The theme for World Mission Sunday this year, which the Church will celebrate around the world on 23 October next, is ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ (Acts 1:8). World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue.
On World Mission Sunday, collections will take place at Masses throughout the universal Church so that Catholics might give what they can to help support struggling dioceses in the developing world. The Mission Sunday collection promotes the work of missionaries in poor and remote communities. The funds raised will help build vital infrastructure, including churches, medical clinics, nurseries and schools.
At the Autumn General Meeting of the Irish Episcopal Conference, Bishops commended the Church’s missionary agency, Missio Ireland, and its national director, Father Michael Kelly SPS, for the informative mission month pack that has been produced for the benefit of parishes and congregations to raise awareness about mission. The resource pack can be downloaded at https://missio.ie/mission-month.
At 11.00am on 23 October, RTÉ will televise the celebration of Mass from its Donnybrook studio, Dublin, for World Mission Sunday.