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World Mission Sunday 2021

“We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” 
- Acts 4:20

EVERY YEAR, SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS on the next-to-last Sunday of October. WORLD MISSION SUNDAY joins all Catholics of the world into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday this year reflects on the theme: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). He reminds us that, “as Christians, we cannot keep the Lord to ourselves,” as we “recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel.”

On World Mission Sunday, we join our Holy Father in supporting his missions. As we pray and respond here at home, we share in those celebrations taking place in every parish and school throughout the world. Together, through our prayers and financial support, we bring the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions.

In a world where so much divides us, World Mission Sunday rejoices in our unity as missionaries by our Baptism, as it offers each one of us an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,111 mission dioceses. WITH GRATEFUL HEARTS FOR YOUR MISSION SOLIDARITY!

World Mission Sunday Mass

St. Martha Catholic Church
4301 Woodridge Parkway
Porter (Kingwood), TX
Sunday, October 24, 2021
11:00 a.m.

Livestream available at https://stmartha.com/livestream

Celebrant and Homilist:
Rev. Thomas Rafferty
Director of Secretariat for Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services

More Information
713-652-8231
hochoa@archgh.org

How You Can Help

  • Give generously to the World Mission Sunday (Propagation of Faith) collection at your parish on the weekend of October 23-24.
  • Promote World Mission Sunday on your social media to bring about awareness.
  • Talk to friends and family about World Mission Sunday and how their generosity can impact others, bringing God's love, mercy, hope and peace to the poor.

Resources

Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday | Español
Quotes from Pope Francis' Message for World Mission Sunday | Español

Parish Resources / Recursos Parroquiales
World Mission Sunday Poster | Español
World Mission Sunday Fact Sheet | Español

 


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Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi - October 4, 2021

St. Francis of Assisi has influenced Christians – and others – around the world
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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 3, 2021

“(Jesus) ‘for a little while’ was made ‘lower than the angels’” (Hebrews 2:9)
Reflections on the readings for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 3, 2021): GN 2:18-24; PS 128:1-2,3,4-5,6; HEB 2:9-11; MK 10:2-16
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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels - October 2, 2021

Guardian Angels – specially chosen by God to look after us
Reflections on the readings for the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (October 2, 2021): BAR 4:5-12,27-29; PS 69:33-35,36-37; MT 18:1-5,10
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Memorial of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions and missionaries - October 1, 2021

World Mission Month begins celebrating the patroness of the Missions, St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Reflections on the readings for the Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (October 1, 2021): BAR 1:15-22; PS 79:1-2,3-5, 8,9; LK 10:13-16
MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.
"Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

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The Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has a two-pronged purpose:

  • To promote mission awareness among the people of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

  • To collect funds for the support of the missions

This purpose is achieved primarily through the works of:

     1. The Pontifical Mission Societies, which include:

  • The Society for the Propagation of the Faith - It's main thrust is the celebration of World Mission Sunday by inviting Catholics to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. For this purpose, information is mailed throughout the diocese.

  • Missionary Childhood Association - HCA fosters children's awareness of the missionary nature of the Church by offering educational and fund-raising material for children from Kindergarten to 8th grade through Catholic schools and religious education classes in parishes. 

  • The Society of St. Peter Apostle - The goal of the Society of St. Peter is to invite individuals to support the education of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the Developing World and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the religious life in the missions.

  • Missionary Union of Priests and Religious - This spiritual apostolate encourages those already engaged in the work of the Church to support the work of the Missions — and perhaps to become missionaries themselves - by addressing those called to bring Catholics to a better understanding of their baptismal responsibility for the church's missionary work — to priests, Religious, seminarians, pastoral leaders and those engaged in catechesis and religious education.

     2. Catholic Relief Services

International arm of the Catholic Church in the U.S. founded by the American Bishops, CRS works in more than 90 countries supporting self-help projects in the areas of agriculture, education, health and small enterprise development that involve people and communities in their own development. In the U.S. CRS offers educational and fund-raising material, such as Operation Rice Bowl, Food Fast, Work of Human Hands. 25% of the proceeds collected through Operation Rice Bowl remain in our diocese to be used to advance local initiatives. 

     3. Missionary Cooperative Plan

Missionaries from around the world are invited to visit our parishes for mission appeals once a year.

     4. Other Activities:

  • Provides support and promotes the missionary efforts of our archdiocesan missionary priest working in Guatemala.

  • Collaborates with the Honduras Initiative Committee. The Honduras Initiative, created by the Bishops of Texas in 1999, is a commitment that has paired our Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Diocese of Laredo with the Diocese of Comayagua, Honduras in an exchange of pastoral, humanitarian and financial support.

  • Provides information regarding mission opportunities for lay people interested in participating in short and long- term mission experiences.

  • Collaborates with the Archdiocesan Mission Council and other Archdiocesan departments in order to further promote the missionary charism of the Church within our Archdiocese.

 


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