World Mission Sunday 2021 Resources for Parishes
From Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
World Mission Sunday – the annual, worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions of the Church – will be on October 24 this year. This important day in the life of the Church universal fortifies our understanding of our shared call to mission, bestowed upon us at Baptism.
Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday reflects on the theme: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). The Holy Father shares his zeal, reminding 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.” He invites us to speak of our faith!
World Mission Sunday provides us with that very opportunity. We can speak about our faith and respond to our missionary call – through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on that special day. Your gifts support and sustain priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders in more than 1,100 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe as they proclaim the Gospel, build the Church, serve the poor – and speak of our shared faith in all corners of the world.
“The global pandemic has brought to the fore and amplified the pain, the solitude, the poverty, and the injustices experienced by so many people,” reminds Pope Francis. This year, as the world recovers from the loss and the challenges that resulted, let us respond with reciprocal generosity to the fullest extent that we are able.
Last year, many were unable to support missionaries due to the difficulties arising from the pandemic and assembly. Any financial support by which your means allow to assist those most in need will be greatly appreciated. As we rebuild our lives, help us to also reach out in solidarity and support for the Mission Church, and the work and witness of missionaries in the Pope’s missions.
In this spirit, I offer my sincere personal gratitude for your kind missionary heart, reaching out in love throughout Mission Month.
Gratefully in the Lord,
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
Letters from the Archbishop and the Pope
Find below letters from our archbishop and the Holy Father in Rome. You may consider sharing these in your church bulletins, our copying and pasting the text into your Flocknote messages to your parishes. In general, it isn’t a great idea to share PDFs via email unless there’s a really good reason (like you want someone to sign your document digitally)
Parish Announcements and Prayers of the Faithful
You can download some suggested Prayers of the Faithful or General Intercessions that may be appropriate for your parish Mass.
To help encourage generosity among your parishioners before World Mission Sunday, it would be a good idea to remind them ahead of time of the appeal. We have for you a few announcements you may wish to use at the pulpit during the announcement time after Mass.
THE WEEKEND BEFORE WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
NEXT WEEKEND we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission diocese in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
THE WEEKEND OF WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
TODAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. We celebrate this day by remembering our baptized call to bring the Gospel to all! The collection today for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith supports the work and witness of the Mission Church, as it provides for priests, religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Thank you for your generosity.
THE WEEK AFTER WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
THANK YOU for your generous response to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith last weekend on World Mission Sunday. Our parish raised $(insert amount). You may stay connected year-round to the Pope’s missions,
EL FIN DE SEMANA ANTES DEL DOMINGO MUNDIAL DE LAS MISIONES
El PRÓXIMO FIN DE SEMANA celebraremos el Domingo Mundial de las Misiones. El Papa Francisco invita a toda la Iglesia a apoyar a las diócesis en África, Asia, las Islas del Pacifico y partes de América Latina y Europa, donde sacerdotes, líderes religiosos y líderes laicos sirven a las comunidades más vulnerables del mundo. Por favor sigan orando por las misiones del Papa y sean generosos en la colecta de la semana entrante para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe.
EL FIN DE SEMANA DEL DOMINGO MUNDIAL DE LAS MISIONES
HOY ES EL DOMINGO MUNDIAL DE LAS MISIONES. Celebramos este día recordando nuestra llamada bautismal: ¡llevar el Evangelio a todas las personas! La colecta de hoy para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe asegura el trabajo y servicio de la Iglesia Misionera, ya que apoya a los sacerdotes, líderes religiosos y líderes laicos quienes ofrecen la Misericordia del Señor y ayuda concreta a las comunidades más vulnerables de las misiones delPapa. Gracias por su generosidad.
LA SEMANA DESPUES DEL DOMINGO MUNDIAL DE LAS MISIONES
GRACIAS por su generoso aporte a la colecta para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe que se llevó a cabo durante el fi de semana pasado, el Domingo Mundial de las Misiones. Nuestra parroquia recaudó $ (insertarcantidad). Puede permanecer conectado todo el año a las misiones del Papa, manteniendo el compromiso del Domingo Mundial de las Misiones, visitando www.sfarch.org/MissionsSF.
Bulletin and Social Media Resources
Here are resources you can use for your bulletin
Parish Return Form
After your collection has been made, please make out a check to
Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Memo: World Mission Sunday
and mail the Parish Return Form with the check to
SPOF in the Archdiocese of San Francisco
1 Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109