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This year we learn about the stories of children in Uganda who can access health care at St Luke’s Health Centre in Bujuni, a small village three hours west of Uganda’s capital Kampala. St Luke’s is run by Sr Mary Goretti and the Daughters of Mary, a Ugandan order of religious sisters founded in the diocese of Masaka.

The materials provide an opportunity for students to engage with the real-life stories of children, their families and local clergy, religious and lay people all working together to build healthy communities who are able to live with dignity and hope.

This resource is designed to encourage students to deepen their understanding about issues of mission and justice. Each of us is invited to be involved in the work of global mission and share the loving grace of God with all. The materials are based on the See-Judge-Act model.

The theme of this year’s resource is:

‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full’ (Jn 10:10)

Also, this year we reflect on Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Sunday 2017. He especially includes young people in the impulse to see the face of Jesus in each person: “How beautiful it is to see that young people are ‘street preachers’, joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!”

This year we invite your students and school community to:

Pray to express your concerns for those who are affected by poverty. Prayer is a great source of life and communication which keeps us all open to the mystery of God’s loving grace and presence which envelopes each moment of our lives. It is an important means, in faith, to support our brothers and sisters who not only need material support but also spiritual support as they work to build God’s kingdom. Check out our liturgy materials by clicking on the Pray section.

Fundraise ’Sock it to poverty in Uganda’ and all around the world by fundraising for Catholic Mission to help children like Harriet and her community. It is an excellent way for students to connect with children in Uganda, and around the world, and help build God’s kingdom. The “Life to the Full” video may assist to inspire your school community to take up this challenge to share what they have for others. Click on the Fundraising section to find out more.

Advocate to support people like Sr Mary and Harriet in Uganda. We can do this in several ways which you can explore by clicking on the Advocacy link in the Secondary section. There are also links there to our work to end child detention here in Australia and bring an end to the tragic effects on children caused by the experience of detention. These children without a home, are from many countries that Catholic Mission supports through its special projects for children. Just as we work for God’s mission in Uganda and around the world, this advocacy campaign invites you to ‘build the kingdom’ in various locations around Australia. One child suffering in detention is one child too many. We also shine the spotlight on mining in the Asia-Pacific region.

Learning Outcomes and Indicators

After having taken part in the activities in this World Mission Month School Resource the student will be able to:

  • Explain how Christians are responsible for continuing God’s mission based on the model of Jesus, especially to those most in need.
  • Describe how people working here in Australia and overseas live out God’s mission based on the model of Jesus.
  • Retell the story of individual children affected by poverty who are finding hope, love and compassion through the work of clergy, religious and lay people here in Australia and overseas.
  • Name reasons why young people around the world may need support from Catholic Mission.
  • Name a range of actions that will help show love for one another and care for children who experience extreme poverty.
  • Participate in activities of prayer, advocacy and wealth sharing to enhance life opportunities for children, especially those in the world who experience poverty.

Click here to get useful items for the worksheets