Praying for and supporting the missions
Each year Catholic dioceses celebrate Mission Month during October, and this year World Mission Sunday is Oct. 19. A special collection will be taken up in all parishes Oct. 18-19 to benefit the Propagation of the Faith, which a Pontifical Mission Society. This year’s theme for World Mission Sunday is “I Will Build My Church,” based on Matthew 16:18. During the month of October, parishes and families are invited to pray for the missions and to support them as they seek to bring the faith throughout the world.
In this year’s message for World Mission Day, Pope Francis encourages everyone to help the missionary work of the church. “Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission ad gentes continues to be most urgent. All the members of the Church are called to participate in this mission, for the Church is missionary by her nature …”. Please learn more about the poor world missions. Through prayer and financial support, the Diocese of Austin joins in solidarity with the missionaries who help the faith to grow and allow the established missions to continue to provide pastoral care, the sacraments and the basic needs such as food, water, medical care and education to the poorest of the poor in foreign lands.
To read the Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2014, visit w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/missions/documents/papa-francesco_20140608_giornata-missionaria2014.html.