World Mission Sunday

October 20, 2019 - World Mission Sunday 

Extraordinary Missionary Month


This year Mission Month has even greater significance as Pope Francis has announced it as ‘The Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM) . The importance of October for the awareness and financial support of mission is already well established, with Mission Sunday falling on it’s second last Sunday. However, this year it has even greater importance, with Pope Francis specifically asking us to pray and act so that mission and the Church can strengthen and grow.

What is the inspiration for this special month?

Pope Francis announced the month to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud on overseas mission. He describes Maximum Illud as a ‘milestone in the evolution of the Church’s missionary work’. It repeats the biblical instruction for Catholics to ‘go to the ends of the earth and preach the Gospel’, while also recognizing the importance of training religious people who come from and live in local communities. Maximum Illud highlights the importance in developing local churches and its people so that they may thrive.

The theme aims to reignite and re-energize our understanding and awareness of overseas mission, Pope Francis has themed the month ‘Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world’. For the preparation and implementation of the month, he has outlined four focus areas:
1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God.
2. Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church.
3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
4. Missionary charity.

In a nutshell this month aims to: 
1. To encourage Catholics into a deeper relationship with Jesus through prayer.
2. To look to and learn from the actions and sacrifices made by our Saints, martyrs and living missionaries.
3. To rediscover and renew our understanding of overseas mission. (ad gentes)
4. To financially support mission.

What is your role?

The Holy Father wants The EMM to be an opportunity for reflection and prayer by the whole Church. He also wants it to be celebrated by as many Catholics as possible. Therefore, all parishes, dioceses, religious congregations, Church organizations and YOU are being asked to get behind and support the month by developing events and initiatives to bring the month to life.
More information (including testimonials, voices from the missions, and a guidebook for dioceses) is available on the Vatican’s official EMM2019 website:


►  EMM Letter From Pope Francis

►  EMM Fact Sheet

►  EMM Additional Info




World Mission Sunday Materials

►  World Mission Sunday Message

►  About our theme

►  Fact Sheet

►  Bulletin Announcements

►  Parish announcements

►  Poster

►  Intercessions

►  Social Media




When is World Mission Sunday?

The weekend of October 19/20, 2019

What is World Mission Sunday?

World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.


Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” (see Redemptoris Missio 81).


Pope John Paul II has also spoken of the Propagation of the Faith’s General Fund of support, calling this a “central fund of solidarity.” In a message delivered on a recent World Mission Sunday, the Pope said: “The offerings that will be collected [on World Mission Sunday] are destined for a common fund of solidarity distributed, in the Pope’s name, by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith among the missions and missionaries of the entire world.”


Every year the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions grow - as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ’s call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other areas, long suppressed, are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Propagation of the Faith worldwide.


Mission dioceses - about 1,100 at this time - receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. In addition, these mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance, among other needs, for catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of Religious Communities, for communication and transportation needs, and for the building of chapels, churches, orphanages and schools. These needs are matched with the funds gathered in each year. The world’s national directors of the Propagation of the Faith vote on these requests, matching the funds available with the greatest needs. These funds are then distributed, in their entirety, to mission dioceses throughout the world.


► About Your Offering
Your contributions to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year help support pastoral and evangelizing programs, catechists and catechetical work, the building of churches and chapels, the work of Religious Communities in health care and education, and communication and transportation needs.


Gifts provided on World Mission Sunday or at other times to the Propagation of the Faith help to ensure that the poor of the Missions receive help and the hope that comes from knowing of the love of Jesus Christ. The day-to-day service of the Catholic Church in the Developing World depends on such financial help.