World Mission Sunday
On October 22, World Mission Sunday, we join Catholics worldwide in this annual Eucharistic celebration for the Missions of the Church.
This year’s theme, “Hearts on fire, feet on the move” (Luke 24:13-35) reminds us that we live out our baptismal call of mission when we are witnesses to God’s love and mercy. Pope Francis invites us to focus on three themes for World Mission Sunday: the Word transforming hardened hearts, the Eucharist as the source and summit of mission, and the joy of spreading the Good News.
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.
Pope Francis shared in his message for World Mission Sunday, “The urgency of the Church’s missionary activity naturally calls for an ever-closer missionary cooperation on the part of all her members and at every level. This is an essential goal of the synodal journey that the Church has undertaken, guided by the key words: communion, participation, mission. This journey is… a process of setting out on the way and, like the disciples of Emmaus, listening to the risen Lord. For he always comes among us to explain the meaning of the Scriptures and to break bread for us, so that we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit, carry out his mission in the world.”
Please be generous in the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for the Missions.
World Mission Sunday Resources
- Click here to find resources to help our ADW parishes celebrate World Mission Sunday, including homily helps, bulletin announcements, flyers and more.
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.
Will you answer the call?
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, D.C. 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.
Donate online or send your gift to:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
Office of Missions
PO Box 223394
Chantilly, VA 20153-3394