Friends, I am preparing for a special presentation next week at the National Meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. My talk will focus on the topic of "The Domestic Church: Forming Missionaries" and will strive to offer the attendees resources and ideas for supporting the Catholic families they serve.

I would like to include some "real world" perspectives and ideas in this talk and am asking for your help. In the comments section below, please share your thoughts on how you form the young (and old!) missionaries who live in your home -- What types of service do you do? Is "mission" an active component of your family life? Who are some of your role models? What could your local parish or diocese do to better support your family in becoming missionaries. For every comment you leave, you will receive one entry to win a very special Blessed John Paul II gift package I have created.

Share your ideas for "Forming Missionaries" and enter to win our Blessed John Paul II package! Share your ideas for "Forming Missionaries" and enter to win our Blessed John Paul II package!

The items in this gift package were purchased on my trip to the Vatican Bloggers Meeting during the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II. Each of the items was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. I hope they will be a blessing to the Domestic Church of whatever family wins this contest. I will randomly select one winner from the comments. Please enter by midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, April 20, 2013.

The items in this gift package include:

  • Blessed John Paul II Coin
  • Blessed John Paul II Medal
  • Blessed John Paul II Plaque
  • Blessed John Paul II Holy Card
  • Blessed John Paul II Bookmark

Thank you in advance for your support on this special project!

Update: Congratulations to Karee S., our winner, and thank you to all who participated.