Going forth in Joy:  
Creating Communities of Missionary Disciples

In all its activities the parish encourages and trains
its members to be evangelizers.  
It is a community of communities, 
a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink
in the midst of their journey,
and a center of constant missionary outreach.  
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

Maryknoll offers Parish Missions to get your parish "out on mission."  We are all baptized into the mission of Jesus, who came to show us that God is on a mission of love.  God invites us to participate in that mission of love.  It is a mission that begins in our hearts and overflows into our families, parishes and communities.  But it does not stop there.  God's love knows no boundaries and cannot be contained.  When we experience it, we will want to share it everywhere and with everyone, particularly those who need it the most.

Using Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium as a guide, Maryknoll Parish Missions explore how God invites us to participate in the mission by forming communities of missionary disciples who go forth in JOY to share the Good News of God's love.  Drawing on its rich mission history of over one hundred years of sharing and receiving God's love around the world, our Maryknoll Mission Promoters will help your parish find its true missionary heart.

Session 1: Created to Go Forth in Joy (Monday)

"For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?"  (EG8)
God is love and Scripture tells the story of God's mission to share that love. But God gives us the choice to accept it or reject it. When we accept it and it takes root in our hearts, we experience the profound joy that we will we want to share with others. Sharing the love is saying "YES" to God's invitation to participate in the mission of love.

Session 2: Carrying on Jesus'  Mission  (Tuesday)

"Mission is at once a passion for Jesus and a passion for his people." (EG268)

In Jesus, God becomes human to show us the breadth of God's love. The Gospel stories not only show us how Jesus did mission, but that he passed the mission on to his disciples. Jesus invites us to grow in a spirituality grounded in his mission so that we too can experience the joy of sharing God's love with others.

Session 3: Pentecost Continues Here (Wednesday)

"There is no greater freedom than that of allowing oneself to be guided by the Holy Spirit."  (EG280)

With the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost, the mission of God receives a Church to carry on the mission. Pentecost continues today and the Holy Spirit invites us to form communities of missionary disciples who go forth in joy to share the Good News of God's love with others, especially those who are unloved.