MISSIONS


Fr. Frank DeSiano's Missions
 
I have developed a Friday thru Saturday weekend retreat for Parishes.
It is called the PARISH DISCIPLESHIP RETREAT.
The purpose is to help parishes see themselves as disciples through four
conferences, and various reflection, sharing and prayer events.

If you are interested, get in touch with me at fdesiano@pemdc.org.
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Mission #1:
   Evangelizing Mission
      This mission has been presented in dozens of parishes with very excellent reception.  It revolves around three evangelizing themes:
        (1) Personal Faith
        (2) Community
        (3) Reaching Out
   Here is the outline of the three days.  The whole evening is about 1 1/4.  Don't worry--we keep the stories coming, and the jokes.
 
 

DAY ONE

 

Purpose: to show that discipleship is a constant growth in faith

 

Welcome:

Opening Song:

Opening Prayer:

Scripture: Matt. 14: 22-33

Song Response:

Talk: Fr. DeSiano

Song Response

Ritual: A large bowl is brought forth, along with several smaller ones.  Fr. DeSiano says a prayer over the large bowl and water is then put into smaller ones.  Members of the pastoral council or ministry team then hold these bowls as the congregation comes forth.  They sign their foreheads with the water, praying: Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.

Closing Prayer: DeSiano

Announcements:

Our Father, Greeting of Peace, Dismissal

Closing Hymn

 

 

 

DAY TWO

 

Purpose: To show that discipleship is lived and exercised in communion with others

 

Welcome:

Opening Hymn:

Opening Prayer:

Song Response

Scripture: 1 Cor. 13

Talk: Fr. DeSiano

Song Response

Ritual: People receive cards and pencils.  On the card they are invited to reflect on and write two things: 1) one gift that God has given me to give to the community; and 2) one person or segment of the community that I can reach out to.  They bring up cards and put them into a large basket.

Closing Prayer over basket: DeSiano

Announcements:

Our Father, Greeting of Peace, Dismissal

Closing Hymn

 

 

 

 

DAY THREE

 

Purpose: To reveal how God sends all of us forth

 

Welcome:

Opening Hymn:

Scripture: Luke 10: 1-10

Song Response

Talk: Fr. DeSiano

Song Response

Ritual: The congregation is invited to come forth as representatives from the parish (parish council, ministers, etc.) form a line of six people across the sanctuary.  People come forth and receive the imposition of hands from these ministers.  If possible, people enter the sanctuary and remain there as they listen to a commissioning prayer from Fr. DeSiano

Closing Prayer: DeSiano

Announcements and Thanks

Our Father, Greeting of Peace, Solemn Blessing, Dismissal

Closing Hymn

 

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Mission #2

 

   Based on "Reactivating Our Catholic Faith" -- an 80 page booklet from Paulist Press -- it addresses the reality of weak Catholic identity and the drop in attendance at Mass.  It helps Catholics know why they are active, and gives people a reason to reach out to those who are less active.

 

Evening 1: "Our Need for Faith" -- the real needs of our human lives and the silly places we go looking for meaning

                                                           Mark 9:14-23: "I believe, Help My Unbelief"

Welcome

Opening Hymn

Scripture

Song Response

Talk: Fr. DeSiano

Sung Response

Ritual: The congregation comes forward and venerates the Holy Scriptures

Closing events: Lord's Prayer, Greeting of Peace, Announcements

Closing Hymn

 

Evening 2: "Our Need for Christ" -- why Jesus alone is the one who save us from the mess we make of our lives

                                                            Luke 7:36-42: A Woman Washes the Feet of Jesus

 

Welcome

Opening Hymn

Scripture

Song Response

Talk: Fr. DeSiano

Sung Response
Ritual: Guided Meditation

Closing events: Lord's Prayer, Greeting of Peace, Announcements

Closing Hymn

 

Evening 3: "Our Need for Each Other" -- Christian life, sacraments, spiritual life as a share in the Kingdom

                                                             Acts 2:37-48: The Early Church

 

Welcome

Opening Hymn

Scripture

Song Response

Talk: Fr. DeSiano

Sung Response

Ritual: members of the congregation anoint each other's hands

Closing Events: Lord's Prayer, Greeting of Peace, Announcements and Thanks

Closing Hymn

 

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MISSION #3

 

Being a Disciple Today

 

This mission explores the bases of discipleship for Catholics: how we express our relationship with God through prayer and worship; how we grow in that relationship by opening ourselves to God's Word, and how discipleship leads us to others in community and service. 

Day 1

Theme: Disciples express their relationship with God through prayer

Opening Song:

Welcome: Pastor or other pastoral leader

Opening Prayer: Fr. Frank

Reading: Matthew 6:7-14

Sung Response:

Talk: Fr. Frank

Song:

Response: Benediction of Blessed Sacrament

Announcements (Fr. Frank)

Closing Song:

 

Day 2

Theme: Disciples live and grow in the Word of God

Opening Song:

Welcome: Pastor or pastoral leader

Opening Prayer: Fr. Frank

Reading: Matthew 5:1-12

Sung Response:

Talk: Fr. Frank

Song:

Response: congregation is invited to share God’s Word with each other, followed by veneration of the Gospels.

Our Father, Greeting of Peace, Announcements (Fr. Frank)

Closing Song:

 

Day 3

Theme: We express our discipleship through service

Opening Song:

Welcome: Pastor or other pastoral leader

Opening Prayer: Fr. Frank

Reading: John 13:1-11

Sung Response:

Talk: Fr. Frank

Song:

Response: Laying on hands as a sign of being commissioned as disciples.

Our Father, Greeting of Peace, Announcements (Fr. Frank)

Closing Song:

 

 

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Mission #4

 

The last three days in the life of St. Paul.  A dramatic presentation.

 

Paul is in a Roman Prison.  The Christians of the community in Rome are visiting him.  He reminisces on his life as a missionary, a former of communities and as a mystic.  Each is 45 minutes long.  This can be done as a one-day event or as part of a mission.

 

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Mission #5

EUCHARIST MISSION

 

Day 1: Gathered

Welcome

Opening Hymn

Opening Prayer (Fr. Frank)

Scripture: John 6: 1-13

Hymn Response

Sermon (Fr. Frank)

Ritual: People reflect on their gifts and on outreach; pencils and paper in pews; people come forth and place responses in a basket

Lord’s Prayer, Greeting of Peace

Announcements

Blessing

Final Hymn

 

Day 2: Sent

 

Welcome

Opening Hymn

Opening Prayer (Fr. Frank)

Scripture: John 20:19-23

Hymn Response

Sermon (Fr. Frank)

Ritual: people come forth as hands are laid upon them by 6 people from the parish: Remember the Power of the Holy Spirit

Lord’s Prayer, Greeting of Peace

Announcements

Blessing

Final Hymn

 

Day 3: Empowered

 

Welcome

Opening Hymn

Opening Prayer (Fr. Frank)

Scripture: Acts 2:1-13

Hymn Response

Sermon (Fr. Frank)

Ritual: People come forward in two’s and anoint each others hands

Lord’s Prayer, Greeting of Peace

Announcements

Blessing

Final Hymn

 




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Mission #6

 

HOLY SPIRIT MISSION

EVENING 1

GREETING OF PEOPLE, WELCOME

PERIOD OF SILENCE, STANDING, HANDS HELD ON “ORANS” POSITION

READING: Acts 2:1-4 ( NRSVA )
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

OPENING HYMN:

OPENING PRAYER (FR. DE SIANO)

First selection: Reading 1

Romans 8

 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you
free from the law of sin and of death.
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit
set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot,
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.


If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”
it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK

CHANTS TO HOLY SPIRIT

 
Second selection: Reading 2

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;
for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now;
and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.


Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.
And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK

CHANTS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Third Selection: Reading 3



What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?
Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?


As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.





PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK


STAND FOR HYMN TO HOLY SPIRIT

GUIDED MEDITATION (Fr. Frank) followed by ritual of lighted Candles. Each congregant has a taper, which is lighted from a small fire in the front of the church. They bring these candles to two ministers who stand on either side of a metal frame with sand. The ministers place the candles into the box. Congregants return to their seats.

PRAYER (Fr. Frank)

OUR FATHER

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

FINAL HYMN TO HOLY SPIRIT





HOLY SPIRIT MISSION


Evening 2

GREETING OF PEOPLE, WELCOME

PERIOD OF SILENCE, STANDING, HANDS HELD ON “ORANS” POSITION

READING: Acts 2:1-4 ( NRSVA )
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

OPENING HYMN:

OPENING PRAYER (FR. DE SIANO)

First selection: Reading 1

John: The Promise of the Holy Spirit 14:15 ff.

Reading 1

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.


On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”
Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK

CHANTS TO HOLY SPIRIT

Second Selection: Reading 2 (John 14 continued)

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me;
but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

John 15:26-27

Reading 2 (continued)

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.
You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK

CHANTS TO HOLY SPIRIT

THIRD SELECTION Reading 3

John 16:5 ff.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:
about sin, because they do not believe in me;
about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer;
about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

STAND FOR HYMN TO HOLY SPIRIT

RITUAL ACT: A vessel with oil and four dishes sits on a table. Fr. Frank says a prayer over the oil and pours it onto the four plates. Four ministers come forward, each taking a plate. Congregants then come forth. The first ones have their hands anointed (tops of hands) by the minister. Then each congregant anoints the hands of the next parishioner, in succession. The congregants return to their pews and remain standing.

OUR FATHER

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

FINAL HYMN TO HOLY SPIRIT





HOLY SPIRIT MISSION


Evening 3

GREETING OF PEOPLE, WELCOME

PERIOD OF SILENCE, STANDING, HANDS HELD ON “ORANS” POSITION

READING: Acts 2:1-4 ( NRSVA )
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

OPENING HYMN:

OPENING PRAYER (FR. DE SIANO)

First selection: Reading 1

Galatians 5:26 ff.

Reading 1

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK

CHANTS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Second Selection: Reading 2

1 Corinthians 12: 3-10

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK

CHANTS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Third Selection: Reading 3

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.



PRESENTATION: FR. FRANK


STAND FOR HYMN TO HOLY SPIRIT

RITUAL ACTION: Four ministers come forth. Fr. Frank lays hands on their heads and says, “Remember the power of the Holy Spirit.” Then they take up position across front of church and congregants are invited to come forward, each having hands laid on the head. All remain standing; if they can fit into the sanctuary they gather there.

PRAYER (Fr. Frank)

OUR FATHER

ANNOUNCEMENTS, THANK YOU’S

BLESSING

FINAL HYMN TO HOLY SPIRIT



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Year of Mercy Mission

 

Making Mercy Work

 

This mission explores the Spiritual Works of Mercy and how they relate to our spirituality, discipleship, and ability to reach out to others.

 

Sunday Masses: First Spiritual Work of Mercy:  “Instruct the Ignorant”

                Jesus is our Teacher; we help each other learn.

                Matthew 5: 1-10

 

First Evening:

                Second Spiritual Work of Mercy: “To Counsel the Doubtful”

                Learning to walk with people who are searching, and to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

                Acts 2:36-41

 

                Third Spiritual Work of Mercy: “To Admonish Sinners”

                Seeing that we are all in need of ongoing purification and change by the Holy Spirit

                John 8:1-10

 

Ritual Act: Act of Thanksgiving for those who have helped me in my life.  People have slips of paper and pencils in the pews.  They are invited to write the names of four people who helped them sort through things in their lives.  They come forward to something like a cross and tape the names to the board.  They return to pews for prayer of gratitude.

 

Second Evening:

                Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy: “To Bear Wrongs Patiently”

                Are we willing to suffer to stop the cycle of anger in the world?

                Luke: 23:39-43

 

                Fifth Spiritual Work of Mercy: “To Forgive Offenses Willingly”

                Mercy knows that forgiveness is contagious; that experiencing forgiveness necessitates giving it.

               Matthew 9:1-8

 

Ritual Act: People come two-by-two and anoint each other’s hands as a sign of healing and comfort.  They return to pews for final prayer, and to be oriented toward a Reconciliation Service with confession available.

 

Third Evening: Sixth Spiritual Work of Mercy: “To Comfort the Afflicted”

                Mercy overcomes the distance that pain and isolation bring.

                Luke 15:1-7

 

                Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy: “To Pray for the Living and the Dead”

                Mercy teaches us the power of prayer in our lives, in the lives of others, and in the cosmos.

                Matthew 6:9-15

 

Ritual: The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and people are led in a guided meditation of dialogue with Christ who comforts us and brings us to himself by our prayer. Benediction’

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Mission Stipends




All stipends go to the Paulist Mission, "Paulist Evangelization Ministries" an apostolic arm of the Paulist Fathers.




I ask for a collection on the final evening, but it should not be less than $2,500 to justify the time I am away from my evangelization office. I will provide envelopes and brochures to explain our outreach.




Travel is in addition. A check for personal expenses (books, memberships, charities) for $150 should be made to "Frank DeSiano" in addition to the above stipend.




Missions mean I have to balance time away from the office with the value of contacts in the wider church. I appreciate the opportunity to give workshops along with my missions to other local parishes, particularly in the area of evangelization, the Awakening Faith program, Seeking Christ, and Living the Eucharist--all to help Catholics reconnect with the Church.

 

 

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