The following resources have been made available for you to help promote World Mission Sunday at your Parish during the month of October. Posters and envelopes have already been mailed to your parishes. Below we also provide content for parish web and bulletin editors.
Please note: In trying to facilitate and allow parish web masters and/or bulletin editors, to copy and paste the information provided, we have created a Word Document version of all parish resources. You can access that file here.
Tenga en cuenta: Para tratar de facilitar y permitir a los webmasters y/o editores de boletines de la parroquia, copiar y pegar la información proporcionada, hemos creado una versión ‘Word doc’ de esta guía. Puedes acceder a ese archivo aquí.
Posters for the 2022 World Mission Sunday celebration were mailed to parishes in September. The posters are two-sided, with English on one side and Spanish on the other. Digital versions of the poster are available below for printing and posting online.
Additional Resources: Pope Francis’ Message on World Mission Sunday “You shall be my witnesses” Acts 1:8 (Message in English) “Para que sean mis testigos” Hechos 1:8 (Mensaje en Español)
First, after you place your envelope in the collection basket, your pastor sends your offering – and those of all his parishioners – to your Mission Office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one of four Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Each spring, the Pontifical Mission Societies’ national directors travel to Rome, Italy, to meet with other national directors from around the world. At this meeting, all of these national directors report on the offerings made by the faithful of their countries. They are presented with a list of the projects and programs in the Missions that need support from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The directors look carefully at each of these requests for help and then vote to decide what projects are most in need of assistance so that the “Good News” of Jesus – and His love and peace – may reach all peoples, in all nations. Once these allocations are decided, funds are distributed directly to the Missions. Your World Mission Sunday gift may be used to buy Bibles for catechists in Sierra Leone or provide for a small parish in India. Your offering may be used to help Sisters in Sudan lovingly care for orphans in Jesus’ name, or it may buy a bicycle for a priest in Thailand so that he can travel from village to village to celebrate Mass. Most importantly, wherever your offering is sent, it brings with it the Good News of Jesus Christ and His message of peace, hope and salvation.
•• Frequently Asked Questions••
What can my World Mission Sunday donation help accomplish in the Missions?
A gift of $25 is one month’s support for a mission catechist; $75 provides for the work of Religious Sisters. An offering of $100 is a month’s help for a village mission. Always, your prayers are the most treasured gift to the Missions.
I just donated money to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. How else can I help the Missions?
The life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of the Missions offers Catholics insight into how they may fulfill their Baptismal responsibility to share the Good News of Jesus without ever “going to the Missions.” St. Thérèse dedicated her life to the Missions by offering her prayers and her personal sacrifices – her pain, her loneliness, her suffering – for missionaries and those whom they served.
Do Catholics throughout the world celebrate World Mission Sunday?
Absolutely! In fact, at the height of the genocide in the African nation of Rwanda, one small parish offered $81 on World Mission Sunday.
How can I help support vocations to the Missions?
You can offer your prayers and personal sacrifices for the work of the Society of St. Peter Apostle. The Pontifical Society of St. Peter Apostle supports some 30,000 seminarians (major/minor) all over the world. You can also help young men as they prepare for the priesthood through the Society of St. Peter Apostle with a donation of $700 for a year of studies. A gift of $300 will help toward the formation of men and women novices preparing for a life of service as Religious Brothers and Sisters.
This year, the weekend of October 22-23 will be for World Mission Sunday, the annual Eucharistic celebration for the Missions of the Church.
Reflecting on this year’s theme: “You shall be My witnesses” (Acts 1:8), Pope Francis emphasizes the call to every Christian to bear witness to Christ, to participate in a mission of universal evangelization, and to seek strength and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Let us encourage our parish family to answer that call by participating together in prayer and generous sacrifice to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on that weekend. Beginning in 1822, the new and growing Churches in the United States benefited from the Society’s universal collection. Today, this assistance reaches more than 1,111 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, supporting the proclamation of the Gospel, the building of the Church, and service to the poor.
Materials to enhance your celebration of World Mission Sunday are available at www.missionsla.org. Monsignor Terrance Fleming, our Archdiocesan Executive Director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, can guide you further as you prepare your parish for the fullest celebration of this most important day for the Church’s Missions. Thank you for your generosity to the Missions in October and year-round. I pray that the Lord’s blessings, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Angels, will continue to flow upon you and your family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles