World Mission Sunday: CATHOLIC = UNIVERSAL by name and creed, universal in our CHARITY and in our LOVE

Categories: Around the Diocese

Oct. 11, 2013, edition
Mission Office

In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted Mission Sunday for the whole church with the first worldwide Mission Sunday collection taking place in October 1927.

The World Mission Sunday collection is organized by the Propagation of the Faith, in collaboration with our local diocesan Mission Office, as a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the church’s missionary activity.

We do this by sharing our faith through prayer and sacrifice as well as by animating and supporting the evangelization of more than 1,150 mission dioceses, new and/or developing, in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America.

The Mission Sunday collection is always taken on the next to last Sunday during the month of October which is known as “Mission Month.” That day is celebrated in all local churches as the feast of catholicity and universal solidarity so Christians the world over will recognize their common responsibility with regard to the evangelization of the world.

Pope John Paul II described World Mission Sunday as “an important day in the life of the church because it teaches us how to give: as an offering made to God, in the eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” (Redemptoris Missio 81).

Be it also noted that canon law stipulates “the Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the church so that the church has what is necessary for divine worship, for the works of the apostolate and of charity, and for the decent support of the ministers. They are also obliged to promote social justice and, mindful of the precept of the Lord, to assist poor from their own resources” (CIC, c.222 1-2 One Church, One Mission).

That being said, the World Mission Sunday collection is a way for all Christians all over the world, those who have much and those who have little, to be thankful for the many blessings that they have been given by God and to acknowledge that there are many others in the world who continue to have less than we.

When we faithful give, we are expressing our faith in a very concrete way by bringing our discipleship to the whole world. This encompasses the tradition of the foundation of the early Christian community to share goods because the believers were all of “one heart and mind” (Acts 4:32).

Sharing of goods within the Christian community expresses Christ’s love reaching to where there is the greatest and often unforeseen need, including within the human heart. As members of the Body of Christ, we are supporting the entire body.

Thank you in advance for supporting and participating in the collection for World Mission Sunday through the St. Cloud Mission Office/the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

We are an extremely generous diocese. Resources are available on our website www.stcdio.org/mission or at www.iamamissionary.org.