Chapter XVI uses the word missions, which can mean several things. As a devotion, missions are one- or two-week periods of intense preaching and devotional activity designed to renew Catholics' faith and lead them to receive the sacraments. Missions can also mean that Father Parolin lived at Saint Peter's, but traveled to different Italian communities on a regular basis to provide pastoral care. Father Parolin preached a number of missions in the Syracuse area between 1914 and 1920. Most of these missions were to Italians who had no Italian-language clergy nearby. Some led to the formation of permanent parishes.