October 21, World Mission Sunday, 2018, marks the beginning of the Extraordinary Year of Mission in Philadelphia. Pope Francis called for an “Extraordinary Missionary Month” to be celebrated in October, 2019 with the goal of fostering an increased awareness of our baptismal call to be Missionary.
In light of this request by the Holy Father, Archbishop Charles Chaput proclaimed an Extraordinary Year of Mission. The weekend of World Mission Sunday and the year is dedicated to Renew the faithful’s Baptismal Call to be Missionary.
For this year, what does this mean? What is being asked of you for this Year?
Pray • Support • Learn more to Tell Others
- Pray one Hail Mary each day for a Missionary.
- Save a $1 week to help the needs of a family living in a Mission land. This is important as most families live on $2 a week.
- Learn more about the Missions and the people they serve who are supported by the Societies to tell others.
Click 2018 World Mission Sunday Thought Starters for You
for Reflections and Thoughts on World Mission Sunday in this Extraordinary Year of Mission.
World Mission Sunday – Who Is Being Helped:
- † October 21, World Mission Sunday, is a time of prayer and a time to look beyond our local Church in Philadelphia and provide support to Missionaries in 1,111 Dioceses.
- † Your prayers and help are needed to build up the local Church, especially where Christianity is new. These Dioceses are in some of the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s Missions. With your help, the Pontifical Mission Societies care for and support these Churches until they are able to be self-sufficient.
- † In 1822, over 195 years ago, the first collections from the Societies supported the diocese of Louisiana, which Philadelphia was a part of. Missionaries brought the fire of faith to Philadelphia— help us bring the faith to other Dioceses.
World Mission Sunday – Helps People All Around the Globe
$15 covers expenses for a small medical Mission clinic in Bolivia; the closest hospital is 12 hours by bus or buys lunch for a student at a Mission school in Jordon.
$40 Educates catechists who teach about Jesus or Helps Provide priests with transportation to celebrate Mass in Cote D’Ivoire, Africa, serving a large geographical area.
$60 Improves the life of a young person where a Training center has been established or Sustains an aging person forgotten by their families in the Telangana regions of India.
$150 Provides a home, food & education for children in orphanages from Nicaragua, Central America to Nigeria, Africa and throughout the world.
Extraordinary Year of Mission begins
October 21, 2018 to October, 2019
in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Respond to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” Evangelii Gaudium as he invites all of us to be Missionary Disciples. Archbishop Charles Chaput is hoping everyone in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be reminded of their baptismal call to be Missionary and Missionary Disciples in this special year.
By this declaration, Pope Francis is asking each one of us personally to live out the call of our baptism, to know and live the faith and to witness to the Gospel in word and deed. “Every Christian is challenged here and now to be actively engaged in evangelization. Anyone who has truly experienced God’s love should proclaim that love.”
Jesus Christ himself teaches us how to evangelize, how to invite people into communion with him and how to create a culture of witness: namely, through love, mercy and joy. Christ gives us direction: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . .” Mt 28:19
Each day is the perfect time to take part in this Mission of Christ. We are called to Missionary Discipleship in concrete places and relationships of our daily lives.
For example, some young women, suffering because of their family situation and poverty, are forced to live on the street in Chennai, India. They grow up surrounded by crime, prostitution and other traumatizing experiences. Many of the girls become indifferent, suspicious, disheartened and broken by life’s circumstance. Sister Mary Gloria, a Salesian Missionary, helps restore the childhood of girls living on the streets by offering simple gifts.