World Mission Sunday
On Sunday, October 23, 2016, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. This years theme is “Mercy Changes the World.” Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support various young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, as well as parts of Latin America and Europe. These priests, religious and lay leaders serve some of the poorest and most under developed regions in the world. Please keep these missions in your prayers and be generous in aiding them with your collection gift for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.
Supporting these struggling churches throughout the world with your prayers and bountiful offerings are indeed ways to fulfill the objective Pope Francis has given all of us. All World Mission Sunday collections will help missionaries offer the individuals of these poverty-stricken areas vital help as they learn and share the mercy of God. It will ensure the development of local dioceses and support the work of priests, religious and lay leaders who serve those in dire need of assistance. Extend your merciful witness to the whole world through your gift for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
The following are words from Pope Francis' public letter in regards to the 2016 World Mission Sunday:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12) and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person.
As we approach World Mission Sunday (October 23, 2016), donation envelopes will be mailed to your local parish to extend your generosity for this years event. However, if you would like to make a contribution before then, donations can be mailed to the following address:
Propagation of the Faith c/o Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612
NOTE: The Diocese of Oakland combines both The Catholic Home Missions Appeal and World Mission Sunday into one collection date. Both parish donations and independent mail donations will be divided equally.