This year, the worldwide celebration of our call to support the Church in the mission lands takes place during the Extraordinary Missionary Month, called for by Pope Francis to bring about greater awareness of missio ad gentes and to fuel the missionary transformation of Church life and pastoral activity. He has titled this month: Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.
The purpose of the Extraordinary Missionary Month is to bring all baptized Christians to a deeper level of faith and understanding of our shared role as missionaries. In this way, we can move beyond the common view of the missionary as someone other than ourselves and we can help our people embrace the reality that each and every one of us is baptized and sent.
World Mission Sunday itself takes place on the weekend of October l9-20. It is my hope that all of our parishes will participate actively in both the Extraordinary Mission Month and in World Mission Sunday. In the words of Pope Francis, “Let us use this time to focus our gaze on Jesus Christ and renew our commitment to serving the Gospel for the salvation of the men and women who live in those lands.”
Our Archdiocesan Mission Office, under the direction of Monsignor Terrance Fleming, has prepared a variety of materials to help guide your Extraordinary Missionary Month and World Mission Sunday experience. You may find more information about this here.
Thank you very much 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