World Mission Sunday - 2017

"World Mission Sunday is Sunday, October 22, 2017.  Each October, this celebration leads us to the heart of our Christian faith - leads us to mission, as Pope Francis explains.

On this day, we are called - as baptized Catholics - to celebrate and support local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, an area that covers more than half the territory of the globe.  Through the work and witness of mission priests, religious and lay leaders, the poor receive practical help and experience God's love and mercy, His hope and peace.
 
This year, we are invited as well into a special opportunity to engage with Pope Francis and learn more about his missions.   To do so, simply visit  ChatWithThePope.org,

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.

 

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.