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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Open Wide the Doors of Faith

Last Thursday, October 9, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year of Faith with its emphasis on the New Evangelization.  The Year will conclude on November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.
The choice of date was not random.  It is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council.  Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, spoke about the connection between these two events.

It is particularly significant that the beginning of the Year of Faith falls on the day of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II.  This is no coincidence.  Rather, it is an opportunity to revisit that event which left such a deep mark on the life of the Church in the twentieth century, and to examine the influence its teachings have had during the intervening decades and will have over the coming years of Church commitment to new evangelization. 
Our Holy Father has entrusted the Year of Faith to the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.  In his remarks on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7th, Pope Benedict encouraged a renewed devotion to this ancient prayer of the Church.
I would like to invite everyone to cherish the Rosary during the forthcoming Year of Faith.  With the Rosary, in fact, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, the model of faith, in meditating upon the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel so that it can shape our lives.

The universal Church will celebrate World Mission Sunday on October 21st.  Bishop Robert Hennessey will be the principal celebrant of this annual Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 11:30 a.m.  Present will be missionaries—clergy, religious and laity—from all over the world.  Come and join us for this celebration and take home a World Mission Rosary so that you will be able to pray in solidarity with our missionaries during this coming year.
For more information on World Mission Sunday and the World Mission Rosary, see our website,

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