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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

World Mission Sunday 2013

Recently, the Church celebrated World Mission Sunday.  Very often we tend to think of the Church in somewhat local terms.  World Mission Sunday reminds us that the Church is universal; that is, a community of the people of God living all over the world.  Our celebration in Boston reflected this rich heritage with the participation of the various ethnic communities represented in the Archdiocese.

The focus of World Mission Sunday is twofold.  First, the Church expresses her gratitude to those countless men and women throughout the centuries who have left home, family, and friends to bring the message of the Gospel to foreign lands.  We salute their devotion and dedication to the work of spreading the “Good News” to people who otherwise would never hear the message of Jesus.  Some have paid with their lives, and we remember that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the faith.  Their heroic devotion to their work as missionaries is an inspiration to us as we live out our own faith commitment.

The second focus of World Mission Sunday is to remind us that baptism makes every Christian a missionary.  It is the fulfillment of Christ’s mandate to “go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  In his message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis paid special tribute to the work of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, a Pontifical Mission Society, as a facilitator of this missionary activity,

The concern for all the Churches that the Bishop of Rome shares with his fellow Bishops finds an important expression in the activity of the Pontifical Mission Societies, which are meant to animate and deepen the missionary conscience of every baptized Christian, and of every community, by reminding them of the need for a more profound missionary formation of the whole people of God and by encouraging the Christian community to contribute to the spread of the Gospel in the world.

As we celebrate World Mission Sunday 2013 I invite each one of you to reflect on your own call to carry out the mission of the Church.  How do YOU respond to the call of Jesus to “go forth and teach all nations?” 

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-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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