October 14, 2011
A second collection will be held next weekend (October 22 and 23) in celebration of World Mission Sunday.
World Mission Sunday was organized by the Propagation of the Faith, a Pontifical Mission Society that seeks "to foster an ever-deeper spirit of universal mission, to inform Catholics of the life and the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions, and to encourage prayer and financial help for those mission churches."
The day is celebrated annually on the second-to-last Sunday in October. This year it is recognized on October 23.
It is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world," Pope John Paul II said.
The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples receives requests for aid from mission dioceses throughout the world (numbering roughly 1,100). Those requests are matched with the funds gathered each year, and then the Propagation of the Faith vote on the requests, matching the available funds with the greatest needs.
Parishes throughout the world will be acknowledging and helping to support the foremost needs of our mission dioceses and parishes. May God bless their charitable work abundantly.
Learn more about World Mission Sunday