Missionary Animation

"Activities aimed at promoting interest in the missions must always be geared to these specific goals; namely, informing and forming the People of God to share in the Church's universal mission, promoting vocations ad gentes and encouraging cooperation in the work of evangelization. It is not right to give an incomplete picture of missionary activity, as if it consisted principally in helping the poor, contributing to the liberation of the oppressed, promoting development or defending human rights. The missionary Church is certainly involved on these fronts but her primary task lies elsewhere: the poor are hungry for God, not just for bread and freedom. Missionary activity must first of all bear witness to and proclaim salvation in Christ, and establish local churches which then become means of liberation in every sense." 

Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 83

 

Below are various resources to help foster this missionary spirit in all the faithful.


Quarterly Newsletter

View our most recent quarterly newsletters:

June 2022

March 2022

December 2021

September 2021

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Acts of the Apostles Bible Study

Join us for a Bible study following Acts: Spread of the Kingdom by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer, presented by the Mission Office and Catholic Renewal Center! Mondays 1-3 PM from April 25th - October 3rd (no meeting July 4th, August 15th or September 5th) at the Catholic Renewal Center, 1406 S. Sappington, Crestwood, MO 63126. See flyer here.

Pope Francis in his June 1, 2018 Address to the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, "Your regular book for prayer and meditation should be the Acts of the Apostles. Go there to find your inspiration."

 

Prayers and Pastries

Each quarter, we gather as a community to pray the World Mission Rosary, have fellowship, and listen to a missionary's testimony. 

Next Prayers and Pastries: August 2, 2022 at 9 AM at the Cardinal Rigali Center. RSVP by calling or emailing our office.

 

World Mission Rosary

The World Mission Rosary was developed by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966) in 1951. Each of the five decades is a different color to represent areas of the world where the Church continues her evangelizing mission. Free pamphlets and world mission rosaries can be obtained through contacting our office.  This pamphlet is also available in Spanish

  • Green represents the forests and grasslands of Africa.
  • Blue is for the oceans surrounding the Islands of the Pacific, Oceania.
  • White symbolizes Europe, home of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world.
  • Red represents the fire of faith that brought the first missionaries to the Americas.
  • Yellow is for the morning sun of the East, representing Asia.

Volunteer Project

Thanks to our many volunteers throughout the archdiocese who make these world mission rosaries, we are able to offer them for free! If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact our office. We provide all supplies and instruction guides. 

 

Mission News

 

Magisterium Documents on Mission

 Additional documents can be found here.

 

International Office

  • Website of the Pontifical Mission Societies

 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Mission

 

National Office

  • Website of the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States

 

Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 

"The Extraordinary Missionary Month has ended, but what cannot end is the impetus that the Holy Spirit has placed in the hearts of Christians. Mission has ceased to be something which belongs to a few. Now it belongs to all Christians".

Fr. José María Calderón, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Spain

 

Even though the EMMOCT2019 has concluded, these resources can continue to be used for missionary animation and formation.

 

ARCHDIOCESAN NEWSLETTER

POPE FRANCIS MESSAGE FOR WMS

VATICAN WEBSITE

VATICAN GUIDE

Vatican Guide in Spanish

 

Additional Resources

  • Official Prayer 
  • Small group study - study that explores the guide that was prepared by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Pontifical Mission Societies at the Vatican
  • Youth group study - study to be used for high school youth groups

 

Scripture Reflections

This is part one of the Vatican's guide, but we have broken them out by day for your convenience.

October 1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th15th16th17th18th

19th20th, 21st22nd23rd24th25th26th27th28th29th30th31st

All Reflections

 

Mission Testimonies

This is part two of the Vatican's guide, but we have broken them out by each witness for your convenience.

 All Mission Testimonies