Pope Francis' Message for World Mission Day 2020
Your prayers and financial support will help 1,111 mission territories around the world!
How Does Your World Mission Sunday Gift Help?
- $40 supports the work of one catechist for a week
- $80 helps with educational resources at a center for street children
- $110 covers a week of English classes for 10 students
- $430 runs a medical outreach clinic for a day
- $5,000 helps toward building a church
Where Does your World Mission Sunday Gift Help?
- 1,200 schools, educating children in some of the poorest parts of the world.
- 9,000 clinics caring for the sick and dying.
- 9,000 religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs.
- 10,000 orphanages, providing a place of safety and shelter.
- 30,000 seminarians preparing for the priesthood.
How to Give
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About World Mission Sunday
In 1926, Pope Pius XI established an annual collection for the missionary work of the Church worldwide called "World Mission Sunday." World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.
As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday 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" (Redemptoris Missio 81).
The Propagation of the Faith is entrusted with the promotion of World Mission Sunday, collection of the proceeds, and distribution of the proceeds. The Mission Office sends the proceeds to the National Office, which sends the monies to the international office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome. At their annual meeting in Rome, the International Society for the Propagation of the Faith decides how the funds collected will be distributed to missionaries worldwide, based on needs that are prioritized.
Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Propagation of the Faith worldwide. Mission dioceses – about 1,111 at this time – receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. In addition, these mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance for needs such as catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of religious communities, communication and transportation needs, and the building of chapels, churches, orphanages, and schools. These needs are matched with the funds gathered in each year. The world's national directors of the Propagation of the Faith vote on these requests, matching the funds available with the greatest needs. These funds are then distributed in their entirety to mission dioceses throughout the world.
Every year, the needs of the Catholic Church in the missions grow – as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ's call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other long-suppressed areas are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed.