Mission Sunday 2016
In his Message for Mission Sunday – Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy – Pope Francis teaches that being missionary [the essential work of the entire church] is a “great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material.” On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to “go out” as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.
The Church – you and I – are “commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12) and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old.
Read the complete text of the 2016 Mission Sunday Message here.
In Ireland, we are invited to be specifically conscious of the Church’s missionary activity abroad (Ad Gentes) through prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions. The funds collected are used to assist Churches who need financial support and directed towards communities in need, both spiritually and materially.
Last year Irish Catholics contributed more than €1.7 million on Mission Sunday. The Mission Sunday collection is made available to be distributed to as many as 1,100 dioceses who are supported by the generosity of Churches that have been blessed with a greater quantity of financial and material gifts.
What is this money used for? Contributions will be used to build simple mission churches, to educate diocesan seminarians as well as female religious novices. It also assists in the formation of catechists and lay leaders, building health facilities for children and adults as well as for providing emergency aid in times of war or natural disaster or to assist missionaries in their efforts to care for refugees.
On Mission Sunday, in a special way, we celebrate the work of about 1,300 Irish born missionaries and all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work.
If you want to help the missionary work of the SMA in Africa you can Donate Online.