Second Collections: World Mission Sunday

Collection Dates: October 18th & 19th  
Announcement Dates: October 5th & 12th

Every year, something special happens on the next-to-last Sunday of October – the Church reflects its deepest identity as the Church in mission.  The theme for World Mission Sunday 2014 is “I Will Build My Church.” (Matthew 16:18).

On World Mission Sunday, Catholics of the world unite at Mass to recommit ourselves to our vocation, through Baptism, to be missionaries.  The Church’s missionary activity begins with the proclamation of faith: “Jesus is Lord!”  He is our common hope – a hope that saves.
On World Mission Sunday, we are called in a special way to be missionaries through prayer and participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  Our brothers and sisters in the Missions themselves offer their prayers and sacrifices so that others may come to know Jesus.

Throughout the Missions, your support keeps the following going day in and day out:

• 9,000 clinics for the sick and dying
• 10,000 orphanages, providing a place of safety and shelter
• 900,000 children in some of the poorest parts of the world, receiving an education and the knowledge of God’s great love.
• 80,000 seminarians preparing for the priesthood
• 9,000 religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs

“The Church is called to transmit the joy of the Lord to her children,” Pope Francis tells us.  And as members of the Church, united as the One Body of Christ, we are called to support, in prayer and sacrifice, the Church’s mission to bring joy to people everywhere – especially, as Pope Francis urges, “the poorest, the weakest, the least important.”

Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church needs your help and support.  It was just a little more than 20 years ago that the Church was built there, slowly, with great love and missionary support. Today, there are about 850 Catholics in the Church in Mongolia.  Bishop Wens remains as committed today as on that first day, to reach out and offer practical and spiritual support to those in need – and to continue to build the Church.

Thank you for your generosity to the World Mission Sunday Collection.

(This article was crafted from statements of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith).

Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General, is the Director of Special Collections.

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