In Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day 2021, the Holy Father writes:
In these days of pandemic, when there is a temptation to disguise and justify indifference and apathy in the name of healthy social distancing, there is urgent need for the mission of compassion, which can make that necessary distancing an opportunity for encounter, care, and promotion.
I find these words to be both insightful and compelling as we look ahead to the annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration of World Mission Sunday taking place October 23-24, 2021.
Thanks be to God, as we are beginning to reconnect with one another, we have once again a wonderful opportunity to respond to our baptismal call to mission.
The theme of this year’s World Mission Sunday, We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20), reminds us that we must not keep the Lord to ourselves. Rather, we need to share that Good News which burns in our hearts. One important way to accomplish this is through the voices of our missionary brothers and sisters. It is my hope that you will encourage your parish family to look outward and seize this chance to respond to our baptismal call to be missionaries by supporting the Society for the Propagation of the Faith through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and financial assistance.
Let us invite our people to engage in a mission of compassion. Our Archdiocesan Mission Office, under the direction of Monsignor Terrance Fleming, has prepared materials to help guide you through this year’s Mission Sunday experience. You will also find information on their website: missionsla.org.
Thank you for your participation and support.
I pray that the Lord’s blessings, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Angels, will continue to flow out upon you and all the members of your parish family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles