATORY: EVERYONE MUST WEAR FACE MASK AT ALL TIMES AND THE MISSIONARY T-SHIRT. IN VIRTUAL MISSIONS WE WILL ASK YOU TO WEAR THE MISSIONARY T-SHIRT - you are allowed to wear the shirt from previous years.
The last 3 points are just for the families that opt to make in person activities. IMPORTANT, THE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT GOING TO BE INSIDE THE CENTERS, THE WORK WOULD BE AT ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCHOOL.
The activities include material classification, organization and packaging (food, diapers, milk, etc.), once packed, will be assigned to a family of the team to deliver it at the door of the corresponding center. If we have enough families, we will open activities on March 27, you will be informed once that you register.
Overall Plan for most teams:
Saturday, March 27
11:00 am John Paul II Catholic School. Parkway Plaza Dr. Houston, Tx. Zip 77077.
11:00 am Registration and assignment of the work area.
11:15 am Opening prayer by Fr. Kevin Gillis L.C. Fr. Kevin will offer confessions.
11:30 am to 14:00 Deliver the missionary kit for all families (In person and virtual.) You will receive your material in your car by showing your registration.
1130 am One member of each family will collect all the missionary material for the activities that will be done during the virtual missions.
11:30am All missionaries will work in different outdoor areas, always using a face mask. Most of the activities will be putting together donations bags that will cover some needs of the centers, writing motivational letters to all the residence of the center etc. Once finished, the missionaries will make the necessary deliveries in the centers. Each center will be waiting for deliveries, for security reasons, any missionaries will be able to enter the centers, everything will be received outside the centers.
14:00 pm Closer prayer by Legionary of Christ priest
Friday, April 2nd: VIRTUAL MISSIONS
10:50 am We kindly ask to all families to connect by zoom on time.
11:00 am Opening prayer by Fr. Nathaniel Haslam L.C.
11:10 am Show a short video of past missions and presential missions from March 27th - Short Presentation by Conchita Perez de la Sierra, Family Mission West Director.
11:15 am Mission Im-Possible talk by Carlos Paez RC Men Section Director
11:55 am Lunch Break
13:00 “The Mexican Miracle by John Paul II” by Ana Maria Mondragon and Rafael Garcia Cuesta. (This testimonial would be in Spanish, but we will recorder and will send it in English upon your request.)
13:40 5 min break
13:45 “All Lives Matter” Prolife talk from Rome by Br. Darren Wallace, L.C PG 13
13:45 (with another zoom link) All little kids can start coloring each station of the cross. Once they have been drawn, make a circuit in your house and later carry out the Station of the Cross from home together with all the missionaries). (A leader is needed – to teach kids each station while they are coloring.)
14:30 5 min break
14:35 Who is the man of the Shroud? Talk by Fr. Jared Loehr L.C. and Br. Darren Wallace, L.C. Followed by prayer service Station of the cross with Charlene Alexander C.W and Fr. Nathaniel L.C
We will assign families that will read the Stations of the cross, everyone will share their experience on their phones via zoom)
16:30 Final prayers with Fr. Nathaniel L.C.
Saturday, April 3rd:
11:00 am Opening prayer by Fr. Nathaniel Haslam L.C. (not confirmed)
11:15 am Living the Life God Meant for you to Have. Testimonial by Bethany K. Scalon
11:40 am Vanesa Carol Testimony
12:10 Lunch break
13:00 “Citizenship in America Today” talk by Brent Haynes, J.D. (PG 13)
13:00 With another link, Hide and seek game for kids 13:40 5 min break
13:45 “Mary and her intercessory power”. A talk about Mary Undoer of Knots Shrine in Cancun, Mexico by FR. Juan Gabriel Guerra L.C.
14:25 5 min break
14:30 “Washing of the Feet”. By Fr. Nathaniel L.C and Charlene Alexander C.W. of R.C.
15:00 pm Open microphones for missionary testimonies about their experience in this mission and Closing prayer by Fr. Nathaniel L.C.
15:20 pm Mission ends.
$50.00 per family
If you do not have a missionary t - shirt, the extra cost will be $8.00 each. Wearing the missionary t- shirt is mandatory but if you have been in missions before, you can wear the one that you already have.
100% of the money raised will benefit all the centers we help in missions and for missions; we kindly ask you to consider giving any other donation.
Pick up in your car on March 27th the missionary kit at John Paul II Catholic School. Parkway Plaza Dr. Houston Tx.zip 77077. This includes, a bandana, one bag with Easter eggs per family, a white ribbon for each member of the family, (we will deliver your t-shirt if you require one), and by e-mail you will get one drawing package about the Station of the Cross, open and final prayers, Station of the Cross prayers.
Registration will close on Tuesday, March 23rd. For logistic matters, we need you to register as soon as possible so you can have the best missions, HURRY UP and sign up!!
For further questions and donations in kind please contact Ana Isela Campoy (281) 793-7471, Conchita Perez de la Sierra (281) 202-45-21, Claudia Ponce (832) 696-7138, Adriana Meignen (731) 280-85-05