Read Pope Francis' message for World Mission Sunday 2017 HERE
World Mission Sunday, organized by the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. In 2017, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on October 22.
This year’s theme, chosen by Pope Francis, “Mission-the Heart of Christian Faith,” invites us to understand more than ever that Mission constitutes an essential aspect of the Christian faith; we are sent to our brothers and sisters in order to bear witness to our faith in Christ and to proclaim his Gospel. Beginning with the Second Vatican Council, the Church has worked to restore the essential importance of every baptized person’s missionary dimension. 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”
Every year the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions grow – as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ’s call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other areas, long suppressed, are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith worldwide.