I’m a big Mission: Impossible fan in case you missed the reference in the title.
Ethan Hunt always accepted his mission … despite all the risks. Regardless of the possibility of being disavowed should he and his team be captured.
Fortunately, Ethan always prevailed.
As Catholics, we too are given a mission.
Pope Francis has declared the month of October the Extraordinary Missionary Month and it culminates on World Mission Day this Sunday.
What the heck does that mean?
I must admit this topic was a little intimidating for me. I’ve never been on a mission trip … those are for other religions. Or for teens during their spring break. Right?
At least that’s how I’ve always thought about missionary work. But that’s wrong.
It’s hard to imagine, but there are still people who have not yet been exposed to Jesus Christ. And our church was formed for this very mission. In fact, we are called to the mission to spread the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The reality is that it may not be practical for us all to travel across the globe to get immersed in another culture on a mission trip. But there are ways we can support those who do! And since Pope Francis is turning our attention to the importance of missionary work this month, it’s a mission we should accept.
This week’s issue of Genuflect looks at the Extraordinary Missionary Month, how we can help support the Church’s efforts, what it means to be a missionary, and how to learn more about missions.
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A Letter From Pope Francis
Pope Francis declared this month the Extraordinary Missionary Month in order to renew our commitment to and generate enthusiasm for our church’s missionary work. Read the letter he wrote to fully understand the impetus for Missionary Month and it’s importance.
Message of His Holiness Francis For World Mission Day 2019 | The Holy See
The Extraordinary Missionary Month’s Theme
“Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is the theme for the Extraordinary Missionary Month. It reminds us that through our baptism, we are all called to participate in the mission of our church … to go out and share the good news of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 | The Vatican
The Meaning Behind the Logo
Maybe it’s my background in advertising, but I love logos. I love the deep meaning that designers put into them … how even the smallest detail is there for a reason. You may think it’s just a pretty picture, but usually a designer spent hours creating the final piece of art, after numerous rounds of research, exploration, and trial and error. If you dig logos like I do, check out this explanation of the meaning behind the Extraordinary Missionary Month logo … from the shapes included, down to the colors.
Pray This Prayer For Missionaries
We all may not be prepared to leave our families and our jobs to go across the globe doing missionary work. But we can certainly do our part to support the efforts of those who do! Pray this prayer that Pope Francis offers for this special month dedicated to re-awakening our missionary efforts to bring Jesus Christ to the world.
Pray a Novena for Missionaries
Want to do more to support the Catholic church and it’s missionaries, but can’t take off on a mission trip? You can pray a special novena for missionaries. St. Francis Xavier, who is credited with converting hundreds of thousands of people during his lifetime, is the patron saint of missionaries. This Miraculous Novena of Grace to St. Francis Xavier is said to be especially powerful when said between November 25th and December 3rd.
Contribute to Missionaries This Weekend
This weekend as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, Catholic churches around the globe will take up a special collection for the Pontifical Mission Societies, which will benefit more than 1,000 local churches in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and parts of Latin America and Europe. In addition to our prayers, a generous donation to these important efforts help to further the work of the Holy Father and the Propagation of the Faith around the world.
World Mission Sunday Collection Set For Oct. 19-20 | Catholic News Herald
Called to Share Our Talents
The Lord has given us all great gifts. Pope Francis reminds us during Missionary Month that we are called to share those gifts with others to ensure all His people may share in the Gospel. The Pope explains we should not complain, feel unloved, or feel victimized. Rather, we should put our focus on our neighbors, loving all, and sharing our gifts in His name.
Pope Opens Missionary Month With Call to Share Joy, Hope, Talents | The Catholic Sun
How to be a Catholic Missionary
As Director of Ministry Training and Program Development at Catholic Christian Outreach in Canada, Michael Hall has seen his fair share of conversions to Catholicism. This makes him uniquely qualified to share tips on how to be a missionary and some resources to help you along the way.
How to be a Catholic Missionary | National Catholic Register
Missionaries on Campus
It’s a well known fact that Catholicism is on the decline, especially among our youth. But since 1998, an organization called FOCUS has been recruiting and training college graduates to be missionaries on college campuses. And the organization has been growing. In 2018 FOCUS had 660 missionaries on 137 campuses. Their SEEK2019 5-day gathering in Indianapolis earlier this year drew 17,000 young adults.
Catholic Missionaries Are Evangelizing on College Campuses | The Conversation
The National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies, with the assistance of Boston College, has created a new online course on the history of the missionary identity in the early church and the theology of missions. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those experienced in faith formation. Upon completion, you’ll have a certificate and will know how to insert mission theology into your ministry and daily life.
Mission Theology Course | Missio
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