World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926 and was first commemorated in 1927. It is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. Donations are collected at Mass on this Sunday and the funds collected go, in their entirety, to support missionary activity in countries where the Church is new, young or poor.

The World Mission Sunday collection in Canada for 2012 was used to support programs in Thailand, Indonesia and Tanzania as well as the CCCB Pastoral Mission Fund.  Each year the collections are sent to the National Office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Toronto. Every year in May, National Directors from around the world meet in Rome to approve projects submitted for financial assistance. The money is then sent directly from the National Office to the country of the approved project. For more information about specific projects, go to www.missionsocieties.ca

As Pope Francis said in his message for World Mission Day 2013, which was delivered from the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday,

The strength of our faith, at a personal and community level can be measured by the ability to communicate it to others, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it before those we meet and those who share the path of life with us.The Second Vatican Council emphasized in a special way how the missionary task, that of broadening the boundaries of faith, belongs to every baptized person and all Christian communities; since “the people of God lives in communities, especially in dioceses and parishes, and becomes somehow visible in them, it is up to these to witness Christ before the nations" (Ad Gentes, 37). Each community is therefore challenged, and invited to make its own, the mandate entrusted by Jesus to the Apostles, to be his "witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8) and this, not as a secondary aspect of Christian life, but as its essential aspect: we are all invited to walk the streets of the world with our brothers and sisters, proclaiming and witnessing to our faith in Christ and making ourselves heralds of his Gospel.

Canadian Catholics last year opened their hearts to the less fortunate of the world and supported programs which provided catechesis and evangelization as well as the construction or restoration of churches, chapels, convents and rectories. Please continue to support World Missions through your prayers and generous financial support.