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Mission and World Mission Month

The theme of this year’s resource is:

‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full’

with a special action focus

‘Uganda’

We invite the questions: What response do we make to Pope Francis’ call for” young people to be involved in the shared missionary responsibility that needs their rich imagination and creativity.” How do we contribute to Jesus’ mission of life for all and for everyone to have life to the full? We invite you to wonder about the importance of health and education as a path to dignity and opportunity for people like Harriet in Uganda.

We hope that the students’ understanding of ‘mission’ will be nurtured and that students will be encouraged and supported to live as Christ challenges us…

Very truly I tell you I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate: whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I have come that may have life and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father and I lay down my life for my sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Jn 10; 7,9-11,14-16

World Mission Month

World Mission Day (part of World Mission Month here in Australia) is celebrated every year in every country wherever there are Christians committed to building a better world for all of God's people, a world where everyone has all they need to live a dignified and fulfilling life. It is the day on which we reflect on the urgency to proclaim the Gospel in our times. This year, World Mission Sunday is 22nd October 2017.

Missionary activity is, fundamentally, a going out of oneself in love, a reaching out to see God in everyone and to share God’s love with each person we meet – especially our poor and marginalised. Catholic Mission around the world has the responsibility of promoting a dignified and fruitful celebration of World Mission Day. Click here for more information on Catholic Mission.

Jesus’ mission of creating a world where all can live a fully dignified life is still far from completion. Therefore, the whole month of October has been dedicated to reflecting on the central mission of the Church to help all Christians in their commitment to Christ’s mission of love, mercy, forgiveness, peace and justice for the world.

Who is Catholic Mission?

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Catholic Mission is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through building communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need, acting for justice and creation, and adopting child-focused, community-based development programs.

Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission – in Australia and around the world. This enables heroic missionaries to reach out to help children and communities in need, and provide vital training for seminarians and other young Church leaders.

Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1,100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, to give people the opportunity for a full, enriched life – physically and spiritually – regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.

Mission in action happens right now and for generations, to help people immediately, longer term and eternally. We engage in mission when we proclaim our faith through our words, actions and lives (Redemptoris Missio 42)

Founded in 1822 by a lay single woman named Pauline Jaricot, today Catholic Mission is the Pope's own mission organisation. Catholic people are called to give priority to Catholic Mission as the agency provides essential funding for the Church in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and parts of South America. Internationally Catholic Mission is called the Pontifical Mission Societies or Missio, and historically is known as Propagation of the Faith, Children's Mission and St Peter Apostle.