United in mission
If the original Apostles had not been missionary in their works, the Church would never have spread its presence around the world, said Msgr. Francis X. Blood.
“Becoming missionary is an essential dimension to being a Catholic,” said the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “We’re all missionary by baptism, but until we begin to share our faith in some way with others, we have not become what we’re being called to be by the Holy Spirit.”
This weekend, Catholics around the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. The annual collection, to be taken up at parishes around the archdiocese, will benefit approximately 1,100 missionary territories around the world. Funding is administered by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one of four Pontifical Mission Societies which seeks to foster a “spirit of universal mission, to inform Catholics of the life and the needs of the Catholic Church in the missions, and to encourage prayer and financial help for those mission churches.”
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