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World Mission Sunday is October 21
A letter from Bishop Hebda for World Mission Sunday, 2012:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In recent years, you, the Faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord, have repeatedly earned distinction for your extraordinary generosity on World Mission Sunday, the day set aside for Catholics worldwide to support the Church's missionary activity. Thank you for your prayer and sacrifice.
How wonderful it is that on this years World Mission Sunday, October 21, Kateri Tekakwitha (1676-1680) will be canonized. The first indigenous American saint, Kateri left her village and fled more than 200 miles through the wilderness to a Catholic community near Montreal so she could live out her new-found Catholic faith. With courage, conviction and a true missionary spirit, she generously gave her all to God.
Indeed in this Year of Faith, we once again have a wonderful opportunity to allow our hearts to echo with the great commission that the disciples received from Jesus on the day of his Ascension and exemplified by Kateri Tekakwitha and all the saints who have gone before us. By supporting the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies, we are concretely helping the Church respond to the call to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
While current economic pressures might suggest that now is a time to focus on our local needs, it would be foolish for us to forget that the Church, by her very nature and by Christs design, needs to be missionary. Surely the Lord will bless us in abundance for our generous support of those who are working to share the experience of the love that pours forth from His Sacred Heart.
How blessed we are to have working in our Diocese a number of priests who hail from Mission territories and who can regularly give us firsthand testimony concerning the challenges faced by the Church in their homelands. Their vocations and their priestly zeal are powerful reminders of the great fruit that is being borne whenever and wherever the Gospel of Christ is preached in its fullness.
With this in mind, and knowing that more than 1100 dioceses throughout the world depend on the World Mission Day collection, I encourage you to give generously to this years collection and to remember our missionaries in your daily prayers.
With every personal best wish and prayer, I remain.
Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord
Read His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's Message for World Mission Sunday.