Next Sunday, October 18, is World Mission Sunday, a special day on which we unite ourselves with Catholics all over the world to pray and sacrifice for the missionary efforts of the Church.
The observance of World Mission Sunday is truly “worldly” as prayers and support of the missionary work of the Church is done in every parish church and chapel throughout the entire world. All Catholics respond to the request for this special day by our Holy Father who has asked the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith to plan and promote this holy work of “First Evangelization.”
The Society, founded by Pauline Jericot in France, was given the title “Pontifical” in 1922 and has a special responsibility in the Universal Church. It is under the direction of the Holy Father who together with the entire body of Bishops remind the faithful of their baptismal call to mission, as they gather basic support for more than 1,200 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, from the very start of his pontificate has not ceased to remind us that we are a truly missionary Church and its mandate to spread the faith has the highest priority. World Mission Sunday gives us the opportunity to join him in this faith-filled concern of his.
This week you have received special envelopes from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for the mission collection to be taken next weekend. It is suggested that families contribute for the missions at this time, thus enrolling themselves in the Society as well as offering substantial help to our missionaries who spread the gospel.
Do, be generous in supporting the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith which is the Church’s principal means of spreading the gospel throughout the world.