World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

On October 23, World Mission Sunday, we join Catholics worldwide in this annual Eucharistic celebration for the Missions of the Church.

Please pray and give generously during the second collection in your parish on World Mission Sunday. Your offering of these spiritual and temporal resources will ensure that our brothers and sisters around the world will experience the joy and hope of the encounter with Christ through the missions.

Pope Francis reflects on this year’s theme: “You shall be My witnesses” (Acts 1:8). He emphasizes the call to every Christian to bear witness to Christ, to participate in a mission of universal evangelization, and to seek strength and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

“Each baptized person is called to mission, in the Church and by the mandate of the Church: consequently, mission is carried out together, not individually, in communion with the ecclesial community, and not on one’s own initiative… Missionaries of Christ are not sent to communicate themselves, to exhibit their persuasive qualities and abilities or their managerial skills. Instead, theirs is the supreme honor of presenting Christ in words and deeds, proclaiming to everyone the Good News of his salvation, as the first apostles did, with joy and boldness.”

On World Mission Sunday…

Connect with all who are serving on mission by praying the World Mission Rosary.

Connect with the Americas…where catechists travel to remote areas to bring the good news of God’s great love to families.

Connect with Europe…where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities.

Connect with Asia…where six million children receive an education from religious sisters in Catholic elementary schools.

Connect with the Pacific Islands where 1,000 young men are preparing for the priesthood to bring the Lord’s healing hope and peace to those in need.

Connect with Africa…where those suffering from illness are provided with loving care at 6,400 Catholic clinics and hospitals.

The men and women who serve on mission around the world have answered Christ’s call to go out and make disciples.

Will you answer this call and help our brothers and sisters all over the world through your prayers, support, and resources?

Your generosity helps support those who are working to bring God’s love and compassion to people living on the margins.

Priests, religious, and lay people from mission groups based in Washington, DC serve on mission throughout the world. Countries they are serving in include: Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Send your gift to:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
Office of Mission
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC
20017

For more information, contact Maeve Gilheney-Gallagher, Global Solidarity Coordinator.