World Mission Sunday

2016-wms-posterWorld Mission Sunday, organized by the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. In 2016, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on October 23.

Our Church’s celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016.  It invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to “go out” as Missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.   

Pope Francis’ sentiments above for the celebration of the 90th World Mission Sunday, on October 23, call each of us to be a “Witness of Mercy,” the theme of this year’s Archdiocesan celebration.

Missionaries know from experience that the Gospel of forgiveness and mercy can bring joy and reconciliation, justice and peace. The mandate of the Gospel to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Mt 28:19a-20  has not ceased; rather this command commits all of us, in the current landscape with all its challenges, to hear the call to a renewed missionary “impulse.”

This Jubilee year marks the 90th anniversary of World Mission Sunday, first approved by Pope Pius XI in 1926, and organized by the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Your prayers and material support will help the Society provide resources to Missionaries in 1,111 Mission dioceses throughout the world to care for Christian communities in need and for the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth Gospel.

Your prayers and generous support offered to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the Mission church – places like Mongolia, Nigeria, Tamil Nadu, the Philippines to name a few.   These Churches are growing, filled with zeal for the faith, but lacking resources for its outreach to families and those in need. Such support is a concrete way to be a  “Witness of Mercy” – to deepen your relationship with Jesus by helping Mission Dioceses and Missionaries around the world.

World Mission Sunday – Support for the Evangelization of All

Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” 

Every year the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions grow – as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ’s call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other areas, long suppressed, are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith worldwide.

Mission dioceses – about 1,111 at this time – receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. In addition, these mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance, among other needs, for catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of Religious Communities, for communication and transportation needs, and for the building of chapels, churches, orphanages and schools. These needs are matched with the funds gathered in each year.

Your ongoing support of the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,111 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances.

 

 

World Mission Sunday Catechetical Resources

Children’s Liturgy of the Word October 23, 2016

Missionary Childhood October 2016 Resources

Litany of Missionary Saints 

Children’s Holy Hour for the Missions

Pope Francis for WMS Message 2015Pope’s Message-World Mission Sunday 2016

World Mission Sunday message in English
World Mission Sunday message in Spanish

And . . . A Word on Mission from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

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2016 Archbishop Chaput’s World Mission Sunday 2016 Letter

Archbishop’s 2016 Letter to the Faithful:
Dear Faithful Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Church’s celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016.  It invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to “go out” as Missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.   

Pope Francis’ sentiments above for the celebration of the 90th World Mission Sunday, on October 23, call each of us to be a “Witness of Mercy,” the theme of this year’s Archdiocesan celebration.

Missionaries know from experience that the Gospel of forgiveness and mercy can bring joy and reconciliation, justice and peace. The mandate of the Gospel to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Mt 28:19a-20  has not ceased; rather this command commits all of us, in the current landscape with all its challenges, to hear the call to a renewed missionary “impulse.”

If we want our faith to be fruitful, we need to bring it alive first in prayer, and then in action.  The greatest way we can show love to other persons is by sharing Jesus Christ with them.  And that means all of us are called to be Missionaries.  I have said this in the past and it holds true today.

This Jubilee year marks the 90th anniversary of World Mission Sunday, first approved by Pope Pius XI in 1926, and organized by the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Your prayers and material support will help the Society provide resources to Missionaries in 1,111 mission dioceses throughout the world to care for Christian communities in need and for the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth Gospel.

I thank you in advance for your generous response to the needs of others. World Mission Sunday invites you to be a “Witness of Mercy” to communities throughout the globe.  With your help, the Lord’s mercy, extended by your acts of solidarity, your prayers and your help, will change the world!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

To Be Missionaries, Go Forth!

ChaputIf we want our faith to be fruitful, we need to bring it alive first in prayer, and then in action.  The greatest way we can show love to other persons is by sharing Jesus Christ with them.  And that means all of us are called to be Missionaries.

To be Missionaries, we have to go somewhere. We need to “go forth.”  But Catholics oftenmisunderstand what real Mission work involves.  We think of people like the great Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, who left his home, his family and his friends, and traveled around Asia for the rest of his life preaching the Gospel.  We have a harder time seeing ourselves as Missionaries.

It’s very possible that God is calling one of you in this room today to be the next Francis Xavier.  God created each of you to be a Saint; to do some special task no one else can do.  The Church needs men and women who are willing to live their faith radically and heroically, and carry the Gospel into every corner of the earth.

Archbishop Chaput, World Mission Sunday, 2015

Archbishop Chaput, World Mission Sunday, 2015

Most of us, however, won’t be called to preach in a foreign country, or smuggle the Gospel into North Korea or Iran.  Most of us will work in the Mission fields of our homes and schools, our sports teams, jobs and friends. And the work will be just as demanding as it was for Francis Xavier, even if the people and places look familiar.  The mandate Jesus gave us to preach the Gospel will demand a different kind of journey — a spiritual journey out of ourselves.

Two thousand years ago, St. Paul wrote to his followers, “woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.” 1 Cor 9:16  Those are strong words.  It’s easy to mistake what he meant.  It’s easy to assume that he feared God’s punishment.  But Paul actually meant something very different.  If we don’t share our faith with others, we begin to lose it ourselves.  That’s what Paul feared.  The seed of the Gospel is restless.  It never sleeps.  It’s always either growing or dying in our hearts, and it only grows if we witness Jesus Christ to others by our example and our words.

A lot of Catholics are embarrassed to talk about their faith.  We may know that the Church calls all of us to holiness and to make the world around us holy, but we often try to wriggle out of actually doing it.  It’s easier – and much more comfortable — if we don’t make a big deal about our faith in public.  Even if we know a lot about our faith, even if we’re fully convinced by it, we tend to worry about other people’s reactions.

Part of the problem is that self-consciously “religious” people sometimes give religion a bad name.  Sooner or later we all meet a difficult priest or a pompous televangelist or a gossiping volunteer.  They’re often the first people to talk about how important religion is to them.  But the best witnesses to the faith usually talk less and act more.  Then when they do speak, their words are very powerful.    Excerpt from Archbishop Charles Chaput: World Youth Day Catechesis July 26, 2013, Rio de Janeiro

World Mission Rosary

In February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, national director of the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966,  inaugurated a World Mission Rosary in his Catholic Hour radio address.

“We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary.Each of the five decades is of a different color to represent the continents.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Praying this Rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world.”

The different colored beads of each decade call to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelization efforts in Mission: GREEN for the forests of AFRICABLUE for the ocean surrounding the ISLANDS of the PACIFIC; WHITE symbolizing EUROPE, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world; RED, calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the AMERICAS and YELLOW, the morning light of the East, for ASIA.   

How to Pray the World Mission Rosary

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