Called Together as "Missionaries of Faith"
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY, October 21, 2012
World Mission Sunday, organized by 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 2012, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on October 21.
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" (see Redemptoris Missio 81).
Around the world, especially in the rapidly growing Church in Africa and Asia, the young churches urgently need support. The World Mission Sunday collection, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, helps support schools, hospitals, health clinics, leprosy centers and social and pastoral projects.
Holy Father Pope Benedict XIV World Mission Sunday Message
Mission Reach Out
Mission Reach Out, sponsored by the Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies, offers grammar schools, religious education programs, and high school students of the diocese the opportunity to hear personal witness from missionaries who have served in various countries. Students are challenged to fulfill their baptismal call to mission by invigorating their mission identity, learning about global trends in mission, and offering prayerful and sacrificial support.
Each Reach Out is highlighted by the celebration of a mission liturgy at which the bishop serves as principal celebrant. For more information contact the Diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies at 609-267-7729.