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World Mission Sunday

 

On the next-to-last Sunday of October, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year's theme is "Through Youth To The World: Voices For Mission". On this World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis has called upon all of us, as children of God, to be "voices for the missions." So, today we must "speak up" through our prayers and personal sacrifices for our brothers and sisters in both local and international missions. Around the world, we can come together and open our hearts to support places such as Uganda, where people face food uncertainty and violence, The Philippines, where local clergy face martyrdom, Oceania, where people's livelihoods are threatened by climate change, and remote regions of Latin America, where for some, they are hearing the Gospel for the first time.

So, for these regions and so many more, raise your voice this World Mission Sunday by supporting missions as well as their priests, religious sisters and brothers, and lay catechists who provide loving services to those most in need. May your faith remain ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.

The following are words from Pope Francis' public letter in regards to the 2018 World Mission Sunday:

Dear Young People,

I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. “Mission revitalizes faith” (Redemptoris Missio, 2), in the words of Saint John Paul II, a Pope who showed such great love and concern for young people.

Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives. More than anyone else, young people feel the power of life breaking in upon us and attracting us. To live out joyfully our responsibility for the world is a great challenge. I am well aware of lights and shadows of youth; when I think back to my youth and my family, I remember the strength of my hope for a better future. The fact that we are not in this world by our own choice makes us sense that there is an initiative that precedes us and makes us exist. Each one of us is called to reflect on this fact: “I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world” (Evangelii Gaudium, 273).

This coming October, the month of the missions, we will hold the Synod devoted to you. It will prove to be one more occasion to help us become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and his mission, to the ends of the earth. I ask Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Blessed Paolo Manna to intercede for all of us and to accompany us always.

From the Vatican, 20 May 2018, Solemnity of Pentecost


As we approach World Mission Sunday, donation envelopes will be mailed to your local parish to extend your generosity for this year's event. However, if you would like to make a contribution before then, donations can be made payable to the Propagation of the Faith and mailed to the following address:

Office of the Propagation of the Faith c/o Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

NOTEThe 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.