There will be a second collection for World Mission Sunday next weekend after our regular offertory collection.
On October 20, we join with the Church around the globe to celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year, the Holy Father has declared the entire month of October an Extraordinary Month of Mission, through which we recommit ourselves to the mission of God in recognition that our faith in Jesus Christ and our relationship with the People of God are missionary by nature. Our faith is a treasure to be given, shared and proclaimed.
This celebration also presents an opportunity to support the global network of missionary commitment, known as the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, through prayer for the soul of the mission and through charitable offerings. from Christians throughout the world. The annual World Mission Sunday second collection provides critical support to communities of faith in the most economically disadvantaged regions of our world. Working with limited means, these local churches bear witness to the Gospel amid poverty and turmoil, addressing all forms of material and spiritual need.
This collection serves:
-Approximately 75 percent supports efforts of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith to help sustain over 1,000 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands.
-Nearly 10 percent supports the work of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association to alleviate poverty, foster Christian unity and promote interreligious dialogue in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe.
-About 15 percent supports the operations of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which builds bridges of love and support between global missionaries and members of the Church in Chicago.
In his message for World Mission Sunday this year, Pope Francis states that, “The Church is a mission in the world… Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love.” Those serving in mission at the global peripheries, especially communities and individuals who follow the command to serve despite their own financial struggles, witness this message of service and self-sacrifice. By joining with them, we in turn bear witness to a message of love and compassion so needed in our world today.