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World Mission Sunday

Missio World Mission

"I thank the Pontifical Mission Societies (Missio), the primary instruments for cooperation in the universal mission of the Church across the world. Through their action, the proclamation of the Gospel bears witness to Christ and is lived out in our service of our neighbour through justice for the poorest, education in isolated villages, medical care in remote areas, freedom from poverty, the reintegration of the marginalised, support for the development of peoples, the breaking down of ethnic divisions, and respect for life in all its stages."
From Pope Benedict's Message for World Mission Sunday

Celebrated worldwide on the penultimate Sunday in October, World Mission Sunday encourages prayer and financial support for the worldwide mission of the Catholic Church.

Missio is the Catholic Church’s official support organisation for overseas mission. The Pope has specifically asked Missio to help bring the Good News of Christ to the world by supporting younger Churches across the world until they are able to be self-sufficient. 

In this podcast the Director of Missio, Monsignor James Cronin opens up and describes for us all the work that our donations support, he explains the importance of supporting and building up the physical presence of the Church around the world, especially where the church is young and vulnerable:

"The apostolate of Missio is that we support missionaries, we support the young churches in order that they can proclaim the Gospel, invite others to share the Gospel and through works of charity teach others that the Catholic Church cares... In those places where it's more difficult to preach the Gospel it's important that we see Catholic institutions who are working so that 'by their fruits you shall know them', that the Catholic cares for their brothers and sisters throughout the world."

Listen/Download

You can download the full podcast interview at the top right of this page

Information

Where do donations go?

The World Mission Sunday collection is given in its entirety to support the mission of the Church where it is too young or too poor to fend for itself. Monies from England and Wales go directly to the bishops in the mission territories - local Church directly helping local Church.

The prayers and contributions of parishioners provide:

  • places of prayer and worship
  • support for 'front-line' missionaries
  • training and support for the thousands of catechists who teach the faith and provide spiritual support in their own communities
  • health and education

Missio relies entirely on donations from Catholic individuals and parishes and receives no grants or subsidies from any other source.

Why does Missio coordinate World Mission Sunday?

Missio: 

  • Is the official instrument for the mission of the Catholic Church
  • Supports EVERY mission diocese in the world until they are able to be selfsufficient
  • Enables every Catholic to actively participate in the mission of the Church 

Why should my parish support World Mission Sunday?

  • World Mission Sunday is one of three universal collections. The other two are for Peter’s Pence and the Holy Places.
  • WMS ensures that the financial support received by local bishops and missionary congregations is distributed fairly – on the basis of need rather than particular links.

Links/Resources

Missio.org.uk

Holy Father's message for World Mission Sunday 2012

World Mission Sunday Pack

Make a donation for World Mission Sunday

Related

Podcast giving an overview of what world mission is

MP3

World Mission Sunday

An interview with the director of Missio, Monsignor James Cronin, on this year's World Mission Sunday 2012.

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