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World Mission Sunday: October 18, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
World Mission Sunday, this year on the weekend of October 17-18, is our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the missions and missionaries of the world. Pope Francis, in his message for World Mission Sunday, implores us:
“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’ (6:8). This is the ever new response to the Lord’s question: ‘Whom shall I send?’ This invitation from God’s merciful heart challenges both the Church and humanity as a whole in the current world crisis.”
Pope Francis reminds us that as baptized Catholics, we are personally called to mission. We are called to bring Christ’s love to others, especially those most forgotten. This special Sunday brings to life our baptismal call in a personal way, inviting each of us to be “sent out” to the ends of the earth by supporting missionaries and those they serve. Much-needed gifts in this effort sustain priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders in more than 1,100 mission dioceses across Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, parts of Latin America and Europe.
World Mission Sunday is a beautiful invitation to reflect on our common call to mission, but more profoundly than that, it is an invitation to move beyond reflection — we are called to action. The Lord whispers to each of us, “Whom shall I send?” and we too must discern how we can answer, “Here I am, send me.”
I am grateful for your generosity and concern for your brothers and sisters in need, both at home and around the world. I pray that you will join me in response on World Mission Sunday, both in prayer and generous sacrifice to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, answering the Lord’s invitation with a resounding “Here I am, send me!”
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley