October 23, 2005
"Bread Broken for the Life of the World."

"Holiness and mission are inseparable aspects of the vocation of every baptized person."

In his address for the 2003 World Mission Sunday Pope John Paul II calls upon the baptized to look to Mary as our model. "The task of missionary animation must continue to be a serious, consistent duty of every baptized person and of every ecclesial community. The Pontifical Missionary Societies, of course, have a specific and particular role and I thank them for generously carrying it out."

The Holy Father encourages the faithful to pray the Rosary, individually, and as communities, and asks us to remember the intention of peace. "With Mary, we can obtain everything from her Son Jesus. Supported by Mary, we will not hesitate to devote ourselves generously to taking the proclamation of the Good News to the ends of the earth."

World Mission Sunday, which celebrated its 77th anniversary in 2003, affords the entire Church a focused opportunity to reflect on the mission "adgents" - to those who have not heard the Gospel, and to respond to Christ's call to be missionary. On that day, all parishes in every diocese of the world celebrated together our common vocation to preach and proclaim Christ throughout the world.

This celebration is not just a "collection day" on which we solicit support for missionaries throughout the world. It represents an attitude of responsibility for all of us to be missionaries through our prayers, our good works and financial contributions. The response of Catholics on World Mission Sunday maintains the lifeblood of the Church in 1,000 mission dioceses throughout the developing world.

Much of the support needed around the world is derived from funds raised on World Mission Sunday through the organizational work of the Pontifical Societies of the Propagation of the Faith, St. Peter the Apostle and the Holy Childhood Association as well as the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

To read the Holy Father's Message for World Mission Sunday click here.

Your prayers are joined with those of people throughout the world. If you would like to donate to support the work of the Propagation of the Faith, you can do so on our secure web site by clicking here.

A History of Support

In the early part of the last century, we too were considered "mission territory."
And yet while we were still depending on the generosity of European Catholics, the young Church in the United States was contributing to the worldwide missionary work. The very first offering to the Propagation of the Faith - $6.00 - was in 1833. Today, Catholics in this country provide some one-third of the help that supports the proclamation of the gospel in more than 1000 mission diocese, the work of the Church among two-thirds of our human family. Pray and reflect upon how you can become more involved in this call we all have to be missionary, as the People of God, a people
"Baptized for the World."