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Holy Week Missions 2023
Regnum Christi worldwide has a tradition of engaging in Holy Week Missions, uniting in a special way to Jesus’s self-gift through his Passion. U.S. missionaries are under the umbrella of Mission Youth, whose 2023 theme is FIRE WITHIN. May we bring the fire of Christ’s love to everyone we meet! Come, Holy Spirit!
Here in Houston, young adults will gather all week to pray and serve. All Saints Catholic Church (215 E 10th St.) in the Heights will be our “home base.” Check out our schedule below!
April 2 | Palm Sunday | Mission Kick-Off
10:30 am: Mass at All Saints (At the end of Mass, the pastor will introduce the missionaries to the parishioners!)
11:30 am: Blessing of mission crosses & commissioning ceremony
12:00 pm: Potluck lunch, registration, t-shirt distribution, & viewing of The Passion of the Christ with small group reflections to follow
April 6 | Holy Thursday | Mass & Prep
7:00 pm: Mass at All Saints with fellow missionaries
After mass: Eucharistic adoration at the Altar of Repose & prepare lunch bags for individuals facing homelessness in downtown Houston
April 7 | Good Friday | Service & Community Outreach
11:00 am: Meet in parking lot across from Loaves & Fishes for prayer & Good Friday reflection
12:00 pm: Serve individuals facing homelessness (Meet them, pray with them, & distribute lunch bags)
1:30 pm: Debrief & break
3:00 pm: Good Friday service at All Saints
5:00 pm: Live stations of the cross at All Saints
6:00 pm: Cross walk (Carry a life-size cross through Heights Boulevard while reminding passersby of Good Friday, inviting them to Easter mass, & nailing their prayer requests to the cross)
April 8 | Holy Saturday | Kids' Festival* & Conclusion
10:30 am: Meet at All Saints for prayer & Kids' Festival set up
12 pm - 2 pm: Kids' Festival (Games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, food, etc.)
2:00 pm: Clean up, debrief, & mission conclusion
8:30 pm: Option to attend Easter vigil mass at All Saints
*NOTE: In order to ensure the safety of participating children, Kids' Festival volunteers MUST meet all Archdiocesan and RC volunteer requirements by following the steps below. If you do not complete all requirements and submit proof by April 7, you will be directed to participate in another mission option (to be confirmed and communicated closer to that day).
1. Meet Archdiocesan requirements: Complete a Safe Environment Training through CMG Connect (click here). The online training videos take approximately 3 hours to complete, and the process includes a criminal background check. Please submit all necessary information to CMG by March 24 to ensure that your background check is processed in time.
Note: The certification is good for 5 years from the date of completion. If you have already completed the training within the past 5 years, you can submit your valid (unexpired) certificate as proof.
2. Meet Regnum Christi requirements: Obtain a RCA Volunteer Certificate (click here). This process also includes a criminal background check, which takes 1-2 weeks to clear. Please submit all necessary information to RCA by March 24 to ensure that your background check is processed in time.
Note: The certification is good for 3 years from the date of completion. If you have already completed the training within the past 3 years, you can submit your valid (unexpired) certificate as proof.
3. Submit proof: Email your completion certificates for BOTH the Safe Environment Training and the RCA Volunteer Certificate (screenshots okay) to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7.
Ready to join? Fill out Form A below if you can join us for the full week, or Form B if you can only come for a day!
Questions? Contact email@example.com.