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                                                                                                                                                                         World Mission Sunday takes place this year on    October 23rd.

Have a look at the Missio website for more information.
Below is the Pope’s official message for this year’s World Mission Sunday:

As the Father has sent me, so I send you (Jn 20:21)

On the occasion of the Jubilee of the year 2000 Venerable John Paul II, at the beginning of a new millennium of the Christian era, forcefully confirmed the necessity of renewing the commitment to bring the Gospel proclamation to all with the enthusiasm of the very first Christians (Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, 58). It is the most precious service that the Church can render to humanity and to every individual seeking profound reasons for living his or her existence to the full. Therefore that same invitation is re-presented every year in the celebration of World Mission Sunday. In fact the ceaseless proclamation of the Gospel also revitalises the Church, her fervour, her apostolic spirit; it renews her pastoral methods so that they may be ever more suited to new situations  also those that require a new evangelization  and animated by missionary thrust: Missionary activity renews the Church, revitalizes faith and Christian identity, and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others! It is in commitment to the Church’s universal mission that the new evangelization of Christian peoples will find inspiration and support (JOHN PAUL II, Enc. Redemptoris Missio, 2).

Go and proclaim
This objective is constantly renewed by the celebration of the liturgy, particularly by the celebration of the Eucharist, which always ends by reiterating the risen Jesus command to the Apostles: Goᆭ (Mt 28:19). The Liturgy is always a call from the world and a new sending into the world to bear witness to what one has experienced: the salvific power of the Word of God, the salvific power of Christs Paschal Mystery. All those who have met the risen Lord have felt the need to proclaim him to others, as did the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. After recognising the Lord in the breaking of bread, they set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled and told them what had happened to them on the road (Lk. 24:33-34). Pope John Paul II exhorted us to be watchful, ready to recognize his face and run to our brothers and sisters with the good news: ‘We have seen the Lord!’ (Ap. Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 59).

To all
The beneficiaries of the Gospel proclamation are all peoples. The Church is missionary by her very nature, since it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that she draws her origin, in accordance with the decree of God the Father (ECUM. COUNCIL VATICAN II, Decr. Ad Gentes, 2). This is the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelise (PAUL VI, Ap. Ex. Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14). Consequently, she can never withdraw into herself. She is rooted in particular places in order to go beyond them. Her action, in obedience to Christs command and under the influence of his grace and his love, becomes fully and truly present to all men and women and to all peoples in order to lead them to faith in Christ (cf. Ad Gentes, 5).

This task has not lost any of its urgency. Indeed, the mission of Christ the Redeemer, which is entrusted to the Church, is still very far from completion. An overall view of the human race shows that this mission is still only beginning and that we must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to its service (JOHN PAUL II, Enc. Redemptoris Missio, 1). We cannot be content when we consider that, after two thousand years, there are still peoples who do not know Christ and have not yet heard his Message of salvation.

Not only this: but there is an ever greater number of people who, although having received the proclamation of the Gospel, have forgotten it or abandoned it and no longer associate with the Church; and many sectors, even in traditionally Christian societies are today reluctant to open to the word of faith. Cultures are changing, nourished also by globalisation, by movements of thought and by the prevailing relativism, a change that leads to a mentality and a life-style that disregard the gospel Message, as if God did not exist, and that exalt the search for well-being, easy money, a career and success as the aim of life, even to the detriment of moral values.

The joint responsibility of all
The universal mission involves everyone, everything and always. The Gospel is not an exclusive possession of those who have received it, but it is a gift to be shared, good news to be passed on to others. And this gift-commitment is entrusted not only to some, but to all the baptised, who are a chosen race ᆭ a holy nation, Gods own people (1 Pt 2:9), in order that they may proclaim his marvellous works.

All activities are also involved in this. The Church’s attention and cooperation in missionary activity in the world cannot be limited to some particular moments or occasions, nor can they be considered as one of many pastoral activities: the Church’s missionary dimension is essential; therefore it must always be kept in mind. It is important that both individual baptised persons and ecclesial communities should be involved not only spasmodically and occasionally in mission, but constantly, as a way of Christian life. World Mission Sunday is not an isolated moment in the year, but a precious occasion for pausing to reflect on whether and how we respond to the missionary vocation: an essential response for the life of the Church.

Global evangelisation
Evangelization is a complex process and includes various elements. Among these, in missionary animation particular attention has always been given to solidarity. This is also one of the objectives of World Mission Sunday, which, through the Pontifical Mission Societies (Missio in England and Wales), appeals for help to carry out evangelising activities in mission territories. It involves supporting institutions necessary for establishing and consolidating the Church through catechists, seminaries, priests; and also giving ones own contribution to improve the living conditions of people in nations where poverty, malnutrition, above all infantile malnutrition, diseases, lack of health care services and education are most serious. This, too, is part of the Church’s mission. Proclaiming the Gospel she takes human life to heart in the fullest sense. It is unacceptable, the Servant of God Paul VI declared, that in evangelization the themes of human promotion, justice, liberation from every form of oppression, obviously with respect for the autonomy of the political sphere, should be neglected. To ignore the temporal problems of humanity would be to forget the lesson which comes to us from the Gospel concerning love of our neighbour who is suffering and in need (Ap. Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, 31.34); it would be inconsistent with the behaviour of Jesus, who went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness (Mt 9:35).

Therefore through co-responsible participation in the Church’s mission, the Christian becomes a builder of communion, of peace and of the solidarity that Christ has given us, and he or she collaborates in fulfilling Gods plan of salvation for all humanity. The challenges it meets call Christians to journey together with others, and mission is an integral part of this journey with all. In it, albeit in clay pots, we bring our Christian vocation, the priceless treasure of the Gospel, the living witness to Jesus dead and risen, met and believed in the Church.

May World Mission Sunday reawaken in each person the joy and desire to go out to meet humanity taking Christ to all. In his name I wholeheartedly impart my Apostolic Blessing, especially on those who toil and suffer most for the Gospel.

From the Vatican, 6 January 2011, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
Benedictus PP XVI

(translated by Agenzia Fides 25/01/2011)

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'Come and rest awhile...'

On a beautiful, sunny first Sunday of the month morning (October 2!), the guardian angels on their feast, brought together five fine lovely young ladies who’ve generously opted to ‘rest awhile with the Lord’…

Upon rising early morning with gratitude for the beautiful new day, thoughts turned to the Lord: What surrprise have you in store for us today? The day we’ve prepared, prayed for and eagerly looked forward to: the day for/with the young ladies, Day of Prayer and Recollection for Vocations.

As the doorbell rang, a real sense of excitement and expectant-wonder would pop-out from within… excitement at finally meeting the young ladies who dared to be led by the Spirit so as to experience anew – in silence and prayer (and, communion!) the concreteness and reality of God’s nearness and Presence in our lives.

Throughout the day, deep feelings of gratitude and awe were the inner-stirrings from within… AWE at the graciousness, simplicity, openness and in-depth personal sharing of each one… AWE at the ‘sacredness’ of the present moment… AWE at the concrete experience of  God’s abiding Presence and love in day-to-day life as simply shared by each one.

Thus and such is but a glimpse to the ministry and work on the Pastoral Care for Vocations (PCV). A ministry and a journey of a grace-filled accompaniment to individuals who are searching for God’s Dream in their lives… a journey towards spiritual enrichment and growth… and, the  journey has meaningfully began!

Deo Gratias…

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A prayer the community recites every Friday, throughout the year, together with the lay faithful who comes to 6:30am Mass in our chapel is the Prayer for Priests…

Whether you’re near or far, do be one with us in supporting vocations to the Priesthood and in continually praying for Priests throughout the world.

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Almighty God, our Father, look upon the face of your Son, and for love of Him who is the eternal High Priest, have pity on your priests.

Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands.

Keep them ever close to you, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

Jesus, our eternal High Priest, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for young priests; for your dying priests; and for the souls of your priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to you priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assist; the priests who give me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me about you and your Holy Scriptures; the priests who helped and encouraged me to accept you as my Lord and Savior; and all the priests whom you sent to touch my life and those of my loved ones. Amen.

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