News from San Antonio Church – October 18, 2020

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Weekly Bulletin October 18, 2020

by Terrie Evans

On October 18th we celebrate World Mission Sunday 2020, a day set aside where the Catholic Church throughout the world renews its commitment to the missionary movement.  It was created in 1926 by Pope Pius XI as a day of prayer for missions.  Our present Holy Father, Pope Francis calls on us to be aware of others and not just ourselves  on this one day in the year when the entire Church comes together in support of missions and to live our lives as missionary disciples.  Pope Francis stated:  “The invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbor presents itself as an opportunity for sharing, service and intercessory prayer”.   

World Mission Sunday Collections give support to priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders who not only proclaim the Gospel; but also build the church and serve the most vulnerable among us.  World Mission Sunday Collections help support 194,855 Schools, 5,246 Hospitals, 17,530 Health Clinics, 577 Leprosy Centers, and also help fund 80,560 Social and Pastoral Projects.   Pope Francis calls on all Catholics to help  fund overseas missions financially through Missio, the Holy Father’s official charity  that helps Churches that are too young or too poor to support themselves.  What will be donated on World Mission Sunday will help missionaries help struggling communities throughout the world. 

Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday 2020:  “The Church continues the mission of Jesus and send us everywhere so that, through our witness and the proclamation of the Gospel, God may continue to manifest his love and transform hearts, societies and cultures.”  By supporting Missio, we play a big part in continuing to create a vibrant Catholic Church in the future. 

There is a short film created by Missio agencies from around the world that features dedicated men and women who are presently making a huge difference in the world’s poorest communities.  The film. “We Are Still Here” shows Missio and the many partners throughout our universal Church are present before, during and after a crisis.  To view the film  go to :

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