||October is mission month. Video interview with Bishop Colm O’ Reilly available here, as well as Pope Benedict’s message for Mission Sunday, and resources from Intercom, the Irish Missionary Union and World Missions Ireland.|
Introduction by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Chairman of the Bishops’ Council for the Missions
Message of Pope Benedict XVI for Mission Sunday 24 October 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of October, with the celebration of World Mission Sunday, offers to diocesan and parish communities, institutes of consecrated life, ecclesial movements and the entire People of God an opportunity to renew the commitment to proclaim the Gospel and to give pastoral activities greater missionary perspective. This annual event invites us to live intensely the liturgical and catechetical, charitable and cultural processes through which Jesus Christ summons us to the banquet of his word and of the Eucharist, to taste the gift of his presence, to be formed at his school and to live ever more closely united to him, our teacher and Lord. He himself tells us, “He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him” (Jn 14: 21).