Each year, the Pope designates the month of October as World Mission Month and the next-to-last Sunday in October as World Mission Sunday. On that Sunday, Catholics are united in celebration of our common vocation to mission, focusing on the Pope’s missions around the world and the missionaries who dedicate themselves to their service.
During this unique time, the Church draws together to support, in prayer and through financial help, the proclamation of the Gospel; vocations to the priesthood and religious life; the building of churches and chapels; and the efforts of priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay pastoral leaders as they help the poor, the hungry, and seek the spiritually abandoned.
This year, World Mission Sunday is October 24; however, the entire month is devoted to learning more about the Pope’s missions and supporting their success through prayer and donations.
HIGHLIGHTS OF WORLD MISSION MONTH
This year’s theme: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard”(Acts 4:20)
Supports more than 1,100 Catholic mission dioceses around the world
Special celebrations will be held in churches around the world on October 24, 2021
Helps Catholics to actively participate in the Pope’s Missions through prayer, sacrifice and donation.
Not Just For October
Throughout the year, the Pontifical Mission Societies (TPMS) support the proclamation of the Gospel, the building of the Church, and the work and witness of mission priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay pastoral leaders. These missionaries provide food, education, and medical care to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions.