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“The need is just so enormous…”

 

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, this message came to our national office from the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines, Father Socrates Mesiona.

As “one family in mission,” we send to God our prayers for our brothers and sisters in this part of the Missions.  And, we respond as our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks us to, expressing our solidarity through our support.

“Please be generous with prayers and concrete help,” Pope Francis said.

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Mission in the Year of Faith
Update from the Philippines
World Mission Sunday in the Year of Faith
Year of Faith - Lessons on Faith from the Holy Father
Sundays in the Year of Faith
Mission Voices... in the Year of Faith
The World Mission Rosary
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A Call for Concrete Support 

 

"The need is just so enormous. The Pontifical Mission Societies here are doing our share to contribute, as we are able.”

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, this message came to our national office earlier this week from the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines, Father Socrates Mesiona.

As “one family in mission,” we send to God our prayers for our brothers and sisters in this part of the Missions, and most appropriately respond as our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks us to, expressing our solidarity through our support. “Please be generous with prayers and concrete help,” Pope Francis said.

Your contributions will directly help Father Socrates mobilize efforts on the ground, through the Pontifical Mission Societies' network of priests and religious, as they comfort families in their grief, and work to help them rebuild lives, restore hope.

We encourage the generous hearts of Catholics in the United States as they reach out in prayer and in sacrifice to the men, women and children who suffer even more now in this part of the world. We seek continued prayers for Father Socrates and all who serve with him, as they remain witnesses of the great love and compassion of our Lord, and of His sustaining hope.

Contributions may be made online at http://www.givetothemissions.org, or directed to: Special Fund for the Church in Southeast Asia: the Philippines, Pontifical Mission Societies, 70 West 36th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10018.

Gratefully in His mission,
Father Andrew Small, OMI
National Director

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Father Socrates Mesiona during a conference on mission for students, faculty and familiies in the Diocese of Libmanan during this past Mission Month (October). "The need is just so enormous," he wrote to the U.S. National Office

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In the past two years, in Borongan and Palo - areas hardest hit by the typhoon - the Pontifical Mission Societies have helped with the formation of religious Sisters and seminarians. Support was sent as well to restore six classrooms in one school and build six at another, all in the Archdiocese of Palo.

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A year ago, priests from the Diocese of Borongan gathered for a meeting on mission, along with the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies.


Update from the Philippines

 

The Diocese of Borongan was among the hardest hit by the typhoon.  The Diocesan Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies there, Father Philip Campomanes, forwarded these images.

Your support helps the efforts of Father Socrates Mesiona, National Director, and Diocesan Directors like Father Philip as they “adopt” parishes in the hardest hit areas – reaching out with help and hope to the families hit by this disaster, and accompanying them on the journey back.

Provide what support you can, today! A Christmas gift to your mission family!

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World Mission Sunday in the Year of Faith

 

Pope Francis tells us, “This year, as we celebrate World Mission Day, the Year of Faith, which is an important opportunity to strengthen our friendship with the Lord and our journey as a Church that preaches the Gospel with courage, comes to an end.”

The Holy Father reflected that:

1. Faith is God’s precious gift, which opens our mind to know and love him. He wants to enter into relationship with us and allow us to participate in his own life in order to make our life more meaningful, better and more beautiful.

2. The Year of Faith, fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, motivates the entire Church towards a renewed awareness of its presence in the contemporary world and its mission among peoples and nations.

3. The work of evangelization often finds obstacles, not only externally, but also from within the ecclesial community.

4. In our era, the widespread mobility and facility of communication through new media have mingled people, knowledge, and experience. (… all needing a “new evangelization.”)

5. I would like to encourage everyone to be a bearer of the Good News of Christ and I am grateful especially to missionaries, to the Fidei Donum priests, men and women religious and lay faithful – more and more numerous – who by accepting the Lord’s call, leave their homeland to serve the Gospel in different lands and cultures.

The Holy Father mentioned, “The concern for all the Churches that the Bishop of Rome shares with his brother Bishops finds an important expression in the activity of the Pontifical Mission Societies, which are meant to animate and deepen the missionary conscience of every baptized Christian, and of every community, by reminding them of the need for a more profound missionary formation of the whole People of God and by encouraging the Christian community to contribute to the spread of the Gospel in the world.”

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For the full message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2013 in the Year of Faith please click here.

 

Lessons on Faith Offered by Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis, at his General Audience on December 11, 2013 concluded his weekly catechesis series, guiding us and teaching us in this Year of Faith, which ended on Sunday November 24th.

The Holy Father focused this last teaching on the last article of the Creed, “I believe in life everlasting,” particularly, the final judgment.

Pope Francis taught, “When we think of Christ’s return and of His final judgment, which will show, up to the very last consequences, the good that each person will have done or omitted to do during his or her earthly life, we realize that we find ourselves before a mystery that overwhelms us, that we cannot even imagine. A mystery that almost instinctively arouses in us a sense of fear, and perhaps even trepidation. However, if we reflect closely on this fact, it cannot but enlarge the heart of a Christian, and constitutes a great reason for consolation and trust.”

The Holy Father gave three reasons for this trust:

1. The image of the Church, bride in the name of all humanity, turns to Christ, her Spouse, in the hope of receiving His embrace, full of life and love. If we think of the judgment in this way, all fear and hesitation makes way for expectation and profound joy. It will be the moment in which we will be judged as finally ready to be clothed in the glory of Christ.

2. The realization that, at the moment of judgment, we are not left alone... How good it is to know that, in that situation, we can count on Christ, our advocate before the Father, and upon the intercession and benevolence of many of our brothers and sisters who have preceded us on the path of faith… and who continue to love us in an indescribable way!

3. “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” This means that the judgment is already in process throughout our existence.... Salvation means opening oneself to Jesus. If we are sinners, the Lord forgives us, but we must open ourselves to Jesus’ love, which is greater than all things.

Pope Francis concluded, in this last teaching on the Creed, ending this Year of Faith, “The Lord Jesus gave Himself, and continues to give Himself for us to fill us with the grace and the mercy of the Father. We can become in a certain sense our own judges, condemning ourselves to exclusion from communion with God and with our brethren.....therefore, let us never tire of keeping watch over our thoughts and attitudes, so that we might have right now a foretaste of the warmth and splendor of the face of God, which in eternal life we will contemplate in all its fullness.”

Questions for reflection taken directly from the Pope’s Catechesis:

• What does ‘Maranatha’ mean? (This acclamation of two Aramaic words means “Come, Lord!” or “Yes, the Lord is coming; the Lord is near.” It was exclaimed by the first Christian communities.)

• Do you believe in life everlasting? Do you have fear or trepidation about final judgment? Reflect.

• Do you believe that you will not be alone and that Christ will be your advocate when you are judged as finally ready to live in the presence of God?

• What does salvation mean? (Salvation means opening oneself to Jesus. If we are sinners, the Lord forgives us, but we must open ourselves to Jesus’ love, which is greater than all things.)

• What does opening up to Jesus mean? (Repenting)

• Are you open to Jesus and His love? Are you open to repenting?

• How can we keep watch over our thoughts and attitudes without tiring, so that we may have today a foretaste of the warmth of God promised in eternal life?

 

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Catechesis December 11, 2013 – Belief in Life Everlasting

Catechesis December 4, 2013 - The Resurrection of the Body

Catechesis November 27, 2013 - Dying in Christ

Catechesis November 20, 2013 - More on the Forgiveness of Sins

Catechesis November 13, 2013 - The Forgiveness of Sins

Catechesis November 6, 2013 - The Communion of Holy Persons

Catechesis October 30, 2013 - The Communion of Saints

Catechesis October 23, 2013 - Mary as Model of Faith and Charity for the Church

Catechesis October 16, 2013 - The Apostolic Nature of the Church

Catechesis October 9, 2013 - The Catholicity of the Church

Catechesis October 2, 2013 - Church as "Holy"

Catechesis September 25, 2013 - Unity of the Church

Catechesis September 18, 2013 - The Church As Mother (continued)

Catechesis September 11, 2013 - The Church As Mother

Catechesis September 4, 2013 - World Youth Day

Catechesis June 26, 2013 - The Mystery of the Church: The Temple

Catechesis June 19, 2013 - Unity in the Body of Christ

Catechesis June 12, 2013 - The Church as the People of God

Catechesis June 5, 2013 - The environment, creation

Catechesis May 29, 2013 - The mystery of the Church

Catechesis May 22, 2013 - “We believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church"

Catechesis May 15, 2013 - Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth

Catechesis May 8, 2013 - 'The Holy Spirit, the Lord the Giver of Life'

Catechesis May 1, 2013 - The dignity of work

Catechesis April 24, 2013 – ‘He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.’

Catechesis April 10, 2013 – The Resurrection

Catechesis April 3, 2013 – 'He rose again on the third day'

Lessons on Faith Offered by Pope Emeritus  Benedict XVI (October 17, 2012 – February 13, 2013)

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Catechesis February 13, 2013Farewell Message from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Ash Wednesday

Catechesis February 6, 2013 - 'Creator of heaven and earth'

Catechesis January 30, 2013 - 'The Father Almighty'

Catechesis January 23, 2013 - 'I Believe in God'

Catechesis January 16, 2013 - Seeking the Face of God

Catechesis January 9, 2013 - The Incarnation

Catechesis January 2, 2013 - Where does Jesus come from?

Catechesis December 19 - The faith of Mary at the Annunciation

Catechesis December 12 - The stages of the Revelation

Catechesis December 5 - God's benevolent plan for humanity

Catechesis November 28 - How to speak about God?

Catechesis November 21 - The reasonableness of faith in God

Catechesis November 14 - The ways that lead to knowledge of God

Catechesis November 7 - The desire for God

Catechesis October 31 - The faith of the Church

Catechesis October 24 - What is faith?

Catechesis October 17 - Introduction


 

 

 


 Mission Voices... in the Year of Faith

In each of the brief audio messages in the player on this page, you’ll hear personal reflections on our faith.  Allow yourself time to focus on these messages and give thanks to be called, by Baptism, to be a "mission voice" yourself, speaking of your faith in Jesus every day, especially in this Year of Faith,  by your words and the very example of your life.

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  • As the world watched, a small group of directors and coordinators of the Pontifical Mission Societies had a bird’s eye view of the last week in the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. In Rome at the CIAM (Center for Mission Animation of the Pontifical Mission Societies), these members of our mission family, led by National Director Father Andrew Small, OMI, focused on the key formation topics, learning about their role and responsibilities in U.S. dioceses.  These members of our diocesan office mission family went to the final general audience of Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday, February 27, to bid a prayerful farewell to our "chief missionary"!
  • Really meeting Peter! National Director Father Andrew Small, OMI during his mission visit to Zambia was able to meet Peter whose photo and story were featured in our MISSION magazine in Summer 2012. Father Andrew also shared Peter’s story in one of our Mission Lessons, which are aired nationally on some 98% of Catholic radio stations. Have a listen!
  • Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB, Secretary Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, speaking on mission in the Year of Faith. Click to learn more about his recent visit to the United States.
  • Archbishop Salvatore Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization in Rome. During a visit to the national office, the Archbishop recorded some thoughts on mission within the context of the Year of Faith.

 

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Father Andrew with beloved mission hero, Peter!


 The World Mission Rosary, The Year of Faith and You!

 

Introduce your family and friends, especially the young people in your life – children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and godchildren – to the World Mission Rosary. Please visit us online at World MissionRosary.org to order a World Mission Rosary for someone you love – and read below of its history and its connection to the Year of Faith.

“Renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church.”

As he announced a Year of Faith (begins October 11, 2012), Pope Benedict XVI focused on its ultimate purpose. That “renewed energy,” he observed, would be directed “to lead men and women out of the desert...toward friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life.” During the Year of Faith, the Pope has asked all of us to be part of a great Prayer Movement focused on the person of Jesus Christ and faith in Him. This Prayer Movement — to which we are all called — will be centered on the World Mission Rosary.

Why is the World Mission Rosary different?

In February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966), in a radio address (The Catholic Hour), inaugurated that World Mission Rosary. He saw the need for us to pray not just for ourselves, but for the whole world, and especially for those who are poor and vulnerable at home and around the world.

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What do the colors signify?

Each decade of that World Mission Rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing mission: green for the forests and grasslands of Africa; blue for the ocean surrounding the islands of the Pacific; white symbolizing Europe, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world; red calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the Americas and yellow, the morning light of the East, for Asia. Archbishop Sheen himself linked this Rosary to the missionary work of the Church and to the Holy Father. Praying this Rosary, he explained in that radio broadcast, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world.” “When the Rosary is completed, one has…embraced all continents, all people in prayer,” he added. “Won’t you please make a tour of the world on your World Mission Rosary?”

Learn more at www.WorldMissionRosary.org!

 

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