50,000 Gearing Up for a Regnum Christi "Mega-Mission"
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Evangelizers to descend on 7,000 communities during Holy Week.
ROME, MARCH 26, 2003 (ZENIT International News
Agency).- More than 50,000 people will spend their Holy Week
holidays under mostly sunny skies -- not to acquire a
tan but to take the Gospel into largely remote areas.
The lion´s share of those 50,000 will work in Latin
America -- in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina and
Brazil -- from April 12-21. Still others will head to
Ireland and a half-dozen other countries.
They are taking part
in the 10th annual Mega-Mission, organized by the ecclesial movement
Regnum Christi through its Juventud y
Familia Misionera (Missionary Youth and Family).
To date, the Mega-Missions
have involved 155,000 young people and 15,000 families in re-evangelization
in 25 countries.
These popular missions gather teams of young
people, families and priests who prepare in an intensive multidisciplinary
and organizational course.
In keeping with John Paul II´s initiative,
this year´s mission will concentrate in particular on explaining and
promoting the rosary.
The missionaries go from house to house
in some of the poorest sectors of the population, catechizing
the children, visiting the sick and elderly, and encouraging people
to receive -- or return to -- the sacraments.
the afternoons, they invite the residents to attend activities of
Catholic formation organized by the missionaries, or to join Holy
Week services. The priests who accompany the missionaries work 12
to 14 hours a day, officiating at baptisms and weddings,
hearing confessions and celebrating Masses.
At the end of the
week, the missionaries return from their zones to the city
from which they departed, to attend Easter Sunday Mass, which
this year will be offered for world peace.
six days drawing and performing plays to teach Indian children
something about Jesus Christ. Now, when I go to Mass
and say ´I believe in one God,´ I understand it
in a new way," said Heidi Foster, a member of
The Oklahoma wife spent Holy Week last year
with her husband Jeff and three children evangelizing a village
in Mexico´s Sierra Madre.
Over the past seven years, the
Mega-Missions have reached some 7 million homes.
YTM at World Youth Day 2002
Youth for the Third
Millennium Missionaries Make Their Mark in Toronto.
Missions for Life 2002 : Speaking for those
who never get the chance
Coming from a variety
of ages and backgrounds, this group of passionate missionaries united
to defend the dignity of life out of their love
Evangelizing the Guaraní Villages
Youth for the Third Millennium and Missionary Families
for the Third Millennium of Argentina evangelized among the Guaraní
natives, heirs of the missions of old dating from the
Lay Missionaries Evangelize Rural
Communities in Mexico
The missionaries wear a distinctive cross on
their chest. They visit homes, taking Bibles, catechisms, liturgical guides
and holy cards, among other items. They also offer catechism
classes to children, youths and adults, and lead liturgical celebrations.
Christmas Missions in Maringá, Brazil
received a pleasant surprise at their door this Christmas: young
people from Youth for the Third Millennium.
Austrian Young People Evangelize in School
Classrooms can be locales
for spreading the good news ...
Youth for the Third Millennium Arrives in Ireland
people from Dublin, Northern Ireland and London (England) went door
to door bringing Christ to all who would listen.
Youth for the Third Millennium Has Reached the
For five days this November, twenty-one missionaries went door
to door visiting poor families in Malvar, Batangas.
Seeing God At Work
For four days we stayed
in a 100-year-old hacienda with 25 other families and visited
our assigned homes in Fraustro. We brought the people the
full host of Holy Week Services that they otherwise would
not have had.
Everest Peak – Easter
in the Missions
I am impressed by the formation of
the young men. They have all the elements of the
integral formation that we espouse at Everest. They are intellectually
prepared and they have the personal relationship with Christ that
animates their work.
The Lord´s Love
We learned a very valuable lesson from those
people during the three days we were there. Faith in
God keeps people strong. My faith was made stronger by
just being around them.
Mission with the Legion of Christ
A young man from
Michigan tells of his recent experience on mission in Mexico.
more information on the Mega-Missions, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(March 31, 2003)