World Mission Sunday
One Sunday For The Whole World
World Mission Sunday was instituted in 1926 by Pope Pius XI. It is celebrated as a day to remember the catholicity and universal solidarity of the Catholic Church. It was created to help Christians worldwide recognize their responsibility regarding the evangelism of the world, and renew their commitment to missionary works throughout the church.
This celebration happens on the next-to-last Sunday of October. World Mission Sunday joins all Catholics of the world into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
On World Mission Sunday, we join our Holy Father in supporting his missions. As we pray and respond here at home, we share in those celebrations taking place in every parish and school throughout the world. Together, through our prayers and financial support, we bring the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. In a world where so much divides us, World Mission Sunday rejoices in our unity as missionaries by our Baptism, as it offers each one of us an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,111 mission dioceses.
Pope Francis' Message
Dear brothers and sisters!
For this year’s World Mission Sunday, I have chosen a theme inspired by the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus, in the Gospel of Luke (cf. 24:13-35): “Hearts on fire, feet on the move”. Those two disciples were confused and dismayed, but their encounter with Christ in the word and in the breaking of the bread sparked in them the enthusiastic desire to set out again towards Jerusalem and proclaim that the Lord had truly risen. In the Gospel account, we perceive this change in the disciples through a few revealing images: their hearts burned within them as they heard the Scriptures explained by Jesus, their eyes were opened as they recognized him and, ultimately, their feet set out on the way. By meditating on these three images, which reflect the journey of all missionary disciples, we can renew our zeal for evangelization in today’s world.
World Mission Sunday Packets
The St. Cloud Mission Office provides a packet of information for churches, schools, and faith formation programs to share with parishioners about World Mission Sunday. We make celebrating World Mission Sunday easy. The packets include a variety of resources including: a message from Pope Francis, parish announcements, ways to celebrate in your parish, and more! The packets for this year can be downloaded by clicking the icon to the right.
World Mission Sunday Posters
If you are looking to download a poster for World Mission Sunday, posters in English and Spanish can be accessed using the links to the right.
Some general information given by the National office, see link to the right.