Message on the occasion of 2011 World Mission Sunday

Monday, October 17 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters  in Christ:

hundtOn Sunday, October 23, 2011 the Catholic church throughout the world  will observe World Mission Sunday. Instituted in 1926 by Pope Pius XI, this year it has been given the theme “Together in Faith.”

On this Sunday, Catholics throughout the world are invited to support the mission work  of the Church by their  prayers and through their  financial contributions to the special collection taken  up at the weekend  Masses.

The distribution of the proceeds of this collection is overseen  by the Pontifical Mission Societies.  The money is used to reach out in faith  to the more than  two-thirds of the world’s peoples who have yet to hear  the Good News of Jesus Christ and to financially support the work  of the more than 1150 missionary dioceses of Asia, Africa,  the Pacific Islands  and Latin  America.

World  Mission Sunday celebrates our  unity as a universal  church. It is an opportunity for all of us, each within  the context of our own personal ability and vocation,  to participate in our Church’s global outreach and missionary activity.  “Together in Faith” we support the proclamation of the gospel by Missionaries and the life sustaining ministry of our Church among the suffering and the poor of our world.

Thanking you for your  participation in and support of this annual celebration.

Fraternally yours  in Christ,


Bishop Peter  Hundt
Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador
CCCB Bishop Ponens with the Pontifical  Mission Societies

Useful links:

Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the World Mission Sunday 2011

Pontifical Mission Societies – Canada