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

ONE SUNDAY FOR THE WHOLE WORLD


Every year, something special happens on the next-to-last Sunday of October – the Church reflects on its deepest identity, that of being missionary.

On World Mission Sunday, October 20th, Catholics of the world  united at Mass to recommit ourselves to our vocation, through baptism, to be missionaries.  We invited you to join us at the Archdiocesan Eucharistic celebration at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross that day at 11:30 AM as missionaries, ethnic choirs, school and parish representatives and Society benefactors gathered to celebrate our precious faith being planted in even the most remote parts of the globe. Through prayers and sacrifices for The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, not only on World Mission Sunday but throughout the year, we are all made witnesses to the miracle of the growth of the Church around the world. 
This year’s theme for World Mission Sunday echoed the words of St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions, who exhorts us to “Do Good on Earth.”  By prayerfully supporting the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and reaching out to the poor and marginalized half a world away through our Church’s missionaries, you do just that.

When our Holy Father, Pope Francis, recently called on us to “give voice to those not able to make their cries of pain and oppression heard” he could have been talking about any number of children served by missionaries.  Vandoosha is one of them. 

When she was very young, 10 year old Vandoosha was sold to a neighbor to work in the family’s home. That neighbor sold her again. “I had to work from 5 AM to midnight ever day,” Vandoosha says. “I was doing all the washing, cooking and cleaning for the whole family and looking after their 2 year old child.”

Today, five years after Vandoosha was rescued, the memories of her time as a domestic worker are still fresh in her mind. Thanks to missionary sisters, she is now healthy and happy and doing very well at school, along with over 100 girls between the ages of 4 and 14 who receive daily care, education and vocational training.

Your prayerful generosity on World Mission Sunday, and every day, literally saves lives in the missions.

For more information about how you can “Do Good on Earth”, go to our website: www.propfaithboston.org.
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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