This year, World Mission Sunday celebrations take place over the weekend of the 18th of October. In basic terms, World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual direct appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of missionaries can continue.
During this time, all parishes worldwide will offer Mass collections and donations to aid the work of missionaries and mission overseas. Many are surprised to know that World Mission Sunday collections take place in every parish where the Church is present. Including, not only across Ireland and Europe but also in poorer parishes in the developing world.
This is why it is such a special moment, as it allows all members of the universal Church family, regardless of location or background, to play their part in supporting each other.
This year’s theme Together we can do more – blessed are the peacemakers, reminds us that the Universal Church family is a global community that must stand together if it is to do more. It also recognises overseas missionaries as peacemakers, who like Jesus Christ, emulate love and harmony as they attempt to reunite fragile people from fractured communities, with God and each other.
The world is in crisis. In many poorer parishes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America,
missionaries are on the front line. These women and men already do so much.
Walking hand-in-hand with marginalised communities, long before and long after any
emergency. But right now, they desperately need your help. You can show missionaries you care by supporting their life-giving work on World Mission Sunday. Your prayers and generosity will change lives.