The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Reflections on World Mission Sunday 2010

On October 24, 2010, the Archdiocese of Boston, together with every archdiocese and diocese in the world, celebrated World Mission Sunday. On that day, we honor countless priests, sisters, brothers, deacons, and lay people who take to heart the command of Jesus to “go forth and teach all nations.” We were fortunate to have Cardinal Sean as the celebrant of the liturgy. He was joined by fifteen priests from the Archdiocese and from various missionary congregations.

We also welcomed a veteran missionary Bishop, The Most Reverend Donald Pelletier, MS, a LaSalette Father who has worked in Madagascar for over fifty years.

Representing the Eastern Catholic Churches was Reverend Georges El-Khalil, PhD, the Maronite pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Parish in Jamaica Plain, MA. Our celebration of the Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston brought people of various ethnic backgrounds together to pray as one community of faith. Readings were proclaimed in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Music was provided by the Korean Catholic Community Choir of Boston, The Cape Verdean Choir from Saint Edith Stein Parish in Brockton, and the choir from Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish in South Boston. The General Intercessions were read in Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Lithuanian, Portuguese and English, representing the universality of our faith.

We are grateful to the ninth and tenth grade religious education students from Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Waltham, MA where I serve as pastor. They provided wonderful assistance to the staff of our office in setting up the Cathedral High School gymnasium, handing out programs in the church, and working as servers at the reception following the Mass.

In his homily, Cardinal Sean reminded us that, for the first one hundred years of our history as an Archdiocese, Boston was considered “missionary territory.” He told us that Bishop Benedict Fenwick, the second bishop of Boston, had written numerous letters to Archbishop Cheverus, the Cardinal Archbishop of Bordeaux, to thank the Catholics of France for their support of the fledgling Church in Boston. Archbishop Cheverus had been the first bishop of Boston and knew well the needs of the Church here.
World Mission Sunday in the Archdiocese of Boston was truly a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity, enabling us to reflect on the gift of our own faith, and prompting us to share it with others in whatever way God invites us to do so.

Rev. Rodney J. Copp, J.C.L.

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