World Mission Sunday
Your prayers and financial support will help 1,111 mission territories around the world!
How Does Your World Mission Sunday Gift Help?
$40 supports the work of one catechist for a week
$80 helps with educational resources at a center for street children
$110 covers a week of English classes for 10 students
$430 runs a medical outreach clinic for a day
$5,000 helps toward building a church
Where Does your World Mission Sunday Gift Help?
1,200 schools, educating children in some of the poorest parts of the world.
9,000 clinics caring for the sick and dying.
9,000 religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs.
10,000 orphanages, providing a place of safety and shelter.
80,000 seminarians preparing for the priesthood.
How to Give
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Donate to in your parish collection October 23rd
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World Mission Sunday Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Carlson
October 23rd at 10am
4431 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Donut reception to follow
A Message from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson
Dear Friends in Christ,
It is remarkable that we celebrate the 90th anniversary of World Mission Sunday in this, the Year of Mercy. The Gospel calls us to bring the Good News to all nations, showing mercy and offering salvation to all humanity. In his message for World Mission Sunday, celebrated this year on October 23rd, Pope Francis wrote:
"When mercy encounters a person, it brings deep joy to the Father's heart; for from the beginning the Father has lovingly turned towards the most vulnerable, because his greatness and power are revealed precisely in his capacity to identify with the young, the marginalized and the oppressed (cf. Deut 4:31; Ps 86:15; 103:8; 111:4)... All peoples and cultures have the right to receive the message of salvation which is God's gift to every person. This is all the more necessary when we consider how many injustices, wars, and humanitarian crises still need resolution. Missionaries know from experience that the Gospel of forgiveness and mercy can bring joy and reconciliation, justice and peace."
Many living in over 1,111 mission territories worldwide will only encounter Christ through the work of missionaries. These men and women tirelessly proclaim the Gospel, baptize new believers, celebrate the Eucharist, and care for their flocks, in all circumstances. While many of us cannot travel to the ends of the earth to share the Gospel, we can foster a missionary spirit and offer generously our prayers and support. As Pope Francis states: "Let us not close our hearts within our own particular concerns, but let us open them to all of humanity."
Please prayerfully consider making a generous sacrificial offering on October 23rd for World Mission Sunday. These offerings, made through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, enable missionaries to show God's great mercy in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and all the ends of the earth.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
About World Mission Sunday
In 1926, Pope Pius XI established an annual collection for the missionary work of the Church worldwide called "World Mission Sunday." World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for 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. This year, World Mission Sunday will take place on October 18, 2015.
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" (Redemptoris Missio 81).
The Propagation of the Faith is entrusted with the promotion of World Mission Sunday, collection of the proceeds, and distribution of the proceeds. The Mission Office sends the proceeds to the National Office, which sends the monies to the international office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome. At their annual meeting in Rome, the International Society for the Propagation of the Faith decides how the funds collected will be distributed to missionaries worldwide, based on needs that are prioritized.
Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Propagation of the Faith worldwide. Mission dioceses – about 1,150 at this time – receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. In addition, these mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance for needs such as catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of religious communities, communication and transportation needs, and the building of chapels, churches, orphanages, and schools. These needs are matched with the funds gathered in each year. The world's national directors of the Propagation of the Faith vote on these requests, matching the funds available with the greatest needs. These funds are then distributed in their entirety to mission dioceses throughout the world.
Every year, the needs of the Catholic Church in the missions grow – as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ's call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other long-suppressed areas are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed.