“World Mission Day, promoted by the Society of the Propagation of the Faith,
is a good opportunity for enabling the missionary heart of Christian communities to join in prayer, testimony of life
and communion of goods, in responding to the vast and pressing needs of evangelization.”
– Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Sunday, 2017
Every year on the next-to-last Sunday of October, October 22nd this year, the Church reflects its deepest identity as MISSION. As we pray and respond on World Mission Sunday here at home, we share in those celebrations taking place in every parish, seminary, school and convent all over the world. Together with our brothers and sisters in the Missions we offer our prayers and sacrifices so that others may come to know Jesus… and to experience His mercy as we express our concern for those in the greatest need! This day provides an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church, a field hospital in the world, among the poor and marginalized in 1,111 mission dioceses.
In early 19th century France, a young laywoman, Pauline Jaricot became inspired by news from the missions of her day. She began gathering together small groups, mostly workers in her family’s silk factory. She asked each member of the group to offer daily prayer and a weekly sacrifice of a sou (the equivalent of a penny at that time), insisting that her efforts be for all the Church’s missions. From Pauline’s vision came the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The first collection in 1822 supported the vast diocese of Louisiana, and the missions of Kentucky and China. Your prayers and generous support directly benefit the mission Church today — places where the young church is growing, filled with zeal for the faith, but lacking resources for its outreach to families and those in need.