Parish Mission: Fullness Of Purpose Explained (2018)

(contemplative music) – Are you interested in
evangelizing your parish? The Fullness of Purpose parish mission and video follow-up program
are designed to do just that. If you’re interested in more info, I invite you to keep on watching. (hopeful music) Now, you know the purpose of this, but do you know the purpose of this? Your life. My name is Ken Yasinksi
from catholic speaker .com, and for the last almost 20 years, I’ve been blessed to be
able to serve the church, full-time speaking, as an evangelist. And as I’ve traveled, full-time, since 1999, across Canada, and across, now, the United States, I’ve noticed that there’s a tremendous disconnect with Catholics and their faith that most are simply not addressing. And that problem is
this, the average person who sits in the pew is unaware of a conscious commitment to Jesus Christ. And that’s a problem, because you can’t have an accidental
relationship with Jesus Christ. It doesn’t happen automatically. It doesn’t happen accidentally. It only happens through intentionality, where we intentionally go to Jesus and say, “Jesus, I offer myself to you.” And this mission and video
follow-up program seeks to meet that need, to
simply invite a person to ask the question, “Are you
committed to Jesus Christ, “and if so, reconnect?” but also those who have never committed themselves to Jesus, to invite them and say, “Would you like to do that?” So what makes this parish mission and video follow-up program unique? Number one, proclamation. There’s a clear and simple
proclamation of the Gospel. When people start exploring Catholicism, they’re not interested in religion, they’re not interested in the rules. What they’re really
looking for is relevance. For example, when someone
goes to the store, and buys a drill, why are
they going to buy a drill? Do they buy this drill because
they like the blue color, or the yellow color, or
into the way it sounds? (whirring) (chuckles) No, they’re buying this drill, not because they love the drill, but because they need a hole. (whirring) That’s why people buy a drill. They have a need, and
this drill meets the need. It (whirs) creates a hole. So why are people coming into the church? They will only come into
the church when they realize that Jesus Christ meets
the hole in their life. And so the message at
the parish mission seeks to show that Jesus is relevant, that he’s real, that
he wants a relationship with us, and it’s a personal
relationship with us, because this is what we are created for. So number one, proclamation, a clear and simple, relevant
proclamation of the Gospel. Number two, adoration. More specifically, musical,
eucharistic adoration. Pope John Paul II said, “Sometimes
even Catholics have lost, “or never had the chance, to
experience Christ personally, “not as a mere value,
but as a living Lord, “the way, the truth, and the life.” You see, St. John Paul II was saying that we’re created to encounter Jesus, and one of the most beautiful ways that people encounter Jesus
is in eucharistic adoration. So what we do after each
talk in the evening, we dim the lights of the church, the priest exposes the blessed Sacrament, I go over to the piano, and I sing slow, meditative songs, and we just adore Jesus. And this is where people encounter Jesus, and realize Jesus is
alive, and he’s relevant. People experience healings of the heart, healings of the emotions. They experience this peace. Jesus wants to move in our life, and I think the best thing that we can do, sometimes, to evangelize a person, is just get out of the
way and give them Jesus. And we have Jesus, literally, body, blood, soul, divinity, and the Eucharist, and so I’ve found this
a very effective method in the process of evangelization. We talk about Jesus, and
then we encounter Jesus. And then, on the second evening, during musical eucharistic adoration, that question is posed to the audience. I ask them, “Have you ever committed “yourself to Jesus, before?” And I say, “If you’d like to, as a sign “of this commitment to him, anytime “I’m singing this next song, I “just invite you to open up your hands.” So they are given an invitation to commit themselves to
Jesus for the first time, and recommit themselves to
Jesus for the first time, because some people have
made that commitment, but they’ve lost it. Others, they’re simply unaware of this commitment in their life, they’ve never been invited, and that’s so important, to invite people. Oftentimes, what I’ve noticed, is that we, as a church, are trying to catechize people who
are not evangelized, and it just doesn’t work. A person doesn’t care
what the church teaches until they realize how
much God loves them. And maybe some are sitting there, thinking, whoa, Ken, is this Catholic? Well, Pope John Paul II said, in his encyclical,
Mission of the Redeemer, “Conversion means accepting, “by personal decision,
the saving sovereignty “of Christ, and becoming his disciple.” So part of conversion is accepting, by personal decision,
the saving sovereignty of Jesus Christ into our life. And we need to constantly invite people to this decision, to this
encounter, of Jesus. And it seems to be really
effective to do it, in the context of eucharistic adoration, when Jesus is right before you. And the third thing that
makes this a unique experience for the parish is a
video follow-up program. We’ve designed a program, six videos, each 25 to 35 minutes long, that are specifically designed to
build upon the material that we cover, at the parish mission. I’ve spoken at countless events over the last 20 years, and I’ve seen some people encounter Christ
in a very powerful way, and sometimes the organizers of that event come to me and say,
“Ken, now what can we do?” And I’ve always kinda not had much to say. “Well you can,” I’d point ’em
to a book, or another program, but here, this program
is specifically designed to deal with the “now what?” Each session that we go
through has two components. Number one, there’s a teaching
component, done by me, and the second component is a testimony, because what we wanna try and do is more than just give people
information, we wanna show how that information can
lead to transformation. When you show that
transformation can happen because of this teaching, then you show that the church (whirring) is relevant. So for example, the session four is on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and I talk about the necessity of going to Jesus, and
asking his forgiveness. But that is just the information. Then I have a friend, who comes in, and shares a powerful testimony on how he was struggling
with a sex addiction, and encountered Jesus in the
Sacrament of Reconciliation, and how that encounter with
Jesus saved his marriage. So each session has the teaching
component and a testimony. Session one is What is
the Purpose of Our Life? And so that is a recap
of the two-day mission. Session two is Who is Jesus? Session three is Does the
Catholic Church Matter? Session four is Finding
Healing and Forgiveness, that’s on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Session five is Living with Power, that is, who is the Holy Spirit? And then we also talk about
the Sacrament of Confirmation. And session six is Two
Life Changing Decisions, and that is on prayer, and the Eucharist. And remember, with each of these topics, there is testimonies to show
that this can change our life. A parish has two options
when booking this event. Number one, they book the parish mission, and then the video
follow-up program is emailed to everyone who attends the mission, and then signs up for the
video follow-up program, and we just have a
signup sheet at the back of the church each evening, and they print their name, and print their email address. The second way, which I
think is more effective, is when the parish books the event, they also offer all the participants to go through the video follow-up program in the parish setting. And in that case, I can provide training for all the leaders of the parish on how to run the video follow-up program. That training is about
1.5 to two hours long, and we basically go through
the parish mission program in a little bit more detail, and just how to run this program. And I think this is more effective, because when you evangelize a person, you wanna bring them back
to the faith community, and what better way to do it than put on the event, and then
say, “Now, come back “for the next six weeks,
and we’ll journey with you.” So how is it run? Well, usually, in the evening, I suggest that it starts off with a meal, or a snack and coffee, then you watch the video follow-up program, a session that’s 25 to 35 minutes long, and then you have the
small group discussion, and I provide small group
discussion questions for the leaders. So if you think that
this would be a benefit to your parish, to your deanery, to your diocese, I am at your service. I’m pretty passionate
about evangelization. I’ve given the last 20 years to this, and if there’s anything that I can do for you, know that I’m available. If you would like to reach out to me, you can go to my Website,, you can email me at
[email protected], or if you’re watching
this on a landing page, and there’s a place where you can type in your email, just put in your email, and click Send, and automatically, information will be sent to you. If you got to the end of this
video, thank you for watching. I hope you feel it’s been
a good use of your time. My name is Ken Yasinksi,
from Thank you for watching. But the truth is this, we
can all become canonizable. We can all be a great
saint if we want to be, but so often, what we do is we compare ourselves to those great saints, and we think, oh, I could never be, I don’t have the saint stuff, I could never be a Maximilian Kolbe, I could never be a Saint Therese of Lisieux, I could never be a Padre Pio, I never could be a never be
a Saint Therese of Lisieux. I don’t have what it takes to
be the saint that they were.

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