PARISH MISSION. 3 NIGHTS.
October 22, 23, 24 : 7:00pm
“That ONE Thing” parish mission is changing hearts and minds across the continent. Originally written for Mike’s own parish, this parish mission was inspired by Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples, in particular, the chapter dealing with repentance. A Greek Orthodox priest mentioned how he rarely preached or talked about repentance. I realized that I’ve never done that. I helped form and instruct people on how to make a good confession, but never really explicitly explored the area of helping people repent.
“That ONE Thing” is built around helping Catholics repent. Talk One brings people into confrontation with any false image or view they have of God the Father, in particular, that thing we call “Catholic guilt.” Rooted and grounded in the endless mercy of God from the first talk, the second talk leads people into repentance by asking them one question: What is that one thing- sin, wound, label, or fear- that is keeping you from a better relationship with God. Pastors have been shocked at how deep confessions go after this portion. The final talk hones in on two things: how to I stay free of that one thing, and how do I get involved in my faith.
Michael Gormley has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past 10 years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries. Mike is the producer and cohost of Catholic podcasts Catching Foxes and Every Knee Shall Bow, which discuss ministry and the collision of Faith and Culture. He has his Undergraduate Degrees in both Philosophy and Theology, and a Masters of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry, from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Evangelization at St Anthony of Padua Parish, a Catholic megachurch in Texas. He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him. To learn more about Mike visit www.layevangelist.com