World Mission Day • 21 October 2018
Catholic missionaries recognise that working for social justice is a constitutive part of preaching the Gospel. Therefore, Catholic missionary work involves itself in helping the poor and all those who are marginalised in society. Did you know that all donations this weekend (20 & 21 Oct) from worldwide Masses’ collections go entirely to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor?
In Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day, he quotes the words of St. John Paul II “Mission revitalizes faith”. Take the chance to renew your faith by volunteering with a Catholic missionary organisation.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
The Mission of the Church
There are more people on this planet outside the Church than inside it. Millions have been baptised, millions have not. Millions participate in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but millions do not.
The Church as the body of Christ, as Christ living in the world, has a larger task than to support, nurture, and guide its own members. It is also called to be a witness for the love of God made visible in Jesus. Before his death Jesus prayed for his followers, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18). Part of the essence of being the Church is being a living witness for Christ in the world.
– Henri Nouwen