Extraordinary Month of Mission
One hundred years ago, Pope Benedict XV released the encyclical Maximum Illud, which called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). To commemorate this anniversary, Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples.
Revitalise, renew, reawaken
For the four weeks of October 2019, the Holy Father has approved four themes:
- A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church
- The witness of missionary saints and martyrs.
- Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation for mission.
- Missionary charity as a commitment to support the Church’s missionary activity and communities too poor to support themselves, through Missio.
Through these dimensions, the Holy Father invites us to renew and reawaken our commitment to mission.
Personal Encounter with Jesus Christ Alive in the Church
“Celebrating this (Extraordinary Missionary) month will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism….
Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life…. This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always: you are a mission, always; every baptised man and woman is a mission…. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love…. From eternity (God) has destined each of His children to share in His divine and eternal life (cf. Eph 1:3-6).”
The Church invites us to set a personal “Mission Goal” for the month of October,
#MyMission is to feed the hungry.
#MyMission is to proclaim and witness Jesus Christ through the Gospel.