World Mission Day

RETIRING COLLECTION TODAY FOR THE FOREIGN MISSIONS

This penultimate Sunday in October is observed each year as World Mission Sunday. It is the Sunday in the year when Catholics are especially asked to remember the world-wide missionary activity of the Church and, through our generosity, to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor.

World Mission Sunday is our chance to show love and solidarity to our brothers and sisters overseas who share our faith. Through prayer, we join with missionaries everywhere in communion and compassion to support them in spreading the Good News, and responding to Christ's call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

Missio (formerly called the Association for the Propagation of the Faith) is the agency of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales responsible for co-ordinating World Mission Sunday and providing new, young or poor dioceses with the essential support they need on their journey to becoming self-sufficient. Missio works through local bishops, churches and missionary congregations to ensure that resources are distributed equitably and justly on the basis of need. The donations you give through today's Retiring Collection will go directly and entirely from England and Wales to the bishops in the mission territories - local church directly helping local church.