A Time to Celebrate: World Mission Sunday

Friday 18 October 2019

Media and Communications Office

On World Mission Sunday, the global Church comes together in support of mission. And on Sunday, World Mission Day Mass was celebrated across the globe in Catholic Parishes everywhere.

‘World Mission Day is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands,’ writes Pope Francis. ‘It is a celebration of grace and joy. A celebration of grace, because the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, offers wisdom and strength to those who are obedient to his action. A celebration of joy, because Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, sent to evangelize the world, supports and accompanies our missionary efforts.’

Organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, World Mission Sunday is set aside for Catholics worldwide to reflect on their own faith, and recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.

The day was a worldwide occasion of prayer, sharing stories of mission, formation and charity.

This year in his message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis writes: ‘People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn, they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love.’

October is marked as World Mission Month and is a time for a particular focus on the work of Catholic Mission.

Catholic Mission is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia, forming Australians for mission and raising funds for mission—in Australia and around the world.

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