Pastors Desk: Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 20th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 21st October 2018 - Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

world-mission-sunday1Today over one billion Catholics all over the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. The anniversary was instituted in 1926 by a Papal decree issued by Pope Pius XI. So, every year since then the church worldwide has always used the month of October to reflect and pray for the work of the missions. On today in particular we are asked to contribute to a collection which is used in the work of evangelisation around the world.

There has always been a long tradition of Missionary Sisters and Priests from Ireland going to all parts of the globe to spread the gospel message. With declining vocations and an aging population many have returned home to their congregations and diocese. Now, in 2018 the new ‘missionaries’ who travel from our shores to share the gospel message of love and compassion for our fellow humanity are those who work with agencies like Concern, Trócaire, GOAL, Bóthar etc.

In one of his World Mission Sunday messages, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged churches with a shortage of priests to welcome them from countries where there are many. For the last year we have been fortunate to have Fr. Ubaldo and Fr. Dominic stay with us while they pursued their course of studies at DCU. Sadly, they have returned home in recent weeks. We wish them well in their ministry.

The theme of this year’s World Mission Sunday is ‘Christian Families are Missionary Families’. Pope Francis reminds us that through the proclamation of the Gospel, the risen Jesus becomes our contemporary and that families or individuals who welcome him with faith and love can experience the transforming power of his Spirit.

Fr. Gerry