World Mission Sunday — Baptized and sent

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Maria Montello, a Maryknoll missionary in Cambodia, helps Navy (Nah-vee), a blind student in her class at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, read a timeline history of Southeast Asia in braille in this 2013 photo. Pieces of incense sticks and toothpicks prepared by Montello mark the years, decades and centuries. Read more inside about Montello’s missionary work and the service of a missionary in West Africa — two missionaries with ties to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who are currently receiving financial assistance from the Center for Mission in the archdiocese. Their stories and more are highlighted in this special section marking World Mission Sunday, which Pope Francis is stressing as a time to remember that by virtue of baptism, all Catholics are called to be missionaries. COURTESY MARIA MONTELLO

World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to be a missionary Church.

It is celebrated on the next to last Sunday in October every year. This year it will take place in every Catholic parish on the weekend of Oct. 19-20. Known as the feast day for Catholic mission, it is a time for Catholics to renew their own missionary spirit and to offer prayer and financial support for the young and developing mission churches in 120 countries around the world. The event is coordinated by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, a Pontifical Mission Society of the Holy Father.

This year, World Mission Sunday takes place during an Extraordinary Missionary Month, called by Pope Francis to mark the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic letter “Maximum Illud,” which emphasizes the missionary call to proclaim the Gospel. Pope Francis invites all baptized Christians during this month to a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, to be the Church of Christ on mission to the world.

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