Letter From Archbishop José Gomez
My Brother Priests:
Traveling throughout our Archdiocese, I am aware of the rich complexity of our Local Church. At the same time, I find one constant wherever I may be, and that is the zeal and enthusiasm of our young Catholics. Thus it comes as no surprise that this year our Holy Father, chose to address his message for the 92nd World Mission Sunday directly to young people. In his address, he reminds them, that “life is a mission” in which we can “live out joyfully our responsibility to the world.” And what exactly is that responsibility? It is to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all the ends of the earth. And frankly, that call to embrace our role as missionary disciples belongs to each and every one of us, both young and old.
This year the Catholic Church, all across the globe, will celebrate World Mission Sunday on the weekend of October 20-21. This is the one time in the year when we are asked to come together globally to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. With the help of our parish communities, missionary priests, religious and lay leaders will be able to continue to share their witness to Christ and to provide our brothers and sisters with practical help and the experience of God’s love and mercy.
I urge you to actively participate in World Mission Sunday and provide your parishioners with an opportunity to reach out into the world and share the Good News of the Gospel. Encourage them with these words of Pope Francis, “Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me.”
Our Archdiocesan Mission Office, under the direction of Monsignor Terrance Fleming, has prepared materials to assist you in encouraging your parish communities to respond generously to this call to mission. For further information, please visit their website at: www.missionsla.org.
Thank you again for your support and participation, and I pray that the Lord’s blessings, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Angels, will be showered abundantly upon you and your parish family.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles