World Mission Sunday - 2016

World Mission Sunday, this year on October 22-23, 2016, celebrates the mercy of God as we extend His loving heart to our neighbor half a world away, through our prayers and sacrifices.

What is the Origin of World Mission Sunday?
In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday.  He asked for prayer, animation, celebration, and offerings for the Missions.  His concern was to engender a sense of responsibility in people for supporting the Missions throughout the world.

Father,

You have given all peoples one common origin, and your will is to gather them as one family in yourself.

Fill the hearts of all people with the fire of your love and the desire to ensure justice for all their brothers and sisters.

By sharing the good things you give us may we secure justice and equality for every human being, an end to all division, and a human society built on love and peace.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

--paraphrased from The Roman Missal, ICEL text. Used with permission.

From its beginning, the Pope asked that World Mission Sunday would be observed in every diocese, parish, and institute.  It was to be a true World Mission Sunday.  The collection on the first World Mission Sunday, like today, is for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, providing support for the life-giving and hope-filled work and witness of priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders in mission churches.

Speaking about World Mission Sunday, 2016, Pope Francis connected Mission Sunday with the Jubilee Year of Mercy through the Spiritual and Corporal (material) Works of Mercy:

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as 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. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is 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.

What happens on World Mission Sunday (October 23, 2016)?
Your prayers and generous support on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the Mission Church today.  That support reaches clinics caring for the sick and dying, orphanages providing a place of safety and shelter, schools offering education from kindergarten through high school.  Your help provides for seminarians preparing for the priesthood, and religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs.  All of this takes place in 1,111 mission dioceses, mostly in Africa and Asia, where the poorest of the poor receive an education and health care while experiencing the loving heart of our Lord through the service of priests, religious, and lay faithful.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.IAmAMissionary.org.

Propagation of the Faith

The Diocese of Salina participates in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, and the Missionary Childhood Association.  These organizations are for spreading a deepening awareness of the universal mission of the Church and to inform Catholics of the life and needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions.  It is a means to encourage prayer and financial help for the mission churches and for the support and education of the seminarians in developing countries.

Our involvement in these efforts are through the universal World Mission Sunday Collection held on the next to last Sunday of October every year and in the visiting Missionary Cooperation Plan of inviting men and women to the diocese to appeal for the needs in areas where their communities do missionary work.  The appeal for the Society of St. Peter Apostle is held as part of the Missionary Cooperation Plan.

Our office is able to assist missionaries and other priests by sending the extra Mass stipends which are made available to us by parishes of our diocese.  

Missionary Cooperative Program

Missionary Cooperative Program

Since the whole Church is by its nature missionary and the work of evangelization must be held as a fundamental duty of the people of God, all the Christian faithful, conscious of their responsibility, are to assume their part in missionary work. (Code of Canon Law, can.781)

The Diocese of Salina participates annually in the Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP).  Through the MCP, donations directly assist missionaries in their efforts to evangelize, form holy vocations, build congregations, and propagate the faith in various countries around the world.  

The Diocesan Propagation of the Faith office selects mission groups from a large pool of mission dioceses, religious orders, and lay missionary groups who live and evangelize all over the world to come and speak to our faithful in order that each and every one of the Christian faithful may be fully acquainted with the present condition of the Church in the world, and may hear the voice of the multitudes who cry "Help us!" (cf. Acts 16:9). 

It is our sincere hope that the faithful may feel this mission work to be their very own, and may open their hearts to such vast and profound human needs, and may come to their assistance. 

Regarding requests to be included in the Missionary Cooperative Program: requests (by post) on letterhead to participate in the program should be mailed to the director:

Rev. Steve Heina
PO Box 980
Salina, KS 67402-0980

Include in your request:

  • The full name of your organization
  • The name and canonical status (bishop, priest, deacon, religious, lay) of the missionary representative who will be coming
  • Complete contact information for the representative, including address, phone number(s), and email address (required)
  • Page number for listing in the current  Official Catholic Directory or authentic letter from your Ordinary or major superior

All requests must be received by December 1st to be considered for the upcoming appeal.  Invitations will be mailed out in December, along with our document Missionary Cooperative Policy (43 KB) and a contract that must be returned by the deadline in order to participate.  Speaking assignments will be mailed out once all contracts have been received. 

 

It is required that every speaker invited to do an appeal complete a document Testimony of Good Standing (37 KB) prior to arriving in our diocese.  

Mission Prayer

Father,

You have given all peoples one common origin,

and your will is to gather them as one family in yourself.

Fill the hearts of all people with the fire of your love
and the desire to ensure justice for all their brothers and sisters.

By sharing the good things you give us
may we secure justice and equality for every human being,
an end to all division,
and a human society built on love and peace.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

--paraphrased from The Roman Missal, ICEL text.  Used with permission.