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Reach out on World Mission Sunday

By Sean O'Donnell - 20 October, 2017

“Reach Out and Spread the Joy” thinking about the work of Irish missionaries abroad

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Sunday (22 October) is World Mission Sunday. “Reach Out and Spread the Joy” has been the theme of October Mission Month in Ireland and the team at World Missions Ireland (WMI) has been encouraging people to think about the work of Irish missionaries abroad. Mission Sunday is an opportunity for catholics in Ireland to unite with their missionary sisters and brothers overseas of which there are about 1,300 Irish born missionaries.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, and the Chair of the Bishops’ Council for Missions, will celebrate Mass together with Irish missionaries, representatives of World Missions Ireland, and members of the Religious Formation Ministry Programme at Loreto House at 11am at the RTE studios in Donnybrook which will be broadcast live on radio and tv. The music will be led by a choir from The National Centre for Liturgy in Maynooth.

In parishes across the country there will be a special collection taken at all Masses this weekend to support the work of Irish missionaries and to provide aid to missionary parishes. Mission Sunday is one of only three Papal Collections and has been especially chosen by the Holy Father Pope Francis as the means by which catholics can share what they have with their brothers and sisters in need. Last year the collection raised over 1.5 million euros.

World Missions Ireland brings together four Pontifical Mission Societies:

  • The Society for the Propagation of the Faith which informs Catholics of the life and needs of the Catholic Church in mission territories;
  • The Society of Missionary Children which educates children about their part in the Church’s mission work and challenges them to share what they have with children growing up in developing countries;
  • The Society of Saint Peter Apostle which supports the education of priests and religious;
  • The Pontifical Missionary Union which supports the animation and formation of clergy, religious, seminarians and laity to promote the missionary spirit in their respective communities.

 

The Mass will be broadcast live at 11am on RTE1 and on RTE Radio 1 (LW) and Radio 1 Extra.

For more information about World Missions Ireland and how funds raised last year were used, go to www.wmi.ie

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