Worldwide Eucharistic Celebration

Archdiocesan Celebration of
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

16-bishop-mc-homily-fixed-circleThe Archdiocesan Celebration of World Mission Sunday, 2016 was held at Saint Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia.  Bishop John McIntyre celebrated this special Mission Mass at 9:30AM on Sunday, October 23, 2016.  
bish-msgr-begin-mass-fixed16-beginning-procession-at-mass16-end-of-mass-bishop-looking-up-better-fixAfter Mass, the Missionary Childhood Association recognized eight students from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for their submissions to the 2015-16 Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest.

2015-16 National MCA Christmas Artwork Contest Winner from Philadelphia

Leah Donkochik, Our Lady of Port Richmond Regional School, Philadelphianational-art-contest-winner-leah

This student is one of 24 selected for recognition by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States from among thousands of entries from across the country. Her artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

2015-16 Archdiocesan MCA Christmas Artwork Contest Winners

Nicole Coyle, St. Francis of Assisi School, Springfield
Hannah Dickerson, Regina Coeli Academy, Abington
Amayla Ferguson, St. Raymond of Penafort School, Philadelphia
Morgan Jenkins, St. Laurentius School, Philadelphia
Ileana Martinez, St. Peter the Apostle School, Philadelphia
Shaun McCormac, Maternity BVM School, Philadelphia
Tyler Vo, Holy Innocents ACES, Philadelphia

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World Map with WMR Colors in CirclesThe World Mission Sunday celebration in 2016 is on October 23. On this Sunday, the faithful of Philadelphia, will gather at the Eucharist, as will Catholics throughout the world, in a spirit of love for Evangelization.

On World Mission Sunday, as the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia family join our brothers and sisters around the world, we connect with our world on Mission:  . . .

2015 Poster Mongolia  Circle Art Element. . . .with Africa, where six million children receive an education in some 16,000 Church-run elementary schools
. . . with Asia, where those who are sick are provided with care at 5,000 Catholic hospitals and small clinics2015 Poster Asia Circle Art Element
. . . with the Americas, where catechists travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of the God’s great love to families
.2015 Poster Boy from Missions Circle Art Element . . with Oceania, where young men are supported in their studies for the priesthood
. . . with Europe, where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities, renewed after years of persecution.

Your prayers and material support will help the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Father’s chief missionary arm, to provide resources to Missionaries who proclaim the Gospel and offer help to our brothers and sisters throughout 1,111 mission dioceses.  As I have said, “We should always put our money where our heart is . . . we should be very generous so that our missionaries will be supported not only by our prayer but also have concrete help.”

Bishop Wens baptizes the faithful

Bishop Wens of Mongolia baptizes the faithful

“Jesus said to Saint Peter, ‘Upon this rock, I will build my Church.’ and I’m thinking that is also addressed to me when I came to Mongolia,” expressed Most Reverend Wens, a Missionary who is now Bishop, of Mongolia, the youngest Catholic Church in the World.

Bishop Wens was literally starting from zero — no Catholics in Mongolia when he and his fellow missionaries arrived. The first Baptisms, as a group, took place after three years of their presence. In that group of 13 was Bishop Wens’ secretary.

From that first group, the number of Catholics has continued to grow across Mongolia, with the total today numbering around 850. Each Easter, on average, 20 to 50 join the Church. Bishop Wens remains as committed today as on that first day, to reach out and offer practical and spiritual support to those in need — and to continue to build the Church.

He says, “Reach out… It summarizes everything that I want to do as a priest, as a bishop, and as a Christian—to reach out to others. And Pope Francis is very strong on this, ‘Go out, go there and do something for the people especially the poor’…Because that’s what I wanted to do, reaching out to people, to the poor.

Your prayers and generous support offered to the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the Mission church – places like Mongolia where the young church is 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 “build our Church” – to deepen your relationship with Jesus by helping Bishop Wens and so many other Missionaries around the world.

This year, your generosity on World Mission Sunday will touch parish communities across the world, like this  in Mongolia

This year, your generosity on World Mission Sunday will touch parish communities across the world, like this in Mongolia