World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world – the 2020 theme was a shout of courage and faith: ‘Here I am, send me!’ World Mission Sunday is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression.
Pope Francis calls on Catholics to support overseas mission financially through Missio. As the Holy Father’s official charity for world mission, Missio inspires a renewal of mission, asking Catholics in England and Wales to answer the call to share God’s love.
Through reflection, discussion and stories on the website, social media and Mission Today magazine, Missio helped Catholics explore their own personal mission in preparation for World Mission Sunday.
A short film created by Missio agencies around the world features the brave and selfless women and men already making a huge difference in the world’s poorest communities. Aptly called ‘We Are Still Here’, it acknowledges that Missio and their partners throughout the universal Church are present before, during and after a crisis. View the clip here: missio.org.uk/wms.
In Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday, he said,
“The Church continues the mission of Jesus and sends us everywhere so that, through our witness and the proclamation of the Gospel, God may continue to manifest his love and transform hearts, societies and cultures”.
Missio helps Churches too poor or too young to support themselves. What you donate will make a difference to struggling communities throughout the world. How will we share God’s love with those near and far?
- World Mission Sunday is coordinated by Missio, the Pope’s official charity for world mission.
- The World Mission Sunday collection is one of just three personally requested by the Pope each year.
- World Mission Sunday takes place annually on the penultimate Sunday in October.
- Missio worldwide supports every mission diocese overseas (1,070) until they are self-sufficient.
- Missio ignites God’s love by helping missionaries to work alongside communities globally that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Sometimes this need might be very specific: a motorbike for a priest to celebrate Mass in remote villages; a simple community hall so people can gather together; vaccinations to protect vulnerable children. Whatever our missionaries need to help them share the joy of the Gospel, Missio strives to provide it.
- By supporting Missio, you play a valuable part in creating a vibrant Catholic Church for the future.
- By volunteering, raising or donating funds, and by praying with children, grandchildren or students, YOU make mission possible.
- Together we are enriching today’s global Catholic community.
- Together we are training tomorrow’s generation of priests and sisters.
- Together we are giving hope to the world’s poorest children.
- Together we are Missio.
- Offerings from Catholics in England and Wales on World Mission Sunday are combined with donations to the Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) in all countries where the Church is present and distributed to 1,070 mission dioceses worldwide.
- In 2019, the World Mission Sunday collection in parishes across England and Wales raised £485,096 for Missio’s work.
For more information please contact Deacon John Bell, Diocesan Director for Missio, at firstname.lastname@example.org.