“In this year marked by the suffering and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the missionary journey of the whole Church continues in light of the words found in the account of the calling of the prophet Isaiah: 'Here am I, send me.'" - Pope Francis
World Mission Sunday, celebrated on October 18, 2020, is a day for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. This year, Pope Francis has asked us to respond to our baptismal call to mission by saying, "Here I am, Send Me."
"God’s question: 'Whom shall I send?' is addressed once more to us and awaits a generous and convincing response," Pope Francis said in his World Mission Sunday message. "God continues to look for those whom he can send forth into the world and to the nations to bear witness to his love, his deliverance from sin and death, his liberation from evil" (Mt 9:35-38; Lk 10:1-12).
World Mission Sunday rejoices in our unity as missionaries. It offers each of us an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,100 mission dioceses. Every year, the needs of the Catholic Church in the missions grow, as new dioceses are formed, new seminaries are opened, and as war, natural disasters, or illnesses such as COVID-19 ravage communities.
World Mission Sunday is celebrated annually on the next-to-last Sunday in October, and on that Sunday, a collection is held in churches in support of mission work. For those unable to attend Mass, donations can me made through most parish online giving sites or by making an online donation on the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States website.
Your donations can help in many ways. A $20 donation could assist with the renovation of a chapel in the Fiji Islands. A $40 dollar donation can support a catechist in Peru. A donation of $100 will support a sister in Kenya who is serving the homeless.
The celebration of World Mission Sunday is also an opportunity to pray for and reflect upon the needs of so many in the world and on our call to actively participate in the mission of Jesus in his Church.