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Letter From Archbishop José Gomez

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October 2020

Our society continues to face many challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. But in those challenges, our faith does not waver. We stand firm and trust in God’s goodness. We continue in our mission to love God and serve our brothers and sisters. In his message for World Mission Sunday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis said:

In this year marked by the suffering and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the missionary journey of the whole Church continues in light of the words found in the account of the calling of the prophet Isaiah: “Here I am, send me” (6:8). This is the
ever-new response to the Lord’s question: ‘Whom shall I send?’  This invitation from God’s merciful heart challenges both the Church and humanity, in the current world crisis.

With the pandemic affecting people all across the globe, the worldwide celebration of our call to support the Church in the mission lands takes on special meaning.  As baptized Christians, we are all missionaries, and this is our opportunity to empower our parishioners to be the hands of Christ. It is also a personal invitation for us to “step out of ourselves for the love of God and neighbor.”  I hope our response to this invitation will be “here I am, send me,” and that we will encourage our parish family to participate in World Mission Sunday through prayer and a generous response to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

World Mission Sunday takes place on the weekend of October 17-18, and it is my hope that all of our parishes will participate actively and enthusiastically.

Given the many different ways in which our parishes are communicating with their parishioners, our Archdiocesan Mission Office has prepared a variety of materials to help guide you through this year’s Mission Sunday experience. Information packets will be sent to you, and you can also find information on their website: wwwmissionsla.org.

I am very grateful to each and every one of you for your support and participation.

May Jesus, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Angels, grant you and your parish community peace and joy.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles