Mission Sunday is an opportunity to give both spiritual and financial support to the work of missionaries. This year it falls on 24th October 2010.
October is Mission month. It is a time to remember work done by Irish missions in the past as well as the ongoing work that continues today. Miriam Gormally met John Guiney who spent many years working in East Africa. He talks about what attracted him to development work and what can be done to keep the work going.
Background to this year’s theme – Together in Mission
Click on link to download Mission Sunday 2010 poster
Click on link to download Mission Month’s – Mission Alive Prayer Resource
The theme for World Mission Sunday in Ireland this year is Together in Mission. This togetherness found a deep resonance during Mission Month last year when we were praying for the safety and speedy release of Fr Michael Sinnott, the Columban Missionary who had been kidnapped in the Philippines. His plight and the response to it was a fitting tribute to how we are truly together in mission – each of us involved according to our circumstances, contributing our gifts of prayer, the offering of our sufferings and whatever financial contribution we can make to bring about the Lord’s kingdom of justice and peace.
“The out-pouring of prayers, Masses, vigils, Holy Hours and other religious services offered for me while I was in captivity are an example of what lay people can do to support the missionary work,” wrote Fr Mick.
In his letter for Mission Sunday this year, Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “Please support the Younger Churches by your prayers. In spite of present economic difficulties, please also give them material support. The Mission Sunday collection organised by the Pontifical Mission Societies, to whom I express my gratitude, will go towards the support of priests, seminarians, religious and catechists in distant missionary lands.”
The annual collection which takes place in Catholic Churches worldwide provides financial assistance to Young Churches and missionaries allowing them to meet the spiritual and human needs of some of the worlds poorest people.
In 2009 the Irish people contributed over 2.5 million euro to the collection, helping greatly to sustain the work of the 1,900 Irish missionaries currently serving throughout the world. Funds raised from the collection last year were allocated to missionaries and associated projects in 13 countries, including India, South Africa, Liberia and Botswana.
Projects supported by the funds raised through the Mission Sunday collection included the building of simple mission churches, the education of seminarians and the formation of lay leaders. The Mission Sunday gift was also used for the building of health clinics for children, emergency aid in times of war or natural disaster and assisted missionaries in their efforts to care for refugees.
Mission Sunday is organised each year by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one branch of World Missions, Ireland.
World Missions Ireland,
64 Lower Rathmines Road,
Ph: 01 4972035