World Mission Sunday October 18, 2020
World Mission Sunday is the second to last Sunday in October every year. Every Catholic parish in the world is called to celebrate the Gospel challenge to be in solidarity with all the world’s peoples, especially those most in need of the Good news. It is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice and to reflect upon our own baptismal call to mission.
Across the world and especially in the rapidly growing Church in Africa and Asia, the young churches urgently need support. Through the work of laypeople, religious sisters and brothers and priests, the World Mission Sunday collection helps support, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith:
- 194,855 schools
- 5,246 hospitals
- 17,530 health clinics
- 577 leprosy centers
- 80,560 social and pastoral projects.
These funds also provide operating costs for 1,150 Catholic mission dioceses around the world. For more information or to access Mission Sunday materials for your parish, please go to www.missio.org
As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world.” (Redemptoris Missio 81).